Flash forward ten years and Atlanta looks completely different in the eyes of an adult. It's a combination of urban sophistication with a dash of southern living. There are tons of things to do with your family. And don't even get me started on the food. If your taste buds are adventurous, you'll love it. There is something for everyone and then there's more. Farmers markets, Asian markets, Soul Food markets. The list goes on and on.
The Spotted Pig was one of my favorite places to eat. Not only was the food delicious, but the rustic decor made for a comforting atmosphere. I've got to say, it was the first restaurant I've been to that actually has a sink in the middle of the floor. Even Jasmine seemed quite taken with the menu.
Then there were the activities. To be honest, by the time we made it into town, we were so tired from the road that the first night was spent in the comfort of our hotel room. Drinking beer and watching college football while Jasmine systematically destroyed the rooms.
Once Jasmine was all tucked in for the night, Mr. A and I made our way downstairs for a late night game of pool. We finished off the night sitting outside next to the fire pit, taking in the twinkling lights of the city around us and catching up.
The next morning was spent trying to hash out plans for the day. We finally settled on the Atlanta Botanical Garden, which, if you've never been, is 30 acres of of pure undiluted beauty. In other words, it is a MUST SEE.
On the way home the next day, we decided to be adventurous and take the scenic route. Stopping along the way to buy boiled peanuts and brownies from an older couple on the side of the road.
Unfortunately, the leaves hadn't quite changed colors, but the view was still magnificent. The rolling mountainside reminded me of just how tiny we are in the grand scheme of things. But, I suppose that's what makes us even more amazing.
Have you ever been to Atlanta? Where are your favorite places to hang out?