Posts tagged vacation
Hot New Restaurants in Charleston this Spring

At the beginning of this month we had the opportunity to go on a mini babymoon to Charleston. It was probably our first and last real vacation before baby bee arrives in August. We managed to fit in quite a bit of eating between our preparations for A Charleston Affair, the College of Charleston’s signature Spring alumni event, and a day at the beach. Here are a few new-to-us restaurants we were able to try out over our quick weekend getaway!

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Ottawa Day 5 : National Gallery of Canada

We spent the entire day at the museum, through breakfast and lunch, but it still wasn’t enough time to devote more than about 30 seconds to each piece of art. My personal highlights from this trip included the Frontier photography exhibit, the Rideau Chapel, and some of the impressionist pieces. 

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Ottawa Day 4 : Parliament

I was completely in shock that we saw Canada’s Prime Minister during my first visit to the Capital! We had joked about the possibility of seeing him before scheduling our trip but I certainly didn’t expect to actually get to see him. So I can officially say I’ve visited Canada’s capital and seen their Prime Minister before I can say the same about my own country!

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Ottawa Day 3 : Byward Market

After sleeping in a little bit, we got ready and called our Uber into town. We wanted to spend a full day exploring downtown Ottawa, especially the ByWard Market area. I'm not sure why I picked the absolute coldest day of our trip to walk around outside but we made the most of it! It was still pretty snowy in the morning when we arrived at Origin Trade Co. I'd done a lot of research into coffee shops before leaving on our trip and Origin looked too cute to miss.

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Ottawa Days 1-2 : The First Snow

Sunday morning we woke up to a fresh blanket of snow on the ground and the biggest flurries I've ever personally seen! Alex and I were like kids in a candy store and layered some jackets over our PJs and pulled on our boots and gloves to go play in the snow for a while before everyone else woke up. When the rest of the crew woke up we had oatmeal pancakes with some homemade maple syrup. I mean, come on... does it get any more Canadian?

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How to Plan Your Next Vacation

I usually start with Pinterest when I am planning our vacations. It's an easy way to find itineraries from other travel bloggers or must-sees for first-timers in just one click. Once I have an idea of what the highlights in the city are, I turn to other resources to narrow down our interests and find neighboring spots to visit. If you follow me on Pinterest then you know that I am constantly pinning travel inspiration!

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Kanuga

It's hard to describe how Kanuga makes me feel. It's a home away from home year after year. It's the only place I've ever been where I don't feel 100% tied down to my phone (i.e. no answering work emails after hours) and what's going on at home. It is also the only place where I don't have to worry about locking the doors. If you're looking for a realxing, all-inclusive spot to book a trip or conference, check it out! Despite Alex's misguided feelings on the "stale bread", I keep coming back for the toast.

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Max Patch

I was surprised by how few people were up at Max Patch during our hike. There were a few people leaving when we arrived and we were alone for the majority of our stay. There was only one other couple walking around while we were up on the bald but they were keeping to the other side. Because it snowed the night before, the trail was muddy and slippery. We trekked our way up carefully, trying to avoid the mud as much as possible. If you want to feel really out of shape, go take a hike! I kept stopping on the way up (because I'm wimpy) but each time we stopped it was a chance to take in a new view so in the end it was totally worth it to ascend the mountain slowly.

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Charleston Weekend Getaway

We dropped off Aengus at my in-laws house for a weekend away with his puppy cousins, Rufio and Tinkerbell. He's such a good car rider but I think half-way there he realized that we weren't going to the dog park and started to look a little sad. That quickly went away when he was able to put his heart eyes on Tink. Nana and Pops took good care of him while we headed out of town on another quick trip to Charleston to celebrate our dating anniversary weekend and hang out with friends.

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2020

I spent a couple of hours trying to help Corey pick out her school schedule which was pretty much pointless because it's impossible to tell which classes are open or not until you get to your allotted time. It was at least good for her to experience the struggle first hand because it never really changes. Scheduling classes is the worst! Despite the disappointment of never getting the perfect schedule, at least there's the excitement that goes along with getting a few classes that you're really passionate about too (enough excitement to make you immediately want to go to bed).

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HERO

It was so foggy when we arrived in Chicago! We didn't realize just how foggy it was until we stepped off the subway in Printer's Row. The first thing we did in Chicago after dropping off our bags at the Hotel Blake was check out Hero Coffee Bar. I found it on Yelp but it ended up being at the end of our hotel block. You guys, I really love lattes and bagels and this place was banging. It made me miss Charleston so much.

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