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Hampton Inn Atlanta Perimeter

This has been one of the best hotels I’ve ever stayed at. From the moment we walked in to the moment we left, the hospitality levels were on high. I read a lot of reviews on this hotel, and I don’t remember coming across any negative ones. That factor along distance and pricing were the main reasons why I choose this hotel. I can say that I was quite happy with my decision.

The room was setup up exactly like the pictures I saw online. The room was clean and the linens were too. The bed was comfortable, and the pillows were perfect. I slept quite peacefully. The 2 Queen bed room was pretty spacious, with an in-room refrigerator, desk,  desk chair and lounge chair. The only amenity this room lacked was a microwave, which had to be requested. The bathroom was nice and clean. There was a ton of counter space, which is something that I really need.  The shower/tub combo was clean, and the water got really hot.

The hotel offered a complimentary breakfast. It included a few hot items, cereal, bagels, danishes, coffee, waffles, and juice. Although the food was mediocre, it helped that we didn’t have to look for a place to eat breakfast. Instead we ate at the hotel, and started our day as soon as we pulled out the parking lot.

The hotel was located in close proximity to every attraction we wanted to visit. The longest distance traveled was to Six Flags, which was approximately 30 minutes away. That was definitely a very important factor in choosing this hotel, especially since we wanted to participate in Atlanta’s night life. When returning late, although the parking lot was full, we still managed to find parking in a lighted area. This was important, especially being a female.

The hospitality shown by the hotel personnel was amazing. Everyone was smiling, and willing to help in any manner. They answered any and all questions we had. The personnel would often make suggestions for places to dine, and visit to enhance our experience. With that said, I would recommend this hotel to all those traveling to Atlanta. It’s accommodating to families, extended stays and business trips. 

Gladys and Ron’s Chicken and Waffles [Atlanta]

I am definitely shaking my head while writing this review. I had high expectations going to this restaurant located in Atalanta. My expectations were met with disappointment.

I ordered a chicken breast, waffle, catfish and grits. The chicken and waffle came out cold. Yuck! My butter didn’t even melt on my waffle. I asked the server to nuke my chicken and waffle, and that’s exactly what she did. Everyone knows what warmed-up fried chicken tastes like; it’s gross. She should have said that she’d have the kitchen make a fresh waffle and chicken breast. After re-receiving my chicken and waffle, I didn’t think there was anything special about them at all. Considering this restaurant is supposed to be known for these two items, I was quite disappointed that it had no flair and was just the average chicken and waffle combination.

The catfish was pretty good though, but the grits were salty. I wish that I had only ordered the catfish and grits because I wasted my money ordering the chicken and waffle. I’ve definitely had better.

The server was okay. She was somewhat attentive to our table; she could have checked on us more often. After the food was delivered, she kept away for quite a while. There was nothing spectacular about her service.

I was really excited to visit this restaurant, mainly because of the names associated with it. However, that’s all this restaurant stood on, its name. This was later confirmed by a resident of Atlanta, who said that people only go there for the name because the food is not all that good. Now, the menu offered a lot of other options. So, I wouldn’t go as far as to say that I don’t recommend it. I’d give it another shot, but I would definitely order something else.

Atlanta Travels

I recently took a trip to Atlanta as an early birthday celebration. I traveled to Atlanta for a family reunion a few years ago, but this trip was completely different. I was able to make my own itinerary. Atlanta is a city full of rich history and entertainment. With that said, there were quite a few things I wanted to do while visiting. Below you will find the attractions I visited while in Atlanta.

Updated to add Martin Luther King  Jr. National Historic Site

Underground Atlanta:
Well, this has been around for an extremely long time. I’d have to say this was the least favorite attraction I went to. All of the clothing stores seemed to have the exact same products. The prices didn’t really vary between the stores either  Not to mention, there was an unexplained stench. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this place for a must-do attraction, but if you’re looking to purchase trendy clothing, this may be a place you want to go to.

