Do you ever just need to get away and unplug for a little bit? Steven and I desperately needed time away. The combination of work (retail 4th quarter = me barely alive), life, and the holidays made for an exhausting concoction. Our first anniversary was December 31st - we went out to dinner to celebrate, but we really needed to do a weekend trip. Side note: we still haven't been on a honeymoon. We need to get on that!
We are extremely blessed in that Knoxville, our home, is close to some amazing cities. We can get to a lot in a day's drive - Nashville, Charlotte, Charleston, Atlanta, etc. We visit Nashville often, so we wanted to go somewhere a little more new and special. We love every visit we have in ATL, so we decided to book a spot and make a fun weekend of it. I'm SO glad we did. We both had the best time, at amazing food, and feel so refreshed. I asked y'all on Instagram if you'd want to see a recap of our trip, and you said yes! So I'm going to tell y'all everything we did, where we stayed, and what we ate in Atlanta. I'm also going to include the list of restaurant suggestions you all gave us - thank you!!!
Where We Stayed
Steven and I both wanted to stay somewhere we wouldn't normally and decided to splurge a little. I consider myself the travel deal queen and was able to find a great rate at the Ritz-Carlton downtown. I can't say enough good things about our stay here. The staff was amazing - they greeted us with champagne at check-in and took care of every detail we needed. We didn't speak with one staff member that wasn't friendly or helpful. The hotel has been completely renovated and it is gorgeous. Our room was stunning down to every detail. Some highlights of our room that I loved: the heated tiled floors in the bathroom, the bathroom mirror that had 360 studio lighting (my makeup has never looked better), the in-room Nespresso, and the views of Atlanta. We both agreed we are 100% going to stay here again in the future.
In our hotel package I found (I'm telling you, deal queen), we had breakfast both mornings at their restaurant, AG. Y'all....so worth it!!! On Sunday, they had a breakfast buffet that was out of this world. Any breakfast food you can think of was available, as well as a chef station for omelettes. This was NOT a normal hotel breakfast. The next morning, I ordered banana pudding french toast (I'm drooling now) and Steven ordered their breakfast sandwich. I can't tell you guys how amazing this food was - just trust me! What I'm saying is, if you stay at the Ritz in Atlanta, go to breakfast at AG. I'm sure that their dinner is equally as amazing.
Where We Ate
You all were amazing and sent SO MANY great recommendations our way!! I'll include a full list so you can use it, too. It was pouring rain the first night we were there, so we wanted to go somewhere we could walk around after. A few of you suggested Krog Street Market, so that's where we went! We ate at Superica for dinner and holy yum. This is a bold statement, but they had the best chips and salsa I've ever had! It's a fun Mexican restaurant with delicious margaritas and an awesome menu. Steven and I both ordered enchiladas, but everything looked so good. Definitely get their queso - to die for!! After, we walked around the market and Steven got a beer at the bar inside (they have sooo many beers on draft, it's nuts) and I got Jeni's ice cream. If you've never had Jeni's, please try it soon! It's so good.
The next day, we had breakfast at our hotel (which I'm not sure if I've made clear yet, but it was bomb) and then headed out. For lunch, we ended up at Ponce City Market and walked around and checked out the menus at all of the food options. We decided to try WH Stiles Fish Camp and it was delicious! We split a cup of lobster bisque and I got the crab cake, while Steven got the shrimp po boy. We are seafood lovers, and both agreed that it was very high quality and so good. Side note: their french fries were also so dang good.
For dinner, we made reservations at La Tavola (I definitely recommend making a reservation.) I use Open Table for almost all of my restaurant reservations and it's a great source for restaurants, too! I truly cannot say enough good things about this spot. It's located on Virginia Avenue in the cutest little area. The service was beyond and made the experience for us. Our server, Mary Katherine, was amazing. If you go, ask for her! She helped us through the menu and made suggestions based off of what we told her we normally liked and she was spot on with her suggestions. We ordered a bottle of wine based on her suggestion that paired perfectly with our meal. We split the caesar salad as an appetizer, I ordered the Tagliolini which was a mushroom ragu, and Steven ordered Cappellacci en Brodo which is difficult to describe but was incredible. For dessert, we ordered Boccone Dolce. If you're looking for delicious Italian food, incredible service, and a perfect spot for date night then this is the place for you!
For lunch the next day (our last day), we had to visit our favorite...Shake Shack! I feel so silly constantly suggesting Shake Shack, but y'all it really is our favorite. We can't get enough!
What We Did
Atlanta is full of activities for everyone in the family! We never ran out of things to do or see. I reallllly wanted to go the Georgia Aquarium - I'm a sucker for ocean creatures and think they are fascinating. I'm so glad that we went - it was beautiful and so cool to see animals like whale sharks, beluga whales, and manta rays up close. It's incredible! I definitely suggest choosing a week day to visit - we went on a Sunday and it was extremely crowded. I still loved it though! It's a must visit if you have kids.
We loved both trips to the open air markets on Krog Street and Ponce City. It was perfect for the weather (rain one day and freezing the next) because we could stay inside and still feel like we were exploring. The dining and shopping options are great and for you beer lovers, both markets have bars with insane taps and selection. Steven was a happy dude!
This is not exclusive to Atlanta, but we also went to TopGolf! I had never been, but we both wanted to do something fun after dinner and this seemed like the perfect idea. Y'all.....I LOVED IT! If you've never been, definitely go! I didn't think I'd be a fan, but I think I had more fun than Steven. They also had a great bar menu with cocktails and food.
Shopping. Enough Said. Atlanta has great shopping for every budget. I personally love going to Phipps Plaza (even though 99% of it is our of my price range), but Buckhead is definitely the spot for shopping if you're in the market for something special.
I'm so sad our trip is over, but I can't wait to get back to Atlanta soon to try more of y'alls recommendations and explore the city more!
Recommendations from all of you:
Mary Mac's Tea Room, La Tavola, Ecco, Sotto Sotto, Alma Cocina, Donetto, The Lawrence, Henry's, The Nook, Einstein's, South City Kitchen, O-Ku, Ra, Fox Brother's BBQ, Taverna, Superica, Kevin Rathbun
Do you all like these travel recaps? Talk soon!