Before our trip to Harrisonburg, Virginia last month, I took the time to research restaurants and things to do while visiting. We weren't really interested in keeping overly busy, so I searched for low-key things to do. On our list were a sushi restaurant and a visit to the Edith J. Carrier Arboretum and Botanical Gardens at James Madison University.
So, the day after our elopement, we got ready and headed out for the afternoon. The sushi restaurant we selected was Beyond, an Asian-fusion type restaurant, in downtown Harrisonburg. We arrived with just enough time to still order from the lunch menu, which of course is cheaper than the dinner menu. Yipper! It was the perfect temperature out, so we chose to sit in the beautiful outdoor section all by our lonesome. If I’m being honest, the sushi was good, but it wasn’t anything to write home about. The calamari, on the other hand, was superb. It wasn’t your typical calamari—this was large pieces (not just the rounds) fried to perfection and served with sriracha aioli. Out of this world! You’re probably wondering where the pictures are…well, leave it to me not to take any. Epic fail, I know.
After lunch, we were off to the arboretum. Once we finally found the entrance (darn GPS!), it was like entering an oasis. The short driveway was completely lined with trees—like a road straight through a forest. Let me tell you, this place was gorgeous and the fall colors were phenomenal. There were very few people around, so it was incredibly peaceful and relaxing. This was definitely our kind of outing.