Nothing says summer like sipping a glass of chilled rosé while sampling hors d’oeuvres in a fabulous locale. Atlanta is a city that loves wine, as evident by the bevy of wine bars and restaurants around town. Explore these three local options to enjoy great wine experiences in Atlanta as summer comes to a close.
Complementing Atlanta’s acclaim of being home to the ‘New South’s’ gourmet evolution, The Café & Bar at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta is a sophisticated meeting place for power lunches, elegant dinners, and of course, fine wine. The hotel boasts an impressive selection of high-end wines and hosts wine-inspired events throughout the summer, often partnering with prestigious brands like Krug Champagne.
Cap off your summer with an elegant evening of wine and “wow”s at the Georgia Aquarium on Friday, August 25. The 12th annual Aqua Vino event will feature over 200 wines from around the world and tastings from more than 30 premier metro Atlanta restaurants. Best of all, proceeds from the event support the aquarium’s research and conservation efforts. Tickets range from $95 to $225 and can be purchased here.
City Winery made its Atlanta debut last summer at hotspot Ponce City Market. A first of its kind in intown Atlanta, the winery doubles as an intimate music venue that offers New American fare and hosts private events. Visit the restaurant and sample a variety of house-made wines on tap directly from the in-house winery while enjoying live music or a fun comedy show.
One of Atlanta’s most vibrant neighborhoods, Buckhead is known for its posh culture scene, including dining, nightlife and wellness. It’s no surprise that luxury condos in Buckhead are in high demand, given that most have easy access to unique experiences, chef-driven restaurants and world-class shopping. Here’s what’s new in Buckhead this month.
The roughly $250 million plan to build the signature park in Buckhead over Ga. 400 is set open in 2022 with design and engineering work beginning in early 2018. The Buckhead Community Improvement District, in partnership with Rogers Partners Architects + Urban Designers, recently released the project’s updated timeline, new renderings and next steps. The master plan is said to eliminate gridlock on busy surface streets and include pedestrian-friendly trails.
Discover contemporary, timeless Southern style at Draper James. The Southern lifestyle brand created by Reese Witherspoon is coming to the Shops Around Lenox in Buckhead. The fashion, accessories, and home décor retailer will be the brand’s fourth brick-and-mortar location.
The blue bikes of Atlanta’s Relay bike share program have rolled into Buckhead. Relay stations are located at Tower Place Park, Piedmont Center, and the Lenox MARTA station. Relay offers multiple rental options with both pay-as-you-go and membership plans that are created and managed via an app on user’s smartphones.
The Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta is 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.
Redfin: Inventory Shortage Now Impacts Luxury Housing Market by Brena Swanson for HousingWire
“According to the latest luxury housing market report by Redfin, luxury home prices grew 7.5% in the second quarter of 2017 compared to last year, to an average of $1.79 million.”
Is Now the Right Time to Start Selling Luxury Real Estate? By Kris Miller for Inman.
“With current inventory shortage, and a highly competitive market, more and more homebuyers are opting for the luxury market – and not simply as a large investment opportunity; these buyers are settling into the homes as a long-term plan and planting roots. We’re talking legitimate luxury homes, which cost an average of $1.65 million and come equipped with all the expected bells and whistles.”
What Luxury Home Builders Consider Worth the Splurge by Katy McLaughlin for The Wall Street Journal
“What builders consider worthy of including—or excluding—from their personal homes can be revealing. The features deemed “essential” by buyers who earn over $150,000 a year are relatively common comforts, such as laundry rooms and ceiling fans, plus basic “green” features such as Energy Star appliances and energy-efficient windows, according to the results of a 2017 National Association of Home Builders survey of buyers’ home preferences.”
Modern Luxury Interiors Atlanta recently featured The Residences’ newest luxury living option, The Maisonettes. The article, Amenity Heaven, gives readers an inside look at the high-end amenities that come with living in a luxury hotel. The Maisonettes are a truly one-of-a-kind project in Atlanta, with three stories of private living space, a yard, a large garage and all the amenities and lock-and-leave lifestyle of a hotel residence. We’re thrilled that the publication featured this product in their “Amenity Heaven” article, highlighting the personalized services and outdoor spaces.
“The Maisonettes at Mandarin Oriental are three-story dwellings offering a front yard that’s ideal for pet owners, a 500-plus-square-foot outdoor terrace equipped with a gas fireplace and Viking grill, and five-star hotel perks: Think 24/7 room service, professional chefs for dinner parties, personal grocery shoppers and even on-demand pet care.”