Tag: Travel

Exploring Carrboro

You requested more exploring posts.  Here is my town Carrboro NC, where you are likely to spot a hippy and have an amazing meal!

 My husband and I did not plan to move to Carrboro. We were pleasantly surprised by the town. Back up a little we were looking for a place to rent and came across our little country house.  Slowly we ventured further and further into town.  We tried the locally owned restaurants and found the food was amazing.  The little shops have many local artists.  All in all we love our little town. So I thought I would share a few of our favorite spots to visit.

Start your day checking out the old railroad cars at Cross Ties!  Have a good meal in a fun location.  There is ample parking and you can walk around to some cool shops.  Hands down a fun place to go. Read More »

Savannah Sights

I hope you enjoyed Savannah Eats.  I mentioned how rich Savannah’s history is.  I wanted to share some of the sights we saw.
Right outside our Airbnb was Monterey Square.  There is a monument for Compete Casimir Pulaski.  It was interesting reading about him on the plaque.  The square was a nice place to sit and enjoy the outdoors.  Something I love about Savannah are the big trees.  Usually cities don’t have any.

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Savannah Eats

My husband and I love Savannah.  The town is so rich with History and Fun.
This was our second year going to Savannah, and we went with a plan.
Beach by day and Food by night!
Here is a recap of where we went to eat.
Our first stop was The Grey.  We ordered cocktails and their Tea Sandwiches.
I got the Summer Spritzer and my hubby tried one of their beers.  The drinks were very good, the food not as much.  I enjoyed the pimento cheese tea sandwich, but the other two were not as good.

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Exploring and Making Memories

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I have mentioned before that my husband works on Saturday’s, so we make the most of our time together on Sunday.  Exploring our state is always fun for us.  Like my post here about First Sunday in Pittsboro.  I am excited to share with you some other fun places to explore when in NC.

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First Sunday

The small town of Pittsboro is a short drive from Chapel Hill or Cary/Apex.
In the Spring and Summer months they hold “First Sunday” from 12-5
Artisans line the streets, food trucks, and live music are some of what you will see.
My husband and I discovered first Sunday two years ago.  We love going and spending the day with each other.  We shop not only the artisans but the local small business.  Many of the shops that are closed on Sunday are open.  My favorite is a little antique store Reclamation Home Furnishings.

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Thanksgiving Travel

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How I Prepared for Savannah + Our Trip Recap

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This weekend for our Anniversary we took a trip to Savannah.  My husband worked in Savannah a few years ago and always wanted to take me.  The culture and history made an impact on him.  My hubby should have been a history teacher but other choices created the life he has.  Which I am glad for but it doesn’t stop him from learning or teaching me about history.


If you follow me on SnapChat (edfbylee) you know I am currently in St. Louis.
I arrived a day before the conference started so I could explore and get a good night rest.  I don’t fly well, think claustrophobic.  Anyhow, I got in at 2pm on Saturday and had to whole afternoon to explore.  Sadly the lawn around the Arch was closed for improvements so I couldn’t get close enough to take pics.  So I walked around the city.  There was a big event for the 50th anniversary of the Arch.  Food trucks were out, along with live music.  Now I have a thing about eating from food trucks I don’t know about previously.  Anyhow, I found a cool restaurant to try and asked the waiter what’s “local” food….He suggested Pizza and Butter Cake.  So I did and YUM.
 On my walk back to my hotel (aka in search of a store to buy wine) I saw this amazing art display at the City Garden so out came my tripod and these amazing pictures happened.
I call this one “Dying Women” 
This one is “Dead Zombie” (haha)

There is something about being in a city that makes me happy.

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Beaching in October

 Typically one does not think of going to the beach in October unless you live in Florida or some place warmer.  Not that North Carolina is all that cold but when your at the beach it can feel cooler due to the wind.  I am getting ahead of myself.  My husband Hates to travel. The fact I got him to take two trips this year is shocking.  Earlier this year we went to West Virginia for a family trip (brother, mother, and spouses).
I work for an amazing man.  He has taught me so much and given me many opportunities (like taking the series 65 [Investment Adviser License exam] late November this year).  He owns a Condo at the Beach and insisted that Brian and I get away this past weekend and use it.  He had me at free….haha
So after my husband’s Oncologist appointment we threw a bunch of stuff in the car and hit the road.  When I say threw – well I mean it.  Other than lunch one day I planned nothing (um OCD and Type A here, kinda cray I didn’t plan).  We arrived after 9, got everything inside and raised a glass to our vacation!  We woke the next morning and figured things out.  One thing I was told was about Fishing on the beach (pretty much the only time of year you can do this).  We did pack the fishing poles and tackle.  After breakfast we decided to head to the Pier because I read we didn’t need a permit to fish there.  This also gave my hubby a chance to see what tackle everyone was using.  We learned he needed a heavy weight (like 2-3lbs) and shrimp as bait.  Yup instead of eating shrimp fishermen use it as bait.  haha
 As you can see people take fishing serious on the beach!
So we asked a man on the beach where to get some of the tackle and he gave directions.  So….we went bait shopping, weight shopping, and of course Liquor stock up.  haha  Oh we were told to fish in high tide (11am).
Off to the beach we went.  Both my hubby and I didn’t pack a pair of shorts.  Now we did pack swim suits but nothing for hot weather.  So our pants got rolled into capri’s.  After about an hour on the beach the temp reached 75.  Off came my hubby’s shirt and I went to change into my swim suit.  We ended up sitting on the beach until 5pm and had so much fun!  We chatted with people around us about fishing.  I have to say people at the beach are SO nice!  We met a couple in Raleigh and their son gave Brian some tips to catching a fish.  The first cast after he caught a fish.  We ended up adding Flounder to our steak dinner.
 Now your wondering – Um Lee where are the Tips?
Tip 1 – pack for both cold and warm weather!  Temps get high during the day, and low during the night.
Tip 2- don’t be shy!  Talk to people around you about what’s going on (like fishing)
Tip 3- Going to the beach in October (even late) is so fun!  Don’t count it out
Tip 4- you will always need a hat AND sunblock when at the beach.  We learned this the hard way and got burned.


 Pants / Tee / Hat – from local surf shop

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Leaving on a Jet Plane….

 I love to take weekend trips, however they are so hard to pack for.  I use these simple tools to help me and be both comfortable and stylish.
1. I always pack a pair of booties and wear a pair of sneakers
2. When possible I wear my sweats to travel and the double as sleep wear.
3. I try to make all my pieces neutral so they work with whatever bottom I have
4. I pack something that will pop to make my outfit interesting.
 I love my moto jacket.  My hubby picked it out for me almost 4 years ago and it goes with everything and for every occasion.  It’s easy to dress up or down.  Defiantly a staple.
 As you can see I wore this top with both my sweats and jeans.
 Adding the scarf made this outfit look different.

all pieces are old. this post was to discuss travel packing.  however if you would like me to find a duplicate please leave a comment.

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