New Year’s Eve in Buckhead

Atlanta is one of the nation’s top New Year’s Eve destinations because of the famous Peach Drop downtown featuring entertainers like Ludacris and T.I. and plenty of posh parties. Buckhead is the city’s premier spot for celebrating, and this holiday is no different. From foodie-focused dinners to champagne-filled galas, Buckhead is the place to be this New Year’s Eve.

Buckhead Ball

One of the best events in Buckhead and the entire city of Atlanta, Buckhead Ball is an annual formal soiree featuring live music, several options for a top-notch VIP experience and, of course, flowing champagne all night long.

The Painted Pin

Upscale adult-only bowling alley The Painted Pin offers a unique New Year’s Eve opportunity with live music and games galore, accompanied by champagne midnight toast and balloon drop. 

King + Duke

The world class culinary team at King + Duke in the heart of Buckhead is pulling out all the stops for a four-course prix fixe dinner including smoked Waygu carpaccio, rabbit dumplings and roasted mushroom Italian-style crepes known as crespelles. The opulent meal includes a trio of desserts and bubbles at midnight.

Enjoy Christmas Dinner with Top Atlanta Restaurants


As we approach the Christmas holiday, Atlantans are busy planning and preparing massive feasts for out-of-town friends and guests. Luxury condo dwellers at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta can opt to stay in for Christmas dinner and cook for themselves in their catering kitchens, order 24-hour room service from The Café & Bar, or enjoy celebratory and often unique prix fixe menus from the city’s best chefs. Here are the most scrumptious Christmas dinner options for food-loving Atlantans.



‘Top Chef’ alum Kevin Gillespie’s renowned project Gunshow, which features up-and-coming chefs as “hired guns” in a fast-paced environment, is open on Christmas Eve. The holiday-themed menu encompasses fun favorites like roast beast, Peking duck and ham.


Le Fat

Atlanta’s top Vietnamese chef Guy Wong is bringing his family’s favorite holiday foods – think garlic chili prawns, thit kho with caramelized pork belly, pickled mustard greens and braised egg – to the masses on Christmas Eve.


10th & Piedmont

Those seeking upscale holiday fare in a hip setting should look no further than 10th & Piedmont, where a cranberry and Camembert salad, coffee-dusted duck breast and classic red velvet cake grace the menu, priced at $29.95 per person without drinks.


Empire State South

Southern legend Hugh Acheson’s Empire State South is elevating a modern Christmas Eve tradition – Chinese food. The typically twangy menu will be swapped out in favor of a $75 prix fixe menu including soy-poached oyster with sweet miso custard and caviar, lobster in hot and sour broth with duck egg and black trumpet mushrooms, sweetbreads with XO sauce and pickled cucumber, and silken tofu for dessert. 

Luxury Housing News

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.

10 Housing Trends Coming Your Way in 2016 by Beth Braverman of The Fiscal Times.


Home prices are up year-over-year and new home sales are on track for the best year since 2007. But the share of first-time homebuyers remains at the lowest level on record, while the homeownership rate slumped to a 48-year low earlier this year.”

A Penthouse for Everyone: Developers Reserve Top Floors for Shared Amenities by Aili McConnon of The Wall Street Journal.


“’There is clearly a trade-off with prime selling space,’ says Leslie Cohen of Samuels & Associates, developers of the new Pierce Boston,a high-rise tower going up in Boston’s Fenway area. ‘But we believe people are looking for community, and these spaces provide a space to meet neighbors and entertain friends who visit.’”

Chinese Cash Floods U.S. Real Estate Market by Dionne Searcey and Keith Bradsher of The New York Times.


Many buyers have their children’s education in mind, picking up homes in good school districts or close to universities. At the upper echelon, the wealthy are hoping for green cards, joining with developers to take advantage of a federal program that fast-tracks them for residency.”

Upscale Holiday Entertaining at The Residences


Typically, holiday gatherings evoke memories of a warm, crowded house full of food, drinks and family and friends. Luxury condo dwellers at The Residences at Mandarin, Oriental can take traditional holiday entertaining to another level with top amenities from wine walls to outdoor terraces. 

The kitchens at these Buckhead luxury condos are equipped with state-of-the-art Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances perfect for any home cook or catering from the hotels in-house food and beverage team. Several of the full-floor residences are equipped with floor-to-ceiling temperature-controlled wine walls, allowing residents to show off their wine collections or bring in a sommelier to guide guests in their choices. 

On cold winter nights, guests can curl up next to hand-carved stone fireplaces as they sip wine, or get some fresh air and take in the skyline views on an outdoor terrace. Large, open floorplans allow family and friends to gather comfortably in several living rooms. Whatever the holiday occasion, condos at The Residences are truly designed with entertaining in mind.

From Traditional to Off-The-Wall, Holidays Shows Abound in Atlanta


One of the reasons luxury condos in Atlanta are so sought-after is due to the vibrant culture in the area from food to festivals to performing arts, and the holiday season is no exception. Theaters and performance groups from all over the city are putting on fantastic holiday productions, including classic ballet and uproarious comedy. These are the can’t-miss shows to catch this festive season.

Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker

Beautiful ballet dancers come to the gorgeous Fox Theater to perform Tchaikovsky’s classic Nutcracker. Called one of the hallmarks of the Atlanta holiday season, this year marks the production’s 20th anniversary at the landmark theater.

Santaland Diaries

Before he was a renowned humorist, David Sedaris worked as one of Santa’s elves at Macy’s, and turned the experience into a hilarious holiday show at the Horizon Theatre. Running 90 minutes with no intermission, the show has become a sensation performed around the country.

A Christmas Carol

Get in the holiday spirit with Scrooge and company at the Alliance Theater’s annual production of A Christmas Carol. Now in its 25th season, the family-friendly show tells the classic holiday story in an artistic setting.

Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta Food & Beverage Staff Offers Christmas Catering for Condo Dwellers


The luxury condos at the Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta are equipped with state-of-the-art Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances making any holiday dinner a breeze. However, for those who prefer to entertain rather than slave away in the kitchen, the Food & Beverage team at the hotel offers an upscale catering menu perfect for any festive gathering.

A prix fixe menu including apple cider chestnut soup, artisan mixed greens, honey glazed beef tenderloin, lemon roasted broiler chicken and an array of classic sides and desserts is available exclusively for residents for $85 per guest. If a resident would like to host a more elaborate affair or have a custom menu prepared, the staff is happy to accommodate any request. 

Pair that with a few bottles of wine and you have a perfect holiday dinner!