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Postconference Tour: Atlanta Heroes

Sunday, April 11, 2010
9:00 AM–1:00PM
$98 per person

This tour offers the opportunity to experience our “brave and beautiful city” with a glimpse into the past and a window to the promising future.  Our day will begin as we depart the Hilton and make our way through the “sweetest part of the peach.”
 
Our first stop is the Martin Luther King Memorial where we will take a walk down Sweet Auburn Avenue. The Martin Luther King, Jr. Historic District is where our most noted hero and dreamer was born, grew up, preached, and was buried.  We will stop at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Social Change where his grave site is located.  From there, you can see Ebenezer Baptist Church and note the birth home of MLK.  This area, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Atlanta, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Brunch will be enjoyed at Livingston, located in the historic Georgian Terrace, a hotel with a rich history which includes hosting the premier gala for Gone With the Wind (which premiered across the street at the Fox Theatre). Its elegant restaurant, Livingston, is named after turn-of-the century Atlanta Mayor Livingston Mims, who loved fine food, wine, and entertaining. At one time his home was located on this corner of Peachtree and Ponce. Livingston has a two-story dining room with five distinct eating environments, including both a bar and outdoor terrace overlooking Peachtree Street. The interior décor includes metallic accents, white columns, and an iridescent screened chandelier contrast, with dark mahogany tables and charcoal gray seating. 

In the theater kitchen, executive chef Gary Mennie creates New American masterpieces, along with regional and Southern favorites. Livingston serves a fabulous brunch on Sunday, opening at 10:30 am.

Finally, we will visit the former home of Margaret Mitchell, famed author of Gone With the Wind.  It was built as a single-family home in 1899 on fashionable Peachtree Street in a neighborhood known as the “tight squeeze.”  In 1919, the house was converted into a 10-unit apartment building and it is here, from 1925 until 1932, that Margaret Mitchell lived and wrote the most popular novel of all time. It was also during this time—the Roaring 20s and 30s—that Mitchell’s apartment became an enclave for bohemian Atlanta and a central meeting place for aspiring writers and journalists.  A former journalist herself, Mitchell crafted the story of Gone With the Wind amidst this rich period of Atlanta history.  The house has been restored to its 1920s state and offers a memorable look at a fascinating woman and the city in which she lived.

Depart: Hilton Atlanta  
Max. attendance:  55
Cost: $98.00    
Transportation: motor coach
Brunch: Livingston Restaurant