Vacation to-do list

By Kitsey Burns Harrison -

Kitsey Burns Harrison | Kitsey’s Kitchen

I’ve recently been hearing the phrase, “create a life you don’t need a vacation from.” I can see the value in the statement, and at the same time I have a problem with it. I have a wonderful life and I am one of the lucky folks who actually enjoys my job. I still like a vacation though!

There is a certain satisfaction in day-to-day activities such as keeping the house clean, cooking meals with my husband and doing interviews and writing stories for The Yadkin Ripple. There is also, however, tremendous satisfaction in having an amount of time to do none of those things. For an entire week I will have none of these things on my to-do list. My to-do list will consist of three primary tasks.

1. Sit on the beach.

2. Read a good book (or three or four.)

3. Eat dinner somewhere good.

As readers of Kitsey’s Kitchen, you likely are not surprised that eating is a top priority on my vacation to-do list. When I go on vacation I don’t want to eat anywhere generic. I avoid chain restaurants as a rule. If there’s a restaurant by the same name near me at home, then I don’t want to eat there on vacation. The one exception to this rule is a stop at Bojangles for breakfast on the way to the coast.

Finding new and unique places to eat while on vacation is all part of the fun, in my opinion. When my husband and I were planning our honeymoon to Key West, the restaurant section of the travel guide book is the one I spent the most time perusing.

Dining out in a new restaurant doesn’t just have to be an activity when traveling either. My friend said his favorite staycation activity is to find new places to dine in his hometown of Winston-Salem. Bibs Downtown, Hutch and Harris, and Omega House are a few of his favorites to enjoy on his time off.

You can expect a full report next week on all the wonderful food I enjoyed while at the beach. Do you have a favorite vacation dining spot? I’d love to hear about it. Email me at

Kitsey Burns Harrison is a reporter for The Yadkin Ripple and The Tribune, here she shares her musings on food, life and love. She can be reached at 336-518-3049 or on Twitter @RippleReporterK.

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