Won $60 on the penny slots. Also let it be known I used to scoff at people who claimed "dry heat is better than humidity" but now that I've spent half the month bopping back and forth between Orlando and Vegas I can confirm that 108 degree dry heat is far less aggressive than 90 degrees in 100% humidity.
Kobe Japanese Steakhouse in Orlando, FL
Well, it finally happened. I like sushi. Also tried a couple of Japanese beers, but the verdict is still out on those.
Finn Hall in Houston, TX
Not gonna lie I was dreading this trip all of July knowing that I had to deal with a double red-eye spanning 8 hours, but 24 hours in Houston meant a little time for exploring (re: eating).
Have not had NEARLY enough beach days this summer which is sad considering it's been 100 degrees here every single day since about April. I guess the good thing about Florida is summer doesn't really end until like, what... December?
BeachFly Brewing Company in Indian Harbour Beach, FL
This is Sharks in the Water, a strawberry hibiscus chili beer. I'm not drooling, you're drooling.
Nacho Daddy in Las Vegas, NV
OK not really but with the amount of time I'm about to spend there this August it's certainly going to feel that way. Tried the flight and was impressed with the beers, but not with the way the bartender presented them out of order! Luckily (if you want to call it that) I've had enough beer in my day to figure it out and reorder them.
Blue Moon Bar in Las Vegas, NV
Did you know Blue Moon makes an IPA? Neither did I, which is why I got the mango wheat. But next time (and there will be a next time, considering I have about 197 layovers there next month) I'll spring for the IPA!
Hiking Catawba Falls in Black Mountain, NC
Two hikes in one day! After destroying our legs with the steep climb up to Lookout Point, we rewarded ourselves with an easy hike to see Catawba Falls. The water was freeeeeezing, but refreshing!
Hiking in Montreat, NC
Definitely earned my beer hiking up this trail! It was only about a mile long, but steep as could be. My calves were on fire by the end of it but the views were so worth it!
The Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC
Being bougie and frolicking around the Biltmore estate, the largest residential home in America (basically a castle). Apparently the Vanderbilts who owned this estate were good peoples. Obviously they could afford to be. Followed up with a wine tasting at the estate's winery.
Urban Orchard Cidery in Asheville, NC
Can't tell you how many times I had to stop myself from saying 'Angry' orchard instead of 'Urban' orchard. If beer isn't your thing (you weirdo), Asheville has cideries, distilleries, and lots of great food so really you have no reason not to visit.
Bhramari Brewing Company in Asheville, NC
First stop on the mini Asheville brewery tour: Bhramari Brewing Co. With a little bit of everything, from lagers to IPAs to sours, including collabs with other local and national breweries, Bhramari is a real crowd pleaser! You can taste the real time, effort, and talent put into each beer.