Y’all I feel like we have been traveling nonstop all summer. From the beach to Mexico, and I feel like we’ve been just about everywhere in between. I love traveling, especially to places we haven’t been before, so we can explore and find all the good local spots. My wonderful husband who is completely supportive of my dream to follow Fall Out Boy around on tour got us tickets to #MidtownMusic2018 in Atlanta, GA. I can honestly say it was one of the best trips of my LIFE. Check out the details from our trip below:
Where to Stay
HYATT ATLANTA MIDTOWN
We chose to stay here, Hyatt Atlanta Midtown, because it was 4 blocks away from Piedmont Park, where Music Midtown was happening. The staff was incredibly friendly (even though they were SWAMPED with this massive music festival AND a Falcons/Panthers game AND massive hurricane evacuations going on the same weekend). They have a cute little bar in the lobby, and they were offering BOGO drinks the weekend they were there. I asked for prosecco and they were like “is La Marca okay?” UM, is my favorite prosecco okay??? Yes, I am in love with this hotel and the staff.
The rooms were lovely, and the lighting in the bathrooms was AMAZING. I have never looked so good in a bathroom before. My phone is just hundreds of bathroom selfies now. We will definitely be back to stay again!
Where to Eat
There are approximately nine million restaurants in Midtown ATL. The first night we were there we spent an hour looking for a good brunch place for Sunday, and we made reservations via OpenTable somewhere like we usually do. When we woke up Sunday, after the first night of Music Midtown, we were exhausted and wanted to try something more lowkey. We walked to Joy Cafe, which was about 5 blocks away from our hotel, and I have never been more glad to change my mind. Joy Cafe is the cutest little restaurant, and it only serves weekend brunch and lunch during the week, so plan accordingly. It’s no wonder this place was featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives because their food is AMAZING. From their locally roasted coffee to delicious biscuits and gravy (pictured here), their menu is filled with treats.
We couldn’t get enough of Joy Cafe and their wonderful staff. Even for Sunday brunch, the ambiance was relaxing and the small cafe feels close but not crowded. Try Joy Cafe for weekend brunch- you won’t be disappointed.
What to Do
WORLD OF COCA-COLA
I went to World of Coca-Cola once as a kid and I remember having the best time. I always feel anxious when I go back to something that I loved as a kid because I feel like it won’t be the same, or I won’t like it as much. However I can say that as a 25 year old, the World of Coca-Cola is just as AWESOME now as it was when I was young. Literally you walk in and they give you a Coke. That’s my dream. I wish that happened everywhere I went.
The attractions are even better than I remembered them, and it was fun going with Drew, who had never been before. He likes to read every single sign for each exhibit, meanwhile I’m walking around and pressing every single button on the interactive parts and people stare at me like I’m a crazy person. Basically, no matter what you enjoy, the World of Coca-Cola will be fun for you. After touring through all the exhibits, you get to try Coke products from all over the world! It was just as fun and sugary as I remembered. You can always wash them down with a classic fountain Coke before leaving, which I did. (This isn’t sponsored by Coca-Cola, but if they asked me to, the answer would be 100% YES.)
Honestly, one of our favorite parts of the trip was walking back from the World of Coca-Cola to our hotel, which was about 30 blocks (I don’t really know how far it was but 30 seemed like a good number). The buildings are cool, and there are so many restaurants and coffee shops that you’ll want to stop for lunch 3 or 4 times. I love visiting places where you can walk everywhere because I feel like it helps you think like a local. I always like to imagine what it would be like to live in a big city, like Atlanta or even New York. I can picture Drew and I living in a cool apartment and walking everywhere and enjoying city life. BUT I also like our little house and garage and yard and I think maybe we’ll stick where we are for now.
Thanks for the memories, Atlanta. They were pretty great.
Do y’all want to see more from our trips? More travel tips or recs from our favorite places? Let me know in the comments below!