So many people and so little time to meet them all! Welcome to Atlanta!

Wow, between tourists clamoring to see all the sights in Atlanta and our many convention attendees, there is a swarm of people in Atlanta this week! It can be exhausting trying to meet them all! It is always a pleasure meeting new guests and welcoming them to our family. A big Southern hello goes out to AmericasMart, the ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha, and the many families visiting the city. We hope you enjoy your stay and thanks for visiting.

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Published in: on July 12, 2011 at 10:29 am  Leave a Comment  

Welcome all volleyball players!

The Inn at the Peachtrees would like to welcome all those participating in the volleyball championships this week. Work hard as a team and play your best, we are rooting for you! Don’t forget to power up with our breakfast buffet or take our Energy Express with you! Best of luck!

Published in: on June 27, 2011 at 9:29 am  Leave a Comment  

Are you “Inn”?

Say hello to our new logo! Keep checking back as the Inn welcomes its first guests this week after our renovation. Even more exciting will be the launch of our new website coming soon!

Published in: on January 4, 2011 at 9:20 pm  Leave a Comment  

Mother’s Day Appreciation

There are many ways to show someone how much you care. The most effective of course depends on the individual. For me personally it’s time. Spending rare free time with someone I care about, as well as knowing they are doing the same is important to me; it’s about the quality not quantity. For others it is gifts, little knick knacks to treasure, while others appreciate kind words in a card, help throughout the day like the chore they just can’t get to or breakfast in bed, or even just a simple hug. Whatever it may be, this weekend is the time to put on your thinking caps and show your mother, in a way she will truly appreciate it, how much you care. And here is a little clue; the way they show you love is the way they want to receive it.

Mother’s Day is celebrated all over the world in many different ways, on many different days. The majority of the world celebrates on the second Sunday in May, as we do. Anna Jarvis led the way in making this a National holiday. After her mother passed away, during a memorial service she held, the idea was hatched. She campaigned to get it recognized and President Wilson signed it into law in 1914. However by 1920 Jarvis became appalled by how commercialized the holiday she worked so hard for had become and spent the rest of her life speaking out against it saying “A printed card means nothing except that you are too lazy to write to the woman who has done more for you than anyone in the world. And candy! You take a box to Mother—and then eat most of it yourself. A pretty sentiment.”

What she was truly asking was take a day and appreciate the person that gave us life. And this Mother’s Day that is what we in Atlanta are going to do! If the mother in your life is like mine then Atlanta is the place to be. With a weekend packed full of events it’s gonna be hard to decide what to do. We have the Sweet Auburn Springfest going on this weekend, as well as the 31 day Jazz Fest celebration, and Mary Poppins at the Fox just to name a few. While a card with a personal note goes along way, you could go the extra mile and write mom a thank you letter for the mother that likes words of affirmation. Some moms would love nothing more than a day of doing nothing and having all the chores magically completed. As far as gifts go the best gift idea I’ve found that doesn’t break the back is a magazine subscription. For mom it’s never about the money spent but the thought behind the gift. Pick up your mom’s favorite mag; just send in the form inside, plus it’s the gift that keeps on giving! Happy Mother’s Day from all of us here at the Inn at the Peachtrees!

“Now You Know”

The Hawks, who bounced around as much as the Braves before settling in Atlanta share much of the Braves’ history. After brief stints in Milwaukee they both caught the attention of bigger markets, eventually landing in one of the fastest growing cities in the country. Both teams were also owned by Ted Turner and experienced their best years in Atlanta under his leadership. Most importantly though, both teams are bouncing back to the caliber they should be at, making Atlanta proud this past weekend.

The National Basketball League added the Buffalo Bisons in 1946, which after a lucky 13 games moved to Illinois to become the Tri-city Blackhawks. The Blackhawks had a winning team and went on to become one of the 17 original teams of the newly formed NBA, even winning the playoffs the first year in 1949. The move to Milwaukee didn’t fare as well. After the move in 1951 the Hawks became known as one of the worst teams in the NBA. That and the loss of fans to the Milwaukee Braves helped fuel the decision to move the Hawks to St. Louis in 1955. It was here that things finally started to turn around for the team.

