(UPDATED JAN. 2021) Dunwoody, Georgia, is directly north of Atlanta. It is full of big-city offerings but with way less traffic than its southern counterpart. During a visit to Dunwoody, my friend Liz of Eat, Move, Make, and I found some pretty cool things to get into and had a fantastic trip. Between excellent shopping, delicious food, and a day of pampering and relaxation at a day spa, you’ll quickly see why I think you’ll love a fun weekend in Dunwoody, Georgia.
The Shopping Scene
Being so close to Atlanta’s metropolitan hub, it should come as no surprise that Dunwoody is also full of great retail stores and adorable boutique shops. The Perimeter Mall houses over 150 stores and has all of your top picks such as Anthropologie, J. Jill, Apple, and Nordstrom. I have never seen a bigger Macy’s store than the one at this mall. Budget shoppers or those looking to save some money can visit the Nordstrom Rack across the street.
Two of our favorite local shops were The Enchanted Forest and Under the Pecan Tree. In both, you will find unique jewelry, baby gifts, collegiate sports memorabilia and clothing, home decor, ladies’ accessories, and plenty of seasonal merchandise. Whether you want to pick up a Georgia t-shirt, local cookbook, modern pottery, or fun earrings, you can find them here.
Tasty Breakfast and Lunch
For a yummy breakfast, stop in First Watch or Another Broken Egg Cafe, both great options for breakfast sandwiches, pancakes, and specialty items. For lunch, head over to Alon’s Bakery or Novo Cucina for a delicious meal and glass of vino or sweet tea since you are in the South.
At Alon’s Bakery & Market, try the daily special (Fridays are fish tacos), Thai Chicken, or French Connection Salad. If you like Mediterranean food, Alon’s Tabouleh and Hummus are the best I’ve ever had! You can also choose from dozens of grab and go items.
Alon’s Bakery is the award-winning powerhouse of Dunwoody, catering all over town and even providing some of the top name stores in the country with their delicious macarons. I recommend pistachio and black cherry. If macarons are not your thing, select the Midnight Cake, their signature layered chocolate cake with white icing that is out of this world! It is a girls’ weekend; calories don’t count!
Novo Cucina, Dunwoody’s best Italian eatery, makes perfect hand-tossed Artisanal pizza, which is an excellent lunch option. I went with the Arancini risotto balls and a Caesar salad, both ideal choices. The marinara sauce is so good here that you will definitely want to order something made with it.
For dessert, Liz and I tried the Affogato, which comes with your choice of gelato flavors. We went with Malted Milk. Perfect! FYI, if you see people putting their plates on the floor at Novo Cucina to photograph it, they probably just want a pretty picture as we did. The restaurant is beautiful, and the floor was too good to be passed up. Instagram gold right there!
Delicious Dinner and Drinks
Eclipse Di Luna is perfect for a girls’ getaway with small plate tapas and tempting drinks. The small plates Liz and I tried were Fall Vegetables and Tomato Casserole (with goat cheese), Roasted Colorful Cauliflower (with Marcona almonds and balsamic), and Primavera Arroz.
Though I’m not a vegetarian or practice the lifestyle, all of our dishes happened to be vegetarian–and they were fabulous! The rice dish featured sautéed Basmati rice with roasted Crimini mushrooms, spinach, peas, Patty Pan Squash, and paprika chili oil drizzle. It was so good! We loved the ambiance and the colorful decor, too. Eclipse Di Luna’s service was excellent, and the food was all enjoyable; this would be my go-to place in Dunwoody if I lived here.
Vino Venue is a full-service restaurant with an extravagant wine selection. It has an aesthetically pleasing decor and self-serve machines that pour the wine using a gift card (available at the restaurant). Pick your type of wine (32 kinds to be exact) and the size of the wine you want (ranging from 1-ounce tasting to 5-ounce glass). Flights are a great way to try multiple wines without having to pay for a full glass.
For dinner at Vino Venue, Liz and I enjoyed our wine paired with a lovely charcuterie board, gourmet burger, adult grilled cheese, and premium desserts.
Decadent Desserts and Drinks
Located in the Park Place Shopping Center, Cafe Intermezzo is a 19th-century Vienna-inspired cafe in the Park Place Shopping Center. It has a romantic vibe, full menu, stellar desserts, and a huge tea and coffee offering. Liz and I stopped by for dessert only and couldn’t’ believe our eyes when we saw 40-50 dessert choices in the counters.
