Why this week? Until September, a weekend at this 19th-century artwork-filled inn comes with one night free; Smith members can stay Friday and Saturday, and not pay for Sunday. Atlanta has a whole series in swing for summer, with jazz festivals, theatre productions and exhibitions taking place throughout the peach-filled season.
Our favourite bits This Atlantan B&B is tucked away on a requisitely tree-lined residential street in midtown Atlanta. The area is full of gourmet restaurants, serving up grits, fried chicken, and other southern fare, and Atlanta’s botanical gardens are right next door. If the outside is good, the inside is exceptional. Original fireplaces, worn wooden beams, grand open-plan rooms and stone porches have had a few modern touches added for good measure: leather headboards, taupe tones and gleaming hardwood floors. There might not be a spa, but guests are still made to feel pampered and looked after: in-room massages, manicures and pedicures can be arranged at the click of a frazzled finger. Even four-legged Smiths can feel well cared for: there’s a Pampered Pooch package for dogs.
Mr and Mrs Smith say ‘In order of preference, the best things about this boutique B&B in Margaret Mitchell county are the beds and the baking. The former are Stearns and Foster, with sky-high thread counts, fine wooden frames and plump pillowtop mattresses. The smell of the latter infuses the whole house with tempting scents of pecan streusel and chocolate ganache, all made by the innkeeper’s fair hand. The final ‘b’ is for breakfast: an unusual, organic affair where huevos rancheros are just as likely to be on offer as crab and artichoke puffs. This southern sustenance will fuel a day touring the green city, no driving necessary.
Inside, there are fireplaces at every turn, and art-adorned walls displaying a selection of Warhols. The dark hardwood floors make it grand enough for a modern-day Scarlett O’Hara to glide along…’
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Compiled by Louise Barr