Weekend in the Mountains – Highlands, NC
Kevin and I went to a wedding last weekend in Highlands, North Carolina. Since we’ve been back, I haven’t been able to stop talking about how gorgeous it is there and how much fun we had! Highlands is a stone’s throw from Atlanta (just over two hours) – such an easy drive – for such gorgeous surroundings: mountains, lakes, waterfalls, adorable restaurants, and one of my new favorite hotels: Old Edwards Inn and Spa. I’m OBSESSED.
But let me start from the beginning, on the drive you pass Tallulah Gorge State Park. I’m not really that outdoorsy to ever want to sleep outside, but I’ve heard that people sometimes go camping there and that it is pretty. We took a peek at it on our way to Highlands, and I think “pretty” is an understatement. It was majestic. Just look! #america
I was itching to get to Highlands, though, so we jumped back in the car and drove a few more windy miles up the side of a mountain (it was just a tad scary…eek!), until we reached town.
As soon as we arrived, I wanted to get settled in at the Old Edwards before exploring the adorable shops and restaurants lining the streets. We were staying in the cottages (pictured below) and everything was decorated in its Christmas finest.
We were greeted with champagne and Dove ice cream bars (um yummmmm!) at check in, and after we were sufficiently liquored/sugared up, we made our way to our cottage and opened up our beautiful room. We were staying in the newest part of Old Edwards, and everything was gorgeous! May I please live there forever?!
I almost died over the heated floors and towel rack in the bathroom…
…and the shower with four additional jets. Heaven, just heaven, y’all.
We walked around the city and popped into shops, but found Old Edwards pulling us back, so we zipped over to the OEI library and enjoyed a few afternoon cocktails.
By that point we needed some food to balance out the booze, and so we went for sandwiches at Mountain Fresh Grocery. It was packed with folks who seemed to have the same idea. We liked it there so much that we went back for breakfast the next day!
The weather wasn’t amazing while we were in Highlands, but we wanted to do something on the nature-y side before we left town. So the next day before we headed back to Atlanta, we stopped by Dry Falls in the Nantahala National Forest.
And we got to walk under a waterfall!
It was pretty unbelievable.
There are so many more fun things to see and do in Highlands! This was just a taste – and we can’t wait to make the quick trip from Atlanta again to explore the town even further. What a perfect little weekend getaway!
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Best. Crepe. Ever.
Kevin and I stopped in Athens on Sunday on the way home from a road trip. Although he is a very proud Florida Gator and was more than slightly uncomfortable in such close proximity to Georgia’s campus, we wanted to pop in somewhere to grab a bite + some drinks. I walked him up and down Clayton Street (sprinting past any Georgia Bulldogs stores) and into Pauley’s Original Crepe Bar.
I spend a day in Athens once a year for work and usually end up on Clayton Street at the end of the night. I’d never noticed Pauley’s before, but in the daylight it looked like the perfect place for us. We sat up at the bar and looked over the menu. It took me all of 30 seconds to find exactly what I was looking for: a Nutella and banana crepe.
Pauley’s is really cute inside and offers 28 beers on tap, a full bar, sandwiches, biscuits, coffee, cake, etc., but I have a one track mind when it comes to crepes. GIVE ME NUTELLA AND NO ONE GETS HURT!
My crepe arrived shortly thereafter (they could see I meant business) and it was GLORIOUS! Just look at how photogenic. It was the best crepe I’ve ever eaten. No exclamation point necessary because that is a statement of fact. It was incredible.
If it’s true that you are what you eat, on Sunday I was a freaking rock star!! No lie. Pauley’s crepes kill it – and they are TOTALLY worth the trek to Athens! Plus, Athens is super cute – but don’t tell Kev I said that…
Pauley’s Original Crepe Bar
134 E. Clayton Street
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Return of the Terribly Absent Blogger…
Hello, everyone! It’s me! It’s me! I’ve returned from my two month hiatus!
