Tigers on The Road: Raleigh, NC

 

 

Taylor and I left for Raleigh, North Carolina last Friday to see the Tigers play NC State. We live about an hour and a half away from the Orlando airport, so we had to get up around 4am to make our 7am flight time. Thankfully, we have TSA Pre-Check and don’t need to worry about standing in line at security. TSA Pre-Check has been a lifesaver for us, especially because we fly out of a very populated airport! The line is always wrapped around and full of Disney Tourists with their multiple kids and strollers, so investing in TSA Pre-Check has been a lifesaver.

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This flight was special because we got to bring Maybelle! She has only flown one other time, and she was still a little puppy. She whined a little when we first took off, but after a few minutes she went to sleep. There were two little kids in the seats in front of us and they LOVED her. They kept turning around to check on her.

 

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Maybelle lives in Florida with us, so she wasn’t used to the cooler weather!

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Once we landed, we met up with our great friend Rachel and headed to her place to change for the Clemson game! I was shocked at how beautiful Raleigh was at this time of year. I’ve only visited the city one other time, and it was during late summer. I’ve never seen such beautiful leaves before in my life! If you love fall and all the colorful leaves, then you’re going to love this post because it’s jam packed with red, orange, and yellow!

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Like every other Clemson game, we tailgated with friends and family before the game started. The weather was much cooler for us Floridians, but we loved it!

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The NC State stadium is one of the best I’ve been too! It was smaller in size, but very clean. Their fans were ROWDY during the game, and the school did an amazing job at pumping up their fans.

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This was such a close game, which made things tense. NC State put up a good fight, and we barely pulled out a win.

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Once the game was over, we stopped at Cookout (because we can only get this when we’re in the area) and we crashed back at Rachel’s. The following morning we went to the State Farmer’s Market for breakfast.

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If you’re in Raleigh and need a good breakfast/lunch place, the State Farmer’s Market is the place to go! The line was out the door when we got there, but we only had to wait an hour for a table. It looked extremly busy from the outside!

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Our Server, Daniel, was so good to us and made the wait enjoyable. He brought us biscuits and hush puppies, while keeping our coffee full.

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Taylor enjoyed seeing all of his friends!

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Once we were done eating, we walked through the Farmer’s Market.

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We don’t get all the colorful leaves in Florida, so I made Taylor take a picture of me with the leaves.

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The face of pure happiness šŸ™‚

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Once we got back from the State Farmer’s Market, we checked in on the pup and took her for a long walk. We were driving back up the following weekend, so we left Maybelle with Taylor’s mom for the week. This way we didn’t have to buy her another plane ticket.

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We sat around on Sunday afternoon, thinking about what we wanted to do during the day, and we decided to grab some coffee at Cocoa Cinnamon, then walk around the gardens at Duke.

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Walking through the gardens was the best way to spend a Sunday afternoon. The weather was perfect and the grounds were breathtaking. It was a relaxing Sunday and we were glad to see Duke’s campus!

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Going to the gardens and walking around Duke was the best decision we made on Sunday! It was difficult choosing which photos to use for this post, because they were all so beautiful.

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To end the night, we drove into the city and ate dinner at Trophy Brewing Co with Rachel and Ben. We were flying out early the next morning, so we needed something quick and filling.

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They had indoor and outdoor seating available, and the service was quick but relaxed.Ā It wouldn’t make sense for us to travel somewhere and not order some pizza, so that’s what we did! I ordered the Margarita and Taylor split the Most Loyal with Rachel and Ben.

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I’m so glad we travelled to Raleigh to see Clemson play and meet up with friends and family. It can be exhausting living in Florida with all the heat and humidity, so this was a nice break from it all. ā¤

 

Getting Outside

Spring has officially arrived here in South Carolina and we’ve beenĀ taking full advantage of it! On Saturday, we decided to get outside for some exercise and go for a hike. We chose a trail in North Carolina that we stumbled upon one day over a year ago. When we came the first time, we somehow ended up on the wrong path and were lost. This time, we were determined to stay on track!

