Friday, November 16, 2018

Trip Guide: Alpharetta, Georgia

About a month ago we traveled to Alpharetta, Georgia to watch our two friends get married. From the rehearsal dinner to the ceremony to the reception, everything was so stunning. Not to mention, the bride was so beautiful and the groom was oh so handsome. 

Since we had just a wonderful time, I have decided to give y'all the 411 all about Alpharetta, such as places to stay and things to do. 

Places to Stay

I highly recommend staying at the Atlanta Marriott Alpharetta. (Book your stay here). We got to stay here, and we loved everything about this hotel. Atlanta Marriott Alpharetta sits right off Ga 400N, and about 30 minutes outside of Atlanta. The great thing is you don't want to travel to Atlanta to obtain a wonderful experience during your stay. There are so many endeavors  you can experience right at the hotel. Or take a short drive to downtown Alpharetta, the Avalon development, or even Top Golf. The Avalon development is a place where you can shop, eat, and have access entertainment all in one area. It is seriously so nice how close everything is from the hotel. 

As we entered into the hotel, John and I were amazed by what we saw. From the lobby to the restaurant, the design was impeccable. Now, stepping foot into our room, we were instantly greeted with a bottle of Champagne, cheese spreads, robes, and the most comfortable bed we have ever laid in. Comfort is key whenever I am staying at a hotel and/or resort, and the Marriott surpassed my expectations. We stayed in one of their King Bedroom rooms which also included a nice sized bathroom with a walk in shower, and large vanity. But let's just back it up to how comfy the bed was that we slept in. Like for real y'all, it felt like we were laying on a cloud. We would just melt into the bed whenever we would lay in it. I have honestly never stayed at a hotel that had this comfortable of a bed. I was just truly mind blown. I mentioned to the staff,and they said they keep getting compliments from everyone about the beds, which is so amazing! 

Another amazing thing about this hotel is that they do an American Girl themed experience. How cool right? I wish when I was little, and into American Girl dolls I could have done this experience. They make the girls feel like celebrities with their American Girl dolls from the start at check-in.

Not only is the Atlanta Marriott Alpharetta only 4.8 miles from the American Girl store, it also offers a total American Girl experience, as I mentioned above. This experience is typically only offered during the weekends (Friday/Saturday). During check-in, your child and their doll will only be checked in upon arrival with a personalized welcome letter. As well as getting to walk the pink carpet that leads up to the front desk. The total experience also includes one pink deluxe room, American Girl sized bed to take home, cookies at check-in, breakfast at 19 North restaurant, and much more. Lastly, the pink deluxe room is decorated with pink duvets, pink towels, pink ametities, and pink bathrobe during their stay. Each girl will also be entered into the quarterly drawing to win an American Girl doll. How freakin cool right?!? 

Things to Do!

Alright, so as I stated early there are so many different things to do and see while you visit Alpharetta, Georgia. Here are some of things that I found amazing/highly recommend during your stay.

1. Downtown Alpharetta 

We constantly drove through downtown Alpharetta multi times during our stay when traveling to and from the wedding venue. My husband was a groomsman, so we of course had to travel there a lot. Alpharetta is such a quaint town, and has so many beautiful homes there. Just driving down through there, and seeing all of the beautiful homes was enjoyable in itself. Pretty much all the homes were custom farmhouse style homes, which is my type of house aka my dream home. 

There are so many different options of places to eat as well. We ate at Smoke Jack BBQ one night for the rehearsal dinner. And y'all the food was amazing, but not only that the inside was stunning. It had a farmhouse modern feel as well. Smoke Jack BBQ is a less than 10 minute drive from the hotel.  

Other recommended things to do in Downtown Alpharetta :

1. Alpharetta Farmer's Market (Open Saturdays.. April-October)
2. Alpharetta Food Truck Alley XL (Every Thursday through the end of October)
4. Four Fat Cows Ice Cream  -- I so wanted to try their Ice cream, but we ran out of time. But I highly recommend this place for sure. It has not only ice cream but smoothie bowls, milkshakes, floats, puffle cones, and so much more. It's also in the cutest little building. 

