Dana Hazels Seith

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  • Atlanta, GA, USA

Dana Hazels Seith is a correspondent who lives in Atlanta and covers the area for Forbes Travel Guide. Seith is a Southern-based lifestyle freelance writer and editor with an emphasis on food and drink, culture, family and travel who has lived in places as exotic as Hawaii and as ordinary as Kansas. When not writing, Seith is searching for ohm on a yoga mat or exploring the best restaurant patios in the city. Her work has appeared in DailyCandy, MSN.com, Southern Living, Atlanta Magazine and The Atlantan.

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  • On March 25, 2013
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    What are the best makeup stores in Atlanta?

    Courtesy of (Plá) Beauty Thankfully, getting dolled up in Atlanta doesn’t require a lot of running around. A lady usually requires everything to make her pout perfect and lashes bat worthy. Here are my picks for the best spots to stock up on things to make you stunningly beautiful. 

    Woo Skincare and Cosmetics. The spot in the Peachtree Battle shopping center is a beauty junkie’s paradise. From the local companies like my favorite lipgloss from (Plá) Beauty, to global brands like Laura Mercier, Woo Skincare and Cosmetics carries it all. In addition to its stellar makeup selection, Woo also offers a full-menu of spa services and gives one of the best facials in town.

    While Woo is our favorite, national chains like Sephora (located in both Lenox Square and Perimeter Mall) and Ulta (two locations within the Perimeter), are convenient one-stop shops carrying everything from aisles of eyeshadow to the perfect shade of blush.
  • On March 25, 2013
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    What are the best boutique hotels in Atlanta?

    Courtesy of the Artmore Hotel While Atlanta has a countless number of large hotels to choose from, my favorites are more of the charming variety, giving a stay in the city a one-of-a-kind experience.  

    The Artmore. The Spanish style hotel is a bit off the beaten path with its location in a quieter section of Midtown. It is the perfect size with 102 rooms and 33 suites. Bonus—the Artmore’s courtyard is fantastic for an after-dinner-drink during warm weather months.

    Meliã. While this is a chain, the Meliã Atlanta is the first location in the United States. The Spanish hotel is a hotspot, especially during summer months as its rooftop pool is the place to see and be seen.

    Two downtown hotels I like are the Glenn and the Ellis. Both boast great lobbies and unique rooms chicly styled. The Glenn, particularly, is located near many conference centers including the Georgia World Congress Center and Americas Mart.
  • On March 24, 2013
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    What’s happening this weekend in Atlanta?

    Courtesy of Mike LaSage If you had tickets to the cancelled Morrissey show on Saturday, have no fear, there’s still so much to see and do this weekend (March 30-31) in Atlanta. First things first…Bacon!

    BaconFest.  Last year, there was actually a sighting from the one and only Kevin Bacon at Dad’s Garage’s BaconFest. The annual fundraiser for the improv group is an awesome way to spend a Saturday with plenty of beer, bands, and of course, bacon.

    Laughing Scull Lounge’s 4th Annual Comedy Festival. Bring on the laughs March 27-31 at the comedy fest featuring 60 professional comics taking the stage over five funny days.

    If things go according to plan, Mother, the newest bar on Edgewood will soft open on Thursday. Catfish, chicken sausage hoagies, and brisket tacos are all said to soak up everything the bar is serving up. From cocktails to from absinthe to vino to shots of tequila, the alcohol will be flowing. Sounds like my kind of place.
  • On March 23, 2013
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    What are the best makeup stores in Atlanta?

    Courtesy of (Plá) Beauty Thankfully, getting dolled up in Atlanta doesn’t require a lot of running around. A lady usually requires everything to make her pout perfect and lashes bat worthy. Here are my picks for the best spots to stock up on things to make you stunningly beautiful. 

    Woo Skincare and Cosmetics. The spot in the Peachtree Battle shopping center is a beauty junkie’s paradise. From the local companies like my favorite lipgloss from (Plá) Beauty, to global brands like Laura Mercier, Woo Skincare and Cosmetics carries it all. In addition to its stellar makeup selection, Woo also offers a full-menu of spa services and gives one of the best facials in town.

    While Woo is our favorite, national chains like Sephora (located in both Lenox Square and Perimeter Mall) and Ulta (two locations within the Perimeter), are convenient one-stop shops carrying everything from aisles of eyeshadow to the perfect shade of blush.
  • On March 23, 2013
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    What are the best art galleries in Atlanta?

    No matter what side of town you’re on, chances are there’s a great art gallery to check out. Here are my favorites.

    For photography you cannot go wrong with popping into Get This! on the Westside and Jackson Fine Art in Buckhead. Both show many buzzed-about exhibits and host the hottest openings in town.

    I love both the space and the selection of exhibits at the Atlanta Contemporary Arts Center. They are pushing boundaries, especially with collections like last fall’s haunting show, “Deliverance.” Along the same lines, the Hagedorn Foundation Gallery and Goat Farm show collections that are cutting edge. Hagedorn hosts’ big names like Scott Schuman (A.K.A. the Sartorialist) and Goat Farm’s showing of North Korean artist Song Byeok’s work in 2012 combined art with politics.

    I am excited to check out Kai Lin Art’s latest move to its space in West Midtown (after having locations in Midtown and later, Buckhead). His 3.0 location opened this month.
  • On March 22, 2013
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    What are the best places to see a play in Atlanta?

    Courtesy of Alliance Theatre On any given night there’s likely a great performance to check out in Atlanta. Here are my picks on where to catch a play in the city.

    Housed in the Woodruff Arts Center complex next to the High Museum, the Alliance Theatre is a premier spot to see a show. For a smaller venue feel I like both the Horizon Theatre in Five Points and the 14th Street Playhouse in Midtown.

