Why Lake Como Should Be On Your Italy Itinerary

Rome. Florence. Venice. These cities are on every tourist's must-see list while in Italy. But wander past these famed locales and you'll find pleasure in the country's less-frequented spots, some of the best being in the unsung north where rugged peaks, grand villas and glittering lakes take center stage. In the foothills of the Alps on the border of Switzerland lies Lake Como, a picture-perfect paradise known as a home-away-from-home for the rich and famous. But don't let that steer you away…

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The Gardens of Villa Cimbrone

Every time we travel, we have certain expectations for how the trip will play out, things we want to see. Luckily, there are usually also a few wonderful surprises that we could have never expected to stumble on. One of the best surprises during our stay in the Amalfi Coast was when we decided to venture past Positano and visit its neighboring towns to the south. What started as a taxi ride to..

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The Chic Traveler's Guide to Positano

I've been looking forward to writing this post since the moment I said goodbye to the Amalfi Coast a few weeks ago. Its allure is irresistible— spectacular beaches, gorgeous weather, towering cliffs, charming villages, lush gardens - the list can go on and on. While this entire region of Southern Italy is amazing, the picture-perfect town of Positano may be the crown jewel. A staircase of colorful homes tumbling down to the sea, this once sleepy village has become a haven of chic hotels, fine dining and…

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Hotel Spotlight: Il San Pietro

There are few things more timeless than vacationing on the shores of the Mediterranean. The thought of it immediately conjures up images of Jackie Kennedy and Grace Kelly looking fabulous while boating along the region's iconic coastline. This is the experience I've dreamed of for years, so when our travels took us to Italy's Amalfi Coast last month, I knew we had to make the most of our time! For me, the foundation of any great trip means choosing the perfect hotel, and we couldn't have been more pleased with..

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Hotel Spotlight: The Greenbrier

If you're like me, West Virginia doesn't initially come to mind when thinking of must-visit travel destinations. However, thanks to one gorgeous resort nestled in the mountains of this southern state, it should be! Here's why... At the end of August, my mom and I took a quick girls' trip to The Greenbrier…

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Layering Up for Fall Days

It doesn’t feel like fall just yet here in Nashville, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have all the cravings the coming season brings on - big cuddly scarves, baking at home, lots of plaid, extra candles and cinnamon topped on everything. Last month we spent time in beautiful New Hampshire and while the days were filled with sunshine and warm temperatures, the evenings brought a welcomed crisp to the air, giving a taste of what's to come. I love layering for fall and one of my go-to pieces is…

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New England Farmstands & Lobster Dinners

Every August we head to New England for a week of fun and relaxation with Greg's family at their lake home in New Hampshire. It's always a wonderful time! One of our traditions during this week is for each couple to take a night making dinner - our meal always being a lobster feast! So, when our day to cook came around, I knew exactly where I wanted to head to get the items that would make the…

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Summer Reflections: Flathead Lake, MT

September is right around the corner and school is back in session, so does that mean we’re in fall mode? I don’t want summer to leave! Trying to savor the last bit of the long evenings, backyard bbqs and warm weather clothes as long as possible. Yet as wonderful as all those things are, my true summer love is time spent near the water, and my heart belongs to Flathead Lake in northwestern Montana. I’ve talked a little about…

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Horseback Riding in Glacier National Park

I'm a Montana girl and there's nothing better to me than summertime in my home state. For me, no visit is complete without spending time in the "Crown of the Continent", Glacier National Park, and since I've been more times than I can count, this year I decided to see the park from a new vantage point... on horseback! Prior to my trip in July, I had been…

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Canola Fields and Gingham

Each summer fields in the Flathead Valley of Northwestern Montana come alive in a brilliant yellow hue thanks to canola blooms. The sight of these seemingly endless fields set against stunning mountain peaks is one of the things I look forward to most when I visit my home state in the summer months. It's spectacular, especially at sunset with a fresh mountain air breeze and peace & quiet all around.I bought this black and white gingham dress at…

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12 Hours in Newport, RI

A handful of years ago when I was living in New York City, my mom came to visit and we went on a road trip up through New England. I have such fond memories of that week exploring quaint seaside towns, taking in the beautiful coastline and stopping at what felt like every Dunkin Donuts along I-95 for iced coffee and a box of Munchkins. Aside from quality time with her, the highlight of that trip was experiencing Newport for the first time, and I knew I'd make it a priority to one day return. During our trip to Rhode Island over Memorial Day Weekend, Greg and I…

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Hotel Spotlight: Ocean House

If you don’t know this about me, I love a great hotel and am constantly searching for new ones across the globe to add to my must-visit list! Earlier this year I discovered Ocean House, a Relais and Chateaux property in Rhode Island, online and instantly fell in love. So, when May rolled around and Greg and I were contemplating where to spend Memorial Day weekend, I immediately suggested Ocean House and…

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24 Hours in Chattanooga, TN

I thrive on a frequent change of scenery and while it's been nice to be home the past month, I was getting antsy for an adventure! With the goal of staying close to home yet visiting someplace new, Greg and I hit the road and drove two hours southeast to Chattanooga. This vibrant town on the Tennessee River, with a beautiful backdrop of the Appalachian Mountains, was the perfect solution for a 24-hour trip. Like most of my travels, the thing that sold me on…

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5 Favorite Travel Apps

I travel frequently and love having good resources for advice and recommendations, both while planning and during my trips. If you're going to travel, why not travel smarter? The right apps can be great tools for discovering hidden gems, experiencing a city like the locals, or providing tips for travel ease, but with the overwhelming amount to choose from, it can be intimidating and confusing to find…

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Sailing in Barbados

Over Thanksgiving we packed our swimsuits and sandals and headed south to the Caribbean. Greg and I started the trip by taking a few days just the two of us to celebrate our one year wedding anniversary on the beautiful island of St. Lucia (more here and here) and then island hopped over to Barbados to spend the holiday with family. It was our second Thanksgiving in a row in the Caribbean, as the year before we were…

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Golden Hour: Sunsets in St. Lucia

If there's one thing I know I'll never forget about St. Lucia, it's the sunsets. Nestled between the dramatic twin Pitons with incredible views of the Caribbean Sea, Sugar Beach makes for the perfect spot to watch the sun dip below the horizon. We celebrated our one year wedding anniversary with a stay at the Viceroy Resort (more about our visit here) and our days of fun in the sun ended in quiet moments of gratitude and reflection on the past year.  Each night was equally…

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Hotel Spotlight: Sugar Beach Resort

Every once in a while you visit a resort or location that's so magical and unforgettable you know it's a destination you'll make a point to return to one day. For me, Sugar Beach Resort on the beautiful island of St. Lucia is one of those places. This past November Greg and I celebrated our one year wedding anniversary, and leading up to the milestone we knew we wanted to do something special. With Thanksgiving just a few days later and plans to spend the holiday in Barbados, we decided to head to…

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Need for Speed: The Porsche Driving Experience

If the guy in your life is anything like mine, to say new and unique gift ideas for him are hard to come by is an understatement. So when even the slightest mention of an idea comes out of Greg's mouth, I'm thrilled and make a mental note! Not long ago one of those mentions was a day at the Porsche Experience Center in Atlanta. He knew very little about it but was intrigued by the concept, and since we love the idea of gifting experiences, I did a little research, thought it sounded…

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