Shula's 347 Grill: Certificate of Excellence 2015 Award Winner!

Shula's 347 Grill in Buckhead has recently been honored by TripAdvisor.

Shulas Grill 347 Award

Shula's 347 Grill in Buckhead is one of Atlanta's favorite steakhouse restaurants, named for the Hall of Fame football Coach Don Shula. He is best known as the former head coach of the Miami Dolphins, as he coached the team during some of their best years on the field. The number "347" in the name of the restaurant refers to his unparalleled record for winning games on the NFL gridiron.

The restaurant prides itself on the quality of the Premium Black Angus Beef® used in the preparation of its celebrated steaks and burgers. The most popular menu offering is The Shula Cut. According to Shula tradition, these are center cuts of steak that are hand-selected and then aged to perfection.

The cuisine options don't stop there. The Wine Country Burger, topped with roasted red peppers and fresh goat cheese, is a savory classic. Many visitors also highly recommend other signature dishes and entrees, including the Wild Mushroom Ravioli and the Rustic Chicken Salad with cranberries and multi-grain bread. In fact, Atlanta diners and visitors recommend Shula's as a fantastic place to dine altogether.

The restaurant recently received the highly coveted Certificate of Excellence 2015 Award. The popular travel website awards this honor to restaurants and other attractions that consistently earn high marks and stellar reviews from travelers. These aren't reviews from critics, but from everyday people who frequent, enjoy, and celebrate the establishment. Shula's 347 Grill earned this big win the hard way!

Shula's 347 Grill in Buckhead is located in the Atlanta Marriott Buckhead Hotel & Conference Center, a popular hotel for those coming to the Buckhead area to take in the arts, culture, and fine dining experiences the neighborhood has to offer. 

The 9th Atlanta Horror Film Festival Brings Fear to the South

9th Atlanta Horror Film Festival

Discover the best in independent horror when you attend film festivals in Atlanta

Looking for things to do in Atlanta this fall? The 9th Atlanta Horror Film Festival, AHFF for short, is coming to DooGALLERY October 29 and 30, 2015. The gallery is in a converted warehouse, which provides an open and modern looking space to view art. The setting naturally lends itself to a chilling atmosphere as the film festival begins.

The AHFF has gained a reputation for showing many great horror films since it first started almost a decade ago. It focuses on the works of independent and foreign filmmakers whose movies do not often receive a large showing in the United States, making it a great place to see films you might not find elsewhere. Since it attracts a large number of filmmakers who are just starting out, it also gives attendants a chance to discover talented new visionaries in the horror genre before the rest of the world.

Just because AHFF only shows horror films, don't think that the content is not diverse. It includes all styles of horror films. There are ones with a generous helping of blood, quiet and brooding suspense thrillers, and dark comedies with an element of terror. There are also a number of short film showcases that include horror shorts, comedy horror shorts and animated horror shorts. Throughout the festival, many showings will be attended by members of the cast and crew. At the end of the festival, awards are given for the best film in each category.

If you're looking for a great place to stay while attending the AHFF, then book a room at the Atlanta Marriott Buckhead Hotel & Conference Center. It is an easy drive from there to the festival. It is also in a prime location for exploring many of Atlanta's other great attractions. The hotel has many packages available to help you get the most out of your stay.

Visit The Georgia Aquarium For Late Summer Fun!

Visit The Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta

It's a great time to take the family to this TripAdvisor Award Winning Aquarium

With the end of summer rapidly approaching, special events are still part of the Georgia Aquarium before the back-to-school season begins. Imagination Nights has been extended through August 31, and, for the adults, a Sips Under the Sea Luau is happening to celebrate the end of the summer. International Whale Shark Day will be celebrated on August 29, so there is still time to take advantage of these exciting events.

