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2015 Best of Atlanta

Whether you’re a local or A-Town newbie, JEZEBEL’s annual Best of Atlanta list showcases the of-the-moment winners in fashion, health, beauty, nightlife, dining, home, weddings and beyond. More than 10,000 votes came in, and we’re always blown away by the in-the-know opinions of our knowledgeable readers. Now, without further ado, head into summer with your bucket list chock-full of the award-winning spots that await in the pages ahead. Here’s to hoping you’re soaking this one up by the pool with cocktail in hand. Cheers, ATL!

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Best Apartment Pool: Camden Paces
This East Andrews luxe-living staple is close to it all—but why leave when you have two stunning saltwater pools to enjoy? Buckhead, @camdenpaces

Best Spot for Home Decor: Hedgecock Creed
This Buckhead mainstay is all about customization, high-quality pieces and a luxe new bedding line from Basketball Wives LA’s Malaysia Pargo. Swank! Buckhead, @hedgecockcreed

Best Gifts for Guys: Onward Reserve
Guys may be notoriously hard to shop for, but that’s why this dude-friendly shop is well-stocked with koozies, flasks, Smathers & Branson belts, plus a huge selection of clothing. Buckhead, @onwardreserve

Best Romantic Getaway: Barnsley Resort
This stunning resort has seen tons of proposals and weddings. Not ready to tie the knot? No problem. There are a ton of couple-friendly things to do, from garden walks and canoeing to horseback riding and indulging in one of three delish restos. Adairsville, @barnsleyresort

Best Staycation: Barnsley Resort
Head just an hour north up 75 for an OTP weekend at this resort known for its picture-perfect garden setting. Take your pick from traditional guest rooms and suites or a charming cottage that sleeps up to four at this getaway-ready (and pet-friendly) spot. Adairsville, @barnsleyresort

Best Realtor: Mikel Muffley at Muffley & Associates
Need a smooth buy or sell in ATL? Call Mikel Muffley. As the founder of boutique real estate agency Muffley & Associates, this home guru’s face has been popping up on billboards throughout the city. The best part? If you’re new to Atlanta, Muffley’s Executive Gold Relocation Services will make your transition easier than ever. East Point, @muffleyreports

Best Gifts for Girls: Drybar
The wash-and-style-only spot that started it all takes the guesswork out of gifting with easy-to-give certificates for a single visit, or a three-, six- or 12-pack of bouncy blowout bliss. Alpharetta and Buckhead, @thedrybar

Best Interior Designer: Traci Rhoads Interiors
We can’t get enough of Rhoads’ keen eye for classic looks with a modern feel and an unparalleled attention to detail. Maybe that’s why everyone from the Atlanta Symphony Showhouse to elite estates in Aspen can’t help but call on her expertise. Midtown, @tracirhoads

Best Spot for Home Technology: Audio, Automation & Theater
If you don’t know a thing about tech, let these experts take the wheel and install a state-of-the-art home theater or set up an energy-efficient, touchscreen home automation system using your iPhone. Brilliant! Buckhead

Best Real Estate Agency: Harry Norman Realtors
As Atlanta’s oldest and largest residential real estate firm with more than 1,000 agents, Harry Norman knows a thing or two about luxury living. With buying and selling services in A-Town, Savannah, North Georgia and beyond, these home experts are tried and true winners. Multiple locations, @hnrealtors

Best Art Gallery: Hagedorn Foundation Gallery
It’s all about the art of the photograph at this Peachtree Hills gallery. Learn why a picture is worth a thousand words through a stellar rotating exhibit lineup showcasing works of ubertalented photogs from around the world. Buckhead, @hfgallery

Best Local Artist: Britt Bass
As the winner of this category for the second year in a row, Bass continues to churn out bold, colorful canvases in her signature painting style that art enthusiasts know and love. Look for her works at pop-up shops around town, and follow her on Instagram for a first look at pieces for sale. @_brittbass

Best Fast Financing: Chapes-JPL
Retail addicts with valuable assets such as jewelry, gold, diamonds or watches can ditch the vulnerability of a pawn shop with luxury lender Chapes-JPL. With loans starting at $100 and going all the way up to $5 million, these experts have you covered with low interest rates and exceptional private services. Buckhead, @chapesjpl

Best Large Lender: Georgia’s Own Credit Union
For all your banking needs, Georgia’s Own Credit Union ensures your dollars are in good hands. With online banking, investment services, wire transfers, loans and more, this reputable org has your needs in mind down to the very last penny. Multiple locations, @georgiasown

Best High-Rise: SkyHouse Buckhead
Make yourself at home in this just-opened, 26-story high-rise with huge closets; private balconies; 24-hour concierge service; and a sleek rooftop pool with an outdoor kitchen, fireplaces and lounge. Buckhead, @skyhsbuckhead

Best Apartment Complex: The Jane Atlanta
Named after Bobby Jones’ beloved golf club, Calamity Jane, this apartment complex comes with all the bells and whistles. From high-end kitchens to private balconies with views of Bobby Jones Golf Course, The Jane does exclusive quirkiness right. Buckhead, @thejaneatlanta

Best Local Girls’ Weekend: Reynolds Plantation
Explore 10,000 acres of gorgeous Lake Oconee, or just do a whole lot of nothing while getting a Southern-inspired treatment at the luxe spa at this AAA Five Diamond The Ritz-Carlton property. Greensboro, @reynoldsgolf

Best Condo Building to Buy In: Seventh Midtown
While ground broke earlier this year on this upcoming boutique condo building, buyers looking to settle down at the corner of Seventh Street and Peachtree can reserve their spot now. The nine-story structure will house 20 two- and three-bedroom spacious condos starting at 1,805 square feet, each with outdoor terraces, Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances, and more. Pack your bags for a January 2016 move in. @seventhmidtown 

Best Outdoor Furniture: Kolo Collection
Whether or not you’re the outdoorsy type, the stylish pieces at this Westside designer-outdoor-furniture fixture will convince you to get out there. Improve your environ with weatherproof DEDON loungers, Lloyd Flanders sectionals, and Brown Jordan patio tables and burners. Westside, @kolocollection

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