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Our Trip to Charlotte in Pictures

Last week we took a mini-vacation to Charlotte, NC. Joe grew up there so we visited some old friends, ate too much and shopped at IKEA (I’ll save the details of our purchases for another post). We had a fabulous time, here are a few pictures to prove it.
 A little coffee (chocolate milk) and work (games) on the road.
 Playing chess at a coffee shop while dad refuels and hangs out with his high school buddy Mike.
 My delicious lunch from The Cowfish – sushi AND a burger AND sweet potato fries!
 Jude’s “sushi” (AKA PB&J) roll from The Cowfish.
 Noah took a lot of naps.
 Joe gives The Cowfish a thumbs up.
 Owner of The Cowfish, Marcus Hall gave Jude and Noah a special gift, The Legend of the Cowfish.
 A random nice lady gave us this awesome coupon outside of IKEA. 
Yes! I worked out in the hotel’s “fitness center” It was like 100 degrees in there and the equipment was from the late 80’s but they had cable!
 This is Noah’s “I’m over IKEA” face.
I can’t wait till they open a Cowfish in Raleigh.
Mini-Vacations are the best!

Vacation at The Wild Dunes Resort – Isle of Palms, SC

We just returned from a brief trip to the Charleston, SC area where we visited family and friends. While there we were able to enjoy the wonderful Wild Dunes resort. On Friday morning we relaxed on the beach and enjoyed the amenities of the resort. Then on Saturday night we went on a double date to the Wild Dune’s fabulous Lettered Olive restaurant.


Wild Dunes is a beautiful resort. The grounds are beautifully landscaped, buildings well maintained and the staff are very welcoming. Pretty much everything you need for the perfect beach vacation is right there. You can rent one of the many vacation homes or a room at the Boardwalk Inn. We utilized The Wild Dunes beach access and pool on Friday morning and had the best time. 


There are two beach front pools and The Grand Pavilion Cafe and Bar to help keep everyone happy, fed and hydrated. It was nice to spend a few hours playing in the sand and waves then move to the pool and grab some lunch at the cafe. 


The next night we enjoyed dinner with friends at The Lettered Olive. The food was just magnificent. We tried the Lowcountry Gazpacho, which was our first time eating gazpacho and it was awesome. We also tried the Triple Seared Ahi Tuna appitizer, which was probably our favorite part of the meal. For our entrees I had the Crab Topped Grouper and Joe had the Red Curry Stained Yellow Tail Snapper. Yum and Yum. And we finished off with the Chocolate Lovers cake for dessert. Needless to say we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and went home stuffed!


After dinner we walked down the boardwalk to the beach. At the Grand Pavilion they had a DJ playing pop songs and little kids were dancing with their parents. It looked like they were having a great time.


The Wild Dunes offers so many more amenities in which we didn’t have time to partake. However, I would have loved to visit the Sand & Sea Salon or try my hand at Tennis. We aren’t big on golf but the Wild Dunes offers a top notch golf course any player would enjoy. Through Island Adventures you can set up just about any family fun activity like, chartering a fishing boat, parasailing, or renting bicycles. 


I hope we get to return to Wild Dunes soon. It was a wonderful and relaxing time. I received the featured product/services in exchange for my honest opinion. The opinions expressed in this post are my own and not influenced by the company.