A Great Date in Atlanta, Georgia for Couples!

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as i mentioned yesterday, my husband told me he had a surprise for me for a fun place to get lunch (he knows food makes me insanely happy). he also knows surprises tend to increase my anxiety (i know…sometimes i’m no fun) but he’s getting much better at feeling out what’s appropriate and not. for instance… a lunch surprise is typically manageable for me. a surprise trip…not so manageable.

we drove a few minutes into the heart of Atlanta, Georgia and he pointed to the top of the Westin hotel and said “we are eating on the 72nd floor at the Sun Dial Restaurant!” here’s the view from the ground.

relationship blog sun dial toweri was really excited because he ate at this restaurant all by his lonesome 4 years earlier when he was on a mobile marketing tour with NIKE and said it’s definitely in the top places he’s ever eaten (ahhh unintentional pun but so good).

it takes 85 looooong seconds to shoot up to the top of this restaurant and part of me hoped it would be like willy wonka and we’d blast out of the top and then the other part of me started having some anxiety if that were to really happen. it did not happen.

look at this spectacular view. it was breathtaking and a little dizzying but i got used to it. this place spins slowly around and it takes about an hour to make a full circle to view the whole city.

relationship blog sundial restaurant atlanta travel

TIP: don’t set your purse or anything else near the window because you will  spin away from it and then run through the restaurant looking for your purse like i saw 2 women do so i instantly moved mine.

when we first sat down, that pole (pictured below) was directly in front of our table where my husband, always wanting to give me the best experience, said “can we have the table next to it so we don’t have that pole in front of us, please?” the waitress looked at him and said “this is a moving restaurant, sir. it should be out of your way in about 2 minutes.” hahah this was hilarious to me and we had a great laugh.

i also recommend getting some champagne, it helps with the dizziness. actually it sort of adds to it but in a more fun way!

relationship blog travel sundial restaurant chelsea averywe had a delectable lunch. it was a flavor explosion. i ordered the apple walnut salad, which consisted of french toasted brie, dried cranberries, spiced pecans and pears, mixed greens, and sorghum mustard vinaigrette. i thought i was impressed in California when i had little hunks of brie on my salad but this took it to a new level…

relationship blog brie salad sundial restaurantit was SO good. my husband ordered the chef’s special which was a koby beef burger, had some sort of bacon aioli, brie cheese on that (have you  noticed a brie theme here). i may have eaten half of his sandwich (i did but i gave him some of my salad so we are kinda even).

relationship blog ryan avery speaker atlanta travelit was amazing to look out the window every few  minutes and see a new perspective over the very fun city of Atlanta. we talked about how much this tour has afforded us, like the ability to not only travel and see our country but that we get to do this together. it felt good to just be husband and wife as opposed to coworkers, which can be a tricky thing to balance when you go into business together.

(in the below picture i am totally covering up the 4 different spots where i spilled something on their nice white table clothes. you can’t take me anywhere).

relationship blog ryan and chelsea avery sundial restuarant atlantawe both highly recommend this place for a great date if you are ever in Atlanta, Georgia. it was a unique experience that made you feel both very small and also like you were on top of the world.

the new wifestyle: it’s even more important once you go into business together that you take time to first and foremost be life partners before business partners.
1) are you afraid of heights?
2) what’s one of the best views you’ve had a restaurant?
3) what date(s) did you go on with your sweetie this weekend?


  1. Heather Hawkins

    November 24, 2013 at 10:44 am

    1) Nick is afraid of heights FOR me. So I can’t go near the edge of anything because it sets his anxiety off. There is a glass railing at the mall and Nick makes a cute little Squee sound whenever the baby or I go anywhere close to it.
    2) I’ve been in a rotating restaurant but I don’t think I really spent time looking around. I was too busy staring at the food, lol.
    3) No dates this weekend, but we are going as a family to the day of the doctor in 3D at the movie theatre tomorrow. Very excited!!!!!

