Not everyone can take a week or two for a honeymoon immediately after their wedding day, but even if you plan to take a longer trip later, at Snippet & Ink we believe in spending at least a day or two enjoying your newlywed status before launching back into “real life” – even if that means a stay-cation in your hometown, or a mini-moon somewhere nearby. With that in mind, we’ve asked some of our favorite bloggers to share their ideas for a mini-moon, starting with the lovely Ginny Branch and her hometown of Atlanta.
Although I was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia I really never appreciated how truly cool this city really is. It took my return to my hometown after a 3 year stint in New York to see beyond the World of Coke and The Varsity. This city is a foodie’s wonderland and some of the best eatin’ south of the Mason Dixon line. And our shopping scene has finally stepped up its game thanks to areas like Virginia Highlands and the Westside. Now when people ask where to go shopping I no longer have to point them toward a mall. Phew.
Edibles & Potables:
1. The Optimist: Ford Fry’s Fish Camp & Oyster Bar has not lost an ounce of steam after Esquire’s crowning it “Restaurant of the Year” in 2012. This place oozes great design wherever you look and the food doesn’t disappoint.
2. The Pie Shop: Dangerously good pies. Mims Bledsoe clearly makes these pies with love and quite possibly a little bit of magic. I recommend getting a few to sample because it would be a disservice to just try one.
4. Cacao: Who doesn’t need a little chocolate with their espresso? Atlanta’s chocolatier employs the use of time-honored, traditional chocolate making processes combined with high-quality organic ingredients. The Love Bar is worth sharing… or enjoying all by yourself.
5. Hugh Acheson’s Empire State South is outstanding and a place where you could order blindly and walk away completely and utterly happy. This place is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and is equally as delicious any time of day. Noteworthy moments are the Phatty Cakes in the am, and the In Jars in the pm.
6. Holeman & Finch: This is the place to go for bespoke cocktails and a guaranteed thumbs up from your man. Although neither quiet nor intimate, this watering hole is the perfect place to reward your husband for a day of humoring you while you shop.
7. Abattoir: This brings me to my absolute favorite restaurant. Chef Anne Quattrano is the grande dame of this city. Almost every Atlantan chef worth his salt has cut his teeth in one of Anne’s kitchens. Don’t let the meat-heavy menu intimidate you, there are options for even the most discerning of vegetarians and ladylike of eaters.
8. Brunch being my favorite meal of the day is one I take very seriously. My trifecta of happiness goes to Sun in my Belly, Rise and Dine, and Buttermilk Kitchen. I recommend wearing a pair of elastic-waistband pants and bringing your best appetite. Follow with a nap.
Places to Shop & Things to See:
1. Speaking of Anne Quattrano, Star Provisions is my dream store. It boasts the DNA of a general store but with high brow sundries. I, on far too many occasions, have justified yet another hand carved wooden spoon or fog linen tea towel, much to my husband’s chagrin.
2. The Goat Farm is home to my studio I share with floral & event designer Amy Osaba, not to mention a variety of some of the best artists, photographers, and chefs in town. A little bit of a hidden gem, this re-envisioned Cotton Gin Factory is now a creative hub for concerts, film festivals, and art shows to name a few. Oh, and the filming location for The Walking Dead and The Hunger Games… NBD.
3. Kudzu Antique Mall: If antiques are more your speed, I highly recommend making a trip to Kudzu. Many a prop has found its way home with after a trip here.
4. Morgan Kylee: I had the privilege of going to highschool with the shop owner and so thrilled she has opened her successful boutique that boasts such brands as Rick Owens, Apiece Apart, and MiH.
5. Bella Cucina: Owner Alissa Barry knows how to create a beautiful life and thankfully you can buy a little bit of that fantasy at her store. My recommendation is to purchase one of her market totes and fill with jars of her pestos, infused salts, dipping crackers, and maybe a hand-carved bread board or two.
6. Seed Factory: This impeccably curated children’s boutique is worth a visit even if you don’t have children of your own. Here I satisfy my fix for Fog Linen women’s clothing and the heartbreaking beautiful, handmade dolls by Jess Brown.
7. It wouldn’t be a fair roundup of Atlanta without mentioning the tastemakers and smitten kitten husband and wife duo, Ann and Sid Mashburn. They are the authority on all things classic, preppy, and cool. I’m also confident they are responsible for igniting the dapper gentlemanly vibe that has infused Atlanta’s menswear scene.
8. An honorable mention, about an hour outside of Atlanta, is Serenbe, a sustainable community on a sprawling 1,000 acres of land. I am partially biased since this is where I married my husband, but this place is nothing short of magic. Walk the grounds and visit with the menagerie of chickens, goats, donkeys, and sheep or take a horseback riding lesson at the stables. The restaurants and shops nestled within the town are just as impressive as the majestic scenery. Trust me, it’s worth the drive.
Thank you Ginny! Check back all week for even more mini-moon ideas…