Our Roadtrip to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Hello and thanks for coming back to read another post on Allison in Wonderland!  I just got home from a fun weekend in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and am here to tell you all about it!

Since my boyfriend and I are both working full time this summer, we were only able to take a weekend trip but it was SO worth it!  We both took off of work on Friday so, thankfully, we were able to leave on Thursday evening.  Leaving from Maryland, it was supposed to take us about 8 hours to get there but ended up taking around 9, getting us there at 3 o’clock in the morning.

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Before going to Myrtle Beach for this trip, I’d only been there once before, so I was excited to see more of a place that’s such a great vacation destination for so many people!  We spent Friday on the beach (my favorite way to spend a day) and exploring the area around where we were staying.  During our exploration, I realized my favorite thing about Myrtle Beach is when you get to the beach in the morning, it’s high tide and the beach looks crowded and small but as the day goes on, the tide goes out and you’re left with this HUGE beach and less people because they’ve left for the day.  Growing up, I always got to the beach right at 8 am to make sure we got a spot and we stayed until the end of the day.  It’s cool to me that, here, it’s actually more enjoyable to relax and go later in the day and you have a better chance of getting a good spot!

That night, we headed to Broadway at the Beach, which is basically a larger version of the boardwalk.  They have rides, stores, restaurants, and a zip line!  We ate at a restaurant called Extreme Pizza and while it took forever to get our food, it was delicious!  I’d never heard of Broadway at the Beach before going there and it’s definitely a place I’ll go back to when I go again!

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The next day we pretty much repeated what we’d done the day before by spending the day at the beach.  The house was close enough to the beach where we could just ride the golf cart, so that’s mainly how we got around throughout the weekend.  This weekend was my first time driving a golf cart and now that I know what it’s like, I want to get one for myself – they’re so fun!  Later that night, we went to the Garden City boardwalk which has some neat little shops and restaurants and a long pier where you can walk all the way to the end!

The next day was Sunday and, unfortunately, was the day we had to head home.  We needed to leave around noon in order to get back at a reasonable time so we drove the golf cart down to the beach for one last walk in the sand before packing up and heading out.  It ended up taking Connor and I 11(ish) hours to get home because the traffic was a little more heavy coming back than when we were driving down but we got in at about 10pm so it wasn’t awful.

Overall, this trip was just so relaxing and laid back and probably the best trip Connor and I have ever taken together!  It was nice to not have a plan and just go with the flow so I’ll definitely be trying to make that more of a habit rather than planning out every minute of every trip.  Thanks for reading and be sure to come back next Tuesday to see my next post! Bye! 🙂



A Saturday Spent in Washington, D.C.

Happy Tuesday and welcome back to Allison in Wonderland!  This past weekend, I headed back to Washington, D.C. for the day and I can’t wait to tell you all about it, so let’s jump right into it!

FullSizeRenderThe reason I visited was a little bit of a two-fold.  My boyfriend and I had never double dated, so we (mainly me) were dying to finally do that, and it just so happened that the “Together 2016” Christian event was happening on the very same weekend!  Starting off the day, we met up with my friend and her boyfriend and headed into the concert, which was held in the grassy area surrounding the Washington Monument (a very cool location).  The line to get in was incredibly long but it was a free event (so we couldn’t complain) and it was so cool to see how many believers were gathered in one place!  I heard a man say that this event was a small glimpse of what Heaven’s gonna be like and that’s so true!  The event was set up in time frames of praying together, learning together, sharing together, loving together, and resetting together.  This was nice because it made it easy to also take some time to explore the rest of D.C. but still be at the concert for whichever portions were most important to you.  The concert was supposed to go from 9-9 but unfortunately ended up shutting down around 5 due to the heat.  There were a lot of people being taken out in ambulances because of heat exhaustion so the authorities had to make the decision that would keep everyone safe.  Overall, it was a wonderful, wonderful event and just so incredible that something like this was allowed to take place in our nation’s capital.

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Between going in and out of the concert, we targeted some indoor activities because it was almost 100 degrees outside and we were having a hard time staying out there for long.  We headed to the White House before checking out some museums because I had never seen it in person!  I live so close to D.C. and have been there many times, but somehow had never made the time to actually go and see it.  It wasn’t a far walk from the Washington Monument and was well worth taking a little walk out of our way.  After this, we headed to the Museum of Natural History and continued our day of fun from there!

My day in D.C. this weekend was so unlike any other time I’ve visited this city, it just keeps getting better every time!  I’m sure I’ll be headed back again soon, so please leave suggestions in the comments of places to go, especially food places!  I always end up going to the same locations and want to keep discovering what more Washington, D.C. has to offer.  Thanks for reading and I’ll talk to you next week!



Being a Tourist In: Brooklyn

Hi everyone and welcome back to another “Being a Tourist In:…” post!  I was going to wait to write about this trip since I’ve been sharing so much about traveling lately, but I just couldn’t wait!  Brooklyn is, by far, the most incredible place I’ve ever traveled to and I can’t wait to share what I got to see when I visited a few weekends ago!

