This weekend we roadtripped up to Asheville, North Carolina to spend the weekend with our good friends, The Bulls. We haven’t been able to get together since we both moved out of Alaska and we thought Asheville would be a good meeting spot. It took us about 5 hours and it took them about 4, so it was right in the middle.
Asheville is known for its great food and fun, local breweries (there are 17 located in the town!). We loved seeing the town and exploring the different areas of the city. We definitely recommend The Junction for brunch or dinner (fabulous!), The Circle in the Square for pizza and Hi Wire Brewery (great atmosphere).
We rented a GREAT house on airbnb, which is a website where you rent homes and apartments from people. We loved staying in a home and being able to cook dinner all together and hang around in one big room rather than stay in a hotel. And it was WAY more affordable! We took long walks with the dogs around the neighborhood and truly made ourselves at home. I would highly recommend looking on airbnb before heading out on a trip.
It was SO fun to just pick a city and a weekend and just go! We had the best time just hanging out and enjoying our friends in a new place. The real question is: where should we travel to next??
Has it really been a week since we have been home? Since our schedules have been so hectic recently, Q and my goal this break has been to just relax, have no agenda and spend time together. This trip was also Carl’s first visit to LA and he has been loving every minute of it.
One great week down, one great week to go!
Q and I were so fortunate to be able to go on a couple’s retreat in Stone Mountain, Georgia this past weekend. The retreat was open to all couples in the battalion and only cost $40 for us to go. Everything else was paid for (hotel, food, etc.).
Some of the sessions didn’t pertain to us (no kids and newly married couples are rare in the military), but we loved being with our friends for the whole weekend.
On Saturday, we had a free day so we headed into Atlanta and went shopping. This was Q’s “test” of the weekend- throw a man who hates shopping into a mall with thousands of people on a Saturday before the holidays and see how he does. He passed with flying colors. And then we went to a Belgian bar for dinner and drinks with friends (Q’s reward for the “day of hell” at the mall).
Overall, if you are a military family, I recommend the retreat 1000 times over. Oh, and the biggest perk of the weekend? Finding a fresh pressed juice shop in Atlanta- this girl was in heaven!
This weird thing happened when I started packing for this trip back to LA. I stopped calling LA home. Someone asked me where I was going and I said, “Oh to visit my parents in LA,” not that I was “going home.”
And yes I moved out 14 months ago, but I guess it never really hit me. I suddenly realized that LA isn’t where I live, instead it is where I am from.
And I love LA, but I’m not a California girl anymore. Instead I am more like a Southern belle as my mother likes to point out. I even think I’ve picked up a drawl!
On this trip back I had to go to all of my favorite stops and see all of my favorite girls. And it has been SO nice and SO busy.
So what did I do and where did I go?
Connie & Teds - best lobster roll EVER.
California avocados, there is no comparison.
Stashing up on Trader Joe’s goodies while I can!
Missed my girls. Oh and Hinoki & the Bird is delicious.
Whole Foods latte, favorite jeans, fall in LA.
La Scala salad and Coffee Bean, yes please.
Physique 57 with a girlfriend. So needed.
A wonderful, quick trip to my old stomping grounds. And back to Carl and Q tomorrow,