Dec 17

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.

Old Edwards Inn

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

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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.

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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.

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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?!

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I almost died over the heated floors and towel rack in the bathroom…

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…and the shower with four additional jets.  Heaven, just heaven, y’all.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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And we got to walk under a waterfall!

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It was pretty unbelievable.

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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!

xx, L

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Mar 01

Chicago: It is on.

So, here’s something: my very first job was that of a singing, dancing, server at the kitschy 50’s throwback burger joint Johnny Rockets.

Yep. At the tender age of 15 I learned the art of crooning into a ketchup bottle to none other than Frank Sinatra’s “My Kind of Town: Chicago.” while slinging hamburgers and milkshakes…

“Each time I roammmm Chicago is…calling me home.”

Not me. These people actually look cooler than I did... if you can believe it.

Here’s something else: I am totally enamored with the musical Chicago. I love the movie and the Broadway musical equally and for different reasons. (We can chat about it if you really want to. And I pretty much always do want to chat about it. Open invitation.)

As a theatre major in college, I did one of my big senior projects on comparisons between the two and I happen to know every last bit of the original Fosse choreography to “All That Jazz.”

I will perform this at a cocktail party if you are not careful.

I also love deep dish pizza, jazz, and um….OPRAH.

Yeah, girl!

And I don’t know if I have ever laughed as hard as when I saw Triumph and Jack McBrayer at the Wiener’s Circle on Conan. If you haven’t had the pleasure, please view it here:

Long story short: I’m clearly obsessed with Chicago.   And yet? I HAVE NEVER REALLY BEEN THERE.

I mean, once. For work. And we spent all day in conference rooms until evening where we shared a beer at a Houlihan’s or something. Which clearly doesn’t count.

UNTIL NOW. Tomorrow – the great city of Chicago will reunite the CoBros…and newly minted CoSister as G and I are going to visit THIS GUY:

I can’t wait.

See ya tomorrow, Windy City. I don’t care how cold you are – I am ready to get down ScoCo style.

xx, L

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Feb 26

Winter at the Ritz-Carlton Lodge!

It’s no secret that I’m totally, completely, head-over-heels in love with the Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation.  I gushed about it HERE and again in major detail right HEREAnd since then my affection for it has only grown stronger and stronger…

Kevin and I spent V-Day/Prez Day weekend at the RC Lodge.  It was the first time I’d been there when it was too cold to use the outdoor pool and hot tub, but it certainly didn’t stop us from having an amazing time.  There is SO much to do there even in the winter!

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Here’s a peek at our chilly weekend…

All aboard the Linger Longer Express!

We walked around the gorgeous property and played a little Horse on the outside basketball court.  (I did not win, but there’s always a next time!  Watch out, babe…)

We took advantage of the swings.

We sipped on wine and watched folks ice skate.  (Drinking + skating was not in the cards for me this trip, but it was really fun to watch other people.)  #totalclutz

We relaxed at the indoor pool and hot tub.

We made friends with Dooley, the resident RC Lodge lab.  Hi buddy!

We whipped up some serious s’mores.

We had a delicious dinner at Linger Longer Steakhouse, which we both agree is home to the best steak in Georgia.  And you can quote me.

We chilled on our balcony overlooking Lake Oconee.

And we didn’t want to leave.  I mean, really, why can’t I just live there?!  It’s only 75 miles from Atlanta – I could commute!  #whowantstogivemeahelicopter

I’m never more relaxed than I am at the RC Lodge.  I highly, highly recommend visiting!  There’s something awesome to do there any time of the year, so don’t let the winter weather deter you.  It’s truly lakeside paradise!

xx, L

Ritz Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation
1 Lake Oconee Trail
Greensboro, Georgia  30642
706.467.7196

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Jan 03

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.)

Feed ducks.

Ride horses.

Drive boats.

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 HomelandTotally 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!

xx, L

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Sep 15

VEGASSSSSSS!!

This time next week, I’ll be poolside at The Cosmopolitan Hotel Las Vegas!!

It’s all I can think about.

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And this…

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And – I’m not gonna lie - there may be some of this action, too…

One week!!  Peace out Atlanta ———-> VIVA LAS VEGAS!!  :)

xx, L

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