And finally, we've made it to our last major leg of our super fun and excellent vacation. Just as a refresher, so far it's gone: Orlando, FL (Harry Potter World for three days - see parts 1 & 2) to Savannah, GA (just for a bite to hold us over) to Charleston, SC (and Folly Beach) and now finally, one full day and two fun nights in Raleigh, NC!
Raleigh was the perfect choice for a stop because some good friends of ours recently relocated there for work and we had a free place to stay! (Are we just opportunists? Free loaders? Lucky? Have super nice friends? All of the above? Yes.) Plus, we've heard nothing but the best about the Raleigh/Durham area and we were super stoked to give it a whirlwind couple of days.
After being greeted by this adorable puppy (everyone say "Hi, Augie!"), we kicked off our first night in Raleigh by going to Durham! (Wait...)
We went to Motorco Parts & Labor for some seriously awesome food and brews, and then hopped right across the street to Full Steam Brewery to sample some local beers. Obviously, we were too tired to remember to snap a few photos, but Motorco had some great vegan/vegetarian options and we loved their "hipster" poutine (Sarah LOVES poutine!) After a long day on the road and a few beers in my belly, it was a miracle I didn't fall asleep on the ride back to our friends' place.
We woke the next morning to be met by a nasty storm (that was a ton of fun to watch and that luckily passed by lunch time) and some quality puppy time. Once the skies cleared, it was off to downtown to meet our friend for lunch and drinks.
Raleigh Times is a great restaurant/bar/coffee shop/super hybrid were we spent a good portion of our time that day. We kicked it off with lattes and a jalapeno cheddar scone at Morning Times (the coffee shop component of the trifecta) then hopped over to Raleigh Times to sit down to some lunch. Apparently pimento cheese is a big thing down there that everyone talks about. Since I was definitely off the wagon regarding "no dairy" on this trip, I figured I'd give it a go! My verdict: it was delicious, but I don't care to think too hard about what is actually in it...
Obviously, less than 48 hours isn't even close to enough time to spend in a great city like Raleigh, so I'm already eager to go back. I hope our friends are open to more visits, because there is way more we want to explore!
Sarah & Nick