weekend in raleigh, nc!

for my big birthday present, j surprised me with a weekend trip to raleigh, nc!
what a weekend!!!

raleigh or bustraleigh or bust.

we made the quick 2-ish hour drive after he got off work friday and had maybe 45 minutes to spare before his first surprise started…
a ghost tour and pub crawl!

raleigh ghost tour and pub crawlbefore the crawl.

we visited 3 haunted locations and stopped by 4 bars.
it was a great way to get a feel of the downtown area and to hear about raleigh’s spooky past.

raleigh love 2after the crawl i took and edited this sweet pic.
not sure how i did it, but i’m liking it!

saturday we went to bruegger’s for breakfast.
bruegger's bagelshis & hers.
yummmmmmmm!

after we headed to the mall which is such a treat for us.
you can walk from one end to the other of our nearest “mall” in approximately 3 minutes…

after dropping way too much money on new clothes and other goodies, we went back to the hotel and got ready for j’s second surprise…
a gourmet food tour of raleigh!
we went to five different locations and all the food/desserts/drinks were beyond incredible.
again, a great way to get to know the area and all the bomb restaurants.

the green light in raleigh (1)daiquiris at the green light.

sunday we stopped by benelux coffee for a quick bite to eat before hitting the road.
this cafe was highly recommended to us by our gourmet food tour guide and we’re so happy we listened.

benelux in raleigh 3the waffles were great and our lattes were perfection!

they also sell stroop waffles.
i’ve never heard of them before but am so glad we gave this new treat a try!
benelux in raleigh 4you place the waffle over a hot cup of coffee (it’s supposed to be over a mug but we improvised…) and the warmth from the drink heats up the filling which softens it and makes it even more incredible.
so cool!

everything we ate and saw was awesome.

raleigh is a great mix of old and new and i’m so glad we made the trip!

thanks raleigh for a great time!
benelux in raleighwe’ll definitely be back!

for more info on the cool tours we did, take a look here:
ghost tour and pub crawl

 gourmet food tour

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