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11 Romantic Places in the ATL

Sun Dial rests atop the Westin Peachtree.

Sun Dial rests atop the Westin Peachtree.

In case you didn't know Valentine's Day is, like, tomorrow, and while we're sure you have something super amazing planned out, we decided to take a break from creating awesome event maps to share this map of 11 amazing places to take your sweetheart this weekend. Ranging from restaurants like the Sun Dial and Agave, to attractions and outdoorsy stuff, this map has it all.

Here's a sneak peek:

Sun Dial Restaurant
Pretty much recognized as the most romantic restaurant in the city, Sun Dial has it all--great food, great service, and stunning views. Located at the top of the Westin Peachtree Plaza hotel.


BeltLine Eastside Trail
The most unique outdoor living room in the city, the BeltLine eastside trail has everything--strolling, art, views, and about 1000 amazing restaurants and bars along the way.


Botanical Gardens
Built in 1980, the Atlanta Botanical Garden is a Midtown mainstay. With beauty abound, and lots of little nooks and corners, the garden is the perfect Valentine's getaway.


You can check out the map here.

We hope you enjoy this romantic guide for urban explorers--with love from Walkabout.



Tres Crow is the CEO of Walkabout, and his social media team thinks he spends way to much time on Pinterest pinning color palettes.

 

4 Venues for an Authentic Atlanta Experience

The GA Aquarium, the biggest in the US. Photo via  Juan Silva Photography

The GA Aquarium, the biggest in the US. Photo via Juan Silva Photography

Atlanta has no shortage of great venues and event spaces. As a city with a lot to offer (check out our walkable neighborhoods blog here), you can find a space for most budgets that can accommodate a small group or as large as you dare. Whether you’re entertaining out-of-towners or the rare Atlanta native, you should aim to give an authentic “Atlanta” experience.  As for criteria, we tried to keep every good party in mind by looking at 1) the food, 2) the ambience, and 3) how “Atlanta” is it? Because nobody wants great ambience and bad food--that’s just bad karma. With wedding season around the corner, or in full swing depending on your Facebook newsfeed, all of these will work for that, too.

Here are 4 venues for an authentic Atlanta experience.


Park Tavern

Piedmont Park is an Atlanta staple for social gatherings - picnics, festivals, concerts, and tons more. Park Tavern, at the corner of 10th and Monroe, takes advantage of all that Piedmont Park has to offer. It can accommodate 50-300 people with ease.

How’s the food?

Pretty tops, IMHO. A menu that features fresh, upscale ingredients.

How’s the mood?

It can accommodate 50-300 guests and has rooms that have excellent views of the park and the city. It can accommodate swank and casual in equal measure - which makes it a great idea for corporate parties.

How “Atlanta” is it?

So Atlanta.


Fernbank Museum of Natural History

Dinosaurs. Not every venue has them (but they probably should). Fernbank is one of Atlanta’s best event spaces. Martinis & IMAX (yes, please) is a popular event held every Friday. No more excuses for a “blah” happy hour ever again.

How’s the Food?

Fernbank works with a list of excellent caterers, so you’re guaranteed to have something really special. Proof of the Pudding, a popular Atlanta caterer and award winner, is one of the approved vendors for Fernbank.

How’s the mood?

Kind of magical, honestly. You can eat dinner with dinosaurs. Seriously. Let your inner child wrap their head around that.

How “Atlanta” is it?

Totally Atlanta.


Swan Coach House at The Atlanta History Center

Part old South, part new South, part afternoon tea. The Swan Coach House has southern charm and hospitality to spare. It’s location at the Atlanta History Center has a formal garden and great examples of Southern architecture.

How’s the food?

The Swan Coach House is open for Lunch Monday through Friday and has bona fide secret recipe chicken salad (that’s delicious). They also do private events in the evening and their food focuses on fresh, Southern favorites.

How’s the mood?

There’s a distinct elegance about the place that harkens back to the days of Gone with the Wind, so if your pinky starts coming up after every glass of sweet tea, don’t fight it. Just go with it.

How “Atlanta” is it?

