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Girlfriend Getaway: Atlanta, Georgia

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Where:

Atlanta, the South’s biggest city.

Why:

The Peach State’s capital city continues to evolve and makes a terrific destination for any all-girl getaway to the South.

Take a Tour:

A-list celebrity sightings are a daily occurrence in the ATL as more movies and TV shows are being filmed in the city than ever before.

The Optimist, recently named America’s best new restaurant by Esquire magazine.

Check out the sites seen in famous TV shows and movies such as “The Blind Side,” “Hall Pass” and “The Walking Dead” with the new Big Southern Hollywood Tour by Atlanta Movie Tours. Beer-lovers can enjoy behind the- scenes tours and samples from the city’s vibrant craft brew scene at breweries like Sweetwater Brewing Company with the new Atlanta Brews Cruise and Atlanta Beer Tours. Atlanta’s not just the home of Coca-Cola any more!

Tastes of the ATL:

Seafood fans are flocking to the newly opened Optimist Fish Camp and Oyster Bar. “Top Chef All-Stars” fans will want to check out The Spence, the latest from winner Richard Blais. Stroll around the new Atlanta Food Truck Park, where you’ll have your pick of freshly made lamb burgers, fish and chips, chicken and waffles, gelato and whatever else is being served that day.

Relax on the patio or head out back for a picnic or game of bocce ball in the grass. Start or end your evening at Proof and Provision, a new community bar that features snacks such as deviled eggs, grilled cheese and pigs in a blanket along with handcrafted barrel-aged cocktails. For brunch you have to try Café Johah and The Magical Attic, where “Today Show” fav “Souper Jenny” Levison serves up fresh and yummy food along with free Mimosas at her pay-what-you-want Sunday brunch.

Fill Those Shopping Bags:

Atlanta has fabulous shopping: Head to Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza for those Jimmy Choos or a new Louis Vuitton handbag. For a more unique experience, travelgirls will want to explore the Westside. Just minutes from Downtown you’ll find trendy boutiques along with a few chains like Anthropologie and Calypso St. Barth in Westside Provisions District, a shopping and dining development created in the remnants of Atlanta’s meatpacking area. Shoppers flock from miles away for the one of-a-kind shops and outlets in the surrounding Westside Design District.

The outdoor relaxation area at the Spa at Mandarin Oriental Atlanta

Sounds Fishy to Me:

One of Atlanta’s gems is the world’s largest aquarium. Fish and other marine life swim, play and frolic in more than 10 million gallons of fresh and marine water at the Georgia Aquarium.

Where to Relax:

Swim a few laps in the 60-foot indoor lap pool at the new luxurious 15,000-square-foot Spa at Mandarin Oriental or enjoy the terrace in the women’s relaxation area. Feeling more energetic? Take a core fusion cardio or maybe a music yoga flow class at Exhale Mind Body Spa at the Loews Atlanta Hotel.

Or take the three-step Turkish-style bath, starting with a sauna, then a cold shower and a rest on a marble slab.

Start Your Research:

Check out www.atlanta.net for hotel packages, special offers, an events calendar and plenty more.

 

 

 

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