About 2 months ago we decided that in order to take full advantage of some free weekends we really needed to plan a few daycations. I asked for recommendations on Facebook and got some awesome ideas! We are water bugs by nature so we ended up selecting trips that were within 3 hours of home and mostly involved being near water. It was a huge hit and I’m already brainstorming some fall trips. ;-)
NOTE: All photos taken with my iphone
Daycation #1 – Zen Tubing
We love tubing, and it was well worth the drive to Asheville for cooler temps on the water! After 3 hours of relaxing down stream we drove into Asheville for an amazing meal at Juicy Lucy’s.
Daycation #2 – Lake Lure
Lake Lure is frequently called the beach in the mountains, and that’s exactly how I’d describe it. We swam, ate a picnic lunch and sat under our beach umbrella reading for about 3 hours. It was total perfection after a long week.
Daycation #3 – Grandfather Mountain
Neither of us had ever been to Grandfather Mountain, and we were pleasantly surprised! For starters, it was 72 degrees up there! The cashier at the restaurant was apologizing to me for the overcast skies and I just couldn’t stop smiling. She said, “Is this your first trip to Grandfather?” I said, “Yes ma’am, and we love it!” She said, “Really?” I said, “Yes, it’s like walking through butter at home right now so I’ll take overcast and 72 any day of the week!” She just about died laughing, gave me my change, and wished me a good day. I’m pretty sure she thought I was crazy (not a new observation), but if she felt 92 and humid everyday for 4 months I think she’d understand our excitement.
We had a great lunch, visited the animals, walked across the swinging bridge just before the rain started pouring down and then hunkered down at the fudge shop with coffee to wait on the storm to pass. Any day that begins with cute animals and ends with fudge and coffee is a fantastic day in my opinion!
Daycation #4 – Old Salem
To be totally honest, this daycation was mostly about the food. We enjoyed the sights, and Chris loved the historical aspect, but we ate sugar cake and had a fantastic meal at The Tavern and that was totally the highlight of our day. Everyone at The Tavern is dressed in period costumes and I wanted to scream, “There is a colonial woman on the wing. There is something they’re not telling us. She was out there churning butter. She was churning butter!” (If you have no idea what this quote is in reference to, I’m sorry). The cake, amazing. The lunch, amazing. Well worth the drive to Winston just for that lunch on a Saturday.
Daycation #5 – Carowinds/Boomerang Bay
We had some discount tickets that had to be used on 8/29, so we decided to hit up Boomerang Bay right as it opened. The lines were non-existent and we rode slides 5 times in a row with no wait. It was awesome! I won’t mention who cheated on the water slide races, but his name starts with Chris. After riding the rides and eating food that was insanely overpriced, we spent an hour or so in the wave pool and lazy river. A wonderful end to a great summer daycation series. Now here’s to an awesome fall!