I had a photo shoot near Atlanta this weekend, so I surprised my 7 year old daughter and took her with me so we could go to the American Girl store while we were there. A lot of you Moms have already experienced this with your daughter(s); but for those of you who haven’t, I decided to blog about the memorable experience and hopefully pass along a few helpful tips that some of my friends shared with me before our visit.
I highly recommend dining at Maggianno’s Italian restaurant in Buckhead on Peachtree RD NE or Cumberland Mall on your trip. The food is delicious and the service very good. It’s a restaurant chain and usually I like local flavor when I travel, but I’ve been eating there for years and think it’s a must when I’m in Atlanta. Plus, it’s always best when “I’ll take the huge, crazy portion size bowl of pasta” is followed by “I’m on vacation!”
The best tip my friend Pam gave me was the American Girl package at the Marriott Atlanta-Alpharetta
American Girl Store package includes:
• Deluxe accommodations for one weekend night
• Breakfast in Vidalia’s Restaurant included (special dining area was done in pink tablecloths)
• American Girl doll bed (yours to keep!) – limit one per stay
• Cookies and milk delivered to your room (for the doll too!)
• VIG card keepsake valid for a free dessert or snack in the hotel gift shop
American Girl Store Deluxe package includes the above plus:
• Deluxe American Girl hotel room complete with pink duvet and pink towels
• Matching American Girl robes* for girl and her doll to use during hotel stay
I chose the Deluxe package which was just a little more (maybe $30) than the standard package and worth every penny in my opinion. To see the look on my daughter’s face when she walked in the room and the beds were all made up in pink was priceless! There’s also an indoor pool. We didn’t have time to enjoy it this trip, but that’s another fun “treat” when you stay at this hotel. I’ll also mention that the staff was VERY friendly and treated Olivia like a very special guest!
Here are a few quick snapshots and comments from our trip I thought I would share with you…I admit I forgot to take a photo of the hair salon, but it’s an area in the store where they will do your doll’s hair any way you choose for $20. We passed on that service because I guess, just like Olivia, her doll Chrissa doesn’t like anything in her hair and just wants it down. 🙂
The absolute best thing about this trip, though, was being able to just slow down and have some one-on-one time with my daughter! More and more each day I am realizing how quickly she is growing up and I get to spend less time with her as school and activities get busier. Even though our physical destination was the American Girl store, my actual destination was sitting right beside me all along.