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Little Cottonwood Canyon

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All photos by Ashley Jensen

We got back from Utah a week or two ago and I am still reeling over the magic of it all. We went out for an event my husband was part of and stayed an extra couple days to hike and see the sights, and it turned out to be one of my favorite trips we've taken.

It just so happens the lovely Ashley Jensen moved out to Salt Lake City just a few weeks before and she already had me so excited, just from seeing her incredible photos. So of course I couldn't resist when she invited me to go with her on a little sunset drive up Little Cottonwood Canyon.

Not only was watching the sunset from the top of the mountain incredible in and of itself, but the drive back down was equally as magic getting to see the lights of Salt Lake City appear like little stars between the peaks. As the sun set we snapped a few photos of each other, and I really love having these pictures as a reminder of the entire trip.

So here's a big life tip for you - always say yes to a sunset drive up the mountains. I promise you, it's absolutely worth it.

72 Hours in Nashville

Nashville TN Guide

This past year I've traveled more than I have in my entire life. It's been mostly just little trips here and there, but I am loving it. For those of you who don't know, my husband travels for work. Some years he's traveled a lot, and other years not so much, but this year he's been gone almost non-stop, and I've been lucky enough to get to visit him on some of his trips!

We've been wanting to visit Nashville together for a while now, and had even planned to go for my birthday, but had to change plans when he had to go away for work again. So when he found out he would be spending time in Nashville for work, we figured it was the perfect oppotunity for me to pop down at the tail end of his trip and spend a little time seeing him and the city!

Imogene + Willie

I flew down on the 4th of July and we got a chance to see the downtown completely blocked off from cars, and the streets filled with people, food trucks, and live music. It was definitely a great first experience in the city! The second day, after he was done work, we drove a little south of the city and spent the afternoon in the town of Franklin, which is adorable - definitely worth checking out if you have the time. My husband had to work most of the last day, but I took advantage of a beautiful morning and met a friend at Barista Parlor, and then Uber'd down to the Twelve South neighborhood and did some shopping and eating on my own. I actually enjoy a little alone time in new cities to just wander shops and neighborhoods and really get a feel for everything, and Twelve South was really great for wandering!

Being from the north-east with our big, mostly walk-able cities, one thing to note if you go to Nashville is that it's not really a "walking city". Yes you can walk the downtown neighborhood, but if you plan to do any of the other neighborhoods, you'll definitely need to drive or grab an Uber to get there.

Five Daughters Bakery Nashville
Barista Parlor Nashville
Bradley's Curbside Creamery Nashville

EAT

FIVE DAUGHTER'S BAKERY - Officially my favorite Nashville stop. I've been following them on IG for a long time, just waiting for the day to come that I could try their 100 layer doughnuts, and they did not disappoint. They have a location in the 12 South neighborhood, as well as one in an adorable old factory in Franklin, TN!

BARISTA PARLOR - One of those super-hyped coffee spots that I wondered whether it was just a good Instagram spot, or whether they were really worth it. I'm glad to say they are totally worth the stop. They have a couple locations around the city and I spent the morning catching up with a friend at the Golden Sound one. Not only is it beautiful, but the coffee and food are fantastic.

FROTHY MONKEY - A great spot to stop and grab a salad and more coffee after a couple hours wandering Twelve South!

BRADLEY'S CURBSIDE CREAMERY - We were lucky enough to try out this awesome little ice cream truck while they were parked downtown for the 4th. I don't think they have any definite locations, but if you can hunt them down while you're in the city they are definitely worth it!

THE STILLERY - A great place if you're looking for a spot to eat downtown and aren't feeling the honky-tonk bars. We happened to wander in here when looking for somewhere to eat on the 4th and ended up absolutely loving it! Definitely get the baked cheese if you go!

Imogene + Willie Nashville

SHOP

IMOGENE + WILLIE - This is one of those places I've been dying to check out for years. Yes, they are way out of my price range to actually buy anything, but it's one of those places that's so unique and cute that it's worth stopping in just to see (major bonus - they had a puppy sleeping on the floor when I visited!). They also have the Amelia's Flower Truck that parks right out front if you fancy treating yourself to a cute little bouquet!

WHITE'S MERCANTILE - White's is another shop that has locations in both Twelve South and Franklin, and both are worth wandering through. They have a well curated collection of men's, women's, kid's, and home-wares, and both stores are incredibly well merchandised.

