Quality Inn & Suites Decatur - Atlanta East
5300 Snapfinger Park Drive
Decatur, GA 30035
Phone: (678) 418-0004
Fax: (678) 418-7131
Arts & Museums
If you are fascinated by the wondrous colors and hues of blown glass then drop in for a hands-on session of glass blowing at Atlanta Hot Glass. The team here teaches novices from scratch in interactive classes. You can even exhibit your creation at exhibitions organized here from time to time. Now isn't it a delightful idea?
If you’re from the South, you’ve no doubt eaten at the Waffle House. The iconic 24-hour restaurant chain was born in Atlanta. The first Waffle House location now serves as a museum where visitors can experience what life was like in 1955, when the restaurant first opened. Original fixtures and carefully crafted replicas recreate the original interior. Next door, Waffle House memorabilia - such as menus, uniforms and merchandize - demonstrate how the restaurants have changed over time. If you find you’re craving a waffle after the tour, never fear. There are 225 locations in metro Atlanta alone, with the closest location just down the street. The museum is now open by appointment only, so call ahead (with 48 hours advanced notice) to arrange a tour.
Founded in 1991 as Vinson Gallery, today VINSONart as it is now called, is a private art gallery showcasing a superb range of contemporary artworks. Featuring the best of original contemporary artwork by emerging and established European and American artists, the gallery also offers curatorial services as well. Appointments are recommended to visit VINSONart
Colleges are often regarded as centers of intellectual enlightenment, and in the case of Decatur's Agnes Scott College, the same can be said for artistic endeavors. Housed in a pleasant campus environment, Dalton Gallery features diverse thematic group exhibitions of contemporary works by local, national, and international artists. Special programs and exhibits are offered regularly, and are always open to the public. Ten minutes by car from downtown Atlanta, this East side cultural oasis is well worth the trip.
The Seen Gallery is located in downtown Decatur, with wide windows offering plenty of natural light for viewing the two spacious rooms of art. There are some sculptures, but paintings reign supreme. Watching over all of it are the many incarnations of Pete the Cat, the hip blue cat created by local artist James Dean. Whether Pete is walking down the sidewalk in his stylish white shoes or behind the wheel of a classic car, the blue cat has become a local icon. The Seen Gallery has a wide range of options, from less-expensive prints to collector-worthy originals.
An eclectic name for a unique folk gallery, Wild Oats & Billy Goats will thrill and surprise you. Adorned with beautiful paintings, pottery, wood craft, jewelry and sculpture, it has an enchanting aura to it. You will also find cute handcrafted works as well here. The gallery also offers workshops and events to promote this art to the community.
Established in 1967, Atlanta's Fernbank Science Center is a great place to nurture your scientific curiosity. The exhibit area, spread across 9000 square feet (836.12 square meters), features both permanent and traveling exhibits; they encompass various branches of science. Get a glimpse of the starry night sky at the planetarium. Visitors can also peruse the library, Compost Site, Solar Experiment and a couple of laboratories. The different facilities of the Fernbank Science Center, follow varying hours of operation; check the website for further details before visiting.
The Fernbank Museum of Natural History is one of the largest museums in the country. Surrounded by 140 acres (56 hectares) of forests, it is located a short distance from downtown and is a must on itineraries to Atlanta. Natural history buffs can marvel at intriguing exhibitions in the Great Hall. A landmark in itself, this splendid building features a vertigo-inducing skylight that towers at 86 feet (26 meters). Interactive programs at the planetarium promise an entertaining astronomy lesson, while the 315-seater IMAX theater showcases movies on its five-story screen. Note that film screenings on Fridays are accompanied by delicious martinis.
Located in the trendy Little Five Points neighborhood is Donna Van Gogh's Artists' Market, a quirky art gallery. Featuring a collection of over 100 local artists, you will find unique pieces of fine art, jewelry, pottery, glass and more that are beautiful. This funky gallery is a must visit to check out these local master works.
What used to be the East Atlanta Key shop has today metamorphosed into a secret gallery that operates from an obscure location. It showcases sculpture and art work created by amateur artists. The gallery calls itself the headquarters of people who will be called "ancestors in the future". It offers a metaphorically spiritual journey highlighting the beautiful things in life that one does not have time to notice.
Showcasing ancient Egyptian art, this 45,000-square foot (4180-square meter) museum is a brilliant addition to Atlanta's cultural landscape. Affiliated with Emory University, the museum's permanent collection of over 15,000 objects spans a historical stretch of nearly 9000 years, from the prehistoric cultures of the 7th Century BCE to the 20th Century. The museum also sponsors many special exhibitions, lectures, films, and workshops. Visit Cafe Antico for daily gourmet lunches in a dramatic setting.
If you have an interest in painting and don't mind an adult beverage every now and then, Sips n Strokes was made for you. Offering art classes that encourage students to bring their own beer or wine, Sips n Strokes is all about making learning to paint fun. Instructors guide classes through basic painting techniques while allowing every student to take home his or her works. Sips n Strokes has locations throughout the South, as this beverage-infused art is way too much fun to be confined to just one location.