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  • Writer's pictureDorteaPatrice

Updated: May 26, 2021

Hello everyone, I hope you guys are doing well! The weather has been absolutely beautiful the past few weeks and I'm slowly getting out and exploring. Last Saturday, I had the opportunity to partner with Visit Milledgeville and enjoy a day of shopping, dining, and kayaking. All the establishments downtown Milledgeville are open and ready to serve you, covid protocols are in place.

I started my morning with a guided kayak float with the Oconee Outfitters. Oconee Outfitters is a locally owned full service bike and outdoor equipment shop. They offer kayak rental, bicycle rental and repair, canoe rental, and paddle board rental. I've been kayaking twice with a partner but this was my first time kayaking alone and I'm so proud that I overcame my fear, thanks to our guide. Adam provided instruction on the techniques of kayaking and education on the history of Milledgeville.

Downtown Milledgeville has a great selection of restaurants. For lunch, I ate at Bollywood Tacos, hands down the BEST tacos I've ever eaten, the seasoning was delicious. They were so good I ate there twice in one weekend lol. Bollywood Tacos specializes in Mexican-Indian fusion tacos. If you love Mexican food or want to try something different, I highly recommend.

For supper, I ate at The Reel Grill. The Reel Grill offers upscale food with a casual feel, it's known for their delicious steak and seafood. I ordered the stuffed chicken; stuffed with bacon and spinach; with a side of garlic mashed potatoes, and squash casserole and it was delicious!

I love shopping at boutiques, especially in college towns because they offer unique, trendy pieces. I visited The French Vill Edge, it's an in store and online boutique and The Chatter Boutique. I bought a pair of black denim shorts and a pair of skinny jeans, you'll see both on my Instagram feed soon.

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  • Writer's pictureDorteaPatrice

Updated: Mar 15, 2020

Happy New Year everyone, I hope you all had a blessed and safe holiday season! When is the last time you did something that scared you? When you live in fear you're putting limits on your life. I made a decision years ago to face my fears one by one. I started the new year off with a new adventure. One characteristic I love about myself is that I'm spontaneous. I woke up early Monday morning and wanted a new experience so I booked a flight to Denver, Colorado to leave in three days! If you know me, you know I highly dislike cold weather so for me to visit Colorado in the winter it's totally different.

My vacation dates were from January 2-7, 2020. I flew from Atlanta < > Denver. I stayed at the AC Hotel Denver (the new Marriott). Since this was my first visit to Colorado, I wanted to stay downtown and commute to the ski resort because I love to explore. All the attractions were in walking distance from the hotel; restaurants, entertainment, and shopping. Attractions I visited: 16th St Mall- mile long mall located downtown Denver. Rocky Mountain National Park, Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater- open air amphitheater built into a rock structure. Winter Park Resort.

Winter Park Resort is a 67 mile commute from Denver. The commute was scenic and beautiful but a little scary when you're not used to driving in snow. Upon arrival I rented ski gear. I wanted a fashionable ski suit so I ordered mine online before leaving and had it delivered to the hotel. Since this was my first time skiing, I took ski lessons. It was a group of six people with one instructor. I highly recommend ski lessons if it's your first time, knowledge reduces fear.

Travel tips: layer up, pack waterproof clothing items (puffer/coat), sweaters, thermal, ear muffs, mittens, snow boots, and hand/foot warmers. Do not pack cotton t-shirts. That's my recap of my first ski experience, I hope this information is helpful as you plan your vacation! Thank You for reading, feel free to Like, Share, and or leave a Comment below.

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  • Writer's pictureDorteaPatrice

February is the month of Love! A lot of people celebrated Galentine's Day, Valentine's Day, or both. This was my first year celebrating Galentine's Day. Galentine's Day is observed February 13, the day before Valentine's Day. Galentine's Day celebrates platonic friendships, usually among women. I was hosted by Sonesta Gwinnett Place Atlanta to celebrate Galentine's Day with an over night stay and a full itinerary.

When I arrived at Sonesta Gwinnett Place Atlanta, I instantly fell in love with their bold, independent-minded aesthetic woven throughout their lobbies, restaurants to their meeting spaces, and rooms. The room was spacious, had a luxurious feel for a very reasonable price. (Rooms start at only $94 per night). Sonesta Gwinnett Place Atlanta is located in Duluth, Ga.; in the greater Atlanta community. Recently renovated 17 story hotel with 300 guest rooms, including 5 suites and the Preferred Level for business guests. In addition the hotel features ArtBar, a gastro pub with signature dishes and drinks in a local art-inspired atmosphere. Grapevine Restaurant, which is open for breakfast and lunch. A private dining room for small groups and intimate special events, plus an indoor/outdoor swimming pool, health club, sundeck, and free parking. Whether a visit for business or for pleasure, Sonesta Gwinnett's amenities, services, and attentive staff aim to exceed individual guest needs and expectations.

After I settled in, I met up with the other bloggers in the suite. The suite was setup up nicely with heavy horderves, desserts, and a mimosa bar provided by the ArtBar. We had dinner reservations at the Art Bar. The ArtBar at Sonesta Gwinnett is open daily for dinner. The ArtBar provides guest and visitors with a cultural dining experience, complete with locally inspired seasonal dishes, Southern fare, as well as installations by featured local artists. My meal consisted of: Starters: pimento cheese fritters, deviled eggs, blackened shrimp and grits. Salad: Spinach salad. Entree: caramel crusted salmon with edamame basmatic rice, garlic broccolini, lemon beurre blanc. Dessert: Banana Bread Pudding. The meal was spectacular. After dinner, we attended a play at the Aurora Theatre. After the play, we returned to the hotel and ended our evening.


The following morning we enjoyed a delicious complimentary breakfast at the Grapevine Restaurant. The Grapevine Restaurant offers a bright and airy venue with a menu that provides something for everyone.

If you're in need of an escape or a romantic night or two, I highly recommend Sonesta Gwinnett Place Atlanta. They have a special offer right now for a Romance Package; website provided below for additional information.

Sonesta Gwinnett Place Atlanta

1775 Pleasant Hill Road

Duluth, GA 30096

United States

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