Long Weekend in Hotlanta (Atlanta), Georgia

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Long weekends should be cherished - you're getting an extra day off after all! My husband and I love traveling whenever we have a three day weekend. It's an excuse for us to visit another city/town that we haven't been to yet. We had a few friends move down recently, so we thought this would be a great time to visit them. After looking up flights and booking an Airbnb, we were on our way! We spent 3 full days there, exploring Downtown, Midtown, Buckhead, Little Five Points and Old Fourth. Check out our itinerary below:

Atlanta Botanical Garden



 Atlanta Botanical Garden

The botanical garden is a must have. It will take you 1.5-2 hours to go through the entire thing if you're taking your time exploring. It does cost money - about $22 per person, but it is well worth it. It is one of the biggest botanical gardens I've been to and their plant sculptures are truly spectacular (there are a few glass sculptures around as well). The level of detail is just incredible. I took a few pictures of them below, but they honestly don't do them justice.

 




 Atlanta Rainbow Crosswalks

After stopping by the Botanical Garden, we made our way down to the rainbow crosswalks in Midtown Atlanta. These crosswalks were installed last year as a memorial for the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida. It is truly beautiful to see. While you're there, stop by Piedmont Park for a nice afternoon stroll.

Atlanta Rainbow Crosswalks

Flying Biscuit Cafe

We stopped by Flying Biscuit Cafe for brunch with a few friends. Flying Biscuit is known for their delicious biscuits and "dreamy grits". Because we arrived at noon, we had to wait about 20 minutes for a table (they also don't take reservations). I ordered a pretty big breakfast - eggs, biscuit, grits, sausage and whole wheat pancakes. I LOVED the whole wheat pancakes with the peach compote - very delicious, but the pancake is definitely more dense than a traditional refined flour pancake. The biscuit was good, but it's a little too hard on the outside for me.

We also shared a side of pimento cheese spread. It was the first time I've had pimento cheese - it was quite interesting. Much thicker and heavier than expected.



Centennial Olympic Park



Center for Civil & Human Rights Museum

This museum was a must-see for me. The lunch table exhibit was very eye-opening for me and I really can't do justice describing it here. You'll just have to experience it for yourself! The museum does cost money, I believe it might have been $11-12 per person. Well worth the price you pay.


 The Food Shoppe


Fox Bros BBQ

We couldn't come to Atlanta without having some barbeque! Fox Bros BBQ is an amazing joint - always packed, but well worth the wait. We arrived at 8:30 PM for a late dinner and we still ended up waiting 45 minutes (it's just that good). We ordered the combo platter: ribs, wings, pork and brisket, with chili mac, green beans and jalapeno cornbread as sides. It doesn't look like a lot of food, but trust me, this fed us both real well! I'm surprised we didn't roll home after this meal.


Little Five Points

Such a fun and unique town in Atlanta. Also known as L5P, this is considered the "Brooklyn" of Atlanta, meaning it is hipster. There is a ton of art everywhere, murals painted across an entire side of a building. Even the bars aren't just bars. The one we went to had a skull with hypnotized eyes with its' mouth as the entrance to the bar. There are a lot of vintage shops there, selling everything from clothes to records. Very cool spot!




Martin Luther King Jr Methodist Church Memorial

Martin Luther King Jr Historical Park is well-worth the visit. So much history in each of these locations. There are about 4-5 spots that are significant to Martin Luther King Jr: Methodist Church, his elementary school, his original house and the fire station.

    
Swan Coach House

Swan Coach House

 

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