Have you ever taken a weekend to be a total tourist in your own city? This past weekend, we did just that and it was a blast.
We kicked off the weekend with a Friday check-in at the Charlotte Marriott City Center. This hotel has been completely renovated and is amazingly gorgeous.
We've been here 3 years and I honestly don't think we've seen the city all decorated at Christmastime. The streets were lined with wreaths and bows and there were beautiful trees and decorations all over.
Well, it happened to be a pretty cold night (for North Carolina!) and the boys were chilly, so we came back to the hotel. Which turned out to be pretty freaking fantastic.
We made our way through the lobby, sampled some wine, then ordered a 1 lb donut. Yes, 1 whole pound! It's the Stoke restaurant specialty, but we asked to bring it to the room since it was almost bedtime.
While we waited, we discovered the M Club Lounge. The boys spotted a candy bar and food, I grabbed a cocktail menu and we decided to ignore bedtime!
Ever have a cocktail in a french press? We each ordered a different one so we could share and they were both yummy and totally different than cocktails I normally make. I want to try doing this at home sometime!
But then the donut came. It was quite possibly the most delicious dessert I've ever eaten! It was piping hot and came with sweet cream and heath pieces on the side. These boys were super excited about being out after bedtime, while eating dessert.
Back at the room, we got them set in the "boys only" room to watch a Christmas movie. The Hubs and I sipped wine and polished off that donut! (Notice all the things in the bedside table? I let the big boys pack their own suitcase and they set all their "essentials" up right when we got there!)
The next morning was our Anniversary! 11 years and I couldn't think of a better group of boys to spend it with.
We walked to Romare Bearden Park, where the boys ran wild. They have Charlotte Christmas Market set up there, which is like a German Christkindlmarkt. It reminded me of one we shopped at in NYC a few years ago, too!
After we had enough of the chill, we headed back for coffee at Coco and the Director. The coffee is fantastic and the atmosphere is so fun. It really lends itself to creativity and even has areas you can reserve for a group to brainstorm.
Our boys keep talking about how much fun it was to go on a "staycation". I know usually that means literally staying home, but it was so much fun to go exploring. And there isn't much more enjoyable for me than to be at a hotel, with no laundry sitting around me, no chores to do and no distractions.
If you only have a night to get away, don't waste your time driving. See what your city has to offer! And if you're visiting Charlotte, you now know where to stay and eat!
Have you ever done a "staycation" in your city?