Mom and I have just spent three and a half wonderful hours in the 29 Spa at the Mansion on Peachtree and I’m questioning why I haven’t made this a post-finals ritual for the past three years (not that English finals stress me out, but it’s a good enough excuse). 29 Spa, which was created by Lydia Mondavi, as in the winemakers, is true to its vineyard heritage: everything smells like grape seeds, which is probably one of the best scents on earth. This past January, I stayed in the Mansion at the Virtuoso Southeastern regional meeting and fell in love. Between the giant bath, comfy beds, and the portrait panel that lifts to reveal the television, this hotel is just top-notch. To begin Mom’s birthday celebration, we booked a night here before our NYC-bound departure in the morning.
We happen to meet two costume designers while eating lunch in the relaxation room and bond over our (brief) time on the set of the Vampire Diaries. Small world, but it makes me realize how lost I was a couple of years ago, career-wise. Working as an extra was my last-ditch effort to try my hand in the Film/TV industry, and it was enough to turn all of my strengths toward travel. Thank goodness.
For dinner, we went to Craft, which, I’m going to be honest, I was not crazy about. I’m just not a frou-frou food kind of girl. I need to work on refining my taste buds – Seabourn certainly opened me up to a whole new world of truffles and champagne. We wrap up the night with an unsuccessful shopping trip to Phipps and Lenox… hopefully we’ll have better luck in NYC.