Travel: A Week in North Carolina

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My (likely) final trip of the 2019 calendar year is now behind me, after a wonderful week spent down in North Carolina with my sister and nephews. I’m really glad I was able to make this trip happen; they moved from Buffalo in 2016, and this was my first time going down to visit them. It was also quite an adventure considering I went alone, got on a plane (for just the second trip of my life) and drove 800+ miles around the state (more driving than I do in a month typically.)

Here’s a rundown of my trip and some recommendations I have along the way!

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Our Texas Travels: San Antonio, TX

The last leg of our trip was a short time in San Antonio before we headed back toward Austin and eventually, Buffalo. Our hotel in San Antonio was wonderful, and I’m sad that we didn’t get to spend more time there! The Hotel Contessa was such a beautiful place to stay. I especially loved the exposed brick wall in the room, which gave it an eclectic feel! Everything was very comfortable; we paid to valet the car, and also ordered room service breakfast the next morning. While on vacation, sometimes you’ve just got to treat yourself.

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Our Texas Travels: Dallas, TX

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From Coupland, we continued our Texas travels and really started to get around the state a bit more. On Monday morning, we headed to Dallas. On our way, we stopped at a Buc-ee’s in Temple! What a place. It feels wrong calling it a “gas station,” as it is… so much more than that. Wow.

We did make it to Dallas, where our first stop was a scheduled tour of the American Airlines Center, home of the NHL’s Dallas Stars. As a hockey fan, but also just as a tourist, this was a wonderful tour – and only $5!! It was a great way to see the arena, and get to see areas we wouldn’t normally see if there for a game/concert.

Unfortunately, this was the point in our trip where things got a little topsy-turvy. My husband came down with some sort of stomach bug, and we tried our best not to let it put a damper on things too much. Unfortunately, I got it a few days later, but in both cases, it lasted under a day and thank goodness for that. There’s few things worse than being sick on vacation.

At any rate, after our tour of the AAC, we stopped at the Dallas Grilled Cheese Co., where I ate a grilled cheese sandwich with macaroni & cheese on it. It was delicious! And a super neat place to boot. From there, it was to our AirBnB, the Oak Cliff Tiny House. This was my first time ever booking an AirBnB, and it was fantastic. Such an adorable place, great location and great hosts.

That was pretty much it for our Monday. Ryan tried his best to sleep off the bug; I popped over to CVS and got some health things (thank you, Pedialyte) and ordered Chipotle via DoorDash for dinner. After some sleep, and with Ryan feeling much better, we headed towards Houston the following morning.

Before we left Dallas, we made a quick stop by Dealey Plaza to see the spots where JFK was shot. We didn’t go into the museum, but maybe next time. It was honestly surreal to stand in that space and think about what a pivotal moment in history occurred there. Eerie.

In order to split up the drive to Houston, we elected to spend Tuesday night in Buffalo, TX. Also, being from Buffalo, NY…. how could we not? Before that, however, we headed up to Frisco for a RoughRiders baseball game. We had originally planned to go on Monday evening, but decided Tuesday’s morning game worked out better, especially since Ryan was feeling better! It was fun, hot, rained a little and the best part of all, my husband got to meet one of his public address/music friends!

After a few more stops, we hit the road again and once we made it to Buffalo, it was a low-key day and evening, with dinner with family at The Pharm restaurant. I also picked up some Blue Bell ice cream. (Honestly? I’ll always be partial to Perry’s.)

Wednesday morning, after our night in Buffalo, we began the trek to Houston. Unfortunately, this is where the stomach bug hit me, so our plans were a bit derailed. We did eventually make it to Rosenberg – where my husband used to live, and our hotel for the night. I stayed cooped up in the hotel to recuperate, and Ryan visited some family in the area. Again, a low-key night but it was what we needed at that point!

Once I felt better on Thursday morning, we hit the road to Houston. Stay tuned for more 🙂

Our Texas Travels: Austin, TX

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Hello, Internet! I am back from a recent one-week vacation in Texas and all I can say is…. it’s refreshing. We hadn’t been on a real vacation since our honeymoon back in 2016, when we went up to New England, Boston, New Hampshire, etc. It was long overdue and this was a trip that we’d been planning for probably two years. We’d hoped to make it down south in 2018, but the cards just weren’t in our favor. However, we finally did it!

My husband is actually from Texas; he was born there and lived there when he was younger, then again for a year during high school. He definitely has a special connection to the state, and has a lot of family there on his mom’s side, so I am incredibly grateful that we got to take this trip and that he could share all of these wonderful experiences, places and memories with me. Continue reading