THANK YOU for allowing me that precious time for a little blog cleanse. After over three years of almost constant blogging, I’ll be the first to admit that you can get burnt out when you overdose on things that you love so much (gelato, pizza, yoga, Real Housewives of any city, blogging), so I truly appreciate your patience with me. The good news is that I’m officially back now and ready to fill you in on lots of exciting things going on in Atlanta! Starting tomorrow, I’m back to the grind. Today, I wanted to update you on what I’ve been up to over the past two months.
Kevin and I tied the knot in Atlanta! It was an unforgettable weekend for us.
(Muscles brought to you by the amazing pilates reformer guru, Meredith Bass!)
We took an awesome trip to Arizona! Here we are in Sedona…
At the South Rim of the Grand Canyon…
And relaxing at the Ritz-Carlton Resort at Dove Mountain.
We spent Thanksgiving in Jacksonville where we came in second place in a highly competitive family holiday cookie competition with these bad boys. Brown Butter Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies. (We were robbed, I tell ya!)
We traveled to beautiful Montego Bay, Jamaica for Rosh’s wedding.
Then to Delray, Florida for our friend Jesse’s wedding.
And we celebrated the New Year in sunny Jacksonville Beach!
In between all of our traveling, we found time to eat. A lot.
Drink. A lot.
Relax. A lot.
Experiment in the kitchen. (Here’s the no-brainer peppermint bark recipe we used.)
Get together with good buddies.
Play with nail polish.
Hug some babies.
Get some dental work done. (Sidenote: I really wanted this to be our holiday card, but I was vetoed.)
Watch an entire two seasons of Homeland. Totally obsessed – more on that later…
And meet Charles Barkley!
Needless to say, it’s been a very busy past two months. I’m rejuvenated now, and it feels so great to be back!
Here’s to the Q+DD! Here’s to 2013! It’s totally gonna be a great one!
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This time next week, I’ll be poolside at The Cosmopolitan Hotel Las Vegas!!
It’s all I can think about.
And – I’m not gonna lie - there may be some of this action, too…
One week!! Peace out Atlanta ———-> VIVA LAS VEGAS!!
Spend NYE with Yacht Rock Revue!
Each year, Kev and I spend New Years Eve with these fine-lookin’ folks:
Two years ago, we celebrated in Orlando at Disney for my very first visit.
Last year, we trekked out to Kansas City to watch the ball drop. An excellent time was had.
THIS year, Kev + I are the hosts and we’re ringing in the New Year in Atlanta! (Expectations are high.) Sooooo, we’ve decided to celebrate with Yacht Rock at Park Tavern!
If you’ve ever seen Yacht Rock perform, you KNOW that we’re in for a great time!
And, Park Tavern is an awesome place to celebrate any holiday. PT always throws a solid party…
NYE with Yacht Rock is an all-inclusive event. Drinks and food are covered all night and into the wee hours of the morning. There will be live music with Yacht Rock Revue & Atlanta’s best DJ spinning in the Piedmont Room overlooking the Midtown skyline.
- Open bar: premium liquor, beer, wine and champagne
- Live music + NYE countdown with Yacht Rock Revue
- Gourmet food including hors d’ouvres, carving station, NYE specialties along with plenty of sides + salads to keep your energy up and dancing into the New Year.
- Sushi display
- Toast & get toasty with smores for dessert
- Midnight breakfast buffet including all your favorites + fresh Krispy Kreme donuts
- Photo booth
- NYE favors
- Champagne toast at midnight
- Coat check
This party is where it’s at on Saturday, so get your tickets NOW: NYE w/ Yacht Rock Revue!
***BONUS*** LOOK FOR ME AT PARK TAVERN totally rockin’ out to Yacht Rock…
…and I will give a fist pump + one of these super rad Q+DD koozies to the first three people who wish me a “HAPPY QUICK + DIRTY DIRTY NEW YEAR!”
Your drinks have never looked so fashionable… I can’t think of a better way to toast 2012!
See y’all at Park Tavern! Wishing a fun NYE to all!
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