Friends Are Family
As I mentioned on the day itself, neither my family nor my husband's has a particular Thanksgiving tradition. So it was that we found ourselves flying to North Carolina this year, to spend the holiday with my husband's best friend from college (they served as each others' best men), his wife and one year old daughter, and their families. It was a warm and festive holiday just the way you always want Thanksgiving to be, including absolutely amazing food.
I may have mentioned before (mostly because it seemed so daunting) that I planned to run an 8K race on Thanksgiving Day. Well, I did in fact run the thing. And at a personal best, averaging less than 10 min/mile! I still don't think of myself as a runner, or even as a particularly fit person, but it was really rewarding to prove to myself that I can set a physical goal and achieve it. I'm actually continuing to run a couple of times a week, but I am in no way addicted to long distance: five miles is plenty for a long run, thank you very much!
Cozy Country Inn
Our friends had a seriously full house while we were visiting, so we decided to stay in a hotel. My husband found this adorable inn with amazing restaurant attached: The Fearrington House Inn outside of Chapel Hill, a Relais Chateaux property. It was a little bit dicey getting to and from our friends' house since we didn't rent a car and Ubers were rare, but the commute was well worth the ambiance, service, and amazing food - from the included afternoon tea to the handmade chocolates placed by the bed each night. If you need to be in the Research Triangle area, I'd highly recommend passing on the usual chain hotels and checking out this much more charming (and not much more expensive) option!