A few weeks ago, Kat (a wonderful travel agent and best friend) and I headed down to Atlanta for the weekend.  Our motivations were a stress-free weekend of good food, fun times, and……a little star-stalking. Kat had booked our accommodations, and let me tell you…they didn’t disappoint! Our first stop was Downtown for the night, where we stayed at the Marriott Marquis, on the 37th floor.  Little did I know, Kat’s terrified of heights! DCIM106GOPRO The room was clean, comfy, and very nice.  Everything you should expect from the Marriott.  We were in walking distance to all the fun too, so that was an added bonus! Before dinner, which Kat had booked specific for our trip, we ran over to the SkyView Atlanta and the World of Coca-Cola. DSC_0223DSC_0284 SkyView ATL was awesome, it was a great view and very interesting.  Kat says “I loved it, so worth the money, and the air conditioning was nice too!”. The World of Coca-Cola was one of the coolest things I didn’t know I needed to do.  At first, I wasn’t into it, but after seeing the video they play for you before you go into the museum area itself, I was in tears at the sweet moments they had captured and the message they were sending (I know, crying over a glorified Coke commercial?).  The artifacts, “factory” tour, and the vault where the Super Secret Formula is kept was definitely worth the visit.  We even got to meet the Polar Bear.  The complimentary soda sampling at the end was a taste-bud adventure, and being who I am, I had to try EVER. SINGLE. SODA.  Most were delicious and exotic, but they aren’t kidding when they say that “Beverly” is the worst thing you’ll ever drink! After our adventures around town, we came back to the hotel and got ready for our reservations at Agatha’s: A Taste of Mystery.  The dinner theatre has been around for a while, but it was by far the most fun I’ve had over a five-course meal.  The actors were extremely talented and energetic. and being able to participate added a whole level to the experience.  All the food was delicious and well made: Kat suggests the Beef Tenderloin, and I suggest the Fresh Atlantic Salmon. IMG_4685 After the show, we went back to the hotel (which was just a few steps away) and admired the night-scape of the city from our window.  The next morning, we hit Kat’s favorite place (Starbucks) downstairs, then packed up and moved on to our next destination. Kat had found out that Allegiant, the third installment of the Divergent Series, was filming in the area, and being the fans we are, we decided to snoop around a bit.  We found their “secret” location, thanks to Kat’s amazing slooth skills.  She had found out the code name of the Film is “Element”.  Following very vague (and incorrect) instructions we had found online, we stumbled in to the right area.  We made it far enough to see the extra’s tent, and catch a glimpse of what I think was the back of Theo James himself.  I can neither confirm nor deny that it was actually him.  But what an adventure! After sneaking around in the hot sun, we headed to Buckhead, were we checked in at The W.  As soon as we were out of the car, they were taking our bags, bringing us water, and making sure 100% of our needs were met.  Never have I been somewhere so hospitable.  The decor was earthy and unique, and the rooms were gorgeous. Kat loved the little details in the decoration of The W.  From the Antler Chandelier, to the “Good Morning/Afternoon/Evening” mats that were changed out regularly, she was impressed. DSC_0419DSC_0537 On the 4th floor, they had an infinity pool over looking the street, and on the top floor they had a bar, called Whiskey Blue.  The views were incredible! DSC_0437 DCIM106GOPRO They had a free chauffeur that drove us to Gordon Biersch, where I had delicious Cajun pasta, and Kat enjoyed a HUGE burger.  We finished it off with a free dessert (courtesy of the hotel) and it was such a nice evening we decided to walk back.  The buildings in Buckhead, though very business oriented, are gorgeous, and the area is SO clean. The next morning, we ran across the street to Corner Bakery Cafe, and sampled a few of their baked goods.  I highly suggest their hand pies and their delicious coffee, and Kat suggests the Lemon Bottoms Up Bundt cake. DSC_0512 After breakfast, we packed up and headed home.  Sad to leave such a beautiful hotel, and such a fun city. I’m very grateful to Kat for booking our adventure, and I can’t wait for the next one!