We Said ... Our Atlanta wonderland

LODGING
The Glenn Hotel, moderate, (404) 521-2250.
No city needed a boutique hotel more than Atlanta, and it finally arrived early this year in the form of the Glenn, located smack downtown, next to CNN Center. The hotel bills itself as a mix of South Beach sophistication and Southern charm.

W Atlanta, expensive, (770) 396-6800.
Before the Glenn, this was Atlanta's only true design hotel. Its location out in Perimeter Center isn't ideal for downtown business, but Buckhead and Virginia Highlands are just a short cab ride away. It's worth it for the W's signature beds alone.

Westin Buckhead, expensive, (404) 365-0065.
You can't beat the location of the Westin Buckhead (formerly the Swissôtel) in the heart of the action on Peachtree Road in Buckhead. You can hit Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza with a rock from the sleek, nearly-all-glass lobby, but step outside before you try it.

DINING
Buckhead Diner, American, moderate, (404) 262-3336.
Modeled after the famous Fog City Diner in San Francisco, this upscale dining destination serves up low-end cuisine with a high-end punch. The homemade potato chips with warm Maytag blue cheese have been on the menu forever - there's a reason for that.

Dante's Down the Hatch, fondue, expensive, (404) 266-1600.
This Atlanta institution has the best fondue you will ever have served up in a ship surrounded by a moat full of live alligators. Dante himself is one of the city's most legendary characters. A meal not to be missed.

Two Urban Licks, New American, moderate, (404) 522-4622.
With its soaring 14-foot, wood-pit rotisserie tower in the middle of the dining area and live blues Wednesday through Saturday, there's always something to see at Two. But, really, it's about chef Scott Serpas's updated American staples, like pan-roasted duck with butternut squash or bronzed scallops with smoked Gouda grits.

Watershed, New Southern, moderate, (404) 378-4900.
Indigo Girl Emily Saliers knows a thing or two beyond writing a decent hook: This restaurant and wine retailer, which she co-owns, does comfort food, like Southern fried chicken, that will have your stomach asking for an encore.

ATTRACTIONS
Atlanta Cyclorama & Civil War Museum, (404) 624-1071.
The Cyclorama is one gigantic circular painting depicting the events of the Civil War. Sure, it's a bit cheesy, but the art itself is amazing. The Civil War bookstore here is unrivaled.

High Museum of Art, (404) 733-4444.
Atlanta's newly expanded High Museum, which debuted this past November, is one of the premier museums in North America - so much so that the Musée du Louvre in Paris has decided to loan hundreds of its works through 2009. Louvre Atlanta opens in October.

Piedmont Park, www.piedmontpark.org.
Atlanta's premier inner-city park is a real beauty. On nice days, its expansive lawn is destination No. 1 for the Beautiful People. Atlanta's modern midtown skyline is a gorgeous backdrop.

World of Coca-Cola, (404) 676-5151.
Coca-Cola practically comes out of the faucets in Atlanta, and its fascinating history is laid out here in an interactive museum that rivals any for mindless fun. Though a new, improved one is being built in Centennial Olympic Park, this one is still worth a visit until then. The best part? The International Lounge, where more than 20 brands of Coke products from around the world can be sampled. Drink yourself into a sickly-sweet stupor.