North Carolina Recap!

I haven’t been on a vacation in years, so you can definitely say that this trip to North Carolina was well worth the excitement. I did not expect to be so blown away by the beauty of the scenery and so surprised by the hospitality and welcoming attitudes of the residents. Every day I would encounter locals who would make conversation while walking down the street or in a store. This trip is one I will never forget.


In North Carolina, I experienced the beauty of the forests, beaches, locals, and a wide variety of food. I cane into this vacation nervous, but once I got there, all of my worries faded away. The hotel I stayed in, The Embassy, was absolutely beautiful. There were 9 floors, a gym, a pool, a hot tub, a bistro, a dining area, and a waterfall. Absolutely beautiful. I had the view of the trees.



To make this easier, I will split up this post into days. Here we gooooooo!


Day 1 (Arrival Day): 

I woke up around 4:00 a.m. to catch my flight at 6:30 a.m. I grabbed a Chipotle egg sandwich from Wildflower Bread Company with a side of fruit and walnut granola to eat before the plane took off. The flight was 3.5 hours. I left from Phoenix, Arizona to Charlotte, North Carolina. From there, I had a 3 hour layover, so I went off to grab some lunch. I decided on a fiesta salad from Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar. DELICIOUS.


I boarded the 27 minutes flight to Raleigh, North Carolina. Afterwards, I waited for the shuttle bus to arrive and then went to the hotel. With the three hour time difference, we arrived around 6 something and went down to the hotel bistro to grab some dinner. I got an (unpictured) burger with fries. I was exhausted, so we decided to sleep from 9 p.m. to 8 am the next morning!

Day 2:

We woke up at 8 a.m., got ready, and went down for a hotel breakfast. You guys, I didn’t choose oatmeal even though they served it! :O I chose to go outside of my comfort zone and order this..


It was filling and delicious! While my mom searched some things to do, I decided to go do a quick workout (my only one on the trip using weights), shower, and have the banana and peanut butter post workout. We decided to go to this huge mall that was across the street. It’s called Crabtree Valley Mall.


Pictures on our way to the mall.


I got a new pair of converse, two pairs of leggings, three pairs of shorts, a cute sports bra, a crop top, a dress, two pairs of sweatpants, two bows, lotion, perfume, a shirt, and Questbars! For lunch, I had Pad Thia with extra veggies. Mmmm!


After the mall, my mom and I met my dad back at the hotel and we decided to get (unpictured) greek food for dinner. I had chicken in a white wine caper sauce with rice and vegetables. It was pretty good, but the sauce was a bit too tangy for me. We stopped for some ice cream on the way home, watched a movie, and then crashed out around 10 p.m.


Day 3:

Woke up around 8 a.m. again, had breakfast, and then got ready to go to downtown Raleigh.


My mom and I had to figure out the bus system (which was unsuccessful at first), catch the bus, and take a 25 minute ride to downtown. The locals were very nice and the town was absolutely beautiful. We saw churches, the state capital, galleries, museums, and a bunch of restaurants.



We sat at a park before deciding to go to a history museum which was filled with all types of artifacts and cool history! What I couldn’t believe was that it was free.  You never find that anywhere! The locals were so nice and we saw this book that was filled with signatures of people from all over the world. It was amazing.





By the end of the museum, my mom and I were pretty hungry, so we decided to eat at the Raleigh Times. I got a grilled chicken sandwich with avocado with a side of fries.


Around 6 p.m., my parents and I went to The Pit and I got shredded BBQ chicken, sweet potato fried 😉 , and chipotle corn (unpictured). IT WAS DELICIOUS. Afterwards, we went to get some freshly made chocolate at the Videri Chocolate Factory. I enjoyed this as a bedtime snack while watching The Big Bang Theory.



Oh! I almost forgot! Before we got to eat at the Pit, we waited outside and saw a Pub Trolley. Turn up on a trolley! 😀


Day 4:

Today is the day we went to the BEACH! I haven’t been to the beach in so many years, so you can’t even imagine how excited I was! 😀 We had to drive 2.5 hours to Carolina Beach. The car ride was not too bad, but I was overwhelmed with excitement. My breath was taken away once I saw the beach. I played in the ocean for a while just soaking up all the beauty.