    It doesn’t say Atlanta much more than seeing something at the renowned Fox Theatre. The Fox hosts such acts as Jerry Seinfeld and Leonard Cohen, but touring stops of Broadway acts are equally fantastic.

    While I don’t love venturing outside the perimeter often, the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre is worth it. There’s truly not a bad seat in the house and it’s a beautiful theatre with very comfortable seats.  For something a little outside the box, I love the outdoor venue of Piedmont Park for Georgia Shakespeare’s series fittingly called Shakespeare in the Park.
  • On March 22, 2013
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    What are the hottest upcoming concerts in Atlanta?

    Atlanta has longtime been a stop for most touring bands. Spring and summertime are great for catching a concert.

    In 2011, Music Midtown returned to Atlanta after a six-year hiatus. The last two years have seen the Black Keys, Coldplay, Girl Talk, and Pearl Jam (among countless others). I cannot wait to see who will headline the festival during the September weekend-long concert held in Piedmont Park. Also outside is Centennial Park’s Party in the Park on May 18. This year’s concert has Passion Pit and Ellie Goulding headlining.

    Before that though, I’m excited to check out the Shaky Knees festival. Held at the Masquerade Music Park May 4-5, it’s a who’s who of great bands. The Lumineers, Band of Horses, Drive By Truckers and many more will take the stage. If you’re into hip-hop, the annual A3C Festival is amazing. Also held at the Masquerade, the two-day fest every October hosts (as the name suggests) acts from All Three Coasts.

    If you’re into pop music, then Philips Arena has you covered with Maroon 5 (March 27), Alicia Keys (March 29), Taylor Swift (April 18-19), and Justin Bieber (August 10) all playing here. Another must-see is the summer concert series at Chastain. Sting, Harry Connick Jr., Willie Nelson, and the Smashing Pumpkins are all slated to play in the next few months.
  • On March 22, 2013
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    What are the best bookstores in Atlanta?

    While Amazon and Apple may have made the hardback book seem antiquated, Atlanta has several bookstores that have managed to survive despite advancing technology with the e-reader.

    Acapella Books in Little Five is a book lover’s dream with floor to ceiling cases carrying bound pages of hardbacks. Just up the street is also Criminal Records, which not only carries a stellar collection of vinyl and music paraphernalia, it houses a great selection of comics, books, and magazines.

    Both Acapella and Criminal Records host great literary events including book signings and readings. If feminist lit is your thing, head to Charis Books and More, a independent shop, which is the oldest and largest one of its kind in the South.

    If you’re into comics, Atlanta holds one of the best spots in the Southeast – Oxford Comics Games & More. Carrying rare finds and a knowledgeable staff, if comics are your genre, then this is the place.
  • On March 22, 2013
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    What are the best parks in Atlanta?

    Despite its sprawl, greenspace in Atlanta is growing even more with the very publicized Beltline. Countless articles say the Beltline will change Atlanta’s economy in more than one way. The massive project has grandiose plans to connect Atlanta’s intown neighborhoods with a trolley car system, for now, the Eastside Trail is open, making way for several miles of linear greenspace complete with public art and a rad skatepark. The Beltline is certainly changing the face of the city and connecting its neighborhoods in a fresh and exciting way.

    That said, some of Atlanta’s best parks are its oldest. Grant, Chastain and Piedmont Parks are my favorites. They all have established trees, fantastic people watching, tennis courts, swimming pools, and great paths for walking. Chastain and Piedmont Parks both host fantastic concerts (the Chastain summer series is always a great lineup and acts like Paul McCartney and Coldplay have played Piedmont). In addition, Piedmont Park’s Lake Clara Meer is a must-see at sunset—it’s stunning.
  • On March 22, 2013
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    What are the best spas in Atlanta?

    For some, getting a spa treatment is relaxation enough, but there are some experiences that pamper beyond compare. Get the star treatment at the spas within these luxurious hotels in Atlanta. 

    Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta. The Spa at Four Seasons is ridiculously relaxing. Forbes Travel Guide 2013 agrees with a five star rating for its neoclassical tower located in Midtown.

    The St. Regis Atlanta. The spa, called Reméde, is just that – the remedy for all that ails you (especially if that includes an overworked and tired body). De-stress with the Buckhead Escape body treatment.

    Mandarin Oriental Atlanta. The spa at the Mandarin Oriental hotel is a retreat from the world. Covering two floors of the hotel, it is tranquility at its finest. The couple’s suite is a truly decadent experience.

    The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Buckhead. From spectacular massages to skin and body therapies, the Sweet Tea Body Buff and Georgia Red Clay Body Wrap are two menu items that are unique to Atlanta.
  • On March 22, 2013
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    What are the best festivals in Atlanta?

    On any given weekend you’re more than likely to find a gathering of some sort. Here are my favorites.

    While “Taste Of” food festivals are held practically every weekend, the best one is the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival. The 2013 festival is May 30-June 2 and will host some of the top chefs in the Southeast. Past festivals have featured everyone from Birmingham’s Frank Stitt to Dallas chef (and brother to Atlanta chef Kevin) Kent Rathbun.

    For outside-the-norm art, the Fringe Festival is awesome. The 2013 festival is June 5-9. While it’s not exactly Sundance, the Atlanta Film Festival is a great collection of local work and national submissions. The 2013 festival just ended on March 24.  

    The local beer company, Sweetwater’s 420 Fest, is always a great time. With food trucks, live music, and an art stroll all inside Candler Park, the 420 Fest always feels like the unofficial kickoff of spring.