3CMA Annual Conference - September 9th - 11th

Atlanta "On Location"

Atlanta is a city defined by both Southern charm and world-class sophistication, where rich history, fine dining, and indulgent shopping experiences combine with an inspirational arts and cultural scene. It’s easy to see why Atlanta is one of the most popular destinations in the country to visit and one of the most beloved places to call home.  2015 Annual Conference Information (Sessions, Registration, Hotel, Etc.)

Eat & Drink

From fine dining to farm-to-table experiences to quirky, local eateries with chef-inspired creations you won’t be able to find anywhere else – Atlanta is alive with foodie delights. Whether you want classic Southern cuisine, perfectly smoked barbecue, authentic Indian food, or a fancy steakhouse, the city truly has something for every taste bud. Add to that a vibrant bar scene offering luscious wines, unique cocktails and local craft beer options, and you have a recipe for a great night on the town. 

Outdoors

From parks and public spaces to nature preserves and river activities, there is plenty in Atlanta for the outdoor adventurer. Hike Stone Mountain, paddle down the Chattahoochee River, take a walk through Piedmont Park or a run on the Atlanta BeltLine, the city’s newest outdoor space comprising 22 miles of unused railroad tracks circling the core of the city’s in-town neighborhoods.  

One of the jewels of the city is the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, an 30-acre urban oasis right in the middle of Midtown Atlanta, featuring lush gardens and the internationally renowned Fuqua Orchid Center. During our conference, the Botanical Gardens will feature the “Light in the Garden” installation created by British artist Bruce Monroe, which will illuminate the gardens with hundreds of miles of optic fiber. 

Shopping

Atlanta is a shopper’s paradise—from world-class malls and boutiques, to upscale fashion areas and outlet shopping centers. Close by our conference location, you’ll find high-end retail at Lenox Square Mall and Phipps Plaza Mall. In addition, Buckhead’s urban shopping experience features antique shops, fine art galleries, and unique shops all within walking distance to restaurants and cultural attractions. If vintage boutique shopping is your thing, Atlanta’s Little Five Points district is the destination for you. And don’t miss Atlantic Station, an eclectic assortment of more than 50 shops, featuring a walkable streetscape-style setting with brick paved streets and a Central Park. 

Arts & Culture

Atlanta is home to a vibrant arts and culture scene, the cornerstone of which is the Woodruff Arts Center – home to the Alliance Theatre, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, High Museum of Art and Arts for Learning. Other popular “hot spots” include the 14th Street Playhouse, Atlanta Shakespeare Tavern, Center for Puppetry Arts and the Atlanta Ballet.  For music lovers, options include everything from the quaint, singer-songwriter atmosphere of “Eddie’s Attic” to the glitz and glamour of a show at The Fox Theatre to the novelty of catching a concert downtown at The Tabernacle (which, as the name suggests, originally served as a church building from the early 1900s until it was transformed around 1996.)

For something a bit different, spend an afternoon connecting with history by touring the new National Center for Civil and Human Rights, which just opened in 2014. Or, if comedy’s more your style, check out Dad’s Garage or Whole World Improv for a night of endless laughter. There are also a variety of other museums, theatres, and galleries to explore, in addition to the emerging street art, murals and art installations frequently popping up around the city.

Sports

There is something for everyone looking to experience sports in Atlanta. No matter the time of year, there are professional, collegiate, live action pro sports, motorsports and more that are sure to make the crowds go wild. During your trip, consider heading to Turner Field to catch a game. The Atlanta Braves are one of the most popular baseball teams in the country and are scheduled to play the New York Mets September 10-13. 

You also won’t want to miss touring the College Football Hall of Fame, which opened in 2014 and features a variety of interactive experiences, including the chance to broadcast “live” alongside hosts from ESPN’s College GameDay. 

Getting Around

There are a variety of ways to travel around Atlanta. Many of the neighborhoods are walkable, including the Buckhead area surrounding the conference hotel. However, if you’d like a lift to a different part of town, hop on a MARTA train for quick access to the city’s most exciting locations. With a convenient stop along Peachtree Road just a couple blocks north of the Hyatt Buckhead, you can easily be in Midtown, Downtown or the Old 4th Ward in just a few minutes. And, if you’re visiting the downtown area, you definitely want to take a ride on the new Atlanta Streetcar, which is free to use through 2015. 

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