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Where to stay/what to do in Atlanta for Thanksgiving weekend

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Where to stay/what to do in Atlanta for Thanksgiving weekend

I'm traveling from NYC to meet my family in Atlanta for Thanksgiving weekend. My sister, her husband, and newborn will be arriving from Memphis, my parents from Pittsburgh, and in-laws from Israel. We chose Atlanta b/c we've never been and it was drivable from Memphis.

I'm looking for recommendations on a region to stay in for the weekend. We would prefer to stay somewhere we could stroll to charming, somewhat unique shopping and eateries (non-chain). It's be nice to have some options that don't require us all piling into cars. We'd like to hit a couple of museums or other places of note in Atlanta.

I'd appreciate any thoughts/suggestions! Thanks!

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1. Re: Where to stay/what to do in Atlanta for Thanksgiving weekend

I think you should focus your hotel search on midtown, which has the characteristics you describe. For landmarks to use in searching, something near the High Museum, Piedmont Park, Fox Theater, or Margaret Mitchell House would be considered midtown. You'll also want to visit the Virginia Highland neighborhood, which doesn't have hotels but sounds right up your alley.

As for what to do, please see the Attractions tab above.

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2. Re: Where to stay/what to do in Atlanta for Thanksgiving weekend

Just the direction I was looking for! Are there other neighborhoods you'd recommend for strolling, shopping, dining?

Many thanks!

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3. Re: Where to stay/what to do in Atlanta for Thanksgiving weekend

virginia highlands has all that and more, it's walking friendly with plenty of venues, restaurants, shopping, bars. plus i've never felt uncomfortable so there is a night time safety factor you can dismiss. enjoy your visit! cheers!

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4. Re: Where to stay/what to do in Atlanta for Thanksgiving weekend

Is it necessary to rent a car to travel from midtown to the highlands?

Is public transportation a viable option in Atlanta?

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5. Re: Where to stay/what to do in Atlanta for Thanksgiving weekend

Unfortunately, there's no way to get to Va-Hi on public transit unless you want to drag the whole family on a bus. Buses in Atlanta are not as widely used as they are in NYC and most of your fellow passengers would probably be on their way to their fast food jobs. (Before anyone squawks of course this is an over-generalization) Since you'll have so many people you may just want to take a taxi or two, which would likely cost about $6 from midtown, as I doubt you'd all be able to fit into a reasonably priced rental car.

Most of Atlanta's big attractions like the aquarium, CNN Center, World of Coke, etc. and the neighborhoods of Buckhead, midtown, and downtown are accessible by MARTA.

Also, for a cute place that is accessible by MARTA to stroll, boutique shop, and have some drinks, you should try downtown Decatur. It's about 15-20 minutes by MARTA from midtown, depending on how frequently trains are running. http://www.decaturga.com/

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6. Re: Where to stay/what to do in Atlanta for Thanksgiving weekend

turkey thanksgiving diner shoud be readily available at almost each and every restaurant so that should not present much of a challenge. enjoy your gobbler day in atlanta. the weather should be warm and comfortable so enjoy!

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7. Re: Where to stay/what to do in Atlanta for Thanksgiving weekend

I would stay in Buckhead at any of the high end hotels. Peachtree is the main drag. You have to take a car anywhere you go.

I am from Atlanta and live in Memphis! I know Atlanta.

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8. Re: Where to stay/what to do in Atlanta for Thanksgiving weekend

sorry to disagreee with you, but peachtree may have been the main drag once upon a time but atlanta has spread out in so many different dirrections you could name any one of 25 streets as the main drag. in fact that would make an interesting forum topic, but peachtree is no longer the main drag any more than ponce had been in the 1920's. there are so many it's difficult to pin down, but, yes, you will need a car,

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9. Re: Where to stay/what to do in Atlanta for Thanksgiving weekend

I still think you will be better off staying in the Buckhead area either on or near Peachtree... near to Lenox Square or Phipps Plaza. Atlanta in November is not ideal for strolling. It is November. You're not coming in April or May.

My suggestions for restaurants, all locally owned and operated. :

Bone's (dinner only) in Buckhead

Buckhead Diner (Buckhead)

South City Kitchen (in Midtown)

Henri's Bakery on Irby Avenue in Buckhead (Friday or Sat for inexp. lunch. Closes around 6 PM. Great sandwiches!)

103 West or Chops (Buckhead for a fine dining experience)

Murphy's (Sat or Sunday for brunch) in Va- Highlands

The Jr. Varsity (for lunch) on Cheshire Bridge at Lenox Road. You have to try an order of onion rings. You haven't been to Atlanta if you don't have lunch or a snack at the Varsity. You'll either love it or hate it. Most people hate it unless you are a native. You have to try it!

You could go to Buford Highway for dim sum. I think the Oriental Pearl is pretty well known. There are tons of restaurants for asian inspired dining on or near Buford Highway. Not a great area but good for asian inspired dining.

If you are at Lenox or Phipps, there are good restaurants there as well--- The Club House (at Lenox Square), The Tavern (at Phipps Plaza) come to mind.

I think you should stay at a hotel in Buckhead. Peachtree Road in Buckhead is the most expensive real estate in town for a reason! The Ritz, the Westin, the Intercontinental, the Hyatt, etc... wouldn't put a hotel there if it wasn't hip and happening! There are lots of other hotels right there as well that are less than $200.00 a night. Embassy Suites is next door to the Intercontinental. You will need a car to get around town. Marta, the transit system, has a subway system but it doesn't go everywhere... though there is a stop at Lenox Square that can take you downtown and to Midtown where the High Museum is located. I haven't been to the downtown area in years. Stay in Buckhead or somewhere along Peachtree.

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10. Re: Where to stay/what to do in Atlanta for Thanksgiving weekend

Let me suggest something totally opposite of what you are thinking, and please everyone, I am not dissing Atlanta --- but Thanksgiving is about family time together, and piling into taxi-cabs to look at overpriced merchandise isn't quite the Norman Rockwell image that I associate with Thanksgiving. The shopping in New York is ten times better than anything you will find in Atlanta, and you may be hard pressed to find a restaurant that is open (other than Waffle House). I suggest you rent a large, luxurious cabin in north GA or the Wear Valley / Townsend Tennessee area (southwest of Pigeon Forge). It will be cheaper than a motel in Atlanta, most have hot tubs on the porch with a mountain view (some have indoor swimming pools inside your cabin, or a community indoor pool that is shared by the whole complex), multiple bed rooms (more privacy versus hotel rooms) and tons of tv's, games, videogames, pooltables, etc..... When you get cabin fever, or you get on each others nerves, you can drive to one of the outlet malls (Commerce, GA or Pigeon Forge TN) or go to Cherokee and do some gambling (I think rockwell painted a casino picture LOL). But I prefer to just sit in front of the fireplace and watch some good football games. Most of the supermarkets have ready-made Thanksgiving dinners, or you can choose to cook since you will have a real kitchen. We like "Colb Mountain Century 21 Realty, but you can find thousands of cabins by going to the chamber of commerce sites for each city. Atleast look at a few websites, because if you haven't stayed in a cabin lately, you will be surprised at how luxurious they are, and how affordable they can be, compared to hotel rooms (they have some that sleep 20-30 adults). We usually take the whole family for New Years and Labor Day, and have always had a great time.