1920s Boutique Hotel on Historical Peachtree Street
Peachtree Street is one of Atlanta's oldest thoroughfares and probably its most iconic. Its cobblestone pathways are lined with antebellum mansions, grand movie palaces, and other landmarks that seem to tell the whole story of the city in the course of one afternoon stroll. Margaret Mitchell wrote Gone with the Wind in a basement apartment at Peachtree and 10th, and several years later the movie version premiered at Peachtree and Forsyth. Built in 1924, The Artmore Hotel faces this historical boulevard with an ornately trimmed stucco façade that calls to mind a Spanish villa. The boutique hotel balances an aura of southern glamour with mod décor and contemporary amenities.
An arched breezeway leads to a secluded courtyard, where a fire blazes atop a stone fountain shaded by a canopy of blossoming dogwood trees. Indoors, guest rooms exude old-school glitz with animal-print rugs, crimson accents, and artsy black-and-white photos of movie stars and tuxedo-clad zebras. At Studio Bar and Lounge, chefs sate appetites with entrees such as a chicken panini ($10) and homestyle meatloaf ($15). Sparkling metallic pebbles line the lengthy bar, where visitors sip imported wines or signature martinis while perched on white barstools. Outside, overstuffed wicker chairs make a comfy spot for listening to live music in the hotel's courtyard.
Midtown Atlanta: Cultural Haven in Capital of the South
Georgia's capital city lies along the Chattahoochee River in the state's northwest region. Some five million people live in the metropolitan area, but for a quiet escape there's always Piedmont Park—more than 200 acres of botanical gardens, hiking trails, and oaks sporting 19th-century hoop skirts. Anchored by historical Peachtree Street, the 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. 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.