The selection process was complicated, but we ended up with the Almond Tiramisu, which was sheer heaven. It differed from classic tiramisu, using almond liquor with the coffee and toasted almonds on the top instead of cocoa. It was a real treat and not too sweet or heavy. To drink, I had a white hot chocolate, served with homemade Schlag (whipped cream), and Liz had a classic cocktail.
Beer enthusiasts will appreciate the 40 craft beers on tap at Moondog Growlers, with selections from around the country, just as I did. This taproom offers a considerable amount of choices from all over the country and plenty of local options. Kick back and watch your favorite sporting event and hang out with the friendly beer crowd at this happening place. While the beer selections can change often, the ones I enjoyed were Atlanta Brewing Company’s Goseanna and Torched Hop’s Raspberry Lucy.
Dunwoody’s Special Offerings
Liz and I were in town over the weekend, so we headed over to Brook Run for the local Dunwoody Farmers’ Market. Vendors change week to week. I found delicious cookies at Pastry Shells, fresh produce, yummy hot food at Ponytail Paris, and a cool tree branch where you grow your own mushrooms! Because our weather was shabby, the participants were low, but the Dunwoody Farmers’ Market can have up to 40 vendors.
An enjoyable activity Liz and I got involved with was Painting With A Twist. If you aren’t familiar with the latest fun and artistic trend, Painting With a Twist (PWAT) is a business that offers classes where an instructor shows you step by step how to paint a picture to take home with you. Granted, bringing your food and drinks is part of the fun and attraction, but the main gist is to have fun, make new friends, and share some laughs.
During our visit to Dunwoody, PWAT’s artist Holly led an off-site class at Moondog Growlers, with eight participants in total. We painted a seasonal fall pumpkin piece, which was a whole bunch of fun and made a great souvenir from our girls’ weekend in Dunwoody.
At the 1867 historic house on Ashford Dunwoody Road, we visited the Spruill Gallery, a local art gallery showcasing beautiful treasures. Artworks ranged from pictures to pottery, jewelry to fiber arts, and then some. I found some darling handpainted wall art that I wanted for my new grandbaby and some handmade cards to send to friends. Be sure to take the obligatory selfie at the #EverythingwillbeOK mural on the outbuilding on the property.
A Relaxing Appointment
Treat yourself at The Woodhouse Day Spa. Known as a luxury chain of day spas, originating in Texas, this impressive venue will wow you as soon as you step foot in the door.
After check-in, Liz and I were given a spa tour, provided a plush robe and slippers, and shown to the beautiful relaxation room. The elegant room held several tranquil seating areas with chairs and lounges, a gourmet selection of snacks and teas, as well as fruit-flavored waters. The Woodhouse Day Spa had a fantastic vibe, and we instantly made friends with some ladies having their own girls’ day out.
I had a 50-minute hot-stone massage, with a hint of deep tissue to work out some muscle kinks. My technician’s skilled hands kneaded my body in all the right places, and the heated bed was pure bliss. The Woodhouse Day Spa had an incredible staff and highly professional. Even in such an upscale environment, they made sure to treat every guest the same and with genuine friendliness and care.
Where to Stay in Dunwoody
The Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Atlanta Perimeter Dunwoody provided Liz and me with excellent accommodations on our weekend getaway. We had a quick check-in and were welcomed by friendly staff members at the stylish and clean property.
The Hampton Inn’s lobby has a great flow with seating areas off to the side and a small convenience store onsite. Breakfast and Wi-Fi are included in your stay, as well as complimentary shuttle services to the local malls and attractions. If you notice that the breakfast bar has biscuits and gravy, then it’s your lucky day! The Hampton Inn also offers a noteworthy 24-hour fitness center on the first floor and a whirlpool that looked incredibly inviting.
Our beautifully decorated room was spacious and had every modern convenience needed. I slept like a baby in one of the two queen beds covered with stark white textured coverlets and good quality sheets.
The bathroom was huge and had a great shower and Neutrogena toiletries. To reiterate, I enjoyed staying here, and the property was within walking distance to many Dunwoody attractions and shops.
Dunwoody: A Girls’s Getaway Thumbs Up
Liz and I had a blast on our weekend trip to Dunwoody. It is an impressive town with plenty to do and many ways to have fun. Are you ready to start packing?
Thanks to the Dunwoody CVB for hosting my trip. As with all of my articles, options and reviews are 100% mine and unbiased.
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