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.

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!

Festival Season is Upon Us!

Atlanta’s festival season has officially begun! With a few new additions to the local favorites, this year is off to prodigious start. Some of the new comers include the Earth Day Family Fun Festival in Atlantic Station, and the Life & Limb Oyster Fest at Park Tavern. They will be fighting with some the more established Bacon Fest at Dad’s Garage, and of course the Cherry Blossom Festival which is in Conyers and also in Macon. It’s going to be hard to decide which one, or ones to attend this weekend.

The Cherry Blossom Festival is a long standing tradition not just in Georgia but Nationally, one that is followed closely by the Dogwood estival. It actually signifies positive relations between the United States and Japan. Nearly 100 years ago, March 27 1912 to be exact, First Lady Taft, and Mrs. Chinda the wife of the Japanese ambassador, planted the first Yoshino cherry tree in the West Potomac Park. 15 years later we gifted the Japanese with the Dogwood in appreciation. It wasn’t until 1937 that the first Cherry Blossom Festival was held, but suspended during World War II when tensions increased. All was water under the bridge by 1947 when the festival resumed in Washing D.C. Now it attracts 700,000 visitors over 2 weeks.

The Cherry Blossom Festival wasn’t brought to Conyers until 1981 and Macon until 1982. In Macon what started out as a 3-day festival but has grown into 2 weeks with something to please everyone, from a fashion show to hot air balloon rides, concerts to parades everyone in the family goes home happy. No wonder the Macon and Conyers Cherry Blossom Festivals have been named in the top 20 in the South, and Macon’s Cherry Blossom Festival has even been named top 50 in the country!

What about date night? As I promised we are exploring Atlanta and focusing on couple. So in keeping with the festival theme why not the Atlanta Comedy Festival! Well to be honest the Laughing Skull Comedy Festival is over, but the spirit isn’t. Plus is a great place to chill out and loosen up. They have Ryan Stout in town this weekend and it will be impossible to be nervous after a night watching him. Stout has hosted MTV shows like “Shot at Love with Tela Tiquila” and “Paris Hilton’s My New BFF”. Be prepared for the unexpected. After a night of burning calories laughing your skull off, head over to the Vortex! The Vortex is a local favorite and if you aren’t familiar be sure to read the rules online before you go! The food is amazing with surprisingly healthy options. As you walk into the skull shaped building any dating nervousness will be washed away. They serve food right up till an hour before closing so after the comedy show you and your date will have plenty of time to get to know each other.

Road to a Healthy Atlanta

The Peachtree Road Race opened up registration this past weekend, and for a few minutes the website had so much traffic that it crashed. It was up and running soon enough and registration commenced and was closed last night. If you didn’t get a chance to register don’t worry though. Traditional paper registration is still an option. The registration form will run in this coming Sunday’s paper and 10,000 slots have been held.

The largest race in the United States, the 10k Peachtree Road Race will have 55,000 participants! So Atlantans are getting healthy in preparation. As the weather stabilizes Atlantans will slowly come to surface and litter the pavements in their running shoes. But so much more goes into being able to run a 10k in Atlanta’s July sun. Training involves stamina, not just speed. While the fast time recorded was a Kenyan man clocking in just less than 28 minutes, most people pride themselves in just finishing.

Atlantans will surely start training in their neighborhoods, or gyms but for those of you that need a change of scenery as I do don’t be discouraged. Atlanta is filled with pavement and dirt tracks to clear your head or take in some fresh air. Chastain Park is a beautiful paved trail that has a 2.5 mile loop, while Atlanta Memorial Park has a 1.9 mile dirt loop. http://smcadam.tripod.com/trails/ is a great website to find details on trails ITP and OTP. Another great resource to help you stick your running is a running group. to find one in your area contact the Atlanta Track Club.

Once a routine is fixed for running one should be set into place for diet. Healthy eating can mean the difference between a couple minutes off your time or finishing the race at all. Atlanta actually has a heap of options when it comes to healthy eating. First and foremost is and Atlanta favorite, the Flying Biscuit! The Flying Biscuit has taken traditional southern comfort food and slashed calories, cut down fat, and still kept the entire flavor. Local healthy hot spots also include Green Sprouts, an Asian wonder, R Thomas Deluxe Grill a figure friendly dinner, and Ria’s Blue Bird, a homey little place in the city. Happy trails.

A Little Bit of Romance

Wednesday like every good Atlantans with a flexible work schedule I was out celebrating St Patrick’s Day in true Irish fashion. It was amazing to see how vibrant this city truly is. Q100 sponsored an event at Fado’s unofficial, official Iris pub of Atlanta. Bands started playing in the misty afternoon and but by 6:00pm the light afternoon crowd had turned into a large eclectic mix we call Atlantans. All three floors of Fado’s were packed and as I leaned over the railing of the third floor patio to watch the Irish dancers I was filled with pride for our city. It was so nice to see so many people of such unique backgrounds come together and celebrate a rich culture.

A bit later at Dunwoody Tavern I ran into a few transplants. After explain to them what I do for a living I was asked what a good idea for a date night in the city would be and I am ashamed to say I couldn’t answer him. Not because we don’t have anything to do in the city of course but because I was so overwhelmed with ideas that I couldn’t decide what to tell him. So for the next few weeks we are going to review date night ideas!

First dates should be memorable, romantic and fun. The Atlanta Botanical Gardens is a perfect start. They have the Towers of Flowers, an Orchid exhibit going on right now in addition to their beautiful permanent blooms. And of course it not just flowers; the garden has sculptures as well. On a beautiful spring day or evening there would be nothing more enchanting than a visit to the garden. While this would be a perfectly great date, I think we should go further for the more established couple. Dinner should follow!! Some amazing restaurants near the gardens include Mu Lan Chinese restaurant, Silk, Steel, Repast, and Baraonda. Each of these restaurants have an inviting yet romantic atmosphere, and depending on what you are in the mood to eat they would all be in keeping with the theme of the evening, romance. Keep in mind that we are not done yet. No passionate date is complete without chocolate!! Our end to the perfect evening is of course the Chocolate Bar! With an amazing assortment of desserts, drinks and of course the smell of chocolate encompassing you as you step in, your night will scream fairy tale. We here at the Inn at the Peachtrees wish you good luck in your romancing!