My brain started switching into vacation mode on about Wednesday last week. I’ve found myself to occasionally be really cranky about having to be at work and do my job for about the past 3 weeks. It is time to head south to Asheville, NC and enjoy nature and a slower pace.
I only had a few things left to wrap up on Friday, so I thought it would be nice to take advantage of Bullfrog Bagels pop up being active and make a stop there before work to pick up some bagels for a the lady, myself, and a couple of co-workers. We got to CakeLove a little early to pick up the bagels, so we wandered to The Wydown to grab some coffee. As soon as we stepped into the space, I wished that I could just spend the whole day there by their big open sliding door.
We sat for a bit and enjoyed the coffee, cool air, and morning sun. It was a great start to the morning. Bonus: they spelled my name correctly on the cup.
We swung back by, and picked up our bagels. I neglected to get a picture of the actual bagels, but they were still hard at work baking them when we picked ours up.
The lady and I split up and headed to our respective workplaces. I bagel-fairy’ed, and then sat down to my fresh, still-warm, DELICIOUS, bagel. I’m kind of sad I’ll be out of town for the rest of the duration of the pop-up.
For lunch, I made plans with a friend for at El Centro. That’s always wonderful and certainly helped the work day pass more quickly.
After work, the lady and I made plans to try somewhere new for dinner and visit an old favorite before we left down. We grabbed dinner at SUNdeVICH. I was not the slightest bit hungry after my late lunch at El Centro, but the sandwiches were good! I definitely want to get back there soon.
After dinner, we strolled to Mockingbird Hill to see our friends there. It had been a couple of weeks, so we wanted to make a trip before we skipped town for a week. While we were walking, I texted a friend who lives in the neighborhood and she agreed to join us there. Unexpected hangouts are one of my very favorite things.
We had a couple of drinks and called it a relatively early night. We had to get home and get laundry started so we could pack for our trip!
On Saturday morning, I met up with a co-worker who was staying in Old Town for the weekend, for coffee at Waterfront Market.
We sat on their outdoor patio and enjoyed the sun and all the various doggies that wandered past. I mentioned that I needed to run up to the Farmer’s Market to pick up a watermelon for a cookout later in the day. Co-worker readily joined me due to the number dogs she saw there when we walked past to meet me for coffee. We made the loop, snacked on some samples, and I grabbed a nice 14lb watermelon.
When I got back to the apt from my coffee date and watermelon purchase, the lady and I hopped in the car and headed up to Glover Park for brunch at Slate Wine Bar. We had purchased a deal on Gilt.com for their prix fixe brunch for 2 with bottomless drinks, and figured the day before vacation was as good as any to redeem it.
I realized after I had placed my order that I basically ordered dessert for all 3 courses. It’s ok, I started with a bloody mary (a very strong one) to balance out all the sweet. That post will be up eventually.
After brunch, there was a little bit of laundry, a little bit of packing, and a little bit of napping. We woke up from our naps to head to a cookout. A high school friend of mine lives with her boyfriend less than 10 minutes from us. It’s so crazy to me that we ended up so close to each other 250 miles from home (via Canada, for her!). Our apt is closer to her house than our parents houses were in the small town we grew up in. Catching up with a friend from home was a great way to ease into our southern vacation. There were southern accents, country music, and chat about home.
Sunday morning we got out of bed, got ready, and headed toward the first stop of our vacation: Roanoke! Rather than doing the full 8-hour trip in one day, we’re splitting it in half. We may as well! My parents are here and it’s pretty much directly in the middle. Nice that I’m able to fit in a couple of visits with my parents on either end of the trip.
Monday morning, we’ll be on our way to Asheville! We’re planning to stop in Abingdon, VA for lunch and then onward to our destination. I’m so excited to explore a new city, enjoy the mountains, fresh air, talk to strangers, drink some beer, just get away for a week, and of course share it all on the blog next week. (This week will be a couple of posts that have been backlogged).
Feel free to share any must-sees, dos, hikes, drinks!