I’m back, friends! I know I’ve been MIA, but I’ve been a busy bee. A week ago, I spent my first weekend in Vegas. More on that next week. This weekend, I was incredibly lucky to spend some time with my wonderful family in a charming town in southern Virginia. The main event was an all day picnic in the picturesque Staunton River State Park. It was the perfect spot and the pictures don’t do it justice.
Our flight back to good ol’ IAH was late in the day, so we had a few hours to explore what the Raleigh-Durham greater metro area has to offer. For time and logistical reasons we focused on Durham and we went with our natural instincts: beer and baseball.
First Stop: Fullsteam Brewery
My favorite travel companion and I popped into Fullsteam for a flight. I’m not sure if it was the heat or something in the North Carolina water, but I was really digging every brew I tried in my five beer flight, presented on a NC shaped paddle. You can check out what I tasted by following me on Untappd. I was also totally charmed by the decor in the tap room, and filled with nostalgia with the nod to the old timey card catalog, the key to the basically obsolete Dewey Decimal System. Do kids these days even learn that anymore? I think I know the answer…
Next Stop: Durham Bulls Athletic Park
Y’all may not know, but I’m a huge fan of baseball and I’ve seen nearly every baseball movie known to man. I also have a penchant for doing unabashedly touristy things in cities other than New York. So I advocated for a stop at the site of Bull Durham. It didn’t disappoint. I didn’t have to look hard to find the movie reference commemorated in the brick. There was no time for a game, and the Durham Bulls weren’t even in town, but the stadium was surprisingly accessible. So if baseball is your thing, it’s worth the stop for the photo op.
Last Stop: Ponysaurus Brewing
We book ended the Durham Bulls stadium visit with another brewery. I picked this one out because I thought the name was cute. As it turns out, they not only have a cute name, their beers were also delish. Once again, I really think it’s definitely that North Carolina water. Or perhaps, the southern friendliness I experienced made the beer taste better. Either way, I was a happy camper. We also grabbed a bite to eat at the food truck parked outside. The vibe was low-key and relaxed. Families seemed to enjoy the place as well as groups of friends. It’s the kind of place I wish I could have taken back to Houston with me. Though, I suppose we’re not exactly lacking in the chill brewery department.
My quick stop in Durham was the perfect end to a very special weekend. And if you ever have a layover at RDU, I definitely recommend doing a little exploring if you can, because Durham was a lovely city to spend a few hours.