My parents are an inspiration. After being married for almost thirty years they still cannot stand to be gone from each other for more than a couple of days. The best part is that when daddy leaves for a business trip, mommy plans getaways to get her mind off her missing honey. Hence us kids get to go on impromptu mini vacations!
So while daddy was at some kind of important tech event this weekend, we got to spend a day in Wilmington, North Carolina. Wilmington is full of history, great beaches, and food glorious food. What more could I possibly ask for?
Spending one day in Wilmington may or may not have made me a comprehensive guide book on the place, but I did learn a lot (thank you TripAdvisor). Now I shall impart my fountain of Wilmington wisdom.
If you were going to Wilmington tomorrow, here are three things you must do:
(from an absolute authority on the subject)
1. Go to the beach (why else would you drive all the way to the gorgeous North Carolina coast?).
2. Explore historic Wilmington (particularly the Riverwalk along the Cape Fear river voted “best American riverfront” by USA Today in 2014).
3. Check out the top Wilmington attraction, Battleship North Carolina, a retired WWII battleship that has been fully restored and opened for visitors to trapse all over.
Note for fellow history geeks: Wilmington’s economy has boomed since the early 1700s when they provided loads of navy store (tar, pitch, and turpentine) to Mother England. After the American Revolution, Wilmington continued to export huge amounts of navy store to other parts of the world. By the Civil War, Wilmington boasted that it was the largest exporter of navy stores in the world. Since then, a dwindling supply of long leaf pine forests and the demise of wooden ships has forced Wilmington to base their economy on other things, like tourism and… tourism. (just kidding, Wilmington’s economy is booming in many ways. But tourism is definitely a thing.)
Battleship North Carolina was a special experience. I couldn’t help but think of my dear Grandpa Knoch who served in the navy during the Korean War. I think we got a good feeling of what it must have been like to live on a battleship.
My favorite part was definitely the kitchen. Check out that giant kitchen aid mixer!
I was amazed that despite the fact that most of our vacation time was spent driving to and from our destination, we were able to enjoy so much fun and relaxation. I think the key was not trying to pack in too much and being flexible enough to try new things and work without a super strict schedule.
How do you mini-vacation? What makes a one-nighter or day trip awesome?
Photo credits to my lil sister.