Hello friends! I sure hope you had a great weekend and Monday isn’t ALL that awful. I started my day around 6AM with a visit from the neighborhood raccoon *eyeroll* but we won’t get into that now. I decided to bring back Whimsical Weekend adventures in this season of holly jolly fun so I will catch you up to speed on the girls weekend I took with my cousin (maid of honor).
I felt like I stepped back in time for this fun weekend in Georgia. We stayed in a little town called ‘Duluth’ at the Sonesta Gwinnett Place. It was certainly a hidden gem in a town as cute as Mayberry and we were incredibly grateful to the staff for making our stay so comfortable. On Friday night, we checked in, freshened up, and dined at the hotel’s award winning restaurant, the Art Bar, where the new executive chef, Don Cherry, prepared a seasonal 4 course meal. Y’all I’m not even being dramatic… I’ve dined at Michelin restaurants around the world and this was the best food I’ve ever eaten. It was a total honor to meet him and try his cuisine. We left with hearts full and bellies stuffed.
The next morning (if 11AM still counts as morning…), we woke up, got ready and headed into the “big city.” Why 7 lanes of traffic both ways are necessary, I will never understand. Why can’t they just build TWO highways?! I should’ve taken an aspirin before this drive but somehow we managed to survive, solidify parking, and find the brunch spot. We dined at South City Kitchen.. the basket of cornbread and biscuits AND apple butter had me drooling. After breakfast (lunch, really), we decided it would be a good idea to take the Marta into Buckhead. After about 30 minutes of waiting for the train, we decided it would be smarter to scooter on a Lime to our parking spot and drive. Yay for 7 more lanes of death trap. We made it (without aspirin) and shopped Buckhead boutiques before we toured homes. House shopping is my absolute favorite but doing it with my cousin makes any city feel like home.
On the way back to Duluth, we stopped at TJMaxx and picked up face masks, PJs, hair masks, nail polish, and lip masks for a girls night. We took the long way back to the hotel and scenic route through Duluth. Y’all! This town looks like a real life Hallmark movie. I was just waiting for a chiseled jaw guy named Nick, with 14 pack of abs to pop out of nowhere. It didn’t happen but we did stumble into the most adorable pottery painting shop. Christmas music was playing, the lady was so sweet chatting with us while she painted a mug and offered us cookies. Every single store was a small business and SO adorable. I’d be so happy if I visited once a year!
After some exploring, we headed back to the hotel for dinner. I didn’t want to eat out because it was so good the night before and this time, we ordered off of the menu. My cousin ordered the Crab Rolls (ohhhh my word sooooo good) and I ordered the steak and salad. The steak was as big as the plate and I ate every single bite. DELISH. For dessert, cousin ordered the peanut butter pie and I, the vegan/gluten free cake. I didn’t even take a picture of the steak because I ate it so fast! Enjoy these pictures from my stay! xx
On the Menu
Crown on the Rocks (for me) and a Cosmo (for Cousin)
Kalbie Braised Pork Belly Steam Buns with Kimchi Fried Rice
Braised Pork Shank with Maple Acorn Squash Puree
Garlic Broccolini with Toasted Chili
Pork Jus Confit Cassoulet with White Bean Ragu and Duck Sausage
Bananas Foster with House Made Banana Bread and Dark Rum
Have a very happy Thanksgiving! Leaving you with a few pictures of the Suite side of the hotel!