Celebrating Thanksgiving in Buckhead

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Residents at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta have a myriad of options when it comes to celebrating holidays. Their luxury condos are equipped for entertaining, with state-of-the-art appliances, bars and wine walls perfect for cooking or enlisting a private chef and sommelier for an affair. The Café & Bar located downstairs in the hotel is providing a Thanksgiving lunch with favorites from holidays with grandma to an upscale raw bar. In addition, Buckhead is a hot spot for the holidays, with premier shopping and heralded restaurants serving special menus.

 

Skip the Mess and Go Out 

Several of Buckhead’s top spots are offering Thanksgiving menus, from tapas favorite Saltwood to Brazilian feast Fogo de Chao to French staple Le Bilboquet. The AJC has compiled a full list of restaurants serving up special menus.

 

Black Friday Shopping is a Breeze

Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza are Atlanta’s top shopping destinations, and thus, sought-after on Black Friday. Beat the crowds and enlist the help of a personal shopper at Bloomingdale’s or Neiman Marcus.

 

Relax with a Holiday Cocktail 

Residents can take a cocktail class with a pro mixologist at The Café & Bar, or head out to one of Buckhead’s many hotspots for a holiday drink. Thirteen Pies is mixing up a Fall Dram with apple brandy and allspice, Holeman & Finch Public House touts a bitter Madison and Seven Lamps even has a Thanksgiving dinner slushie with baking spices.

Luxury Housing News

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The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta are at the forefront of trends and technology in luxury high-rise living. Below are links to three noteworthy real estate stories that caught our eye recently.

 

Luxury Entry Doors Are Real Estate’s Newest Obsession by Zachary Kussin of The New York Post.

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“Beyond trophy penthouses and standout amenity spaces, new luxury developments are incorporating bold entry doors into their designs. The goal is to create a grand — and more personal — sense of arrival.”

 

Atlanta Real Estate Market in 2016: Experts Forecast ‘Strong Growth’ by Brandon Cornett of Home Buying Institute.

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“Survey respondents have a favorable view of all sectors of the Atlanta real estate market, with no particular sector standing out significantly from the others. The local outlook for the Atlanta market is good, led by relatively strong outlooks for the local economy, investor demand, and capital availability.”

 

Will A Retail Gimmick Work Selling Luxe Condos? via Builder.

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“The condos, which will be available in 2017, are polar opposites of the simple houses under construction in Manila, with amenities like ocean views, a pool and sauna, and even potentially an indoor dog run. But the developer thinks that buyers will respond to the idea of doing good as an added perk.”

Where to See Holiday Lights in and Around Buckhead

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The holiday season has arrived in Atlanta, with neighborhoods and shopping destinations raising massive evergreen trees and stringing lights this weekend. Here are the best places to see Christmas lights in and around Buckhead

 

Macy’s Great Tree

The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta are located just steps away from one of the biggest holiday events in the city, the Macy’s Great Tree Lighting at Lenox Square Mall. This Sunday, enjoy a holiday concert by Jordin Sparks at 6 p.m. before the tree illuminates at 7 p.m.

 

Garden Lights, Holiday Nights at Atlanta Botanical Garden

Over 1.5 million LED lights decorate Atlanta’s botanical garden situated inside scenic Piedmont Park all holiday season long from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Don’t miss the Tunnel of Lights and The Café at Linton’s in the Garden, the newest restaurant from Holeman & Finch chef and James Beard Award winner Linton Hopkins.

 

Atlantic Station Annual Christmas Tree Lighting

The tree lighting at Atlantic Station is an all-day holiday affair with live music, ice skating, a holiday parade featuring Santa Claus himself and the lighting of the 250,000-light tree. The main event begins this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. 

