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The Perfect Atlanta Weekend with Loews Hotels

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I’ve lived in Atlanta for most of my life, but there’s still plenty I haven’t done. I rarely see it from the eyes of a visitor, apart from when I’m doing research for a story. So when the opportunity presented itself to have a “staycation” in Atlanta, I jumped at the chance. The Loews Atlanta Hotel in Midtown served as my base, easily accessible by public transportation and within walking distance of restaurants and attractions.

The hotel features over 400 rooms, including 44 suites like the one I stayed in. Each offers unrivaled views of the city, free WiFi, coffee service and more. Amenities of the hotel include a spa, fitness center, event space, in-house restaurant and bar, complimentary car service, and concierge. I was happy to leave my car behind at the hotel and use the car for the entirety of my stay! If you’ve been to Atlanta, you know how nice it is not to have to drive.

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If you’d like to experience your own perfect weekend in Atlanta, whether that be for locals or visitors, I hope you’ll check out some of the places I visited during my time in Midtown.

Friday

4 pm– Check into your room at the Loews and settle in while taking in the views of the Federal Reserve and the Bank of America building.

5 pm– Get a massage at Exhale Atlanta to start your stay off right. Take advantage of the other features at the spa, including the traditional Hammam.

6 pm– Grab dinner at Saltwood at the Loews, which specializes in all things meat, specifically artisan charcuterie. But if you’re looking for healthier options, they’ve got that too, including the farro bowl with kale, brussels sprouts, and tofu, which I had. Drinks include cocktails, wine and craft beer. Even if you’re not staying onsite, valet and self-parking are complimentary for diners.

8 pm– Head down the street to Laughing Skull Lounge, one of Atlanta’s premiere comedy clubs, which offers headlining acts and open mic nights in an intimate space at the back of The Vortex Bar and Grill. Grab a Laughing Skull beer, their namesake brew.

10 pm– After the show, walk down the street for a nightcap at one of Midtown’s small cocktail bars like The Lawrence.

Saturday

8 am– Opt in for a barre or yoga class at Exhale, the spa and fitness club attached to the hotel, or create your own routine at the fitness center.

9 am– Fuel up after your workout at one of the breakfast spots near the Beltline’s Eastside Trail. Parish’s Neighborhood Cafe offers early eats.

10 am– Tour the Beltline on your own by foot, join a tour led by Trees Atlanta, or borrow a bike to pedal along the way. On the Krog Street side of the trail, grab a bike for $5 per hour at Atlanta Beltline Bicycle or at the Piedmont Park side starting at $6 per hour at Skate Escape.

12 pm– Take advantage of the free bike valet at Ponce City Market for lunch and shopping. The Food Hall has no shortage of lunch options, whether you’re in the mood for Mexican at Minero, seafood at W.H. Stiles Fish Camp, or a classic Atlanta burger at H+F Burger.

1:30 pm– Explore Piedmont Park on your own or check out the changing exhibits at the Atlanta Botanical Garden like the newest Chihuly glass works on display.

3 pm– Have an early drink at one of west Midtown’s craft breweries like the newly reopened Second Self Beer Company, Red Brick Brewing Company, Orpheus Brewing, or Monday Night Brewing. Each has something different to offer, but you can also make a day of it by visiting them all! Just remember to find a designated driver.

7 pm– After resting up and changing clothes, head back to the Westside for dinner. There’s no shortage of options here, no matter your palette. O-Ku offers top-notch sushi and a rooftop bar while Miller Union brings a modern spin on Southern favorites. Cooks & Soldiers is one of the city’s hottest restaurants, serving tapas and Spanish cuisine.

9 pm– Another nightcap is in order so head over to Proof and Provision near the Fox Theatre or Establishment, a speakeasy-style bar.

Sunday

10 am– Indulge in Atlanta’s favorite Sunday pastime: brunch. You can’t go wrong with any of them, but my favorites include Bantam + Biddy, Empire State South, and Highland Bakery.

12 pm– Visit one of the city’s best museums, which are all located in the greater Midtown area. They include the High Museum of Art, the Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA), The Breman Jewish Heritage & Holocaust Museum, the Center For Puppetry Arts, the Margaret Mitchell House and Museum, the Robert C Williams Paper Museum, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Museum. You can also catch a show at the Alliance Theatre.

2 pm– Make sure you’re all packed up and checked out before hitting the road!

Atlanta is a city you can visit many times while hardly scratching the surface. As an almost lifetime resident, I know that for a fact. But that’s what makes it nice to see your own home in a new way. Staying in a swanky hotel doesn’t hurt either!

My stay at the Loews Atlanta Midtown Hotel and the post above are part of a sponsorship for their Ultimate Southern Road Trip campaign, but my experiences and words are my own.

