Suites with fireplaces and full kitchens at hotel with free breakfast; about 1 mile from Perimeter Mall and 15 miles from downtown Atlanta
Hotel at a Glance: Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Atlanta Perimeter Center
There’s a homey feel to these suites, located about 15 miles north of downtown Atlanta. Full kitchens complete with cookware let travelers avoid dining out for every meal. On cooler evenings, in-suite fireplaces warm the spaces as guests relax on their couches.
- Free breakfast starts the day with options such as waffles, fresh fruit, pastries, and hot items.
- Pet-friendly hotel: One pet weighing less than 25 pounds is welcome for an additional fee (varies according to the number of nights).
- Ways to work out: There’s a gym with cardio equipment and free weights, plus an outdoor basketball court.
- What’s nearby: The hotel is about 1 mile from Perimeter Mall, whose 150 stores and restaurants include Sephora and Shake Shack.
Atlanta, Georgia: Urban Parks and Renowned Aquarium in Capital of the South
Named 1 of 50 Places of a Lifetime by National Geographic, Atlanta lies near the Chattahoochee River in Georgia’s northwest region known for its famed trees: magnolias, pines, and dogwoods. Despite a metropolitan population of more than five million and what is considered the world’s busiest airport by passenger count, Atlanta seems to always offer a relaxing escape. Stroll through the 185 acres of botanical gardens, hiking trails, and oaks at Piedmont Park, or study one of the country’s largest Civil War exhibitions at the Atlanta History Center.
Anchored by historical Peachtree Street, the city’s midtown area boasts a thriving arts-and-culture scene. Opened in 1929, the Fox Theatre features imposing Egyptian architecture and a custom-made organ with a network of 3,622 pipes. Tours take place on Monday, Thursday, and Saturday. The High Museum of Art spotlights more than 12,000 pieces of contemporary and folk art, ranging from Renaissance paintings to photographs from the civil-rights era. Kids might better enjoy the Georgia Aquarium, located downtown at Centennial Olympic Park. One of the world’s largest aquariums with more than 8 million gallons of fresh and marine water and more than 100,000 animals, the aquarium is home to beluga whales, lionfish, whale sharks, bottlenose dolphins, and more.