While Christmas itself is a magical day filled with sugar cookie smells and gratitude for the sweetest gifts, the weeks leading up to the most wonderful time of the year can feel less merry-and-bright and more downright exhausting. In many cities, you’re traveling ridiculous distances and sitting in stop-and-go traffic just to cover a few locations. Fortunately, Alpharetta is home to a whopping 250 shops and over 200 restaurants all conveniently located within a single mile of each other. Make it easy on yourself in a shopping, dining, and entertainment haven where you’ll find three distinct shopping and dining districts ideal for making everyone’s Christmas awesome (including your own!).
Downtown Alpharetta is the heartbeat of our charming Southern city and the hub of all things deeply local. As you stroll through the downtown area you’ll find more than 25 specialty boutiques perfect for finding something for the ultra-chic BFF on your nice list. And with nearly 40 locally owned restaurants, you’ll find plenty of delicious fare to fuel your shopping excursion. Warm your soul with a fresh pastry or perfectly foamy cappuccino from local faves like 2B Whole Gluten Free Bakery, Valor Coffee or The Nest Café. Then, peruse Perched, Spirited, Society Boutique, All Inspired Boutique, Korner Soak and elleB Gifts for items ideal for everyone from your MIL to your kiddo’s 3rd grade teacher. And don’t worry—there’s something for the guys, too! Check out Clothes Horse Men’s Apparel or Mountain High Outfitters to take his look to the next level this holiday season. Forget shopping ‘til you drop—replenish the calories you burned during that retail therapy with “like your-momma-made-it-but-better” downhome dishes from The Southern Porch or Smokejack BBQ.
The North Point Mall area is a place sure to make everyone merry as they stroll through more than 100 retailers like REI, Macy’s, and Von Maur. The entire area surrounding the North Point Mall is packed with boutiques like boho-eclectic Honey & Hazel and oh-so-on-trend Versona. When your stomach starts to growl, satiate your craving for fresh, expertly seasoned seafood at Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen or Ray’s at Killer Creek.
Avalon offers upscale vibes and designer duds thanks to over 60 luxe retailers and tons of craveworthy dining experiences. If you’ve got a fit fanatic on the list, you’ll discover top-rated active wear that looks good and lasts forever at Lululemon. If there’s a sparkle-centric fashionista on the list, Kendra Scott has you covered for an incredible selection of shimmery, chic necklaces, earrings, and rings. Need something for a dapper dude? Brooks Brothers is certain to transform him into the type of fella who drinks his whiskey neat and his martinis shaken, not stirred. Pause for an ice cream break at Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams for the ultimate in sweet escapism thanks to flavors like pink and white peppermint ice cream with white chocolate freckles and an epic cognac ice cream swirled with dark caramel sauce and gingerbread cake pieces. But be sure to save room for supper and perhaps a few spirits, because this outdoor shopping epicenter is home to can’t-miss, award-winning cuisine from South City Kitchen Avalon and Kona Grill. Avalon also offers holiday wonder in the form of a Rockefeller-sized ice-skating rink complete with marshmallow roasting and Santa sightings.
The holidays don’t have to be daunting! Plan a long weekend shopping, dining, and perhaps even a bit of indulging ahead of the holiday hustle and bustle by booking your stay in Alpharetta here.