How to Spend an Afternoon in College Park


When you meet at The Georgia International Convention Center, you’re meeting in College Park. This beautiful historic city is known by its residents as “Atlanta’s best kept secret.” Well, we’re letting you in on the secret! If you find yourself with an afternoon break from meetings, follow this itinerary and soak in some southern hospitality.



Start your afternoon with lunch on Main Street. This is College Park’s Downtown District. Notice the numerous historic buildings that have been preserved and are now home to exciting shopping and dining venues. Our lunch recommendation? Radial Café. You’ll find unique takes on familiar farm-to-table dishes made with fresh, local, sustainable ingredients.



Keep strolling down Main Street to walk off lunch with a treat for your eyes. See if you can spot some street art by local artist, Yoyo Ferro, then pop into The City Muse to see the latest art exhibition.



Now, it’s time for a Historic Homes Tour. College Park boasts the 4th Largest Historic Neighborhood of Homes in Georgia, and you won’t be disappointed by the stunning architecture.




Seeing beautiful southern homes can work up an appetite, but Urban Foodie Feed Store has the comfort food to satisfy. Head there for supper and your stomach will thank you.



There’s still time for one more spot! End the night at Duck Club Speakeasy. You’ll find the secret entrance in the alleyway on the northside of Ronaldo’s Resto Bar. Look for a silhouette of a duck and you’ll find the door. Once inside, order a classic cocktail from the friendly bartenders and take in the rustic-chic space.


Once you check off all the spots, let us know what you thought! Tweet us @TheGICC.



Which GICC Campus Hotel is Best For You?

You’ve already made a great decision in choosing the Georgia International Convention Center (The GICC) for your event. Now, let’s select your group’s accommodations. There’s no more accessible option than to house attendees right on our campus. Aside from being extremely convenient by eliminating the need for a rental car or alternative means of transportation, each property on our campus offers a different benefit for your group – which can make it hard to choose!


Luckily for you, we’re here to help you decide which hotel is best suited for your time at the GICC!


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The Atlanta Airport Marriott Gateway is the most accessible hotel from Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport. A free ATL SkyTrain ride from baggage claim will have you at the doors of this property in less than 5 minutes. After a long day of meetings at the GICC, you can choose to unwind in the salt water pool underneath the solarium or take advantage of the fitness center. For those with extra business to handle outside of the GICC, the Atlanta Airport Marriott Gateway has 21 breakout rooms and 12 event rooms at your convenience.


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Located directly across the GICC, the SpringHill Suites Atlanta Airport Gateway offers a complimentary breakfast and hot breakfast buffet. The suite-style rooms with separate living and sleeping areas are perfect for lounging before and after events. If you’re in need of some relaxation, there’s an indoor pool sparing you from the elements and providing a nice place of solace. Not planning to leave the hotel and explore? You’ll enjoy the complimentary Wi-Fi and premium cable channels from the comfort of your bed.


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The 204 room Renaissance Atlanta Airport Gateway Hotel is a short ATL SkyTrain ride away from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. The Renaissance can be a treat for both meeting planners and guests with its 6,000 square feet of meeting and event space and the highly fashionable Hickory and Hazel Southern Table and Bar. The 3,400 square foot Tango Ballroom is the perfect place to hold an upscale event such as a gala or wedding. In addition to being ultra posh and stylish, the Renaissance Atlanta Airport Gateway also offers a 24/7 gym for those that can’t let a day go by without breaking a sweat.



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Why Attendees Should Race to Solís Two Porsche Drive

There are numerous reasons why the Georgia International Convention Center (the GICC) is in a prime location for a successful meeting, but did you know that it is only five quick miles away from one of Atlanta’s newest luxury hotel?


You’ll “wheely” want to read on and find out what makes Solís Two Porsche Drive a stellar destination for all visiting the Atlanta area – including GICC attendees!

Drive a part of history:
Solís Two Porsche Drive is the first Solís Hotels and Resorts property in the U.S.

Bringing European elegance to the South, Solís Two Porsche Drive places our neighborhood in the big leagues of international travel. Attendees will want to experience this piece of history when changing gears from work to post-event exploration.

Appreciate European design:
Every guest room features motorsports-inspired interior design

There’s an undeniable uniqueness to the hotel’s interior design, and that’s because it is auto-inspired with high-performance amenities, such as European-inspired beds. These guest rooms are a welcome and sleek post-meeting retreat for those parking for the night.

Fuel up over spectacular views:
Apron and Overdrive Lounge bring more to the table than delicious bites and sips


Apron’s laid back outdoor patio space sets the scene for guests to dine on inspired Mediterranean dishes. Panoramic views of the Porsche Experience Center driver development track and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport fly high above Apron’s patio at eighth-floor Overdrive Lounge, where guests sip on hand-crafted cocktails while enjoying live entertainment.


What do you want to experience most at @Solis2PorscheDr? Tweet us at @TheGICC!



3 Things that Take Longer than Getting to the GICC from Atlanta Airport

One of the best things about meeting at the Georgia International Convention Center? It onlytakes a few minutes to arrive from Hartsfield-Jackson. To make our point, these are just a few things that take longer than getting to our campus from the airport.


Your Morning Routine

You never get a second chance to make a first impression. For most people, it may take them longer getting ready for the day than it takes getting to The GICC from the Atlanta Airport.

Event Registration

Sure, technology has come a long way in terms of expediting the registration process for meetings and events. Unless you have your browser set to pre fill fields with your information and credit card information stored, registering for an event will take you longer than the ride to the GICC.


Especially during big events, Convention Center parking lots can be hard to navigate. It’s likely you’ll walk through the GICC’s doors thanks to the ATL SkyTrain before you can find a place to park your car (don’t even get us started on traffic!).

Whether you’re an Atlanta local or flying in from afar, traveling to the GICC via the SkyTrain is one of the most convenient options. See how easy it is: