The city of Dunwoody has two distinct halves: One is part of north Atlanta’s bustling Perimeter Center, which has the greatest concentration of Fortune 500 companies in the Southeast, and the other is a historic village center that exudes small-town charm. Both are minutes from Atlanta’s downtown core, connected to the city by I-285, GA 400 or a 15-minute MARTA train ride. Dunwoody’s five upscale hotels are all within walking distance of Perimeter Mall and connected to public transportation by free shuttles, which make attendee transportation to/from the airport and famous Atlanta attractions quick and easy. Considered one of the safest cities in Georgia, Dunwoody has a CVB that helps planners coordinate site visits, hotel bids and room blocks, as well as arrange special dinners and group activities.
Le Méridien’s only Atlanta hotel is in Dunwoody. The recently opened Le Méridien Atlanta Perimeter Hotel exudes European style throughout its 10 meeting rooms, which total 10,000 square feet of meeting space. Its Georgia ballroom accommodates up to 350 guests. The Atlanta Marriott Perimeter Center recently completed a $23 million renovation and is best for groups of 500 or fewer. Amenities include more than 18,000 square feet of meeting space in 17 meeting rooms, a flexible “greatroom” with public workstations, and complimentary parking. The Crowne Plaza Atlanta Perimeter at Ravinia offers more than 32,000 square feet of meeting space, including 11 meeting rooms and a 6,000-sq. ft. exhibit hall. Other Dunwoody hotels include the Embassy Suites Atlanta-Perimeter Center and Staybridge Suites Atlanta Perimeter Center.
Perimeter Mall is surrounded by fine dining restaurants and chains, many of which, like McCormick & Schmick’s, offer business-friendly private dining and meeting space. McCormick & Schmick’s upscale surroundings bring a touch of class to any gathering; meeting space includes a spacious mahogany bar, an exhibition kitchen, private dining booths and an outdoor patio. Maggiano’s Little Italy has an entire floor of meeting space for groups of up to 200. Other restaurants with private dining/meeting rooms include Seasons 52, which focuses on serving foods in-season and steak, seafood and sushi restaurant Goldfish. Looking for a caterer? Alon’s, which specializes in breakfasts, lunches and baked goods, and A Divine Event are two excellent local options.
National Historic Landmark Dunwoody Farmhouse hosts corporate retreats, receptions and other special events. Villa Christina‘s Italianate villa houses 10,000 square feet of flexible event space, including two ballrooms, an on-site restaurant, an outdoor event pavilion surrounded by gardens and a waterfall, and a putting green. Want a “techier” space? Sister property The Retreat at Perimeter Summit offers 10,000 square feet of flexible space, including a patio and garden, that feel more contemporary.
The Spruill Center for the Arts is one of the largest community arts organizations in the Southeast. Its historic farmhouse gallery hosts contemporary art exhibitions, group events and/or group art classes. Indoor capacity is 50 people, but outdoor spaces may be tented for larger gatherings. Professional theater company Stage Door Players presents a full season of works from September through August, ranging from contemporary musicals and classic comedies to informal cabaret and children’s shows.