I have a friend named Paula who goes on girl’s trips like it’s her job! I find myself scrolling through her pics on social media often looking at all the fun they are having. Paula’s girl’s trip crew coordinate outfits when they go out and always kick off their trips with a matching shirt and matching PJ’s. One day I was looking at pictures of their recent trip to Miami and said to myself “why don’t I do that instead of living vicariously through Paula?!” And here we are, summer is just about over and I will have 3 girls trips under my belt! My cousin recently visited to Houston from Atlanta and made the mistake of telling my sister and I to “come visit anytime”. My sister and I got our wheels turning and after 4 enthusiastic yes’s from our girlfriends we booked our flight and were Atlanta bound.
We planned the trip so that it was just a quick weekend/change of scenery getaway. 14 kids between the 6 of us were left with their respective dads and we felt like it was just enough time to get away and be missed! We hit the ground running right after landing from our early flight and headed straight to Mary Mac’s Tea Room after several recommendations from locals to go to this restaurant.
Sweet baby Jesus, the food was amazing! OMG. First of all I love going to a state where sweet tea is the only way they serve it. If you are wanting southern food that will touch you all the way to your soul, then Mary Mac’s is the spot. This restaurant has been around since 1945 and has been the go-to spot for celebrities and locals that want a real taste of southern cuisine. I ordered shrimp and cheese grits with a side of collard greens, and creamed corn. The minute I tasted the greens I had flashbacks of how my grandma used to make them. All of the girls were satisfied with their selections! The table was silent as we indulged (and for a group of 6 moms on the loose, silence is a big feat, haha!) I would go back to ATL just to eat at Mary Mac’s!
Friday night we did it big and headed to Lips for dinner and some drag…yaaaaaaaaaas! We wanted to do something out of the box and Lips was just that. I am a sucker for the theatrics of drag, y’all! These queens were fire! They performed to some of my favorite artists and their costumes and make up were stunning. The cocktails were themed with names I can’t type out here, but let’s just say they were appropriate for a slightly ratchet girl’s night out! If you are planning to visit Lips in Atlanta you definitely are going for the entertainment and the drinks. The food, for a dinner theater, was pretty basic.
Atlanta is full of great spots for brunching. On Saturday we met my cousin and his family and some other Atlanta blogger babes for brunch at Flying Biscuit Cafe. The brunch was good but the company, and the weather, and the location where what made it memorable. At the Piedmont Ave. location you will find rainbow streets and good vibes! Me and the girls took turns taking photos of each other on the rainbow streets, you couldn’t tell us we weren’t shooting a music video, haha!
You can’t do a girl’s trip with out doing a little shopping! Ponce City Market (pronounced “pounce” like “bounce”…I know…it goes against everything I know considering Poncé is a Spanish last name, but when in Atlanta do as the Atlantans because they don’t know what you are talking about if you pronounce it the correct way) is THE place to go shopping in Atlanta. On the outside are more mainstream stores like Sephora. I need to pause here and mention that strolling on the outside I saw Uma Thurman and her daughter. It was the most random and cool thing. They are both super tall and looked as though they were having a girl’s day of their own.
On the inside are more unique shops, from candles, to clothing! In the center there is an area with unique snacks. Some of the girls and I chose to try out the interesting popsicle flavors at King of Pops. They even had boozy popsicles that were dunked in cocktails. Another crowd favorite was Batter, an eatery where you can just nosh on cookie dough.
On our last night we went to OLG (Old Lady Gang) and if you are a Real Housewives of Atlanta fan like me, you know that this was a must-do! The girls on the trip indulged me on this one. By the time we got back from shopping, bringing our bags to the hotel, and got dressed for our last night out in Atlanta, it was already just about closing time at OLG. I can only speak for the appetizers and the drinks, but what I had was pretty good! I had “Mama Joyce’s House Punch” and the deep fried whipped deviled eggs. Unfortunately our service was bad and there were no Kandi sightings as she had just been there the night before. I did enjoy seeing all the Kandi relics and Real Housewives tchotchkes around the restaurant which was totally worth it to me.
Although I half-way expected to bump in to T.I. and Usher, I would not have changed anything about my girl’s trip to Atlanta, GA. The weather in June was perfect, the tea was sweet, and the memories we made are priceless. Atlanta is the perfect place to visit for a weekend getaway.