I am a girl who lives to travel. I love exploring far away and near new locales just as much as I love tried and true weekend jaunts to places that feel like home. No matter the destination, I'm all about making memories to last a lifetime and learning along the way!
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Charleston may be one of my favorite weekend get a ways. Just 4 short hours (or about 6 jammin' cds... yes I still rock the cds) from Raleigh, if I am packed and ready to go when I get off work at 2 on Friday, to be sure a cocktail is waiting for me when I arrive at 6!I've been weekending in Charleston for several years now. I've got a solid group of friends who have never not shown me an awesome time. There is just something about that city that makes you not want to leave on Sunday... Maybe because Sunday Funday is always in full force. Even if just sitting on a porch, swinging and sipping vino, holding new born babies- it's just better when doing it there.
The streets are cobblestone. The beaches are beautiful. The Bars are filled to the rim. The rickshaws are lining the street. The resaturates are probably some of the best in the entire United States of America (sounds a lot more aggressive when you spell it out, doesn't it!?).
It is a place where you can relax, party, explore, people watch, dance, lounge, walk, bike, photograph all in the same day. It is a place that draws you in. It is a place where Southern hospitality is proven to still exist. It is a place that has been here since 1670. It is a place where church steeples dominate the skyline. It is a place that stretches the mid vowel unlike any other locale in the South. It is a place that can say they had the first Southern Baptist Church in existence. It is a place that has numerous fashion, food, and culture festivals throughout the year. It is a place of inspiration.
While Baltimore is ranked second in highest homicide rate, the city does have some charm and great local restaurants and shops! I spent a short weekend up in Baltimore not too long ago and I was pleasantly surprised. So much so, I want to tell you about it.
A little that I used to babysit for, Katherine, is now somehow now old enough to be looking at colleges. Her mom, Kelly, and I were taking her to visit one outside Baltimore. We went up early to explore. While McDaniel was a great little private school. Katherine landed on Adelphi , up in NY!
Kelly and I drove up Friday afternoon from Raleigh, there was no traffic, until we hit Baltimore. It took us over an hour to go 8 miles. We were staying in the inner harbor at Hyatt House. We checked in the hotel, freshened up & took an uber to Fells Point.
Rec Pier Chop House had been recommended to us, and gosh, I'm glad we went. Recreation Pier was built in 1914 as a commercial pier. It was also a main intake point for immi…
One of my best gals, Amanda Cheney, and I went to Rhode Island to celebrate a little we've known for 16 years. Amanda and I have babysat for Katherine up until she went off to boarding school 3 years ago. Middlebridge School was the perfect fit for her and she grew into such a independent woman who learned to work through her struggles and how to cope with a learning disability.
This fall "KK" will be attending Adelphi University. After touring several schools it was determined this was the best fit for her. They have a strong LD program and more importantly they offered a degree in what Katherine wants to study - speech therapy. Katherine wants to be a speech therapist with a focus in Spanish.
We were all set to leave RDU at 6pm, fly to Baltimore then on to Providence and take the 45 min uber. When I went to check us in, Baltimore to Providence had been cancelled. We texted Jeff and Kelly and told them if there was another flight option, great, if not, we wer…
"Above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you, because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic, will never find it." -Roald Dahl
My family is very tight knit. We always joke; once you are in, you are in. This rings very true to my step brother, Christopher and I. While our parents are no longer married, we don't let that determine the bounds of our relationship.
Last August we took a road trip, driving from San Fran to Seattle. We both have always wanted to drive up The Pacific Northwest along 101. We logged over 2,600 miles in the car through three states, drove through or visited countless State + National Parks, went hours in silence just taking it all in, laughed til we (ok I) cried, stood in awe of things we saw, touched every body of water we could, made split decisions, got lost, took way longer that we planned to get from point A to point B and become closer than ever- all in 11 da…