In January the journey was Atlanta, GA! If you have never been to Atlanta, I highly encourage you to visit. A stay in the downtown area will keep you entertained for days on end!
TRANSPORTATION: This particular trip was strictly business. Our group took a flight into Atlanta-Hartsfield airport. Ever been? It is HUGE! Plan for heavy walking time from the airplane to the baggage area and ground transportation.
There is a train/subway system which will take you from your terminal to the luggage area. From there it is a quick stop to ground transportation including Atlanta’s MARTA train system.
Since we were only going to Buckhead for the weekend, we chose not to rent a car this time. Instead, we hopped on the MARTA train for a quick 30-minute ride to the Buckhead stop, walked up one block and across the street to the Westin.
HOTEL: The Westin Buckhead is a beautiful hotel with a nice lobby area, beautiful restaurant, complimentary local shuttle via Cadillac Escalade, fantastic work-out facilities and indoor pool. The hotel has just been purchased by Marriott, so there will be a name change soon. Check out their website at http://www.westinbuckheadatlanta.com
SHOPPING: Right next door to the Lenox Mall, this location was a perfect stay. Lenox Mall is very large and filled with many high-end designer stores. Even if you are not there to shop, it is a fun place to walk through, have dinner and enjoy the sights and sounds of the many visitors and beautiful stores. Bulgary, Cartier and Michael Kors are just a few of the designers with stores there. No shopping for me this time around. Maybe next time.
Hungry? Tons of fine restaurants are within two blocks. No matter what you are craving, you will find it there. Many fine-dining restaurants are within walking distance. We did not have time for fine dining, but did enjoy room service at the hotel. Sorry – can’t review any restaurants this time around! But – we did treat ourselves to a cupcake at Sprinkles. Save your calories for this special treat! It was well worth it! $3.00 worth of sugar paradise! Need a midnight snack? Sprinkles Cupcake has you covered with an outside Cupcake ATM. Order what you want and it is delivered – just like cash! http://www.sprinkles.com
Our event was held at Maggiano’s. The food was delicious, service impeccable and overall a great experience. Thanks, Maggiano’s! www.maggianos.com