How much Atlanta can it NOT be is the harder question.


Georgia Aquarium

When you need to bring out the big guns, look no further than the biggest aquarium in the US, conveniently located in Downtown Atlanta. The Georgia Aquarium is a truly one-of-a-kind experience that houses some of the rarest marine life in the world. And at over 550,000 square feet, it has quickly become a popular large event space for weddings, corporate events, and other functions.

How’s the food?

Wolfgang Puck catering is the exclusive caterer and, as the name suggests, attendees are treated to some elegant, high-end fare.

How’s the mood?

The Ocean Ballroom, one of the largest event spaces at over 16,000 square feet, has a jaw-dropping view of thousands of species of saltwater fish and is the real star of the aquarium.

How “Atlanta” is it?

It’s big, it’s swanky, brilliant views. It’s about as Atlanta as they come.


Large event, intimate party, or a corporate function - Atlanta has a wealth of venues to choose from that offer a unique perspective on a vibrant city. When picking a venue for your event, try to pick something that adds to the occasion and highlights the attributes you’re looking for. City views, dinosaurs, architecture, and sharks certainly help wow your guests, and Atlanta is home to all four. A party at these venues will give your guests a true Atlanta experience.

4 Atlanta Neighborhoods for a Walking Adventure

Lake Clara Meer at dusk in Piedmont Park, Midtown Atlanta. Photo via  AuburnATL

Lake Clara Meer at dusk in Piedmont Park, Midtown Atlanta. Photo via AuburnATL

Atlanta isn’t all Coca-Cola, Braves, Cartoon Network, and rivers of sweet tea (but one can dream). Atlanta is also a treasure trove of neighborhoods, communities, oddities, and all around good fun. Going on a walkabout in Atlanta is a great idea for a Saturday afternoon, a date (Valentine’s day is right around the corner) - or even just because. Here is a list of places to go, things to do, and sights to see on an Atlanta walking adventure.


Little 5 Points

This quirky, artsy neighborhood is a staple for the weird and unusual. It has a long list of unique, indie shops, like Junkman’s Daughter, the bastion for all things kitsch (just look for the flying saucer in the front). After emptying your wallet on gag gifts, you can walk down Moreland Ave and stuff your face at Vortex and have a burger between two grilled cheese sandwiches - instead of pesky buns getting in the way.  Heaven? We think so. After that, hang a right on Euclid and enjoy street performers, art, and have a beer at one of Atlanta’s best bars, The Porter.


Decatur

Out on the east side, Decatur has some great restaurants and has something for everybody - family-friendly events in the square, indie coffee shops, specialty goods stores, and hidden gems on every corner. Walk down East Ponce and have some yummy frites at Leon’s Full Service. Walk down Church Street and have a cup o’ joe at Java Monkey, and bask in the angsty glow of a local starving artist. After that, take the kiddies (or borrow one from a friend) to Decatur Square and enjoy the fountains, which put on a fun light show at sundown.


Old Fourth Ward

This area is undergoing a huge amount of development, and new things are popping up everyday. The Freedom Parkway Park and Trail and the east side of the Atlanta BeltLine converge here. Walk down Edgewood Ave and drop in at Joystick Gamebar. Part arcade and part bar = best idea ever. A block over you can visit the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial and his childhood home, see some amazing street art from the Living Walls Conference, and enjoy one of the best views of the city at night.


Midtown

Home to Piedmont Park, Midtown is a walkable neighborhood with a vibrant nightlife. Piedmont Park hosts several events and festivals all year long, and acres of walking trails, large greens, and bike paths will ensure hours of fun people watching (and dog watching, too). Walk down 10th Street and have brunch at The Flying Biscuit Cafe, and if you’re not too stuffed, enjoy the tree-lined streets nearby that feature some of Atlanta’s most beautiful homes.


Whether you’re on a date, out with friends, or just enjoying an afternoon walk, there’s an Atlanta neighborhood for every occasion.  With so many neighborhoods within blocks of each other, make a day of it and check out all four to see a bigger picture of the walking adventure Atlanta has to offer.