Comfort Inn & Suites Galleria
2800 Highlands Parkway SE
Smyrna, GA 30082
Phone: (678) 309-1200
Fax: (678) 309-0590
Standing by the meandering Chattahoochee river, this beautiful expanse is the pride of the historic neighborhood of Whittier Mill Village. While it doesn't sport fancy landscaping or sports facilities, Whittier Mill Park is popular in the city for it's vibrant local scene. The open space in the heart of the park is host to numerous cultural and community activities and events throughout the year. Call ahead for more information.
Founders Chris Doyle and Jason Santamaria chucked their corporate jobs to start the microbrewery Second Self Beer Company. While Doyle also has experience working in a large brewery, Santamaria was a chef at his family's multiple restaurants. Due to their culinary knowledge, they only brew beers that pair perfectly with food and can be served along with lunch or dinner. Their beers are unusual concoctions that blend international spices and herbs to yield rich aromas. During a tour of the brewery, try the Thai Wheat with delicate notes of ginger and lemongrass, and indulge in the Mole Porter flavored with cocoa beans, dry chili, clove and cinnamon. Other brews include the Junipa infused with Rosemary and Juniper extracts, and the Bleeding Heart with flavors of Red Velvet cake. This brewery also hosts beer tasting sessions.
The Smyrna Market Village is a downtown neighborhood of Smyrna that is a landmark in urban design and landscaping. Predominantly pedestrian-centric in design, it was established in 2002. Lined with 16 town houses, it is also home to the City Hall and the City Library, amongst other important structures. With an good line up of retail and commercial space, it is a popular shopping district of the city.
Ahavath Achim Synagogue, established in 1886, is a vibrant Jewish congregation. Founded initially as a group of less than 20 members, the synagogue and its congregation has grown manifold. The synagogue is involved in active humanitarian work and organizes community events like blood donation camps for the American Red Cross society and annual food drives.
A historic neighborhood of Georgia, Atlanta, the Howell Station Historic District has been on the list of National Register of Historic Places since 1997. The district features various kinds of houses and bungalows, mostly built in Colonial Revival, Classic Revival and Bungalow or Craftsman styles of architecture in and around 1890. Formerly divided into a predominantly white and black neighborhood, most of the houses are now privately owned, so one can only view them from the outside.
Carousels have been around for quite sometime now but the Riverview Carousel which is inside the Six Flags Over theme park in Atlanta is a rather special one. It is made of 60 horses which are carefully hand-crafted and was delivered to the theme park in 1908. Since then, it has been delighting people of all ages from toddlers to groups of friends gallivanting around and even romantic couples. Riverview Carousel is also one of the only 3 five-abreast horses carousels known in existence.
If you are in Six Flags Over Georgia, don't miss their Hurricane Harbor Water Park since the admission is complementary for those visiting the main parkland. It is indeed a must visit for water enthusiasts with its Caribbean themed landscape, top-notch rides and entertainment. Check out the Calypso Bay where you can surf up on gigantic waves or slither down the Bonzai Pipelines. If you want more adventure, then try the Tsunami Surge that will leave you breathless with excitement and, well, screaming! Step into the Paradise Island, an interactive water zone which the kids will love. Plummet, surf, ride or swim, whatever you do, you can be sure of a thrilling time at this water park.
Six Flags Over Georgia is a thrilling attraction located about 20 minutes to the west of the Atlanta city. In addition to an impressive roster of roller coasters, thrill rides and interactive games, the park features parades, special events, and Broadway-style musicals starring Bugs Bunny and other Loony Tunes characters. Dozens of snack shops and restaurants are strategically placed throughout the park, and strollers and wheelchairs are available for rent. See website for online specials, operating hours, and calendar of events.
This 24,000-square-foot (2230-square meter) modern mansion has been home to the state's governors since 1968, when the mansion was rebuilt in the Greek Revival style. The two-story home features a library and a ballroom that comfortably seats 150 for dinner. Furnishings and paintings are neoclassical and feature many collections from Georgia artists. The second floor is the family's private residence and includes a large suite for visiting dignitaries. The free tour is self-guided, although hosts are available in each room to explain items of special significance. A virtual tour is available on the website.
The whole of Bennett Street is lined with galleries, antique shops, rug sellers, cafes, restaurants etc. The antique shops have stuff from Britain, Ireland, Italy and France, reproductions as well as originals. This street also is a witness to many events, parties and launches throughout the year. The galleries include paintings from contemporary to fine art, photographs etc, an entire day can just go by visiting galleries. This street is the perfect place to be if you love shopping as well as enjoy art and fine food at the same time, all can be found here. This fusion of shops create a unique charm that distinctly belongs to Bennett Street.
The Millennium Gate beautifully punctuates Midtown to give Atlanta its "Gate City" nickname. The Latin inscription on the facade indicates the structure is a dedication to peaceful accomplishments. The architecture is quintessential of classic Roman triumphal arches replete with sculptural accents and a picturesque landscape. It houses a museum that sprawls over 12,000 square feet (1,100 square meters) and showcases a well-preserved collection of Georgian memorabilia and historical evidence. The period rooms lend a glimpse into life in the 18th Century while digital and technologically interactive displays make for a sophisticated history lesson.
This residence was built in 1910 for the Andrews family and is an architectural anchor of the affluent Peachtree Heights neighborhood. Although the name of the original architect has been lost, the famed architectural team of Ivey and Crook was responsible for the substantial expansion that took place in 1928, which was commissioned by the Dunn family. The Tudor Revival style of the home is reminiscent of old English manors, with half-timbering casement windows.