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TPC Travels ... #athens

Does a calendar get any more exciting than a day with a trip penciled on a date?  I love a good adventure and even a last minute one, a packed bag is always a good thing to have!  Don't you agree?
Last Saturday I took a day trip to Athens, Georgia to see my darling friend and shop owner Breckyn Alexander.  Breckyn and I met at the Summit last year and I love her style and her incredible passion for artists.  She is gorgeous, smart and amazing to be around.  I could get lost in conversations with her about her passion for design for hours.  

The trip came together rather last minute but it didn't feel that way when I arrived.  Breckyn planned a fabulous afternoon for us and I found myself madly in love with the city and not wanting to head home.  Something about a small town that I connect with, the quaint spots and everything within a small area.  It just makes so much sense.

I only spent a few hours in Athens so most of my tips for the city are recommendations from Breckyn and her darling friend Dominque.  They were chatting the whole time we were walking and the more food they spoke of the more I wanted to stay for a month!

To shop:

BMA at Home is a must ... the best jewelry, art and rugs.  Her turkish rug collection is fierce!

Agora Vintage ... the most incredible vintage store I have visited!
Sonia Says ... Breckyn reviews this as a top notch clothing boutique
Treehouse Kid and Craft ... Breckyn says this is her favorite childrens store
Heery's ... an Athens staple

To eat:

The National ... The National Tonic and stuffed dates were incredible.  I could have sat here all evening!!

Sea Bear ... Le Midi, the oysters and the seared okra!  They were amazing!!!  Possibly the best oysters I have ever eaten!!
Rooftop at Georgia Theatre for incredible drinks, food and the view
Last Resort ... Breckyn recommends the crab cakes
Big City Bread ... Breckyn goes for the soup! Oh, and the beer.
Ideal Bagel ... Breckyn says the lox bagel will change your life
Two Story Coffee ... Breckyn is a coffee addict and swears by it. 
Condor Chocolates ... need I say more?

To do:

Walk everywhere ... I loved that we parked to shop and dine.
Take in a band at the Georgia Theatre (Athens is known for its incredible music)

After falling in love with the city and Agora Vintage I will definitely be going back.  Athens is a short drive from the city and yet when you arrive you feel super far away.  I call that a win, win.

Thank you Breckyn for a wonderful day!  I will be back soon!!

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