Last week Cameron and I had the chance to spend a few days in Chattanooga, Tennessee. It’s just about a two hour drive from Nashville. Both of us have grown up visiting the town for things like the Aquarium or a quick afternoon trip here and there. This was our first time really experiencing Chattanooga and all of its charms.
I have to say, I didn’t really know what to expect when visiting Columbus, Indiana. Over a three day trip, Cameron and I both fell in love with its charms and hospitality.
If you’ve been following along/reading my blog for a while, you might remember that I went on a trip with MacKenzie Childs last year. I was truly so honored and thankful to be invited back and to relive the magic of the trip!
Wow, I don’t even know where to start on our trip to Sonoma. It was exactly what we needed for our first anniversary. I joked that we were setting the bar too high for all of our other anniversaries. 🙂 Our actual anniversary was back in September, but Cameron was traveling for work so we decided on an October getaway, and I’m so happy we pushed it back! September is peak season because the grapes are still on the vines and you get to see more of the harvest process.
It’s crazy to think I turned 25 last month. I feel like 21-15 were the fastest few years of my life. I welcomed in my 25th in the best way possible. I had a huge birthday celebration at FGL House on my actual birthday December 8th. We’re all about celebrating BIG in my family. We had a DJ and probably about 200 people. I’m truly so grateful for all of the wonderful people in my life.
The second half of our anniversary trip was one of the most unexpectedly amazing experiences. We randomly booked an Airbnb right before we left and, to be honest, I wasn’t that excited about it. We had originally planned to head to Napa after our stay in Sonoma, but we realized some of the wineries we still wanted to visit were closer to a town called Petaluma.
I’ve been to New York 5 or 6 times, and I have to say this trip was the first time I’ve really fallen in love with the City. Cameron and I spent five days immersed in the hustle and bustle and loved every minute of it. In fact, I had a bit of a quarter life crisis and was considering moving there for a period of time. There is just something so inspiring in the air.
Memphis is a rhythmic southern city located in the southwest corner of Tennessee along the Mississippi river. Just a three hour drive from Nashville, it makes for the perfect weekend getaway. Since my college town of Oxford, Mississippi was just an hour away from Memphis, we would frequently visit for formals and quick trips.
Ahh, nothing recharges my mind and puts things back in perspective quite like a long weekend in Oxford. I went to college at Ole Miss and completely fell in love with the quaint small town and all of its charms. It’s one of the most underrated cities but if you know, you know. It is truly something special.
Let’s be honest… Broadway isn’t where Nashville locals typically hang out. It’s always loud, crowded and filled with tourists. However, every once in a while there’s nothing better than rallying up the troops for a night out on Broadway.
I recently was given the opportunity to visit the town of Aurora, NY for a trip with home decor and lifestyle brand MacKenzie Childs. I was a fan of the brand before this trip, but to say I gained a whole new appreciation for the craftsmanship doesn’t even cover it.
I recently had the amazing opportunity to attend The Workshop Phoenix. It was an incredible experience from start to finish. Not only was The Workshop packed full of insightful sessions and valuable information, but everyone I encountered was so genuine and welcoming.
Maui is an absolute DREAM. It is the perfect trifecta of natural beauty, relaxing beaches and outdoor adventure. The vibrant views of the island’s natural beauty will forever linger in my memory. As far as tropical destinations go, it definitely ranks at the top of my list. Cameron and I have been on many trips together over the last nine years, but spending our honeymoon in Maui was by far one of the most memorable.
You know your girl loves a good staycation. I was so excited when my friends Casey and Savannah from Hey Wanderer had the idea of a Galentine’s Staycation with our friend Sarah! Whether you’re single or an old married lady like me, it’s so important to spend time with girlfriends. We recently had a snow storm in Nashville and our staycation was planned right at the end of it. The snow made for a even cozier experience and made our stay at the Aertson that much more fun.
When I was asked to go on a trip to Wyoming, my first response was ” well, that’s kind of random.” What I didn’t suspect was how quickly I would fall in love with the state and its beautuful landscapes. Wyoming is a place where the untamed spirit of the wild west still flourishes.
As I mentioned in my latest post, we recently got the chance to visit Wyoming. Not only did we get to explore and learn all about the beautiful state, but we were also there for Josh Dorr’s EP release. To be totally honest, I had never listened to his music until right before the trip, and I left a total fan of his work and of Josh as a person.
Growing up in Nashville makes it easy to overlook all the history that the city holds. I have been to the Grand Ole Opry countless times. I grew up going to work with my mom for various artists over the years, but never really took the time appreciate the building, the music and all that it represents until recently.
Oxford, Mississippi… a place that gets in your heart and stays there forever. I knew nothing about Oxford or Ole Miss before I toured the campus my senior year of high school. In fact, I didn’t even apply to go to school there. When a friend asked me to join her on a campus tour, I immediately felt at home amongst the tall oak trees and charming southern hospitality. My four years in college flew by, but the memories and friendships I made in that small little town will last a lifetime.
SoBro Guest House is a trendy and innovative boutique hotel in Nashville with all the comforts of home. From the ease of their mobile check-in (think: no front desk or losing door keys) to the chic decor and prime location, they really make it easy to relax and enjoy your stay. Located just three blocks south of Nashville’s world-famous Broadway, SoBro Guest House is just steps away from many of downtown’s biggest attractions.
If you haven’t noticed, Cameron and I LOVE a good staycation. We celebrated Valentine’s Day early this year with a little getaway at the modern and industrial 506 Lofts. Located in the heart of downtown Nashville, each of the lofts are themed around different aspects of the building’s history.
Hey everyone! Wow, life has been quite a whirlwind lately and I’m so excited to share what I’ve been up to. We recently took a ski trip to Vail, Colorado and it was just incredible. Since high school, we have been going on ski trips with Cameron’s family. Of all the places we’ve visited in Colorado, Vail is hands-down my favorite!
We had the most INCREDIBLE staycation at the Thompson Nashville for my 23rd birthday. The Thompson is a new luxury boutique hotel in The Gulch and it exceeded all of our expectations. From the managers to the doorman to the waiters at Marsh House, we experienced nothing but wonderful and friendly service during our entire stay.
I wanted to plan a trip for Cameron’s 25th birthday but since our busy schedules didn’t allow it, I succesfully surprised him with an equally relaxing staycation at the one and only Urban Cowboy in East Nashville. Their motto, “Arrive as strangers, leave as friends,” rings true to our experience at the hip and distinctively designed bed and breakfast created by Lyon Porter. Our hosts, Max and Chelsea, welcomed us with a shot of whiskey and a smile.
Oh, New Orleans. There’s so much joy to be found here. There is also an unexpected serenity to be discovered when you look past the bright lights of Bourbon Street. This becomes especially evident while walking along the Bayou St. John or in the cool shade between the live oaks. The fusion of new and old, the vibrant music scene and unique culinary experiences all contribute to the city’s rich culture and lively spirit.