I knew I wanted to go the moment I saw it advertised. Luckily it was in Atlanta, and my husband is a huge Braves fan. Plus, the conference was right around my birthday/our anniversary, and we were looking to travel somewhere relatively inexpensive. So we decided we'd make a whole trip of it and spend an entire week in Atlanta.
In January we booked our very inexpensive flight and got a great deal on a 4-star hotel through Hotwire. It was working out perfectly. I thought I'd hold off buying Haven tickets a few more months just to avoid spending so much money all at once.
It never crossed my mind other people might want to go to Haven too...and that there might be a limited amount of tickets. When I went to purchase my ticket the first week of April, I discovered they had sold out the week before. WHAT?!
I was totally heartbroken. I'm sure Atlanta is cool and all, but we probably would have chosen somewhere else to spend a week if it weren't for Haven. I know I should have thought about tickets selling quickly, but it truly just didn't occur to me that a mid-June conference would be sold out by April.
Well, I placed myself on the waiting list and Matt and I made other plans for the week. There's plenty to do in Atlanta to keep ourselves entertained.
A few months ago, the sweet Rhoda from Southern Hospitality emailed me to let me know that since I had already booked my flights and hotels they were going to offer me a ticket. I was ecstatic!! I had truly given up hope of going, so this was so amazing to me. I now know that God had a plan for me to be there so I'm extra excited to see what I'll learn, who I'll meet and the opportunities that might come from this conference. God has already dropped a business in my lap, so it keeps me wondering what else he has in store!
I am so excited not only for Haven but also for a week on vacation with Matt. Here are our plans for ATL:
- Two Braves games
- Dinner at Bones steakhouse for our anniversary
- The Georgia Aquarium
- A tour of Turner Field
- A local brewery tour
- Lunch at the Busy Bee Cafe
- Antiquing at Queen of Hearts antique mall
- A day trip to Savannah and the beach!
- Golfing for Matt
If you have any other great tips, restaurants, shops, antique malls, etc. that you know about in Atlanta, I would love to hear about them! Our trip is planned purely on internet research, so we'd love to hear what's fun and unique if you have any ideas!
I'm not gonna lie...I'm pretty nervous about going to Haven. I'm not terribly outgoing in groups of people I don't know and the thought of meeting big time bloggers is really nerve racking to me. Plus I feel like my blog is so small and "different," so I'm a little worried about fitting in. I know all of that is silly, and it's typical "girl stuff" to think, but I really am kind of nervous. I know it will be great and I am so excited to go, but just send up a prayer for me that I'll make a few friends and feel really comfortable while I'm there : )
I'll be sure to take tons of pictures of Haven, the flea market, Atlanta and more to share with you all. I'll see you guys when I get back!
PS- the pictures in this post make up my "dream home" - the favorite photo from each of my "room" Pinterest boards. Isn't it pretty? : ) You can check all my boards out here.