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Orlando Weekend Getaway

Outfit Details: F21 swimsuit, F21 sarong (similar), Brixton hat

Orlando is a magical city. It’s filled with wonder and awe almost anywhere you look. Maybe it’s because Cinderella’s castle is at the center of it all, or maybe because it’s filled with so much joy! It’s just a short drive from Tampa to Orlando, but I don’t often get the pleasure of visiting, although I wish I could. This past weekend I went for a quick weekend getaway and it was nothing short of an amazing experience!

Where we stayed:

Wyndham Orlando Resort: I’m a pretty picky person when it comes to where I stay on trips. I always do my research ahead of time to make sure it’s a clean, and safe environment. Walking in to the Wyndham Orlando Resort’s lobby to check in and I already knew it was both clean, safe and not to mention, chic! I always love a nicely decorated place! The service was exceptional, and the staff was just so nice. It’s a pretty big resort, but it all centers around the pools! I loved that the grounds were neat and tidy and the pools were crisp and clear. I also have to mention that there is a Starbucks in the lobby-that’s always a plus for me as a coffee drinker! Onsite dinning includes Gatorville, which is poolside-you can sip on your tropical drink as you lounge next to the pool! Just steps away is the Cooper’s Hawk Winery which would be perfect for a date night! Our room had modern decor and the bed was very comfortable! The Wyndham Orlando Resort is right on international drive and is just a short drive to all of the theme parks. As of right now, you can save 30% off their Best Available Rate with NO minimum nights required by booking HERE.

Places to visit:

Universal CityWalk was just a short drive from our resort. We ventured around the shops and made our way over to the Toothsome Chocolate Emporium. This was truly a delightful place filled with all of the delicious treats to cater to your sweet tooth. They do have dinning for brunch, lunch and dinner, but we just ventured over to get one of their famous milkshakes!  We got the red velvet and it was HEAVEN. It was also the size of my head, so Jacob and I shared it. This is definitely a place you have to visit when you make your next trip to Orlando!

ICON Orlando is just a skip and a hop away from the Wyndham Orlando Resort. Towering over Orlando is this 400ft tall observation wheel. In the observation cabins you can view all of Orlando. I’m sure it’s beautiful at any time of the day, but we went at night and it was breathtaking! The lights that lit up the city, and a display of colorful lights on the observation wheel were just magical. Just outside of the main attraction of the ICON is a lovely area of dinning, shopping, and admiring this iconic structure!

Thank you Wyndham Orlando Resort or sponsoring this post, and ICON Orlando for the complimentary tickets. All opinions are my own. 

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48 Hours In Charleston

Where we stayed:

We found a home on Airbnb in Mixson, if you are a fan of the show Southern Charm, you may recognize the area we stayed in from the show! They shot a couple scenes around that area and in the Mixson Market where Jacob and I went for breakfast and coffee each morning.

Where to eat that we loved:

Leon’s Oyster Shop: We had the best food here. We shared the Oyster Casino and the Fried Chicken. AMAZING.

Jeni’s Ice Cream: Such a fun stop for ice cream. We went really late at night, and it wasn’t too crowded!

Mixson Market: Since we stayed in Mixson, we often had our coffee and breakfast at their market. It’s a quaint place, and quiet. They offer options from bagels, salads, and sandwiches!

The Macintosh: This was a spur of the moment stop for us. We typically research where to have our meals, but we were so hungry and the menu looked good so we stopped in. It’s farm to table which we love, but they do have a very specific and refined menu. We shared “The Mac” CAB burger and a vegetable plate. Their menu does change often , they said

Leon’s Oyster Shop
Jeni’s Ice Cream

Places to visit:

Rainbow Row: OBVIOUSLY, this is a must see. I heard they may have changed the colors of some of the homes as well. It’s on Bay Street, and a really nice walk down to the river.

King Street: This is BIG place for shopping, it can get kind of crowded, but it’s fun. You’ll find stores you recognize (like H&M), smaller boutiques, and even designer stores.

City Market: In historic downtown near King Street you will find City Market which is long strip where locals sell their arts, crafts, and one of kinds. This is a great place to get souvenirs.

Pineapple Fountain: This is located in Waterfront Park. It a beautiful area to take a moment to rest and enjoy your surroundings!

Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge: So the bridge is the focal point, but you’ll want to visit the Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park and Pier which showcases the bridge. This is a beautiful place to go to at sunset!

Historic Plantations: We visited several plantations while in Charleston. You can view more details about the Boone Hall Plantation and Magnolia Planation on my travel tab! Highly recommend a visit to Boone Hall if you choose to do only one!

The Angel Oak: This is a quick visit, but it’s a very unique experience. It’s a 400-500 year old Angel Oak, and it’s just really beautiful to walk through and around the branches!

For more pics on visiting historic downtown Charleston, check out this blog post.

A quick video on our trip to Charleston can be found here:

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West Palm Beach, FL Travel Guide + Video

I traveled to the beautiful and scenic West Palm Beach three times during a month timeframe. To say I fell in love, that I’m obsessed, and half of my heart is still there, is just the least of how I feel about West Palm Beach. Since visiting multiple times, I came up with a little travel guide to help you plan your next visit!

Things to do:

The Improv: We found tickets last minute and went to the Improv for a comedy show and dinner. We had a blast! Highly recommend a visit, even if you don’t know who the comedian is. Enjoy drinks, dinner, and laughter. Side note: there is a two drink minimum.

Visit The Colony: The Colony grounds are open to view. Head over to their pool bar, or stop at one of their restaurants!

Visit The Breakers: The Breakers has a beautiful and scenic grounds to explore. The public is welcome in, but valet is $30. However, you can shop and spend $30, the valet is free. We spent a couple hours exploring and shopping!

Shopped on Worth Avenue: A great stroll through luxury shops like Chanel, Valentino, and Tiffany & Co. It’s a beautiful area where you can dream big!

Beach day on Jupiter Island: Jupiter Island is full of beaches that you can visit! We spent the majority of the day exploring the island and beach hopping!

Shopped in CityPlace: Highly recommend going in the afternoon for shopping, dinning, and entertainment. The area is so pretty, they had great options for restaurants, and entertainment. This is where the Improv is at.

Lion Country Safari: My heart. Oh my goodness. I didn’t think it was real until we got there. This is a “cage-less” zoo where you can ride around (in your car) in a Safari like setting with wild animals roaming around you.

Where to eat that we loved:

Hogsnappers: Hands down, the best sushi. I’ve eaten here like 3-4 times.

Polo at The Colony: We stopped for lunch while we were visiting The Colony grounds. They had light bites like sandwiches and salads. A perfect place to slow down and enjoy your time in a super cute setting.

Lighthouse Diner: So, so good. Breakfast all day, yes please! It’s a great local place to visit.

Okeechobee Steakhouse: Hands down, the best steak I’ve ever had in my life.

St. Thomas, Virgin Islands Travel Guide

I get so many questions about our honeymoon destination, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. So, I figured, as we have just celebrated 4 years of marriage, I would talk a little bit about our trip. We are much more adventurous now, not too mention, we are a lot better with our camera, than we were 4 years ago, so this “travel guide” is going to be shorter. We stayed on the island of St. Thomas for three nights, and four days. Most of our time was spent at the resort, which held lots of activities.

Where we stayed:

Frenchman’s Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort: We spent all of our time here for the most part. We had a wonderful stay. We snorkeled, went kayaking, and visited their private beach, and multiple pools. Not too mention, all of the food on site was delish!

What we did:

There was one day where we ventured out in the island. After renting a car, and quickly learning how to drive on the opposite side of the road we went through the hills of the islands. I got very car sick, but it was worth it for some of the views.

Magens BayWe made a day out of visiting the world’s most beautiful beach. Magens Bay was beautiful, and a total must stop to visit.

 

 

Savannah, GA Travel Guide

Savannah, GA is historic, charming and offers a lot of southern flare. Our visit to Savannah was nothing short of an amazing time. Venturing through the city, learning about the history, and taking in the beautiful architecture and landscaping was just what we did during our trip.

I took a trip to Savannah, GA with a group of our girlfriends, for a fun weekend getaway to celebrate our friend and bride to be! While walking through the streets, we stumbled across other groups having fun with the same celebration! It’s a great city to feel safe, have fun, shop, eat and enjoy beautiful, historical landmarks! Today I’m sharing my travel guide to the lovely city:

What we did during our visit 

Ghost Tour with Savannah Walks: Highly recommend doing a ghost tour. We found this one on Groupon and it was totally worth it! It was historic, funny, and only a little scary. This is a walking tour, so be prepared to walk about a mile or so.

Shopping on Broughton Street: A fun area of town to do some shopping and eating. Highly recommend stopping into Nourish to grab some shower steamers, bath fizzies, and other pampering items! I picked up some shower steamers for our trip, and some to take home.

Shopping on River Street: Between the candy shoppes, souvenir stops, and the beautiful river front, River Street is a great area to visit while you are in Savannah, GA. I highly recommend the walk or Uber due to limited parking in that particular area.

Historic Trolley Tour with Old Savannah Tours: Our group really enjoyed learning about the history behind Savannah, GA. Old Savannah Tours had a great rate and they even had actors of historic figures pop on the trolley to tell us about their history in Savannah! I would highly recommend the “off and on” option so you can get off at any of the historic sites and visit!

A walk through Forsyth Park: This park is so beautiful. We strolled through, but we saw many families playing their favorite sports, hammocks in the trees, and pups playing catch!

McDonoughs Karaoke Lounge: Our favorite stop of the trip was to McDonoughs for some karaoke! We all got up on stage and sang Cardi B, and had the whole place singing and dancing! Pick your favorite song and request it for you to sing solo, or with a group!

Places we ate during our visit:

Huey’s On The River: New Orleans styled food and flavors.

Little Duck Diner: Southern classic including delicious grilled cheese, salads, mac and cheese, milkshakes, soups and more!

Goose Feathers Cafe: A sweet little spot to stop for sandwiches, coffee, or a sweet treat!

Garibaldi: Offered a nice variety of flavors-from seafood, Italian and cajun.

Mrs. Wilkes’ Dinning Room: This is a MUST. Get there early, like an hour early. You’re going to have to stand in line, but the food is so worth it! Get your southern comfort at this historical restaurant!

Where we stayed: 

The Jones Carriage House: This is a sweet little airbnb with the cutest interior!

 

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