About Atlanta

On behalf of the AATOD Hospitality Committee, I invite you to attend the 2015 AATOD Conference in Atlanta! We need to address the pandemic of opioid dependence, a true public health crisis. Medication Assisted Treatment is the gold standard in treating opioid dependence and we are all joining together in Atlanta to better our cause to increase the awareness, availability, and quality of care that persons suffering from opioid dependence deserve.

Atlanta is the big American city that everyone needs to experience. Peach trees and southern charm are only the tip of the iceberg. We are proud of our city and have a strong history of hospitality and warmth. We can’t wait to show you what we have to offer!

Spring is a beautiful time to visit the southeastern United States, and is the time that Atlanta blossoms to life. Come walk our tree lined streets, talk to our people, eat our food, and enjoy the southern way of life. Atlanta is a garden city, however, we are rich beyond our foliage. Atlanta is very unique in its place in history. We are a placeof change, growth, and birth.

The 2015 AATOD Conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta located in downtown Atlanta. Blocks away are many of Atlanta’s finest attractions, including Centennial Olympic Park, the Georgia Aquarium, CNN Center, the World of Coca-Cola, the College Football Hall of Fame, the Center for Civil and Human Rights, and Underground Atlanta. 

 Atlanta’s new street car line, the first since 1949, will be available to take passengers from  Centennial Olympic Park to the Sweet Auburn historic district, one of America’s richest  African American cultural centers, and the Martin Luther King Historic District, among other  destinations. MARTA, Atlanta’s public transportation system, is connected to the Hyatt  Regency Atlanta as well. You can easily reach many attractions and parts of our city including  the  Fabulous Fox Theater, the High Museum of Art, the Alliance Theater, the Woodruff Arts  Center, the Museum of Design Atlanta, and the Margaret Mitchell House. Piedmont Park,  Atlanta’s answer to Central Park, and the award winning Atlanta Botanical Garden are not to  be missed. Both are accessible by MARTA. The King Memorial Center and Oakland Cemetery  are also accessible by MARTA and not to be missed as well. There are restaurants located on Memorial Drive adjacent to Oakland Cemetery that make for wonderful destinations before or after a stroll through Oakland Cemetery and King Memorial.

Atlanta has many great neighborhoods that should be explored as well. The Virginia Highlands is a popular destination for dining and boutique shopping with its tree lined streets and beautiful homes. Little Five Points is a destination for counter culture, theater, music, and shopping. Take MARTA’s east line from Five Points to Decatur where you will find a very charming enclave of friendly walkable streets, some of Atlanta’s best restaurants, shopping, music venues, and street life. An afternoon or evening in Decatur will be time well spent. While not within walking distance from Decatur, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Fernbank Museum of Natural History, and Emory University are nearby. Emory University’s Carlos Museum is a treasure and open to the public. Fernbank Museum of Natural History is an excellent destination for science and nature lovers, featuring permanent and traveling exhibitions as well as an
IMAX Theatre.

AATOD, the Hospitality Committee, the Opioid Treatment Providers of Georgia, and the State of Georgia invite you to Atlanta with open arms and southern hospitality. The AATOD Hospitality Committee will be happy to give visitors any information about the above activities and destinations as well as recommendations for dining, activities, and attractions in the Atlanta area. Nothing is beyond reach. We welcome you to our city and hope you have a great experience at the 2015 AATOD Conference in Atlanta!

Sincerely,
Brook Etherington, MA
AATOD Hospitality Chair

Special Discount

Please click HERE to view special discount to the Georgia Aquarium.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Greetings! We are excited and honored to be hosting the 2015 AATOD conference in Atlanta again! Much has changed in Atlanta since we were all here together in 2006. We are gathering next spring to address the growing concern of opioid abuse in our communities, and we have a full plate in front of us. But that’s no reason why you shouldn’t spend some of your time experiencing Atlanta’s southern charm.

Atlanta is a city of approximately 430,000 people, however, our metro area is the 9th largest in the country with a population of almost 5.5 million. It is a city of neighborhoods and parks, gardens and trees, “a city in a forest.” We will be attending the conference at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Atlanta. The Hyatt Regency is located on Peachtree Street, one of more than 50 Atlanta roadways that contain the word “Peachtree.”

The hotel is located conveniently close to our public transportation system (MARTA), Centennial Olympic Park, the  Georgia Aquarium, The World of Coca Cola, The Skyview Ferris Wheel, Under Ground Atlanta, CNN headquarters and studios, and many shopping and dining options. You are also only a short cab ride away from many of Atlanta’s distinctly charming neighborhoods, each equipped with their own character, style, and flavor.

Because you will be visiting in late March and early April, you will get to witness the lush majesty of our magnificent green trees and spring blossoms. We have the largest tree coverage of any major American city. Pay a visit to Piedmont Park, Atlanta’s iconic green space, where you will also find a renowned botanical garden, both awaiting you ripe with spring beauty. Springtime in Atlanta means it’s time to be outside. Check out the nearby Atlanta Zoo in charming Grant Park or take a drive up to the Chattahoochee Nature Center.

Visit cultural hotspots such as the Martin Luther King Jr. Center,stroll through adjacent Oakland Cemetery, see a show at the “Fabulous” Fox Theater, explore The High Museum of Art or The Margaret Mitchell House. The Fernbank Science Center and IMAX, located near Emory University and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, offers traveling and permanent exhibitions worth viewing for any science buff. Every Friday night at Fernbank you can enjoy music, dancing, IMAX movies, and refreshments.

Springtime in Atlanta also means gearing up for the Atlanta Braves season opener. Grab a hot dog at the world famous Varsity restaurant and head to Turner Field. If you’re still hungry, stop by Mary Mac’s Tea Room and sample their famous soul food. You won’t be disappointed! But Atlanta’s dining scene doesn’t stop at soul food. There has been an explosion of world-class restaurants recently. Feel free to stop by the hospitality booth for recommendations.

If you want to get your blood pumping, check out Biplane Rides Over  Atlanta, located at Dekalb-Peachtree Airport. View the city from the cockpit of an open air biplane. If you’re a sportsman or just want to feel like one, visit the Tom Lowe shooting grounds, located near Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Try your hand at skeet or trap shooting. You might surprise yourself and enjoy it!

Between now and the commencement of the conference, Atlanta is working on the new Civil Rights Museum, the College Football Hall of Fame, the Beltline (a multi-use trail around the core of Atlanta), and a new streetcar system. We hope they are available for your enjoyment next year.

Whatever your idea of a good time is, Atlanta has something to offer you. We look forward to hosting the AATOD 2015 conference and showing you what our city has to offer!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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