Surprisingly sophisticated Atlanta, Georgia is an excellent spot for a romantic weekend away, or a starting point for honeymoons in the South.
The city has a vibrant mix of cutting-edge new restaurants sharing the same side of the street with traditional southern fare and boutique hotels. There are some unique downtown attractions, and wonderful parks & rivers to explore.
Our experience pretty much confirmed the old saying about Southern hospitality – we found everyone in Atlanta from waiters to parking lot attendants to retail clerks exceptionally friendly and helpful.
Best Time for an Atlanta Vacation or Honeymoon - We visited Atlanta in the middle of July (“Hotlanta”!) and found it a bit hot & humid, but still quite enjoyable. For the best mix of sun & temps, try April, May & October.
Affordable Atlanta Hotel:
Wingate Wyndham Atlanta Buckhead - located in Atlanta's excellent Buckhead area, this Wingate has suites with very good amenities and is a great base for your Atlanta getaway. We stayed in one of their King Whirlpool suites, and enjoyed the spacious room, hot breakfast each morning, and a dip in the pool after a long day taking in the sights of the area and city.
Stonehurst Place Bed & Breakfast – a gorgeous, historic inn on a leafy property in Atlanta's Midtown. Luxury rooms and suites include plush robes, flat-screens and gourmet breakfasts. Close to fine dining, plus they can arrange anniversary & elopement packages perfect for romantic getaways in Atlanta.
Luxury Atlanta Buckhead Hotel:
Mandarin Oriental – a luxury romantic 5-star hotel in Atlanta's Buckhead neighborhood. Opulent rooms and suites with soaker tubs, deluxe robes, twice a day housekeeping and amazing city views. Very convenient but serene location close to MART. A stay at the Mandarin Oriental is a truly memorable experience perfect for honeymoon and special occasion vacations in Atlanta.
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If you’re starting your honeymoon in Atlanta, planning a special anniversary trip, or just searching for some Romantic Atlanta ideas, check out these travel packages:
1 Day in Atlanta: After arriving, a leisurely walk around Olympic park, followed by a downtown attraction nearby like CNN or World of Coca Cola. Dinner in the early evening at a downtown romantic restaurant, like Truva or thePeasant Bistro.
2 Days & 1 Night in Atlanta: Arrive in the late morning, take in the Dekalb Farmer's market, then explore Virginia Heights and enjoy a romantic dinner and movie downtown. Next day: sleep in and enjoy a late breakfast at your hotel or B&B, and then set off and relaxing walk around Olympic Park downtown followed by some fun at World of Coca Cola, and finish off by grabbing dinner before heading home.
3 Day/2 Night Atlanta Weekend: Friday: arrive late afternoon, catch dinner and a show. Saturday: romantic stroll through Piedmont Park & take in Saturday morning market. In the afternoon, see a major downtown attraction like the Aquarium or CNN, followed by a romantic dinner in the North Metro area at Canoe. Sunday: breakfast at your B&B or hotel, then followed by a late lunch at Mary Mac's Tea Room, with sightseeing and cocktails high up at Sun Dial before returning home in the evening.
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Romantic restaurants in Atlanta offer much more than Southern Fried - the city is on the cutting edge of dining in the South...
Canoe – one of Atlanta’s most romantic restaurants with a terrific setting right along the Chattahoochee River. We followed the suggestion from CNN’s Robin Meade (Her Atlanta Travel Tips) and found the Canoe’s organic & beautifully presented dishes (grown right in their own garden!) excellent, and the relaxing river views from their expansive patio amazing.
Canoe is located in the North Metro area, so a car is recommended (4199 Places Ferry Rd, NW Atlanta, 770-432-2663)
More Romantic Places to Eat in Atlanta GA - couples staying in downtown Atlanta for a honeymoon or vacation can book a table at Truva (60 Andrew Young International Blvd, 404-577-8788) and try some of their Mediterranean-fusion dishes from the comfort of a nice tree-covered outdoor patio.
The Peasant Bistro (250 Park Ave W, 404-230-1724) is another good choice for a romantic night out, and combines a great view of the city with bistro specialties with a French flair.
*ERV Rating for Couples: our unique rating formula for romantic hotels which includes: