September has been a busy month for us. Everyone seems to be back in full swing from summer. Chris and I ended up traveling most of September. Because we work for ourselves and so much of what I do is sharing our lives with you, traveling for us isn't a vacation. We began our travels with Davidson, North Carolina for my sister in-law's wedding. There is something incredibly charming when visiting a small town. I've only had the pleasure to visit the south a handful of times, but I loved the southern hospitality we received during our short stay. Davidson, North Carolina is a charming college town. We stayed at the Homewood Suites by Hilton.
HOME AWAY FROM HOME
Looking for a place to feel like home? I recommend Homewood Suites by Hilton. All the amenities you will need when traveling. This was our first time staying at a Homewood Suites location and I will definitely be staying at more locations in the future. Our room had a kitchen equipped with stove, microwave, coffee maker, dishwasher, and full size fridge! Perfect for extended stays, traveling with kids, trying to save money on food, or have dietary restrictions. The kitchen is also equipped with basic dishware and cookware.
There was a desk, living room area, and decent size bathroom. Full room tour will be up on my channel soon.
The staff was incredibly accommodating and friendly. Truly the nicest people I've ever met. It has to be the southern hospitality The South is so famous for. From checking in to housekeeping, I could not have felt more welcomed. There is just nothing like it in Los Angeles or the cities I visit.
Upon arrival there was a beautiful welcome tray for us filled with Davidson goodies. Beautiful bouquet of flowers, commemorative license plate, Davidson Chocolates, and beautiful handmade soaps from The Wright Relief. Cristal also left a handwritten card welcoming us and some local restaurant brochures, which I defiently needed.
While I am quite high strung and a workaholic, in Davidson you are forced to slow down. The beautiful town is surrounded by lakes, fields, and trees. It is absolutely breathtaking. Growing up in Southern California and mainly living in cities, I am always amazed at how beautiful land is. Even Dolly and Cooper were happy. It did take them a bit to get use to having a field to run in. Honestly, they never quite got use to all the open space. Taking them off leash was hilarious. Dolly looked at us like "are you trying to leave me here?" Cooper had some trouble walking in the grass and didn't like being off leash at all. Check out their trip to the doggie spa before we left HERE.
(NOTE: I was traveling with Dolly and Cooper, I had the proper paperwork and doctors letters. If you plan to travel with your pet, please check with the airline and hotel to make sure you have the proper documents required.)
The air smells sweeter, clearer, and the people are just friendlier. There's no rush or stress, which made me relax a bit. That is until I got attacked by mosquitos which I'm highly allergic to. If you watched my Instagram stories, you'll know it was no joke. While at the rehearsal for the wedding, which was about 30 minutes away from the hotel, I was attacked during a 30 minute period. Chris had to rush me to get benadryl, which of course knocked me out. It was bad. There were 12 bites on my body and I began to swell up within the hour. I'd like to point out this was on top of me spraying myself with bug spray.
I've always had a hard time with mosquito bites, but I have never been attacked that badly. Unfortunately, because of the mosquito bites, my allergic reaction, and the location I wasn't able to attend the actual wedding. I ended up in bed for the rest of my time in Davidson. Good news was the bed was comfy and we had a kitchen for me to heat up food that Chris brought back.
I would defiently like to visit Davidson again sometime soon and have the chance to explore more of the town.
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There are so many places I'd love to visit. Unfortunately with my anxieties it can be a bit difficult, but I am working on it. Believe it or not, it's not the flying that gives me the hardest time, but the process to get to the airport, through security, and boarding. Once I'm on the plane, I can usually relax a bit. Our trip back from New York had a few hiccups, but I'll share that in future posts.
My latest email I had asked for your travel advice. So many of you were kind enough to respond with helpful travel tips. Thank you for taking the time to share your tips with me. It defiently helped! I can't wait to share with you all the vlogs I filmed during our time away.