The amenity-laden Comfort Suites Atlanta Airport shelters weary travelers arriving from nearby Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, to which the hotel’s complimentary shuttle travels multiple times daily. Inside each of the hotel's 79 golden-hued suites, guests can use free WiFi and gaze at, or converse with, a flat-screen TV while resting on an included sofa sleeper. Ample sunlight spills onto the hotel’s indoor pool and hot tub, glistening off the heated waters and deck chairs, and a stroll down the hotel's colorful-carpet-swathed hallways ends at an outdoor patio where visitors can take in sweeping views of the surrounding foliage and the nearby Georgia Dome arena and Turner Field. In the lobby of the hotel, a free breakfast buffet brims with eggs, fresh fruit, and waffles.
The chefs behind Cravings American Bistro please palates and eyes with elegant arrangements of hearty American and seafood fare, escorted to tables atop simple china. Begin a night of lively discussion and synchronized digestion with a choice of six appetizers, including lobster mac 'n' cheese smothered in truffle oil, jumbo broiled crab cakes swimming in sweet-chili aioli, and house-rubbed ribs glazed with a mango barbecue sauce. Seafaring entrees such as the tropical, pan-seared Island grouper and the spicy, fettuccine-laced shrimp Diablo occupy tables with sunken-treasure-finding tips before succumbing to the white noise of chewing. Ravenous carnivores can opt for a 12-ounce new york strip steak—a choice cut of Montana strip loin accented with fingerling potatoes and asparagus stalks that double as stylish stirring sticks for a date's martini.
To call The Body Shop a mere skin and body care store is to miss half of what makes it special. Late founder Dame Anita Roddick was a pioneer for ethical business practices; upon opening her first store in Brighton, England, in 1976, she developed company values such as "Defend human rights" and "Protect our planet." She somehow balanced principles and profit, partnering in global campaigns with UNICEF, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and the United Nations, all while expanding her brand into 2,500 locations in 60 international markets. After her death in 2007, then-British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said, “She campaigned for green issues for many years before it became fashionable to do so and inspired millions to the cause by bringing sustainable products to a mass market. . . . She was an inspiration.”
Indeed, the Body Shop exhibits an eco-friendliness that's hard to come by in a company of its size. Its products have been fair-trade since 1987, and its Against Animal Testing movement led to a UK-wide ban of animal testing of cosmetics. The products are made from ingredients harvested from around the world: shea butter from Ghana goes into body scrubs and butters, and Indian artisans craft wooden massagers and tote bags that are screenprinted by hand. But all that isn't to say the company's production practices overshadow its final products. Skincare treatments such as the Blue Corn 3-in-1 deep-cleansing scrub mask often appear in Allure, Marie Claire, and other national publications.
VN Pho Vietnamese Restaurant's prix fixe package allows groups of diners to pick from its menu's crunchiest appetizer rolls, most savory pho noodle dishes, and most refreshing bubble teas. Diners begin by choosing between the beach-going crustaceans stuffed into shrimp spring rolls or the fawningly polite minced pork packed into fried egg rolls. Pho noodle bowls, such as the noodle soup with eye-round steak and meatballs, contain winding layers of white-rice noodles topped with thin slices of beef, all swimming in a slow-simmered beef-and-bone-marrow broth and grabbing at flavorful life preservers of cilantro and green onions. Flood your mouth with succulent straw-borne mango, coconut, or green-tea flavors while sipping greedily from bubble teas, whose smooth-tasting liquidity leads economists to theorize that the tea’s deliciousness has become detached from its ingredient value.