Atlanta's Best Suburbs to Call Home
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What’s the best way to get to know a city? Spend one night there! Fortunately, KNOWAtlanta has the 411 on all of our fantastic metro cities and how you can enjoy the perfect night in each of them. Here, we tell you where to stay, where to eat and what do in some of the area’s best spots. So get out your calendar and start planning your One Night In now….
Located approximately 25 miles north of Atlanta, Alpharetta is a vibrant city suburb that is growing by leaps and bounds. It is known for everything from its excellent culinary offerings to its abundance of outstanding recreational hot spots.
Where to Stay Perfect for the modern traveler, Aloft Alpharetta offers spacious rooms with contemporary décor, pillowtop mattresses, 49-inch LCD televisions, complimentary WiFi, a 24-hour pantry and so much more. The hotel, a Marriott property, is located only moments from North Point Mall, Ameris Bank Amphitheater and Avalon.
Where to Eat Want to feel like you’re dining a quaint beach town? Then head to Lapeer Seafood Market, which features a hyper-seasonal seafood menu of dayboat fish, including East Coast and Gulf oysters, wild-caught fish and Gulf shrimp—all of which is served in an open, airy and modern 3,000-foot space.
What to Do Head to Jekyll Brewing for a flight of some of the best beer in town. The first brewery in Alpharetta, Jekyll Brewing features brews on tap that offer up nods to Georgia, including signatures like Cooter Brown, Big Creek, Southern Juice and Hop Dang Diggity. Stay for a tour and see how the magic is made.
Travel about 50 miles northeast of Atlanta to Braselton to enjoy a blend of bucolic beauty and historic charm. The jewel of the area is its downtown district, which is undergoing a major revitalization effort. Year-round activities and a thriving tourism industry make Braselton a go-to North Georgia spot.
Where to Stay The Hampton Inn & Suites Braselton is situated on the grounds of Château Élan, giving guests access to the resort’s amenities, including 63-holes of championship golf, a 35,000-square-foot spa, the winery, and restaurants. The property offers spacious suites with sitting areas, a resort shuttle and breakfast buffet.
Where to Eat Located in historic downtown Braselton, The Galloping Galette offers the authentic and classic cuisine from French Brittany. Guests are greeted by the melodious French accent of the owner, who places your order with the chef in her native language. Try a heavenly dessert crêpe and a savory galette coupled with one of the restaurant’s fine wines.
What to Do Downtown Braselton boasts a full day’s worth of shopping for vintage treasures. Start at the Braselton Antique Mall and make stops at spots like the Naked South Boutique, the House of Boykin and Countryside Antiques.
Marietta, situated only 18 miles northwest of Atlanta, boasts an historic town square, five National Register Historic Districts and a perfect blend of small town charm and urban flair. It is the seat of Cobb County and offers a host of cultural and entertainment options.
Where to Stay The Hilton Atlanta/Marietta Hotel & Conference Center features an idyllic location and luxurious rooms with picturesque views of the 18-hole City Club Marietta Golf Course, Marietta and Kennesaw Mountain. The onsite Brumby Gardens is a unique amenity that houses the Marietta Gone With The Wind Museum.
Where to Eat Indulge in Latin-Asian fusion-inspired dishes at Taqueria Tsunami. The dining atmosphere is perfect for date nights, family dinners and for those looking for some delicious food. Located on Marietta Square, the eatery offers everything from tacos and quesadillas to Tsunami bowls and cocktails in a relaxed setting.
What to Do Eat, shop and explore Historic Marietta Square, where many events are hosted throughout the year, including the year-round farmer’s market, which takes place on Saturdays. Relax in Glover Park, shop in an array of charming stores, dine at one of the area’s great restaurants and take in the sights of downtown Marietta.
Just south of Atlanta and only 25 minutes from Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is the master-planned community of Peachtree City. It boasts eight hotels, more than 100 restaurants and countless entertainment options, most of which can be accessed at 15 miles per hour via more than 100 miles of paved golf cart paths.
Where to Stay The Peachtree City Hotel and Conference Center offers resort-style accommodations on 19 picturesque wooded acres. It features spacious rooms with balconies, high-tech amenities and more. The hotel also provides access to two restaurants, a swimming pool and a fitness center, among other features. Meeting facilities are available as well.
Where to Eat For an excellent gastropub experience, head to The Curious Pig, which serves up nouveau Southern cuisine, including specialties like shrimp and grits and twists on classics like pimento cheese. A farm-to-table focus and a bar featuring local and regional beers make this a can’t-miss spot.
What to Do There’s nothing like a little music under the stars. The Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater, also known as The Fred, is a 1,600-seat outdoor venue that regularly hosts Grammy-winning performers and national and international touring acts. Every season, the calendar is jam-packed with fantastic shows.