I stayed here on the first night of my cross country trip from North Carolina to California. I'd been warned that Mobile can be a bit rough, and this hotel is just West of downtown. I was a little nervous about leaving anything valuable in the car, as I saw a few questionable individuals hanging out in the parking lot. But, the customer service at the hotel was great, and I can't say enough kind things about the lady running the front desk. The value of the hotel was good. The hotel is located along a strip of low budget hotels. There are a few restaurants nearby, but I opted to go to The Brick Pit, after seeing its reviews on UrbanSpoon.The beds at the hotel were pretty basic, the room didn't smell great, and the mattress had seen better days... but it was clean!
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Hands down, the best onion rings I've ever had. I came here on a recommendation from a friend. I was starting out on my cross country trip from North Carolina to California, so I swung by The Varsity for lunch. We opted to go into the restaurant, rather than go through the drive-in (easily, the largest drive-in I've ever seen). I was greeted with a chorus of "What'll ya have?!" as I walked in, though the entire restaurant was bustling, the employees were still attentive to patrons walking in. I ordered 2 chili dogs and onion rings. The chili dogs were exceptional, but I still dream about those onion rings. The prices were pretty decent, albeit a bit high.
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Sweetwater Brewing is a staple of the South, so when I moved to California from North Carolina last November, I knew I had to make a pitstop in Atlanta to the source of the sweet brews. I opted for the $14 entry to the tasting room, which donated a portion of those proceeds to a local charity and rewarded me with a deluxe pint glass and three tickets for tasters (about half pints). The tasting room had about a dozen beers on tap, and was large enough to fill 60-70 people comfortably. The tasting room opens up on a large split level patio, and the weather that day was beautiful, so most people opted to play cornhole or socialize on the patio. The tasting room is dog-friendly, so my pup accompanied me, and we encountered at least a dozen other patrons with their canine friends. If I lived in Atlanta, the place would be one of my local watering holes, and indeed, many of the people I talked with in the tasting room indicated that they were locals.
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The Peachoid is a feature on an episode of one of my favorite shows, "House of Cards". I've driven by countless times, but as I was moving from North Carolina to California, I decided to stop by the water tower and snap some photos. The landmark is really unique, and a signature of the state of South Carolina. Worth a stop. Incredibly easy to get to off the highway; just follow the signs when you exit I-85. Check out my photos and feel free to share your comments and experiences on my website!