Sometimes a getaway doesn’t have to be long, nor does it need to be far. A quick ride, to a sweet little town you have never visited before, may be just what the psychiatrist, oh sorry, Doctor, ordered!
Beaufort, NC (BOH-fert), not to be confused with Beaufort, SC (BEW-fert), yes, the are pronounced differently, and YES I had to think of the correct pronunciation EVERYTIME I said it in front of any locals, and that was the only stress we felt all weekend in this lovely little town. The third oldest town in the State of NC, and just about a 2 1/2 hour drive from home, was the perfect little getaway this past weekend. A fishing town, with shopping, restaurants and a beautiful waterfront was just what we needed!.
We stayed at a fairly new hotel, Beaufort Hotel, whose restaurant faces Carrot Island, an uninhabitable island to humans, which has an abundance of birds, wildlife and HORSES. Yep, how cool is that?! With that being said, I am assuming you have already guessed one of the highlights of my weekend! We saw 5 total, and it was soooooo cool. Sometimes, it really is the little things. It certainly didn’t hurt that the hotel is beautiful in its own right and every employee we encountered was as sweet as could be. The drinks were very good (my favorite was the Beaufort Mule), and the food was delicious. If you are looking for a wonderful place to stay, Brad and I both recommend this “Gem of the Crystal Coast.”
Even though it was a quick trip, we did have plenty of time to meander (that’s southern for wander around). We popped in and out of all the local shops, 2 great antique stores, and an Art Gallery. We had lunch with a friend (who is lucky enough to live in Moorehead City) at a hole in the wall local joint, Royal James Cafe, they claim to have the best burgers in Beaufort and I will tell you, they were really good, so were the fries. (I tried NOT to look and see if they had a health grade!) It was an experience and the place had LOTS of charm! Another highlight for me, was our visit to the Maritime Museum, I know! I was shocked too! We went from display to display looking at all the cool artifacts and exhibits. I was looking at what was one of the first life boats, a scary looking little thing I couldn’t imagine climbing into as a ship was sinking, when Brad read the adjoining plaque out loud, “Builder, Continental Works, Greenpoint, Brooklyn N.Y.” WHAT?!?!?! How crazy is that?!? I don’t know why I thought that was the COOLEST thing ever! (I’ve obviously gotten a little mellow in my old age! Hahaha.) Just in case you didn’t make the connection, I was born and raised in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. I immediately wondered if my Grandfather, who was a longshoreman, knew this company or people who worked there. I told Brad I had a connection to this sweet little town, and I loved it.
We headed back toward Leland Sunday, relaxed and happy, made a pit stop in New Bern, which could be another Blog about another sweet NC town! We made it home in time for the race, NASCAR for those of you who don’t know that that’s what “the race” means, which was just the icing on the cake for the hubs! Daylight savings time is not his favorite, since his alarm goes off at 1:15 AM but he didn’t seem as annoyed as I would have expected this morning! I’m sure it’s thanks to BOW-fort!
On a completly random note, I will say, SO many people commented on my hair color! One woman in particular asked me WHAT color it was. Brad said, “It’s all her!” lol it’s so funny to me that young people pay big bucks to have their hair dyed silver while us older ladies pay big bucks to hide that same color. (Proving we always want what we don’t have!) I wanted to share my stylists name, Teresa Connolly, and the hair product line she recommended, Loma*, because I LOVE both! If you are local to Leland and looking for a fabulous stylist, “on this side of the bridge,” please check her out! She is located in Magnolia Salon in Magnolia Greens, please be sure to tell her you heard about her from Coffee Break with Kelli!
My weekend started off on Friday with me posting in my private FB Group, Being HERd Through the Chaos, that I was having a good hair day, it was thanks to Teresa and Loma, and as you read, it set the stage for a great Saturday & Sunday…coincidence? I think not. Sometimes a good hair day is all you need to start a fantastic little getaway.