Lucky number 7! This past October my husband and I celebrated our 7th anniversary. Many couples use the evening of their anniversary to escape for a nice dinner. We just wanted a quick getaway for time together. We originally had planned for a weekend to Las Vegas but due to circumstances weren’t able to make it quite that far. When that didn’t work out we were determined to find somewhere within driving distance with good food. We knew we only had about 24 hours and wanted to make it count. We decided on a short drive to Atlanta, Georgia where we were not disappointed.
We opted for our one night stay at the Twelve Downtown, Autograph Collection hotel located downtown Atlanta. We were on the 13th floor which allowed for a beautiful view of the city, especially in the evening. I can’t rave enough about our room. It was spacious with absolutely beautiful decor and was romantic enough for the occasion. The hotel had a restaurant (that we didn’t try) and a bar for a quick nightcap if you’re wanting lodging that you don’t need to leave. Room service is also available.
For our one night in Atlanta we opted for Two Urban Licks for dinner. If you choose to visit Two Urban Licks, you won’t be disappointed. The service was phenomenal and the food was amazing. For appetizers we decided to try the hush puppies filled with pimento cheese and served with jalapeño jam. We shared an order of their spears of romaine which is essentially a caesar salad. For entrees, my husband chose smoked chicken, white cheddar mac and cheese, and asparagus. I chose the wood fire grilled brisket streak with herb whipped potatoes, and green beans. For dessert we went to The Cheesecake Factory because lets face it, who can pass up caramel pecan turtle cheesecake and Cinnabon Cinnamon Swirl Cheesecake .
For entertainment we visited T.I.’s Trap Music Museum which is an art museum that pays homage to artists that have heavily contributed to hip hop from Atlanta. We purchased a ticket that allowed us to complete an escape room while visiting the museum. It could not have been more fun. If you’ve never done one, find one in your local city as soon as possible. If you’re not confident that you can make it out, find friends and make it a couple’s night out. You won’t regret it.
Of course one of the best perks to a trip out of town with no kids is sleeping in late without disturbance. We took full advantage of it and rested until check-out. Remember when you started reading this post and I mentioned wanting to eat somewhere wonderful? We knew at check-out we would grab a meal before our departure to home. I will admit that we didn’t end up at our original destination due to a Pride festival right in front of our hotel. It was raining and the festival had created congestion that was affecting traffic in the direction we wanted to go. I quickly selected another restaurant, which is how we landed at Greens and Gravy Atlanta. Y’all? I can’t even tell you how amazing the food was.
The restaurant itself is a small, boutique-like establishment that creates intimacy. The soundtrack also didn’t disappoint for music enthusiasts such as ourselves. We started with a skillet of butter pecan cornbread and crab and shrimp deviled egg. For entrees I chose the slow roasted brown sugar salmon adding roasted brussels sprouts with bacon while my husband chose the 2 pork chop dinner with mac&cheese and skillet fried white corn with bacon. Yes we love bacon and if it’s involved we just assume the dish will be delicious. If you don’t quite grasp how delicious the food was, just go back up and re-read WHAT we ate. I can’t find the words to describe the food. I simply can not and I’m really not exaggerating. Just know if you go here, you won’t be disappointed.
Atlanta is a place that has plenty to offer if only for one night. Celebration of our marriage did not disappoint and we made the best of our time. We now have memories of our time and that ladies (and maybe gentleman) is what love is all about. Make time for little getaways with your significant other, and don’t let life get in the way of little stolen moments. Twenty four hours may just be all you need for a little rejuvenation and reconnect.