Atlanta is truly one of the treasures of the South, and no street quite captures the eclectic mix of culture and history quite like the city’s historic Peachtree Street. Connecting the city’s major business districts, neighborhoods, and cultural centers, Peachtree Street has been a vital road in the shaping of Atlanta’s city.
So what could be better than booking your downtown Atlanta accommodations right in the center of the action smack dab on this famed street. Staying in an Atlanta hotel on Peachtree provides travelers with an experience like no other, no matter where their interests lie.
The History of Peachtree Street
One of the most surprising things about this historic street is that you are unlikely to find any peach trees on it. Rather than being named after the state’s famed fruit, Peachtree Street was actually named for a large Creek American Indian settlement called ‘Standing Pitch Tree.’ The Creek people were known for using trees with fresh sap, or pitch, for solemnizing treaties. Over time, the ‘pitch’ became translated to ‘peach’ by English speakers, who began to refer to the land surrounding the settlement at the Peachtree Trail.
In years since, Peachtree Street has undergone several transformations that capture the city’s lively atmosphere and proud sense of tradition. Most recently, Peachtree St has become a central hub for Atlanta’s newest innovation, the Atlanta Streetcar, bringing together the city’s most famed attractions and sights like never before.
The Seasoned Traveler
Without a doubt, one of the most iconic highlights along the city’s most famous street is the Centennial Olympic Park. Featuring over 21 acres of green space in the heart of downtown, this urban park is home to several festivals, activities, concerts and so much more throughout the year. No trip to Atlanta is truly complete without catching the breathtaking sites from the top of SkyView Atlanta, splashing in The Fountain of Rings and chowing down on a Googie Burger, all located within Centennial Olympic Park.
If outdoor adventure is what you seek, look no further than The Atlanta Beltline. Linking 45 of the city’s most spectacular neighborhoods together, this 22-mile trail way helps visitors explore the city like no other with direct access to some of the town’s best restaurants, culture spots and more. Whether you take one of the trail’s many tours, or rent a bike for the day to explore on your own, there is much to see and do as you make your way through The Atlanta Beltline.
The Art Lover
No matter if you’re seeking out international exhibits or world-famous performances, Atlanta’s art district is filled with countless of opportunities to experience the city’s diverse arts & entertainment locations. Located right on Peachtree Street, the High Museum of Art is a must for art lovers looking to spend a day admiring some of the most famous classic and contemporary pieces from all across the globe, establishing itself as the leading art museum in the southeastern United States.
If live performance is more to your liking, don’t miss the Grammy-award-winning Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO). Currently in its 70th season, the ASO is recognized across the nation as one of the most innovative orchestras in the country. The orchestra holds over 200 concerts annually, so be sure to fit one of their performances into your travel itinerary.
Following suit in live performance, the Alliance Theater has been one of the leaders in theatrical performances in the Southeast. Since 1968, the Alliance Theatre has hosted some of the country’s top actors, writers and directors, being recognized for its region leading productions.
Of course, no trip to Atlanta can be considered complete without taking in the sights, sounds and reliving the memories of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site does just that, taking guests to the birth home, burial site and everything in between to help visitors relive the life of Dr. King. Take the Atlanta Streetcar, located right on Peachtree Street, for free fare to the King Center.
Learn even more about the movement that Dr. King inspired by taking a trip to the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. Encompassing over 30,000 square feet, this center has been ranked in the top 5 things to do in the city of Atlanta, and walks guests through our nation’s brave battle for civil rights and equality in our country.
In the mood for some good old-fashioned southern cooking, or looking for something a little more out of the norm? Atlanta is a food lover’s paradise, filled with eclectic dining options that blend traditional comfort foods with innovative cuisine like no other.
One of the newest culinary experiences the city has to offer is the Krog Street Market. If you’re looking for something a little out of the ordinary, this is where you’ll find it. The market has become a culinary hub for Atlantans and visitors alike to experience truly unique creations from some of the area’s top chefs.
From your morning coffee to after dinner drinks, the Ponce City Market is the culinary hub of Atlanta no matter the time of day you visit. Located in the historic Sears, Roebuck & Co. building, the Central Food Hall of the market features dozens of shops and eateries made to make even the most stubborn of taste buds tingle with anticipation of your next bite.
For sports lovers, there is no such thing as a bad time to visit the city of Atlanta. Home to four major sports teams, Atlanta is always caught up in the excitement of the sports world. Best of all, the teams’ arenas are all easily accessible from hotels on Peachtree in Atlanta.
Phillips Arena plays hosts to the city’s professional basketball teams, the Hawks and the Dream. Two of the hottest teams in basketball, hoops lovers are sure to love the energetic atmosphere in the stadium as they take in one of the nation’s most exciting sporting events.
If football is more your flavor, the Georgia Dome hosts dozens of games each year from the Atlanta Falcons and the Georgia State University Panthers. If you happen to visit during the offseason, take a trip to the College Football Hall of Fame for the ultimate fan experience.
Take in America’s pastime with a trip to Atlanta’s historic Turner Field, home of the NL East Atlanta Braves. One of baseball’s most storied stadiums, make sure you take in a game before the team moves onto their new ballpark, SunTrust Park, in 2017.
No matter why you travel, staying on Atlanta’s Peachtree Street places you merely minutes from all that the city has to offer. For Atlanta accommodations quite like no other in the city, make sure you book your stay at the Ellis Hotel. As the premier boutique hotel in Atlanta, the Ellis Hotel offers guests an unparalleled experience in style, sophistication and comfort. Best of all, the hotel’s Peachtree Street address makes it possible for you to make your own memories on the city’s most famed street. Book your downtown Atlanta accommodations today, and discover your own trip of a lifetime.