2. Avalon Development

Avalon development is highly recommended as one of the places to visit that offers great eateries, entertainment, and more in one location. Avalon is a 86-acre development with more than 500,000 square feet of retail, a 12-square all premium theater, full service hotel, single-family residences, and luxury rental homes. This area is wonderful because it embraces a connected community of shopping, dining, entertainment, living, and working.

Some of the shops located at Avalon:
-Crate & Barrel
-J. Crew
-Kendra Scott
-PB Kids
-Urban Outfitters
-Dry Bar

Some places to eat at Avalon:

During the holidays, they have amazing activities/events going on as well. Such as the lighting of Avalon, the perfect holiday giveaway at Avalon, menorah lighting at Avalon, Santa at Avalon, and Avalon on ice

3. Eat at 19 North

The first day of my stay, I started with breakfast at the hotel's award winning restaurant, 19 North. I went with a simple pancakes and bacon for my meal. But it was oh so delicious. 

The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and serves the freshest ingredients from local farms in Georgia. After I finished my breakfast, I walked a few feet to the coffee kiosk that was at the hotel bar for a Starbucks pumpkin spice latte. The coffee kiosk also offers other specialty drinks, pastries, and light breakfast items if you ones doesn't want a full meal.

For those of you who like to drink local brews and handcrafted cocktails, the bar at 19 North is the right place to be especially at nighttime. Every time I arrived back to the hotel for the night, there was always a huge crowd enjoying those local brews and handcrafted cocktails. As you can tell the background of my picture haha! 

4. Top Golf

So if y'all have never been to Top Golf, you definitely need to go. Even though I wasn't able to participate whenever we were in Georgia, John, the groom, and other groomsmen got to have a lot of fun there the morning of the wedding. It's a place where it's like you are at a driving range, but you hit the golf balls at targets. You get points, shows how high or low you hit it, the curve of the ball, literally analyzes everything which is pretty cool. They also serve food and drinks there as well. I believe the groom and groomsmen ate buffalo wings, potato skins, cheese fries, and salad while they were there at 10:30 am haha! 

5. Attend a Wedding at Little River Farms ;)

Okay, so I mainly put this in here just talk about how amazing our friends' wedding was, and show y'all some of the pictures. This venue is seriously stunning, and the wedding was seriously perfect and dreamy. 

The picture above was from the rehearsal. Luca looked so precious in his little "China" suit, as I called it haha! I ordered it off Amazon, and it was actually made like a onesie where it buttons at the bottom. The tag was sewn on the outside of the suit, so that's why I called it his "China" suit lol. I think it was only like $12.

So a background story, the day of the wedding my day was non stop and stressful to say the least. I dropped John off at Top Golf in the morning, and then back to the hotel with Luca. We at 19 North for breakfast as I stated above, and then took a quick tour around the hotel. Once I was done with that, it was time to pick John up again so he could get all of his stuff together to head to the venue. Once I dropped him off at the venue, Luca and I were exhausted so we took a much needed nap. Well the nap lasted longer than expected, I couldn't get the iron to work, and once it did work Luca started fussing. And it doesn't end there haha! Once we got to the car, Luca spit up all over him and I but there was no time to go back in and change or we would miss the whole ceremony. So if you see a stain on my dress in some of the pictures its spit up lol. Once I started driving I realized I still needed gas,so instead of stopping to get gas I kept driving so we wouldn't be late. Well we made it on time, barely, but after the ceremony was over we ran out of gas haha! So embarrasing, a cop happened to pull up behind us and stayed with us until we could get help. So a crazy day right? haha! Anywho, here are some more pictures from the wedding below. 

I hope y'all enjoyed this post, and get to visit Alpharetta, Georgia really soon. Because I know I will be going back ASAP!!

Also click here to check out the article I did for Buzzfeed!! <3

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