Plan an Atlanta staycation!

WalletHub recently shared a listing of 2016’s best and worst cities for staycations… And Atlanta came in as the 6th best city for a staycation!


Now, we know Atlanta is pretty fabulous – there’s lots to do, a deep sense of history, fantastic restaurants and shopping – the list could go on and on. Obviously, the folks at WalletHub agree. Their number crunchers compared the 150 largest cities across 28 key metrics. WalletHub’s data set includes such metrics as movie and bowling costs, golf courses, frozen-yogurt shops and spas per capita. Pretty neat Atlanta earned the spot as the 6th best staycation city on the list!

And we couldn’t agree more… Here are our thoughts of the top places to stay and things to do as you plan your in-town staycation:


The Mandarin Oriental Atlanta promises luxurious, fabulous accommodations and is currently in the #1 spot on TripAdvisor’s top Atlanta hotels list. The rooms are sumptuous and the attention to detail is stellar.


Now, if you’re searching for a cozier place to stay, look no further than the Stonehurst Place bed and breakfast. This hidden gem is located in Midtown and it will truly serve as your home away from home. The rooms there feature stunning furnishings and museum-worthy original works of art! Bonus – you don’t have to make the bed.

Atlanta Westside illustration by Nik Neves
Atlanta Westside illustration by Nik Neves

In addition to shopping at steve mckenzie’s and exploring all Atlanta’s Westside neighborhood has to offer, there are tons of amazing tourist attractions our team recommends…

GA Aquarium
Georgia Aquarium
Atlanta Botanical Gardens
Atlanta Botanical Gardens
Oakland Cemetary
Oakland Cemetary
High Museum of Art
High Museum of Art
Ponce City Market
Ponce City Market

And there you have it, a quick rundown of where we’d stay and what we’d do on our Atlanta staycation! Thanks to WalletHub’s listing of best/worst staycation cities for inspiring this post… We hope we’ve inspired some of our local readers to become tourists in our own city – or if you’re from out of town, we hope to have sparked some interest in planning a visit to Atlanta. Remember to stop by steve mckenzie’s while enjoying Atlanta. We promise the tea here is cool, as is our current selection of unique, authentic souvenir options!

Eight Sushi Lounge

Tired of turkey? Feeling humbug about ham? You can only eat so much holiday food before a change is in order. Enter Eight Sushi Lounge – our newest neighbors in Atlanta’s Westside neighborhood – and our newest craving… After all, Sushi is the perfect post-holiday meal!


While you’re looking for something for your family to do together after your holiday celebrating has commenced, shall we suggest a fabulous sushi dinner at Atlanta’s newest and most impressive sushi locale, Eight Sushi Lounge.


Steve and Jill were recently treated to a tasting menu, where they experienced Eight’s outstanding service, presentation and some extremely inventive dishes.


From the team behind Rice Restaurant in Cumming, Eight Sushi Lounge puts a modern, new spin on classic Japanese cooking. The combination of flavors experienced at Eight suggests a bit of a new fusion of modern flavors, while still respecting Japanese heritage and the art that is Japanese cuisine.


And, of course, we must note Eight Sushi Lounge’s impressive interior. It’s by Plexus R&D, who were also the architects behind the steve mckenzie’s showroom. It’s sleek and modern, while still being warm and welcoming.


The restaurant’s unique juxtaposition of wood and metal creates a contemporary atmosphere, but one where you can still hold an intimate conversation with your tablemates, something that is becoming scarce in the Atlanta restaurant scene.

Take a note from us and make a reservation at Eight Sushi Lounge and support our newest neighbor – we promise you’ll soon experience a meal unlike any other! And don’t forget, when you’re in the neighborhood, stop by steve mckenzie’s and see what’s new in store!


Help us kickoff Oakleaf & Acorn’s pop up shop!

Purveyors of fine quality men’s goods, Oakleaf & Acorn provide the discerning gentleman products of exceptional craftsmanship. And steve mckenzie’s is thrilled to have the opportunity to share these items with the Atlanta market at their upcoming pop up shop.


We’re kicking off this unique shopping experience with – what else – a party of course, and you’re invited!

When: Thursday, November 13th – 5-8PM

Where: steve mckenzie’s showroom – 999 Brady Ave NW, Suite #1, Atlanta, Georgia 30318

What: Preview and shop the Oakleaf & Acorn POP Up all while enjoying a seasonal signature cocktail by the fine folks at American Spirit Whisky and some yummy nibbles.


From Hoschton, GA, John and Christina, the duo behind Oakleaf & Acorn, will be bringing a fantastic variety of men’s goods to the steve mckenzie’s showroom – many of which would make an absolutely ideal holiday gift. So get ready to check off those gift lists early!


Leather goods and bags by Billy Kirk.


Bear & Sons pocket knives.


Signature candles and beard oil by Great Bear Wax Co. – perfect for No-Shave November!


Denim jackets, jeans and pomade from Railcar Fine Goods.


Canvas bags by Andover Trask.


Moonshine cologne and soaps.


Caps, bags, bandannas and yo-yo’s from Norcross Co.


And SO MUCH more from our friends at Oakleaf & Acorn – you’ll need to come in and see it all for yourself! But – you’ll need to be quick about it… The Oakleaf & Acorn Pop Up Shop is only open at steve mckenzie’s through Saturday, November 15th.