The time in St Louis truly was the heyday for the Hawks. In 1957 they made it to the finals for the first time, only to lose to the Celtics in game 7 after what is known as one of the best games in the NBA. They finally fell after double overtime, only to come back the next year and take the Celtics in game 6. They followed up with a few more visits to the finals when it was realized they needed a bigger arena. St Louis however wasn’t ready so the Hawks finally moved to Atlanta.

Since coming to Atlanta in 1968 the Hawks have had their ups and downs. Their best performances were while Ted Turner was owner, however they never made it back to the finals. After falling short consistently in the semi-finals the Hawks fell into a cycle of mediocrity that we are finally pulling out of. We have a team that is strong enough to go all the way. But why did they take so long getting to the semi-finals? The Hawks need a challenge and that’s what they are going to get with the Orlando Magic. The play their best under pressure. Its’ their time and they will show us what they are made of! We here at the Inn at the Peachtrees look forward to the winning season as well as pregame events next season after our renovation is complete.

How Does Your Garden Grow

Tomorrow the Atlanta Botanical Gardens will be doubling in size. The previously 30 acre garden nestled into Midtown Atlanta has added an Edible Garden, a Canopy Walk, and a Cascade Garden to their already lavish gardens and ever changing exhibits. Celebrating tomorrow with a Grand Opening which kicks off at 10 a.m. there will be a little bit of something for everyone.

With a mission to “develop and maintain plant collections for the purposes of display, education, conservation, research and enjoyment” the Atlanta Botanical Gardens incorporated as a non profit in 1976. Nearly 35 years later they are living up to the mission with their newest expansions. The Edible Garden transformed from a parking lot is intended to encourage visitors to grow beautiful healthy food. They go a step further as well by having guest chefs come in and teach visitors how to cook with home grown fruits and veggies, with leftovers to be donated to local shelters.

The Canopy Walk is the first one of its kind designed to completely respect its surroundings, as it allows visitors to roam through the trees of the Storza Woodlands. As it structurally disappears into its surroundings you will feel like you are walking on clouds as you look down at tree tops and other native plants. This is truly going to become a destination for visitors and we are lucky enough to have it in our back yard.

With the Grand Opening also brings a new welcome way, the Cascade Garden. The peaceful waterfall and tropical plants, including about 50 varieties of ginger, add dimension to the entrance transforming it into a Hawaiian post card.

This weekend’s date suggestion, of course, is an afternoon at the botanical gardens followed by the Braves game. Our boys need some encouragement now that they are finally home. Tickets start at $6, and they need the help to end the losing streak! Besides there is nothing better than a spring afternoon at the ball park.

I Love the Night Life

On this day in 1977 Studio 54 opened its doors bringing discos to the tips of every tongue. Night clubs have been around for years as had Disco but none as famous as Studio 54. It set the standard for what defines the character of many cities. Atlanta is no different. Our nightlife is an attraction for many.

Studio 54 was a second venture for Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager. They successfully managed the Enchanted Garden in Queens when they came across the old CBS studio. They signed the lease a week later in the winter of 1976 and began a $600,000 renovation with the financial backing of Jack Dushey. The place was transformed to the club all other clubs try to emulate. With lavish parties and an array of famous faces the club made $7 million in its first year. For a New Year’s party they covered the dance floor with 4 inches of glitter which party goers say made the club look like there was a magical cloud of fairy dust on the dance floor.

