12 Jul 2017

Smartup guide to Atlanta, Georgia

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Smartup Visuals has just returned from a trip across the pond to visit Atlanta in the southern US state of Georgia. “Officially” we were there to digitally scribe an executive project management meeting, buuuut while in the area, we just had to sample some of Atlanta’s famous hangouts we’d heard so much about. Here are our best bits.  
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In true Smartup style, we stayed at the Ritz in the heart of Downtown Atlanta. Think crystal chandeliers, marble surfaces and… a candy bar in the reception (sure). As a rule, we’ve decided that all trips need to start with free gelato and jelly beans from now on.
We wanted to make the most of the heritage and culture on our doorstep so we started at The Civil and Human Rights Museum, just a short walk away and an absolute must visit in order to grasp the importance of this city to the American civil rights movement.
It being America there was also Coca-Cola World, the CNN studios, and the ‘Largest Aquarium in the Western Hemisphere’ nearby.

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Speaking of fish, we got a tip-off that The Optimist seafood and oyster bar was the BEST place to eat in Midtown. Now, we’ve sampled some good lobster rolls in our time but boy, these were seriously tasty. Their outstanding menu featured fresh seafood and local ingredients expertly prepared by Executive Chef Pat Pascarella. All of this set in a classic loft-style interior made it a difficult place to leave.
But leave we must, and on we went to check out Little Five Points, A Town’s hippie ‘hood. As we wandered through the streets filled with chic vintage and bohemian stores we stumbled upon Little 5 Corner Tavern. We’re not very good at pool but we are good at cocktails and their roof terrace was the perfect place to connect with locals and let loose - just don’t forget your ID card!

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Don’t leave Midtown without checking out the Beltline, a recently renovated train line running from Piedmont Park and circling the in-town neighborhoods, complete with green space and restaurants. It’s the perfect way to see the city from above.
If you’re anything like us, you’ll need a sugary pick me up at the end of a long day. Never fear, let your nose guide you to Lenox Square Mall where you’ll find the Cheesecake Factory. It’s an American institution for a good reason and perked us up instantly.

After a couple of gluttonous days, we jumped on the healthy(ish) wagon and drove it to the True Food Kitchen. The Arizona based restaurant chain offers a fresh menu that’s easy on the pocket too. A perfect place to please a big group of people with different tastes!
When we had to work, we were glad to find The Copper Coin Cafe, taking full advantage of their power outlets and the holy grail that is free wifi. The big open space and many great artworks on display helped us to get our creative juices flowing.  

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And just like that is was all over. We loved our trip to Atlanta and especially want to thank all of the people who made our stay so fun. Next time you’re in “Hotlanta”, make sure you follow our Smartup Atlanta city map.
To check the digital scribing project we were working on in Atlanta click HERE.

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