We did a long weekend away this past weekend. It was a staycation of sorts. We drove the 100 miles to spend the weekend in Fairbanks. It's our closest "big" town with a population of a little over 32,000. The big city of Fairbanks includes shopping, multiple restaurants and even the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
We did a lot of eating out. We're food people and one of our big things, when we go on vacation, is eating, staycation or not. We decided to eat at places we've never eaten while we were there. Breaking out of our comfort rut.
Stop number one, lunch on our day of arrival. One of the food trucks has recently opened a new restaurant serving Indian food. We're big Indian food lovers and knew we had to try it. So glad we did! Spice It Up is a small order at the counter location with a limited menu, but the food is delightful. We both enjoyed a Lamb Gyro and shared two Samosas and an order of Naan. Everything was delicious. I would say that these were some of the best Samosas I've ever eaten and the Naan was prepared to fresh to order.
For Breakfast the next morning we hit another place we'd been meaning to go back to - The Cookie Jar. We'd been to The Cookie Jar for lunch a little less than a year ago and not been too impressed. This time was a much better experience. I had the Biscuits and Gravy Platter and hubby had the Corned Beef Hash. Breakfast was outstanding, service was great and the restaurant was much warmer this time.
We spent a couple of hours at the Museum of the North, located on the Univerity of Alaska Fairbanks campus. It was a nicely curated museum, but certainly not a $14 value. We'd heard a lot about this museum and how great it was. Again I say nicely curated, but not worth $14. The upside was we went on the weekend, so didn't have to pay for parking.
After our museum wanders, we set out for our next mean - lunch. We headed across town to the Alaska Cheesesteak Company. Yummy eats here. This was another walk up and order at the counter kind of place, with a limited menu, but the food was fantastic. Hubby had the Jalapeno Jack and I had the Breaded Portabello. We both added fries and a drink to make the meal complete. This is a must stop for any cheesesteak lover.
Are you wondering what we did for dinner both nights? Domino's Pizza! We live in a town where you can't get delivery pizza, so this is always our treat when we stay overnight in Fairbanks. We shared a pizza the first night and had buffalo chicken bites and garlic knots the next.
We always get a suite at the Hampton so we have space to spread out and a couch to lounge on. We don't watch TV. We usually read and sometimes I knit. We enjoy ending the day with a beer. Much of this blog post was written there this weekend.
Besides all the eating and the museum, we did some shopping in store we don't always get to when we're on our usual "supply" run. We enjoyed not rushing through things and checking off lists. We enjoyed just being together and unwinding for a few days.
Have you done a staycation? What did you enjoy?