Though the best time to visit Atlanta is at the onset of Spring (you beat the summer humidity), if you want the true sweltering experience of the South, head to Atlanta now for a great blend of old southern charm, beautiful brick houses, some seriously heavy food, and a city rife with life.

Where to Stay:

The Georgian Terrace Hotel is considered the best in Midtown Atlanta Hotels; a modern icon among Atlanta hotels. In 1939, the hotel hosted the premiere gala of Gone with The Wind, hence the Gone with the Wind Suite. Plus you’ll be staying on Peachtree Street, and it doesn’t get much more southern than that.   Kick your feet up, order a shandy, and call it a day.

What to Do:

Up the same street is the High Museum of Art.  If you can’t hoof it the 1.3 miles form the hotel, hop on MARTA to avoid bumper-to-bumper congestion.

The Morningside Nature Preserve is a 30-acre sanctum for hiking and cycling. Be sure to bring a water bottle.

If you want to take in some fresh air, Piedmont Park is a great place for a picnic and people watching.

What to Eat:

The Vortex has two locations, one in Midtown, the other in Little Five Points, but they both have a sandwich (if you can call it that) called the Triple Coronary Bypass aka The Super Stack.

At The Holeman Finch Public House, they make only 24 burgers each night.  When 10 p.m. rolls around and someone calls out, “it’s burger time!” on a portable bullhorn, you know they mean business. Get there early for burger-rights. Some nights, those 24 are gone in under a minute.

Need to lighten your load? Head to Peachtree Road Farmer’s Market for relief from the burgers and fried foods.


-Arianna Schioldager

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