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CITY GUIDE: SAN DIEGO

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I headed out west a few weeks ago for my cousin’s wedding. It was my first time to San Diego, so I was excited to try out new restaurants and wander around the city. We stayed at Humphrey’s Half Moon Inn which was perfect since the wedding was on site … an easy walk to bed from the dance floor.

I visited Better Buzz Coffee twice while on our trip. Their avocado toast and acai bowls were AMAZING. The Vanilla Bean Latte was the perfect pick-me-up after a few late nights of family gatherings.

My aunt and uncle hosted a welcome party at Stone Brewing Company after the rehearsal dinner. The private outdoor space had a great vibe and room to play giant Jenga and Cornhole!

We didn’t do much sightseeing per se but we did do the tour of the USS Midway. The men in my family could have spent the whole weekend there. It was really cool to see the history and explore such a massive ship!

My husband and brother played two rounds of golf at Torrey Pines. I opted for yoga led by a wedding guest and lounging by the pool!  We did make a stop at the course to grab a few items at the golf shop so I was able to catch a glimpse of the course. The views were AMAZING!

We met up with the rest of the wedding guests on Super Bowl Sunday for a hosted party. Before we went to the party at La Jolla Rooftop, we walked down to the sea lions on the rocks. La Jolla is a cute area with lots of shops and restaurants. A few other restaurants we dined at were San Diego Yacht Club, Mitch’s, and Coasterra. All were delicious and highly recommended!

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City Guide: Southern Sweetness in Savannah

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Traveling might be my favorite thing in the world – there is nothing more exciting than a new adventure in a new place. No matter how many cities I visit, Savannah, GA, will always hold a special place in my heart. There is something about this quaint, historic, Spanish moss-draped city that keeps me coming back every year. Here are a few of my Savannah favorites:

The Olde Pink House
You can’t go to Savannah without dining at The Olde Pink House. It is an old, 18th century colonial mansion that has been turned into a gorgeous restaurant (I mean, it’s pink, hello?!). If you’re looking for a delicious traditional Southern meal with a great atmosphere, I highly recommend making a reservation.

Forsyth Park  
Savannah has many beautiful parks and squares, but Forsyth Park seriously takes the cake. It is so peaceful and quiet – the perfect place to sit and relax under the trees with a glass of wine (did I mention Savannah is open container?!) Occasionally they will have live music, which makes it even more amazing.

The Paris Market
If you were to merge all of my favorite things together and put them in a store, the result would be the Paris Market. From fun little trinkets and breathtaking interior pieces to macarons and lattes, this adorable little store has it all. I feel like I’m walking into a storybook every time I go there – it always has the most amazing visuals and décor!

Leopold’s Ice Cream
The weather in Savannah can get hot. Really hot. Leopold’s Ice Cream shop is the perfect way to cool down after a long day of exploring the city. Leopold’s has been open since 1919 and makes all of its menu items from scratch. I swear it’s my favorite treat in the world! Order a chocolate chewies and cream – you won’t regret it!

Ghost Tours
OK, I know this sounds cheesy, but you absolutely must go on a walking ghost tour when you visit Savannah. I was doubtful at first, but it is incredible how much (spooky) history surrounds this city! I’m a bit of a history nut, so I find it so fascinating to learn what all of the buildings were used for in the 1800s. Trust me, they’re so fun. But be warned: These tours will further confirm that Savannah is in fact the most haunted city in the United States!

Have you ever visited Savannah? I’d love to hear some of your favorite spots!

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City Guide: Welcome to Atlanta

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If small town charm isn’t your thing but you’re still itching to visit a new city in the South, Atlanta is the place to be. Full of hip dining, stylish shops, and outdoor activities, this sprawling metropolis is a must-visit. They don’t call it “Hotlanta” for nothing, so here are a few of my fave spots:

Beetlecat
Although you might not associate Atlanta with trendy dining, the area has its fair share of contemporary new spots. One of my favorites is Beetlecat in Inman Park. With great seafood and a fun atmosphere, it’s a great spot. Be sure to visit the lower level for a post-dinner drink and enjoy the see-and-be-seen lounge.

Luna
A favorite of girls across the South, Luna is an adorable boutique that carries everything from local jewelry designers to your favorite denim brands. I love the mix of high-end pieces and affordable staples.

The Atlanta Beltline
Although it can get a bit warm, Atlanta has some awesome weather. To make the most of it you’ll definitely want to rent a bike or take a stroll on the Atlanta Belt Line. The pathway has great parks and stops along the way plus a view of the city that can’t be beat.

Ladybird
After you’ve been walking on the Beltline for a while, you might need a drink, or two. Located conveniently on the path is Ladybird, a lodge-themed bar with an amazing outdoor area. With lots of communal seating, it’s the perfect place to cozy up and meet a few locals.

What big city are you excited to visit?

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City Guide: Cabo, Cabo, Cabo

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With an easy direct flight from Chicago, Cabo tends to be my go-to warm weather spot when fleeing our brutal winters. Whether you just want to lay on the beach and do absolutely nothing or have an adventure-filled vacation, Cabo seems to have it all.

STAY: The Cape, A Thompson Hotel
The newly opened Thompson hotel in Cabo is the perfect place to stay. The design is impeccable and every room in the hotel is facing the water, so you definitely won’t be disappointed with a bad view.

EAT: Toro Latin Kitchen & Bar
The chef behind Toro Latin Kitchen & Bar, Richard Sandoval, has restaurants all over the world, including a few right here in Chicago. The setting of the restaurant is beautiful and the tomato watermelon salad with burrata, along with the grilled avocado are must-haves.

EXPLORE: Flora Farms
Every time I’ve plan a trip to Cabo, I call at least a month in advance to try to get into Flora Farms, and every time I hear the news that it’s booked, so be sure to make reservations way before your trip. With farm tours, restaurants and a farmers market, it seems like the perfect place to spend the day!

Where is your favorite seaside getaway?

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City Guide: Honeymoon Hot Spot

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Deciding on where to go on your honeymoon? Skip the ocean and head to Adelboden! My husband and I just returned from our (delayed) honeymoon, and it was definitely one for the books. We visited four cities in three different countries. We booked all of our hotels through Mr. and Mrs. Smith and could not have asked for better accommodations. If you are indecisive as I am, they have outstanding suggestions! One of our favorite destinations was a quaint Swiss town called Adelboden.

The Cambrian Adelboden made us feel right at home from the moment we arrived. The concierge was amazing and very accommodating. Not to mention their spa, restaurant, décor and especially their outdoor pool were all perfection!

Snow Skiing: To fulfill our yearly snow ski itch, we figured we would cross over the pond and see what it’s like to ski in the Swiss Alps. If you haven’t skied in Switzerland yet, I highly suggest adding it to your bucket list. Their skiing is unlike any other and the views are incredible!

After a long day of hitting the slopes, we stopped for a Hot Toddy at Adler Adelboden. A perfect way to soak up a little sun and mingle with the locals. This was the warmest day we had the whole time we were in Europe. Go figure!

Fondue-Iglu. If only I could eat the way I did on my honeymoon every day…pastries, cheese, bread, chocolate… Our favorite and most unique meal was having fondue in an igloo, Swiss style. The igloo could seat up to 200 people! Our gondola up to the igloo was beautiful but definitely high. Those who fear heights, beware.

Where is your dream honeymoon?

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