Hello, North Carolina.

I’ve been looking forward to a weekend on the beach and was very excited about this trip. My husband’s family rents a house in Holden Beach every year. This year, the house had a pool and elevator and an inverted floor plan, which made it the most beautiful house I’d seen on a beach thus far!

We started off the morning in the Presidents Club Lounge at the airport. Ray’s card was upgraded and with all the flying we do, it was a lovely change to start off the morning with no hassle to find comfortable chairs. It was also a plus to have free food and drink.

I can imagine that free wi-fi, office areas, showers and free bar will be useful on other trips!

The house was beautifully decorated and I love this new style of a beach house, where the second floor is the one with the kitchen and living room.

The second floor has the best view of the beach and ocean and it’s where everyone always hangs out.

The bedrooms are on the first floor and no one spends nearly the same amount of time there as they do in the common areas of the house.

When we got to the house, we quickly unpacked, which was made so easy with the help of the elevator. Then, we headed out to the beach. I couldn’t believe how incredibly warm the ocean was this year. Each year, the Atlantic Ocean is always chilly, especially this early in the season, and you have to enter it in stages. Unbelievably, the pool was actually cooler than the ocean, which seems…impossible!

Ray and I enjoyed a long walk on the beach that evening and went to bed early, since we wanted to be up for 8AM Mass the next morning to have the rest of the day free to enjoy the beach.

Breakfast: At the Continental Presidents Club, I ate a bagel with Philadelphia Creme Cheese and had Coffee with Skim Milk, while reading a magazine.

Lunch: The sun seems to suppress appetites, so I just made myself an orange shake. It was just orange juice and about 20 ice-cubes. Delicious! I followed it up with an orange. I know it seems like a healthy choice, but I did flub a bit and had icecream and banana bread as well…

Dinner: Sweet Potatoe. I added salt and pepper after it came out of the microwave. It didn’t need any other condiments, since the sweet potatoe is very flavorful.