As a TripAdvisor Travelers Choice Award Winner, the aquarium has been voted the number one aquarium in the U.S. and the second most popular in the world by Trip Advisor. Not only is it the site of fabulous marine life, but it always has amazing special events planned. Before the summer ends, you'll be able to enjoy Imagination Nights, which has been extended through August; a special priced ticket after 4 pm saves up to 43 percent off the regular price. Included are Deepo's Undersea 3D Wondershow and Aquanaut Adventure: A Discovery Zone and all of the permanent galleries. Saturdays and Sundays, add to this the AT&T Dolphin Tales Show. Another day that is ideal for families with kids is the upcoming International Whale Shark Day on August 29. Some of the games planned between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. include:

● Whale Shark Plinko Feeding Game
● Whale Shark Genome Jigsaw Puzzle
● Guest Passport, Whale Sharks Around the World
● Pin the Satellite Tag on the Whale Shark
● Selfies with Domino, the whale shark mascot
● 17-foot Whale Shark Puppet on display

With fun in store for everyone, this event or a regular visit will provide fun and education for all, ending the summer with an awesomely good time.

We at the Atlanta Marriott Buckhead Hotel & Conference Center think that this is one of the best things to do in Atlanta and invite you to stay with us while visiting. With a range of other attractions in our city, the Aquarium tops the list.

Don't Miss Out on Taste of Atlanta 2015

Taste of Atlanta 2015

Without a doubt, this festival is one of the best things to do in Atlanta

The Taste of Atlanta 2015 is one of the best food festivals in Atlanta. Where else can you taste an array of dishes from almost 100 restaurants in one location? This year, the event will be showcasing Atlanta’s various ethnic eateries, offering visitors a tantalizing taste of what makes Atlanta the food capital of the South.

Festivities for The Taste of Atlanta 2015 start with the Friday night “Bucket List Bash” where more than 20 of Atlanta’s best chefs will come together. Enjoy a night of dancing, drinking and sampling new cuisine.

The weekend continues at Midtown at Tech Square with sample dishes from Atlanta’s best restaurants. Every kind of food you can imagine will be represented. From international cuisines to local favorites, it’s all here for you to enjoy.

Would you like to learn to cook like the pros or discover some of your favorite chefs' best-kept secrets? This year’s event will feature chef demos and cooking classes from the ATL’s finest chefs.

Why not enjoy some VIP treatment for the weekend and sign up for the VIP Grand Tasting Experience? There, you will enjoy wine, finely crafted beers and cocktail samples from Atlanta’s best microbreweries and bar tenders.

Live music, street performers and plenty of children’s activities round out the festivities, making it a full-plate event worth staying the whole weekend for.

This food festival has too much to offer to miss even one night. Enjoy every bite of the Taste of Atlanta 2015 while you stay with us at the Atlanta Marriott Buckhead Hotel & Conference Center. When you book one of our well-appointed suites online, you’ll experience southern hospitality at its finest. Plus, we’ll have everything ready and waiting for you when you arrive.

DragonCon 2015 Brings Fantasy to Life This Fall

 DragonCon 2015 in Atlanta

Head out to one of the top
science fiction conventions in the nation!

If you're ready to dress up as your favorite science fiction character this Labor Day weekend, get your tickets to DragonCon 2015 now! This fun-filled weekend is for everyone who loves film, TV, comics and role-playing adventures. It's time to build that costume, so you'll have it perfected for this meeting of the sci-fi minds. The weekend flies by when you become a favorite villain or hero!

With so many things to do in Atlanta, you might feel overwhelmed at first as you head into town. However, concentrate on the convention's entertainment for now. Attend workshops and stop at celebrity autograph signings. Pull out the weekend's schedule to pinpoint all your favorite events. Get in line for the most popular gatherings and make some friends. Everyone is in a great mood as they explore Atlanta's host hotels.

Explore the latest gaming innovations and speak to professionals in the business. This convention is about fun, but it's also a great time to network with people in the fantasy business. You might find yourself working side-by-side with an admired sci-fi professional!

You don't want to just stay for one day at DragonCon, so reserve a room at the Atlanta Marriott Buckhead Hotel & Conference Center. Our property is a perfect reprieve from all the excitement at the event hotels. To make your stay even better, we offer some of the best hotel packages in Atlanta. Simply look through our listings on our website to find a package that fits your style. From a ladies' weekend out to AAA coverage, our packages make a weekend affordable, comfortable and exciting for everyone at the convention. Make this adventure a yearly trip to Atlanta, allowing our staff to greet you each time with warm smiles and a lovely pool to dive into at day's end.

