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Atlanta has long billed itself as the capital of the Southeast, a status that is more apparent than ever. A burgeoning culinary scene, a tourist-friendly streetcar system and a brand-new pedestrian trail system have made Atlanta both a business and pleasure hotspot. Here’s what to bring to make it memorable.

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Business Travel

Southern hospitality is Atlanta’s specialty, and you can return that graciousness by packing clothes that adhere to the city’s unofficial corporate dress code.

 

 

  • Though a stylish fit is always preferred, Atlanta embraces color and pattern. Bring on your gingham button-downs, square-checked suits and bright pocket squares.
  • Linen is a classic in the South, so feel free to pack classic khaki linen suits and shirts. Keeping cool is a top priority, and you will not be judged for creases.
  • Accessorize with a pair of neutral pumps and understated jewelry. Men can add a pair of nice cuff links for an extra sharp look.
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Exploring the City

Atlanta recently debuted a new streetcar, a climate-controlled electric car whose 2.7-mile loop stops at some of downtown Atlanta’s biggest attractions. Be prepared  with this quick packing list.

 

  • A comfortable pair of flat shoes will help you navigate the city in style and safety. Some of the local museums suggest closed-toed shoes, so best to pack accordingly.
  • In late winter and early spring, temperatures can dip at night, so pack a light winter coat that can keep you insulated if cold weather comes into play.
  • Bring your running or walking shoes because no visitor should miss the Atlanta Beltline, an urban reconstruction project that transformed 22 miles of abandoned railroad lines into trails and parks.    
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Weekend Getaway

Home to more sports stadiums than nearly any other town in the South and a plethora of beautiful parks, Atlanta welcomes you to explore its great outdoors. Tackle the weekend in style with these essential items.

 

  • Pack your baseball cap for a day at SunTrust Park, home of the beloved Atlanta Braves. The ballpark opened in 2017 with exciting dining outlets including Gu’s Dumplings and Fox Bros Bar-B-Q.   
  • A stylish brunch is a must in the South. Men should pack pastel shirts and bright shorts; women might wear a bright dress or chic jumpsuit.
  • If you plan to spend a night out in fashionable Buckhead, bring your sharpest nighttime ensembles. Some clubs do not allow T-shirts, sneakers or shorts.   
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Make sure to see what musicians are in town. Atlanta’s Fox Theatre is a stop on almost every major music act’s schedule, while the lower-key City Winery brings in legendary performers who want a more intimate setting for their solo performances.  


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Dining Reservations

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Southern cuisine is now a global culinary phenomenon, but nowhere is it done better than in the place where it started. The recently reimagined AG Modern Bar and Steakhouse inside The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta executes pitch-perfect Southern classics, such as braised pork belly and fried green tomatoes, stocked full of local ingredients. For a true local’s brunch, head to Murphy’s in the Virginia Highland neighborhood.

Day Trips

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Head north on Interstate 85 for two hours to land in the scenic town of Greenville, South Carolina. With more than 600 restaurants (despite having only 60,000 residents) the town is a launch pad for Southern culinary stars. Make sure to stop at Passerelle Bistro, a local favorite known for its roasted trout and bistro burger. Another Southeast gem, the town of Athens is an alternative music mecca (R.E.M. and the Indigo Girls started out here) in addition to having the University of Georgia’s main campus. Whether you’re a fan of college football or independent music, the 1.5-hour drive south is worth it.  

Museum Tickets and Cultural Sights

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The High Museum of Art is the leading art museum in the Southeast. The spacious galleries and beautiful architecture are a tribute to the 103 prominent Atlanta residents who died in an Air France crash in 1962 as they returned from visiting museums in Paris. The Louvre donated the Rodin sculpture called “The Shade” at the museum’s entrance. And Atlanta offers a wealth of attractions for all the senses. The World of Coca-Cola is a museum for the taste buds — see how the brand developed its secret recipe, and taste 60 versions of Coca-Cola from around the world. To offset your sugar buzz, head to the Atlanta Botanical Garden to walk through 30 acres of groomed greenery and see dozens of permanent sculptures.   

Nightlife

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Inman Park and Old 4th Ward are the newest neighborhoods to be seen in. Start your night at The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta, where Lumen Lobby Bar has a lively happy hour. Your next move is to taste the flavors of Cajun-meets Vietnamese at Bon Ton with craft cocktails and boiled seafood. Enjoy the house style classic cocktails before setting out for Nine Mile Station, where you can enjoy the city skyline from Buckhead to downtwon along with local craft beers from Burnt Hickory Brewery.

In recent years, Atlanta has started to get the attention long given to some of its charming Southern neighbors, like Charleston and Savannah. The city has become a standout culinary and cultural destination thanks to a booming restaurant scene, creative art galleries and plenty of green space. Home to several James Beard Award-winning chefs, the College Football Hall of Fame and scenic urban hiking, there’s truly something for everyone in Atlanta. And no matter what season you come, you’ll be greeted with the city’s signature Southern hospitality.


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In recent years, Atlanta has started to get the attention long given to some of its charming Southern neighbors, like Charleston and Savannah. The city has become a standout culinary and cultural destination thanks to a booming restaurant scene, creative art galleries and plenty of green space. Home to several James Beard Award-winning chefs, the College Football Hall of Fame and scenic urban hiking, there’s truly something for everyone in Atlanta. 

 

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Perfect Weekend

Any visit to Atlanta revolves around shopping, culture and great food. Luckily, the city’s new outdoor spaces, like the BeltLine Trails, and multitude of museums make it easy to walk off your indulgences. Southern staples, like grits and fried chicken, will get balanced out with lighter fare, and you can mix history lessons (a visit to the birthplace of Martin Luther King Jr.) with of-the-moment art exhibitions and dance performances.

 

 

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