I will start with a disclaimer here: Yes, we traveled on Thanksgiving 2020. We quarantined the two weeks before we went anywhere, and we are avid mask-wearers and social distancers. We hand washed like crazy people, and sanitized up. Now that that is out of the way – here are our adventures.
We started off making sure that we timed it just right, so we could stop for one of my favorites in Atlanta – The Varsity! Sheff gobbled up his hot dog and orange drink, and my slaw dogs were amazing. Their onion rings are out of this world – so if you can stop by and get them, do!
After Atlanta, we drove up to our first stop in Charlotte, NC. We went to The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery for dinner. They had a huge taproom with outdoor seating as well – their huge patio doors were up and open. We had a few brews and a giant pretzel – Sheff had fun with his PB&J and his promised pad time.
In the morning, we woke up and headed to Raleigh for brunch, and then headed to Richmond, VA. We stopped for some amazing pictures in Libby Hill Park – the park overlooked downtown Richmond, and it was just beautiful. After that, we checked into the hotel and let Sheff take a nap. We started the Packers game in the hotel, and then walked to Wong Gonzalez for dinner. It was a Mexican-Asian fusion place, and the food was amazing. We came back to the hotel – watched the Packers lose, and called it an early night.
The next morning, we headed into Washington, DC! Sheffield was so excited about this part of the trip. It was super windy and cold that day, but we powered through it. We walked as close to the White House as we could, went to the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial and the WWII and Korean War Memorials. It was so cool to see how mesmerized Sheff was. Of course he didn’t totally understand everything, but giant things are always a plus. For late lunch, we ate at the oldest restaurant in DC, Old Ebbitt Grill. They are known for their crab cakes, so of course that is what we got – along with a glass of wine. B and I were stuffed for dinner, so Sheff ate his leftovers in the room, while we just chilled and watched cartoons. B eventually walked down to a CVS and got us an array of junk food to snack on.
Then Tuesday morning, we were off to Meemaw & Pappy’s, where we ate too much, made a gingerbread house, lounged around watching Hallmark Christmas movies, went on walks, ate some more, played Super Mario Monopoly and then ate some more.
We drove back in one fell swoop, stopping for lunch in Roanoke, VA at Clutch. It was such a good trip, but we were glad to be back in our own beds. Sunday, we decorated the house, watched football all day, and had wings and fries to watch the Packers beat the Bears. Always a good ending to a weekend watching the Bears lose.
I hope everyone had a great holiday however you decided to celebrate.