Posts Tagged ‘coffee’

The Best Coffee Shops Around Atlanta

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

white cup of coffee close up

We like the idea of visiting unique-to-the-city coffee shops on our travels. It’s a simple way to get a taste of the city, literally and figuratively. If you’re new to Atlanta, traveling to Atlanta, or even if you’ve lived in Atlanta a while, these coffee shops are definitely worth a visit.

1. Condessa Coffee – 480 John Wesley Dobbs Ave NE

Condessa Coffee is comfortably situated in Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward. The beverages are crafted with Counter Culture Coffee and Rishi Organic Tea – the kind of high-quality brands you can’t find at your local grocery store. They also serve beers from local breweries and mix up some of the finest cocktails around town. (more…)

A few coffee shops in Atlanta

Thursday, September 29th, 2011



Delicious, delicious coffee (photo by Emmanuel_D.Photography)

Delicious, delicious coffee (photo by Emmanuel_D.Photography)

Here at Reserve123, we love our coffee. We have a coffee maker in the break room where there is fresh coffee made at least three times a day. At everyone’s desk, you’re bound to find a mug filled with caffeine goodness, but I’m not here to only talk about our love for coffee.

In honor of National Coffee Day, I’ll highlight some of our favorite coffee shops in our hometown – Atlanta! Coffee shops are all over Atlanta, waiting to make your next low fat, half-caf, and double the flavoring drinks!

Starbucks – The one on Peachtree Road NE, near Oglethorpe University.

This isn’t an independent chain, yes, yes, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be talked about for their service! Complete with a drive-thru, this Starbucks have great employees who, strangely enough, are always in a good mood. Even at their busiest, they crank out caramel macchiatos like no one’s business.

Library Coffee Co. – Caldwell Road

Where I learned to enjoy a good ol’ iced Americano. A locally owned cafe located in a cozy neighborhood, this cafe creates a comfy environment that invites college students and regulars to stay and read the newspaper….or their textbooks!

West Egg – Howell Mill Road

A lovely cafe that has a fantastic menu. They have a modest drink menu, but their drinks are always a hit. My favorite is an iced Grasshopper. Try it the next time your in town!

Joli Kobe – Roswell Road

A Japanese French fusion bakery and cafe that’s located in Sandy Springs. It’s tucked away in Atlanta, but that’s its charm. It’s never too busy, but they close at 5, so go when you’re in the mood for an early lunch.

illy cafe – Atlantic Station

Ok, I’ve never been here, but I’m intrigued. I’ve stopped myself because of the price, but I’ve heard illy coffee is the cream of the crop. So have you been to illy?

What are some of your favorite hangouts in Atlanta? Or in your hometown?

People say there is a difference between Americans drinking their coffee and Europeans drinking their coffee. Europeans take their time, enjoying the taste and aroma of coffee, while Americans throw it back, rushing to their offices to start their mornings. A classic saying, that I’ve heard at least once a week by co-workers and friends, “I have to have my cup of coffee in the morning,” and it has even come to a joke, that if someone makes a mistake, another will say, “Oh you haven’t had your cup of coffee today.”

It feels like Americans may look at coffee as their caffeinated fuel to get them through the work week, and nothing is wrong with this. Coffee has caffeine and the average American

Discover Chicago’s Hippest Shopping Tour

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

Photo by hjbphoto

Photo by hjbphoto

Reserve 123 offers shopping tours? What?! That’s right. Your dreams have come true. We know that any woman (or a fairly confident man) will say that he or she doesn’t need a tour guide to show them how to shop. However, your mind will be changed on this special tour through the Windy City, where you will not only get VIP treatment, but also get to look like a cool in-the-know local in the process.

One of the coolest things about our Bucktown & Wickerpark Shopping Tour in Chicago is that it’s not your typical tour. You won’t have a flock of people in Hawaiian shirts and sun visors. It’s a tour that shows you all of the well-known and local secrets that Chi-town really has to offer, and the little quirks you would miss without a guide. Put your map away and make life easy for yourself with a savvy local Chicago guide, which means more fabulous shopping time for you, and less time looking baffled with a map on the sidewalk.

Your new best friend (guide) will walk you around Bucktown and Wickerpark to visit all the hard-to-find boutiques. You’ll also be able to visit local chocolate shops and coffee houses to see where real Chicagoans hang out and be one of them. You’ll also get shopping discounts (10%-25% of all boutiques), feeling-like-a-million-bucks champagne toasts, and sample sales. Yup, sample sales – which means dresses that you thought you could never afford, can now be in your closet. Rule.

