Looking for a little romance in Hot -Lanta? I have the hotel for you. Formerly a Ritz Carlton property, the completely updated and refurbished luxurious Whitley Hotel in Buckhead is the perfect spot for a weekend getaway.
Sometimes I forget how close I am to one of the largest and most vibrant cities in the U.S.
Atlanta is only a one hour flight from Orlando. We have loads of family and friends in this beautiful, bustling southern city. Half our family has attended Emory or Georgia Tech and my husband (and his grandmother) went to law school in Mercer just down the road from Atlanta.
Atlanta offers up great sports, fine dining, an energetic arts and culture scene and too many sights to list- although I’ve tried. See my list below.
Where to Stay
The Whitley is located in the posh Buckhead neighborhood. Close to fantastic dining, shopping and all major highways, I like the Whitley to get out of the rush of the mid-town and downtown area. The hotel is large enough to have every ammentiy you need for a weekend away, but small enough to feel like a boutique hotel.
If you need to be in Midtown closer to Georgia Tech, try the Four Seasons or Stonehurst Place close to the Botanical Gardens and the High Museum.
Want to be close to Centennial Park or the Mercedes Benz Stadium? Try the W Downtown Atlanta hotel. It’s modern, young and full of energy. Be sure to have a cocktail in the very hip, Living Room, bar.
The Lounge at The Whitley is the perfect place for a relaxing post flight or post drive cocktail. Be sure to order a light bite from the bar menu. Room Service- I indulged in croissants and a bit of fruit served on hotel silver with piping hot coffee. Perfect way to start off a day of shopping and sight seeing.
Comfy bedding, a great mini bar and roomy bath (with fantastic make up lighting) provide all the comforts you’d expect. Le Chamin bath products and plush robes help you unwind to provide the perfect relaxing experience you need.
What to do in Atlanta?
- The Jimmy Carter Library
- National Center for Civil & Human Rights
- Georgia Aquarium
- Swan Coach House and Restaurant
- Walk the Beltline
- College Football Hall of Fame
- Atlanta Botanical Garden
For Foodies: Where to eat
- Georgia Tech Waffle House- definitely get there early and get those waffles and some eggs and grits.
- Fox Brothers BBQ
- Leon’s Full Service – fantastic cocktails and a must have burger
- The Colonnade– An Atlanta institution since 1927 serving up fried chicken
- Sotto Sotto Italian
- Lady Bird- on the Beltline
- GunShow Atlanta
- Kimball House
- Bones– best steak in Atlanta
- Ponce City Market
- Marcel– in the West Side Provisions
- Atlanta Breakfast Club– close to the Aquarium
- Hotel Clermont Rooftop Bar
- The Argosy
Where to shop til you drop
- Buckhead Village– Shop national brand trendy stores like Veronica Beard, Hermes and Diptyque
- Ann or Sid Mashburn– expertly curated womenswear or fine clothing for men
- Front Porch Market- food, decor and gifts 5 Mountain Street
- Little Barn Apothecary – the finest in bespoke skincare
- Boxwoods Garden & Gifts
- B D Jefferies– go to for inspired interiors and antiques
- Erika Reade– for must have baby and wedding gifts
- Weezie Towels- Flagship store in Buckhead on 56 East Andrews Drive
With the Atlanta airport being one of the busiest in the U.S., flights to Atlanta are inexpensive and plentiful. Uber, Lyft and the Marta light rail system make getting sound easy. Traffic can be crazy around the metro area, so if you drive or rent a car, bring a little patience.
Delta Airlines is headquartered in Atlanta so be certain to check out their flights.