Archive for ‘Travel’

October 10, 2014

a day at the races

Although I attended college in the midwest, I had never been to Keeneland or the Kentucky Derby. Fortunately for me, I had a chance to visit Lexington, Kentucky–which is really such a beautiful and fun city–and attend Opening Weekend at Keeneland’s Fall Meet this past Saturday. Keeneland is attended by people of all ages, but it was definitely a bit more sophisticated than say, Belmont or Preakness.

Albeit chilly, we had a beautiful day at the Keeneland Clubhouse and enjoyed a boozy brunch and lots of Southern fare beforehand to help keep us warm.









September 24, 2014

narrowing it down

I approached my wedding venue search the same way I approached my college application process. Start early, do lots of research, and leave no stone unturned.

After reaching out to 60+ venues in the tri-state area from NYC penthouses with skyline views to lush vineyards to raw barns to Gold Coast mansions to yacht and country clubs, Mike and I finally narrowed it down while I was home this past weekend.

Some of my favorite photos from the hunt below!
















September 15, 2014

week-long recap

The past two weeks have been a whirlwind between the engagement, Mike’s week-long visit, a two-day stint in Hilton Head, and hunting for the perfect venue in New York  from South Carolina.








August 29, 2014

Labor Day Weekend Escape

This Labor Day Weekend, I’m looking forward to packing my duffel and heading just a bit more South–to Hilton Head Island. No frills, no stress, just some much-needed R&R to cap off a very hectic summer… Isn’t that what Labor Day is all about?

1. Ray-Ban sunglasses  |  2. BB Dakota shirt  |  3. G1 shorts  |  4. Orlebar Brown swimsuit  |  5. CB Station duffel

6. Scala hat  |  7. J.Crew tote  |  8. Madewell dress  |  9. LC Lauren Conrad sandals



August 13, 2014

weekend recap

I never imagined in a million years that I’d have to leave Charleston for some sunshine–to New York of all places. And never did I think that I’d arrive in New York thinking, “Gosh, it’s so nice to finally have some nice weather.” Sure enough, this is exactly what went through my mind this past weekend when I took a much-needed escape from the hot, muggy, and rainy summer down South for the dry, mild, and sunny weather up North.

August 2, 2014

Cypress Gardens

When I originally thought of Cypress Gardens, I had visions of “The Notebook” running through my head… A romantic and leisurely boat ride. We’d just sit back and take in the beautiful surroundings. Mike would row as I’d look out at the swans passing by…

As if!

That romantic boat ride swiftly turned into a sweaty, buggy workout as I paddled through murky waters and Mike took pictures of lily pads and potential alligators.

In all seriousness, though, Mike paddled more than I give him credit for, and Cypress Gardens is truly lovely and a must-stop if you live in the area. It costs $10 to enter the park and all activities are free once you’re in. There are beautiful walking trails, alligators (I swore they were animatronic; they looked so fake!), and of course, the romantic boat rides through the beautiful swamp, surrounded by greenery and tupelo trees.

Fair warning: If you decide to venture out to Cypress Gardens between now and mid-October, be sure to go online and determine an alternate route. We drove nearly one hour before arriving two minutes from our destination, only to find out that we had to turn around and take a detour due to a closed bridge. You live and you learn.

August 1, 2014

Chatham Gables Inn

Cape Cod’s Chatham Gables Inn is a quaint bed & breakfast with a lot to offer. A mere 15 minute walk from Main Street and less than 10 minutes from Shore Road, this little inn was the perfect place for Mike and me to spend two days finally being able to relax over our busy week together.

Not only does the Chatham Gables Inn have a delightful staff and delicious complimentary breakfast prepared with care each morning, they have the most comfortable beds I have ever slept in… Matouk bedding has officially been added to my wish list. Then there’s the charming courtyard, manicured gardens, and elegant rooms. Each room–different from the next–is beautifully renovated while maintaining the original charm of the old inn.

July 23, 2014

The Gasparilla Inn & Club

One of the perks of working for a magazine that’s all about the South is having the opportunity to discover new places that I have never visited and probably never would have visited before. In mid-June, I traveled to The Gasparilla Inn & Club in Boca Grande, Florida for their B4 Weekend (beach, barbecue, bourbon, and beer).

A delightful historic inn founded in 1913, Gasparilla is nestled on the Gulf Coast, surrounded by clear blue bath-temperature waters. This charming property boasts a seaside golf course designed by Pete Dye, an exquisite spa, a quaint town a stone’s throw away from the main lobby, immaculate tennis courts, tasty cuisine, beautiful rooms and common areas, breathtaking sunsets, and gorgeous beaches. Oh, and did I mention that there’s lots of good dolphin watching to be had here?!

Just don’t try to visit between the months of July and October… The Gasparilla Inn & Club shuts down for the Florida off-season and re-opens October 9, 2014.


July 16, 2014

Twenty-Eight Atlantic


Dining at Twenty-Eight Atlantic for my, err, big 2-8 could not have been more appropriate, and Mike could not have picked a better restaurant, whether twenty-eight was in the name or not.

For starters, the waterfront views of the Pleasant Bay and Atlantic Ocean from the Wequassett Resort were absolutely breathtaking. Views like that are unbeatable, but when fire pits, hydrangeas, and manicured lawns are incorporated into those views, there’s nothing better.

We feasted on lobster ravioli and filet mignon, and the bread? It was addicting, which just shows you how great the restaurant will be, of course.



July 14, 2014

36 Hours in Chatham

I hadn’t been up to Chatham since my early teens, so what a treat it was to spend some time there right before the Fourth of July. Nothing beats a summer escape to a quaint and charming New England beach town, really.

Some highlights included: