Southern in the City Fall Escape

From stylish restaurants to boutique hotels, this Atlanta, GA getaway will have you packing your bags.
Article: Caroline McKenzie

Why we're packing our bags: Atlanta's burgeoning Midtown neighborhood has a whole new crop of hearty and stylish restaurants, shops, and museums. Spend a weekend in this Georgia Peach for all the panache of the Big Apple, sans tacky street vendors.

Perfect for: Epicureans and style-setters looking for a big-city getaway.

On the itinerary: Midtown, home to the High Museum of Art (, is the heart of Atlanta's art scene. New to the 'hood, the Museum of Design Atlanta ( celebrates the design of items from handbags to skateboard graffiti. Stock up on fall tweed at Billy Reid's ( new outpost in the Westside Provisions District (, a collection of boutiques in a former meatpacking plant.

Save room for: Oysters on the half shell from The Optimist (, chef Ford Fry's new seafood joint. The Lawrence ( serves suppers with Southern touches such as pork belly with sweet-tea jus. Try chocolate-chip cookie dough cheesecake from Café Intermezzo(, an Atlanta favorite opening November 1 in Midtown.

Rest your head: The Artmore Hotel is a boutique foil to Midtown's towering chains, with comfy rooms nestled in a 1920s building. (Rates from $129,

Bring it back: A dress shirt ($108.75-$183.75) from the eponymous shops of Midtown power couple Sid and Ann Mashburn (,

Don't miss: The hush-hush happy hour at Empire State South. Follow them on Twitter (@ESSouth, for the daily secret word; whisper it to the bartender for a sweet deal.