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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.

Day

1

MORNING
  • Sizzling Skillets.

    Breakfast is a serious affair in Atlanta, and AG at The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta is no exception. The Pig & Grits is the dish to order, mixed with Geechie Boy Mill pimento cheese grits, thick sliced Benton’s bacon and poached eggs.

MIDDAY
  • Civil Rights Legacy.

    No trip to Atlanta should pass without a visit to the Center for Civil and Human Rights, a museum dedicated to the achievements of both the civil rights movement in the U.S. and the broader worldwide human rights movements, as well as the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site. King’s birth home is one of a series of sites that make up the complex. Others include the King Center, which his widow, Coretta Scott King, formed in 1968 as the Martin Luther King Jr.  

AFTERNOON
  • Food Crawl.

    Krog Street Market, a food hall housed in a 1920s warehouse along the BeltLine Trail, is home to some of Atlanta’s most exciting culinary enterprises. Taste your way through the stalls, ordering a po’ boy from Fred’s Meat & Bread, a local draft from Hop City, Hot Chicken from Richard’s Southern Fried and, if you have room, splurge on dessert from the Little Tart Bakeshop.

  • Walk It Off.

    Don’t feel guilty for overindulging. Atlanta offers plenty of chances to work up an appetite or walk off your lunch. Walk along the BeltLine’s Trail, a historic railway corridor turned multiuse train and green space, which stretches from Krog Street Market to Piedmont Park with expansions on the Eastside and Westside coming soon. As you stroll, take in the street art and sculptures, including William Massey III’s “The Art of Reconciliation.”

LATE AFTERNOON
  • Modern Art Appreciation.

    The High Museum of Art in Midtown, the Southeast’s leading contemporary art museum, is home to nearly 15,000 works and of-the-moment exhibitions that have included a retrospective on Brazilian artist and photographer Vik Muniz. 

  • Fashion Fix.

    Georgia’s highly regarded Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) opened its fashion museum, SCAD Fash, in Atlanta in 2015. Fashionistas won’t want to miss the 27,000-square-foot homage to style and design, which includes a lecture hall and media lounge. Past exhibits have examined the influence of legends like Oscar de la Renta and Carolina Herrera.

EVENING
  • Black Swan.

    Catch a performance by the Atlanta Ballet, the longest continuously performing ballet company in the country. The annual “Nutcracker” show is always a favorite. In 2018, the company will perform “Beauty & the Beast,” “Don Quixote” and “Black Swan.”

  • Southern Hospitality.

    Enjoy a late dinner at prolific Atlanta restaurateur Ford Fry’s convivial Beetlecat restaurant., where oysters and globally inspired seafood are the star of the show. Order a dozen on the half-shell to start before moving on to mains like whole branzino and crispy cod. 

Day

2

MORNING
  • Sweat Up an Appetite.

    Wake early and get a jump on your way with a workout at the fitness club, 191 Resolution Fitness, adjacent to The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta. With everything from spin classes to Pilates sessions available, it’s easy to find your favorite way to stay fit.

  • Southern Brunch.

    Brunch is an all-day affair at West Egg Café. Order like a local and pair a Peppered Pig Bloody Mary, spiked with bacon and olives, with the country ham eggs Benedict served with garlic grits.

MIDDAY
  • Old School.

    Shop for antique furnishings, limited-edition art prints, vintage suitcases, taxidermy and other oddities at Paris on Ponce, a 46,000-square-foot antiques emporium with 30-plus vendors.

  • Be a Bookworm.

    Browse the independent shops and boutiques along the Westside. Wordsmiths and literary lovers won’t want to skip Cover Books, home to a highbrow selection of coffee-table tomes and limited-edition zines. 

EVENING
  • A Moveable Feast.

    Explore Buford Highway, home to some of the city’s best global cuisine. Start your evening with dumplings at Northern China Eatery, then sample a few bites of a Banh Mi at Lee’s Bakery, before moving on to Yet Tuh for Korean Barbecue.

  • A Final Toast.

    End your weekend with a nightcap at Lumen Bar in the lobby of The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta. Try a Southern Skies Julep, which is a delightful mix of bourbon, fresh blackberries, fresh mint, lemon juice, simple syrup and plum bitters.