    • Nick

      November 24, 2013 at 12:04 pm

      except i can climb scaffolding and rigging without much issue 🙂

      • chelsea

        November 26, 2013 at 9:42 am

        no way! that’s pretty crazy but hey whatever works for you Nick! 🙂

    • chelsea

      November 26, 2013 at 9:41 am

      haha i could see that. there are certain things i cannot see Ravery do either! sounds like a good restaurant if you were consumed by the food mmm. i hope you had an excellent time at the movies! sounds like a fun family outing!

  2. Paula Howley

    November 24, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    1. I am only afraid of real heights. for example, I am not afraid of going in a tall building but you have to pay me big bucks to jump off a high dive and climbing a ladder is freaky too.
    2. the Westin in Detroit has a restaurant identical to the one you’re in. Can’t even remember the name of it now but same thing- revolving restaurant up very high. It’s up high enough that you can’t see the detail how awful Detroit has become but you can still see windsor across the river.
    3. We went to a Christmas party (yes, already!) on Friday night where I performed and Lloyd said that was the best part of the night. 🙂

    • chelsea

      November 26, 2013 at 9:45 am

      ah good distinction Paula! i hadn’t thought of it that way. again…totally the same as YOU! no to high dives and ladders over here. haha we are headed near Detroit next week so i will have to ask around to see if that restaurant still exists! wow, very cool that you performed at a christmas party (wow that is pretty early) and that your hubs said that was the best part-awww yay! hooray!

  3. Tom

    November 24, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    1. Not if there’s solid footing under me.
    2. Seattle Space Needle’s SKYCITY RESTAURANT. 500 ft up – that’s only about 50 stories. It was 1966
    3. Date? At my age? After 35 years of marriage? But I did go to Micky Dees and bring home two Big Macs and large fries.

    • chelsea

      November 26, 2013 at 9:47 am

      we have yet to make it to the space needle in Seattle Tom but i hear it’s excellent! good thing we are headed back to the pacific northwest to check it out. awww dates are any time you and your sweetie go out together, Ravery and i like to always refer to those as dates because it makes it feel special (though we are going on 7 years of being together as opposed to 35 🙂 hope you enjoyed your fries-YUM!

  4. marc gabris

    November 25, 2013 at 11:49 am

    that looks like a lot of fun! this restaurant reminds me of the seattle space needle. it is fun to read your quirky thoughts about the things you enjoy.

    1) i’m afraid of heights, but am determined to go skydiving some day; kinda like ryan and bungee jumping.
    2) the space needle was awesome!
    3) i took my girl to see the hunger games 2 in el dorado hills! it was a good time. i’m usually health conscious and cheap so i don’t buy popcorn and soda, but because i had a free small soda coupon and an hour wait in line for this movie; i surprised her with a large popcorn and soda. sometimes it surprises me how happy little things like that make her. i’m not complaining!

    • chelsea

      November 26, 2013 at 9:49 am

      thanks for reading my quirky thoughts Marc and commenting 🙂 good for you with facing your fears and wanting to go sky-diving! Ravery says skydiving is SO fun and bungee jumping is terrifying…he wants to do it again too! sounds like we definitely need to add ‘visit the space needle while in Seattle’ to our list 🙂

      so sweet that you surprised your girlfriend with a large popcorn and soda! you are so right that it’s often amazing how the little things and surprises really mean a lot 🙂 hope you liked the movie!

  5. junebugroseanne

    November 25, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    I visited Atlanta a number of years ago on company business. I had one day to myself, and I visited both the Coca Cola factory and the Art Museum. I remember how cool it was to see a real Vincent Van Gogh. I am enjoying your travel posts a lot and read them with great interest always! I am crazy busy and can’t post something for every blog, but I read them all, just the same! I’m so happy to hear that, after traveling the world over, you’ve decided that you like Portland best. Safe travels to you both until you return!

    • chelsea

      November 26, 2013 at 9:51 am

      wow that does sound like fun June! we walked around the outside the coco cola factory but didn’t tour it-looked impressive though. how amazing that you also got to see a real Van Gogh! thanks for always reading along June…my loyal reader from the very first point 🙂 hope you are doing excellent and hope to see you in PDX!