Hopping a plane to an exotic destination sure is nice, but can get expensive, not to mention the hassle of travel. Atlanta has so much to offer, yet many of us never take advantage of many of the cultural and entertainment events or delicious dining offerings in our neighborhoods throughout the city. I recently planned an Atlanta staycation in Midtown and had a blast. Here’s my guide.
I have nothing against big, five-star hotels, but it is nice to stay at a smaller, more intimate place from time to time. For this staycation, I chose the boutique Artmore Hotel in Midtown. This artsy hotel has a lovely courtyard with a fireplace, perfect for the cool fall evenings just around the corner. And the rooms are comfortable, chic and cozy.
The Artmore Hotel is across the street from the Arts Center Marta station, which means you can take the train in without having to pay hotel parking fees. And there is so much within walking distance of the hotel, who needs a car anyway?
After getting checked in late Friday afternoon, get a cocktail and lounge in the courtyard before heading out to dinner. For a romantic kick-off to your weekend, head over to STK, about a half mile walk to the restaurant.
STK, is part restaurant / part club. Passing by the beautiful bar, you’ll head up the stairs to the comfy rounded booths where your exceptional evening begins. Cocktails are a must here like the Cucumber Stiletto. Some fantastic starters are the Beef or Tuna Tartare. For entrees, scallops don’t disappoint, but at least one must get a steak. I recommend the Sirloin, dripping with butter and served with eight, yes eight dipping sauces (see picture below).
Coffee is served in the lobby of the Artmore until 10 am. Make sure to get some as there are no complimentary coffee options in your room. Now it’s time to get your art on! The High Museum is less than a mile away. There is always a terrific exhibit going on, so go check it out.
You ate a light breakfast, right? Because you are about to get pretty stuffed at lunch. Head on over to the newly opened Tabla, an Indian restaurant in the heart of Midtown. Order one of their unique sodas like the Kokum Spritzer. Start with the okra fries and veggie samosas. If you are unsure what to order, get the Thali – comes with your choice of curry but also the veggie side, naan, rice and dessert. You also can’t go wrong with the Tandoori Shrimp or Lamb Shank with their aromatic spices and one of a kind flavors.
From here, why not head to Piedmont Park or the Botanical Gardens? Or both? I’d recommend a cab for this. After an afternoon full of activities head on over to TAP for a some tasty brews and a late dinner. The patio makes for great people watching.
Before heading home, hit up one of the nearby spots for brunch if you are here on Sunday. An indulgent brunch would be Park 75 at the Four Seasons, but a fun, more budget friendly brunch is Front Page News. When the weather is nice, sit on their lovely patio.
Atlanta is a city full of pockets of neighborhoods uniquely their own. It is incredibly fun to be a tourist in your own city. What neighborhood will you plan your staycation?
Disclosure: My stay and meals were complimentary but the opinions expressed are my own.