I took a trip to Savannah this past Thanksgiving. We had relatives that weren’t able to make it over for Thanksgiving this year, so we decided to make a mini vacation of the holiday. When I think of Savannah, its squares are the first thing that come to mind. Those perfectly manicured squares, along with ALL OF THE DOGGIES, can entertain me for quite awhile. I don’t think you can even live in the historic district there without a canine friend. Seriously, it may be a requirement. All jokes aside, this quaint little city is a place I could definitely live. I went to my usual stops while there. The Paris Market (a must if you are looking for interesting home goods), some antique shops (none of which I can really recall by name), the SCAD store, etc. I also made it out to a few new restaurants there, the Little Duck Diner (featured here) and The Grey, neither of which disappointed. It excites me that restaurants in the South have gotten such great press within the past few years. Charleston had always been on the culinary map, but it seems they’ve gained more notoriety in recent years. I hope Savannah will see more progress in this area in the future as well.
I recently took a weekend trip to Asheville to visit some of my boyfriend’s family and explore the area. We stayed in the cutest little Airbnb cabin with old world charm, but modern amenities. Apart from family visits, we did some waterfall hopping and spent some serious time stuffing our faces. After hiking 4-5 miles you get to eat whatever you want right?
The first waterfall we visited was Crabtree, and I was kind of surprised at the number of people there considering it’s a 3-4 mile hike (depending on the route you take). We took the steeper route there and back which wasn’t the best idea since it was all uphill back (and we were lugging camera gear). This was probably my favorite waterfall though, not the most photogenic, but definitely my favorite. You could gaze at the falls from a bridge below, or climb up the side rocks to a landing area with a pool. It was too cold to get into the water, but despite that, there were plenty of areas (and by areas I mean rocks) to sit and chill. The second waterfall we went to was looking glass, and it was by far the most accessible (and the most crowded). I was so mad at myself for not bringing rain boots this trip (so I could get better angles), but I was especially mad at myself for that fact at this particular waterfall. There was a long stretch of water that you could easily walk through, hitting slightly below my shins. I definitely would love to go to this one again, despite the crowdedness. The last waterfall we went to was Eastatoe, a private waterfall almost literally in someone’s backyard. This is a very secluded waterfall, we were the only people there (although the owners had a sign out welcoming visitors). Unfortunately, the day we went was very sunny and I couldn’t really get any shots, but this is a great place to go to relax.
While downtown Asheville, we ate at Curate and Vortex Doughnuts. Curate serves tapas, which is especially good for me since I usually order side plates as my meal (I like to sample things). I was very impressed with the food at Curate, everything we ate was very good, the stuffed piquillo peppers (pictured here) were my favorite. This was the second time I have eaten at Vortex Doughnuts, they have a nice variety of specialty doughnuts (gluten free, vegan, etc.) and coffee. This would be a great morning, or mid afternoon stop, and I’m sure I’d frequent this place if I lived in the area. Both my boyfriend and I thought the espresso doughnut was the best, just fyi 🙂
-all photos by me
You know you love a city when you make a concentrated effort to visit as often as possible, and in spite of the opportunity to visit other destinations that are equally appealing. New York, much like Charleston, is a city that I can’t seem to get out of my head. Although, it’s not for the faint of heart (those sidewalks that serve as human highways are no joke!), this city always leaves me feeling filled with inspiration.
One of the biggest perks of this particular trip was staying at the Nomad – one of the prettiest boutique hotels I’ve ever stayed at, and though I’m a minimalist at heart, the Parisian-style interiors had me swooning. Seriously, what is more charming than a hotel room with nicely curated art and a clawfoot soaker tub? Outside of this charming stay, my days were filled with endless walking and exploring, which is almost laughable because each day I would arrive back to the hotel a sweaty mess – not to mention, in clothes that are conducive only to walking (aka: sneakers, tees, & denim ). I don’t have to tell you that this starkly contrasted the aesthetic of the hotel. On the positive side, I think I covered more ground this trip than those in the past. So hopefully, I can share a few more places that you might not have ventured into yet yourself.
A few of my favorite places from this trip:
- ABC Carpet & Home– Approximately the size of a department store, ABC Home offers just about everything – from home accents to jewelry and apparel.
- Joinery NYC– Joinery offers a variety of clothing, accessories, and textiles from independent designers and is especially known for their woven rugs.
- Mociun– Custom jewelry deisgned by Caitlin Mociun + a thoughtful selection of housewares ranging from ceramics to blankets and pillows.
- Steven Alan Home– One of my favorite stores, which always has affordable housewares from well-known brands to newer designers on the scene.
- Navy NYC– Tasty seafood dishes in a relaxed atmosphere (definitely worth stopping by if you are in the area)
- Kiin Thai Eatery– Traditional Thai food with a very photo-friendly interior
- Sweet Chick– Southern style food with a twist
- Ost Café– One of the few NYC cafes I’ve been to that’s actually favorable for reading, the coffee is good too 😉
- Lafayette Grand Café– I only spent time in the bakery section but both the food and coffee were truly excellent.
Featured in above photos: The Nomad Hotel, Navy NYC, Marimekko, Ost Cafe, and Sweet Chick.
-all photos by me