Hotlanta Is A Cool Destination For A Weekend Getaway

Monday, September 28, 2015 - by Patrick O'Hagan
- photo by Patrick O'Hagan

Fall is just setting in, the temperature is finally getting comfortable, and there’s plenty to do on a weekend getaway in nearby Atlanta.  Whether it’s for a specific event or just some general R&R, Atlanta can be a fun and relaxing destination.

The annual Music Midtown festival specifically brought us on this trip, but there are many other offerings throughout the calendar year, depending on your interests (coverage from Music Midtown 2015 can be found on the following links for">day one and day two of the annual festival).

With the leaves getting ready to turn, it is the perfect time to get out and enjoy the beautiful nature that surrounds Atlanta. The hike atop Stone Mountain can be a great family outing or even a nice romantic venture in the great outdoors. Once on top the view of downtown is stunning.  The park also hosts several festivals, fairs, and events that may be of interest.

If music is what you seek, then Atlanta will no doubt have something for you. From the modern Philips Arena, to classic staples like the Fox and Tabernacle, and many small and intimate venues like Eddie’s Attic, there is always a place to take in some great tunes.

Other popular activities include visits to the World of Coca-Cola, CNN Center, Six Flags Over Georgia, the Georgia Aquarium, and much more (or more activities and events you can visit Atlanta’s tourism website by clicking the link).

The nature of your visit to Atlanta will probably determine your choice of accommodations. When it comes to accommodations in Atlanta, there is no shortage of choices. From high-priced luxury hotels to budget motels and all forms in between, there are a lot of options. Sometimes, though, it’s difficult to know which options are best.  

Keeping both comfort and budget in mind for the recent weekend excursion to Music Midtown, the Hampton Inn – Buckhead was a great choice. Opting to be removed from the hustle and bustle of downtown Atlanta, while still retaining a central locality near all the great things to do, the Buckhead neighborhood offered the best of both worlds. This provided easy access to downtown attractions, as well as to all the sites on the perimeter of the city.

The hotel put us within five miles of Piedmont Park and happening Midtown Atlanta. Throughout the weekend, we found that this particular hotel offers a lot of bang for your buck! The free hot breakfast was excellent, there is a large outdoor pool for fun in the sun, and you don’t have to worry about paying any extra for parking like many other Atlanta hotels.

The hotel itself was clean and well maintained – no issues in that department whatsoever. The staff was friendly upon check in and was also knowledgeable about local attractions and things to do. All the amenities we have come to expect from hotels are offered: free breakfast, wifi, gym/fitness center, etc. Booking is also very easy through Hampton’s website, where you can also see more about the hotel and its amenities.

Atlanta is only about a two-hour drive from Chattanooga, making it an easy getaway destination. Give it a try if you’re in for a change in pace and something different to see and do. 

A Party In The Sky Celebrates Natural Aviators With IMAX Film, Crafts, Games And Animal Encounters

From Atlas Beetles’ ponderous lift off to Starlings’ gracefully synchronized aerial maneuvering, Conquest of the Skies 3D  covers the full gamut of natural flight. On  Jan. 27 , the newest film to fill the IMAX 3D Theater’s six-story screen gets even more incredible thanks to A Party in the Sky. This one-time event will feature pre- and post-screening activities that ... (click for more)

Pigeon Forge Chuck Wagon Cookoff Fires Up On March 3

Pigeon Forge is calling all foodies, cowboy aficionados and anyone looking to indulge in a time-honored culinary experience to the annual Pigeon Forge Chuck Wagon Cookoff on  Saturday, March 3 .   Lunch, consisting of from-scratch dishes prepared for the competition, will be served at  noon . Tickets are $12.50 each and may be purchased onsite or online ... (click for more)

BlueCross Sells Huge Tract Along River For $8.1 Million

BlueCross BlueShield has sold a huge tract along the riverfront in Lupton City for $8.1 million. The purchaser is listed as Riverton LLC., 651 E. 4th St., Suite 403, Chattanooga. BlueCross had bought the 216-acre site in 2001 as a possible site for its corporate headquarters. However, it wound up building a $299 million campus on Cameron Hill instead. BlueCross started ... (click for more)

1 Person Injured In Duplex Fire In East Lake Wednesday Night

One person was injured when fire broke out in a duplex Wednesday night in East Lake. The Chattanooga Fire Department received the alarm at  11:53  p.m. on  Wednesday  and responded to the 4800 block of General Thomas Boulevard with several fire companies. When the first firefighters arrived on the scene, Captain Chris Cordes with Engine 9 said a significant ... (click for more)

Thank You, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Thank you, Dr. King for stepping-out.  Thank you for your lasting voice to what it's all about. Thank you, Dr. King for  stepping up and also showing-up, ...when decisions were being made and  your refusal  to shut-up.  We find your fingerprints on both directions and toward progress.  your modeling, mentoring,  and reactions helps ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Kids Are Still Funny

I have never seen nor heard of a child actually getting one’s “head pinched off” but by modern-day standards the threat just switched in overdrive. There are children in our communities who haven’t been to school for six long days and the brutal temperatures drove the little darlings to inside where they most predictably stirred up all manner of mayhem. Back when I was in Elementary ... (click for more)