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A Weekend Staycation in Uptown Charlotte

Did you know that today is the first time since 1948 that the Summer Solstice and a full moon have happened at the same time?

Golden Retrievers

We are all feeling super excited about summer over here! 🙂

I’m an experience kind of person when it comes to gifts. I’d much rather do/see/experience something than receive a traditional gift so when my fiance suggested a staycation date night for my birthday I gave him two thumbs up! Note, we made these plans a couple of weeks before my birthday. The surprise party alone was more than enough celebration but I was happy to have a night just the two of us! <3

Charlotte Marriott City Center

After teaching our classes on Saturday morning we got packed up and hit the pool for a couple of hours before checking into the Charlotte Marriott City Center. I worked with the Marriott last year on a project and received a complimentary stay that we had yet to take advantage of. The City Center Marriott is on the tail end of completing a massive renovation. Luckily, all of the guest rooms and the gym were completed for our stay and everything is slated to be done around the end of the summer. I’ll be sharing a complete review of the renovated Marriott tomorrow. It was awesome and a great step in the right direction for travel and wellness.

Uptown Charlotte Date Night

We checked in around 5 and had commenced happy hour by 5:30. We took our time checking out the hotel, lounging in the room and getting ready before heading out for dinner. I was excited to wear this BCBG dress that my mom and I got back in January when I was visiting. The pattern and flow-y-ness (I made that word up) of the dress are perfect for summer!

BCBG Dress

BCBG has always been one of my go-to spots for dresses. This dress is sold out but they’re currently offering 30% off all markdowns on both their main site and their factory site. Tons of dresses on sale.

Capital Grille Wine List

We had dinner reservations at The Capital Grille. They brought the wine list out on an iPad and it allowed you to search by varietal and also provided a description/tasting notes for each wine. It was a gorgeous night in Charlotte so we opted to dine on the patio. It was perfect for soaking up the energy of the city and people watching.

Capital Grille Crab and Lobster Cakes

We each had a lobster and crab cake to start. I’ve always loved crab cakes but the addition of lobster to these really took them over the top!

Capital Grill Charlotte

And for our meal we split the 10-ounce filet and the soy glazed brussels sprouts with smoky bacon. Everything was so good!

Crescent Lunge

We decided to walk around after dinner and discovered a street right in the heart of uptown that was closed off for the night. I had my DSLR camera with me and the lighting and backdrop were amazing for a couple of yoga shots. I always think it’s fun to get them outside of the studio and out of conventional yoga clothes. (FYI…I started a new Instagram account where I’m sharing lots of yoga flow videos and photos. You can follow it @poweryogaflow.)


We ended the night back in our room and watched Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt on Netflix. It’s our newest obsession! 🙂

Charlotte Marriott City Center Gym

The Center City Marriott has the best hotel gym I have ever seen so we wanted to take advantage of it before checking out. We slept in and then worked out.

5 Church Waffles

Our final stop was brunch at 5 Church where we ordered three entrees. We were both sold on the Belgian waffles with chai-infused maple syrup as soon as we read about them on the menu so we split them as an appetizer.

5 Church Lamb Burger

He had the lamb burger.


And I had two eggs over medium, bacon, toast and home fries.

One of our friends came over to dog/house sit for the night so we went home after brunch to relieve him of his duties. The rest of our Sunday was spent teaching (both of us had one class to teach), dog walking and relaxing.

My birthday week was so much fun but I am happy that the festivities have come to a close. I can officially wave the white flag on sugar right now and I’m looking forward to a “regular routine” kind of week. I’m teaching 14 classes this week + it’s a teacher training weekend so yoga will be keeping me very busy!

I hope you guys have a great week!

Are you more of an “experience” or “things” gift person? 

Are you more pancakes/waffles/french toast or egg-ish for brunch? 

Big thanks to everyone who entered the Newton Running giveaway. Congratulations to comment #196, Kaitlyn, who says, “I love to run for many reasons. Running makes me feel strong! I also like how accomplished I feel after a run. Not all runs are fabulous and easy, but those hard runs sure make the easy ones that much better!” I used a random number generator to select the winner. I wish I could send ALL of you new shoes! xx

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  • Nicki June 20, 2016, 3:38 pm

    This looks so fun! I love the idea of staycations even though I’ve never done one myself 🙂 Also, I am obsessed with that dress, you look gorgeous!!

    • Jen DeCurtins June 20, 2016, 4:54 pm

      Thank you so much Nicki! It was nice not to have to drive far for a quick getaway! 🙂

  • Hillary June 20, 2016, 4:14 pm

    Your dress is SO pretty!! Glad you had a great birthday week! A staycation sounds fun. Sounds like you’ll be sweating out all that sugar with 14 classes this week 😉

    • Jen DeCurtins June 20, 2016, 4:54 pm

      Thanks Hillary! I hope you had a great bday too! I’ll be sweating teaching for sure but luckily I don’t practice with them. That would be a lot of yoga if I did! 🙂

  • Holly June 20, 2016, 4:28 pm

    What a great idea to do for a birthday. I would much rather experience something fun rather than receive a gift. The yoga picture of you is BEAUTIFUL! It needs to be framed or used in a magazine…seriously, it’s that stunning! 🙂

    • Jen DeCurtins June 20, 2016, 4:55 pm

      Thanks so much Holly! I appreciate the kind words. Also, it’s great to hear from you! I hope you’ve been well.

  • Sarah June 20, 2016, 6:27 pm

    That dress is beautiful! I love staycations, really makes you appreciate the city so much more 🙂 We almost went to Capital Grill last weekend – that would have been funny if I ran into you!

  • Michelle June 21, 2016, 4:51 am

    Beautiful photographs! I am definitely more experience than gift and your breakfast is my kind of wake up meal! Now I’m off to check out your yoga flow instagram!!!

    • Michelle June 21, 2016, 4:54 am

      Just an add-on -> in your first yoga flow, can you tell me the brand and style of the pants you have on?

  • ACKTIVE LIFE June 21, 2016, 11:19 am

    LOVE that dress! I always chicken out at brunch…I end up ordering eggs when I was talking endlessly before about getting pancakes. HA! I am all about a good omelette with hash browns and buttered toast with the jelly packets. 🙂 Glad you had a fabulous birthday!

  • Tara June 21, 2016, 1:34 pm

    looks like you had lots of fun !! i like experiences too but ones that i can pick/be consulted on. I’m not a surprise girl as i like to look forward to things and get excited. seems like the funnest part sometimes! i also like to give experiences as gifts especially when i can come along too 🙂
    oh for breakfast i LOVE waffles, pancakes, etc but so rarely have them. a pure sugar coma is totally the way to go for breakfast out for me. i have eggs on the daily so no thank you !

  • Tara | Treble in the Kitchen June 21, 2016, 6:33 pm

    I love stay cations! I’m totally an experience person too when it comes to gifts 🙂 so this totally sounds like such a great way to spend the weekend, and that BCBG dress?! SO in love with it!!

  • Joy June 22, 2016, 9:20 am

    That photo of you doing yoga in your dress is stunning. What a great shot!

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