June 2016 Trip: North Carolina

I’m back with the final installment about my June 2016 trip! Feel free to read about Shenandoah National Park and traversing the Blue Ridge Parkway through Virginia. For the final couple days of my trip, I visited my friend Cassie who lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She moved there last December so I jumped at the chance to visit her for a couple days. I rolled into Winston-Salem early Sunday afternoon and stayed until early Tuesday morning. On Sunday, we went out for lunch at Village Tavern where I embraced being in the South and had sweet tea. Yum! We also toured the HanesBrands Corporate offices, where she works, had coffee at Camino Bakery & Coffee Bar, and wandered around downtown in the art district. There was wall art everywhere throughout this area of downtown and I couldn’t resist snapping a few photos. We talked about anything and everything. It was sooo fun to catch up with her.

Cassie at Hanes Brands HQ

Cassie at HanesBrands HQ

Winston-Salem, NC - Artivity area in arts district with Cassie

Cassie & I

Winston-Salem, NC - murals in art district

Art in downtown Winston-Salem

On Monday, Cassie had to work her normal day and I vegged at her apartment. I had been going non-stop for almost a week. It was so nice to not do a whole lot. Once she was done with work, we ventured out. Our first stop was Tart Sweets. When I first started doing my research about Winston-Salem, I found Tart Sweets through Instagram. I knew instantly that I had to make a visit to this bakery/coffee shop. It’s in a converted old house and is gorgeous. Here’s the inside.

Winston-Salem, NC - Tart Sweets

Tart Sweets – inside

After Tart Sweets, we walked around Wake Forest University. While I don’t ever see myself working at a private university, I do love walking through the grounds. They’re usually absolutely gorgeous. On the Wake Forest campus, my favorite building was the chapel.

Winston-Salem, NC - Wake Forest University Chapel

Wait Chapel at Wake Forest University

Tuesday morning meant an early start (6am!). I had a late morning flight out of Charlotte, so I had to get on the road for a couple hour drive, return my rental car, and get through security. Everything travel-wise went smoothly and I was back in Duluth by 5:30pm. Whenever I fly, I try to book a window seat. I love watching the country go by underneath me. I couldn’t resist snapping a picture once I saw Lake Superior. As much as I love to travel, I love coming home too.

View of Lake Superior from plane

Lake Superior from the air

Well, that’s it for my June 2016 trip. Next up, planning for my 2017 trips! As of right now, I’ll be venturing to New York City and Portland, Oregon. Time to get some research done.


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