I am a girl who lives to travel. I love exploring far away and near new locales just as much as I love tried and true weekend jaunts to places that feel like home. No matter the destination, I'm all about making memories to last a lifetime and learning along the way!
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Charleston may be one of my favorite weekend get a ways. Just 4 short hours (or about 6 jammin' cds... yes I still rock the cds) from Raleigh, if I am packed and ready to go when I get off work at 2 on Friday, to be sure a cocktail is waiting for me when I arrive at 6!I've been weekending in Charleston for several years now. I've got a solid group of friends who have never not shown me an awesome time. There is just something about that city that makes you not want to leave on Sunday... Maybe because Sunday Funday is always in full force. Even if just sitting on a porch, swinging and sipping vino, holding new born babies- it's just better when doing it there.
The streets are cobblestone. The beaches are beautiful. The Bars are filled to the rim. The rickshaws are lining the street. The resaturates are probably some of the best in the entire United States of America (sounds a lot more aggressive when you spell it out, doesn't it!?).
It is a place where you can relax, party, explore, people watch, dance, lounge, walk, bike, photograph all in the same day. It is a place that draws you in. It is a place where Southern hospitality is proven to still exist. It is a place that has been here since 1670. It is a place where church steeples dominate the skyline. It is a place that stretches the mid vowel unlike any other locale in the South. It is a place that can say they had the first Southern Baptist Church in existence. It is a place that has numerous fashion, food, and culture festivals throughout the year. It is a place of inspiration.
Last September I had the pleasure, a rare pleasure, to stay at Bar TT Ranch outside Dillon, Montana. Before arriving at the ranch, we made stops in Jackson and Yellowstone! Ten of us stayed on the ranch, women from all walks of life in Raleigh. However, since it was my birthday, 4 of us flew out a few days early to explore Jackson and Yellowstone! I could not have asked for a better way to turn 35. Sally , Alice and Sharon are all living & working in Raleigh to create, build and give back to our community. All three of them have inspired me to not only be better but to do better! We flew into Jackson with the Grand Tetons greeting us with their jagged points. We popped in Liberty Burger for beers and burgers before walking the town to shop. I purchased an ornament and the best sunscreen, Trilipiderm . It's fresh smelling, not sticking and very light! To get a better view of the range, we went to Teton Village for a gondola ride. Gondola rides to the top were official
Richmond hasn't ever really been on my mind as a place to visit, but this past weekend I met two of my best girls there and we had the best time! We stayed at the Quirk hotel and it was colorful, spunky, chill vibes and good customer service. We loved the high ceilings throughout, all the artwork in the rooms and murals in the elevator. There was grand lobby, with the most adorable courtyard with string lights and vines of jasmine with lots of potted flowers... it smelled devine! Quick also has an onsite art gallery + pretty snazzy gift shop. There faux floral designs throughout the lobby were like works of art! Brie's cousin and his husband live in RVA, so we have our own private tour guides! Friday afternoon we wandered around VA Museum of Fine Art and saw work from Beauford Delaney, Julie Mehretu, Helen Frankenthaler, Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, Sari, Dienes, Dorothy Gillespie, Roy Lichtenstein, Henrique Oliveira, Dale Chihuly and so many others! Much to our delight,
Southern Thailand: Beaches Once cozy in our first class seats, drinks are ordered! It was before noon, so we opt for the breakfast drink- mimosas. Moments after we are level in the air, our fold down trays were magically supplied with OJ, Bubbly, water, hot tea, newspaper (that I could not read) and hot wash cloths! We are in route to Phuket. Tom's uncle lives there so he has been several times. It's sort of the 'hub' for that part of the country. From Tom's visits, he suggseted we away from there as quickly as possible and head for a more local vibe. Uncle Buddy decided to spend the week in Phuket and surrounded beaches. When the flight lands and we are off the plane "see ya laters" are said and we part ways. Tom and I had into town to hop on a local bus. It was about a 3 hour bus ride. We jetted to the back so we could have our own space. The bus was an old school Greyhound bus, if you will. Thia music videos were playing and there was