Thursday, November 24, 2011

YaYa Weekend in Atlanta

Thanks to a Living Social coupon from way back during the summer, the YaYas had another fall get-away to Atlanta last weekend.  I left home Friday morning and stopped in Augusta to pick up Ashley.  We chatted nonstop for the two-hour drive to Atlanta and met Sarah at the hotel downtown.  

The comedy of errors started when the lady at the desk told us to go to room 1208, but our key card didn't work.  Instead of going back downstairs, we asked the housekeeper working down the hall if she would please just let us in.  Just as she swiped her card, the door opened from the inside.  This poor man who looked like he had just woken up found three women loaded down with luggage, hanging bags and coolers just staring at him.  Clearly, we were in the wrong room.  We finally made it to our room (just across the hall from 1208) and got settled in while we waited for Dawn to arrive.

Cafe Intermezzo was just around the corner from the hotel so we headed there to have a late lunch and catch up.

Ash and Sadie

Dawn and me

We might also have enjoyed a champagne cocktail.

Afterwards, we walked back to the hotel to freshen up and made it back in time for the Wine Down (get it?  Wind Down!  I want to have a bunch of girls over to our house one night and call it a Wine Down ... so clever!).  We made lots of friends in the bar, including a bride-to-be who was in town from the west coast somewhere to go wedding dress shopping.  We were not invited to go along!

We spent Saturday morning visiting the St. Philips Cathedral Bookstore and Farmers Market which has become a bit of a tradition.  The bookstore is huge and has some many fun ideas for Christmas gifts.  This weekend also happened to be an artists' market with lots of artwork, pottery, handmade jewelry and more.  We also hit Atlantic Station to shop because we needed to be sure we were close to the movie theater in time to see the latest Twilight movie.  Believe it or not, we were not the oldest people in the theater ... I don't think.  Afterwards ... more shopping at Phipps Plaza.

Then dinner at Truva, a meditarranean restaurant within walking distance of the hotel.  Our server was kind enough to take a picture for us.

This elementary school music teacher moonlights as a belly dancer.  We promised we wouldn't tell her secret!  (I feel like I need to tell you that we confirmed that she has not had children yet!)

A little while into dinner (which consisted of a delicious assortment of appetizers), Liz came to join us.  (Hi, Liz!!)  Dawn and Liz used to work together in Atlanta (correct me if I'm wrong, girls) and became fast friends.  We loved having Liz come hang out with us.  It's so great to be able to just pick up where we left off with everyone no  matter how much time has passed since our last visit.

Sarah decided to call it a night, but the rest of us weren't finished with the fun yet.  So, back to Cafe Intermezzo we went for coffee and dessert.  Of course we made friends with the waiter who was kind enough to take our picture.

We tried to go to the Corner Bakery for breakfast Sunday morning, but the downtown restaurant was closed to we went to the Atlanta Grill in the Ritz Carlton.  It was delicious and filled us all up.  Sarah headed home while Dawn, Ashley and I made our game plan for more shopping ... Nordstrom Rack, DSW, Ulta, and more.  We had a quick lunch at the midtown Corner Bakery and then headed home.  What a great, fun weekend!  I love my girls!!

1 comment:

Liz said...

Great post--can't believe I made it to the blog:). Totally enjoyed seeing all the yayas! Still thinking about the belly dancer..too funny.