Just spent a wonderful weekend in Atlanta with two friends I do not get to see near enough. It was a weekend full of laughter, reminiscing on old memories, making new ones, and exploring a lively city. Anyone that has traveled with me will tell you that I like to cram as much into the time I’m visiting somewhere as possible. I want to see, eat, and do as much so I can to get a full taste of what the city as to offer.
I got in Thursday afternoon and met up with my friend, Mary Kate, who came in from NYC. We headed straight to Decatur to check out the shops and square. We met our friend, Erin, who was kind enough to let us crash with her for the weekend and also the main reason we were. She was a wonderful tour guide for the weekend! We snacked on empanadas and sangria on the square. We walked around for a while and met up with her husband, Stephen, and went for burgers at the Vortex in Little Five Points.The next morning, Mary Kate and I spent to day on Freedom Park exploring the MLK, Jr.’s home, museum, and the Ebenezer Baptist Church. This experience was profoundly moving more than I have time to describe here. We also went though the Jimmy Carter Presidential library. We feasted on pancakes and French toast at Thumbs Up Diner and then went back to Little Five Points and Decatur to explore more in the daytime and without carrying out bags everywhere. That evening we ventured to Three Taverns for some sour beers and Fat Matt’s for some delicious southern BBQ.Saturday began with tea and breakfast at Dr. Bombay’s Underwater Tea Party which is just as magical and whimsical as it sounds. I felt like Alice in my own version of Wonderland with umbrellas on the ceiling and fanciful decor. It was straight lovely. We made our way to through Krog Street Market and through the Krog Street Tunnel. The tunnel is wall to wall street art and graffiti. Beautiful! We walked the Beltline to Ponce City Market (this is Atlanta’s version of the Highline and Chelsea Market in NYC). We ate food and shopped for a bit before stopping at Jackson Street bridge for views of the skyline and meandering through Piedmont Park. We bought food to make dinner from the Dekalb farmers market and had dessert downtown at Cafe Intermezzo.Sunday we walked around downtown through the Centennial Olympic Park and saw the Capitol building. We ate delicious tacos with a Southern California feel at Bartaco and tasted ciders at Urban Tree Cidery. That evening we did a women in history tour of the Oakland cemetery with dinner afterwards at the aptly named Six Feet Under across the street.Monday we said sad goodbyes as our weekend came to a close and parted ways. Erin went to work, Mary Kate made her way to the airport to return to NYC, and I stopped for coffee at Aurora Coffee and strolled through some picturesque neighborhoods in Atlanta before making my way to the airport for my own flight home.I loved Atlanta! It is a fun city with a rich culture. It’s beautiful and gritty and full of history and modern all at the same time. There is still so much of the city I would like to see, it us definitely a place that I would happily return to.