This is my first TR…hope you indulge me in my wordiness
Friday morning, we kissed the dog goodbye at 8:45 and set out on our way. (He made us promise to bring him back some monogrammed mouse ears.) By 9:00 we were heading South on 75 through Atlanta for a last minute trip to The Dolphin. We couldn’t pass up a $99.00 per night deal discovered right here…who doesn’t LOVE the ‘buzz!
After a few stops at some filthy gas station bathrooms – apparently toilet cleaner doesn’t exist in South Georgia - we arrived. (I think I permanently damaged DB’s eardrum with my screams of delight as we passed under the Welcome Home archway!)
We walked in about 4:30 to a nearly empty lobby. Check in was efficient and friendly – I so appreciate great customer service - and after a quick freshen-up, we set out to tour the hotel. (Oh, about our room – I don’t know what we must have done right in a former life, but we ended up in a corner room with two balconies and gorgeous views of the Boardwalk and Epcot. Room was a bit tired – peeling caulking around tub, and a few other small things – but overall, lovely.)
We’ve never been to the Swolphin before (quick drive-bys don’t count), so we wanted to get a lay of the land. Since the kids aren’t with us this trip, and we’re not planning on cramming every attraction in every park into 3 days, we’re focusing on eating and drinking our way through the weekend!
After checking out all the restaurants at The Swolphin (DB LOVED bluezoo! He’s an architect, and he truly appreciates interesting and inventive interiors), we walked over to the Boardwalk. We scoped out all the restaurants there, and commented that the place felt like a ghost town. On a Friday evening about 6PM, we were practically the only people walking around…and NO ONE was eating in the restaurants. We walked over to Epcot, and peered across the water…again, nearly empty.
We decided on Kimono’s at The Swan for dinner…such a beautifully calm and peaceful atmosphere. At 6:30, we walked in without a reservation to find only two other couples in the restaurant. The seaweed salad, edamame, California Roll and Cajun Roll were good, but not outstanding. The Asparagus Tempura Roll and a Soft Shell Crab Roll were the best we’ve both ever tasted, hands down! By the time we left a few more people had wandered in, but we still felt like we were in some sort of post-apocalyptic world.
As we were walking out, we were lucky enough to run into Timone…and just HAD to have our pics taken.
As the sun was setting (and creating an almost surreal glow against the buildings) we took a quick tour of the pool (DB has nicknamed it Hef’s Grotto) and the pool bar – (LOVE the cabanas!), we headed back to the room…yes, we reluctantly admitted to each other that we are OLD…a 7 hour drive makes us tired, and we were back in our room by 8PM. As the perfect ending to our day, we watched the Illuminations fireworks from our balcony…magical!