10 Ideas for a Couples' Vacation this Summer in Atlanta

Atlanta is the perfect spot for a couples' vacation, with or without the kids.
  • Krog Street Market is great fun to explore together.
    Krog Street Market is great fun to explore together.
  • Little Five Points will take you back to the '60s with stores that sell vinyl records, secondhand shops,  great dives and restaurants.
    Little Five Points will take you back to the '60s with stores that sell vinyl records, secondhand shops, great dives and restaurants.
  • Let your hair down  and get your groove on at Midtown's dance clubs, such as Opera.
    Let your hair down and get your groove on at Midtown's dance clubs, such as Opera.
  • Piedmont Park hosts some of the best festivals in the country, but sometimes a couple just wants to take a quiet walk.
    Piedmont Park hosts some of the best festivals in the country, but sometimes a couple just wants to take a quiet walk.

Atlanta is a wonderful place for a couple to spend a weekend even if the kids come along. Want an artsy weekend? No problem. How about an in-town weekend? Yep, yep. Here are 10 couples' weekend adventures to explore in Atlanta.

  1. Arts Weekend. Book a room at the Artmore Hotel, which is right across from the Arts Center MARTA station and spend the weekend roaming through the galleries at the High Museum of Art Attend a concert (maybe the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra) at the Woodruff Arts Center or catch a play at the Alliance Theatre.

  2. In-town. The Hotel Claremont just re-opened and the renovation of this historic hotel is amazing. Don’t forget to get a drink on the rooftop patio. The Hotel Claremont should be your base for an in-town weekend. For a bit of culture, start the weekend at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum, then walk a few blocks to Little Five Points for some authentic counterculture vibes. Little Five Points is home to some of the best dives in the city (Anchor Bar and Porter Beer Bar, for example), nationally recognized thrift shops (Junkman’s Daughter), clothes not found elsewhere in Atlanta (Psycho Sisters, Stefans Vintage) as well as record stores that sell records. Spend the weekend dining in the area’s eclectic restaurants, including the Vortex, which offers the best burgers with attitude in the city.

  3. Urban. A few blocks from Mercedes-Benz Stadium is Castleberry Hill, an up-and-coming artsy neighborhood. Walk around and you’ll find lots of local businesses as well as areas that you think you’ve seen before. That’s because a lot of television shows and movies use Castleberry Hill for shoots. Book a room at the new Clarion Hotel and make sure to have dinner at Paschal’s. Not only is the food fantastic, but Paschal’s is a landmark, a place where civil rights leaders and Atlanta’s white establishment would meet over fried chicken to discuss implementing a peaceful integration (which they did).

  4. Spa. Who doesn’t love his and her massages? Several Atlanta hotels offer luxurious spa package weekends. Book at the Omni Hotel, Whitley Hotel, Mandarian Oriental Hotel, the W Hotel (Downtown and Midtown), the Four Seasons, Loew’s Hotel and the St. Regis Atlanta.

  5. Romance. It’s a couples' weekend. Let’s talk romance. Atlanta has many wonderful boutique hotels that offer special amenities for couples. Check out the Glenn Hotel, Ellis Hotel, Hotel Indigo, The Ritz-Carlton Atlanta. Looking for a romantic restaurant? Try these: Nikolai’s Roof, Aria, Babette’s Cafe, Pricci, La Tavola, Atlas, Bacchanalia, Sotto Sotto and St. Cecilia.

  6. Piedmont Park. Piedmont Park, right in the heart of Midtown, offers everything from world-class music festivals, such as the Atlanta Jazz Festival and Midtown Music; to arts and civic festivals, such as the Dogwood Festival and the Piedmont Park Arts Festival; to smaller fun ones such as the Ice Cream Festival. There also are wonderful paths for walking and enjoying nature. While you’re there, dine and drink at Park Tavern and, in the winter, go ice skating. Next to the park is the Atlanta Botanical Garden that takes looking at nature up several notches. Nearby hotels include the Loew’s and the W Midtown.

  7. Georgia Tech. Yes, we know that not everyone is a fan of the Yellow Jackets (we’re looking at you, Georgia Dawgs), but come for a game and stay the weekend. You might want to anchor your stay at the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center, the Georgian Terrace or Hotel Indigo Midtown. You’ll be within walking distance of Bobby Dodd Stadium. Don’t forget to stop at the Varsity for a chili dog and a Coke.

  8. Centennial Olympic Park. Centennial Olympic Park is one of the best reminders of the 1996 Summer Olympic Games, which took place in Atlanta. There’s always something to do there, and the park also is next to three of the most beloved and visited museums in the city: Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola and the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. Some nearby hotels include the Omni Atlanta, TWELVE Hotel, W Hotel Downtown, Hilton Garden Inn, the Glenn Hotel and the Embassy Suites Centennial Park.

  9. Turn Back the Clock: We know that with work schedules and hanging with the children an early bedtime is ideal, but once in a while, don’t you want to just kick back and go for it? Dance the night away! Bar hop! Be young again! Probably you’ll want to base your stay at the W Atlanta - Midtown, which is young, hip, vibrant and ideally situated close to a number of nightclubs. So, get your groove on at these great nightclubs: Opera, Halo Lounge and Lava Lounge.

  10. Just Hang: Sometimes you just want together time to wander around, see the sights, eat great food, see where the spirit takes you and connect. No problem. Atlanta’s neighborhoods have just the thing. East Atlanta has great local music and great bars while Virginia-Highland is the city’s “established” historic neighborhood with restaurants such as the Highland Tap, Murphy’s, Atkins Park, Taco Mac, Neighbors. Buckhead is the shopper’s mecca with Shops Buckhead Atlanta, Phipps Plaza and Lenox Square Mall. Midtown has a burgeoning restaurant scene as does the Old Fourth Ward. Walk around Inman Park and look at the restored Victorian homes and then walk to Krog Street Market for lunch and shopping. 

For more things to do in Atlanta, take a look at these 50 Fun Things to do in Atlanta.

Journalist Mary Welch writes business and lifestyle stories for local and national publications.

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