Staycation: July 2011

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011 by Rachel

Since Derrick had to take a few furlough days, we chose to back them up against Christmas in July Weekend. Once the party was over, in lieu of a traditional vacation, we decided to have a staycation—pretending we are on vacation, but staying in Milledgeville. Using this page over at The Nest as our itinerary, we had a blast on our 3-day long staycation.


Here are some of the highlights:


• Fancy sheets & chocolates on our pillows
• Waking up to fancy coffees and cocoas at Chateau Richmond
• 49 cent movie rentals from Blockbuster: The Social Network, Pirahna, and potato chips
• Fun snacks and drinks: cashews, almonds, cheese & crackers, hot misty cider, wine
• Cooking: fancy broccoli, cheese, and cauliflower frittatas, fancy Greek-leftovers scrambles, and some country-style ribs from Kroger.
• Eating at restaurants that we’ve never been to: Metropolis Café & BoJo’s Boardwalk Café (reviews are on their way!)
• Going to Courson’s Winery—tasting and buying wines
• Watching random-around-the-house DVDs: The Next Karate Kid, Miss March, Seinfeld, the first hour of Kill Bill, etc
• Playing video games: Street Fighter 2, Mario Kart, Left For Dead, the Zelda bulls-eye game
• Spa Time: Mud Masks, Chocolate Masks, Face Peels
• Keeping the computers off, except for the occasional email check, really gave my brain a break!


Things that didn’t quite work out:


• We ignored The Nest’s alarm clock rule and set alarm clocks… only to shut them off and sleep in! We shouldn’t have even bothered with the alarm clocks anyway and should’ve focused on relaxing.
• We didn’t make it on the trolley tour (too early), Old Governor’s Mansion tour, or Andalusia tour (too hot).
• We explored and drove way out in the boonies to find Rocky Creek Park, which is Milledgeville’s supposedly-sandy beach, only to find that it was closed on Mondays and Tuesdays! From the closed gate, we couldn’t even check out what the beach looked like.
• Milledgeville is dead on Sundays and Mondays. We drove downtown both days only to find that 90% of all shops were closed. I’d recommend future staycationers plan accordingly and have their staycation later in the week.
• We tried to go to PJ’s Steakhouse on Tuesday at 6 o’clock only to be turned away at the door. Their lights were on, there were cars out front, and there was no hours sign posted. We won’t go back there.


That’s all for now! Check back later this week for Milledgeville restaurant reviews and a shopping review.

Places I Want to Go

Monday, August 10th, 2009 by Rachel

Since moving to Georgia, we have had the opportunity to do our fair share of exploring.  We’ve driven through Gray to Macon and back.  We’ve driven around the Eatonton area.


We took a few days vacation to Fripp Island, SC with Derrick’s parents.  We rode around on golf carts, ate some wonderful seafood, watched hermit crab races, played darts, examined alligators from a close but safe distance, and watched beach movies.


We took a ridiculously short trip to Greensboro, NC, during which we got our teeth cleaned, sorted through my bedroom stuff, saw Chris Courtright, Jessica and Kaden, got to paint some of my old bedroom, eat El Mariachi & watch Knowing with my parents.  Last week, we drove out to Harlem, GA to go to the Laurel and Hardy Museum, which was just wonderful!


I wouldn’t quite say I’m the traveling type.  I hate flying.  I have ridiculous car anxiety.  BUT I do like going places/seeing things.  Walking is my preferred mode of transportation, but I’ll settle for a car ride if I have to.  This limits my exploring in a way, but I feel that it also gives me the opportunity to develop a deep appreciation for this region.


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