Ah, I’m back!
As you guys know, it has been crazy and heartbreaking with what is going on in my city, Houston. Hurricane Harvey has turned so many Houstonians lives upside down. I have been following the news and social media and I have literally shed so many tears as I watch people trying to evacuate and losing everything they have. I am so thankful and grateful that my neighborhood survived the storm and my house was completely untouched. I have been trying to do my part to the best of my ability by getting stuff together to donate and volunteering a helping hand where I can. All that aside, I am so proud to be part of such an amazing and supportive city. It brings me so much joy and comfort to see how everyone has come together in this time of need.
This past weekend I took a quick trip to Atlanta. When I mean quick, I mean, I was there not even 48 hours.
On to my trip:
My brother was going to be in Atlanta from California and since we do not see my dad that often and he lives close to there, I flew in to spend some time with them both!
I flew in Friday around 5 PM and left Sunday at 7 AM, here are all the details of my trip.
Where to Stay:
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I stayed at the Fairfield Inn & Suites by the airport since my flight out was at 7 AM, and apparently ATL traffic is just as bad as LA.
Other places to stay around:
Buckhead or Midtown area are good areas to stay in.
*Midtown is where a lot of the tourist things to do are located.
Buckhead is more shopping areas.
We also did not need to rent a car, uber and lyft is very accessible there. We mainly used lyft because that was the cheapest out of the two.
Rentals:Most hotels around these areas charge a parking fee so make sure you consider those fees when budgeting for the trip if you plan on renting a car.
From the airport:so when we were just there the airport was doing construction and supposedly changed the location of where uber or lyft can pick you up. It is quiet a length walk, make sure you ask an airport representative to direct you to where that is because you will be very annoyed (like we were) walking around trying to find where the place is because they literally have only one little sign up pointing you in that direction.
To the airport:getting an uber or lyft. It is definitely a lot easier to get to the airport than leaving.
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Here is my itinerary for my trip that is easy to follow:
*You can adjust it accordingly to your schedule.
6 PM-Check into hotel
7 PM-Dinner at Mary Mac’s Tea Room
Mary Mac’s if you are trying to get some soul food. It is a very popular destination for tourist and locals, they are highly rated on yelp. The environment is definitely unique and makes you feel like you are in the south, that’s forsure!
(Most popular dish: smoothered chicken & chicken fried chicken)
*if you are not feeling soul food- go to Krog Street Market, there is a variety of different food options from Asian food to Italian to BBQ (any many more). This is on the itinerary for the after Mary Mac’s but if you decide to do this, just remove this and move everything up on the time table.
8 PM- SkyView Atlanta
168 Luckie St NW, Atlanta, GA 30303
Head over to the SkyView Atlanta ferris wheel and watch the sunset over the Atlanta skyline.
*Tip:if you’re a student, bring your student ID and you’ll get your ticket at a discounted price.
8:45 PM-Krog Street Tunnel
1 Krog St NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
Catch an lyft over to Krog Street Tunnel and check out the cool graffitti wall over there and get some cool pictures.
9 PM-10 PM Krog Street Market
99 Krog Street, Atlanta, GA 30307
Krog Street Market was by far one of my favorite places. It is kind of like a food court with mini shops in there. It is a very popular place where locals go and hang out. Definitely try Jeni’s ice cream there. They also serve beer there so it is a very fun environment to just relax and hang out there for the rest of the night.
* They close at 10 PM on Fridays.
10 AM- Breakfast/Brunch
I had to go meet up with my family and didn’t get to brunch, but this article I came across on thrillist.com while researching for my trip had these amazing brunch options here.
11:30 AM- Visit the Georgia Aquarium
225 Baker St NW, Atlanta, GA 30313
The Georgia Aquarium is currently the largest aquarium in the U.S. It’s huge so expect to spend at least 2 1/2 hours there. They have multiple shows including a 4D one. On Saturdays, it is pretty busy so expect a crowd.
Tickets:if you purchase your tickets online you receive 10% off the walk-up pricing.
Parking:if you are driving- I highly recommend that you pay for your parking online in advance as well. Mainly because the parking garages get full fast, and you are guarantee a spot in their parking garage that is connected to the aquarium if you purchase it online.
121 Baker St NW, Atlanta, GA 30313
190 Marietta St NW, Atlanta, GA 30303
The coke factory is very fun if you enjoy soda, you get to try cokes from all around the world or you can go take a VIP tour of the CNN center.
The coke factory and CNN center are relatively close in proximity to each other. So you can try and do both! I just say choose between the two so you do not have to rush. Both the World of Coca Cola and the CNN center closes at 5 PM. So I will let you be the judge of whether or not you guys can make it to both!
*You will most likely spend about 2 hours at the coke factory and about an hour at the CNN center.
5 PM-678 Korean BBQ
3880 Satellite Blvd, Duluth, GA 30096
My family loves Korean bbq so we definitely had to go get some in Atlanta. This is a little further away from downtown/midtown area, but it was worth the drive. It gets pretty packed as well but if you go around this time, you should be good. They are highly rated on yelp as well!
If you’re not up to going that far out of the city, try searching yelp for a good restaurant near your location, maybe go get some good ol’ southern bbq! Another good list of bbq from the thirllist.com here.
*Note:if you’re not into drinking or want something different to do then after dinner you can check out Stone Mountain Park- Laser show it is about 20-25 minutes away from where the korean bbq is. The laser show is also only on the weekends, we didn’t get the chance to do it but we heard it’s amazing!
7:30 PM-Drinks at Wrecking Bar Brewpub
292 Moreland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
We went here after dinner and had light bites and local beer. It is an 20 year-old victorian mansion. It has a very nice vibe going on, we especially loved their patio area. I loved that they had a “shorty” options for their beers. My favorite was Cactobacillus Prickly Pear Gose.
Parking:Free valet, just tip.
9:30 PM-Drinks at the Porter
1156 Euclid Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
Both the Wrecking Bar Brewpub and the Porter is in the little five points area. So they are very close to one another (walking distances)
This place had a HUGEEEE beer selection, like pages and pages of them. Oh and if you go here, you HAVE to try their Belgian fries. They are amazing! There menu is pretty cool as well, they suggest what beer goes best with each food item on the menu.
My favorite beer there was: Lindemans- Belgian Peach Beer (if you like something fruity, try this! I promise, you will not be disappointed)
After the porter, we ended our night. We’re old, we can’t hang past midnight and besides we had to catch an early flight. Seriously though, Atlanta was a lot more fun then I anticipated.
I hope you guys enjoyed this post and got some good info! Let me know if you guys want to see more stuff like this in the future on the blog.
P.S. my flight for Richard & I were only $88 TOTAL R/T. How I find my flight/ travel deals will be coming up next on the blog, and I tell you all about the craziness of trying to get back to Houston while Hurricane Harvey was happening, & what airlines were extremely helpful.
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