Staycation: a vacation spent at home and involving day trips to local attractions.
I've decided for Mother's Day from this day forward, I want a hotel staycation. It's not that I don't love my children and husband but there is something relaxing about being alone to read, have a meal, sleep in the entire bed or even work in peace.
However, I cannot take the credit on this idea. My friend, Miranda in Charlotte, did the same staycation last summer. You can read her review here. Earlier this year she hosted a giveaway that included a boudoir session from the same photographer that she used and I entered. Funny thing is that I won. When I spoke with Lauren Villa with Lauren Villa Boudoir, she mentioned a handful of hotels we could use to keep it a secret. So I contacted the same hotel Miranda used because the post she made basically sold me.
So yeah, basically I copied my favorite local influencer because she - well - influenced me.
To start things off, I arrived later than planned because of tornado warnings and crazy winds. Pulling up to their valet made it easier. It’s only $6 extra per night so it’s not a massive splurge and the gentleman who assisted me both days was so nice at helping me with my heavy bags. The front desk quickly checked me in and sent me on my way up to the top to one of their Penthouse suites.
When I first walked in, the room took my breath away from the small details of the glass mirrored accent wall to the TWO balconies. The Dunhill Hotel was opened in 1929. The details are beautiful and full of history. Not to mention the marble flooring in my room are original to the hotel! Although they are continually remodeling, the goal is to keep the architecture true to the original design.
When I got in, I rummaged through some of the areas in the room and quickly found that my room had a handful of books about Charlotte and of course some super soft robes. After I glanced through a few, I decided to lay down for a bit on the fluffy king size bed before I headed down for dinner.
After a short nap, I headed down to have a small bite at The Asbury. I ordered a large glass of red wine and the NC Beef Blackboard. I know that I will never turn down a great piece of steak! I worked a little while I waited and really took in the solo dining - including the people watching. There were groups around me having a great Friday night out in such a relaxing spot that it amazed me how we were both enjoying very different Friday nights in the same spot while both enjoying the atmosphere.
I grabbed another glass before ascending upstairs for the night. I decided to take in the night on the patio facing uptown. It was the perfect weather outside so I changed in my pjs and listened to the music below.
This was my first night alone since Milie was born and I was ready for uninterrupted sleep! Although she sleeps through the night, I constantly wake when I think I hear her stirring around so I shut all the curtains, turned down the lights and let the fluffy pillow top King consume me.
I woke up ready for my photos with Lauren. I was so sad I couldn’t fully experience the grand rain shower because I had extensions put in the day before so I ran down and grabbed a shower cap! Still not the same but it worked.
We then spent the morning doing a fun boudoir shoot which I'll share more about at a later date. Because I gifted these for a partial wedding gift, I wasn’t able to share my staycation with y'all before I told him why I went to the Dunhill other than to have a night away!
This feature was written in conjunction with The Dunhill Hotel and Asbury. Opinions and experiences are my own. No monetary or personal gain was traded with Lauren Villa Boudoir outside of winning the session through another giveaway. All opinions are my own.