Let’s be honest, life can be a little bit stressful. It can be easy to just keep plowing through and forget to relax or appreciate your surroundings. That’s why I was so excited to get to take a little staycation with my boyfriend this past weekend. If you don’t know, a staycation is where you take a little vacation without leaving your hometown. We had never done this before, but the idea sounded like such a fun, relaxing escape that we couldn’t resist. For our staycation we went to the AC Hotel at North Hills for the night.
The AC Hotel North Hills is about 10 minutes from our house, so as soon as we left the house we went into vacation mode. When we arrived at the hotel we were greeted at the front desk by a very friendly concierge who told us everything we needed to know. When we entered our King Suite we were greeted by the comfiest looking bed ever! The room was a pretty good size, but designed and decorated in a way that felt both modern and cozy at the same time. After a brief unpacking and look around we decided to go up to Level7 Rooftop Bar.
As soon as the elevator got to the top and we stepped out we saw a huge bar drawing us in. While the bar looked amazing, we opted for a comfy table in the lounge area. Unfortunately for us it was pretty cold outside, but the outside space is amazing and would be perfect for a warm spring or summer night out. We started with some drinks. I got the Maple Sour ($12) and my boyfriend went with a beer. I’m not a huge drinker, so it takes something really delicious for me to appreciate alcohol, and this drink was GOOD. It was made of Makers Mark, Lemon Juice, Maple Syrup, Egg White, and Amaretto. The drink was sour with a subtle sweetness. It didn’t rely on flashy colors or processed syrups to be interesting; it spoke for itself. We also decided to get a few small plates to satisfy our stomachs. We began with the Crisp Potato Wedges with Herbs, Truffle, and House Aioli ($5). Now, I am normally more of thin, crispy fry kind of person. While I like potato wedges, they aren’t normally my first choice. These however, I really loved. They were pretty crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, and seasoned perfectly. I think what made me like them so much is that none of the wedges were huge, so you never got a big wedge that was just soft with no crunch. Next we went with the Chicken Feta Sausage Flatbread ($8), which was recommended to us by the concierge when we arrived. This was a flatbread topped with Chicken Feta Sausage, Cilantro, Mozzarella, Tomato, and Onion. While I wish the flatbread itself were a little larger, it was very tasty. We clearly liked it because when the waitress came to check on us she was surprised to see it was already all gone. Finally, we tried the Chef’s Panini ($10), which had La Quercia Ham, Fig, and Spanish Goat Cheese. My boyfriend and I both love anything with goat cheese, so this was an obvious choice. The bread could have been toasted a bit more, but the sandwich itself was very tasty. The saltiness of the ham really complemented the creaminess of the goat cheese. I wish we had had room for dessert, but between the drinks and food we were pretty stuffed.
After eating our fill at Level7 we went back to the room and lounged the rest of the night on the incredibly comfy bed. I loved that we were able to watch Netflix and Hulu on the giant TV in the room as well! Overall our staycation at AC Hotel and our food at Level7 were great. It was the perfect relaxing night away, even though we were only a few minutes down the road. If you have been going nonstop lately, I’d definitely encourage you to take a staycation of your own soon!
Note: From time to time we’re invited out to an event or to try a restaurant or certain products. This meal or items are usually comped, as this was. We’re under no obligation to write a positive review or any review at all when we’re invited out to try a place. Every review you see on our site will be an honest review of the place whether or not the restaurant provided us with the meal at their cost.
Melissa Guido is currently a dietetic intern in the Triangle area. She studied nutrition at NC State and Meredith College. Her favorite part about nutrition is showing people that healthy food can be exciting and delicious. Melissa loves traveling and learning about how food fits into different cultures. In her free time she loves trying new restaurants, cooking, and obsessing over her dogs. Follow her on Instagram @made2order and at www.madeorder.wordpress.com.