Hotel at a Glance: Sonesta Gwinnett Place Atlanta
Sonesta Gwinnett Place Atlanta is located in the peaceful town of Duluth, just 30 minutes northeast of downtown Atlanta. While you’re here, you can take a dip in the hotel’s indoor-outdoor pool or enjoy signature dishes and drinks at the newly revamped gastropub, ArtBar. The hotel earned TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence in 2014 and the top spot on the travel site’s list of Duluth hotels.
- Kick back at ArtBar, where you can play pool, watch sports, or order a signature cocktail, such as the Georgia Mule.
- Go for a swim: The heated pool extends from indoors to outdoors and features a sun deck.
- In-room amenities: Each newly-renovated room features HD flat-screen TVs and free wireless Internet access
- Day-trip destinations: The Georgia Aquarium, The World of Coca-Cola and Zoo Atlanta are all less than a half hour away.
Duluth, Georgia: Historical Town on Chattahoochee River, Just Outside Atlanta
A few years after the Civil War, the railroad came to Duluth, infusing the small town with a newfound vitality. Duluth’s Southeastern Railway Museum chronicles the history of Georgia’s railroads with exhibits of century-old Pullman cars, restored cabooses, and kid-friendly locomotive trips for the holidays. Downtown Duluth also reflects on the town’s rich past at its history museum, which is housed in the stately home of the state’s first female mayor.
The Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area is about a half hour from town and offers kayaking, rafting, and picturesque hikes past rocky shoal. The park is known for its colorful wildflowers, including lady slipper orchids and rare Georgia asters, which bloom a brilliant purple in October and November.
Many people stay here to explore Atlanta, where you can tour the CNN headquarters and World of Coca-Cola. The city also boasts the Georgia Aquarium—one of the world’s largest aquariums—and works by Monet and Toulouse-Lautrec, along with historic Civil Rights era photography, at the High Museum of Art.