After months of planning, cake tastings, dress fittings, bridesmaids and family drama — the big day arrives. Couples declare their love publicly, dance the night away, drink champagne, and save the top tier of their wedding cake for the following year. The other highlight of the wedding is the honeymoon. Having hosted family and friends, it’s time for the newlyweds to focus on themselves. They need to rest and savor the commitment they made in an intimate setting. While some couples will opt for long plane rides abroad, others will remain closer to home. The following Black-owned spots in and around Atlanta are first-class honeymoon destinations, right for every budget and perfect for lovers intent on starting their new lives on the right foot.
1. The Hamilton Howell House
The grandfather of them all, The Hamilton Howell House was designed by famed Black Architect Alexander Hamilton, Jr., in 1893. Built for his family and then lovingly converted to a bed and breakfast in the 1980s, this venue specialized in giving respite to travelers and honeymooners. Intimacy comes to mind as there are only three bedrooms — named after African American icons WEB Du Bois, Elizabeth Catlett and Maya Angelou — guests can expect to have their bathrooms. With its turn of the 20th-century feel, African art and modern accents, couples will feel transported into another world, as they sit on the veranda sipping coffee or champagne the morning after saying, “I do.”
2. The Peach House
As sweet as its name, The Peach House is located in metropolitan Atlanta. The Victorian-style family-owned bed and breakfast was built in 1901 and hosts a sweeping veranda and lush garden complete with a waterfall, perfect for your honeymoon. The peaceful vibe includes room service, jetted tubs, a balcony and self-service amenities. The common areas are decorated for an old world with modern conveniences for a seamless, relaxed stay. And, if you want to get out and The Peach House is easily accessible to all that Atlanta has to offer. Enjoy!
3. Sugar Magnolia Bed and Breakfast
If you want to be surrounded by splendor, Sugar Magnolia is the place to be. Featuring three stories of elegance, this bed and breakfast represents the best of a Victorian home. Standing under the lights of its radiant crystal chandelier, or ascending the grand staircase, guests will experience the richness of the heart of Atlanta’s Inman Park. This award-winning destination has four distinct bedrooms, the aroma of morning coffee, and, sometimes, jazz on the baby grand piano riffs throughout the house. Gift certificates and specials are available, so be sure to add Sugar Magnolia to your registry.
4. Chef Omar Tate’s Honeysuckle Projects
Now that you’ve found a place to lay your married heads and consummated your marriage, it’s time to eat. Wine and dine your bride with delicious fresh food by Time100 Next honoree and Black chef, Omar Tate. This pop-up dinner series at Black-owned Twisted Soul Cookhouse and Pours restaurant, located at Apex West Midtown, highlights food and culture of Black farmers. Helmed by Black world-class Chef Deborah VanTrece, this spot is the place to be for southern favorites with international flavors. While it may be your special night, Black farmers will also take center stage as guests of Chef Tate, who will recognize the legacy and challenges of Black farmers.
Go stargazing with your new hubby under the Georgia moonlight. Search for his and her zodiac signs amid the constellations as you glamp into the forest. Glamping is easily the right mix of luxury and rustic for Black honeymooners who love the outdoors but not all of the work of setting up a campsite. There are Black-owned campgrounds sprinkled throughout the state of Georgia awaiting your arrival. So take your honey on a horseback ride in the fresh mountain air at Bomax Ranch and Retreat, go fishing and pick berries together at HSS Farms, or gaze into each other’s eyes over a fire for a cozy evening of snuggling at The Glamp Inn. The night or nights are yours, so indulge as you see fit.
However you decide to spend your honeymoon, don’t miss a chance to tour Black Atlanta with Roundabout Atlanta. Curated by local Atlantans, you’ll have your choice of a private tour or joining someone else’s. Sights include Black History and Civil Rights points of interest, as well as the romantic city lights, and a trip to Stone Mountain.