Atlanta Girl Mom Weekend { & Giveaway!}

by Sami

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My daughter and I recently went on an Atlanta Girl Mom Weekend.

sami cone mom car road trip

With my daughter quickly approaching the age of nine, I knew it was time for us to have “the talk”.

Well, maybe not exactly the talk that you all are thinking of, but I talk nonetheless about what it means to become a young lady.

After surveying my friends with daughters a little older than my own, I had heard of a great resource from American girl. They have a book series called The Care and Keeping of You: The Body Book for Younger Girls. They just came out with a revised edition and they also have The Care and Keeping of You 2: The Body Book for Older Girls. This book, written by Dr. Cara Natterson (yes, a doctor wrote it!) has all the technical information you could ever hope to share with your daughter, but presented in a way that she actually understands it. In fact, my daughter couldn’t put the book down!

care and keeping you book american girl

I had hoped I would find an event center surround the book at one of their stores, but it seems that has not been developed yet. So in lieu of an actual care and keeping of you event, we created our own!

I actually gave my daughter the book the week before we left so she could start reading through it and give us something to talk about on our drive.

Since Atlanta is just a short 4 Hour drive from Nashville, we decided to make a weekend out of going to see some of Atlanta’s newest and favorite landmarks, as a mother and daughter pair, as well as an early birthday trip to the American Girl Boutique and Bistro in Marietta.

The weekend was a huge success! Let me share just a few of our favorite highlights and photos:

Atlanta Girl Mom Weekend

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World of Coca Cola

We drove right into the city and our first stop was the World of Coca Cola. I completed my undergrad degree at Emory University and let me tell you, this is an ENTIRELY new World of Coke experience from when I lived in Atlanta in the 90’s! We probably only spent an hour here and Kariss wasn’t as interested in the Secret Recipe Vault as she was in the 4D movie experience. Of course, no trip to the World of Coca Cola would be complete without the tasting room, where you can sample Coca Cola made beverages from all over the world. Kariss actually tasted her very first sip of classic Coke ever! Her review: “It was sprickly!!”

world of coke atlanta girl mom weekend

Georgia Aquarium

Located just across the grass from the World of Coca Cola sits the amazingly stunning structure that houses the GA Aquarium. No, really, the building itself is incredible! But what’s housed inside this beautiful structure is perhaps even more incredible. We were most enamored with the sea creature ‘petting’ areas, the underwater walkway, and our ultimate favorite, the Dolphin Experience! (Kariss even made me sit in the Splash Zone!).

ga aquarium girl mom weekend

Centennial Olympic Park

Even though we were tired of walking for hours, I simply had to show Kariss the history of Centennial Olympic Park – located just across the street from the World of Coca Cola & the GA Aquarium. I actually graduated from college in 1996 and was privileged to work during the Olympics, so it was special to now be able to bring my daughter back to this site.

centennial olympic park atlanta girl mom weekend

Residence Inn Alpharetta

After enjoying our afternoon in downtown Atlanta, we drove outside the perimeter to what would be our home for the next two nights, the Residence Inn Alpharetta. American Girl graciously set up an American Girl Experience for us there, but ANYONE can take advantage of this – and let me tell you – it TRULY was the highlight of the trip for Kariss. Not only did they welcome her with a special pink rope and pink carpet, but they truly treated her like a VIP during every aspect of our stay! From the goodies awaiting us in our room to the American Girl signature pink accents (even hangers!), it truly was everything we hoped the experience would be: great service, wonderful rooms and even free breakfast. We’d go back there in a heartbeat.

residence inn alpharetta american girl experience

American Girl Atlanta Boutique & Bistro

So obviously, this was the pinnacle of the weekend for Kariss – so much so that we visited TWICE in our three day stay! I’m going to have to share all the details in a separate post since there’s just so many great memories and photos, but let me try to do a quick re-cap here:
We started late Saturday morning with a visit to the Doll Hair Salon and then moved on to lunch at the American Girl Bistro (honestly, I would return to the bistro just for their Strawberry Salad…it was that good!). We upgraded our lunch experience (just a few dollars more) and that included a special tiara for both Kariss and her doll, as well as a sweet goody bag including a t-shirt for her doll and even an entire birthday cake and serenade. Delish! After almost four hours in the store, she finally agreed to leave, but only on the terms that we returned the next day.