Steve the front man of the club made sure all the right people were always at the Studio. The first night there were 5000 invitations sent out! By the time the club opened, a half an hour late, there was a line outside. At midnight there were people with invitations that couldn’t even get in. Steve was very particular about who was let into the Studio. He and door man Marc Benecke had perfected a salad mix that was to include a combination of celebrities such as Elton John, Calvin Klein, Andy Warhol, Mick and Bianca Jagger as well as unknown beautiful people leaving the rest in wanting. Even celebrities like Frank Sinatra, Woody Allen and Diane Keaton were denied entrance. In fact “Le Freak” by Chic was written when Neil Rodgers and Bernard Edwards weren’t allowed into a New Year’s party.

Here in Atlanta we are known for our nightlife. But where do the celebrities go when they are in Atlanta? While there are plenty of thriving nightclubs in Atlanta none compare to Primal on Spring Street. Primal is a baby compared to the rest of Atlanta’s club scene, barely a year old, but it has established itself as the place to be. With celebrities like Pamela Anderson launching into headlines, it is a destination spot for celebrities when they visit. Most recently Primal was chosen as the location for the Hall Pass wrap party. Christina Applegate, Alyssa Milano, and Owen Wilson partied alongside Atlantans and we are sure they will be back the next time they visit our fair city. Next time you are there don’t be surprised at who you run into!

Going Green!

“It organized itself” Senator Gaylord Nelson claims humbly, but every big events starts with a small idea and passion to follow through. For that vehemence we should thank the Senator because it was that which brought about this awareness campaign and took it global. There are now celebrations in over 175 countries.

For years Senator Nelson was making conservation tours trying to raise awareness of the environmental degradation issue and have it put into the political agenda to no avail. In November of 1962 he met with Robert Kennedy and discussed with him the need for conservation and the government to get involved. Robert Kennedy agreed as did President John F Kennedy. In September of 1963 President Kennedy even went on an 11 state conservation tour but the politicians still didn’t take notice. Senator Nelson didn’t give up. He continued speaking about the adverse effect we had on our environment. The first Earth Day, April 22 1970, was meant to be a form of grassroots protest. Senator Nelson got the idea in the summer of 1969 while on an environmental awareness tour. He noticed the anti-Vietnam “teach-ins” and how engaged the college students were and realized that this was the push the politicians needed to put global awareness on the forefront.

At a conference in Seattle in September of 1969, Senator Nelson announced that “protest” for the following spring. About a month later the New York Times ran an article about the event and the necessity of action. When Senator Nelson claims it organized itself he gives credit to the thousands of schools and communities and over 20 million people that took part to make that Earth Day a success!

Why April 22? Well that was no accident. It was very strategic on Nelson’s part. Nebraska already regarded it as Arbor Day and had been celebrating since 1885. But Nelson also took into account that since his key was to engage the college students he had to work around their schedules. The week did not conflict with any exams, breaks, or holidays, and it promised pleasant weather. And he chose Wednesday because it wouldn’t have to compete with as many programs. I say we thank Senator Nelson for letting Earth Day organize itself.

So what are you doing to “Go Green”? It can be as simple as taking your own mug to the coffee shop to as large as changing out your appliances. We at the Inn at the Peachtrees are about to undergo an extensive renovation and are heading in the right direction to preserve our planet for future generations. We will replace our bathroom fixtures to conserve water, invest in energy efficient appliances and lighting and are looking forward to reducing our carbon footprint.

This weekend to wrap up Earth Week the Inman Park Festival will be the destination spot. While Atlanta has many festivals this is the one that you should never miss. It is truly a local festival that celebrates the Inman neighborhood. With hundreds of artist and merchants and the best food Atlantans would be crazy not to be there. And as any good festival does of course there is a parade, but not just any old parade. This one is lead by the Inman Park Butterfly! Live music of all genres and a dance festival wrap up the reasons why this is my favorite festival of the year and the best date spot for this weekend. And since you will already be at Inman Park check out the Pacific Kitchen and see how much flavor organic food brings to the table!

