Six miles east of downtown Atlanta and minutes west of Stone Mountain, Decatur is one of Atlanta's most popular attractions. It is known for a captivating charm and liveliness that often epitomizes the best college towns: Both Agnes Scott College and Emory University call the town home home and double as Decatur event venues, while visitors meeting in other parts of Atlanta often jump on MARTA to dine at one of Decatur's critically acclaimed eateries. Attendees will surely delight in the ability to log on to the web from just about anywhere in town - thanks to municipal Wi-Fi.
The city boasts three stations on the MARTA line, Atlanta's unique rapid rail and bus transit system, providing visitors with fantastic accessibility to the Greater Atlanta Area.
Located in the heart of downtown, the Courtyard Marriott Decatur Conference Center provides meeting planners with yet another state-of-the-art event facility. The recently updated property offers 15,000 square feet of meeting space, 10 meeting rooms, 8 breakout rooms and a ballroom that can hold up to 800 people.
At Agnes Scott College, groups of 10 to 500 will delight in the Gothic and Victorian architecture and meandering brick pathways, while taking their pick of such fully equipped event spaces as the 400-person capacity Letitia Pate Evans Hall and the 80-person capacity Katharine Woltz Reception Room (both available for rental).
Many Decatur venues are located on the Emory Campus. These include the Miller-Ward Alumni House, which provides 7,600 square feet of space; Houston Mill House, dating back to the 1920s; and Michael C. Carlos Museum with space for up to 600 are all. The Campus even features its own conference hotel; the newly renovated Emory Conference Center Hotel offers 32,000 square-feet of event space and 26 unique meeting venues including Wisteria Lanes, Atlanta's only private event hotel bowling alley.
Many Decatur event venues are located in historic neighborhoods full of cottages, churches and renovated buildings. Groups can stroll to the historic, window-lined courtroom for a reception at the Old Courthouse on the Square. Just outside, a bandstand is available for group rental. The Mary Gay House, a quintessentially Southern meeting venue for up to 200, has three private rooms and a patio. Also offering a Southern-style historic space with outdoor options, the Solarium at the Old Scottish Rite Hospital invites 150 to enjoy cocktails under a tent and in its window-lined sunroom.
To say that dining venues in Decatur are on the foodie map is an understatement; its large number of award-winning (including James Beard chefs) restaurants continues to grow. Watershed (named after a song by the Indigo Girls, one of whom owns it), also offers private meeting space.
More than 100 boutiques, cafes, bookstores and galleries are found in Decatur, including the Seen Gallery, another one-of-a-kind event venue. Eddie's Attic is a Decatur institution, with live, local musicians. Indigo Girls, Sugarland, and John Mayer played here in their early days and still make surprise visits.