Art, Music & Food Festivals in Atlanta This Weekend

Looking for plans this weekend? We’ve compiled a list of opportunities to shop for art, taste delicious chef-driven bites and listen to local tunes right here in Atlanta.

Wine and Dine at the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival

Don’t miss out one of Atlanta’s largest food and drink festivals this weekend in Midtown. Enjoy a weekend full of savory food and wine at the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival. Sip, savor and sample the South with award-winning chefs, sommeliers, beverage innovators and foodies. Check out the VIP Connoisseur Lounge and Dinner Series for an exclusive experience.

Virginia-Highland SummerFest

Celebrated as one of the best artists’ markets in the Southeast, the Virginia-Highland Summerfest features works by local artists and activities for the entire family. While exploring the historic Virginia-Highland neighborhood and listening to live music, peek into the diverse shops and local dining scene that gives the neighborhood its quirky charm.

Candler Park Music + Food Festival

This Friday and Saturday, Candler Park hosts a varied musical line-up and over 20 food trucks and local restaurant vendors. With a portion of proceeds benefiting City of Atlanta parks and Candler Park community organizations, you can give back while enjoying delicious neighborhood bites and sounds.

Top Summer Color Trends and How to Use Them

Luxury high-rise condo design is known for being sleek, modern and monochrome, even throughout warm summer months. At The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta, our homes are designed so that owners can create a space that fulfills their own design dreams. Here are a few of this summer’s HGTV-approved color trends and how they can be incorporated at The Residences.

Crisp White
Brilliant white can give your space a fresh, clean look. Use white as a neutral backdrop, and accessorize with accent pieces in bolder colors like cobalt blue or candy apple red.

Nature-inspired Neutrals
Use neutrals inspired by nature’s soothing colors to bring a breath of fresh air to your home’s most lived-in spaces. Incorporate natural or weathered wood into your design for a more organic feel.


Nautical Navy

Navy is one of the hottest new neutrals and can create a statement without overpowering a room. Just like gray, black and white, navy pairs well with bold colors. Try creating stylish-setting combinations by mixing in hues of pink or red.

To view HGTV’s entire list of hot summer colors for 2017, click here.

Unwind at The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta

Life at The Residences comes with a host of lavish amenities supplemented by the world-class services of the Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta. The Spa – named to Atlanta Magazine’s annual Best of Atlanta list – is one of the main perks for residents who live atop the luxury hotel. Residents at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta enjoy access to a private entrance to the spa, and receive discounted rates, unlimited access to the his and hers steam rooms, guest passes and complimentary treatments.

The Spa has recently updated its menu to include a variety of new options that boast the ultimate variety in spa pampering treatments. Born out of a sincere understanding and passion for wellness, treatments at The Spa combine both ancient and contemporary techniques in a natural manner. Treatments are designed to bring balance and equilibrium to meet the needs of each individual.

View the updated Spa menu here.

What’s New in Buckhead

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.

Dancing Goats Coming to Buckhead

Dancing Goats Coffee Bar is planning its fourth metro Atlanta location at The Exchange, a newly-renovated shopping center on Peachtree Road and Grandview Avenue. The new shop will specialize in exceptional espresso beverages, locally-made doughnuts and will feature a manual brew bar showcasing single origin coffees.

New Italian Dining Destination at the Shops Buckhead

Taverna is the latest restaurant to open at the Shops Buckhead Atlanta. The restaurant serves a variety of Italian fare, focusing on risotto and offers an impressive collection of spirits and wines. The space is designed to have a rustic, cozy feel, with lots of light and dark wood.

New Art for Loudermilk Park

The Buckhead Community Improvement District unveiled a new 12-foot-tall abstract sculpture anchoring the renovated Charlie Loudermilk Park at the heart of Buckhead Village. The sculpture, designed by John Portman, will have a water feature to reflect the piece. The piece is meant to symbolize Buckhead’s past and future success.

Celebrate Memorial Day in Style in Atlanta

Need plans for this Memorial Day weekend? No need to get stuck in traffic traveling; kick off summer right here in Atlanta at one of these events, from music in the park to craft brew at the zoo to a spectacular arts festival in a historic locale.

Jazz things up at one of the country’s largest free jazz festivals

The Atlanta Jazz Festival at Piedmont Park features more than 100 of the best jazz performers as they showcase their talents in a huge weekend-long celebration. Over the past 40 years, the Atlanta Jazz Festival has been a backdrop to musical legends such as Miles Davis, Dizzie Gillespie and Nina Simone, and goes out with a bang each Memorial Day weekend in historic Piedmont Park, featuring food and drink, live music, and fine art vendors.

Enjoy a Brew while taking in views at the Zoo

Take part in another Atlanta Memorial Day tradition and join Zoo Atlanta for the 10th annual Brew at the Zoo. On Saturday, May 27, sip from a variety of local beers from Monday Night Brewing, Orpeheus Brewing and more while touring the zoo and listening to live music.

Come Alive at the annual Decatur Arts Festival

This year’s Decatur Arts Festival will be bursting with artful opportunities and events. Visit the artist market listen to live music and stand-up comedy in downtown Decatur on Memorial Day weekend. The festival starts on May 27 at 10:00 a.m. and is open to the public.

Luxury Housing News

Storage for fine wine and champagne is increasingly demanded in luxury homes (via House Beautiful)

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.

Luxury Home Market is on the Rise in 2017 by Alina Ptaszynski for Builder Magazine.


“Luxury home prices rose 4.2 percent in the first quarter of 2017 compared to last year, to an average $1.65 million.”

The Most Expensive House in Beverly Hills is Going for $100 Million by Neesha Arter for House Beautiful.


“Within the 20,500-square-foot house, there’s also a champagne ‘vault’ designed specifically to hold 170 gilded bottles of Cristal, People reports.”

High Demand: Condo & Townhome Sales Leave Inventory Shortage by Kathy Dean for Atlanta Intown.


“As far as who’s buying the condos and townhomes in the area, Rodriguez said, ‘In the luxury segment, there’s always a large number of empty nesters, but we’re also seeing a lot more affluent Gen Xers and wealthy, older millennials.’”

Harrison Design Book features gorgeous interiors at The Residences

The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta are honored to grace the cover of Harrison Design’s 25th anniversary commemorative book. Unique, high-quality design is a vital aspect of The Residences, and the team at Harrison Design, the firm responsible for the interior finishes of the luxury high-rise condos, was tasked with creating contemporary homes with upscale details that will last a lifetime. Harrison Design has worked diligently with our team to customize each residence with a contemporary aesthetic and elegantly timeless look. We were thrilled to host a gathering at The Residences last week to celebrate the book’s launch and show our support for the renowned design firm.

“Harrison Design: 25” celebrates the firm’s 25th anniversary with a beautiful portfolio that tells the story of the firm’s development, range and consideration for the future. With over 400 colorful photos, this book showcases the best of the best. To purchase the book please visit:

Sip and Savor at Farm to Fork at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta


Welcome summer in the English Garden at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta on May 10 with the exclusive Farm to Fork Trimbach Wine Dinner. Wine and dine with renowned French winemaker Jean Trimbach and enjoy a five-course dinner featuring seasonal ingredients that will be perfectly paired with wines from Trimbach Winery.

The viticultural origin of the Trimbach Family dates back to 1626 and for almost four centuries, the Trimbach Family has been promoting Alsace and its history, its exceptional terroirs and fine wines. Today the family vineyard is led by Hubert Trimbach, nephews Jean and Pierre and his daughter Anne, the eldest of the 13th generation of vintners, the undisputed masters of “style Trimbach.”

For more information on how to reserve your table, please email

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Sets Sights on Chinese Investors

As a signal of a larger trend in the high-end housing market, the sales team at The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta, has crafted innovative marketing tactics to reach Chinese buyers. GROUP KORA, a division of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices (BHHS) Georgia Properties, affirms this trend demonstrated in the firm’s recent push toward Chinese advertising. “The Chinese have overtaken all nationalities besides Americans as the leading buyers of property in the U.S.” says Gino Belfari, CEO of BHHS.

To further connect with this set of buyers, The Residences’ website and collateral materials are available in two forms of Mandarin Chinese, traditional and simplified. Interested buyers can submit their information and questions in Chinese, and The Residences can translate their submission back into English. The team is also sourcing leads through WeChat, a leading Chinese social media platform.

Read more about the push to connect with Chinese buyers here.

GROUP KORA Hosts Chinese Investors at The Residences

GROUP KORA, iStar and Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta recently hosted a cocktail reception for high net worth Chinese investors from around the world who are part of a private wealth club and were in Atlanta seeking business and real estate opportunities. We presented a complete overview of the state of the booming Atlanta real estate market and the new construction at The Residences to the Chinese delegation. GROUP KORA’s own Fang Yang delivered a presentation to the investors completely in their native language of Mandarin, discussing opportunities for investment in the bustling Buckhead submarket. John Woodward, Senior Director of Foreign Investment at the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, Dr. May Gao, Chairman and Founder of the SAUPO Conference at Kennesaw State University and China Daily Deputy Bureau Chief, and Yuan Zhang from Private Wealth Pacific Northwest were among some of the guests in attendance.

This is another milestone for our sales team as they continue to work with Chinese buyers looking to invest in Atlanta and with the Mandarin Oriental brand. Read more about our Chinese buyer outreach here and contact us to learn more.

What’s New in Buckhead

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.

New Green Space Planned Atop GA400

A new park, indented to create a multitude of connections along Peachtree and Lenox Road, is in the works. Spanning a total of nine acres over the GA400 freeway and through MARTA’s Buckhead station this new greenspace is meant to be a “highly centralized, highly attractive, property-value-boosting space in the heart of commercial Buckhead.”

Nine New Retailers at Lenox Square

Lenox Square mall plans to add a mix of nine permanent and temporary shops this spring and summer. Coming soon, local shoppers can expect to see an Amazon pop-up shop, Sweet Hut Bakery & Café and three casual men’s apparel brands, UNTUCKit, Elk Head Clothing and Hammer Made. Crafted and The Merchant, both novelty shops, have also recently opened at Lenox. Finally, mall-goers can expect to see some familiar stores relocate including footwear retailer, Standard and denim retailer, G-Star RAW.

Two New Fitness Opportunities Coming to Buckhead

This spring, Buckhead will welcome two new fitness concepts, Highland Yoga and F45 Training. Highland Yoga studio, offers a unique hot yoga option that includes “vigorous power Vinyasa, creative movement and mindfulness practices.” F45 Training, claimed as the fastest-growing group fitness training network in the world, will debut its first Georgia location in May at The Shops Buckhead Atlanta.

Robb Report Showcases The Maisonettes at The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta

Robb Report, a top luxury publication, featured The Residences’ newest luxury living option, The Maisonettes. The article gives readers an inside look at the three exclusive villas that offer multi-story living and provide the comfort of a private home with all the unsurpassed amenities and legendary service of Mandarin Oriental.

“A new standard of luxury can be found in the Maisonettes at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta, a collection of three villa-style private residences (from $2.8 million) that are part of The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta. Each three-level abode features a one-of-a-kind floor plan and plenty of outdoor space. Hardwood floors, marble accents, massive windows, and hand-crafted stone fireplace mantels give the units a sleek, elevated feel.”

Read the full article here and learn more about the Maisonettes here.