Atlanta, you know where I am talking about, A-Town, The ATL, Hotlanta, The Big Peach. I may live in the country now, but I grew up in Tampa. I am a city girl at heart. When we moved out here the first thing I thought about is there were no Starbuck’s to be found on my ride home from work. You do not have that problem in Atlanta.
Atlanta is only a little over two hours away from us. So, as you can imagine the girls and I are only too happy to ride down I-20, check into a hotel and make a weekend trip of the big city. We had an opportunity to do that last month when Maddie requested a trip to the city for her 16th birthday. Of, course we will go, that was a birthday gift for all of us.
Due to the girls’ past lives as competition cheerleaders, we have made the ATL trip many times. However, most of the time was spent at stressful cheer competitions, with no time to enjoy the sites and sounds of the city. Well with our recent trips that has all changed. There is so much to do in Atlanta. Maddie narrowed her picks down to a few places: a killer hotel stay, shopping, and a dinner show. Sounds good to me.
HOTEL IN THE CITY
For our killer hotel stay we knew it had to be in Buckhead. My girls say it is worth going to Buckhead for the people watching. (a lot of Atlanta’s money is located here) I booked us at the Courtyard by Marriot. It is located right in the heart of Buckhead, walking distance from shopping and great restaurants. The rooms are very upscale and the view is to die for. The package I booked included breakfast for two from their Bistro. We were able to get enough oatmeal(with amazing toppings), fruit, juice, and coffee(which was Starbuck’s) to feed all four of us. It was great morning just hanging out, eating breakfast, and enjoying the view.
CHEESECAKE FACTORY, HERE WE COME
Our hotel was right down the street from the Lenox Mall, which has some pretty amazing stores for shopping, but that was not why we stopped in. Maddie love the Cheesecake Factory and it just so happens there is one at that mall. We stopped in for a light lunch before heading out on our shopping trip. If you have ever eaten there you know their portion sizes are huge. We ordered their lunch size servings of Sheppard’s Pie and Fish and Chips thinking it would be a small size portion. Not the case. We ordered two entrees and had enough for all four of us to fill up on. You cannot go to the Cheesecake Factory and not have a piece of cheesecake. We tried the Pumpkin and Low Carb(Maddie’s choice) They were amazing.
ATLANTIC STATION, A SHOPAHOLIC’S HAPPY PLACE
Our shopping destination was next. The girls love Atlantic Station. It is like an open air mall. The shops and restaurants line the streets. They have some of Maddie’s favorites: H&M, Victoria Sectets, Old Navy, American Clothing Store, and American Eagle Outfitters. We did some shopping damage. We made a stop at 1000 Hills Coffee shop. This coffee is served at our church. Their motto is drink coffee, do good. They do a lot of great work in third world countries, but our motive for going there was purely for their awesome coffee. Their barista was pretty amazing and pour a very beautiful latte.
DINNER ADVENTURE AT MEDIEVAL TIMES
With our shopping complete we were off to our dinner and a show. We were Medieval Times bound. The whole family went there a couple of years ago and loved it. This time around we were getting a couple of free seats compliments of their Birthday club (BOGO for your birthday) so I decided to pay the extra $12 dollars to upgrade our seats. That was money well spent. We were right on the front row. The horses and knights were front and center and the falcon zoomed right over our heads.Our knight even presented Maddie with the queen of the joust ribbon. Needless to say we thoroughly enjoyed the entertainment. The food was pretty spot on as well. Maddie even enjoyed her vegetarian meal that consisted of a hummus appetizer and a veggie filled stew. Medieval Times Dinner Show is definitely a must visit when in The Big Peach.
I love Atlanta. That’s it, I am packing my bags and heading to the city more often. My whole crew enjoys the city vibe. A-town is a big city feel, but you are still in the South. No need to hop a plane to Chicago or New York, not when we have Hotlanta just a few miles up the street. So, this is what I recommend, pick a few places to enjoy, book a hotel, and let the good times roll.What are you waiting for? Plan a trip for this weekend.