Delightful meets Delicious: The Best Restaurant Specials in Atlanta

Restaurant Specials in Atlanta at Shula's 347 Grill Buckhead

Take a bite of the Peach State and get your fill with fun finds and restaurant specials in Atlanta.

Whether you're a longtime resident out on the town or a first-time visitor, you'll never run out of things to do in Atlanta. It's the sweet spot of the Peach State, and its reputation is well-deserved with events taking place year-round.

Cultural events and jazz festivals dominate the spring while events as diverse as the Decatur BBQ, Blues and Bluegrass Festival and the Grant Park Summer Shade Festival enliven the summer months. Add to that the ever-exciting array of nightlife and it's easy to see why boredom is an infrequent visitor to this city!

The South is known for its tempting cuisine and Atlanta, Georgia, is the pinnacle of Southern tastes. The city's cosmopolitan feel adds an unexpected twist, rivaling much larger cities with a variety of options to satisfy any palate. Discover what this vibrant city has to offer to discerning diners.

The most unexpected finds are often the most rewarding as Shulas 347 Grill Buckhead proves. Tucked away within a hotel, this charming eatery is the classic bar-and-grill style and offers some of the best specials in the region.

Shula's 347 Grill special promotions include happy hour specials with appealingly low prices to help you cap off your workday brilliantly. On Blue Moon Mondays, enjoy a pint of Blue Moon for a special price all day. Wine Down Wednesdays have something for any wine connoisseur whether you're more Chardonnay or Pinot Noir. For details, visit Shula's 347 Grill's website.

Shula's 347 Grill Buckhead is located in the Atlanta Marriott Buckhead Hotel & Conference Center. Stay with us in one of our deluxe rooms or suites and enjoy amenities including our business center and fitness center and pool. We have on-site accessible self-parking, but after enjoying Wine Down Wednesday at Shula's, you'll be within walking distance of your room. To find out more, visit our website and let us be your guide to the city's many attractions.

Events Scheduled at the Atlanta Black Pride Weekend 2015

Atlanta Black Pride Weekend 2015

There are many things to do in Atlanta during Black Pride Weekend

If you’re going to be in Atlanta anytime from September 2-7, 2015, you may want to attend some of the exciting events connected with Atlanta Black Pride Weekend 2015. The weekend culminates with the Pure Heat Community Festival at Piedmont Park on September 7. There will be a variety of presentations and live entertainment on this day. The festival takes place from noon to 8 p.m. and will be host to thousands of men and women from all over who wish to celebrate their strong community. Some of the scheduled events include:

  •  Noon - Gospel House Music
  • 3:25 p.m. -Wells Fargo Sponsor Moment
  • 4:00 p.m. -Greek Stroll Competition, presented by the Greek Rainbow Network
  • 4:50 p.m. -Fashion Show
  • 5:35 p.m. -Hair Battle presented by Beauty Consultant Magazine
  • 6:25 p.m. -Grammy Award Winning Artist Performance
  • 7:05 p.m. -J-Sette Competition

Many more TBA events will be scheduled for the festival as well. The purpose of the PHC Festival is to promote pride with unity, bringing together people from different backgrounds and lifestyles. In addition to entertainment, the event will have food vendors, community forums and giveaways. Some of the issues that the festival will call attention to include protecting the environment, HIV/AIDS, homelessness, women's health and wellness and youth mentoring.

Visitors to Atlanta during Black Pride Weekend may find it convenient to stay at the Marriott Atlanta Buckhead Hotel & Conference Center, which has amenities such as a complete business center, an outdoor pool, fine dining at Shula's 347 Grill, a fitness center and a full concierge service. This hotel, which has recently undergone a complete renovation, is in close proximity to many shops and restaurants, as well as Lenox Square Mall and the Marta-Lenox subway station. Once you reserve a comfortable room or suite here, you'll only be about five miles from the festivities of Atlanta Black Pride Weekend 2015. 

Cool Off With Summer Shopping in Atlanta

Shopping Packages in Atlanta

Get a jump on your back to school shopping in Atlanta with the Legendary Shopping Package

The sun is out and the weather is hot. The last thing anybody wants to think about is going back to school, and right now is the perfect time to hit the top shopping centers in Atlanta for a fun shopping excursion. Atlanta shopping is as hot as the summer weather with well-known shopping centers and malls like Lenox Square Mall making this area one of the premier shopping destinations in America.

