Last weekend Michael and I went to Georgia for our friend Adam’s wedding. Upon arrival in Atlanta Friday afternoon we ran to the ATM for some cash and by cash I of course mean cupcakes. We found a Sprinkles Bakery across the street from our hotel with a fully-operational ATM stocked with freshly-baked cupcakes – we chose Red Velvet and Strawberry Cheesecake minis, which were a delightful afternoon snack.
We had a fantastic dinner that evening at Holeman & Finch Public House in Buckhead. We shared a beautiful plate of crispy hush puppies with country ham and peach mostarda. Michael ordered their famous burger (which he loved) and I had an incredibly decadent version of breakfast-for-dinner involving a johnny cake topped with poached egg, foie gras and bacon. I wanted to try the Coke Float with boiled peanut ice cream for dessert, but I knew my eyes were way bigger than my stomach.
Saturday morning we stopped by the Peachtree Road Farmers Market on our way out of town. I haven’t been to an open-air farmers market since last Fall and this was a terrific collection of vendors. We moseyed around admiring all the colorful produce and stopped at The Little Tart Bakeshop for breakfast pastries. They even had a chef demo, which I would have loved to stay for, but we were eager to get to Athens so I grabbed some pretty pink D’Avignon radishes from Abundant Harvest Gardens and we hit the road.
We weren’t sure what to expect from Athens, but it was a super-fun town which wildly exceeded our expectations. Just a little background – growing-up, Michael was a big R.E.M. fan, a band formed by students at the University of Georgia in Athens. We actually read the Walking Tour of Athens Music History during the hour-long drive north-east of Atlanta. We scouted several legendary R.E.M. haunts including 40 Watt Club, Wuxtry Records and Weaver D’s for a fried chicken lunch. We explored the UGA campus and eventually made our way to the Allgood Lounge to watch the Kentucky Derby on a rooftop patio.
Sunday morning included an excursion to The Royal Peasant, a clever English Pub where we watched Premier League soccer and ate a hearty plate of sausage, eggs, potatoes and roasted vegetables. Worth noting, Georgia has some quirky regulations surrounding Sunday alcohol-sales, so if you’re looking for a Bloody Mary with brunch, plan on waiting until 12:30pm. The coffee was good, though and this gave me ample opportunity to re-hydrate with lots of water.
Adam and his lovely bride Eleanor were married at Cloverleaf Farm, a stunning Southern estate in Arnoldsville, GA, about 20 minutes outside of Athens. The wedding was perfect – the weather was gorgeous, the vows were heartfelt, the speeches were touching, the s’mores bar was charming (there is just something about the scent of toasted marshmallows in the moonlight) and the DJ was outstanding – we danced all night long. It was a really great trip and Athens, especially was a blast – we look forward to going back sometime!