Hey guys! I am finally sharing our little getaway to Atlanta over labor day weekend. I cannot believe that was almost a month ago, time is going by soooo fast. Bobby and I had not anticipated having labor off from work and when we found out we were both able to have it off, we scrambled together a quick weekend trip down to Atlanta. We knew we didn’t have a whole lot of time and wanted to travel somewhere relatively close so we didn’t have to drop large amounts of cash on plane tickets, so Atlanta it was.
With the help of my sweet friend Divya, we decided to stay in Midtown at the Hyatt hotel. Midtown is a vibrant part of Atlanta and had much more of a local feel then what I think we would have experienced in downtown. We were within walking distance to several restaurants, cafes, and shops and took advantage of how pedestrian friendly Midtown was. We walked to a little hipster, Asheville-esque pizza joint called Atwood’s Pizza, which was excellent by the way. I got this pizza called Funk Zone, it had zucchini, kalamata olives, chicken, goat cheese, oh my goodness, it was sooo good. Guess what Bobby got? Pepperoni. He is so adventurous. That night we did what any other visiting couple does in Atlanta — we went to Ikea and the Container Store!! We’re so awesome.
The next day was our touristy day. We walked to breakfast at Highland Bakery, I loved their sweet potato pancakes and then it was off to centennial park! Our first stop — World of Coca-Cola. If you know me, you know I have a serious addiction to Coca-cola, Bobby and I both do, so this was like a little piece of heaven on earth for us. We had the most fun trying all of the different Coca-cola products from around the world. Who knew there were so many fantas? Mind blown.
After World of Coke, we strolled around Centennial Park. The park is beautiful and a great place to relax and beat the heat for a little while. We saw the olympic rings water fountain and the statue for all of the medal winners from the ’96 olympics. There is a giant ferris wheel too! For lunch we had to go to The Varsity. Guys, this place is ginormous. It’s the largest Drive-in restaurant in the world and has been there since 1928! We had to experience it and it was definitely worth the walk.
After we filled our bellies with chili dogs, we headed over to the Georgia Aquarium. This was my favorite part! I have been wanting to go to this aquarium for years now. This was basically like a bucket list item for me and I can now say I have visited the best aquarium in America. Plus, we went after 4pm for imagination nights and we saved 30% on our ticket cost, making it only $27 for us each to get in. What?!
This was such an amazing aquarium. There is a reason it is the best in America. When you walk in there is a central hub, kind of like in a subway, with all of the different exhibits branching out. There is an artic zone with beluga whales, a dolphin encounter, a tunnel that leads you under sharks and giant manta rays and then finally to the whale sharks. I’m not going to lie, I teared up a bit when I saw the whale sharks, I have no shame.
I mean, seriously! How can you not be moved by that? Maybe I am just a huge nerd, but seriously?! Thank you Georgia Aquarium for making my life.