So far this summer has been C-R-A-Z-Y!!
Our in-laws were in town visiting this past week, so we got to show them around to all of our favorite parts of Charleston. Our favorite stops were food...obviously..who can say no to some amazing grub? These are our current favorites, and the places we took our fam!
Hominy Grill - AMAZING breakfast, try the Charleston Nasty Biscuit
Sesame Burger - Literally the best nachos we've ever had, plus a burger of the week
Liberty Taproom - Monday every draft beer is $4! Plus their pretzel app is to die for
The Shelter Bar & Grill - Spicy chicken dip anyone?! And if you're craving brunch, this is your stop
Ali Baba - Mediterranean like you've never had before. Fresh and authentic
Taco Boy - Street tacos and the best margaritas you've ever had? This is your place
Fratello's Italian Tavern - Authentic Italian cuisine
Amen Street - Oysters and raw bar. The local oysters? To die for.
The Vendue - Rooftop views and fantastic drinks. Don't worry about the heat, up here you've got an amazing breeze.
The only problem we've had in Charleston so far is that we can't choose a favorite! I didn't bring my camera with us on this trip (shame...I know) so I only have a few (bad) photos from Taco Boy, but seriously, every single one of these places is worth a try! They are on our FOR SURE list.
Check these places out and PLEASE let me know what you think....and obviously I want your suggestions for other places to try!
Until next time,
The cure for anything is salt water - sweat, tears, or the sea.
I've always wanted to live at the beach....now that I do I still have a hard time believing that this is real life. Last night we took a sunset walk down the beach on Sullivan's Island, SC. Here is a little bit of the beauty we saw.
And (of course) the silliness that happened....because it wouldn't be a trip with us without it.
Until next time...
When Dave and I got married we decided that every year on our anniversary we were going to go away - not always somewhere exotic, but away. Who knows what our next years will bring, but for our first anniversary we were able to sneak away to Ocho Rios, Jamaica.
We invited everyone from our wedding group to come with us....honestly as much as we love spending alone time together we think it's way more fun to have our family and closest friends with us!
We didn't take very many photos this trip....we were way too distracted by the beautiful beach to bring our cameras, and the GoPro was (mostly) busy in making a video!
Thankfully at least a couple of us had phones out and grabbed some quick shots during the fun.
I don't think anything could ever top our wedding trip....it was literally the best time of my life....but our first anniversary was certainly a great tribute to an amazing time.
On our actual anniversary we went on a catamaran party-boat cruise to Dunn's River Falls and snorkeling on a reef. Aside from seeing ridiculously ginormous banana spiders we had a great time. I can't lie, the spiders were terrifying. I definitely sprinted past them to get back to the boat.
Jamaica is gorgeous...and Jamaica is a reality check for Americans. The resorts are like resorts in every tropical place:
3. Nowhere near what actual life on the island is like.
Driving from the airport to the resort was an experience in itself, and as usually happens when we travel we were reminded how good it is to be an American...regardless of the issues our country is facing.
Okay - enough serious stuff...back to the photos and fun of the trip!
If you have the opportunity to stay at a Sandals Resort I would DEFINITELY recommend going on the party cruise! The crew is amazing, and the boat is fantastic.
Sandals Ochi Beach - Around the Resort
The resort was beautiful. Nowhere near as amazing as where we got married (Secrets Silversands, Riviera Maya, Mexico), but still gorgeous. The beach, however, was MUCH more impressive than Mexico.
The reason we didn't have too many photos from our trip is right here....we decided to make a video instead!
Dave and I had to travel to Boston for work last week...and I was actually really excited to have some time to explore. Since I grew up in New England I've been to Boston a million times, but it's such a cool city and there's always something new going on, so a week to explore at our leisure sounded fantastic.....
....until spring New England weather hit....
(okay...yes...this is from Vancouver...but I'll be honest, I didn't take an outside picture!)
Our original plan was to explore the city, eat great food, maybe do a little shopping, etc. This would obviously have required lots of outside walking,...not so pleasant in the POURING rain. (plus we're spoiled now that we live in sunny Charleston) We had to adjust our plan.
Instead of lots of walking we did LOTS of driving.
My favorite part of our whole trip is that we got to drive back to Maine (twice) and see our families, but I slacked on the photography end and didn't take any photos at all..oops. I did, however, take some photos of our trip out to Albany!
Some dear friends of ours live just outside Albany and just had a baby, and since it's only a few hours drive from Boston we decided we absolutely had to visit them. While we were there we also got to make a pit stop at Howe Caverns....one of Dave's favorite spots ever!
Dave's grandparents lived in Upstate NY when they were alive so he has memories of visiting the caves with them when he was young. Every time we get to go back he loves to relive those early memories.
The main building at the caverns is a really cool old place with super high vaulted ceilings and a huge stone fireplace. The entrance to the caves is a 200' elevator ride straight down.
At the bottom of the elevator the caves are immediately amazing, so I'll just jump right in...
There is a river in the cave (we boat on it later!) that follows most of the tour, but this spot is beautiful! My favorite thing is that they use tons of different colored lights rather than just plain white lights.
This giant flowstone has actually choked out its source so this is it! To me it looks a little like a giant marshmallow fluff spill.
Other caves we've been in have some pretty cool stalagmites, stalactites, and flowstone, but Howe caverns have the most impressive.
Photos do not do this place justice, but they are pretty incredible. The original tour through the caves (back in the early 1900's) took 10 hours and was done by candle light. I'm glad our tour had electric lights and an elevator, but I can imagine the first visitors to the cave were equally as impressed!
Check out this awesome underground boat ride! We float quietly across a fairly large 'lake' through the cave up to a dam, which marks (almost) the end of the tour. From here we turned around and boated backwards, and then walked to the final part of the tour, they call it the "Winding Way". My favorite part!
I hope you all get a chance to visit Howe Caverns, it's so worth it! Since our little trip Dave has now decided that we're going to see all the caves possible in the USA, so expect more underground adventures from here forward. As long as there aren't (visible) spiders I'm okay with it!
Until next time!
Dreamer, decorator, wife, business owner, personal fitness trainer. 20-something.