Centennial Olympic Park: This park is amazing. It’s crazy to think of all the exciting things that happened there in 1996. Before the park was built, it was considered to be the rundown part of downtown. There are no remnants of that now whatsoever. It’s well-kept and a great place for families. I’d recommend visiting this park!

Atlanta History Center: This Center was pretty interesting. There were several rooms dedicated to different eras. Each room has a ton of information that I had no idea about. I learned a lot about Atlanta from this center. The only thing I didn’t like about the center was that some of the displays were recreations. Although I know it may be difficult to obtain real artifacts, I think using recreations take away from the purity of the display. The biggest and most elaborate exhibition is the Turning Point: The American Civil War. For obvious reasons, it was a lot to take in. However, I gained a lot of insight on how this war was fought. The center also had to a nature trail that led to a playhouse, gardens and old houses. The Swan House, an old mansion, was simply beautiful. The yard leading up to the home was well-kept. I would recommend visiting the Atlanta History Center mainly because it’s nice to be educated on the places you visit.

Six Flags: Well, let’s just say that it wasn’t what I expected. It was packed, and the lines were significantly long. We got on all the major coasters except the Goliath. I would have to say that the Superman coaster was one of the best rides I’ve been on. It was awesome! The food offered at the park was absolutely ridiculous. Every restaurant offered the same things. There was no variety whatsoever. The park I think was a bit dated, but overall I had a good time because I am a roller coaster junkie. However, I must say some of the rides need better restraints. My head was shaking pretty bad on a few of them. If you like theme parks, do check it out. However, make sure you eat before.

Margaret Mitchell House: This a pretty neat museum. I learned a lot about Margaret Mitchell, and what she stood for. I thought it was really commendable on how well her apartment was kept. The museum did a really good job preserving it, and allowing visitors to get a glimpse at how she lived, and where she wrote Gone with the Wind. If you’ve read Gone With the Wind or watched the movie, I would recommend visiting this attraction. You’ll definitely take a lot from it.

Georgia Aquarium: This aquarium was amazing! I absolutely loved it! All the tanks were clean and full of beautiful fish. I’ve never seen Beluga Whales or Whale Sharks, and low and behold, they had them on display. I saw a lot of species of fish I’ve never seen or heard of. There were several opportunities to get close to some of the animals, which included stations that allowed visitors to touch some of the species of fish. A dolphin show was included in our admission. Let’s just say that I was completely amazed at the things the dolphins did. The dolphins were trained to do some amazing tricks! It was wonderful show. This aquarium definitely lives up to its reputation. It’s the best one I’ve ever been to. The Georgia Aquarium was my most favorite attraction I visited while in Atlanta. I would highly recommend visiting!

Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site : Although I did not visit the site on my last visit to Atlanta, this is a must-do while in Atlanta. I learned so much about him while visiting here. It was a very amazing and humbling experience. He fought so hard for equality, and endured so much throughout his life. The MLK Jr.  National Historic Site gives visitors a very vivid look at his life, and all that he’s done. It also reminds us of the injustices people faced, and had to overcome so that people of all backgrounds could live (more) freely today. This site will leave you informed and enlightened. It’s very tantalizing; it will heighten a lot of emotions.

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The Goop on Chi-Town

I absolutely love this city! The food is good, the people are nice and there are tons of things to do.

Here’s a list of places I went and things I did while in Chicago that I would recommend.

1. The Field Museum

2. Willis Tower formally known as the Sears Tower

3. Millennium Park

4. Garrett’s Popcorn Shop

5. State Street

6. The Magnificent Mile

7. Navy Pier

8. Taste Buds Food Tour

While there are a ton of other places that you can visit and things you can do, these are what I can speak on.

The Field Museum

This place is awesome! I’ve never been to a museum of such caliber. The only downfall was that I didn’t have enough time to really take in all the exhibits. If you plan on visiting this museum, you definitely need at minimum 3 hours to fully enjoy everything it has to offer. Although, I wasn’t able to see everything, this was definitely my favorite. I will definitely plan to spend more time there when I visit again.

