On black Friday (or what other people might call boxing day), my family doesn’t tend to flock to the stores to get a great deal. For the past few years we have instead gone out and explored something local. Last year we road tripped to New York!
After a brief stop at an outdoor sporting store where I got a tent (WOOHOO!), we drove to Southern Pines. It was a sleepy, warm and humid day with not a lot of people but some classic store fronts by the railroad.
We found a coffee shop to fuel ourselves. The barista had an awesome tattoo sleeve of the world that I now want to replicate. The old dressing rooms were converted into private studying/working/coffee sipping areas. And we all loved the coffee table made from repurposed wood.
One of the shops was a cheese store attached to an olive oil store. The boys had a great time sampling the different flavors. They also had an assortment of balsamics.
Meet the Harkness family, minus Courtland. Sawyer is too cool for us.
After Southern Pines, we drove to Pinehurst and discovered an amazing pocket of still-decorated-for-Christmas beauty.
When it comes to adventures, this was a pretty good one. It turns out getting to know North Carolina is going to take a long time, and I’m okay with that. If you ever make it out this way, Southern Pines and Pinehurst are good stops, especially if you like golf and/or horses.
Until next time,