Posted October 8, 2019

Exploring Atlanta’s Buckhead Neighborhood

Destinations

Distinguished mansions, stunning southern scenery and Atlanta’s best shopping—yes, Buckhead’s got style. It’s no wonder some of Atlanta’s most well-heeled residents—Ludacris, Mariah Carey, Coca-Cola execs—have lived in this tony neighborhood about 20 minutes north of the city center.

With history, parks and proximity, Buckhead is the perfect location for our next Atlanta hotel, set to open in late 2020 in a restored 1950s residential building on East Paces Ferry Road. Blending Kimpton’s design-driven aesthetic with Buckhead’s southern glamour, the 225-room hotel will feature a restaurant and bar, rooftop lounge, an outdoor beer garden and pool and 5,000 square feet of meeting and event space. In short, Kimpton Buckhead will be a destination itself—but we do recommend you get out and get to know our lovely soon-to-be neighbors.

Pretty and affluent, Buckhead offers it all: great shopping, beautiful green spaces, top-class museums and unparalleled nightlife. Image Credit: iStock.

Explore the History Hub

Minutes from Kimpton Buckhead, the Atlanta History Center is the site of the Atlanta History Museum, which opened a critically acclaimed multimedia exhibit in 2019 to showcase a new acquisition: the 132-year-old Battle of Atlanta cyclorama. The museum is surrounded by 33 acres of lush gardens and historic homes, including the Margaret Mitchell House, where the author wrote Gone with the Wind, and the circa-1928 Swan House, where you can learn about early 20th century Atlanta society. For a peek at Georgia politics, tour the Governor’s Mansion, a few minutes from the museum, which has housed every Georgia Governor since 1967 (including President Jimmy Carter).

Discover Georgia’s Great Outdoors

The Chattahoochee National Forest features picnic areas, recreation trails and miles of clear-running streams just a short drive from the city bustle. Image Credit: iStock.

Buckhead is home to Chastain Park, the largest city park in Atlanta, and a short 10-minute drive from its business district. The 268-acre park welcomes every kind of outdoor activity, including golf, horseback riding, and tennis, as well as a spacious amphitheater, which regularly hosts bands like Willie Nelson and Wilco. Nearby, you’ll also find the Northside Trail, part of Atlanta’s BeltLine, a 22-mile loop of connected urban trails (including currently opened and planned) and green spaces, and easy drives to Stone Mountain Park and the Chattahoochee National Forest.

The city will simply fade away on the Atlanta BeltLine’s most picturesque stretch, the mile-long Northside Trail. Image Credit: Christopher T. Martin.

Meet Me at the Mall

The mall experience is alive and well in Buckhead, a name synonymous with shopping—so much so several rappers have rhymed about the iconic Lenox Mall (renamed Lenox Square). Built in 1959, it was one of the first malls in the country. A few minutes away, the renovated Phipps Plaza has Prada, Gucci and Fendi, while the European-style Shops Buckhead Atlanta is six blocks of upscale fashion and beauty, high-end restaurants, local art and buzzy boutique fitness brands, only a stone’s throw away from Kimpton Buckhead.

Discover why celebrities have flocked to this renowned fine jewelry designer and manufacturer. Image courtesy of Icebox Diamonds & Watches. Image courtesy of Icebox.

There are plenty of boutiques around Buckhead’s shopping district, too—and you might even spot a few celebrities at Draper James, actress Reese Witherspoon’s southern lifestyle brand in the Shops Around Lenox, or Icebox Diamonds & Watches, a family-owned fine jeweler that’s outfitted Drake, Ludacris and T.I., among others. And can’t find it at one of the malls? Try Peoples, a fashion-forward independent womenswear boutique that’s been dressing Atlanta’s most stylish for 20 years.

Add a few pieces of timeless Southern style to your wardrobe at Draper James. Image courtesy of Draper James.

Buckhead’s Got Style

Kimpton Buckhead opens on East Paces Ferry Road in 2021, making it the perfect home base for Atlanta adventures or a bookend to a business trip.

—Samantha Sault

 

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