Travel — 09 September 2011
By Renuka Christoph The season for holiday shopping and hustling has arrived. Consider a venture out of Music City for a different spin during the holiday shopping experience. Atlanta is the perfect spot with endless shopping and phenomenal dining. A quick weekend getaway to Atlanta will refresh and recharge while offering some of the best in shopping. Whether a visit to IKEA, downtown shopping or nearby outlet malls, Atlanta truly has something for everyone. The variety is unbeatable and worth checking out. Stay at the Ellis Hotel which is downtown Atlanta’s newest chic boutique hotel. The charming hotel provides a modern coziness with a touch of class. Included in the stay are Molten Brown products for further overnight enhancement. For a great lunch spot, check out Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant. There are plenty of good picks, including the fish tacos or the Marzen Barbeque burger. The appetizer to go for is the Brewer’s Feast which consists of Kobe sliders, garlic fries, southwest egg rolls and hummus with garlic crostini. The Brewery is especially known for the garlic fries. The venue provides friendly service and great food. For dinner, look no further than The Atlanta Fish Market where guests will find Atlanta’s finest seafood. With an impres•sive array of seafood, the enticing choices are flown in fresh daily. The clever atmosphere intertwines a fish marketplace with fine dining. Choice picks are the Chilean Sea Bass, Cedar Planked Short Smoked Atlantic Salmon, Grouper Francese. Appetizer Holiday picks of the week: must-haves are the Jumbo Lump Crabcakes and Signature Flash Fried Lobster Tail. And save room for the Bread Pudding soaked in rum! Hop in the car and enjoy the pleasant and nearby drive to Atlanta, indulging in some of the finest in dining and shopping.