I come to you from my couch, surrounded my pillows after pulling a muscle in my back, to recap this vacation. We had an amazing, amazing time in Atlanta, and I’m excited to share my experience with you! Even though we ended up with a lot of pictures (about 100 that are shareable, but don’t worry, this post won’t include THAT many!) there are still things I wish we had gotten more of. It’s pretty similar to how I felt when we took the cruise though…we were too busy enjoying ourselves to get too many pictures! Anyway, lets get into it!
So. We were originally supposed to leave at about 12am on Saturday morning/Friday not. That didn’t happen, because we are awful at taking vacations, and ended up running errands/packing until 11pm on Friday. So, we decided to get a little sleep, and push our time back. We ended up on the road at about 4am. The drive was pretty pleasant until we reached the Birmingham area, in Alabama. Why? well, because for some reason, they’re pulling up the interstate. Yes. The interstate. To turn a highway into the new one I think. But yeah, in the meantime, they’re directing interstate traffic through a small area of the city, which was slow and frustrating. From there, it seemed like there was constant road construction, all the way to Atlanta. The trip there took about 9 hours.
We stayed at the Double Tree Suites in the Cobb-Galleria area. We had found a deal online to get the room for $75/night, instead of the regular rates of about $130. We really expected to not be too happy with the hotel, but to just roll with it, since we wouldn’t spend too much of our time there anyway. After all, that was money that could be spent enjoying Atlanta, right? Well….
We LOVED it! We were very glad that we went with a suite instead of just a room, because it allowed us to let Izzy and Zoe have their own area to sleep, while giving us privacy. The finishes were nice, the room was very clean, the staff was amazing, and we were just overall very pleased with the Double Tree.
All of us were really tired (and the kids were a little cranky) from the drive, so we didn’t do much the first day. We arrived in Atlanta at about 2pm, and by the time we explored the hotel, got cleaned up, and got settled, it was time for dinner! We decided to go PF Chang’s, which we had never been to before, and which was very close to our hotel!
So, we got up Sunday morning ready to tackle the day!
We started with Breakfast at Thumbs Up Diner
Then headed to Imagine It! Children’s Museum
Then over to World of Coca Cola
We don’t have one within 4 hours, but I signed up for this card anyway, lol.
From there, we went to meetup with K. Rock, GlossyMimi, Kreative10 and RosesDaughter at Mellow Mushroom. Rosesdaughter took these beautiful pictures of the occasion:
It was awesome to finally meet some of the people I’ve followed for a few years now. Putting an “actual” person with the online persona was quite refreshing, especially since they were the same in “real life”! It honestly just felt like getting together with old friends, and some of the ladies even brought their husbands so that mine didn’t feel left out! Even they got along really well. Byron actually referred to MiMi and Kita as “Carlos and Adrian’s wives” as if the MEN were who we went to meet! *rolls eyes* The little ones had a good time as well. I don’t think the boys were very interested, but the girls had a blast, and Izzy is STILL talking about the “Yellow Mushroom”.
After we left there, we went BACK to IKEA, and actually let Izzy go to the little care area for a while, to play with the other kids while we shopped a tiny bit. We stayed until they closed, and then called it a day!
But then we had to head out to Stone Mountain!
After taking the SkyLift up the mountain, for some strange, STRANGE reason, we thought it was maybe a good idea to hike down the mountain. See, we were under the impression it was probably just a short, EASY hike down, since we saw so many people coming up and going down. NO. NO. NO.NO. Again, NO. It was a mile hike, that we were completely unprepared for, especially with the kids! But, we made it. And saw a deer, which is not at all strange, except for the fact that he was just chilling. He didn’t care at all that we were RIGHT there. Not in Arkansas. He would have been someone’s dinner in Arkansas.
And then because we’re crazy people, we went back to the hotel for a quick cleanup, then we headed over to the Aquarium, for Imagination Nights, where admission is only $19.99/person. We got there at 8. They close at 9. So, we had to be speedy about it!
And after that, we stopped at an Arcade that was across the street from the Aquarium and had a little fun
Then, we decided to try out Steak N Shake for the first time (the closest one to where we live is a good 3 hours away), and we LOVED it.
Day 4 -Tuesday
So, this was our last day in Atlanta. We started with breakfast at The Flying Biscuit
And then we headed to the Tanger Outlets and did a little shopping, mostly for Byron and the kids, but I did get a few things myself!
Then we stopped at Steak N Shake AGAIN for one last meal for the road, and headed back home, which we reached at about 2am Wednesday morning. We had an amazing time, and I definitely feel refreshed and ready to start school next month!