A couple weeks ago, Rob went to Atlanta for a conference and I decided to come along and do fun stuff while he works. You may remember he’s been to this conference in Atlanta a few years ago, but it was in Midtown. However, this year they did the conference in downtown Atlanta. We stayed at the swanky Marriott Marquis Atlanta.
I always remember this hotel for the really cool view as you look up or down from the 42nd floor. Apparently, a couple scenes from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 were filmed there.
We took a half day the day we drove into Atlanta. We checked in to our hotel, got settled in and hung out for little while before heading to the conference check in/meet and greet. The meet and greet was at the Georgia Beer Garden. Lots of unique beers and the cool thing is that they will let you sample before buying. Always a good thing when there are so many options.
After the beer garden, the party moved over to the Joystick, which basiclaly just an arcade for adults. We were there with one of Rob’s coworkers who is into gaming so we obliged for a bit before leaving and heading to dinner.
We decided to try Fogo de Chao. Ever been to a Brazilian Steakhouse? It’s definitely worth a try. Go hungry and with deep pockets.
The next day Rob went off to his conference. I hung out in the room for a bit before heading out for lunch. I ended up eating at the Braves All Star Grill. I had the taco plate, which were ok. Cool atmosphere. Maybe better to go to socialize and watch a game. Or maybe the tacos just aren’t that great.
After leaving there, I walked over to the Centennial Olympic Park. As many times as I’ve been there, I’ve never really taken the time to get some good pics.
That evening was a private social event at the Georgia Aquarium. We had free reign of the aquarium for an hour and half and then we went to the ballroom for dinner and drinks and more fish watching if we so desired. I loved being there late. Lots less crowds, however some of the animals were ready for bedtime (penguins, otters, etc). A few years ago I wrote a post about the Georgia Aquarium if you’d like to know more.
After food, drinks and fish watching, we walked over to the fountains at Centennial Park for the show. They put on a show with the fountains synchronized with music, which I highly recommend if you’re there in the evening around 9pm, I believe.
See more pics of our time in Atlanta here.