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Where Atlanta - - EDITOR’S ITINERARY - Clau­dia Mash­burn Head Concierge, At­lanta Mar­riott Mar­quis —KRISTINA DREW

Q: Which restau­rants have great out­door seat­ing op­tions?

A: Pa­cific Rim is right next door to the ho­tel—they serve Ja­panese and Thai and have a great out­door pa­tio. Lure on Cres­cent Av­enue is con­sid­ered the ad­ven­ture of seafood and is a fun place to ven­ture out to. The Lawrence off of Ju­niper Street is my fa­vorite—they have one of the best mixol­o­gists in town.

Q: A fam­ily is stay­ing at the ho­tel for spring break and they need help plan­ning the per­fect warm-weather day. What do you rec­om­mend for them?

A: If it's a fam­ily with teenagers, then I would rec­om­mend them to rent some bikes and start at Ir­win. I would tell them to take the [ At­lanta Belt­line] to Ponce City Mar­ket. Af­ter­ward, take the Belt­line to

Pied­mont Park and en­joy the sunny weather. Take the Belt­line back to Ir­win [Street] and stop in at Krog Street Mar­ket.

If it's a fam­ily with lit­tle kids, then I would rec­om­mend they take the free taxi from the Mar­riott Mar­quis to [ Zoo At­lanta]. A fam­ily could spend all day there.

Q: Spring is blos­som­ing! Where do you send vis­i­tors look­ing for scenic views?

A: Pied­mont Park and the At­lanta Botan­i­cal Gar­den are close by. If some­one is will­ing to drive a lit­tle fur­ther, I would send them to Gibbs Gar­dens— the daf­fodils and cherry blos­soms there are beau­ti­ful.

At­lanta Botan­i­cal Gar­den

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