How I’d Spend 36 Hours: Atlanta Edit

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For the last few years, I’ve been blessed to live in Atlanta. From big city adventures to quiet corners, Atlanta is a city that features it all. Inspired by the 36 hours weekend book put out by the New York Times a few years ago, I thought I’d start new series for you all. So, here is my take on what I’d do with a weekend in Atlanta.

Friday Evening –

Yard House is one of my favorite places to have dinner. They feature a menu filled with gardien options which is a nice change of place. Plus, they have a wonderful drink selection. Everyone can find something on this menu. Be prepared to spend $15-25 per person.

Fox Theater is an Atlanta classic. From traveling musicals to dance performances, there is always a something to catch here. Be sure to check ahead of time to snag your tickets.

or maybe you want to play more tourist . . .

Sky View Atlanta is a great way to see the city. This giant ferris wheel downtown is beautiful and gives you an awesome view. There are always groupons floating around which saves you some cash during your weekend in Atlanta. We opted for a ride around sunset and it was GORGEOUS. Seeing the colors across the horizon was something I don’t think I’ll forget. I will say I’m scared of heights and hate traditional ferris wheels. I didn’t find this one as bad until we stopped at the top. And just sat there. Would I do it again? Yes. Would I do it again with a shot of something before hand? Most definitely.

Morning –

Revolution Doughnuts is one of the places I miss most about Atlanta. If you go on a Sunday morning, be prepared for a line. Plus, they have vegan donuts and awesome coffee! I typically spend $7 for two donuts and a coffee.

Mid Morning –

Georgia Aquarium will always be a place of wonder. Personally, I don’t tend to linger super long in here and find I can finish my tour in a few hours. The trick here is time your trip with the shows. There are two shows: the seals and the dolphins. We went around mid morning earlier this year and finished everything in about 3 hours by watching back to back shows. Check ahead online for the schedule so you can make the most of your time!

Tips: Buy parking online. It’s cheaper. Also, you can get tickets ahead of time with discounts online as well. Be prepared to spend around $35-40 per ticket. Parking is between $8-10.

Lunch –

A few options:

Krog Street Market features a slew of local vendors. You’ll find shops from soap to local butchers and places with hundreds of beer. It’s a great place to spend the afternoon.

Ponce City Market is another space filled with lots of vendors and options. Ponce features a few more name-brand style shops and is bigger than Krog. If you’re looking to do a little shopping during your weekend in Atlanta, this is a great option. You’ll find everything from Madewell & Sephora to local shops. There’s so much in one area it’s hard to beat.

Lenox Mall is a great place to pack in some shopping and maybe seem a random celeb around town. Atlanta is a big hot spot for filming these days and it’s not uncommon to see an actor or two running through the mall.

But if you want some down time . . .

AMC at Phipps Plaza is literally one of my favorite theaters ever. If you are a movie person, I would recommend squeezing this in your trip. Plus leather recliners and a full bar, it’s the best way to see a movie. Tickets are reserved seating so make sure you go online ahead of time to get your seat.

Evening –

Ormsby’s is a great local bar/restaurant in West Side to grab dinner. The bottom floor features games. It’s a very chill vibe but also has great food. Be prepared to spend $10-20 per person.

Jeni’s Ice Cream is also in the same complex as Ormsbys. With tons of flavor options, you’re sure to find something you love here.

Late-night –

Northside Tavern is great for catching some blues music to wind down the night. It’s in the same area as Ormsby’s and has a $10 cover. If you’re looking for something that isn’t the club scene, this is a great place to try out.

Sunday Morning –

I love a good Sunday brunch. However, ATL doesn’t serve alcohol until noon so plan accordingly. If you want a mimosa with your breakfast, just know you won’t find that option at 9am. There are so many good places to go for brunch that picking one for a weekend in Atlanta is hard. I’d reccommend Parish, or Murphy’s . Be sure you book a table ahead of time though. It’s always packed.

So there you have it. Most of these are faves of mine or something my friends adore as well. But nevertheless, I hope you enjoy them all and get to check them out some day.

What are some of your favorite things to do in Atlanta? Is there a city you’d like to see a 36 hours list for? Leave me a note below and let me know.

I’m off to plan my trip to Orlando for next week. Stay tuned for my details. 🙂



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