We are so thrilled to be heading off to Asheville later this week for a long weekend getaway!
Back in February of last year, Rich and I spent a weekend there for Valentine’s Day (as an engaged couple!) and then Rich celebrated his bachelor party there back in October with the guys.
The weather should be sunny, but cool, so I’ll be dressing in casual and comfy layers. I’m taking a few favorites from my little springtime fashion roundup!
The fun, printed Aspire Ankle Pants are certainly coming along, as they are my new go-to pant for spring. Lightweight and quick-drying… what’s not to love? I’m bringing a breathable Sugar Wash Tank and a couple of scarves for layering, too.
This time around, we’ve got quite a list planned:
1. Visiting Biltmore Estate for the Dressing Downton exhibit
2. Drinking at more than half a dozen local breweries (duh)
3. Seeing A Streetcar Named Desire at Asheville Community Theatre
4. Eating a romantic Spanish dinner at Cúrate
5. Checking out some antiques shops
6. Lunching at Tupelo Honey Cafe
7. Indulging in tasty treats from Vortex Doughnuts
In other news, congratulations to Kylee — you’ve won the Blue Apron giveaway! Email me at email@example.com, so that I have your email address to submit for the free trial. Oh, and get ready for some tasty dinners!
Have a favorite spot in Asheville? Let me know about it in the comments below!
Lighthouses. Steaming cups of seafood chowder. Trees drenched in reds, oranges, and the brightest yellows imaginable. Oysters on the half shell. Frosty craft beers. Lobster rolls. Panoramic ocean views.
This is Portland.
(Oh, AND I took almost 9 minutes off my previous half-marathon time! 13.1 miles in 2 hours and 14 minutes.)
Portland is an amazing little city with so many things to offer.
We ate at Gilbert’s Chowder House 3 times in 4 days. THREE TIMES. Their lobster rolls were the best around, and the seafood chili (yep, they have a tomato-based seafood chili) is to-die-for on a breezy day by the sea.
Portland’s breweries are endless and seem to be popping up overnight, much like North Carolina’s beloved Asheville.
The hills are shockingly San Francisco-esque in some areas, which made for gorgeous views of the ocean and Back Cove and Casco Bay (and also made me really nervous for race day!)
Overall, this trip left me feeling calm, rejuvenated, and ready for fall. Thank you for your hospitality, Portland.
Countdown to “I do.” – 131 days!
Alright, I figured it was time to share a handful of memories from my bachelorette weekend on Topsail Island!
All in all, it was a fabulous time full of sun, finding shark teeth, hilarious photos, sandy shorts, drinks, running in and out of the ocean at 1am, girl talk, and plenty of laughs!
A huge THANK YOU to my amazing sister and maid of honor Kara, my bridesmaids Rachel, Sarah, and Jasmin, and my wonderful friends Lesley and Bethany for making my bachelorette weekend one to remember forever (even if it’s just through the photographs!)
When deciding what to do for the 4th of July this year, Richard and I decided against Topsail Island with my parents and sister (come on, we just got back from an epic vacation with them). We also decided against drinking IPAs poolside with my friend Rachel (yep, did exactly that for the last two years in a row).
We made plans to head up to DC to spend the long holiday weekend with my brother, Patrick.
And we had a BLAST.
In roughly 80 hours, we…
…ate/drank at approximately 11 bars and restaurants…
…watched the 4th of July parade (and got a tad sunburned)…
…got a little touristy around the White House and National Mall and went inside the Washington Monument, which Patrick and I hadn’t done in 6 years…
…went on a moonlight boat cruise…
…watched the DC fireworks show (see title photo)…
…and spent Sunday evening at Busch Gardens where we were able to watch ANOTHER fireworks show! Unfortunately, I didn’t snap any Busch Gardens pictures. I leave my phone in the car, as I’m always paranoid about it slipping out of my pocket on a coaster.
I loved getting spending time in DC with my brother. Richard and I are slowly learning our way around, too!
Thanks for a fantastic weekend, Patrick! (See you in Busch Gardens soon!)
It’s been SUCH an adjustment coming back North Carolina after a wonderful vacation in St. John with Richard and my family. When your daily itinerary consists of “what beach should we go to today?” and your only worry is “whose turn is it to use the snorkel gear?” — that’s how you know that it’s a good vacation.
Here’s a short photo recap of the trip, with the full album being visible on my personal Facebook page…
Richard and I MAY have enjoyed this Caribbean getaway so much that we booked ourselves a short, 4-night cruise to Cozumel for Labor Day weekend! We sail out of Fort Lauderdale, the same port as our honeymoon in January 2015. Can’t WAIT!
We’re headed to D.C. on Thursday evening to celebrate the 4th with Patrick — I’ll be sure to document all of the delicious food and drink, as well as the fireworks show (my expectations are high!)
Have a safe and tasty holiday weekend!