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The trail was relatively flat the whole way, but we had to cross several streams.

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We thought these rocks behind us looked like the little trolls from the Disney movie, frozen. šŸ™‚

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Crossing some of these streams without getting wet was actually harder than it looks. For some of them, we really had to work together, which made it even more fun. It took us around 1.5 hours to complete, so we celebrated with some pizza!

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Bridal at Biltmore

If you’re ever been inĀ North Carolina, you’ll find that one of the largest attractions is the Biltmore House.Ā Completed in 1895 by George Vanderbilt, the house contains 250 rooms which includes 35 bedrooms, 43 bathrooms, and 65 fireplaces. There’s also an immaculate garden, shops, food, winery, hotel, and fun outdoor activities.

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The house took 6 years to complete and was designed by renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted. Several years later, when the depression hit, it was hard for the family to maintain the massive house and the surrounding grounds. In order to increase tourism, they opened the house to the public. This was a brilliant idea becauseĀ now, it is a must-see for anyone traveling to the area!

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As the seasons change, there is always something new going on at the house. During the summertime you’ll find live music and a blooming garden. During the winter you’ll find Christmas trees and lights sparklingĀ in and out of the house. Over the past year, we’ve used our annual passes to goĀ at least once a season.

We’ve been in the house several times to see the different displays, but since it’sĀ so large, we’ve really only seen like 50% of it. Crazy! We’ve also roamed around the gardens, but again, it’s so massive that we’ve only seen a sliver. We love coming when the weather is warmer because there’s so much to do! We can ride bikes, see the house & gardens, eat dinner, get coffee & ice cream, or just relax and walk the grounds.

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Currently, the Biltmore house is showcasing wedding gowns from film. Sponsored by Belk, theseĀ dresses and attire from major motion picturesĀ span centuries of design.

“More than 40 award-winning costumes from 19 classic films will be displayed throughout the grand rooms of Biltmore House. Costumes illustrate changing styles in wedding fashions from the 1700s through the 1940s and the exquisite attention to detail that Cosprop Ltd., London, brings to its film costume projects. Accenting the costume displays will be elaborate floral arrangements complementing each filmā€™s era, created by Biltmoreā€™s Floral design team.”

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We (and by we, we mean Ashley) were slightly disappointed that this was not real cake. Still gorgeous nonetheless.

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When we came during Christmas, they were showcasing their Christmas trees, but we were not aloud to take any pictures. We were very surprised they actually let us take as many pictures as we wanted of the bridal collection. Unfortunately, the way they had the displays set up made it very difficult to take clear pictures with their lighting. It really takes away from the details of everything. I’m sure if you’re a professional photographer you could make it work, but we are no professionals, so bare with us. Ha! šŸ™‚

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Each dress came with a plaque that listed the film from which it was from, who wore it, and from which era.

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During the colder months they don’t open the balcony, but it was really nice on this particular day. The view is always incredible. Now that spring and summer are around the corner, everything will turn green and it will be even better!

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As a book worm, Ashley’s favorite room in the house is the library.

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It was amazing to see how all the dresses evolved throughout time. It’s also crazy to think about how different they all were compared to your modern day bridal gown. If you love film and bridal dresses, then we recommend stopping by! The showcase will remain until July.Ā IMG_4495.JPG

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We arrived at the house around 11am and were surprised at how many people were inside the house. When we called to make reservations, they told us there was no need and we were able to walk right in. For being a Friday afternoon, we didn’t think it would be busy. When we came out, the line to get in was super long! You can see in these pictures just how far back it goes. Thank goodness we came when we did!

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The outside venue is Taylor’s favorite part of the house!

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If you follow this path, it will take you to the gardens. Here’s some pictures from the Garden last summer…

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Thank’s for reading! šŸ™‚