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In Atlanta, eight luxury hotels opened in the past four years. Needless to say, tourism has been on fire in Hotlanta! Rosewood's Mansion on Peachtree's debut was promising though it ceased operation in May. Apparently, brand loyalty is especially huge in the deep south and, considering Rosewood was a relatively a newbie, the brand didn't catch on. So Mandarin Oriental Group decided to save ship, immediately taking over the property with a seamless transition.
Six months later, Mandarin is still captain of this prime piece of real estate in Buckhead (an affluent neighborhood), retaining all original structures but giving the property some major trademark MO influence. But, brand name aside, are they offering a better product?
We recently checked out Mandarin Oriental Atlanta to compare it with the former Rosewood Mansion On Peachtree.
We wanted to know, who is the fairest Southern belle of them all?
Don’t get this twisted, though. The non-profit Ida Cason Callaway Foundation, the entity that owns the Callaway Gardens, controls about 13,000 acres, and of that about 2,500 acres is used for the gardens and resort. The area that’s been sold is out in the boonies, and not used by visitors.
Callaway Gardens has seen a decline in visitors, about 600,000 fewer people visited Callaway last summer than in previous years, the Advertiser reported. However, those figures don't include people who come to the gardens and forgo the resort, spokesperson Rachel Crumbley told us. Meanwhile, we’ll keep our ears open to learn the plans for the 4,500 acres, and the resort's attempts to sell even more of the land.
[Photo: Callaway Gardens]
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It's coming up on Father's Day, and once again, we're here to make your gift-giving experience go as smoothly as possible. How, you ask? By providing a range of perfect hotel experiences to suit all dad types! From smoking lounges to motorcycles to "sports" manicures (if you want to make a spa treatment guy-friendly, then that prefix is compulsory), we've rounded up six hotels with the best man-centric activities.
So, what are you waiting for? Read on! You've only got six days to book!
Though it's home to three championship golf courses, a shooting school and one of the best father-and-son fishing getaway spots, The Cloister at Sea Island off the coast of southern Georgia has one other man-centric feature that helps it stand out from the rest of the resorts: a Smoking Lounge. The wood-paneled room helped win the hotel a coveted spot on T+L's "World's Best Resorts" in 2006, and provides the ultimate man-cation hangout spot, with cozy leather armchairs, a fireplace, and an on-site Cigar Sommelier to help dad pick out his smoke of choice.
It turns out aging boy banders are just like us! They, too, have stuff, allegedly, stolen from their hotel rooms.
In the case of Brian Littrell of the Backstreet Boys, he claims his wife's $110,000 wedding ring was stolen off the nightstand of the Evergreen Marriott Resort at Stone Mountain in Georgia over the weekend:
He said after they checked out and were leaving the park, his wife, Leighanne, realized she didn't have any of her jewelry. The couple immediately returned to the hotel, but said by the time they got to the room, all $120,000 worth of jewelry was missing.
"It was just kind of weird how it happened and how fast," Brian Littrell said. "I kept my rings on the bedside table, we left the room and 15 minutes I came back , they're gone." Leighanne Littrell said.