What To Do in Atlanta This Weekend

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As the weather cools down and the holiday season approaches, Atlanta’s event calendar is filled to the brim with things to do, from museums to foodie get-togethers to sporting events. Here are this weekend’s can’t-miss Atlanta events:

 

Friday: Wonders of the Artic at Fernbank

At Fernbank, museums aren’t just for kids anymore. The natural history museum is known for fabulous cocktail receptions and special late night exhibits. This weekend’s edition matches the weather as guests are transported to the arctic, a world of polar bears, narwhals and plenty of ice. Stop by at 8 p.m. or 10 p.m. for an educational night out.

 

Saturday: Inman Park Block Party

The fabulous restaurants and retailers in Inman Park are coming together for an open-container bash Saturday afternoon from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Enjoy yoga, cocktails, wine from Barcelona Wine Bar and light bites from area restaurants like Bartaco while exploring the walkable neighborhood along the Beltline.

 

Sunday: Atlanta Hawks vs. Utah Jazz

Kick off the week with a bang by snagging some courtside seats to watch the Hawks take on the Jazz at 6 p.m. With plenty of bars restaurants nearby, Phillips Arena at the CNN Center is the perfect spot to grab happy hour drinks then watch some ball.

Celebrate the Holiday Season with Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta

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The holidays are nearly upon us, and Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta is ready to celebrate the season with a line up of festive events and specials for residents and guests. The holiday fun begins on Nov. 26 with a Thanksgiving brunch buffet at the Café & Bar. The menu includes traditional turkey and pumpkin pie, plus crêpes and a raw bar. 

Beginning Nov. 27, the hotel will be cheerfully decorated, including a life-size gingerbread house that will adorn the lobby. For the little ones, the Atlanta Ballet will stop by on Nov. 14 to perform and take photos with fans. Reservations are required for this complementary event. 

On Dec. 6, families are inviting to enjoy festive hot cocoa and holiday treats while taking photos with the jolly old elf himself. Hot cocoa and photos with Santa is priced at $65 and reservations are required. On Christmas, a fabulous lunch will be offered at the Cfé & Bar for those wanting to avoid a day slaving away in the kitchen.

The Spa is also getting in the holiday spirit with a special Holiday Restoration Package, the perfect gift for someone special, and Black Friday discounts. 

For more information on the holiday celebration at Mandarin Oriental, visit the website.

Best Buckhead Rainy Day Activities

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Cool, rainy weather can easily put a damper on a night out or day off, but Buckhead has plenty of spots for entertainment, dining and more where patrons can stay dry. From malls to museums, a day indoors doesn’t have to be boring.

 

Lenox Square

With nearly every store you can imagine from designer to department, Lenox is the quintessential Buckhead shopping destination. The massive mall spans four stories and includes shops like Burberry, Neiman Marcus and J. Crew and restaurants including Sprinkles Cupcakes and True Food Kitchen. Need a new ride? Lenox is even home to a Tesla dealership.

 

Phipps Plaza

Phipps is known for designer outposts like Céline, Prada and Saks Fifth Avenue and swanky spots Davio’s and Tavern at Phipps, but this mall also provides a premiere movie-going experience. AMC Phipps is known for its cushy recliners and top-notch concessions including a full bar, perfect for post-shopping rainy day at the movies.

 

CinéBistro

For those looking to enjoy a movie and delicious food, look no further than CinéBistro, a cinema-restaurant hybrid with killer cocktails and hors d’oeuvres that go beyond popcorn. Enjoy wagyu beef sliders, yellowfin tuna tacos and harissa grilled lamb as you relax in leather chairs accompanied by upscale TV trays.

 

The Painted Pin

Bowling isn’t just for children’s parties anymore. At The Painted Pin, a boutique bar and bowling experience, guests can munch on wood-fired pizza and sip craft beer as they wait their turn to bowl, play bocce or throw darts.

 

High Museum

A quick trip down Peachtree Street leads Buckhead residents to the ultimate Atlanta rainy day experience, The High Museum of Art. The massive white building houses renowned exhibitions in partnership with the Louvre and the Smithsonian, as well as a permanent collection including works by Rodin, Monet and Pissarro.