Business Trip: Atlanta, Bugs Stopper
So you have meetings in . . . . Atlanta
BEST BUSINESS HOTEL: In midtown, the Four Seasons (75 14th St.; 800/819-5053 or 404/881-9898, fax 404/253-3913; doubles from $290); in Buckhead, the Ritz-Carlton (3434 Peachtree Rd.; 800/241-3333 or 404/237-2700, fax 404/240-7191; doubles from $315).
EXPENSE-ACCOUNT RESTAURANT: Bluepointe (3455 Peachtree Rd.; 404/237-9070; dinner for two $80), for its futuristic look and fusion cuisine.
CAR SERVICE OF CHOICE: Green Classic Limousines (404/875-3866; from $55 per hour).
IF YOU FORGOT TO PACK A SCARF OR TIE: Phipps Plaza (3500 Peachtree Rd.; 404/262-0992), for Gucci, Jil Sander, and more.
IF YOU HAVE A FREE AFTERNOON: Watch CNN broadcast live at its headquarters (Centennial Olympic Park Dr. at Marietta St.; 404/827-2300; book a day in advance).
WEB RESOURCE: www.cnn.com/travel (choose Atlanta from the City Profiles pull-down menu).
Could this mask keep you healthy?
Joan Collins wears one; so do members of Britain's royal family. The Bugs Stopper may not be the latest in-flight fashion statement, but it's being touted as your best defense against contagion on planes. The manufacturer, the U.K.-based Aviation Health Institute, claims the mask filters out 98 percent of airborne infections, including the common cold and tuberculosis. But is it necessary?"There's no evidence that the air [on planes] causes illness," says Dr. Russell Rayman of the Aerospace Medical Association. Still, he adds, "If someone feels more comfortable wearing a mask, I wouldn't say not to do it." 44-1235/202-708; www.aviation-health.org/shop/shop.asp; $18.
More than a TV
How's this for an upgrade?The Peninsula Beverly Hills has just outfitted its rooms with NXTV, a new version of interactive TV that actually delivers reliable Web access. The icing on the cake: thanks to arrangements with local film studios, the system screens movies currently playing at theaters near you. 9882 Little Santa Monica Blvd.; 800/462-7899 or 310/551-2888; doubles from $415.
Going my way
NAME: Peter Norton
OCCUPATION: Creator, Norton AntiVirus software
HOME BASES: Santa Monica and New York City
FAVORITE AIRPORTS: Seattle's Sea-Tac, for its convenient layout and easy access to rental cars; Heathrow, for the shopping; and Osaka's Kansai, for its beautiful Renzo Piano design.
ESSENTIAL CARRY-ONS: Howard Leight earplugs, an eye mask, a power supply for my computer, and Atek's micromouse—it's small enough to use on a flight tray.
PACKING RESOURCE: Eagle Creek's great luggage organizers, which have a special clothes-folding system.