By: Gigi Woodall
If you’re anything like me, restlessness strikes quickly after staying in one spot for too long. I knew going from Newport Beach, a highly populated city in Southern California, to the tiny yet adorable four square mile town of Elon was going to be a bit of a culture shock. I typically spent weekends at home taking trips to Los Angeles and trying new restaurants, yoga studios, or dessert places nearby. Burlington, close to Elon’s campus, is a great starting place for those wanting to explore a little piece of their second home.
8:00am Yoga Class at Om Shanti Yoga
Om Shanti offers a wide range of classes, including all levels of Vinyasa, heated practices, and gentle yoga. A sweat session is sure to reset your mind after a busy week. If necessary, be sure to bring a change of clothes.
9:30am Breakfast at The Park
Replenish your energy with a bite at The Park restaurant, a cozy, charming nook that prides itself on affordable, homey meals. This is hometown diner food at its prime.
11:00am Mani-Pedi at Pro Nails
Sometimes you just need to treat yourself. Sit back and let the friendly nail technicians wash, buff, and polish away your worries.
12:00pm Lunch at Blend Juice Boutique
After a filling breakfast, you’ll be more apt for a lighter, healthy lunch. Drop by the Blend Juice Boutique, a fresh restaurant that serves vegan dishes, juices, smoothies and oatmeal combinations.
1:30pm Conservator’s Center
The Conservator’s Center, a nonprofit conservancy center, is home to about twenty species of exotic animals, some of which are facing extinction or have been rescued. As a student, you can take a tour of the center for $12 to learn about each species and why they are so important to the sustainability of our environment.
5:30pm Fun on Front St.
Take a stroll on Front St. to pop into cute shops like Southern Glen, an artisan boutique, Mary Katherine’s, a women’s accessory and clothing store, and Bella’s Furniture, a consignment shop. Top it all off with dinner at the Burlington Food Co-op and grab a coffee at The Blend & Co.
Feeling theatrical? Head to the Paramount Theater to watch a locally produced play. Their upcoming show is “Bye Bye Birdie.”
10:30pm Sweet Treat
If you’re not ready to go back to Elon just yet, grab some fresh-churned ice cream at Cold Stone Creamery to end your day on a sweet note.
A friendly reminder: many stores are closed on Sundays, so it’s best to complete this guide on a Friday or Saturday. Have fun exploring!