Two weekends ago, I completed one of my 2016 bucket list goals, visiting Atlanta! One of my best friends, Alex, lives in Atlanta and I went to visit her for the weekend! Luckily, Clemson and Atlanta are only about an hour and a half apart, so the drive to and from was super easy! We did not do the typical tourist things, such as visit the World of Coke and Georgia Aquarium because I have done these when I was young (also, they’re not exactly college-budget friendly).
We started out Friday night by visiting Orpheus Brewery, a relatively new and growing brewery local to Atlanta. It was a very modern themed main room, with intriguing artwork and a minimalist feel. All of the brews that they offered had Greek mythology names, such as Atalanta. We were given the brewery tour, which was very interesting and informative.
The next day, we were up bright and early at 5 AM to go hiking. We started out the morning with chocolate chip pancakes, and made our drive up to the northern part of Georgia. We got to see a few waterfalls, which was super exciting, and got to see lots of mom and pop shops and general stores along the way. We spent all day driving through the Georgia mountains and visiting little towns. We had incredible BBQ at a restaurant in the middle of farmland, and watched a pretty sunset on the drive back to Atlanta. It’s hard to describe everything that we did that day, it could be an entire post in itself, but one thing that was really neat was visiting the highest point in Georgia. This point is called Brasstown Bald and is 4,788 feet high. From the observation deck, you can see parts of North Carolina and Tennessee, and on a clear day you can see the Atlanta skyline.
Sunday was the day that I was heading back home to Clemson, but not before Alex and I went to get brunch and shop around! We went to this restaurant in West Midtown called West Egg. It was easily the best brunch I’ve ever had, and the atmosphere in this restaurant was very open and modern, but also felt rustic and homey. They offer full service restaurant or a coffee bar that serves pastries. I got their Belgian waffle, and it was the best waffle that I’ve ever had in my life. I could honestly eat one of those waffles every single day and be happy. After we finished up breakfast, we walked around and looked at some of the boutiques and shops that are around that area. It was a really neat area to walk around, and I’m glad that we decided to go to West Egg for brunch!
I had a great time visiting Alex, and I’m blessed that we are still so close, even though we live in different cities and states. And, like always, I have included pictures below!
Until Next Time! XO