Starting off with the basics, my house is only about two and a half hours away from Brooklyn, so one of my friends from JMU and I decided to drive to the city from my house.  We used a parking service called Parking Panda to reserve a spot in a parking garage before we left the house so we didn’t have to stress about finding parking or having to pay an astronomical amount!

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We ended up getting there around 11 o’clock in the morning and made the walk from the parking garage to the hotel to check-in before our day really began.  We stayed at the NU Hotel, which is in the Cobble Hill area of Brooklyn.  The hotel was more hole-in-the-wall and discreet than I expected but that just made it even better!  The lobby was bustling with people of all ages and the aesthetic was everything my 19 year old self could dream of.

After checking in, we headed to our main destination, DUMBO.  To get there, instead of walking through normal streets, we headed all the way to the water and walked along the Brooklyn Heights Promenade which has an AMAZING view of the Manhattan skyline.  It stretched almost our entire walk from the hotel to DUMBO and it got us even more excited for our fun weekend!

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The view opposite of the Manhattan skyline along the Brooklyn Heights Promenade!

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After making it to DUMBO, we stopped at Shake Shack for a quick bite to eat.  It was my first time there and I will definitely be going back the next chance I get.  So yummy!  From there, we headed to the view that was at the top of our list: the Manhattan Bridge at the intersection of Washington and Water Street.  Oh my goodness.  This was my favorite thing we did the entire trip and it’s also a pretty familiar view if you’re a Gossip Girl fan!  So cool!

From there, we pretty much just walked around and explored!  We didn’t realize how close together everything was going to be, so we hit our main destinations in only a couple hours.  Another favorite spot of ours was the Jane’s Carousel area!  While we were walking around there, we actually saw Youtuber Tess Christine and her boyfriend at breakfast at the Atrium.

Continuing to walk around that area, we stumbled upon some cute little shops such as the West Elm Market.  I’d never heard of West Elm having a market-type store so we checked it out and it was adorable!  Lots of fun, Brooklyn-inspired trinkets and souvenirs, but not in a cheesy way!  Way to go, West Elm!

Next, we made our way over to a set of stairs that lead to the Brooklyn Bridge and walked across the whole thing!  It wasn’t that bad of a walk, but, of course, the fact that it was a beautiful day didn’t hurt. 🙂  This was one of my favorite memories because we got to see a lot of Brooklyn, a lot of Manhattan, and a lot of the river all at one time!   I definitely recommend doing this if you’re visiting the city.

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One really cool thing (at least to me) that we did while we were in Brooklyn was use a real map.  I always use Google Maps on my phone to help me get place to place and using a paper map allowed us to see some really pretty areas that we might not have seen if we had been using our phones.  It was a refreshing feeling (and allowed for a cool photo op!).

After running around all day, we were pretty exhausted so we headed back to the hotel around 8.  Since we’d seen all that we came to see, we decided to just sleep in and treat ourselves to some brunch the next day!

For brunch, we went to a little French place called Cafe Lucuc, which was only a short walk from the NU Hotel.  We were seated very quickly and had delicious pancakes and french toast!  After eating, we headed back to the hotel to check-out and make the walk from the hotel to our parking garage.

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Of course, I had to snap a little OOTD before leaving!

Even though we saw all that we wanted to see, it was still an awful feeling to be leaving such an exciting and wonderful place.  I will definitely be trying to make another day trip before I head back to college in August and can’t wait to see what the next trip entails!

Thank you for reading what very well may be my longest post to date, but what can I say?  Brooklyn stole my heart.  Feel free to leave any Brooklyn suggestions in the comments for when I go back again!  See you next week!

What’s On My TV: Summer 2016

Hello and happy Tuesday!  Thanks for coming back to Allison in Wonderland!  This week, I’m excited to chat about my favorite TV shows of the season!  With being away at school, summer has become one of the only times I can watch particular shows on a weekly basis, so I can’t wait to share what I’ve been loving with you!

The first show I’ve been obsessed with for the last couple months is The Bachelorette.  I know this show isn’t everyone’s cup of tea and I can admit that it’s a silly concept, but I just love it!  It’s so nice to follow along week-to-week and take your guess at who’s going home!  During previous seasons, I’ve gone on a website (RealitySteve) to see who the “winner” is because I just couldn’t help myself, but this season I’ve held out and it’s totally worth it.  It gives it so much more suspense!  Jojo (this season’s Bachelorette) has a really great (and cute!) group of guys and I can’t wait to see who she picks in the end!  Let me know who your favorite guy is in the comments!

The second show I’ve been loving is Keeping Up with the Kardashians!  I know, the shows I’m recommending are more fluff than anything, but it’s nice to just be able to relax and not feel like you’re missing out if you can’t watch for a couple weeks.  The Kardashian’s always have things going on and it’s fun to, ya know, keep up! 🙂

The third show is Wheel of Fortune.  No, I’m not kidding!  It comes on at 7:30, right before The Bachelorette, and I’ve found myself starting to turn the TV on a little earlier to be able to watch!  It’s not that long of a show and it’s always nice to have a little friendly competition with your friends or family who are watching with you.  Give it a shot, you won’t regret it!

Thanks for reading today’s post and feel free to tell me what you’d like to read about next week in the comments!  Have a great week!