Red Hook, Brooklyn Heights & a Little Bit of Dumbo

Derek and I must be pretty lucky, because during these last two weekends, we’ve had the pleasure of having two faces of home come to visit us here in the city! First it was Claire, and her silly self. Then, this past Friday, one of my best friends from NCSU, Laurel, flew up for a couple of days. Yep, I’ve been on cloud nine.

Laurel and I had been looking forward to her visit for months. As soon as she booked her ticket, we’d been plotting out what all we’d see, do, and explore while she was here. And just as any other list we’ve made, in just 48 hours, we were able to check off every. single. box. After looking back at all photos we managed to snap, I think to say we even accomplished more than what was planned!

Here’s a little taste of how the weekend played out. But warning, it is quite a picture overload.

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We kicked off the weekend at a brunch place I’ve been dying to check out in Brooklyn called Buttermilk Channel. With the weather being so nice out, we were lucky enough to snag a seat outside to take in the beautiful, crisp fall morning!

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And then there was this: pecan pie french toast. Words can’t even begin to describe the taste.

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Next stop on the list was to show Laurel around some of my favorite neighborhoods, Brooklyn Heights and Dumbo. Just as expected, she loved it!

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Then, our inner kid spirits came out in all of us as we all decided it would be cool to ride the waterfront carousel.

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This day truly felt like one of summertime. With clear skies, and lush green grass, it was only fitting that we take a few moments and soak in some sunshine.

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Then, we found ourselves at Pier Two at Brooklyn Bridge Park. I don’t know if we just felt like big kids for the day or what, but it was so much fun simply laughing and swinging…not to mention the beauty of having the city skyline right in front of us.

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We then took the bus into a neighborhood I’ve never been to, but have wanted to explore for some time now, called Red Hook.

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After trying all the chardonnay, rose, and pinot grigio we could handle, we walked right across street to get some fresh, and quite delicious, seafood at The Brooklyn Crab.

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Ah, that food was so, so good! Just what we needed after a long day of walking. Fish & chips. Crab rolls. Fried shrimp. You name it, we ordered it. Oh, and a side of pumpkin!

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Yep, this past weekend was full of a whole lot of laughter, walking, and of course…eating. It was so nice having Laurel here, even if it was just for a few days. There’s nothing I cherish more than true friendships, and I am so blessed to have such an amazing, sweet, and caring friend as her.

I miss you already, Laurel!

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