Atlanta Miscellany for the STC Summit

(Note: This post was originally written for the conference in Atlanta in 2009, but it only took a few tweaks to bring it up to 2013.) Whew! The STC Summit in Atlanta is less than 2 weeks away! To help you with your planning, we have some more information about
  • Getting to Atlanta
  • Getting Around Atlanta
  • Shopping
  • Traveling with your Service Animal
  • Tipping
  • Pharmacies and Emergency Care

Getting to Atlanta

Visit the Accessibility pages of the conference site to find information about traveling to Atlanta by plane, train, or bus. Information includes the cheapest way to get from the airport to the conference hotel - MARTA, the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) public transit system in Atlanta. MARTA takes you straight to the hotel. From the airport, take the northbound train to the Peachtree Center Station stop, which is one stop north of the Five Points transfer station. Exit the train and take the escalator up towards Peachtree Center Mall. Once inside the mall, follow the signs to the covered walkway into the hotel. There is also an elevator. You can visit the Peachtree Center Station virtually from the MARTA site to prepare for your trip. This Marta guide to the station has even more tips and photos. The Amtrak station in Atlanta is not connected directly to MARTA. You can either walk to the nearest MARTA station, or take a cab or bus from Amtrak to the hotel. The site for the Amtrak station in Atlanta has a map and phone number to call for more information. The site for the Atlanta Checker Cab to help you plan your budget for the trip.

Getting Around Atlanta

Get some sightseeing ideas from the STC host chapter in Atlanta. Wikitravel has a page dedicated to traveling to Atlanta and visiting Atlanta, all collected in one spot. You find climate information, city history, and additional details about getting to Atlanta by train, plane, and automobile.

Shopping

This is about basic shopping - toothpaste, tissues, bottled water, and so on. Right across the street from the Hyatt Regency conference hotel is the Peachtree Center Mall. There is a convenience store just inside the Mall from the Peachtree Center Avenue side. For more information, visit the Mall site, which includes a directory of the shops and maps of the center. For your business needs, there is a business center in the conference hotel, in the Mall, and at 100 Peachtree St NW (FedEx Kinkos).

Traveling with your Service Animal

The conference hotel accepts service animals for those guests who need them. Contact them directly for more information. Bringing a service animal is not a problem, but do call ahead several days in advance so they can let housekeeping know. It is also helpful if the service animal looks like a service animal, for example, wearing a jacket to indicate that this is a working animal. Accessible Techcomm has more tips about traveling with service animals.

Tipping

Tipping is always tricky, especially for people not used to travel or visitors from outside the country. Everyone has an opinion, and the opinions don't always match. We are providing links to two fairly updated articles about tipping, but you can also ask for more information in virtual or real-life fora.

Pharmacies and Emergency Care

Two of the nearest pharmacies are: Caremark 55 Park Pl NE Atlanta, GA 30303 (404) 522-6330‎ Walgreens 595 Piedmont Ave., Suite. 100 Atlanta, GA 30308 (404) 685-9665 You are always welcome to contact the hotel concierge with minor questions, and they will be happy to help you as best they can. Visitors to the US should note that the telephone number for emergencies is 911, but remember to also contact the hotel staff if the emergency is on the hotel property.

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