Last weekend Tommy and I flew to Charlotte, NC for my college roommates wedding. What a perfect opportunity to explore Charlotte even further for a possible move. You can read more about my thoughts on moving to NC here.
The wedding was Friday evening so we flew in that morning. After waiting an hour to get a rental car (grrr Hertz!!!) we headed to the city for lunch. Pulled BBQ Sandwich with a side of Mac and cheese for Tommy and some BBQ nachos for me. They were delish!
After lunch we headed to Rock Hill, SC which is where the wedding was being held. Southern weddings are different from NY Italian weddings. It wasn't as dressy. It didn't nearly have the overabundance of food that an Italian wedding typically has. It was different, but it was a lot of fun and you can just see that every one who attended was ecstatic for them. I wish I had a picture to share but Tommy took one picture of me and Tiff and it's sooo not flattering that I refuse to post it. Just keeping it real.
Saturday morning we headed back to NC (a 15 minute drive) to the town of Matthews. This is the town that Tommy and I are considering a move to. We hit up a local Starbucks and enjoyed people watching in the shopping plaza. Than it was off to the town center to see the farmers market. I don't even go to the farmers market here in NY, but I wanted to get a feel for the people that lived in Matthews. The farmers market was small and quaint, but I wasn't going to buy veggies to bring back on the plane so we quickly moved on.
Than we headed to a Christmas store in the town center. Oh man, this was heaven for me. Christmas is my favorite holiday and I collect Christmas ornaments of places we have visited. I was in search of a perfect NC ornament. They had an amazing collection of ornaments and some NC sports ornaments, but nothing that stood out for me. I did get the cutest fall dish towel that says Happy Fall Y'All and a miniature nativity. If we lived there I could do some serious damage in that store.
After driving around and looking at neighborhoods and schools we headed to our hotel in Ballantyne which is a suburb outside of Charlotte. When we got there we learned the electricity was out in the area. This meant no checking in to the hotel and no eating. At this point we are starving. So it's back in the car to find some yummy Mexican at Cantina 1511.
Later in the afternoon, the hotel let us in a room without even checking us in just so we could nap. Eventually they got power running and we were upgraded to a 2 bedroom 2 bathroom suite. BALLIN! Finally it was off to dinner . I swear this mini vacation was an eat fest.
|Heading out in our Sunday best. I wish my necklace showed up in the picture because I am in love with it.|
Sunday morning we headed to church. We really love a church down there that my friend attends. Very contemporary music, great relevant preaching and just an awesome vibe. We often watch it at home so it was exciting to be there in person. Oh and the message (see picture below) that week seemed pretty fitting to hear especially in light of my recent post on religion.
After church we headed to an open house. I wasn't impressed so than it was off to a bowling alley...for BBQ. Yes,you read that right. I had seen a Food Network show about NC and it showed a bowling alley that served BBQ in a mason jar. Sign me up.
10 Park Lane serves some yummy BBQ. My jar was pulled pork and a double order of Mac and cheese. Tommy got burnt ends, Mac and cheese and smoked jalapenos. After that scrumptious lunch I napped for 2 hours. I think that was the most amazing part of my weekend. Just napping and sleeping at night :) Sunday night ended with a dinner at a local pub and us watching Homeland in our hotel room.
Monday was a pretty bumpy flight home and included some delays, but I was finally home. I have never been so happy to see my boys. Within minutes Little Bear wanted us to set up video games and was demanding snacks and drinks. <Sigh> It was like I was never gone.
Have you ever taken a kid free vacation?
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