Stop 3: Atlanta
We had Georgia on our mind, so we headed to Atlanta for the next stop on our road trip. One of my best friends, Sarah, is from Georgia (she’s a real peach!). For years, she has told me about all the food and fun in Hotlanta – I’m so glad I finally visited.
We started our day by touring Martin Luther King’s birthplace and family home. It was pretty inspiring to see the neighborhood where MLK grew up and pay our respects at his memorial. The “I Have A Dream” rose garden was my favorite part, with plaques of poems and uplifting quotes placed amidst the beautiful flowers.
Next, we went to Krog Sreet Market, an adorable food hall nearby with lots of yummy options. We opted for a lavender latte and strawberry galette at Little Tart Bakeshop – delicious! Fueled by our pastry, we decided to rent a couple bikes and ride the Atlanta BeltLine trail. This was such a fun mode of transportation and a great way to get some exercise after so many hours in the car. We loved the way the BeltLine was flanked by cute shops and restaurants. We ended up at Ponce City Market, another awesome food hall. Ponce was much larger than Krog; in addition to food, it also had lots of shops selling clothing, books, and other fun trinkets – a cute indie mall! For lunch we tried the famous H&F Burger – it’s typically only available after 10pm at the Holeman and Finch restaurant, but the dish was so popular that H&F decided to open a burger stand. Of course, we also had to satisfy our sweet tooth, so we got brown butter gelato at Honeysuckle (omg yum!) and a raspberry lime popsicle from King of Pops (so refreshing on a hot day). We continued our bike ride on the BeltLine to Piedmont Park where we cycled in the sunshine by the water. What a wonderful day!
For dinner, we headed about an hour northeast of Atlanta (near Dahlonega) where we met my friend Sarah and her mom for dinner at one of the most gorgeous settings I’ve ever been to: Montaluce Winery. Running through the vineyard with a good friend and a great glass of wine in hand, I was instantly transported to the Italian countryside. And the food was just as fantastic as the setting. I had the filet (omg omg omg!) and a glass of their house-made Syrah. The rest of the party ordered the spring mountain chicken with curry cauliflower, a salad made with house-made red wine vinaigrette and fresh tomatoes, and a prawn dish - everything was delicious. All of their ingredients are delivered in small quantities to ensure freshness and are as local as you can get – some directly from the winery, others still within eyesight. It was clear how much pride was put into each dish, and the flavors were absolutely incredible. For dessert, we tried the homemade chocolate pudding and pretzel sticks (yes, even the pretzels were made on site!) and the chocolate chip bread pudding with homemade ice cream, whipped cream, and pecans. We left with full hearts and full bellies. Montaluce is a common venue for weddings and it’s obvious why – it was an absolutely incredible dinner in a truly enchanting setting.
Tired and happy, we tucked ourselves in for a good night sleep in the most adorable Airbnb cottage ever. If you’re looking for Southern charm, look no further than this beautifully furnished, North Georgia home. It's modern and sleek while still being cozy and homey – I was ready to move in and stay there forever!