August 26, 2013

Labor Day-ing like a boss

Good God, how did it get to be Labor Day weekend and the end of summer already?  Well, you might be preparing to go back to school (or get some little munchkins ready to go back to school).  And for most people in the US, that means taking a trip. What better way to celebrate Labor Day than with jacked up gas prices, road rage from the swelling traffic, and massive crowds at every beach?  There is no better way.  That's why Chris and I are headed a few hours down the road to the Wilmington/Wrightsville Beach area of North Carolina. DC has trained us well on how to grumble about expensive gas, cut people off in traffic and yell at them incessantly from the confines of the car, and bitch about crowds of tourists. We've got this.

But all normal holiday weekend annoyances aside, we're both excited to take a trip where we can completely relax instead of spend hours on the road each day.  Plus, neither of us have been to the Wilmington area.  I forsee days on the beaches and nights in Wilmington checking out breweries and bars.  And for me, lots and lots of sunscreen.  

Also, this will be my first time using Airbnb - a vacation rental website where you can book anything from a futon in someone's living room to palatial mansions.  I've used VRBO (Vacation Rental By Owner) in the past, so we'll see how they compare.  As far as websites go, Airbnb wins this by a landslide, so I'll report later how the overall experiences compare.  We've booked a 1-bedroom in-law suite adjacent to our hosts' home.  It was a far better deal than any hotel room advertised online, and we'll have access to our own kitchen and backyard creek and walking trails.  Plus, the hostess apparently makes homemade biscotti.  Take that and stuff it, Hilton.

I'm pretty stoked to have 4 days in a home away from home with multiple beaches and a city with a few breweries nearby.  Have you been to the Wilmington area and have any advice?  I'd love to hear it!  I'd also love to know what you're doing for Labor Day.  Whether you're staying home or going away, I hope you do Labor Day weekend like a boss.  


  1. I'm pretty excited to be having a stay-cation this weekend. Prob do a little golfing, and hopefully even get out on the lake for some water-skiing, if I'm lucky. Have fun at the beaches and breweries!

    1. How fun! You'll beat lots of traffic with a staycation, for sure. :)