Lenox Square has been serving the Atlanta area since 1959 with some of the trendiest fashion stores around. The beautiful glass facade of the two-story shopping center welcomes shoppers every day, and Atlanta shoppers can beat the heat while finding a wide selection of top-name stores and specialty shops.   

Lenox Square is about more than just shopping. Every year, a variety of exciting annual events take place at or around the mall. Most notably, the Peachtree Road Race, one of the largest 10K races in the world, has its starting point at Lenox Square.

Instead of just heading out to the mall for a day of shopping, turn your trip into a relaxing weekend getaway with one of our hotel packages in Atlanta. While we at the Atlanta Marriott Buckhead Hotel & Conference Center have several packages to suit your needs and budget, make your stay in the area even better with our Legendary Shopping Package. This one is sure to give your back to school shopping an infusion of merriment. The Legendary Shopping Package in Atlanta includes deluxe accommodations for two, a $25 Visa gift card, full breakfast for both guests and shuttle service to nearby destinations.

The Piedmont Park Arts Festival is Coming Soon

Piedmont Park Art Festival in Atlanta

Join us for one of the best Festivals in Atlanta!

The place to be in Atlanta during the weekend of August 15-16, 2015, is the Piedmont Park Arts Festival. This well-known Atlanta event has something for all ages with both local artists from around Georgia as well as artists from other states who will have their talents on display. The festival will feature people that work with several different mediums including crafters, glassblowers, photographers and sculptors. Additionally, jewelry lovers will appreciate the eclectic pieces offered at this event. Other exhibitors include artists specializing in metalwork and leather crafts. The Piedmont Park Arts Festival is one of the premier Atlanta art events with a history of being one of the best festivals in the entire Atlanta area.

Families will enjoy two exciting and fun-filled days of taking in all that this arts festival has to offer. Visual art is just one of the many components of this highly anticipated event; adding to the experience will be festival food and beverages that include various healthy alternatives in addition to the normal festival food as well as live acoustic music and a play area for the children to enjoy. The host for the event is the Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces, LLC. AFFPS works with local artists to organize the event, and the festival will benefit a local charity or scholarship related to the arts.

The Atlanta Marriott Buckhead Hotel & Conference Center offers luxury accommodations for those who require a place to stay while enjoying the festival, offering the opportunity for the weekend the perfect getaway. Our hotel features luxury rooms and suites and a full-service restaurant. We're conveniently located near shopping and other places of interest as well. Visit our website today to see how a stay at our hotel makes for a perfect pair with this unique and exciting festival.

Men's Tennis Professionals Compete at the BBT Atlanta Open

BBT Atlanta Open Tennis Tournament

Join hundreds of fans at this tennis tournament in Atlanta this summer!

Men's tennis is an extremely competitive sport, and it all comes to a head at the BBT Atlanta Open. This tournament rolls into Atlanta between July 25th and August 2nd, 2015. With such a short time period, it's almost unbelievable that so many games can occur as scheduled!

If you're lucky, you can watch some practice games or even a televised event. All scheduling information is on the tournament's website. Consider tickets for multiple events and get a chance to see singles and doubles play for high stakes. There are many rivalries in tennis, so friendly competition is part of the allure surrounding this old-fashioned sport. A qualifying draw is also hosted for professionals who haven't quite made the final cut. Watch the competition rise as athletes move forward to final tournaments. The strike of the ball against the rackets is an exciting sound you won't soon forget.

If you don't live in the Atlanta area to experience this tennis event, visit the Atlanta Marriott Buckhead Hotel & Conference Center and book your getaway today. The moment you check in, you'll have access to all our upscale amenities that include a large onsite pool, Wi-Fi, room service and more. You'll want a relaxed body and mind to enjoy all the tennis excitement in July and August. Whether you drive or fly into our beautiful city, it's best to use public transportation for the event. Our hotel is only one block away from the MARTA-Lenox Station. Hop on and venture out to Atlantic Station in no time at all, or take advantage of free shuttles between the Arts Center MARTA Station and the tennis tournament. Don't miss a minute of the action as you enjoy top-notch tennis in the beautiful city of Atlanta.