Fire and Iceland

After a fairly calm 200 years the Eyjafjallajokull volcano started to erupt again last month. Thrill seekers from around the world flocked to Iceland. They took super jeeps, buses, and helicopters to check out the now active volcano. Many said the serene feeling of being there was indescribable. Tour guides and charter companies made small fortunes while the country started paying back its debts. During the past 2 months Iceland’s economy was starting to bounce back. Like the majority of the world Iceland was affected by the recession, however with the first eruptions from volcanoes that had been quiet for the most part, it saw a resurgence in the economy. Then last week came the big one!

The eruption last week has put a stop to all travel in and out of Europe! Officials say that it is unsafe to fly through the ash because it could cause the engine of a plane to shut down. Therefore over 700,000 people have been grounded with flight plans delayed indefinitely. By far this is the largest disruption of travel the world has seen so it has been unclear on exactly how to handle the situation. The bottom line is everyone is losing money. British Airways is losing 20 million pounds a day. Air France-KLM started doing its own test runs yesterday and hopes to present the results to government officials when they convene tomorrow. They are being proactive because they can’t afford to lose any more than the euro35 million they already have been losing each day.

The true casualties of this event have been the travelers. We at the Inn at the Peachtrees have some travelers stranded with us and are hoping we can do everything to make their stay as comfortable as possible. Unfortunately not everyone has been able to say the same. With some hotels almost tripling their room rates and the unforeseen expense of nearly an additional week abroad, travelers are weary and running out of money fast! Some airlines are reimbursing passengers for their expenses and providing meal vouchers. The American Red Cross has set up camp at the Kennedy International Airport providing blankets and incidentals. Hopefully by the end of the week things will be resolved, and everyone resumes safely with their travels.

Weekend at the Park

Atlanta is not known to have much of a spring. We tend to go from winter to summer, however mild the winter may be. We always have a rapid weather transition that goes from lows in the 20’s to highs in the 80’s in a matter of weeks. There for while I would like to say this is a perfect spring weekend for the outdoor festivals I can’t. Better yet I’m going to say we are going to enjoy beautiful summer weather all weekend long. No pesky wind, but don’t forget the sunscreen. This weekend is jammed packed with events so get out there and see what Atlanta has to offer!

The spotlight event this weekend is the 74th annual Dogwood Festival. Back at Piedmont Park this year it is expected to be bigger than ever with something for everyone. The Dogwood Festival was originally founded in 1936 by Walter Rich who was the founder of Rich’s department store. He wanted Atlanta to be international recognized for its dogwood trees. He launched a beautification of Atlanta project planting dogwoods in parks, around businesses, and along the roads. The Junior League then started holding pageants, parades, and carnivals and the festival grew. There was a brief hiatus due to WWII that started in 1941. By 1964, however, under the guidance of the Women’s Chamber of Commerce the Dogwood Festival became the largest civic celebration in the Southeast including fashion shows, light shows , and symphonies. In the 70’s hot air balloon races, regattas, and home tours were added. By 1987 The Dog Wood Festival became a month long event including around 40 events. This year it is a 3 day event and includes Artist Markets, Kid’s Activities, and Eco Village, and International Village, Food and Wine Tasting and more than can be explored in one day!

Sweet Water 420 Fest is a newer festival in Atlanta that has exploded into one of the most anticipated of the city. The 6th annual Sweet Water 420 Fest is going to be at Chandler Park this Saturday and Sunday. The proceeds go to benefit the Chandler Park and the community. The 420 fest is attempting to raise environmental awareness. So along with the great live music and the hoopla of children’s activities there will also be seminars on how we can take little steps to improve the health of planet earth. While you’re there check out the confessional, and cleans yourself of all your wrong doing to the environment as you take the first step to becoming part of the solution.

By far hands down the best date night idea this weekend is the Dogwood Festival and the Atlanta Film Festival coming together this Saturday for Movie on the Meadow at Piedmont Park. They are brilliantly presenting Alford Hitchcock’s Psycho! So bring a blanket and get ready to cuddle up under the stars!