From Here To There: Atlanta, Georgia

Atlanta, GA

If you follow me on social media, you may have noticed that we spent last weekend in Atlanta. A few months ago Southwest was having a sale and I was able to get really cheap flights to Georgia. Seriously, they get me every time with their sales. It’s super helpful to have the companion pass, because we can travel around the states, and only pay for one of us! Thank God for the Southwest credit card! (ps if you are thinking about getting one- DO IT! Let me know if you want an invite to get extra points)

As I started researching, I realized that the World of Coke was there…YAY! As terrible as it is, I was raised on Coke. There was always a 2 liter in the refrigerator, and it become a family staple. But my love for this beverage is nothing like my sisters love for the bubbly drink. This meant she needed to come with us, so I booked her flights as well. This was the perfect way to knock something off of my 101 in 1001 list as well!

We left Friday night right after work, and arrived in Atlanta around 9pm. On the way to the hotel, there was a huge water tank that has Chick-fil-a cows on it, right then I knew this was going to be a great weekend. We arrived to our hotel, the Sheraton Downtown, and may or may not have gotten lost trying to find the lobby. We had planned on walking around a bit that night, but we were all exhausted an had an early morning.

Georgia Aquarium

The next day we woke up bright and early to head to none other but the Georgia Aquarium*! Basically, my whale shark dreams were about to come true. One of the places I had dreamed about visiting, and we were finally going. BUT I have an entire post coming about this awesome place, so I won’t go into detail.

World Of Coke

After the aquarium, we went straight to World of Coke, which was conveniently right next door. This is also another tale for another post, but we had such a fun time. Emily was in all of her glory, especially in the tasting room. 

The Nook

By the time our tour finished, we were starving. I looked on yelp and found a restaurant near Piedmont Park called The Nook. It had a good rating, and the menu sounded good, we grabbed a Lyft and were on our way. The Nook was right on the edge of Piedmont Park, which somewhat reminded me of a small Central Park. It was a gorgeous day, so we ate outside on the patio (after about a 20 minute wait, this place was hopping!) The food was amazing! I had a stuffed shrimp and grits burger, and we all shared Nacho Tots.

Atlanta

Piedmont Park

Macaroon

After dinner we explored the park and planned on going to the Garden of Lights, but it was sold out by 5pm. Huge bummer! Instead we went to get macaroons and look at the lights in Centennial Park.

Centennial Park

Centennial Park

Centennial Park

Since it was unseasonably warm, there were children running through all of the water fountains throughout the park. The water would stop and start in no particular pattern (at least that we could notice), Emily decided she wanted to give it a go to run through the fountains. I wasn’t about that…until she talked me into it. Thankfully, we made it with only a few sprinkles on us.

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The next day we explored some more (and went to Target). We hung out in an area called Atlantic Station. There were a lot of stores, small shops and a huge Christmas tree. They even had a train with a sleigh on the back- adorable! One of the things I loved about Atlanta was the variety of neighborhoods. It was very similar to Baltimore in that sense. The tall buildings were mainly in the business district, but the quaint neighborhoods were all over. It was fun driving around and learning the differences of each area. After a relaxing afternoon, we went back to grab our bags and left for the airport.

Atlanta, Georgia

Our weekend was so much fun, and I loved having my sister with us. I can’t wait to take her on another vacation!

*I received complimentary access to provide a review on my blog

  • Megan

    Eeeeee so glad you had a blast in Atlanta! I can’t wait to hear about the aquarium since that’s what I’ve requested to do on the next visit! Also, please tell me you are sharing the photo with the scary electronic polar bear? You had such a great weekend too!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Seriously it was the best. I can not wait to go back! The polar bear photos are coming in the next post 😉

  • http://apaperarrow.blogspot.com Kayla Whitter

    I’m so excited you enjoyed Atlanta! The first time my husband and I went to Atlanta, I CRIED. I live about 40 miles west of Atlanta, so I’m full of Georgia pride right now that you enjoyed your trip!

    Kayla @ a paper arrow.

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Aw that is SO sweet!! We really had an amazing time!

  • http://www.christineeveryday.com Christine Everyday

    Looks like you did Atlanta up right!!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      We tried to do/see as much as we could in 48 hours, I am pretty happy with how everything went 😉

  • Lauren

    What a great mini-vacay! I can’t wait to hear more about World of Coke!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      It was so fun, I can’t wait to share!

  • http://www.myborrowedheaven.com/ Meg Taylor

    Alright, I need to hear more about the Southwest credit card and companion pass. I’m looking at it online and see you need 110,000 points each year… is each dollar a point? Also, is there a yearly fee for the card? Send me more info if you don’t mind! Your whole trip sounds amazing. We had so much fun in Atlanta this fall!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      It’s the best thing ever- I am emailing you!

  • http://www.dreambigandbuytheshoes.com/ Emelia @ Dream Big & Buy the S

    Wait, what is a companion pass?! Also, I’m a sucker for Cherry Coke …so that would be a bunch of fun visiting there. I loooove aquariums so obviously that looks like a blast too! Glad you had a great weekend trip!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Gah it is the BEST thing ever! I get a free ticket for Dave every time I fly somewhere (including all of their destinations!) I can email you more info if you want. I LOVE it. The aquarium was incredible, seriously the best one I have ever been to.

  • http://www.wanderingweekenders.com/ Ashley @ Wandering Weekenders

    Companion Pass is seriously the best! There’s no way that we’d be able to do the traveling we’ve done this year and are planning on next year without it! So glad that you enjoyed your weekend in ATL! The Aquarium is so wonderful, and the Coke Museum is so much fun. The Nook sounds like a lot of fun, especially those Nacho Tots!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Isn’t it amazing! We wouldn’t be able to go half of the places we do without it. You really luck out being in the middle of the country! I would love to make weekend trips to the west coast, it would just be exhausting! The Nook was delicious! I am craving those nacho tots now!

  • http://dashofherbs.com Kristyn | Dash of Herbs

    I’m so glad you guys had fun! That is awesome to hear, and isn’t the World of Coke awesome? I’m biased, but I do love going there. I also think it’s great that it’s right next to the Aquarium. You guys have to come back so we can actually meet!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      It was so much fun! The tasting room was the best 😉 YES! We will absolutely be back.

  • http://www.thefreeandwildblog.com Annie

    This looked like so much fun! We are going to be in Atlanta for a night in January and I am thinking between you and Megan, I am convinced I need to go to the World of Coke!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      You really should go to World of Coke! It only took about 2 hours to go through everything, I highly recommend it!

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