After wiping the sand out of all places 0.0 , we went down to the boardwalk. The first thing that caught my eye was a big sign that said Henna tattoos! Of course I had to get one. 😉 The guy that did my tattoo was Heinz (He’s from Germany). While doing my tattoo, he was an open book and kept a conversation the entire time. I had to wait two hours for it to dry and then come back for touch ups. It looks absolutely beautiful. Before I left, we exchanged goodbyes and he gave me a kiss on the hand and told me I was his favorite customer of the day. D’awww. ^_^


For lunch, we went to a little beach shack that had a balcony on top for dining. We got a 5 star view of the ocean.




I got the Chicken Caesar Wrap with chips and mango salsa.


Around 6 p.m., we left the beach and decided to head back to the hotel since there was a 2.5 hour drive back. I fell asleep in the car a few times, but before we got to the hotel, we decided to pick up some Thai on the go from the Thai House. I can’t get enough of Pad Thai!


Day 5:

We decided to sleep in to about 9 a.m. since we were all wiped out from the beach from the day before. We enjoyed some breakfast, got ready, and headed back to downtown Raleigh. It was raining on the way there, and it was absolutely beautiful!




We walked around for a bit and then decided to go to the Natural Science museum! It was so amazing. I will just let the pictures show you a portion of what I saw. 🙂

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Afterwards, my parents wanted to get a quick drink at an authentic English pub called the London Bridge Pub.


I was completely starved by that time, so we decided to go to an Irish pub to get some delicious food.



I have to say that this was an absolutely delicious meal. I couldn’t get enough! What made it better was seeing this sign in the bathroom. It’s a bit explicit with the language, but if you’re Irish, you’ll get it. 🙂


We walked around for a bit afterwards and I will let the pictures show you some of the beauty I saw. 🙂







For dinner, I had leftovers from the Pit with an addition of veggies and extra BBQ. I also ended the night with a movie night with my parents. 🙂


Day 6 (Leaving Day):

My mom and I woke up around 8 a.m. to have our last breakfast at the hotel.


Since it was our last day, we decided to go to shop some more at the mall and I picked up the second book of the Divergent series and some new clothes. Did ya know Old Navy has some cute clothes? You should go check it out! Afterwards, we picked up lunch at Crisp to take back to the hotel. I got a Chicken Caesar wrap with a Santa Fe salad. I’m really going to miss all of the fresh fresh food.


We packed our bags and headed to the airport around 5:30 p.m. Our flight was scheduled for 7:40 p.m., but the flight was delayed to 8:30 p.m. because of the storms. My mom and I grabbed some dinner at a brewery; we got the chicken bbq sandwich with garlic fries (unpictured). The flight was smooth and then we had to rush to catch our next flight to Phoenix at 10:11 p.p (East coast time). I was falling in and out of sleep during the flight. We landed at 11:04 p.m. (West coast time) and then made our way home. We arrived around 12 a.m., I brushed my teeth, and fell right asleep.

This trip is definitely one that I will never forget. ❤


-Have you ever been to North Carolina?

-Where have you traveled too?

-Where do you want to travel too?


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4 thoughts on “North Carolina Recap!

  1. What?! You were in Wilmington?!? I hope you enjoyed your time at Carolina Beach! Did you go to the boardwalk and everything? It’s a little touristy but super fun! Also I looove Crabtree it’s about an hour and a half drive for me which is totally worth it for some good shopping!

  2. wow what a fun and busy vacation!! DId your hotel provide the breakfast? That to me, MAKES the hotel if they provide food for their guests. I haven’t been to a hotel that offers that in a while though, and that kind of makes me sad 😦 I’m like at least offer bagels and fruit or something!

  3. First of all, I am drooling over all the great food you had! ESPECIALLY that pad thai. Probably one of my favorite food of all time because of that delicious sweet and salty combination it has…yummmm :). And aren’t shopping trips with your mom the best thing ever? Looks like you got in a pretty good haul! I’m in need of some new shorts, so I see a trip to the mall in my future this weekend.

    I’m glad you had such a wonderful trip. You deserve it <3!

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