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"Dirty" South

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"Dirty" South

The beauty of having long distance friendships is getting to visit those friends in awesome places! Evan and I planned a tour of the South which included visiting a handful of our closest friends who all happen to live in neighboring states. How awesome is that?!

Our tour looked like this: 

Lexington, Kentucky/ Sunday-Wednesday

Nashville, Tennessee/ Wednesday-Friday

Marietta, Georgia/ Friday-Sunday

If there is one thing I am good at, its planning. More so, creating itineraries that really milk every last detail, (I do it for a living.) Seven days sounds long, but when you are crossing three states you really need people who know the best things to do. 

My friends are hip, cultured and love all the same things that Evan and I do. Between beautiful yoga classes, breweries, bourbon trails, farm to table food, live music, boot shopping, historical sites, stunning views and A WEDDING, we were set.

KENTUCKY = Home of my Britt  

Must Do: (Click the links) 

  1. Makers Mark Tour (Its Bourbon, not Whiskey)
  2. Dinner at Village Idiot
  3. Yoga at Solid Roots
  4. Beers at Country Boy Brewery
  5. Buy a UK souvenir (because Drake says so) 

Next Time: 

  1. Breeders Cup 
  2. Bulleit Distillery 

Nashville+Natsville

Must Do: (Click the links) 

  1. Take a Picture in front of the "I Believe in Nashville" mural
  2. Have dinner and bowl at Pinewood Social Club
  3. Shop vintage
  4.  Bar Hopping on the Broadway strip (Tootsies for the view)
  5. Brunch at Biscuit Love

Next time: 

  1. Southern mansion tour 
  2. Be an extra in whatever is being filmed there 
  3. Grand Old Opry
  4. Eat more biscuits and gravy  

Marietta = Marriedetta

To Do: (Click the links) 

  1. Stroll around Marietta Square
  2. Order nachos at Taqueria Tsunami
  3. Stay at the Hilton, Marietta
  4. Watch your friends get married

Next time: 

Spend more time in Atlanta! We went to the Martin Luther King museum which was incredible. 

I could not have asked for a better trip. I kept saying throughout my time there, "I am so fortunate to be traveling right now, and even luckier that my friends are with me." 

Suggestions for next time? Post in comments. 

Xo, 

Catherine 

 

 

 

 

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Portofino//Engagement by the Sea

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Portofino//Engagement by the Sea

My husband picked the most amazing place to propose to me, like ever. 

Portofino, Italy was one of those places I saw in the movies or on some famous person's social media feed, a total dream. 

After driving from Germany to Italy, we ended up in the cutest Bed & Breakfast amidst a luscious wall of fragrant grapes and church bells that rang every hour. We knew nothing about where we were and I think that made it even better. No expectations, just constantly seeing beauty from one angle to the next.

One huge tip: You have to drive off the coast of Italy. If not, you aren't going to see everything you want. Let me just say though, driving in Italy is CRAY. Like we seriously has our lives flash before our eyes, multiple times. Thank god for Evan, he drove the entire time. Make sure you pack your own personal Steve McQueen. 

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I had a whole outfit picked out for our day trip to Portofino. I visualized myself in the 1950's, yachting on the Mediterranean Ocean. All I can do is pat myself on the back because unbeknownst to me, my lover would go down on bend and knee. 

We hiked up to Castle Brown, an old royal home converted to a military lookout during WWII. 

The poor guy was sweating so much that day and abnormally quiet.  In my head I was like "what the heck, how does this guy have nothing to day about this scenery?!" He was actually just scoping out the perfect place to propose. 

God bless Evan. 

Need tips before you travel to Italy? Email siliconandsea@gmail.com

 

 

 

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San Diego in 3 Days

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San Diego in 3 Days

I NEED VITAMIN SEA

I took my husband down to San Diego (for his first time, I KNOW!) for a three day romp around. San Diego lands within the top five of my all time favorite cities, and I have been to quite a few. It's the perfect blend of sea and city with a progressive culture, amazing food and lots of sun. 



We knew we were going to be spending time in the Gaslamp area so we decided to stay at the amazing Hotel Solamar, Kimpton. If you haven't been into a Kimpton hotel, the smell alone makes you feel like a million bucks. Seriously, what is that smell?! The staff goes out of their way to accommodate you, the amenities are through the roof and every room comes equipped with a yoga mat. Also, did I mention they are all dog friendly? #thankyou

Other awesome entities Hotel Solamar has: 

1. Complimentary wine and beer hour in the lobby every night at 5pm. 

2. Free yoga class on the pool deck every Sunday at 9am. 

3. Free bike rental. This is a must when traveling around San Diego. 

4. Pool Bar open until 11pm. 

5. Memory foam or down pillows. You decide. 

6. THE SMELL. 

7. Can't bring your furry friend with you? They print out their picture and have it up in the room for you when you arrive. 

 

We spent our first day stuck in a random tropical storm. No joke, people were swimming down J street. We ran our way to a rad bar called "The Deck at Moonshine Flats." Indoor cornhole. life size beer pong, foosball, table tennis, pool. Buckets of rum and 25 different beers on tap. We could not get enough. 

always overdressed. 

always overdressed. 

Evan and I took a ride to the bay where there was a Ferry heading over to Coronado Island. "Some Like It Hot" is one of our favorite movies so we needed to see its set. #hotelcoronado

Warning: Just go sight see at the hotel, hit up the beach, take some rad photos, DO NOT go for drinks. A beer was $10 and a cocktail $13. OUCH. 

We were super excited to see the SF Giants play outside of their home territory against the San Diego Padres. There is something about getting booed, that makes you feel like you are really livin'. Good thing we were staying one block away from Petco Park. 

Ocean Beach

Relax and Chill 

You really get an awesome experience in OB, as San Diegans call it. Warm ocean, clear skies, and the best fish tacos this side of the border at South Beach Grille Evan could not believe how clear and warm the water is compared to our chilly and seaweed filled Santa Cruz. We spent the day laying on the sand, listening to Reggae and feeling really appreciative of our great life. 

Fish Tacos Forever

On our last night, we met up with my family for some great food at Neighborhood and then found a speakeasy hiding behind some beer kegs. This is top secret shit, people. 

Thats all for now! San Diego is my spirit animal and I will be back and share more goodies with you. 

Xo, 

Catherine 








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