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Atlanta City Trip

A home in Buckhead, Georgia

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Where to Stay Where to Eat What to See & Do


For the last day of your Atlanta visit, move up to Buckhead, lodging at any of its fine hotels. The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead would make a fine choice. Another luxurious lodging option is the InterContinental Buckhead, which is exquisitely designed and boasts wonderful accommodations. There's also the Mandarin Oriental, where luxury and hospitality show Asian Finesse.

The Café at The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead

For down-home dining, check out The White House, a great casual breakfast and lunch spot serving Southern food with a slight Greek touch, thanks to the Greek ownership.

On a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, visit the Georgia Governor's Mansion, built in 1968 in the city's most prominent neighborhood. Tours run from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and are free. Then head over to the Atlanta History Center complex, incorporating the Atlanta History Museum, the Swan House, Tullie Smith House and—for the botanical buffs—the exquisite grounds with their walking trails. Beginning at the museum, you'll view myriad exhibitions detailing Atlanta's history.

At the elegant end of domestic architecture is the renovated 1928 Swan House, with its opulent furnishings and decorative arts. Several scenes from one of the "Hunger Games" films were shot on location at the house. For lunch, join Atlanta's society matrons at the Swan Coach House. Here, you can savor a properly made iced tea, mint julep, chicken salad with frozen fruit salad and cheese straws, and lemon chess pie for dessert.

The Swan House in Atlanta, Georgia

After lunch, head into Buckhead for some great shopping. Buckhead is home to many fine art galleries you may want to investigate, such as Alan Avery Company and TEW Galleries, both dealing in fine contemporary art. Jackson Fine Art specializes in fine art photography. For more shopping, you have three major shopping centers—Phipps Plaza, Lenox Square and, for bargain hunting, Lenox Marketplace. Don't overlook Buckhead Commons, where Topaz, a gallery devoted to fine, handmade jewelry, showcases work by numerous local, national and international artists. Miami Circle is a street off Piedmont Road that's lined with antique shops, galleries and even boasts an artists consortium, called The Artists' Atelier

Lenox Square is home to Macy's, Bloomingdale's and Neiman-Marcus department stores, plus loads of intriguing small shops. At Phipps Plaza — home to Sax Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom — dine at Davio's Northern Italian Steakhouse, where you'll find a lengthy menu of quality beef entrées prepared with an Italian flair.

With this visit, you have a clear picture of Atlanta's passion for its history, perhaps the most important aspect of its character. And you've had some fun. Y'all come back, now, hear?

*Top image courtesy of Atlanta Tourism/The Swan House image courtesy of the Atlanta History Center official website

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