This past weekend my boyfriend and I decided to extend my birthday and our weekend business trip to Atlanta by taking some extra time and finally seeing the city we spend so much time in.
Hotel: Staybridge Suites ($104 a night through Hotels.com)
Location: 23 Linden Ave NW, Atlanta GA (Midtown)
View: Spectacular Skyline views from all guestrooms
Amenities: Housed within the Crown Plazza Hotel, Staybridge Suites Midtown was a wonderful cost effective alternative to other upscale hotels in the area. Designed as an extended stay hotel that also accepts short term guests you get the luxury of a Hotel Suite at a fraction of the cost.
Food easily became the most diverse part of our trip and where we spent a considerable amount of our time (and money).
The Varsity – Located in Midtown about a block from the hotel we stayed in The Varsity is a historic dinner with tons of delicious classic food options.
“Long-running drive-in chain serving up burgers, hot dogs, fries, shakes & other American classics.”
Location: 61 North Avenue NW, Atlanta, GA
Hours: 10am – 10:30pm
Cost: Under $10 per person
Cafe Intermezzo – Also located in Midtown Cafe Intermezzo was a great destination for people watching. Known for their delectable desserts and their extensive 50+ page drink menu it is definitely a place to go if you have some extra time to sit and enjoy everything it has to offer.
“Long before the modern “Coffee Houses” adorned corners all over America, Café Intermezzo embodied the essence of the 300 year-old European coffeehouse.”
“European-style coffeehouse offers more than 800 beverages & 70 pastries plus crêpes, burgers & more.”
Location: 1065 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA
Hours: 7:30am – 2:00am
Cost: $10-$40 per person
Trader Joes – Small neighborhood-style grocery store perfect for picking up a bottle of wine or simple entrees for a quiet night in. While not for everyone a quiet night in was just what we needed a few times during our trip. It allowed us to wind down a bit after a long day of travel and to spend a night enjoying the gorgeous views from our hotel room while we shared some romantic time together.
“Trader Joe’s is a neighborhood grocery store with amazing food and drink from around the globe and around the corner.”
Location: Midtown Promenade, 931 Monroe Cir NE, Atlanta GA
Hours: 8:00am – 10:00pm
Cost: $5-$10 per meal
Next – Located within the lobby of the Crown Plazza Hotel, Next was also the restaurant that provided room service for Staybridge Suites.
“Whether you are looking for a place to enjoy an appetizer, indulge in a fulfilling meal, indulge, or treat yourself to a delicious dessert, you’ll be able satisfy all of your cravings at NEXT. Our chefs have been working hard to prepare new and innovative specialty dishes, like our Coca-Cola Glazed Wings, Asian Sea Salt Spiced Ahi Tuna, Citrus Glazed Salmon, and much more!”
Location: 590 West Peachtree St NW, Atlanta, GA
Hours: 11:00am – 11:00pm
Cost: $15-$20 per person
The World of Coke – Perfect for anyone visiting Atlanta the World of Coke offers a unique look into the history of the world’s favorite soda while providing entertainment for people of all ages. Wander through time with exhibits on the history of how Coke came to hold such a prominent place in our lives, view the safe that holds the only handwritten copy of the formula for Coca-Cola, learn what give Coke it’s distinctive taste, and taste various Coca-Cola products from around the world (I highly recommend the Fanta Apple-Kiwi from Thailand).
“The World of Coca-Cola is a museum showcasing the history of The Coca-Cola Company that contains a host of entertainment areas and attractions”
“Spend the day interacting with multiple exhibits and sampling more than 100 different beverages.”
Location: 121 Baker St NW, Atlanta, GA
Hours: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Ikea – Known around the world as the budget friendly Swedish flat-pack furniture store stopping at one of the only Ikea locations in the South was a must for our trip. With over 350,000 square feet of shopping and dining, there is a lot to take in and you can easily expect this venture to take the better part of an afternoon.
“Scandinavian chain selling ready-to-assemble furniture, plus housewares, in a warehouse-like space.”
Location: 441 16th St NW, Atlanta, GA
Hours: 10:00am – 9:00pm
Hotel – Staybridge Suites and Crown Plazza offered spectacular skyline views of both the North and South Skylines of the City. Because of the gorgeous views presented to us from our room and the observation areas within our hotel we choose not to seek out other viewpoints for this particular trip. However many hotels in Atlanta offer observation floors with views as high as 75 stories above the city.
Uber – While public transportation is available with MARTA stations located throughout the city, Atlanta is truly a city best navigated by car. If you are flying into Atlanta there is a MARTA station located at the airport with stops near several downtown hotels and accommodations. However aside from transporting to and from the airport, most places are easiest to reach by car. Despite having driven to Atlanta we decided to do most of our transportation via Uber since most fairs cost less than what we would have paid to park our own car downtown.