Three months ago I traveled to Atlanta for my first visit to the South. I had a weird sinus problem going on, so flying was pretty horrible, but I arrived, got a rental car, and headed to Megan’s parent’s house in Lilburn, GA. The next morning, we had a quick breakfast at home and then she, her sister, and I headed to Stone Mountain, where I finally got to fly a kite! And let me just say–I am a natural. That Dollar Tree Disney Princess kite did not hit the ground once, thank you very much.
After our kite-flying adventure, we packed the car up and drove to our hotel to check in and get ready for the rehearsal. We had dinner and watched improv in Atlanta at Whole World Improv Theatre. Brian used to do improv there, so it was fun to watch him get brought up for one of the skits.
The next day was the day of the wedding. Since it wasn’t until the evening, Amie and I took advantage of the morning to explore Atlanta. Our first stop was Chattahoochee Coffeehouse in Westside. This coffeehouse was the best–there was wood and taxidermy everywhere. Basically, it’d be what Gaston’s coffeehouse looked like if he was of the coffeehouse-owning types. Right next door, we discovered The Goat Farm Arts Center. There were goats and abandoned buildings and random art pieces and trees and artists. Part of the Hunger Games was filmed there, and it was cool walking around because it was so random.From there we went to get more coffee (because duh) at Octane Coffee down the road and drove around a little more before heading back to the hotel. It was such a good morning. Then it was wedding time, which super fun.
In the morning, Amie and I went to Waffle House, because I had to try it since I had never been in the South before and it’s kind of a thing. And it was very gross and I regretted that choice immediately. After that mess, we went back to the hotel to take naps. Once we had recovered, we headed into Atlanta and visited the World of Coca-Cola. I have never wanted to drink so much soda in my life. There must be something in the water there.
We walked through Centennial Olympic Park and then drove to the Little Five Points neighborhood to meet Laura for a late lunch at this place I found on Yelp called Folk Art Restaurant. When we arrived, we discovered that they were taking shots for Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, so the Yelpers knew what they were talking about it. It was really good. From there we visited the SweetWater Brewery, and made it in just in time for a final tasting before they closed for the day. We watched the Braves game at Turner Stadium and then ended the night Tin Lizzy’s Cantina in Midtown.
For our last day in Atlanta, Amie, Laura, and I, visited North Point, Andy Stanley’s church. Andy Stanley is a great teacher. So great, in fact, that word in the pews is that women attend so that they can find good men to date. I had no such luck, but they did give us free cookies, so there’s that.
We had to have barbecue before leaving the South, so after church, we headed to Mustard Seed BBQ. It turned out to be closed, and the surrounding area was a little uninhabited. Except for the man walking down the middle of the street. So we left there and went to Daddy D’z BBQ Joynt, and ate all the food. So good. That ended up being right by the Oakland Cemetery, which is somewhat famous, as far as cemeteries go, and since I love cemeteries, I insisted we drive through it. With that out of the way, we were ready to come home.