Atlanta is to the South what New York is to the East Coast, “the city that never sleeps.” There’s plenty of fun family activities in Atlanta, like The World of Coca-Cola or The Atlanta Zoo, but there’s also great weekend date ideas. If you are looking for unique weekend getaway ideas for Atlanta, GA, here’s some can’t miss suggestions.
We visited Atlanta on a media tour.
Unique Weekend Getaway Ideas For Atlanta, GA
1.Ponce City Market is not the usual array of shops. Located in the Old Fourth Ward, Ponce City Market was once the Old Sear’s Roebuck building. Reopened in 2014, this historic area has been revamped into a wonderful array of green spaces, shops and restaurants. Stop by the Central Food Hall for tempting taste treats created by artisan chefs and local purveyors. One of our favorites, Collier Candy Company, is a small space packed with vintage and hard to find candies, along with locally made small batch chocolates.
Once you’ve finished exploring the Market, ride the elevator up to Skyline Park, an old fashioned Carnival style park. You can enjoy carnival games, mini-golf, the Heege Tower, and my favorite, the Skyline Slide. If you’re thirsty, you can stop for a drink at Nine Mile Station, an elevated beer garden that allows spectacular views of the Atlanta city landscape. Admission is $5 for adults.
2. The Atlanta Beltline Eastside trail is located beside Ponce City Market. This multiuse trail boasts permanent art exhibits, linear green spaces and delicious restaurants. It’s easy to spend hours wandering along the trail, stopping to see the sites and exhibits. If you prefer a guided tour, which gives a sense of the history behind the Beltline, bus tours, walking tours and bike tours are available.
Reservations are required.
Where to Eat along the Eastside Trail:
If you are feeling hungry along the trail, stop by Two Urban Licks, which features signature cocktails and wood-fired cuisine. The atmosphere is modern, there’s great Skyline views and live blues music, along with a unique 26 foot wine on tap barrel wall that is the first in the country.
If you’re looking for a romantic meal, stop by Kevin Rathbun Steak. Kevin is the winner of both Chopped and Cutthroat Kitchen! Described as “one of the best steakhouses in the country” by Details magazine, this is a special occasion restaurant. Start your meal with their Wagyu Beef Carpaccio, the American version of Kobe Beef. You won’t be disappointed.
If you are looking for somewhere to stay in the heart of the action, the W hotel has three locations, Downtown, Midtown and Buckhead. The Buckhead location is located next door to Lenox Square Mall, an upscale shopping destination, and features contemporary decor and a welcoming staff.
Where are your favorite destinations to visit in Atlanta, Georgia?