Anyone else feel like January lasts for.ev.er?? I don’t know how it happens, but there is a glitch in the universe that crams at least 3 months into January. And this January was no exception. After a flooded office in early December (true story), an over the top Christmas, and traveling for New Years, January was just hard. Add to that several snow days and patiently awaiting the arrival of my twin nephews (spoiler alert: they came 3 weeks early!), I was spent. This mama needed some time away to recharge. Like most, I am completely, totally, and 110% dedicated to my family, but let’s face it, you still need time to yourself, away from your little one, where you and your spouse can reconnect.
Fun fact, this is one of my personal resolutions – learning how to really take the time to care for myself. This not only makes me a better mom but a better wife and colleague. So, I thought I’d list a few of my favorite places to recharge and restore my soul, both near and far.
Recharge With These Weekend Getaway Destinations
I’m all for weekend trips. I LOVE packing a suitcase, booking a hotel or AirBNB, and exploring new places. This past weekend, my husband and I dropped off our son for a weekend at Camp Grammie and Papa, and headed north to Williamsburg, VA. We’ve been there several times (it’s a great place to take kiddos) but there are just some places you want to go as an adult. We had dinner reservations at La Tienda Tapas Bar and Market (highly recommend!) and Fat Canary (this place will not disappoint). We enjoyed leisurely lunches at The Cheese Shop and Dog Street Pub. We also enjoyed a relaxing visit to the Williamsburg Salt Spa. Even though it is the off-season for tourists in Williamsburg, it’s still a great place to go for a long weekend. A short three-hour trip that includes a ferry ride is a winner in my book.
Another easy weekend trip that is a favorite of mine is Blowing Rock, NC. I’ve been going there since I was little and our son loves it. Our go-to when staying there with our son is the Cliff Dwellers Inn, but a more romantic place to relax is Chetola Resort. The spa is on point (trust me and book a facial) and the on-site restaurant, Timberlake’s is delicious. Other Main Street places that are a favorite are Town Tavern, Six Pence Pub, Woodland’s BBQ, and the Blowing Rock Market. And bonus, Blowing Rock is a short drive to Boone, NC, which is home to one of our favorite date night restaurants, The Gamekeeper. Another favorite is Grandfather Vineyard. Other easy trips from Blowing Rock can take you to Sugar Mountain, Beech Mountain, and Banner Elk. All quaint towns with a life all their own.
Probably our favorite weekend trip is to head east to Beaufort, the third oldest town in North Carolina and home to Blackbeard the pirate and his flagship, the Queen Anne’s Revenge. Lodging can be slim pickins’ in Beaufort, but our favorite place is the Inlet Inn. The views of the waterway directly across can’t be beat. Add in the possibility of watching wild horses roam on Shackleford Banks and you have instant serenity. Our favorite place for a date night when there is Front Street Grill at Stillwater. Trust me when I tell you to order the crab cakes, fried okra, and the calamari. Great food, atmosphere and views – you simply can’t beat that. No matter the time of year, Beaufort restores my soul.
If you feel like staying local, there are plenty of places where you can relax and unwind. The Umstead is a personal favorite. The spa and restaurant can’t be beat. Rooms can be pricey but if you are flexible with your dates, you can get more for your money.
Another local favorite is The Washington Duke Inn. My husband can golf while I relax with a good book, then we can meet up for dinner and drinks.
Never underestimate the power of an adult weekend. My husband and I travel frequently with our son and we love it, but there is just something to be said about a weekend away, or just simply one night away, that can work wonders for your soul. After our quick weekend trip, I came back relaxed, rested, fully charged (and with maybe a few added pounds) but was ready to tackle those motherhood duties again.