“Wish I could have stayed longer!”

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Had the pleasure of staying at this luxurious and elegantly restored 19th century bed and breakfast for two nights as part of my 27th wedding anniversary. The best stay ever! Lives up to every word of description and more. Paul and Lori were wonderful. The room and bathroom were fantastic. We will be back!

Posted on TripAdvisor by Monica R on December 19, 2015

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You are Beautiful – the impact of telling someone

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Searching for something beautiful.

As the hands-on owner of Stonehurst Place, I spend a lot of time online looking at photography of other inns and hotels, of art and of travel ideas for interesting and exciting places I want to experience.  I’m constantly in search of something beautiful we can adapt in our new Carriage House design, or an addition to our guest experience that will make Stonehurst Place stays just that much more closer to perfect. One of recent my stumble-upons is this inspiring video about the effects of telling people they’re beautiful. Many feel good videos gone viral over the years are really just advertisements, promoted by Dove or other beauty companies. Yet the creator of this video, high school art student Shea Glover, invented a heart-warming social experiment. She asked students and teachers, some strangers, some friends, whether she could take their picture. Once they agreed, she started the camera and explained to them that her art project was to take a picture of something beautiful. “What?” one student asks, confused; “Oh no,” another one moans, hiding her face; “Oh thank you Shea! I’m so flattered,” a third one laughs, his smile bringing an even bigger one to my face as I watch.

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The subject’s response to being told they’re beautiful brings smiles to viewers, too.

I am not alone in my admiration of the video; it has racked up 9 million views on YouTube and spawned the hashtag #breathebeauty. It’s definitely a success. I don’t just admire its honest and crucial message about kindness and beauty. I love little details in the video, too, like the variety of beauty in the artist’s subjects; their clothing, hair styles and even their chipped nail polish, and the way Glover lifts their spirits in one generous moment. For women in the video, who may fall short in comparison to societal versions of beauty, it’s heart warming that their reaction to the compliment is palpable.

You are beautiful.

How do you react when people tell you that you’re beautiful?

The video was shot in a downtown Chicago Public high school. The diverse student body reacts to the artists in a variety of different ways, all of them genuine. Moreover, for each student, this event seems to have made their day, or maybe even their month or year. Most of us are rarely appreciated for our natural beauty. We accept that everyone has their own look, but if they are close to us and part of our day to day life we can easily take their beauty for granted.

I re-watch this video because it makes me feel good; it reminds me that beauty is everywhere. It’s easy to forget that the well-worn paths we tread every day are imbued with beauty we’ve become blind to. Sometimes I even forget how beautiful Stonehurst Place is, I’m so used to it.

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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas at Stonehurst Place!

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Christmas Peek at Stonehurst PlaceChristmas at Stonehurst Place

We’ve decked the halls, and the rest of Stonehurst Place, as well, in preparation for the holidays and Christmas in Atlanta. Our guests immediately feel the holiday spirit as they walk in the foyer and see the nine-foot Christmas tree, decorated in Gold and Crimson. There are lots of other holiday touches throughout the house and Christmas Jazz to get your toes tapping.

Our Outdoor Architectural Lighting

Thanks to the hard work of Innkeeper Paul and Assistant Innkeeper Nikko, the outside of the house is festive as well.  Lights have been thoughtfully placed to accent the architectural features of the inn, and it looks just beautiful from Piedmont Avenue in Historic Midtown Atlanta.

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“Only the Stonehurst…”

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Stonehurst Place: a true respite of lovely gardens, luscious beds, elegant breakfasts, and exquisite ambience; surpassed only by the charm and grace of innkeepers, Lori and Paul. How lucky you will be to stay there.

Posted on TripAdvisor by JewelJones, San Francisco, California on December 5th, 2015

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“Best Bed & Breakfast EVER!!!”

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Stayed at this gorgeous place while i was in Atlanta on business. The house was spectacular and beautifully decorated! The service was exceptional, and the homemade breakfast i received every morning was amazing. Super comfy rooms, with heated bathroom floors. I would not hesitate to recommend this to anyone who is looking for a top notch stay in a beautifully restored house – it beats a hotel any day!

Posted on Trip Advisor by Summer M on November 20th, 2015

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“Loved this quaint B&B”

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We stumbled across this B&B when headed to a trade show in Atlanta and all the surrounding hotels were booked. A friend suggested the Midtown area which is a short MARTA ride from the downtown area. I’m not normally a B&B kind of person but we decided to give it a shot. The facility was gorgeous. There was a lovely covered front porch we used each night to do computer work. The rooms are not too small but the house was build in the 1800’s so what could you expect (it has been renovated and updated and feels very modern). The staff are very friendly and knowledgeable about the facility and the area. They serve a gourmet breakfast each morning and WOW was it good. The beds were VERY comfortable and the bedding soft and luxurious. They have two cabinets for guest convenience to get a beverage at any time. They also had some baked goods and snacks out if you need a little nibbly at anytime. My favorite thing was they had the softest bath towels I have ever experienced and they have them on a heated towel rack. Decadent!!! If I ever go back to Atlanta, there is no doubt I would want to stay here.

Green Features: I appreciate that they are trying to do their part to minimize negative impacts on the environment. Kudos!!
Posted on Trip Advisor by 206SeattleNative, Seattle, WA on November 10th, 2015
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“I’d always stay here in Atlanta”

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It’s so much more than a B&B. Really closer to a boutique hotel, but with all the great friendly hospitality you’d expect in the B&B experience. We had a great room with a colossal bathroom. The breakfast was immense. A great experience.

Posted on Trip Advisor by paddyhorton, Sydney on November 10th, 2015

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Beautiful B&B in a fantastic location

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I am not normally a B&B type person but with the hotels all booked for a trade show we gave it a shot. Boy am I glad that we did. This was a positively lovely experience. After booking we received a personal welcome email from Stonehurst inviting questions or concerns. The facilities are breathtaking and the Midtown area was perfect (a short MARTA ride to GWCC). There is a gorgeous covered front porch area softly piping music (turns off at 11). There are a couple cabinets that have drinks and snacks to enjoy at any time of the day. There is also a selection of baked goods in the breakfast area that are available at any time. But the most amazing part of the stay is the gourmet breakfast they serve each morning. The food was amazing, the service exceptional and the french press coffee fantastic. The bedding was soft and luxurious and the bed was very comfortable. The bath towels were the softest I’ve EVER felt and rested upon a heated towel rack for optimal comfort. The staff here are very friendly and seemed to have a sixth sense to appear when needed without feeling like they were hovering. We thoroughly enjoyed our experience here and will absolutely be back when our travels take us to Atlanta. I can’t imagine staying anywhere else after such a superb experience.

Posted on Expedia.com by Leslie from Seattle, WA on November 8th, 2015

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