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Places of Interest
Atlanta History Center: is a unique campus that houses the Atlanta History Museum, Centennial Olympic Games Museum, Swan House, Tullie Smith Farm, six historic gardens, and the Kenan Research Center. The Atlanta History Museum is currently hosting two temporary exhibitions entitled "Native Lands: Indians and Georgia" and "Let Your Motto Be Resistance: African American Portraits", in addition to signature exhibitions on the history of Atlanta, the American Civil War and Centennial Olympic Games, among others.
1. Neighborhood Vignette:
Buckhead is said to contain the highest concentration of upscale retail shops in the U.S. at more than 1,400, and this segment alone generates over $1 billion annually in sales. Forbes magazine rates Buckhead's 30327 area code as the ninth wealthiest in the country. And the Robb Report proclaims Buckhead to be one of the "10 Top Affluent Communities" in the country. Although Buckhead is known for upscale shopping and luxuriant, expensive single-family residential neighborhoods, with one-third Atlanta's high rises, it's also a bustling business center and growing condo market.
The name Buckhead comes from the story that Henry Irby killed a large buck and placed the head on a post in front of his store, at what became the original center of the then-rural community. The main north/south artery is Peachtree Road, (which extends south into the city as Peachtree Street; the name change signifies the dividing line between Buckhead and Midtown). Most of the recent high rise redevelopment is located along the Peachtree Road spine. Several blocks of Peachtree, from Piedmont Road north, have recently had a streetscape makeover, and Buckhead boosters hope to extend this boulevard-style transformation. There is also an effort to establish a streetcar line that would run all the way along Peachtree into Downtown.
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2. Reasons to Visit:
Why visit? There’s that famous shopping, if that's your thing. Start at Phipps Plaza and Lenox Square, two upmarket malls that face each other across the intersection of Peachtree and Lenox Road. Smaller boutiques dot the area called "Buckhead Village," the grid of originally residential streets on the east side of Peachtree along Buckhead Avenue, Pharr and Paces Ferry Roads, and on the west side of Peachtree north of Paces Ferry Road. The Atlanta History Center Complex has house museums from several periods, permanent exhibitions including "Metropolitan Frontiers," which traces Atlanta’s evolution, and a current show exploring Georgia's recent Native American history through the voices and artistry of contemporary Creeks and Cherokees. And though their enormous lots and residential-only use is hardly N.U.-P.C., a drive through neighborhoods like Haynes Manor (also called Peachtree Battle) and Tuxedo Park, with their grand traditional houses and mature gardens, is a ravishing experience.
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4. Places to Eat:
Aria (490 East Paces Ferry Rd / 404.233.7673) – restaurant located in renovated cottage features 'slow foods' like braised, roasted, stewed and simmered meats.
Au Pied de Cochon (3315 Peachtree Rd / 404.946.9070) – Lobby level of the Intercontinental Hotel. 24-hour French brasserie features continental menu.
Bistro Niko (3344 Peachtree Rd / 404.261.6456) – Located in the Sovereign tower. Restaurateur Pano Karatassos' new spot headed by veteran chef Gary Donlick (Pano’s & Paul’s) serves bistro light French classics. Sit in the red leather Pullman booths!
Bluepointe (3455 Peachtree Rd / 404.237.9070) – Hip and swank restaurant and bar has a sophisticated Pan-Asian menu.
Buckhead Diner (3073 Piedmont Rd / 404.262.3336) – Casual, modern American fare at this unique and famous restaurant with the ambiance of a retro dining car.
The Capital Grille (255 East Paces Ferry / 404.262.1162) – High-end steak house features steaks dry-aged on-site, award winning wine list and stunning city view.
Chops/Lobster Bar (70 West Pasces Ferry Rd / 404.262.2675) – USDA prime aged beef is king here but you really want to see Lobster Bar which is modeled after the Grand Central Station Oyster Bar in New York.
Craft (3376 Peachtree Rd NE / 404.995.7580) - Chef Tom Colicchio's contemporary Atlanta outpost.
Fogo de Chao (3101 Piedmont Rd / 404.266.9988) – Southern Brazil eatery featuring churrasqueira grill.
Home (111 West Paces Ferry Rd / 404.869.0777) – A farm-to-table menu of New Southern favorites housed in a charming cottage.
Kyma (3085 Piedmont Rd / 404.262.0702) – A modern Greek menu compliments the architecture and interiors.
Market (3377 Peachtree Rd / 404.523.3600) – Karim Rashid did the modern interiors of this chic spot in the W Buckhead scoring another hit for Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Inspiration comes from France, Asia and Italian cuisines.
MF Buckhead (3280 Peachtree Rd / 404.841.1192) – Fresh fish is flown in daily from the Tokyo fish market to this superb, authentic sushi restaurant.
Nava (3060 Peachtree Rd / 404.240.1984) – The Southwestern menu here includes green chile lobster tacos with cascabel sauce and prickly pear margaritas.
Seasons 52 (3050 Peachtree Rd. / 404.846.1552) – A warm décor and live piano player at the bar draws you into this place. It features light, healthy fare.
Twist (3500 Peachtree Rd / 404.869.1191) – Tapas and sushi, in Phipps Plaza; you can sit outside on the patio and have a quick bite after shopping.
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