Cozy Staycations: Indoor Attractions for Every Season
Published December 8, 2022
Last Updated February 2, 2023
Atlanta is the perfect city for a staycation, with hotels that appeal to people who prefer whimsical, historic, new or trendy. Take your pick then see suggestions for attractions to visit.
Located at The Interlock, the Bellyard Hotel makes it easy for anyone to work, meet, play and stay. This desirable and new destination is home to some of Atlanta’s best dining, nightlife and entertainment. You can grab a bite to eat from the many nearby restaurants, play a game of mini-golf at PuttShack or chill by the fireside at Rooftop LOA. The convenient location brings the fun and excitement of Atlanta to your fingertips. Experience a Christmas-themed staycation by booking the Sweet Escape Room during the holiday season.
Where: 1 Interlock Ave. NW
Sitting in one of Atlanta’s oldest neighborhoods, Old Fourth Ward, Wylie Hotel has a lot of charm and history to offer as it is the revival of the original 551 Ponce De Leon Hotel. The home-like atmosphere has remained since its opening and has grown to be the perfect staycation for those who like both comfort and play. You can enjoy a delicious meal, special events and seasonal experiences at the hotel’s restaurant, Mrs. P’s Bar & Kitchen then take a quick walk over to explore Ponce City Market.
Where: 551 Ponce De Leon Ave. NE
Talk about foodie paradise, the Epicurean Atlanta offers a distinctive experience as it pays homage to Midtown’s culinary evolution. The three exclusive food outlets at the Epicurean give you something to look forward to during your stay. If those options aren’t enough you can take part in culinary-focused events in the state-of-the-art teaching kitchen, Epicurean Theatre. Visiting during the summer? The rooftop resort-style pool and adjacent bar will keep you busy. Warm up during the colder months with unique seasonal cocktails at both the Office Bar and Reverence restaurant. The Earl Grey Holiday Toddy at Reverence is a must-try.
Where: 1117 West Peachtree St. NW
The Georgian Terrace
Experience a taste of luxury amid Atlanta’s thriving arts scene. The Georgian Hotel brings comfort, Southern hospitality and style to any staycation. With plenty to do and see in the booming area, delicious dining and thriving nightlife are only steps away. Have a bite from the hotel restaurant, Livingston, before exploring the magic of Midtown. The Georgian Terrace also helps keep the holiday spirit alive during the season with the opportunity to send notes to and have brunch with Santa.
Where: 659 Peachtree St. NE
Hyatt Centric Buckhead
Just steps from Lenox Square, you can enjoy a staycation filled with shopping and dining. However, stepping off the hotel property isn’t necessary to find a good time and even better food. Three Arches, the on-site restaurant offers guests a cozy dining experience with unique Mediterranean bites and drinks by outdoor fire pits. Keep the night rolling with an elevator ride up to the rooftop bar, Spaceman ATL. Enjoy delicious drinks and skyline views.
Where: 3301 Lenox Parkway
Just minutes from Downtown and in the heart of Midtown, The Starling brings a vibrant and upscale experience to any cozy staycation. In an area with plenty to do, you can walk out of the hotel right into Colony Square for a fun selection of dining, drinks and entertainment on the green space. If you’re feeling artsy, the High Museum of Art and Museum of Design Atlanta are only a few steps away. From poolside events in the summer to holiday happenings in the winter and everything in between; a stay at the Starling Hotel is the perfect way to experience the heart of Atlanta.
Where: 188 14th St. NE
Omni at The Battery
Enjoy a luxury getaway in a center for entertainment. Atlanta Braves fans can catch a game while hanging out poolside on the rooftop terrace, and music fans can catch a concert just a walk away at the iconic Coca-Cola Roxy. Whether you want to stay cozy inside The Omni or explore the excitement of The Battery, nearby, there is always something to do. Staying during the holiday season means you’ll be able to experience a winter wonderland as The Battery goes all out with themed decor.
Where: 2625 Circle 75 Parkway SE
Sugar Magnolia Bed & Breakfast
This charming bed and breakfast in the heart of Atlanta’s Inman Park will give you all the comfort you need. Transport back in time when entering this Victorian-style home. You can enjoy walking tours of beautiful homes and surrounding sights. The outdoor firepit will keep you warm as the seasons change. You can wake up to a festive hot cocoa bar during the winter months.
Where: 804 Edgewood Ave. NE
Luxury meets classic at this elegant Midtown retreat. With timeless decor, gallery-quality art and an easygoing atmosphere, Stonehurst Place makes you feel as if you are staying at your favorite rich aunt’s house. Enjoy a relaxing stay with a soak-in spa tub or take a walk around Midtown and see where the night takes you. Enjoy the gardens of Stonehurst Place in the spring during the Midtown Garden Stroll.
Where: 923 Piedmont Ave. NE
Take your staycation to another level and discover Atlanta through the eyes of Nobu. This luxury hotel provides a one-stop experience for all things including fine dining and spa services. Located in Buckhead, designer shopping and entertainment are close, with Phipps Plaza and Lenox Square within walking distance. Nobu’s luxury experience adds a grand touch to every season.
Where: 3520 Peachtree Road NE
Indoor Attractions and Activities
Illuminarium – Experience immersive entertainment at its finest. You don’t need to go far to be transported to a new dimension of sensory experiences like no other.
Fernbank Museum of Natural History – This natural history museum includes a Giant Screen theater and an old-growth forest. Fernbank provides a unique experience with plenty to learn and see.
High Museum of Art – An Atlanta staple, the High Museum of Art displays a wide range of exhibitions showcasing a diversity of culture and history through an artistic lens. This iconic museum often provides family-friendly experiences and events.
Millenium Gate – The beautiful site will make you stop and stare but the history and stories it shares will make you stay a while. This triumphal arch celebrates peaceful accomplishments with a history museum located inside.
Georgia Aquarium – Spend a day under the sea at Georgia Aquarium. Encounter whales or feed your deep-sea curiosities in the presence of animals including turtles, penguins, dolphins, crabs, sea otters and jelly fish. There’s an endless opportunity for exploring with several different unique events offered throughout the year.
Ponce City Market – This historic market is a destination for great dining and unique shops right off the Atlanta BeltLine.
Swan House at Atlanta History Center – Tour this iconic mansion in Buckhead that was originally built for Edward and Emily Inman in 1928. You might even recognize it from its role in the Hunger Games movies.
Shopping in Buckhead – Discover why Buckhead is known as one of the best shopping destinations. With a trip to Lenox Square, Phipps Plaza, Shops Around Lenox and Buckhead Village, you’ll be sure to leave with some exclusive designer finds.
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