Since November is considered "out-of-season" for many places, we got a wonderful deal on a four-star resort in Charlotte, North Carolina. Most people at the airport looked at us like we had two heads when we said our final destination was Charlotte. "You mean you're vacationing there?" one woman asked surprised. Her final destination was Atlantis in the Bahamas.
Yes, I suppose going to Charlotte, North Carolina sounds like an unusual travel destination, especially since we don't have any friends or family there, but we had a WONDERFUL time. We enjoyed four-star, luxury service at a fraction of the cost, and we found tons of family friendly places to bring little Lewie. Since most people cleared out of the hotel the day after Thanksgiving, we found ourselves enjoying the resort (and all its amenities) practically by ourselves. And the service...
|The Ballantyne Hotel lobby. (Can you find Little Lewie?)|
|More of the hotel lobby...at night.|
|Our view from the second floor balcony.|
|The flowers that were waiting for us in the hotel upon arrival.|
|They gave us complimentary breakfast in bed everyday during our stay...|
|My order of fruit...almost too pretty to eat...almost.|
|One of the many centerpieces they used to decorate our breakfast-in-bed table.|
|The hotel lent us a golf cart for free and allowed us to ride around their 18 hole golf course.|
|Little Lewie and Big Lewie took turns driving.|
|Little Lewie's picture of my husband.|
|Another picture by Little Lewie. (I swear he's a natural.)|
|Our resort (from a golf cart point of view).|
|Chillin' at tee number three before returning to the hotel.|
|The beautiful pool we had a chance to enjoy by ourselves.|
|Another view of the indoor heated pool. (They were open from 6 am to 10 pm everyday!)|
|Our luxurious marble bathroom.|
|A bubble bath fit for a prince.|
|Our glass shower. I wrote messages to Little Lewie when it steamed up.|
|My husband even had a chance to enjoy an over-sized bubble bath.|
|A surprise for Little Lewie...compliments of the hotel.|
The service was to die for!! My husband and I have stayed at pretty amazing hotels before (especially on our honeymoon), but we never stayed at a hotel so friendly and dedicated to making you feel like royalty. I knew breakfast in bed was included in our package, but I never knew we'd be allow to order up to $70 worth of breakfast in bed. Even more, we were given little "surprises" along the way like the flower arrangement when we arrived, the milk and cookies waiting for us after our evening gaunt, or the little chocolates they brought to us every night when "turning down" our bed.
Yes, for five nights and four days, we lived a life of luxury. After this experience, I don't believe staying at a hotel will ever be this amazing again...unless we come back!