This year has definitely been a year of travel for me like never before, and it seems to just keep getting busier! I love to visit new places that I’ve never been, try different foods, sight-see, etc, so a weekend trip to visit my sweet boyfriend in his new city was the perfect opportunity! The timing was wonderful, so I got to fly down to Atlanta on my birthday weekend and celebrate with Kenny – we haven’t had our birthdays apart since I was 16! We jam-packed the short time we had with as much as we possibly could, and of course documented with as many photos he would let me take. I’ll recap our (very loose) itinerary below! Like I said, we packed a lot in, so apologies in advance for the long-windedness!
I landed in Atlanta and got stuck in traffic for two hours (typical), so by the time I got checked into my hotel, we really only had time to grab dinner and walk around Midtown a little bit. We decided to eat dinner at Vortex in Midtown because we’d heard so much about it and it seems to be iconic Atlanta. It was so good, but our eyes were definitely bigger than our stomachs and we should’ve shared. After dinner we visited an Irish pub near the restaurant to listen to music, and then called it a night so we were ready to go on Saturday!
One of the only for sure things on my list for this trip was visiting Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit. I had read about the Charleston location, so when I found out there was one in Atlanta, I knew I had to go and it did NOT disappoint! I got a pimento cheese biscuit sandwich at 9 am, and I don’t regret it even a little bit. After Callie’s we walked around the area, and somehow the only store that was open was a paper goods store, which is right up my alley. Kenny was a good sport and looked around with me (even when I dragged him into two more paper stores and a book store later in the day) – I was in heaven.
Afterwards, we went to our favorite ATL spot, Ponce City Market. When Kenny moved to Atlanta, I went with his parents to move him in, and one day he and I decided to go visit Ponce. I looked up an article about what you can’t miss in Atlanta Midtown, and Ponce was on the list, so we hopped on the MARTA and rode it to the Midtown station. Once we got off the train, we turned on my GPS directions and started walking… and walking… and walking. We ended up walking for about an hour and a half before we reached our destination (next time I’ll look at maps more closely) – but it was so worth it! We totally loved it, and now it’s Kenny’s favorite place to take friends when they come to the city to visit!
After Ponce, we visited the Coca-Cola Museum! I wanted to go on my last trip, but we just didn’t have the time, so I was so excited to visit this time! Our favorite part was definitely sampling all of the international flavors of Coke, and overall it was so much fun, but I definitely recommend visiting at a slow time of day, and staying away from the 3D attraction (whiplash for days). Afterwards, we walked around town for a while and then went to a late lunch at Bartaco. I had already been to the Nashville location, but the atmosphere and food at Bartaco cannot be missed! We sampled allll the foods and then got churros with chocolate sauce because why not?! We took a little break to drive around town and walk and see the Margaret Mitchell House before eating yet another meal at Ribalta, where we had the best fancy Italian pizza. And lastly, we headed back to the Irish pub to watch Kenny’s Cubbies play.
My flight was later in the day, so we had a little bit of time earlier to go around town before I left. We spent most of the day at the Botanical Gardens, which was absolutely beautiful! I think it was my favorite thing we did the entire trip! We didn’t realize how huge the property was when we got there, but we were able to cover most of it in just a few hours, and we managed to take 263 pictures in the process (sorry, Kenny!). After the gardens, we visited Kenny’s favorite bakery/deli Alon’s and ran around town before he had to drop me off at the airport.
It was the best time, and I can’t wait until the next time I go back! Atlanta is such a fun city, and so different from where I’ve grown up my entire life, so there’s just so many more things that I want to check off my ATL bucket list! I’m definitely no expert, so I’d love to hear your Atlanta “must-do’s”. What shouldn’t I miss next time I’m there? Let me know!