When it was founded in 1870, Norcross, Georgia, quickly became a resort getaway for wealthy Atlantans looking to escape the city. To this day, Norcross continues to supply a refreshing small-town antidote to the hectic pace of Atlanta, which lies just a 30-minute drive away. The Atlanta Marriott Norcross puts both locales within easy reach, welcoming visitors with clean, spacious rooms, luxurious bedding, and a hot daily breakfast.
Pillow-top mattresses and 42-inch flat-screen TVs grace guest rooms that can sleep up to five. Each room also features free WiFi and a workspace for composing postcards or Gone with the Wind fan fiction. Aromatherapy bath products in the granite-accented bathroom help you unwind before bedtime.
Downstairs, an indoor swimming pool connects to an outdoor sun deck through giant windows. A fitness center houses free weights and cardio equipment. Chile Lime, the hotel's casual onsite restaurant, serves up cedar-plank salmon, slow-roasted beef short ribs, and other American favorites for lunch and dinner.
Norcross, Georgia: Historical Village 30 Minutes from Midtown Atlanta
Norcross's 112-acre historic district is marked by turn-of-the-century street lamps and brick walkways along the main thoroughfare. The entire area is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and it's easy to see why: Victorian homes share the street with 100-foot-high trees and antebellum mansions. Golf courses nearby include the public Heritage Golf Links, whose "ambitious, well-kept layout" drew praise from Golf Digest.
About 18 miles south is Atlanta, which stands at the forefront of 21st-century southern culture. Just west of the city’s Piedmont Park, the Woodruff Arts Center houses the High Museum of Art and its permanent Louvre in Atlanta exhibit, which showcases selections from the Paris museum in rotation. Other Atlanta landmarks include the World of Coca-Cola, the rushing fountains in Centennial Olympic Park, and the enormous Georgia Aquarium.