Saturday, November 7, 2009

Anniversary Wrap-Up: Destination Charlotte

Greetings! Tim and I celebrated our tenth wedding anniversary Halloween weekend in Charlotte since our anniversary date is October 30th. We took advantage of a weekend away without the kids. Here's a recap.

We stayed at the Dunhill Hotel in uptown Charlotte. This small, boutique hotel is right in the middle of uptown. I highly recommend staying there! We ate at Outback Steakhouse then hit Goodwill, Target, a natural foods store, and World Market. We had dessert at the Mad Greek Cafe. Our favorite cuisine is Greek and this place was outstanding! Tim had kataifi, similar to baklava, and I had galaktoboureko, similar to egg custard. Absolutely delicious! I can't wait to go back and try the place out for dinner.

The next day we had breakfast at the Monticello Restaurant next to the hotel and Tim had shrimp and grits, I had Creole Benedict. Next to Greek food, Lowcountry cooking is our second favorite kind of cuisine! Both dishes were excellent and a nice departure from my Honey Crunch 'N Oats cereal I eat every day.

We walked to the Epicenter complex which has retail shops, restaurants, bars, etc. Dale Jr.'s bar Whisky River is located here. The restaurants were gearing up for Halloween parties that night.

We wanted to do things we really couldn't do if we had our kids with us so we spent about 2 hours in the Levine Museum of the New South. This is a new museum which has exhibits showing the history and progress of Charlotte from farming, to textiles, to banking and everything in between.

We checked out of the hotel and headed towards the Amber House for lunch. Unfortunately it was closed for lunch on Saturday so we found the new IKEA. Oh. My. Goodness. IKEA was fan-TAS-tic! We wandered around in there for I don't know how long. I love housewares and kitchen stuff and home goods and I was in absolute heaven! We also loaded up on cookies, pastries, and a pan of cinnamon rolls. YUM!

We came back home and we were happy to hear that the kids did great! We all rested then did the trick or treating routine. We finished up just as it started pouring down rain! It was a wonderful weekend full of great memories!

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