Let’s face it, Atlanta traffic seems to get worse with every passing day. The idea of driving in to the city for a romantic dinner and getting back home to the Cumming / Forsyth is quite an undertaking. That’s why you should plan a Staycation with your sweetie.
Midtown Atlanta has so much to offer, yet many of us never take advantage of the cultural events or delicious dining offerings throughout the city. Here’s a guide to planning a fantastic Midtown Atlanta Staycation.
Rather than a big five-star hotel, consider a boutique hotel. We recommend The Artmore Hotel in Midtown. This artsy hotel has a lovely courtyard with a fireplace, perfect to warm you up on these cold evenings we are having. And the rooms are comfortable, chic and cozy.
The Artmore Hotel is located across the street from the Arts Center Marta station, so we recommend taking MARTA from your closest station so you don’t have to pay hotel parking fees. And there is so much within walking distance of the hotel, who needs a car anyway?
After getting checked in late Friday afternoon, take in the calmness of the beautiful Artmore courtyard before heading out to dinner. For a romantic kick-off to your weekend, head over to STK, about a half mile walk to the restaurant.
STK, is part restaurant / part club. If you want to miss the clubbing scene be out of there before 9:30 pm. Cocktails are a must here like the Cucumber Stiletto. Some fantastic starters are the Beef or Tuna Tartare. For entrees, nothing disappoints, but at least one must get a steak. I recommend the Sirloin, dripping with butter and served with eight, yes eight dipping sauces (see picture below).
Coffee is served in the lobby of the Artmore until 10 am. Make sure to get some as there are no complimentary coffee options in your room. Now it’s time to get your art on! The High Museum is less than a mile away. There is always a terrific exhibit going on, so go check it out.
You ate a light breakfast, right? Because you are about to get pretty stuffed at lunch. Head on over to Tabla, an Indian restaurant in the heart of Midtown. Again, another short walk from your hotel, no need for Uber. Order one of their unique sodas like the Kokum Spritzer. Start with the okra fries and veggie samosas. If you are unsure what to order, get the Thali – comes with your choice of curry but also the veggie side, naan, rice and dessert.
From here, why not head to Piedmont Park or the Botanical Gardens? Or both? I’d recommend Uber for this. After an afternoon full of activities head on over to TAP for a some tasty brews and a late dinner. The patio makes for great people watching if it is warm enough.
Before heading home, hit up one of the nearby spots for brunch if you are here on Sunday. An indulgent brunch would be Park 75 at the Four Seasons, but a fun, more budget friendly brunch is Front Page News.
Atlanta is a city full of pockets of neighborhoods uniquely their own. It is incredibly fun to be a tourist in your own city. If not Midtown Atlanta, what neighborhood will you plan your staycation?