In four days this Georgia Peach will be back home in beautiful Atlanta, Georgia for my very first reader conference as a published author!! I am super excited. The long awaited Beautiful Trouble Publishing Eat and Greet will be held in my hometown and it's going to be off the chain!!(to all my readers outside of the US, that means we are going to have a wild, fun and crazy time).
I've decided to show some southern hospitality and give you 10 places you have got to visit when you're in Atlanta.
1. The Varsity:
2. The Georgia Aquarium: In my opinion, this is the best aquarium in the country. I've been a season ticket holder so I've been to this modern day marvel many, many times and it's never the same twice. My favorite spot is the amphitheater which gives you the best under-the-sea seat in the house. Sit back and watch gigantic whale sharks, hammer head sharks, sting ray and grouper the size of a two year old child, swim and frolic right before your eyes. The other exhibits are just as fascinating. Truly a must! www.georgiaaquarium.org
3. the World of Coca-Cola: If you like Coke products then this will be soda heaven!! located directly next to the Georgia Aquirium, the World of Coca-Cola introduces you to the history of Coke, the products they sell world wide and shows you how the tasty beverage is bottled. They even have a tasting room where you can sample as many and as much of their products from around the world as you want!! Just steer clear of the Italian soda called "Beverly"...It will put some hair on your chest. At the end, you will be given your very own bottle of Coke! www.worldofcoca-cola.com
4. Fresh to Order (F2O): Although this restaurant chain has several locations. I frequent the one on Peachtree Street any time I'm in Atlanta. It's the best place to grab a quick, fresh bite. Their long plates come piled high with hot, delicious food that can't be beat, and the price is always right. Try the ribs, or the salmon! yummy and the corn chowder and mushroom bisque are tied as my favorites. Each comes with a mini crescent roll drizzled with honey. ummmm hhhmmmm! The decor is very clean and Ikea Trendy so it's very relaxing. Try the infused tea or the Sangria. My mom now puts fresh rosemary in her tea because she had some at F2O and love it just that
6. Starlight Drive In: I bet you didn't know Atlanta was one of the few cites left with their own drive in! Yes, it's may seem like a relic of a by gone era but the Starlight drive in gives you more bang for your buck. Every movie is a double feature, and the concession stand is super cheap. You can bring in your own food and have a romantic night out or you can pack up the family with the grill and make a night of it. It's old school movie watching with the stars above. Summers in Atlanta are perfect for the drive in. Get there early because there will we a line of cars but, I promise there is room for everybody. www.starlightdrivein.com/
7. Mary Mac's Tea Room: Now this place is southern comfort to me. The decor is down home parlor room nd the food!!! it's like my own momma is in the kitchen cooking. I haven't had a bad dish in this place. Fried chicken, macironi and cheese, collard greens, corn bread, catfish and shrimp, fried okra, black eyed peas, meat loaf, chicken fried steak and white gravy... could go on but I think you get the point. Besides, any reaurant that has "Pot Likker" on the menu gets an "A+ " in my book. If you don't know what Pot Likker is, it's the left over juice and bits from the collard green or turnip green pot. It tastes like heaven with corn bread and don't forget to have a glass of sweet tea! www.marymacs.com/
8. Lenox Square Mall: If shopping is your thing, Lenox Square is the place to go. Not only is this massive space full of high end shops and boutiques, it is the place to see and be seen. You might see a model, celeb, wanna be celeb or even a fierce tyranny! I love to go to Lenox to people watch! This multi-level marvel will have you hooked.The parking is a bit of a nightmare and valet is a bit high in the instep for my tastes but hey it's Lenox! Live a little. www.simon.com/mall/lenox-square
10. Burkhart's Pub: Have you ever seen a drag queen show?? Well, here's your chance! not only is Burkhart's known for their drag shows, the food is pretty good too. Caution, if you don't like gay people, you better skip this venue, but I warn you, you'll be missing out on 3 hours of badd azz queens doing their thing. Some will even have you looking twice. It's not to be missed!