12 years! That is the number years of marriage Greg and I just celebrated. It still sounds crazy to me when I say it out loud. Let me really blow your mind!Our oldest son, Isaiah, is 13 and that is just 3 years younger than I was when I first started dating Greg. Crazy right?! However, this is the first year that we spent our anniversary apart. Greg’s best friend got married the day after our anniversary and he was the best man. He had to fly out the early morning of our anniversary so we unfortunately missed the day. But! He didn’t stop that from celebrating us when he got back. He booked us a staycation, that we both very much needed, for the next weekend. It was absolutely amazing.
Where we stayed…
He booked us a cute little airbnb directly on the Atlanta belt-line. This was perfect because we never needed leave that area the entire time. If you’ve never been to the belt-line, they have shops, restaurants, bars and even a grocery store right there at your finger tips. You could walk or grab a scooter and be on your way. The Airbnb was the perfect spot for couples. It was a cute furnished studio with a full kitchen, bathroom, living room and separated bedroom with a desk. Just what we needed to enjoy our 2 nights stay.
What we did…
Eat! Lol One thing we like to do when we go to the city is seek out good food! We stopped at RocSouth Cuisine before checking into our Airbnb and man it did not disappoint! I had the lamb, mac & cheese and collard greens and Greg chose the salmon pasta. Their food was seasoned to perfection and great portions. There is complimentary valet parking and they have indoor and outdoor seating. I recommend making reservations. Although, we were able to get seated right away on a Thursday early afternoon with none. I’m dying to go back on a Sunday for their brunch. One morning we walked to Carroll Street Cafe in a surrounding neighborhood for breakfast and coffee. Greg found this place during a google search and I cannot lie I didn’t know what to expect. However, the food was delicious! I had pancakes with berries, chicken sausage and fried eggs and Greg had the Belgian waffles. To end our staycation we had brunch at Hive Buckhead. This is a place I’ve had on my list for over a year so I was excited to finally try it out. Honestly, the food was good, but I expected more. The valet parking was $10. The seating was a little tight where we were and the decor wasn’t as nice as the other brunch spots in the city. I had the French toast and Greg had the Chicken & Red Velvet Waffles.
Rode scooters. We legit jumped on scooters to ride up and down the belt-line each day, stopping at different places and checking out art along the way. We even picked up our groceries on the scooter our first night, lol. We took a scooter down to Piedmont park, where they were having the Dogwood Festival. Had the festival not been going on it would have been the perfect place to set up a picnic. Maybe I’ll save that for the next time. The scooters are so convenient as you just pick one up anywhere on the belt-line, download the app, load money and ride. They are sooo much fun!
Ponce City Market. This is also directly on the belt-line. There are an abundance of shops, places to eat and drink or just chill out. They have a roof top with games, bars and food. It cost $15 to access the roof top and for another $15 you get unlimited games. After 8 p.m. a DJ came out to spin and no one under 21 is allowed up after 5 p.m. on the weekends. The view is AH-Mazing and it was just a great vibe. We spent hours, people watching, talking, eating and just being still.
Enjoyed downtime. The main purpose of this staycation was to re-connect just the two of us. We just had our 4th baby, just now noticing I never announced that here,🥴 and with the pandemic we haven’t had any alone time in over a year. We binged a show, ate too many snacks, cuddled on the couch and just really enjoyed each other. It was so nice to have that time and I hope we get to do this type of relaxed stay more often.
All in all y’all boy did good. He made year 12 very special. I’m looking forward to the next 12 years and all that is to come. If you’ve never did a staycation I highly recommend you do. It doesn’t always require traveling out of state to get away.