CRAFT SOUTH - If you like sewing, knitting, or anything else crafty, make sure to pop in here. It's not a huge store but they are so cute and have a great selection. I even took a yard of fabric home, 'cause I just couldn't resist!

White's Merchantile Nashville

Of course, with only a few short days in the city I didn't get to hit all of the spots I would have loved, like Pinewood Social, Crema, Bookman/Bookwoman, and Proper Bagel! Are there any other places I need to add to my list for the next time? I'm completely smitten and can't wait to go back!

Hello New England

New England Lighthouse Coastline
Portland Maine
New England Historic House
New England Coast
Mark Twain House

(Eastern Point, MA // Enjoying the streets of Portland, ME // Pretty details in Hartford, CT // Gloucester, MA // The Mark Twain House)

If you follow me on Instagram, I'm sure you already know, but me and Frank snuck away for a long weekend to New England! We did Boston twice together while we were dating (once was mostly just to see the Red Sox game that was rained out the first time we were there) and we loved it, and have talked about doing other parts of the area for a while.

It was sort of a whirlwind. He picked me up right from work on Thursday and we drove straight to Portland, Maine. The next day we hit Salem, and Gloucester in Massachusetts. Then Boston the next day, and hit the Mark Twain House in Hartford, CT the last day. We mostly just ate and toured historic houses, like the old people we are, but I thought it'd be fun to share some of our favorite stops!

Portland, Maine - Portland in itself gets a mention because, helloooooo, it's stinkin' adorable! Seriously. It's got a great vibe. It's historic, right on the water, and packed with some amazing places to eat and shop. 

Victoria Mansion // Portland, ME- So gorgeous! It's a mansion with not only a crazy amazing staircase, but some incredible painting throughout the house. 

Fore Street // Portland, ME- Frank has a gift for finding amazing restaurants, and did not dissapoint here. We were worried when we tried to make a reservation and it was already booked, but it turns out they keep 1/3 of the restaurant tables open for "walk ins" each night. And by "walk ins," I mean you wait in a line outside before they open to try to snatch one! It's actually pretty fun. The menu changes every night, and is incredible. The bread is from Standard Baking Co.which is downstairs - and it's amazing (PS. they got some tasty coffee too:). I even had an amazing drink too! The pound cake for dessert though.... UGH. That's all I can say.

Eastern Point // Gloucester, MA- We ended up coming here on a whim, when Frank found the Beauport House (which is amazing, and a must see!). We had some time until the next tour, so we drove down to see the old lighthouse. It wasn't open but we were able to walk out to the end, which is such a picturesque view.

The Phillips House // Salem, MA- One of our favorite house tours. The house itself has a great story, and is packed full of the original family's items. It's a gorgeous house and has so many fun quirks:)

Some other favorites... Flatbread Company in Portland, The Mark Twain House in Hartford, Debbies Diner in Salem. 

24 Hours in Chincoteague

Chincoteague Beach
Chincoteague Ponies
Chincoteague Island
Chicoteague Docks

Hey there! Feels like forever since I've blogged. I actually have a few fun things to share that I just haven't gotten around to yet, but I thought I'd pop in and share a couple photos from last weekend when me and my mom decided to drive down to Chincoteague to see some ponies!

We got in at night and walked around the downtown a little bit and of course, couldn't help but get some ice cream from Muller's Old Fashioned Ice Cream Parlor. It's an old house turned ice cream parlor so it instantly won me over. In the morning me and my mom shared the worlds most giant (not really though) Cinnamon Roll from Sugarbakers, and then poped on one of those boat-cruise tours and actually got pretty close to a couple of the Pony herds! They are so darn cute it's ridiculous. I'd love to see the Pony crossing one year! Anyway, we had lunch at the Sea Star which was amazing! Seriously, all I got was a turkey and cheese sandwich on a croissant and it was one of the best sandwiches of my life. Then we drove around the Island and crossed over to Assateague Beach which was so lovely! It was pretty packed, but still super relaxing to just walk up and down the beach:)

We headed home after that, but couldn't help making a quick stop in Berlin, MD which totally lives up to it's title of "America's Coolest Small Town". Of course, it was a Sunday and a lot of stuff was closed by the time we got there, bu we did pop in a couple adorable antique shops and are already planning a little trip back to see everything else! 

What have you guys been up to lately?!