I thought I’d share my Atlanta favorites, especially if you have out-of-town guests visiting this weekend. But even if you don’t, save these recommendations for when you do or just go enjoy the city this holiday weekend with no guests in tow.

For sightseeing: The Georgia Aquarium. It’s perfect for kids and adults. Everyone is amazed by everything the aquarium has to offer.

For cocktails: The St. Regis. It’s absolutely beautiful and The Wine Room and The St. Regis Bar offer two distinctively different atmospheres. It might even be nice enough to sit outside and enjoy the patio this weekend.

For shopping: Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza. You can’t bet this shopping combo, especially if your guests are coming from a small town.

For breakfast: OK Café. It’s an Atlanta landmark and they serve brunch on Saturday and Sunday until 2 p.m., so even if you were out late the night before you can still count on a choice of a late breakfast or lunch.

For lunch: Watershed. It has a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere, plus the Southern food is sure to please any out-of-town guest, no matter where they’re from.

For dinner: This depends. Casual and inexpensive: Six Feet Under Atlanta, 11th Street location, has a great bar food and one of the more impressive views of midtown, downtown, and Kennesaw Mountain. Moderately priced/neighborhood restaurant/gourmet: BOCADO, Serpas or Miller Union. More expensive/gourmet: Dogwood Restaurant (sorry closed June 2011) or Restaurant Eugene.

For the sports fan: The Atlanta Braves at the Braves Stadium during baseball season.

For music: From Jazz to Southern Rock, I’d recommend checking the schedule at venues like Eddie’s Attic and Park Tavern. Also, most of the high-end hotels in Atlanta have live music in their lounges on Friday and Saturday nights.

Georgia Aquarium jellyfish

BOCADO in Atlanta features farm-to-table creations by Chef Todd Ginsberg

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  1. Susan DeRsoe says:

    Hi Wendy.
    OK Café was very pleased to be included in your “favorites” list on your Southern Twist web page. Thank you for remembering us.

    P.S. I like your other choices too!

    Susan DeRose
    Owner Liberty House Restaurant Corp.

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With a Southern Twist is all about good living in today's South. A true Southerner, the author's passions include food, home design, travel, restaurants, shopping, and entertaining. It is a fun blog about one of her most beloved regions of the country, shared through personal experiences.