72 Hours: Atlanta, Georgia
72 Hours: What to do, Where to go, What to eat
Looking for a quick trip to the Peach State to experience one of the South’s largest and busiest cities; Atlanta? Atlanta is a great place to spend a city weekend and you certainly won’t tire of options for things to do. For this trip, I recommend staying at one of my favorite hotels in the city; The Georgian Terrace or Hotel Clermont
Get to Atlanta. This is an easy city to drive to if you’re in the Southeast, it also is home to the busiest airport and a major Delta hub so tons of direct flight options. Use your preferred method of transportation and get to Atlanta (just promise me you won’t call it Hot-lanta lol lol)
Once you’ve arrived, pop your bags downs at your home base, take a second to freshen up and let’s grab lunch. Let’s start out at Ponce City Market, similar to our first stop in New York (the Chelsea Market). Ponce City Market is a great old Sears department store building set right along one of Atlanta’s gems of an area, the Beltline. Grab lunch and take a look around the market, then let’s head out for a walk on the Beltline. Just about a half mile from Ponce City Market is New Realm Brewery, a multi-level indoor/outdoor local brewery that’s a perfect little spot to let your lunch settle with a cold bev. Once you’ve enjoyed your time at the brewery, you can continue to explore the Beltline for a while before you head back to the hotel to take on the next leg of your journey.
You have some choices: Braves game, World of Coke, College Football Hall of Fame or Zoo Atlanta. Take your choice and we will reconvene for dinner.
Dinner: Check out local spot Two Urban Licks (Right by the brewery you checked out earlier). A great local spot with some of the best food in town, this place is a must.
Today we’re going to tackle another one of the musts in Atlanta: Let’s see the Georgia Aquarium. The Aquarium is right downtown, close to both the World of Coke and the College Football Hall of Fame. It’s also located steps from Centennial Olympic Park, home of the 1996 Olympics and a great spot to spend a morning.
Lunch time! My favorite spot for lunch: Taqueria del Sol on Howell Mill. Can’t miss. Tiny menu, extreme flavors. Once lunch is done, head toward Buckhead and let’s shop. (You can’t not shop in Atlanta). Buckhead is home to The Shops at Buckhead (Shake Shack, fine luxury stores), Lenox Square Mall (EVERYTHING), The Shops at Lenox (awesome boutiques), and Phipps Plaza (Saks, Nordstrom, more options). You can easily spend an afternoon between these locations, and maybe hit up the Sprinkles cupcake ATM at Lenox when you need that midday/late afternoon sugar rush.
Dinner tonight is at another one of my favorites, located in the Virginia Highlands: Whiskey Bird. If you’re there in the summer and the have the watermelon small plate, you must get it. Drooling now as I type this. Whiskey Bird is a great place to share several small plates, salads and an entree. Post-dinner, hop in that uber and head south toward the heart of the Highlands, the intersection of Virginia and Highland and have yourself a little night out. Plenty of bars/restaurants all within walking distance, a laid back attitude and several options for live music, with indoor/outdoor options. You can’t go wrong wherever you choose (you’ll be back in the morning for brunch most likely).
Before we head out of town today, let’s brunch. One of my top brunch spots in the city is back in the Highlands, Murphy’s. Get the French toast. Not feeling a return to the Highlands? Hit up another one of my favorites: The Flying Biscuit. After either option, take a stroll through Piedmont Park or the Atlanta Botanical Gardens (my favorite of the gardens in the Southeast). If you have a little more time to spend before your flight (or you’re driving), hit up East Atlanta for one of the city’s more quirky neighborhoods, stroll through the vintage shops and if you need more food from this weekend, hit up The Vortex and you won’t want to eat for another three days.