Follow I-75 20 miles northwest of Atlanta, and you’ll come to Cobb County and the cities of Marietta, Smyrna and Kennesaw. Just inside the Perimeter is Vinings, a popular shopping, dining and entertainment district. Major convention hotels and facilities, including the Cobb Galleria Complex and the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, call Marietta home. Two lakes, Acworth and Allatoona, offer recreation and day trip opportunities. In 2017, Marietta will become the home of the Atlanta Braves Major League Baseball team.
The 198-room Hilton Atlanta/Marietta Hotel & Conference Center not only is close to Atlanta city limits, it’s also adjacent to an 18-hole championship golf course at the City Club, which has meeting space for small groups. The Hilton has 20,000 square feet of indoor meeting space and 10,000 square feet of outdoor event space. Other options include the Hyatt Regency Suites Atlanta Northwest and the Courtyard Atlanta Marietta/I-75 North.
Looking for a conference center? Mansour Center hosts groups of five to 350 people. Amenities include 8,000 square feet of meeting/event space, including four classrooms, a banquet room and a 20-station computer lab. Need team-building options? Dave & Buster’s Marietta offers customizable meeting and banquet space for up to 2,000 guests, free meeting room WiFi, audio/visual assistance and full service catering as well as team-building packages, an arcade and interactive shows. Require a conference center? Cobb Galleria Centre houses a 144,000-sq. ft. exhibit hall, 25,000-sq. ft. ballroom, four boardrooms and 24,000-square feet of pre-function space adjacent to Galleria Mall.
Overlooking the river, critically acclaimed restaurant Canoe has indoor and outdoor settings for meetings and events. La Paz is an excellent Mexican restaurant with a catering department, and a private dining room (capacity: 70 seated or 100 reception-style) at its Vinings location. South City Kitchen Vinings serves up reliable Southern comfort food with a contemporary twist for up to 230 guests.
The Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre presents Atlanta Ballet and The Atlanta Opera‘s seasons, as well as concerts, educational shows, family performances and more in its 2,750-seat theater, which may be booked for special events. Its ballroom, courtyard and terrace also are available for group functions. Kennesaw’s Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History is a Smithsonian Institution affiliate with a one-of-a-kind collection of Civil War uniforms and weapons. The museum is available for breakfast events, evening receptions, board meetings, corporate barbecues and other private functions; additional services include re-enactors, storytellers, costumed tour guides, and Civil War-era music played by live band. The Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, where General Sherman began the Atlanta Campaign, has interpretive programs and exhibits, hiking trails and picnic areas. The Marietta Gone With the Wind Museum: Scarlett on the Square (capacity 100 seated, 250 reception-style) houses a collection of artifacts related to the movie and the book. The Victorian-era Marlow House, off Marietta Square, and its courtyard are available for meetings, banquets and cocktail parties.