On Sunday, we came back for two free events they were hosting, the Saige Hot Air Balloon craft and the Saige Scavenger Hunt. We definitely liked the latter better, and Kariss was particularly excited to get a free poster after completing the adventure. Really, I’ll have to share more details soon.

atlanta girl mom weekend american girl saige

Milton’s Cuisine

When I asked Jade at the Residence Inn Alpharetta about where we MUST eat while in Alpharetta, without missing a beat, he answered Milton’s Cuisine. He was totally right. You can read my entire Milton’s restaurant review here, but after enjoying some amazing food and touring the back acre, we truly feel like part of the Milton’s family.

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I think more important than anything when planning a trip like this is just making the time to get away. Of course my daughter loved everything that we did together, but the thing that she loved most about the weekend with the fact that it was just the two of us together.

I want to help one of you be able to re-create the same memories with your daughter, so I’m offering an Atlanta girl mom weekend giveaway!

Atlanta Girl Mom Weekend Giveaway

One lucky reader will win the following:
* Two tickets to the world of Coca-Cola
* Two tickets to the Georgia aquarium
* Lunch for two at the American Girl Bistro in Atlanta

Just enter below!
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I want to thank all the entities above who graciously invited my daughter and I to spend time with them and make some memories we’ll never forget. I hope this inspires you to visit them and do the same!

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Sheri Fuchser August 5, 2013 - 1:48 pm

My daughter and I haven’t had the opportunity to go away for the weekend, but when my husband and her brother have gone (lucky ducks) somewhere, we had our weekend alone together at home. This Mother Daughter trip would be our first and it would be AWESOME!

donna August 5, 2013 - 12:14 pm

I would love to see the aquarium.

Kristen August 5, 2013 - 12:13 pm

I don’t have a daughter, but would love a weekend with my niece!

Kirsten August 5, 2013 - 12:11 pm

I have not taken a trip with just my daughter. I guess because of the expense. Maybe my husband will not be jealous if it was during football season!

Wendy Pickering August 5, 2013 - 12:07 pm

Would love to enjoy this experience with my girls!

Kirsten August 5, 2013 - 12:04 pm

My daughter has been wanting to visit the Georgia Aquarium! I would love to take her there and to the American Girl Store in Atlanta!

ValerieL August 4, 2013 - 12:31 pm

I really do love the Care & Keeping of You books too. I think it would be so fun to go to coca cola world & the GA aquarium (we’ve never been there) And I would only have to buy 1 extra ticket for the 3 of us to go! We’ve only been to AG in Chicago, it would be fun to go to another one. And my sister-in-law lives in Alpharetta so we would have a place to stay while visiting!

ellen casper August 4, 2013 - 11:20 am

yes and it’s quality one on one time

Denise August 3, 2013 - 10:14 am

Little girl, aka Mini Me, and I have not taken a weekend by ourselves. Her twin brother and her had only started to have alone time with my husband and I and their grandparents for weekends. They needed to start developing time with just us or their grandparents. So it is about time that little girl and I had a great weekend away.

rachelle jones July 31, 2013 - 9:16 pm

I’ve never taken a trip with just me and my mini me, so I would love to take this mini vaca!

Amy July 31, 2013 - 9:12 pm

We love visiting Atlanta!

Tricia July 31, 2013 - 8:15 am

Found your blog today and love it. I actually have 2 daughters that haven’t got to do anything special with the past 2 yrs. just try to do things together at home.

Tricia July 31, 2013 - 8:13 am

Found your blog today and love it. I actually have 2 daughters that haven’t got to do anything special with the past 2 yrs.

Trisha Dowling July 30, 2013 - 9:13 pm

i have not, i have 4 kids. i havent had the opportunity!!

Andrea Jones July 30, 2013 - 6:14 pm

My kids and I love the World of Coke and the GA aquarium. We have not made it to the American Girl store but would love to go. Sounds like a great getaway! (and I would have to stop at the Varsity for a frosted orange)

kacey July 30, 2013 - 11:53 am

sounds fun!!

Denise July 30, 2013 - 8:44 am

Sounds incredible and would love to do the same with my 10 year old

Mindy July 30, 2013 - 8:41 am

Would love to win!!

Adrianne B July 29, 2013 - 10:11 pm

I take weekends away with my daughter often!!

lana July 29, 2013 - 8:37 pm

I would feel awful leaving one of my children behind

Jo July 25, 2013 - 4:15 pm

No i have not taken a weekend with my kid yet. If i didit was spent a home. 🙂

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