Willis Tower (aka the Sears Tower)

I’ve been here before, but I definitely appreciated the experience way more as an adult. The view is amazing, especially at night. The staff was really helpful as well. We actually came a day earlier, and was told the visibility was terrible. They could have easily taken our money and not said a word. I thought that was pretty decent of them. Lucky for us, the next day had outstanding visibility. The only bad part about this venture was the lines. There was a very long line to go up to the Skydeck, to get out on the Ledge and to leave the Skydeck. Other than that, it was quite an enjoyable experience.

Millennium Park

This is really a nice park. Not to mention, it’s the location of the giant bean, which is an attraction in itself. It’s pretty neat. I definitely recommend bringing the family to this park. I’m interested in finding out how the bean was created and whether it was done at the park.

Garrett’s Popcorn Shop

Garrett’s Popcorn is by far the best popcorn I’ve ever had! I am not a fan of the Chicago mix because I think the cheese popcorn is gross, but the Caramel Crisp and butter popcorn were both amazing! Instead of getting the plain Caramel Crisp, I had it with pecans, cashews and almonds. It was so good! This Caramel Crisp with nuts lasted a few days, but the Chicago mix got stale within about a day’s time. If you plan on taking some back as a gift, get the Caramel Crisp.

State Street

This strip is a shopper’s heaven. They have every store you can think of, and each store had multiple floors. If you can’t find something worth your wild on this street, I’m not sure what your problem is. 😉

Magnificent Mile

The Magnificent Mile is North Michigan Street, and there are shops lined up for about a mile on either side of the street. Hence the name, the Magnificent Mile.  The stores located on this street are a little more pricier than State Street shops, but this is where the Water Tower Mall is located. This mall had a lot of great stores and it was beautifully built. The elevator and shaft were made of glass. It was gorgeous. This is where one of the Akira stores are located. I’ve heard about how awesome this store was, so I had to check it out. There were a lot of items that were a bit expensive, but they had a ton of clothing that was mildly priced as well.

Navy Pier

The Navy Pier is a really nice attraction. I loved how it’s out on Lake Michigan with the city skyline in the opposite direction. The views were amazing. Navy Pier also had a bunch of great souvenir shops, something that I didn’t see elsewhere in Chicago. We didn’t get on any rides or take a boat ride because there was a really bad overcast, but had the weather been different, I would have loved to take a boat ride. We did take a stroll through the Smith Museum, which was really nice. I’ve never been to a stained glass museum before, so I was taken aback by the different arrangements.

Taste Buds Food Tour

This was an excellent tour. Our tour guide was amazing!! He was well-versed and quite knowledgeable. We not only got to sample different foods from different restaurants, but we also got a history lesson on this great city. I don’t eat pork or beef, which made it a little difficult for me. However, the tour guide tried his best to work with the restaurants to provide me with something that I could eat.  We went to Portillos, Mitchell’s Soda Shop, Downtown Hot dogs, Devon’s Seafood and Lawry’s. I was satisfied with everything I was given up until Lawry’s. They gave me a slider bun with lettuce, tomatoes, & cucumbers. It was nasty.

During our visit, we stayed at the Embassy Suites at Rosemont near the O’Hare airport. It was a bit of a distance to downtown, but thankfully the L-Train was located within walking distance from our hotel. It was convenient during the day, but we weren’t able to enjoy the nightlife because of the time it would have taken to get to and from. With that said, next time I will rent a car to participate in the night life and use the L-Train during the day.

Overall, Chicago is a great city to visit. For those thinking about visiting, with so much to do, I would suggest making an itinerary before hitting the city. While public transportation makes it easy for you to travel within the city, it helps to know where things are in proximity to one another. One thing that we learned while visiting is that a lot of attractions are in groups, so it was easier to knock out a particular group and head to the next. With everything planned out, you will definitely get the best experience.

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