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Best Holiday Travel Tips For People From Atlanta

November 24, 2012 9:00 AM

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airporttravel Best Holiday Travel Tips For People From AtlantaAs your travels bring you to the lively area of Metro Atlanta for the holidays, you may need some tips of how to handle this amazing bustling shopping region. These tips are ones that those from Atlanta use to have a stress free and memorable holiday season in their own hometown.
The Spa at the Mandarin Oriental Atlanta
3376 Peachtree Road N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 995-7500
www.mandarinoriental.com

Did you know that Atlantans act as if they are tourists during the holidays? The number one tip is to book a room for the night in the Buckhead part of town. Most hotels in this area like The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead offer packages that include various perks to help you shop and relax on its new Spa Level. Be sure to visit the boutiques of the hotels. The Spa at the Mandarin Oriental Atlanta has a luxurious Spa Boutique with extremely budget friendly prices. Also, The Mandarin is located so close to Lenox Mall and Phipps Plaza that no car is needed. You will save lots of time strolling across the street while others are just stuck sitting in traffic.

Hartsfield-Jackson Airport
6000 N. Terminal Parkway
Atlanta, GA 30320
(404) 530-6600
www.atlanta-airport.com

Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport is an amazing place along with its new International Terminal. One new app that all Atlantans need is Just Landed. Most Atlantans have family and friends flying in for the holidays that need to be picked up. Picking up someone from the airport does take some skill, especially during the holidays. With holiday time being so precious, make sure you get there at the optimum time avoiding parking fees and more with the new app. Just put in the flight number and Just Landed tells you the landing time, terminal and driving time. The most simple tips of all is the fact that it tells you how many minutes to wait until you have to leave for the airport.

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Shops Around Lenox
3400 Around Lenox Drive
Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 237-7710
www.shopsaroundlenox.com

Shops Around Lenox is how Atlantans pick up amazing gifts and avoid crowds. Think about where the regular shoppers are not going. Most boutiques will enable you to shop without such a frenzy. The Shops Around Lenox are full of independent boutiques to tickle your shopping fancy into a frenzy. Fab’rik is a location that delivers style without the sticker shock. It is also very active in giving back to the community, especially aiding with teen girls. Another great shop is Tootsies which is know for its amazing customer service.

Jessica Shops
www.jessicashops.com

Spa Travel Gal
www.spatravelgal.com

Locally sourced websites are your best friend for catching all the deals in the Atlanta area. You must be the “early bird” to catch sales while there are still quantities available. Also, local businesses are shortening the time span of their special deals, so the earlier you have the knowledge, the quicker you are able to take advantage of the special prices. Because saving is always in style, take a look at Jessica Shops for quick access to where the best deals are in the Atlanta shopping region. If you want to find travel deals visit Spa Travel Gal to catch the best deals on holiday travel packages and also spa deals not only for Atlanta, but elsewhere too.

Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary
712 LG Griffin Road
Locust Grove, GA 30248
(770) 957-0888
www.noahs-ark.org

For those in Atlanta that want the most meaningful gift of all for those deserving on their list, head to a local non-profit like Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary. How would you like to give your loved one a gift they will never forget? Take them here to see the stars of National Geographic’s unlikely animal friends: a lion, a tiger and a bear that live in harmony together. The variety of animals is large with over 1,500 filling the sanctuary. If you can’t make a trip during the holiday season, go online and shop its Animal Registry and pick a gift to compliment both those on your list and the neglected and abused exotic animals who call Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary home.

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Ava Roxanne Stritt is a Freelance Travel Writer and the editor of SpaTravelGal.com in Atlanta. She has more than 25,000 Twitter followers and additional others on her numerous platforms. Her areas of expertise include spa travel, luxury resorts, North American travel, Caribbean travel and travel in Britain. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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