Thankfully, Atlanta doesn’t experience month-long subfreezing conditions, but it can still dip down to temperatures too cold for extended outdoor explorations. Luckily, there are plenty of unique indoor escapes for winter hibernation -- places to get away from the cold, but not from the fun. Whether you seek a date night, an afternoon with the girls or an indulgent excursion, Atlanta is a welcoming place to spend the winter.
Neighborhood warm up
- Cozy up at Candler Park’s neighborhood teahouse, Dr. Bombay’s Underwater Tea Party. Vegetarian small plates, decadent desserts and Nirvana teas and coffees promise to warm you from the inside.
- After you’ve indulged, head to the adjacent neighborhood of Little Five Points to catch a play at Horizon Theatre. Since 1983, this intimate location has connected people, inspired hope and promoted positive change through contemporary plays.
Distinctive shopping and dining
- Inman Park’s Krog Street Market offers delicious culinary delights like The Cockentrice and Urban pL8. Catch live music at Superica or sip coffee and people-watch in the community Living Room.
- Those in Old Fourth Ward enjoy defrosting at Ponce City Market. The communal Central Food Hall plays culinary-central to such delights as W.H. Stiles Fish Camp or Bellina. If baubles and boutiques melt your heart, then plan a stop at Anthropologie, The Frye Company, Rye 51 and dozens more fashionable venues.
- We can’t all afford a Porsche in the driveway, but Atlanta provides the opportunity to immerse yourself in the brand synonymous with luxury. The 28-acre Porsche Experience Center offers one-on-one instruction on unique Porsche test-track modules and off-road courses.
- If the thrill of the course doesn’t warm you, then head indoors for off-track excitement: human performance training, the driving simulator center and classic restoration center.
- Don’t miss the fine-dining experience for lunch or dinner. Restaurant 356 offers classics such as Pacific salmon, sea scallops or pappardelle, with high-class cocktails to match.
Lesli Peterson is a guest blogger for Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau. She relishes the discovery of obscure, offbeat and unwonted places, and she will chat up any willing stranger to uncover a new secret locale. She now serves as the Family Travel Ambassador for Georgia and freelances for several publications including USA Today. Her blog, 365AtlantaFamily, highlights family travel, outdoor adventure and date night ideas. When Lesli's not traveling, she’s hiking in the mountains or checking out Atlanta’s culinary scene.