Next stop on the Ultimate Southern Road Trip is New Orleans! Check out NOLA native Scott Simon of iheartnola.com as he shares his passion for New Orleans cuisine, music, and the local art scene. If you missed our first stop, be sure to check out my fellow Caroline, Caroline Acree in Nashville. On June 20, enter to win your own Ultimate Southern Road Trip with Loews Hotels & Resorts or book your own stay at Loews Atlanta Hotel.
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  1. Loews Atlanta Hotel
    Hotel in Atlanta Georgia

    1065 Peachtree St NE
    Atlanta Georgia
    (404) 745-5000
    http://www.loewshotels.com/atlanta-hotel/
  2. Exhale Atlanta
    Attraction in Atlanta

    1065 Peachtree St NE
    Atlanta
    (469) 619-9409
  3. Saltwood
    Restaurant in Fulton County Georgia

    1065 Peachtree St NE
    Fulton County Georgia
    (404) 745-5745
    http://www.saltwoodatlanta.com/
  4. Laughing Skull Lounge
    Attraction in Atlanta Georgia

    878 Peachtree St NE
    Atlanta Georgia
    (877) 523-3288
    http://laughingskulllounge.com/
  5. The Lawrence
    Restaurant in Atlanta Georgia

    905 Juniper Street Northeast
    Atlanta Georgia
    (404) 961-7177
    http://www.thelawrenceatlanta.com/
  6. Eastside Trail
    Fulton County Georgia

    Eastside Trail
    Fulton County Georgia
  7. Atlanta Beltline Bicycle
    Attraction in Fulton County Georgia

    151 Sampson St NE
    Fulton County Georgia
    (404) 588-9930
  8. Skate Escape
    Attraction in Fulton County Georgia

    1086 Piedmont Ave NE
    Fulton County Georgia
    (404) 892-1292
    http://www.skateescape.com/
  9. Ponce City Market
    Attraction in Fulton County Georgia

    675 Ponce De Leon Ave NE
    Fulton County Georgia
  10. Atlanta Botanical Garden
    Attraction in Atlanta Georgia

    1345 Piedmont Ave NE
    Atlanta Georgia
    (404) 876-5859
    http://www.atlantabotanicalgarden.org
  11. Second Self Beer Company
    Restaurant in Fulton County Georgia

    1311 Logan Cir NW
    Fulton County Georgia
    (678) 916-8035
    http://secondselfbeer.com/
  12. Red Brick Brewing Company
    Restaurant in Fulton County Georgia

    2323 Defoor Hills Rd NW
    Fulton County Georgia
    (404) 355-5558
    http://www.redbrickbrewing.com/
  13. Orpheus Brewing
    Restaurant in Fulton County Georgia

    1440 Dutch Valley Pl NE
    Fulton County Georgia
    http://orpheusbrewing.com/
  14. Monday Night Brewing
    Restaurant in Atlanta Georgia

    670 Trabert Ave NW
    Atlanta Georgia
    (404) 352-7703
    http://www.mondaynightbrewing.com/
  15. O-Ku
    Restaurant in Fulton County Georgia

    1085 Howell Mill Rd
    Fulton County Georgia
    (404) 500-2383
    http://www.o-kusushiatl.com/
  16. Miller Union
    Restaurant in Atlanta Georgia

    999 Brady Avenue NW
    Atlanta Georgia
    678-733-8550
    http://www.millerunion.com
  17. Cooks & Soldiers
    Restaurant in Atlanta Georgia

    691 14th St NW
    Atlanta Georgia
    http://cooksandsoldiers.com/
  18. Proof and Provision
    Restaurant in Atlanta Georgia

    659 Peachtree St NE
    Atlanta Georgia
    (404) 897-5045
    http://www.proofandprovision.com/
  19. Fox Theatre
    Attraction in Fulton County Georgia

    Fulton County Georgia
  20. Establishment
    Attraction in Atlanta Georgia

    1197 Peachtree St NE
    Atlanta Georgia
    (404) 869-0002
    http://establishmentatlanta.com/
  21. Bantam + Biddy
    Restaurant in Fulton County Georgia

    1050 Crescent Ave NE
    Fulton County Georgia
    (404) 835-6450
    http://www.bantamandbiddy.com/
  22. Empire State South
    Restaurant in Atlanta Georgia

    999 Peachtree St NE # 140
    Atlanta Georgia
    (404) 541-1105
  23. Highland Bakery
    Restaurant in Atlanta Georgia

    1180 Peachtree St NE
    Atlanta Georgia
    (404) 835-3130
    http://www.highlandbakery.com/
  24. High Museum of Art
    Attraction in Atlanta Georgia

    1280 Peachtree St NE
    Atlanta Georgia
    (404) 733-4444
    http://www.high.org/
  25. Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA)
    Attraction in Fulton County Georgia

    1315 Peachtree St NE
    Fulton County Georgia
    (404) 979-6455
    http://www.museumofdesign.org/
  26. The Breman Jewish Heritage & Holocaust Museum
    Attraction in Atlanta

    1440 Spring Street Northwest
    Atlanta
    (678) 222-3700
    www.thebreman.org/
  27. Center For Puppetry Arts
    Attraction in Atlanta Georgia

    1404 Spring St NW
    Atlanta Georgia
    (404) 873-3391
    http://www.puppet.org/
  28. Margaret Mitchell House and Museum
    Attraction in Fulton County Georgia

    Fulton County Georgia
  29. Robert C Williams Paper Museum
    Attraction in Fulton County Georgia

    500 10th St NW
    Fulton County Georgia
    (404) 894-7840
    http://ipst.gatech.edu/amp
  30. Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
    Attraction in Atlanta Georgia

    1000 Peachtree St NE
    Atlanta Georgia
    (404) 498-8500
    https://www.frbatlanta.org/
  31. Alliance Theatre
    Attraction in Fulton County Georgia

    1280 Peachtree St NE
    Fulton County Georgia
    (404) 733-4650
    http://alliancetheatre.org/

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