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. 

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