Happy Easter! I hope you all are enjoying your day with family. I have an extra little treat for you; a travel blog post about my recent trip to see my sister in Georgia. Please enjoy!
My parents and I recently drove to see my sister in Georgia. We left on a Wednesday morning, stopped in Effingham Illinois for lunch and drove on down to Nashville for the night. Thursday morning we finished the drive to Marietta, where my sister lives. My sister’s birthday was recently and I did not tell her that I would be along on the trip. She claimed she knew, but I don’t think she did. The drive to Effingham is only 4 hours. We typically stop at the Gabby Goat for lunch on our way to Nashville. It’s a good halfway point. We made it to our lunch spot by noon and enjoyed some wings and beer!
After lunch we headed onto our destination that night, Nashville. I love Nashville! If you haven’t been before and love life music and good BBQ, you need to visit. Broadway is the main street with all the shops and big name bars like Honkey Tonk Central, Margaritaville and Tootsies. There are many others but Broadway is where you’ll find most of what you’re looking for. At night the street is lit up like Times Square where it feels like the middle of the day, at night because of all the lights. We stayed at the cutest little Airbnb. It was an open studio with 2 beds and was 10 minutes from downtown. We went to a new BBQ joint this time around called Martin’s BBQ and it was some of the best ribs I’ve ever had.
Martin’s is set up like a green house upstairs. There are 2 huge bars, a stage and a bunch of picnic tables all around. You can smell the smoke from the BBQ and they were flipping hogs on the grill right out back. After dinner we went to the bars and listened to live music all night. The bars close at 3 in Nashville so be prepared for late nights.
The next morning we were up early and out the door to Marietta, GA. It’s about 3-3 1/2 hours to my sister’s house from Nashville so it wasn’t a bad drive. I surprised her when we got there and we got ready for the day. She had a dress fitting in the afternoon so we did that and grabbed a quick lunch. We did some shopping and then stopped at my favorite coffee house on Canton Street, Roswell Provisions.
That night we went to the Atlanta Braves stadium for dinner. There are so many shops and restaurants around the stadium that stay open all year round. This area is called The Battery. We went to a restaurant called The Yard House. It was pretty cool inside. There were so many beers on tap and you could see all the beer lines in the ceiling.
The next day, Friday, we slept in late and enjoyed our coffee on the porch. When in the south, do as the southerners do. We got ready late in the afternoon and went to Top Golf. If you are not familiar with Top Golf it’s a driving range filled with flags and holes placed at different yardages. You try to hit your ball into the holes and score the most amount of points. My sister had to work so it was just myself, my parents and my soon to be brother-in-law.
We stayed in Friday night and grilled out with friends. We made so much food and drank one too many bottles of wine.
Saturday was my sister’s bridal shower that her nursing friends threw for her. We had brunch at the cutest little place called Paces & Vine. The courtyard that this restaurant was in had a bunch of little boutiques and shops. I love the little areas around Atlanta. This area was called Vinings.
Saturday night we went to a restaurant on Buford Hwy called Food Terminal. The menu was honestly 50 pages long! It was Malaysian food and it was SO GOOD! I was in a food coma for a couple of hours. After dinner we stopped for a drink and then went out for karaoke. My sister and her fiance love karaoke and every time we go down there we end up singing at some place. We called it an early night because Sunday morning was the 12 hour drive home.
Short and sweet. I always have a good time when we visit. I would prefer to fly on the way home but the way down is not bad with the stop in Nashville. The traffic is one thing that I will not miss in Atlanta. No matter where you go or what time of day it will always be busy. I do love the little suburbs of Atlanta though. There are so many cute neighborhoods, boutiques and shops all around that you will never get bored. There is so much to do around the Marietta, Roswell area. Even though I was with my sister for 3 days I miss her already but she will be back in Wisconsin in April and May for her wedding!
Thank you all so much for reading. Until next time,