Atlanta for Business Travellers

Atlanta offers a variety of diversions that are perfect for the business traveller with limited free time.

Mar 6, 2011
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Shop for high-end products at Phipps Plaza.
Shop for high-end products at Phipps Plaza.
"Hotlanta" is about Southern dining, shopping and nightlife in a lively, contemporary culture.
"Hotlanta" is about Southern dining, shopping and nightlife in a lively, contemporary culture.
Photography Thinkstock
South City Kitchen features upscale Southern hospitality and contemporary cuisine.
South City Kitchen features upscale Southern hospitality and contemporary cuisine.
Photography courtesy South City Kitchen
Mary Mac's Tea Room has served Southern cuisine since 1945.
Mary Mac's Tea Room has served Southern cuisine since 1945.
Photography Deborah Llewellyn / courtesy Mary Mac's
Park 75 is regarded as one of Atlanta's best steak restaurants.
Park 75 is regarded as one of Atlanta's best steak restaurants.
Photography Peter Vitale
Bacchanalia uses farm-fresh ingredients in its light dishes.
Bacchanalia uses farm-fresh ingredients in its light dishes.
Photography courtesy Bacchanalia
One of the finest collections of art in the Southeast can be found at High Museum of Art.
One of the finest collections of art in the Southeast can be found at High Museum of Art.
Jonathan Hillyer Photography Inc. / courtesy High Museum
Tap, a gastropub, serves 21 varieties of beer and 16 wines.
Tap, a gastropub, serves 21 varieties of beer and 16 wines.
Photography courtesy Tap
Aurum is a new lounge and speakeasy serving specialty cocktails and light fare.
Aurum is a new lounge and speakeasy serving specialty cocktails and light fare.
Photography courtesy Aurum Lounge

There’s a reason why it’s called “Hotlanta,” and it doesn’t have much to do with the weather. Rich culture, dining, shopping and nightlife maintain Atlanta’s diversity and vibrancy. All of these draws and more are just minutes or steps away from Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta the only five-star, five-diamond luxury hotel in the city. Even business travellers with just a small fraction of free time can leave Atlanta feeling like they’ve experienced its proverbial heat.

Ernest Zenarosa, Head Concierge, and Chad Merced, Guest Services Manager, recently shared their favourite Atlanta hot spots with us. Here’s what they divulged.

Southern Dining

A local restaurant established in 1945, Mary Mac’s Tea Room is an Atlanta institution. On the menu is Southern-style cuisine that has hardly changed in 60 years—and that’s a very good thing. Businesspeople, celebrities and families all feel at home in Mary Mac’s. South City Kitchen is another excellent local restaurant. Southern and upscale, South City features a Southern hospitality–like atmosphere.

Fine Cuisine

Nationally acclaimed Bacchanalia in West Midtown offers contemporary American cuisine, farm-to-table ingredients and a twist—everything is served with something bacon. The ingredients are primarily sourced from chefs/owners Anne Quatrano and Clifford Harrison’s farm. And don’t miss Park 75, voted as one of the best steak restaurants in the city.

Shopping

Atlanta is a world fashion capital, and the shopping destinations are a reflection of that. Named a “Southern Best” by Southern Living magazine, Phipps Plaza offers high-end shopping from Gucci to Tory Burch. The Tavern at Phipps and other local restaurants can also be found here. Also nearby is Virginia Highland, which offers local dining, shopping and entertainment. It’s luxury with a charming, small-town feel.

Culture

High Museum of Art Atlanta is the leading art museum in the Southeastern United States. From a stately home on Peachtree Street to its new home in buildings designed by world-renowned architects Richard Meier and Renzo Piano, the High Museum showcases classic and contemporary art.

Bar Scene

Tap, a gastropub, is so named for its extensive offering of draft beer and barrelled wine—21 beers and 16 wines on tap. Tap doesn’t serve typical bar food—bronzed scallops, house-cured salmon—and they’re open for brunch on Saturdays and Sundays, as well as lunch and dinner the rest of the week.

Nightlife

Opera Nightclub is housed in an old opera house. It’s perfect for private events and A-list celebrity sightings. Aurum Lounge in Midtown on Peachtree Street is bedecked in golden décor and has a blissful ambience. The upscale Gold Room on Piedmont and Lindbergh hosts popular celebrity events.


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