About 20 miles northwest of Atlanta, Marietta, in Georgia's historic Cobb County, is one of Atlanta's largest suburbs. Charming, quaint, sophisticated, au courant yet full of history, Marietta event venues are set among such places as Historic Marietta Square, designed after Savannah's grid like streets with a central square.
Marietta is served by Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport and the MARTA line, Atlanta's unique rapid rail and bus transit system that links much of metro and suburban Atlanta.
Hotel accommodations are plentiful, with more than 26 properties to choose from: ranging from bed-and-breakfasts like the Stanley House to such full-service properties as the Hilton Atlanta/Marietta Hotel & Conference Center. The Hilton offers 198 hotel rooms and nine suites, along with 25,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, and an elegant 6,500-square-foot ballroom. The 218-room Radisson Hotel Atlanta Northwest, with more than 6,600 square feet of meeting space, is also a good place for groups to consider.
Quality entertainment is easy to find in Marietta. Visit the Earl Smith Strand Theatre, which dates back to 1935 when it was operated as an original motion picture house. Today, it serves as home to film viewings, concerts, plays, and private events. The Top Level Event Room can accommodate up to 115 guests for a cocktail party and features transoms with decorative etching that date back to the facility's first days.
If you are looking to add a little mystery and edge to your visit, consider contacting Ghosts of Marietta to set up a walking tour of the haunted, gas-lantern-lit streets that put Marietta on the map. Marietta trolley tours, courtesy of the Historic Marietta Trolley Company, are also a great way to learn more about the history of this fascinating destination. Within two miles of downtown Marietta, visitors can also reflect on the area's rich Civil War past at the Marietta National Cemetery, Confederate Cemetery, and Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park.
Within its six historic districts, some on the National Register of Historic Places, are attractions that also double as Marietta unique meeting venues. These include the Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art, housed in a 1909 post office (available for rent for up to 350 guests), and the Marietta Gone with the Wind Museum, located in a 19th-century warehouse (where up to 100 guests can be seated for a private event). The antebellum Kennesaw House, home to the Marietta History Museum, also offers event space.
Lush greenery and nearly year-round temperate weather make outdoor-centered venues in Marietta popular as well. The four-acre Gardens at Kennesaw Mountain include three separate buildings where groups can convene. The Marietta Educational Garden Center, an antebellum home on 3.5 acres of landscaped gardens, invites groups of up to 250 to enjoy a reception. The center also offers tours.
Marietta Square is home to more than 70 specialty shops and restaurants, including the Vineyard Cafe & Gift Shop, Rhinos and Rhinestone, Red Door Art Gallery & Studio, Hemingway's Bar & Grill, Kish Restaurant and Shillings on the Square.