We left South Florida last Saturday for our 9 day trip around the Southeast. My brother and my niece Alyssa were coming along for this trip so we rented a minivan for the journey.
Our first stop was Lake Wales for a good sleep before the Tough Mudder event on Sunday. We love visiting Lake Wales since we get to Chris' family and during the cooler months it almost feels like you left Florida. While South Florida is beautiful in its own right, central and northern Florida offer a charm that is missing in the South. Brick homes are rare, everything looks so well manicured, and the majority of the trees are anything but mature.
Our overnight stay in Lake Wales was all about sleeping for my brother and I though the kids got to spend some quality time with Darryl and Kathy while we ran at Tough Mudder.
After the run we headed back to their house for a quick shower before hopping into the car for the drive north. The intentions were to drive as much as we could just to get us into Georgia. We ended up making it as far as Tifton where we pricelined a hotel off the highway and slept for a few hours. In the morning we ate some free breakfast before heading north towards Atlanta.
We were celebrating Alyssa's fifth birthday as well.
This was the kids first sight of what fall looks and feels like. The leaves in southern Georgia were changing colors and the weather had dipped into the 50s. Jade couldn't take her eyes off the trees.
Our first stop in Atlanta was the aquarium which was so incredible.
The kids were in awe of the whale shark and kept asking if we could come back to do one of their sleepovers.
We weren't in Atlanta for long after the aquarium. We headed towards Decatur for lunch and to check out little five points and to checkout Brick Store Pub.
We ended the night in Athens with the intentions to just sleep before a full day in Athens.
Athens was beautiful. A beautiful southern college town. We received a private tour of Terrapin Brewing and were able to sample some amazing beers while we were there.
After the tour and a quick meal we headed towards North Carolina. We planned to stop at Oskar Blues which is just outside of Asheville on our way towards our rented house in Asheville. On our way into the mountains we decided to get out of the car, stretch our legs and take some pictures.
It was in the high 50s but of course for us, it was damn freezing.
I was so excited to arrive at Oskar Blues and drink Dale's straight from the source. We were lucky to get another private tour of the brewery and received a generous discount to the store since Chris is the distributor.
We got to Asheville late so we went immediately to our rented house just outside of downtown. After unloading the car, we picked our rooms and explored the house before sending the kids to bed.
I may have listened to some records and drank some cocktails while the kids slept... Maybe.
In the morning we walked down to the market for some food and came back to relax on the property while Mike made everyone omelets and coffee. I felt incredibly relaxed at this house. There was no TV (no distraction) and the WiFi kinda sucked. But I am grateful that it did because I wasn't distracted by reading the news or trying to stream a movie or blogs.. I just hung out with my family.
More adventures coming....