16 May The Absolute Guide to Shopping on the Highway
The seven cities along Hospitality Highway are filled with quaint antique shops, stand out boutiques ranging in price levels, high end clothing stores and more. The shops in our guide are conveniently located a short distance off each city’s respective Georgia 400 exit for quick and convenient shopping any day of the week.
Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza, also known as the Shopping Mecca of the Southeast, are located in the heart of Buckhead and have been the premier shopping destinations for fashionistas since 1959. With over 28 million visitors a year, these two premier malls are anchored by Niemen Marcus, Macy’s, Nordstrom, Bloomingdales and Saks Fifth Avenue and offer over 350 stores including the likes of Free People, Steve Madden, Michael Kors, and J. Crew Men. They also have a variety of restaurants, and a 14-screen AMC theater at Phipps. If you have kids, LegoLand is located within Phipps Plaza, so stop by for a visit.
For an open-air shopping and dining destination, try the ultimate in sophisticated street-scene vibe rivaling New York’s 5th Avenue, with a visit to The Shops of Buckhead. Here, visitors can shop day or night at numerous upscale shops including Nars, Hermes, Tom Ford, Alice + Olivia and Dior, just to name a few. A visit to Buckhead will leave lasting memories.
The city of Sandy Springs is home to countless one-of-a-kind shops that complement the city’s electrifying ambience. The liveliness of eclectic shops such as Veronica’s Attic and Fab’rik Boutique, with clothing and accessories to help you spice up your seasonal wardrobe, make for a true shopper’s paradise. Make a day of it with lunch from one of the city’s exclusive eateries including Under the Cork Tree, Southern Bistro or Hammocks Trading Company. Stop in at your leisure and enjoy browsing the racks in stores such as Fox’s, where you can be sure to find funky and trendy wardrobe staples including jewelry and handbags any day of the week.
Other popular Sandy Springs boutiques are evenly spread all over the area and include The Swell Shop for heirloom and heartfelt gifts, and Kudzu & Company, the quintessential home furnishing store featured in HGTV, People Magazine and Travel and Leisure.
Canton Street, with its art galleries, restaurants and sidewalk cafes, is bustling with vitality, having among its many awards the designation as a Great Place in Georgia – Great Street. Against a vintage backdrop is a lively shopping landscape, from the Shops of Historic Roswell that encompass boutiques, antiques and hip art galleries to Plumtree Village where bricked sidewalks lead to more shops, galleries and a coffeehouse, all tucked into Queen Ann and Gothic Victorian houses. Roswell is shopping decadence as period storefronts of the historic district blend with eclectic treasures throughout the city. A varied selection of items in a delightful setting, mixed with friendly service, warm smiling faces and providing hours of poking-about possibilities, makes shopping in Roswell an experience to remember.
Over 60 upscale retail shops line the streets of Avalon in Alpharetta for the ultimate shopping experience. It’s more than just a place to shop; it’s a hub for local art, activities and good times that encompass the luxury of living in the modern South. Since 1993, Alpharetta has been home to North Point Mall, one of the largest shopping malls in the country and the only American Girl® Boutique & Bistro in Georgia. Take a leisurely stroll through scenic Downtown Alpharetta and enjoy work from local artists while picking out the perfect boutique-style gifts for your loved ones!
The Collection at Forsyth is an outdoor lifestyle shopping destination in Cumming, Ga. Conveniently located off of GA 400 (Exit 13), The Collection at Forsyth features a variety of premier national retailers, restaurants and a movie theater, as well as specialty local stores and eateries. American Threads, Altar’d State, Charming Charlie, Pine + Pigment, and Sugarboo & Co. are just a taste of the many shopping options available at The Collection.
Vickery Village is located just minutes north of exit 12 off GA 400. Housed in classic architecture surrounded by a charming courtyard, there is so much to enjoy during your visit. Brits clothiers, The Happy Home, Phase Shop, and Pinspiration are only a few options to experience and you can fuel your soul with one of our incredible restaurant options (home to the famous Cherry Street Brewing Co.).
Located on Highway 400, the North Georgia Premium Outlets is a popular outdoor shopping village with over 140 designer and name-brand outlet stores. Coach, Pottery Barn Outlet, Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store, Kate Spade, and Tory Burch are just a few of the specialty shops you can find at the North Georgia Premium Outlets.
Dawsonville is home to the largest folk art gallery in the Southeast, Around Back at Rocky’s Place, which features one of a kind artwork from hundreds of Southern artists. In addition, Dawsonville also offers several choices of antique and consignment shops such as the highly rated Dawsonville Antiques, 71 Antiques, and Soul Sisters.
Dahlonega’s Historic Public Square captures the city’s charm perfectly and acts as the hub of the county’s flourishing tourism industry. The Square features over 65 shops connected by shaded sidewalks, live music and beautiful 19th century buildings. For the wine aficionado in your life, Wineries and Vineyards are abundant in and around Dahlonega and most even sell their products on site. Regardless of your taste, Dahlonega features shops, art and treats for any personality type with charm that beckons guests back year-round.
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