Did you know that you can fly nonstop from Rochester to Atlanta? Atlanta is like another world, nestled within the deep south. It’s the birthplace of the Civil Rights movement and the land of peaches, pecans and peanuts. 

ARRIVING IN “A-TOWN” or “HOTLANTA”

The great thing about flying is that it can transport you to another world in a matter of a few hours. In this case, you can be in Atlanta after a short two and a half hour flight. Delta offers daily flights from Rochester, Minnesota (RST) to Atlanta, Georgia (ATL), and upon arrival in “A-town” or “Hotlanta,” as the locals call it, you will find yourself immersed in a vast metropolitan area. 

Because you can catch a direct flight to Atlanta from Rochester, you may want to consider a quick  get away with family, friends or your special someone. there is a wide variety of things to do in Atlanta, depending on your interests, budget and time.

GIRLFRIENDS GETAWAY

Ladies, if you and your girlfriends want to enjoy a retreat, a jaunt to Atlanta has the ingredients for a fun getaway. Leave the kids and your worries behind and indulge yourself in a little “girl time” with your besties. There are several world-class shopping venues ideal for a day of bonding and relaxing with your friends. 

Atlanta’s luxury spas enhance your spa experience with regional inspiration ranging from native Georgia ingredients such as red clay at the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead to the BLISS products spa. At Exhale Mind and Body Spa, you can work out, take yoga and get your spa treatments. Hamman Detox Therapy is one of their most unique spa offerings. Spa Sydell has been Atlanta's most beloved day spa for over 30 years with seven metro Atlanta locations.

Atlanta is also home to several unique restaurants and nightlife. Explore the plethora of unique dining. Indulge in southern-style cooking, seafood or soul food. One resource for favored restaurants is atlanta.eater.com for reviews and Eater 38 recommended restaurants. After the sun goes down, you may want to visit some of the area’s nightclubs, attend a theatre production or enjoy a concert. There are endless relaxing and fun things to do in Atlanta.

FUN FOR EVERYONE

Atlanta features many family-friendly attractions that are great fun for both adults and kids. Visit the Georgia Aquarium, take a CNN studio tour, check out the World of Coca-Cola, or spend a day at the Six Flags over Georgia amusement park. You could also take a memorable outing to Stone Mountain Park, Georgia’s most-visited attraction, or visit Centennial Olympic Park, the site of the 1996 Olympic Games. There are plenty of activities to keep everybody engaged and entertained. If you have kids along, consider hiring a babysitter one night at your hotel, so the adults can get out and play. 

COUPLE’S ESCAPE 

If you and your special someone want a getaway, perhaps from the kids, you might enjoy other types of activities. Options to consider include a visit to the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, the College Football Hall of Fame, the Atlanta History Center or even a tour of the Jimmy Carter Library & Museum. For outdoor activities, Atlanta has several parks, walking trails and numerous golf courses. You may also want to include an evening at the Atlanta Ballet or the Atlanta Opera, or if you prefer something lighter, Atlanta offers several comedy clubs. 

For accommodations, Barnsley Resort is one of the most romantic places in Georgia with a luxury spa. The Four Seasons Atlanta has one of the most luxurious, Roman-inspired indoor pools in Atlanta. Experience some of Atlanta’s amazing dining options unique to the area.  

The convenience of taking a nonstop flight from Rochester definitely reduces the stress associated with flying from a larger airport. Consider exploring the many attractions, entertainment venues, shopping opportunities and outdoor activities available in the Atlanta area, in person—soon!

Cindy Mennenga, owner of Straight-Talk Wellness, is a health coach and freelance writer based in Rochester.

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