Our Travel with Compass series continues this month in Atlanta, in advance of the Compass REtreat which will be taking place there in a few weeks. We’re excited to explore the city with the help of Jason Wieloch from The Wieloch Group at Compass Atlanta. Here are his tips for where to eat, sleep and play in his city!
Where would you recommend people stay for a visit to Atlanta?
It depends on what you hope to get out of your stay.
If you want to stay in a walkable area in a really cool part of town, I recommend grabbing a spot near the Beltline , an urban walking trail which has become a central meeting point to socialize in Atlanta. Many of the top restaurants and eclectic nightlife are in this area. Grab a hotel in the Old Fourth Ward
area for this and I recommend Hotel Clermont , a beautifully restored historic hotel with a rooftop bar which overlooks the city. Check out New Realm Brewery or Ladybird for a daytime beer or cocktail.
If you want something fancy for your trip, including the best shopping and fine dining, stay in Buckhead at the St Regis Hotel or the new Thompson Hotel . Try to grab a drink at Himitzu , a private speakeasy hidden next to Umi , on a late Friday or Saturday. Ask your server/bartender at Umi for access. Top shopping destinations include the luxurious Phipps Plaza and The Shops of Buckhead.
What are the not to miss restaurants or dining experiences in Atlanta? (ie – different types of meals, anything your city is known for in terms of type of cuisine or special restaurants, your go tos, etc). Atlanta actually has world class food and doesn’t get the notoriety it deserves. We are a very International city and you can find anything. Some of my favorites include our steakhouses (Bones, Hal’s, Kevin Rathbun, Marcel), sushi spots (Umi, Sushi Hayakawa, Fudo), and Italian (La Grotta ). Check out Buford Hwy, a 4 mile area, which has been named as one of the most diverse stretches of ethnic cuisine in the United States.
Along with being a professional Realtor, I know you are also a professional sports fan. Where should other sports fans go to get a great experience?
There is no doubt the Atlanta Braves are the toast of the town, and The Battery is the entertainment district which surrounds the recently built Truist Park. It has become a model for future sports developments in North America and is a 365 day per year destination. Atlanta is also the mecca of college football and annually hosts the SEC Championship as well as The Peach Bowl. If you can catch a college football game or Atlanta Falcons (NFL) at Mercedes Benz Stadium, it is one of the most breathtaking stadiums in the world.
What are some other fun or interesting things to do in your city that people may not think of?
We are known as a “city in the forest” and are at the foothills of the Appalachian mountains, so there is lots of outdoor life close to the city including mountains and lakes. If you have the time, take a drive into the North GA mountains for a day of hiking or to visit a winery in the fall. In the summer, Lake Lanier is 30-45 min north and is a great place to rent a boat or a cabin for the weekend. You may also want to visit Stone Mountain, just east of Atlanta. It is the largest granite formation in the world. You can easily hike or take a cable car to the top and see sweeping views of the city.
What would you like everyone to know about The Wieloch Group?
We are founding agents for Atlanta and were the first team to join here. We have over 40 years of combined experience and are consistently one of the top performing real estate teams in the city. We do resale and also have access to some of the best new development opportunities via our builder accounts, providing unique expertise to customers who are considering building or renovating.
The Bottom Line
Thank you, Jason for your perspectives on the Atlanta scene. We’re looking forward to visiting in a few short weeks!
Of course, if you are looking to buy or sell a home in the Atlanta area, please contact us, and we would love to put you in touch with Jason and his team. Be sure to check out his website here, and give him a follow on Instagram.
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