There is no better remedy for the mundane, than traveling and experiencing a new space. It gives you the opportunity to recharge, and if you’re like me, it gives you the creative spark that you need to regain your focus.

It’s even better when you can do it with friends. I got the opportunity to celebrate the birth of one of my closest & best, Erin, this past weekend. We had a great time, exploring with no real agenda. It also gave us the opportunity to spend some real time with one another. With us living in different cities, its sometimes difficult to connect, but there is value in nurturing the relationships that mean something to you. It’s easy to have surface level relationships, but there’s something special about developing a tribe with depth. I love my friends, and I’m glad we got to experience ATL together.

A few particulars:

  • We stayed at Le Meridien Perimeter. It was a gorgeous room, and the service was great. If you are on a budget, it’s always good to have free breakfast… which was clutch the entire time we were there.
  • We got a chance to go to Piedmont Park, which had great cityscapes, and also houses the Atlanta Botanical Garden. We didn’t go in there though, because, #budget. Being in the park allowed me to flex my camera skills, and I’m glad Erin was willing to be my subject. (I shot on my Canon T3i)
  • We rented a Jeep Renegade to get us around. It was pretty decent on gas, and it definitely had all the space we needed.
  • Because it was Erin’s birthday… we stopped for cupcakes at Cami Cakes‘ Buckhead location. Let me just say, if you’re a cupcake connoisseur – this needs to be on your list. It was a little piece of heaven. To top it off, it’s Black owned, so you know we did it for the culture!
  • Brunch was amazing at Poor Calvin‘s – located just off Downtown. We ordered the Crab Wontons, which were cool, and topped with a bit of caviar. We’re fancy, you know. The highlight for me though was the Chicken & Sweet Potato Waffle. I could go for it again right now.
  • Because we’re the “I like Art” types… we made it a point to visit the High Museum. It was another great place for me to take photos… the architecture makes it a must see.
  • In a moment of hood nostalgia, I asked if we could stop for a moment at the location that sparked one of the the greatest hood love stories of all time…ATL. So we made our way to Cascade Skating Rink. No we didn’t skate. Yes, we did the most. Don’t judge.

Check out some photos below, and tweet me with your favorite ATL spots to add to my list for my next visit.