Arrived at the airport from DFW on Tuesday and drove to Mary Mac’s Tearoom for lunch. This was my 2nd visit and I was not disappointed. The fried chicken, blackeyed peas and macaroni and cheese were delicious. The waiter was a young guy and the service was excellent. I really like this place. I then headed to work for the rest of the day.
I checked into the Georgian Terrace Hotel Tuesday afternoon. This hotel has a great location right at Peachtree St. and Ponce de Leon. Here is the review and some pictures:
This was my 2nd stay at the Georgian Terrace. I had no problems checking in. My room on the 10th floor was a suite with a small kitchen and was very nice. Maid service is good too. The bell and valet staff were very nice and professional. The rooftop pool is a salt water pool and the views are great from up there. The valet parking was $25 but it was very quick to get my car. Usually less than 5 minutes since the garage is right next to the hotel. I don't understand all the bad reviews because I would recommend this hotel due to price and location.
The location is the best part. The Fox Theater and Churchill Grounds Jazz Club are right across the street. There is also a small plate bar called Bazaaar across the street. At night, it is a dance club that is open till 3 AM.
The only downside is after 10 PM, there are a lot of homeless guys in the area and they will bother you for money. I was sitting outside on the hotel porch enjoying the evening watching the traffic on Peachtree St. Usually you can ignore them but a few tried to sit down and tell stories of hard luck. I would just get up and go into the lobby until they left. It was not a big deal though.
That night I went to the Fox Theater to see a play called "Love in the Nick of Tyme". I first had some appetizers at Bazaaar which is right next to the theater.
Here is the review and some pictures. I also included some pictures from the Arts Ctr area:
I always check the schedule at the Fox when planning a trip to Atlanta. The theater is beautiful inside and out. You really feel as you are outside because the ceiling is painted like a night sky complete with twinkling stars. I saw the play "Love in the Nick of Tyme". The story was about a middle aged lady who owns a ladies hair salon in a large city. She is a single mother with a teenage son. The boy's father is a struggling musician who doesn't really want Tyme but doesn't want anyone else to have her either. The UPS delivery man likes Tyme and they start dating. They fall in love and and the boy's father finally realizes he has lost out.
Went to work on Wednesday and when I got back to the hotel, I walked 2 blocks to the North Ave transit ctr and caught the Marta downtown loop bus (route 100). This takes you by the MLK area, the aquarium, Coke museum and back to midtown. The best $1.75 you can spend.
I then went to Manuel’s Tavern to meet some colleagues from work who were also traveling from Fort Worth. I organized the dinner there and everyone loved it. I told them a little history about the place. Good steaks and beer. The waitress said Jimmy Carter still stops in occasionally.
After getting back to the hotel, I went to the Churchill Grounds Jazz Club which is right across the street from the hotel. I saw Joe Gransden and loved it. This is a real laid back place where the audience is very quiet. Cover charge is only $7. The main bar has a lot of people there also and is much louder.
After work on Thursday, I ate at the Olive Bistro again. Great falafels and a good selection of wine. This restaurant is in a shopping center by Home Depot on Ponce across from the Atlanta City Hall East. I drove this time and it was daylight. I had walked here back in January when it was dark. I won’t do that again. My last trip report included being accosted by a bum for money right in front of the restaurant at 9 PM and I tapped on the glass to get Ian’s attention. Ian ran him off. The funny thing is Ian told me the owner had read my trip report and complained to the building’s management about security. I had no problems this time. I drove back to the hotel and then caught the Ponce bus to Highland Ave and walked to Blind Willie’s Blues Club. The house band was playing with a guest singer. I had a good time here on my 2nd visit.
On Friday after leaving work at noon, I went to Rhodes Memorial Hall on Peachtree St. Here is the review and some pictures:
You can easily get to Rhodes Hall on the Peachtree St. bus. There is a bus stop right in front. If you are a civil war fan, you will love the painted glass windows by the staircase. The panels depict scenes from the Confederacy and many southern generals. Be sure to take the full tour for $8 so you can see all the floors and even go onto the roof for a great view of midtown. I was the only person on the tour on a Friday afternoon. The house was built from granite from Stone Mountain during 1902 to 1904 for Amos Giles Rhodes. He was the first person to manufacture low cost furniture and sell it on credit. The tour guide was excellent. She knew a lot of history about Mr. Rhodes and the house. They have old photos of the house to show this area was not very developed back when the house was built. The tour is about 45 minutes.
Saturday afternoon, I headed back to the airport to catch my flight home. I did not have time to see the jazz concert in Piedmont Park.
I believe I will be coming back in December. As always, I had a great time in Atlanta.