Frequently referred to as the “Beverly Hills of the East,” the affluent Buckhead district of Atlanta is known for its designer labels, luxury hotels, vibrant nightclubs, and independent art galleries lining Miami Circle and Bennett Street. But the area has a lot more to offer than opulence. With world-class venues, accommodations, and academic resources, Buckhead is becoming a hot spot for a wide range of meetings.
A 25-minute drive from the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Buckhead offers more than 200,000 square feet of elegant meeting space within walking distance of high-end shopping at Lenox Square, Phipps Plaza, and the six blocks of stylish, specialty boutiques at The Shops Buckhead Atlanta. The district is easily accessible by the city’s public transportation system, MARTA, and is currently developing its PATH400 Greenway Trail, which will be five and a half miles long once completed and connect with the Atlanta BeltLine.
Organizers looking for off-site venues in Buckhead can check out the Atlanta History Center, which houses permanent and temporary exhibits and sponsors year-round programs on its scenic 33-acre campus. The venue is also now home to the “Battle of Atlanta” cyclorama painting, recently restored, along with the steam engine Texas, also newly restored.
When attendees find down time in between meetings, they can explore Buckhead’s culinary scene at some of the area’s famed restaurants, like Chai Yo, serving upscale Thai cuisine, or Atlas Buckhead, serving high-end Southern fare.
There are more dining options, accommodations, and unique meeting venues in nearby Midtown. The city’s second-largest business district, Midtown is undergoing a massive expansion and will soon offer more than 305,000 square feet of meeting and convention space. With more than 4,600 hotel rooms located within the 1.2-square-mile area of the Midtown district, attendees can easily get around on foot. Plus, Midtown’s Arts District, anchored by the Woodruff Arts Center and Fox Theatre, plays host to art exhibits and live musical performances for all ages.
Downtown is also easily accessible from Midtown and Buckhead via Peachtree Street, the main artery connecting the neighborhoods in Atlanta, making it easy for meeting planners and attendees to navigate the city. Atlanta’s Downtown area offers an additional 12,000 hotel rooms and more than 2.1 square feet of meeting and exhibit space. It’s also home to a number of attractions that double as special event venues, such as the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the World of Coca-Cola, Centennial Olympic Park, and the Georgia Aquarium.