The Good Life
with a Southern Drawl

Atlanta On My Mind

By Amy Bailey — December 02, 2014

Everyone complains about Atlanta traffic, but when you hole up in one of Atlanta’s plush hotels, traffic is the last thing on your mind. On a recent trip to Hotlanta, the objective was a gorgeous hotel, great music, and great food. All accomplished without driving since our hotel had a car service of its own.

So if you have your sights set on Atlanta whether it’s for romance, a girls’ weekend, or perhaps football. We have the best of this Southern Metropolis.

mandarin3Where To Stay

If there is one thing Atlanta offers beyond any other Southern city, it is an array of luxury hotels. I remember my mom taking me to Atlanta as a teenager and the first thing I did when we got to the room was plop down on the bed which seemed to just swallow me up in pillows it was so soft and felt so good. My memories since have been no less sumptuous. The epitome of luxury that is also a hidden gem from all the hoop-la, is the Mandarin Oriental Atlanta. From the moment you arrive, you feel as if you are at an exclusive club. The rooms are lavish yet comfortable making it hard to leave your temporary boudoir. Second on the agenda after plopping on the downy bed, running a big bubble bath and slipping into their soft robes.

mandarin2The Mandarin Oriental also is home to one of the best spas in the South. Each guest of the hotel can enjoy the steam room, sauna, and whirlpool rooms. The spa facility is segmented for men and women. The Peaches and Cream treatment seems appropriate being in Georgia. This indulgent treatment will melt away muscle tension while restoring the body’s balance. A skin softening apricot kernel exfoliation prepares the skin for a comforting massage using warm cream and peach oil. The treatment ends with a blissful red clay scalp massage to soothe all the stress away. I also recommend the Cellular Renewal Enzyme Facial – a powerful and highly effective facial to mandarin8boost cell regeneration and give an instantly smooth, softly glowing complexion. A deep cleanse incorporates skin brushing, followed by an intense enzyme peel containing botanical extracts and pumpkin enzymes to deeply exfoliate and remove dead skin cells, which will give your skin a more plumped and firmer appearance.

Another wonderful plus of the Mandarin, the 7 series BMW with a driver who can take you where you need to go so you do not have to worry about cabs or driving.

What To Do

The Buckhead Theatre is a must. It is a cool venue that plays hosts to today’s best up and coming bands. We had the opportunity to see New Orleans prodigy Trombone Shorty and it was phenomenal. The energy of the show was unparalleled and the crowd was on their feet the entire time. Upcoming shows include Shovels and Rope and JJ Grey and Mofro. Click here to see their concert calendar.

mandarin7Looking for something neat to do with the kiddos? The Center for Puppetry Arts is an experience you nor the little ones will forget. Playing this month Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer and The Muppet Christmas Carol. Kermit the Frog and Jim Henson actually cut the ribbon on the center in 1978.

The High Museum Of Art never disappoints especially right now with exhibits like Gordon Parks: Segregation Story and Wynn Bullock’s Revelations.

Where To Eat

mandarin5Empire State South is a must whether you are looking for a great dinner or a fun brunch. Chef Josh Hopkins creates Southern inspired food made from locally sourced farms. Every item on the menu will intrigued your taste buds. At brunch we had the Monkey Bread and The Farm Egg and our tummies were quite pleased. The libations that Empire State South concocts are something to experience. From the Mexican Radio made with Mezcal, Ancho Reyes, and Celery Bitters to the Lone Fox made with gin, muscadine, and cava – who knew these flavors could be so devilishly good together.

mandarin6A seafood lover’s paradise, St. Cecilia is a foodie’s delight presenting dishes that are inspired by the coastlines of Italy, Spain, and France and presented in impeccable style by Atlanta chef-owner Ford Fry.

STK Atlanta is a great date place – it is trendy, yet sexy and the food is going to be good at this New York based modern steakhouse. Enjoy a great steak and delicious cocktails at this Midtown Atlanta eatery.

South City Kitchen located in a historic bungalow in Midtown is an ideal brunch spot. For two decades it was perfected classic Southern dishes with a modern twist that will sastify your cravings better than you imagined.

Where To Drink

JCT Kitchen and Bar is a great place to eat and drink. Nestle up to the upstairs bar inside or outside, order some oysters of the day, and relax. This is one place you will love – great, fun atmosphere and a nice crowd.

mandarin1The bar at the Mandarin Oriental Atlanta offers a nice secluded atmosphere where you can actually hear yourself talk. The bartender is the highlight of hospitality making you any drink to your specifications and turning the TVs to whatever you would like to watch.

Just as the King Cole Bar in New York is known for its famous mural, The St. Regis Bar in Atlanta features an original mural of a Phoenix rising from the ashes. Full of energy, this bar is quite the seen, so come to have fun, laugh, and stay awhile.