Some things that are good to know:

  • A walking tour to boutiques exclusive to Chicago.
  • Requires 2 people, which means it’s made for you and your BFF!
  • It can be a 2 hour tour to a 3.5 or 4 hour tour.
  • Neighborhood Trivia!
  • Delicious treats from local cafes (optional and not included in the cost of tour)
  • Shopping for something specific? Tell us in advance and we’ll see what we can do!

To book this tour, go here. To see more Chicago tours, visit this page.

For shopping tours all over the world, check out our stylish line of shopping tours at Reserve123! Shop til you drop here:

- Kris

Valentine’s Day Cruises & Tours in San Francisco

Sunday, February 13th, 2011

Chocolate Gifts from

Aphrodite's Valentines Dinner Dance Cruise


Still don’t know what to do for your special someone for Valentine’s Day? Shame on you. Well, you are in luck. Whether you’re visiting the Golden City or a San Francisco local, there are plenty of fun new things to do for two! Personally, I would recommend taking your sweetheart on Aphrodite’s Valentines Dinner Dance Cruise in San Francisco. Enjoy sailing under the Golden Gate Bridge in your sweetheart’s arms. This cruise is a perfect romantic event for your Valentine celebration. This special cruise includes a delicious dinner and music to dance the night away. First, guests are served a 4-course gourmet dinner. After dining is complete, there is music for dancing, hosted premium bar, and wonderful views of San Francisco from the ocean. You and your Valentine are bound to have a wonderful time!

Valentines Dinner Train from Oakdale

Valentines Dinner Train from Oakdale

You might also enjoy the Valentines Dinner Train from Oakdale. The Sierra Railroad is commonly known as The Movie Railroad. With its superb scenery, this railroad is singled out by movie producers from around the world as a preferred location for filming. The Sierra Railroad has been featured in over 300 motion pictures, television programs and commercials. The train is comprised of elegantly refurbished dining cars with five different in-laid woods in art deco patterns adorned with delicate sconces and a lounge car that includes a full-bar with dance floor. The historic Sierra #42, a 50-year old Baldwin Diesel engine, pulls the dinner train. Relax as you roll through the countryside and enjoy soft lights and candles while you are served a delicious dinner, complimentary glass of champagne and roses for the ladies. Afterwards, retire to the lounge car for your favorite cocktail and music on the Sierra Railroad.

Romance Food Tour

Romance Food Tour

Want to savor more of the sweet things in life? Take your Valentine on our Romance Food Tour in San Francisco! During the morning and afternoon tours, you’ll start in the most obvious part of San Francisco for romance, North Beach. For every part of your experience, you’ll not only try the food, but will frequently get to see how it’s made. From enjoying great coffee to truffles, bread and pastries to special deli treats and olive oil, you’ll have all of the knowledge to create special moments for your Valentine long after Valentine’s day is over. During the evening tour, you’ll get in the right mood by starting off with a wine tasting at a local winery. San Francisco is home to multiple cultures steeped in romance. Stroll through the back streets of Chinatown and North Beach by twilight, including tasting dim sum from one of the oldest bakeries in Chinatown. Delve into Chinese mysticism and culture, as you explore local sculpture and architecture. Uncover hidden secrets known only by intrepid locals. You’ll be astonished by the new finds in secret alcoves.

Vampire Valentines Tour

Vampire Valentines Tour

If you’d like a tour with more of a bite to it, sink your fangs into our Vampire Valentines Tour in San Francisco. For over 100 years, the upper class Nob Hill area has been home to San Francisco’s rich and famous citizens. Mighty railroad barons built their mansions atop the hills. Some of the cities finest hotels and restaurants are there today. But beneath all this wealth and opulence lies a secret: vampires live in tunnels below here. Learn the darker side of San Francisco’s Nob Hill. Spend Valentines Evening discovering the mysteries from an exotic 127-year old Vampire who tells tales of Grace Cathedral. Join us on this exciting tour on February 14 for an experience you will never forget! You might call it, “True Love and History with a Twist.” This tour has been featured on HBO, Showtime, The Travel Channel, The History Channel, The Learning Channel (“A Dating Story”), Evening Magazine, Mornings on 2, KRON 4 Weekend News, and Bay Area People.

Treat yourself and your sweetheart to an unforgettable Valentine’s Day with San Francisco Tours. You can also visit for tons of other Valentine’s Day tours in hundreds of cities all over the world. Online reservations are available as well as our toll free customer service assistance. Don’t wait until it’s too late – book your Valentine’s Day tours today!

