I may or may not be obsessed with these lobby lights!
We did a lot of eating, shopping, and laughing. We may have also indulged in a few cocktails. The hotel is in the perfect location as it is across the street from Crabtree Mall and relatively close to downtown. Tony joined me for some afternoon cocktails while we waited for the girls. They have redone their bar/restaurant from a "typical" somewhat boring hotel fare to a Southern-inspired dining experience called 'Braise'
They have an awesome cocktail menu that uses a lot of bourbons. If you read this blog at all then you know how much I adore my bourbon! I enjoyed my prosecco based option but after I tasted Tony's whiskey based libation, I realized I chose wrong. Joel ( I hope I got his name correct because he is the nicest and our entire crew spent half our time drooling as he looks as good as his drinks. hahaha) He named this one 'Height of Fashion" and as a cocktail creator who spends way to much time coming up with names, I was left with name envy!
Alas, the gals arrived and we got straight to work with making cocktails and getting our shopping on. Five women can do a lot of damage in a very short time! The best part about our suite was that it was not a typical suite. We had the hospitality suite in the middle, flanked by our rooms on either side. I am not a big fan of wallpaper but I loved the one they chose. Plus, I had a crush on the sofa. I also love that they have a smart tv and can just catch up on any of my binges!
The ladies and I spent way too much time laughing and making snap chat videos. Yes, this is what middle aged woman who are too cool for school ( yes, I legitimately just typed that;) do to bide their time. Then we gorged ourselves on the awesome chocolate covered strawberries and champagne from the hotel. They have many additions to complete your stay at the hotel and make it memorable.
That night we headed to one of my favorite Raleigh dinner spots: Relish. It may not be very "chic" or even "trendy" but oh my gosh the food really is just to die for and it was a quick five-minute drive from the hotel. Or, more accurately, it is if you don't get lost because your GPS is a big fat liar. oops.
We headed towards downtown which is about a fifteen-minute ride from the hotel but I would recommend you take an uber. Parking downtown is the worst and it probably wouldn't be more than 5 bucks or so for the uber. Then, upon our return, we ended our night we cheesecake and since they are incorporating more Southern cuisine into the restaurant, the cheesecake option was banana pudding cheesecake! Yes, you read that correctly. Banana. Pudding. Cheesecake. Also, I hate bananas and somehow this was divine!
All in all, we had a fabulous stay at the new Mariott Crabtree and our weekend hitting up some of my favorite Oak City stops: Relish, Moon & Lola, Cameron Village, and C. Grace! If you are looking to visit Raleigh, I definitely recommend it. Or, if like me, you want a staycation, it is great. I cannot wait to return this summer once the pool is open!