Re­dis­cov­er­ing ATL

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“Some­times all it takes to recharge is a change of scenery. Whether you go down­town for the af­ter­noon or an overnight stay in one of the many 5-star ho­tels, now is the per­fect time to reen­gage with your home­town and proudly post all of your In­sta­gram pics…”

It’s no se­cret that many At­lantans have stayed far away from down­town un­less they had the un­for­tu­nate luck to serve on jury duty, but thanks to my friends pur­chas­ing a gor­geous new home in the his­tor­i­cal Healey build­ing over­look­ing Woodruff Park, my new of­fice at Switch­yards—a su­per cool shared workspace—I’ve been hang­ing out a lot in our city’s cen­ter and quite frankly, I have fallen in love.

I have spent more time in the past few weeks down­town than in my own Mid­town neigh­bor­hood due to a se­ries of events, meet­ings and so­cial gath­er­ings. Our city takes on an en­tire new look and feel when you break out of your com­fort zone and ex­plore ev­ery­thing down­town has to of­fer. All it takes is a short $5 ride with Lyft and it can re­ally seem like you are “get­ting away,” mak­ing it the per­fect des­ti­na­tion for your next af­ford­able stay­ca­tion in your own back yard.

Plan­ning a long week­end away in At­lanta is quite sim­ple if you’re a mu­sic lover. All you have to do is keep an eye on all the up­com­ing shows at The Taber­na­cle or Philips Arena to cre­ate your own ad­ven­ture around your fa­vorite tour­ing artist. Last month alone I saw Bey­oncé dance her butt off and Santigold shine all in the heart of our city. Dur­ing the month of May, Cen­ten­nial Olympic Park will host both The Shaky Knees and Shaky Beats fes­ti­vals with hoards of elec­tronic and al­ter­na­tive bands help­ing to make #DTATL a blast.

The W At­lanta Down­town is the per­fect place to book a room for your home away from home. The ho­tel is of­fer­ing spe­cial rates all sum­mer long for lo­cals to get away with­out leav­ing town and has lots of cool stuff hap­pen­ing ev­ery week­end at their rooftop pool and bar.

Ev­ery Satur­day, W At­lanta Down­town is en­cour­ag­ing guests to put down their phones and play by the pool with spe­cial bingo games with give­aways in­clud­ing bar tabs, mas­sages at their on-site spa Bliss and even com­pli­men­tary overnight stays. The art of chill­ing out is what Sun­days are all about when lo­cal At­lanta lux­ury yoga stu­dio Ex­hale hosts a spe­cial water yoga event ev­ery week called H20m, where guests par­tic­i­pate in a spe­cial yoga class over­look­ing the sky­line of Down­town At­lanta. Thanks to Hand­picked At­lanta—an app pow­ered by Scout­mob—you can buy a pool pass for the en­tire week­end.

And you can al­ways add a lit­tle his­tory to all the hot down­town sum­mer days in your fu­ture by vis­it­ing the beau­ti­ful and in­spir­ing Na­tional Cen­ter for Civil and Hu­man Rights.

Some­times all it takes to recharge is a change of scenery. Whether you go down­town for the af­ter­noon or an overnight stay in one of the many 5-star ho­tels, now is the per­fect time to reen­gage with your home­town and proudly post all of your In­sta­gram pics as a tem­po­rary tourist: #WeLoveATL

Bill Kaelin is the owner of Bill Kaelin Mar­ket­ing Events and Con­sult­ing Agency in At­lanta. www.Bil­lKaelin.com

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