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Stunning Views from a Hot Air Balloon

Friday, October 17th, 2008

Santa Fe is a world renowned travel destination.  It is full of vibrant history, heritage, arts and culture that can help create a perfect vacation.  Santa Fe lies in the foothills of the Rockies averaging 300 days of blue skies and sunshine.  It is the ideal spot for a fun vacation!

On the hot air balloon flight, you will soar over the Rio Grande Gorge near Taos.  As the crew is preparing the balloon, you can sit back and enjoy the early morning air with the provided coffee and delicious pastries.  Once you board the giant balloon, your pilot will give you a briefing on what to expect on your journey through the sky. 

As you lift off the ground and ascend into the morning sky, you will be amazed with the views of the Gorge.  The balloon will follow the water of the Rio Grande River and gently drift through the air.  Once you have reached the prime spot of the Gorge, the balloon will slowly descend about 600 feet below the rim allowing you to see the whitewater and ruins.  You may even spot some of the wildlife that makes its home here.

After you have been rendered speechless by the endless beauty of the gorge, the balloon will ascend again allowing you to see the entire Taos Valley.  The pilot may even give you a chance to fly the balloon on your own which is an experience in itself! 

When the hot air balloon reaches the landing sight, you will take one last look at the stunning sights surrounding you.  Take it all in as it is one of nature’s most precious gifts.  When the balloon has landed, the crew will drive you back to Taos where you are treated to a delightful champagne brunch.  If it was your first time ballooning, you will be invited to participate in a unique and historical celebration.  The entire experience is wonderful and magical; there is nothing else in the world like the view from above it. 

If you want to spend your vacation in a healthy city which has been named one of the top travel destinations in the United States then Santa Fe is right for you.  Reserve your vacation fun at Santa Fe Tours website, 

Seattle Wine, Coffee, and Food Tasting

Monday, January 28th, 2008

There are several different options when it comes to Wine, Food, and Coffee Tasting Tours in Seattle, Washington this year.  Winery tours and cultural food tours are provided daily during the peak season and several times weekly during the off-peak season.  There are also private group tours available which can be modified to work with almost any itinerary.

The most popular sightseeing excursion in Seattle is the Snoqualmie Falls and Winery Tour.  This tour is described as follows:

“The Snoqualmie Falls and winery tour from Seattle is a sightseeing excursion that takes you into the Cascade foothills. See the 270-foot tall Snoqualmie Falls, and visit two award-winning wineries.

Driving over both floating bridges on Lake Washington, we take a picturesque ride past the University of Washington, through rural farm lands, forests, and charming east side towns. You will see the towering 270 foot Snoqualmie Falls and maybe take a hike to the bottom. Next, you will have a chance to sample Washington’s award winning wines from Chateau Ste. Michele and Columbia Wineries.

Sample Washington’s award winning wines from Chateau Ste. Michele and Columbia Wineries.  The choices on this tour are many, and indulging is the name of the game. This is not a day to worry about your waistline as we will sample wine, beer, chocolate, and more. You may also decide to eat a tasty lunch at Red Hook Ale brewery.

Whether you want to go through a chocolate factory, see 40 foot flowering Rhododendrons, or view the legendary floating homes of Lake Union, this eclectic tour is bound to have something for everyone. However you slice it, it is a great, relaxing escape from the city. If you want to get out of the city and experience nature and the finer things in life, then this tour is for you.”

On a recent visit to Seattle, I really enjoyed my visit to Pike Place MarketSeattle Tours provides a cultural food tour that includes Pike Place Market for many tastings.  The website describes this activity as follows:

“Explore Seattle’s culinary riches on this exciting guided walking food and cultural tour of Seattle’s most iconic landmark, Pike Place Market! We will take you beyond the rows of colorful produce and glistening seafood to experience some of our favorite market spots. You will taste locally made foods and beverages that will awaken your palate, meet some of the storied characters and artisans that give the market life, and learn about the market’s rich and vibrant history. Come and be inspired on this intimate journey to taste some of Seattle’s best eats!

By the end of the tour, you will have eaten an array of deliciously famous foods, picked up a few buying tips and cooking ideas, and learned some handy market knowledge.

For your listening comfort, each tour participant will be provided with a personal audio device. You will enjoy crystal clear sound from your tour guide, while still being able to soak up the lively hustle and bustle of Pike Place Market.”

The Wet Your Whistle Tour is a private tour option that has been designed for groups of 8 or more.  The tour includes a visit to a coffee roasting plant, a brewery, and an award-winning winery.  Since Seattle is a coffee Mecca, coffee, beer, and wine define Northwest culture as much as the great outdoors, Boeing, and Microsoft.  This is the perfect excursion for small groups or business outings.

For more information or assistance with reservations and group bookings, please visit Seattle Tours ( or email

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