It’s Monday night, and I can’t help but feel so content and refreshed when I think back to the weekend. It was my husband and my third wedding anniversary last Wednesday, so we decided to take a night away to celebrate! And boy, did we need this! I feel like the time we see each other has been few and far between lately. I’ve been traveling a lot for work, and in my spare time I’ve been working on building my Simply Health and Beautycounter business. My husband works on Saturdays and also works a contract marketing job for a film production company after his normal 9-5. Needless to say, we were ready for some time together away from the busyness of life!
With me not traveling for work last weekend, we took advantage and drove a short two hours down the mountain to Davidson, NC. We visited Davidson a little over a year ago and stayed at this little bed and breakfast (adorable and amazing food!) and loved the little town! We decided to return again this year since it wasn’t too far away, but was still away from home.
We arrived mid-afternoon on Saturday and headed to Birkdale Village for a little shopping. Living in the mountains, we don’t have the best options for shopping, so I always enjoy finding a great mall…aka anything with more than 4 stores. Surprisingly, my husband was up for it as well. (I’m sure it had nothing to do with the Venti Frappuccino I bribed him with!) We walked around a bit, then hit up Clean Juice because I always love a good juice and smoothie place! We didn’t want to spoil our appetites for our dinner reservation later, so we opted for a few juice shots!
We had dinner reservations at Flatiron Kitchen and Taphouse in downtown Davidson, and it did not disappoint! We started out with the brussel sprout salad which was delicious! The salad made me remember how much I like brussel sprouts! They are definitely going on the shopping list next week. My husband got the steak, and I got the pan roasted trout with roasted brocolini and cauliflower. We could not stop talking about how good our food was!
After dinner we went to Whit’s Custard which seemed to be a town favorite! I remember reading about Whit’s Custard, along with our breakfast place on Sunday from Julie at Peanut Butter Fingers (Thanks for the recommendation!!!). The line was long and almost out the door, which is always a good sign. I try and stay away from dairy as best I can, so I got a chocolate covered frozen banana, but my husband got a peppermint chocolate Whitser! (Basically like a Dairy Queen Blizzard.) Both were delicious!…Yes, even I couldn’t stay away from stealing a bite of his custard!
We slept in Sunday morning, and it was glorious! I forgot what sleeping in felt like! We laid around the hotel a bit, watched some HGTV, wandered down to the free hotel breakfast to see if anything was worth eating, came back to our room…and then I was still tired so I got back in bed. Oh how I want more lazy mornings like that! When I eventually got up, we decided to walk the mile or so to downtown Davidson and hit up Famous Toastery, a local breakfast place. I ordered an omelet (it came with egg whites so I asked for an extra whole egg, because hello, the nutrients are in the yolks people!) with roasted veggies and turkey, skillet potatoes and gluten free cinnamon raisin toast. Omelet was amazing, but the GF toast was only okay. However, I did enjoy munching on it since I hardly eat bread anymore. After breakfast we went by Summit Coffee Co., and I got a Café a Lait with almond milk. My favorite drink of choice these days. We walked back to the hotel and then headed home.
This short 24-hour getaway reminded me how important it is to spend quality time with the people you love. We easily get distracted by our busy lives and in order to keep up, we continue to move a mile a minute, failing to realize that what we really need is to take a step back, breathe and just be. Be with the people we love. Spend time talking about life, about real things, and not about work or the agenda for the week. Sleep in. Enjoy good food and coffee, and enjoy truly being with those around us.
So I encourage you this week to carve out some extra time for you and someone you care about…maybe it’s a mid-week date night with your significant other, or taking your daughter to ice cream after school. Or maybe it’s a phone call to your best friend from college. Something. Anything. Our relationships are worth it. The busyness of life can wait.