Last Saturday, we went to Raleigh to pick up my dad's newwwwww car! He'd been looking for a new car for some time, and finally settled on the 2013 Avalon. Toyota totally updated the body of the car - it's much sportier now - and it drives even more smoothly than his last one. It's got lots of neat bells and whistles too, like heated seats, navigation, a bluetooth phone system that connects with your cell phone, and a "blind spot" warning system that flashes when someone may be hiding to your left or right! So cool!
When we left the dealership, we decided to head over to Southern Season in Chapel Hill. I've heard awesome things about this place, but had never been before, so I was excited!
Southern Season is a huuuuuuge store full of specialty food, wines, kitchen gadgets, home decor, coffee and teas...you name it! Apparently their restaurant is delicious too, but we weren't able to stay for dinner.
The perimeter of the store had different shops - a coffee bar, candy shop, old-timey ice cream store, a bakery & cheese shop, and a prepared food bar (which I literally had to drag husband away from).
The center of the huge warehouse is sectioned off into different categories. We started in the kitchen gadgets and then wove through every section, eyeing all the goodies. Being December, there were lots of really cute Christmas things I wanted. The thought of having to haul everything back to Boston was enough of a deterrent to keep me from buying everything in sight, though. :)
We went home with some chocolate truffles for dad (which were devoured on Christmas day), some Angry Bird gummy candies for Mark's stocking, some crazy NC pickles for Trav's composition teacher (a pickle fanatic), and a North Carolina-shaped cheese board for me!
If you're in the Raleigh area, this is a must-see. So much fun!