Comfort Inn & Suites Galleria
2800 Highlands Parkway SE
Smyrna, GA 30082
Phone: (678) 309-1200
Fax: (678) 309-0590
Atlanta is a genteel town steeped in tradition, and few local traditions can rival that of the Polo Club of Atlanta. While membership is expensive and somewhat exclusive, most Atlantans (and visitors) are satisfied to simply enjoy the refined spectacle of competitive matches, hosted every Sunday from June through October. Dress is casual and picnics are welcomed. Because of extreme summer heat, no matches are scheduled during the month of August.
Years ago, the Silver Comet Rail Line took passengers back and forth between Atlanta and Birmingham, Alabama. Now, however, the abandoned line has carried passengers only on foot or on bicycle. This paved trail runs for 13 miles (21 kilometers) through Cobb County and continues into Paulding and Polk Counties. When completed, the trail will extend the entire length of the Atlanta-Birmingham line. Pets are allowed if leashed. You can access this scenic trail at multiple locations; just call for directions.
Located near West Wesley Road in Buckhead, Cross Creek is in a great spot for squeezing in a quick afternoon round. It is a par-3, 18-hole course that is also a perfect place for the beginner to sharpen his or her skills. The course is well maintained and nicely managed, and a pro shop with on-site golf pros is there if needed.
This Midtown specialty shop caters to the growing number of devotees of the extreme sports of rock climbing and rappelling. The facility is home to the largest climbing gym in the Southeast, which features an expansive "bouldering" area and a rotating climbing wall. The challenging obstacle course provides safe trial runs in negotiating overhangs, buttresses and cracks for novices and experienced climbers alike. Reservations are suggested for the daily beginners' instruction sessions, and equipment rental is available.
For a test of your skills without a strain on your wallet, try the executive course at Legacy. The course features nicely varying topography, from numerous sloping doglegs to rolling fairways that hide surprising bunkers and traps. A driving range, putting course, clubhouse and pro shop are also located on site. Reserved tee times are strongly encouraged. Check website for updated information and seasonal timings.
Sports Illustrated named Fox Creek the #1 practice facility in the Southeast. Just a short drive (with a car, not a club) up Interstate 75 from the city, Fox Creek also boasts an executive golf course. Mostly par-3s with a few par-4s, this course is a great place to play if time is a factor or you're a beginner. The practice area offers a large driving range, as well as an immaculately maintained putting green. Fox Creek is the perfect place to hone one's golf skills.
Explore four miles of hiking trails at East Palisades. It's located in the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, so there's plenty to see and do by the river. Admire bamboo forest and water views while bird watching, fishing, or running. While in Atlanta, this escape to the great outdoors is a must-visit attraction.
This is a specialized dive shop founded by 15-year diving veteran Bert Quist, a certified PADI scuba diving instructor who started the business in 1998. Located one block south of Peachtree Battle Shopping Center, the shop offers a broad range of gear, as well as a spectrum of classes and travel opportunities. Courses include introductory sessions, certification classes, corporate outings and certification/travel packages. The shop arranges several trips each year to major diving resorts and is known for its in-depth knowledge of some of the world's most unusual diving opportunities.
The Georgia Tech Aquatic Center located in the Georgia Tech Campus Recreation Center, is a very famous swimming facility in Atlanta. This facility hosts the best of aquatic events all year round. Built in 1996 for the Olympic games, the competition pool is a great place to indulge in competitive laps. The aquatic center has comfortable stadium seating, a diving pool, spa and water slides. The swimming facility is mostly used by the university's swimming teams. The arena also has facilities for swimming camps and water polo practice.
Chastain Park is one of the largest of its kind in the city. Situated to the east of its namesake neighborhood, it is a popular recreational respite among locals and tourists alike. It features playgrounds, a golf course, tennis court, swimming pool and running paths. In addition, it is a great outdoor venue for concerts. The amphitheater is one of the most famous in the country for setting the standard in live entertainment. Past performances have been by some of the biggest artists in music such as Counting Crows, Lyle Lovett and Jewel.
Classified as a championship course, the 18-hole Chastain links terrain attracts a bevy of golf enthusiasts, especially on weekends. The stately stone clubhouse is modeled after country estates in Scotland and Wales, and provides a romantic backdrop for an afternoon of golf. A pro shop, snack bar, putting green and all the first class conveniences are provided, including expert instruction with the club pro. Resident weekday fees are moderately priced during weekends. Nonresidents pay a little extra. Call ahead for more details.
The most expansive and popular of Atlanta's city parks was originally laid out for the Cotton States and International Exposition of 1895, and it now attracts more than 2 million visitors annually. Dog owners, sun seekers and sports enthusiasts flock to the Piedmont Park to enjoy the fair weather, largely unaware that this was the spot of the Battle of Peachtree Creek during the Civil War. Its picturesque locales also offer a romantic ambience. The 189-acre (76.48-hectare) facility is home to the Atlanta Botanical Gardens and scenic Lake Clara Meer, and plays host to many of Atlanta's favorite concerts and festivals.