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Chapel Hill & Carrboro

Honeysuckle Tea House

To Do

Honeysuckle Tea House
Love this place!! Honeysuckle is unique tea house in a rural location, not far from Chapel Hill. Great to take a break, have some delicious tea, enjoy snacks (food truck and local ice cream) or mead (honey wine) and wind down. Big outdoor playground for kids, hammocks, covered and uncovered picnic tables and lots of places to throw down a blanket for a picnic. This is a nice place to spend an afternoon on the weekend or hang out studying for the day. What a fantastic experience at such a quaint place! Food truck was excellent, teas were incredible, and the mead from the new meadery was delicious. Check their instagram for live music and yoga class schedules.
8871 Pickards Meadow Rd, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
(919) 903-9131 | www.thehoneysuckleteahouse.com
Open Friday - Sunday 9:00 am to 9:00 pm

Carrboro Yoga Company - Cyco
Located in the heart of Carrboro in the historic Carr Mill Mall. Michele Johnson yoga teacher and clinical social worker teaches great flow classes. For a gentle inward focused stretch yoga class go to Molly Drake.  Try to arrange a class at Molly's home. Her husband is a landscape designer and her studio overlooks the beautiful gardens.

Weaver Street

Coffee

Johnys Gone Fishing - Carrboro
Inside an old house in a residential neighborhood. This cozy hang out used to be a fish and tackle store. Bring your computer and cozy up with a yummy cappucino. They do have food, its a bit of a hit or miss of whether they have it. Easy parking.

Perenniel - West Franklin Chapel Hill
Chic, beautiful new coffee shop on West Franklin. Love this spot. Only downfall is parking is paid parking.

Driade - Franklin Chapel Hill

Open Eye Coffee - Carrboro’s Living Room
They are very serious about their coffee here. More studying done here then talking. Free Carrboro town Wifi.
101 S Greensboro St, Carrboro, NC 27510
www.openeyecafe.com

Joe Van Gogh - Timberlyne Shopping Center
Great coffee, quiet setting, personal favorite is a cappucino with half whole milk and half macadamia nut milk.
1129 Weaver Dairy Rd,Chapel Hill, NC
www.joevangogh.com

Eat

Mediteranean Deli -

Sage - Timberlyne Shopping Center
Vegetarian Lunch

Hickery Tavern - Carrboro
Located in the Hampton Inn, in downtown Carborro. It is easy to find parking in hotel parking deck. Great place to watch games, you can even watch from the outside covered patio. Friday nights they offer $1 kids menu with an adult entree. Great selection of NC beers

Drink

Steel Spring Brewery -
Small production brewary, local vibe, fun outside patio. They have cans of rosé, so its not just all beer.
106A South Greensboro Street | Carrboro NC, 27510
http://steelstringbrewery.com

 

Mebane, NC

Filament Coffee + Tea
Filament Coffee + Tea

Coffee

Filaments
Hands down one of the coolest coffee shops I have been in. IT'S AMAZING. Fabulous coffee with a cozy environment! Highly recommend! Lots of great local products, and the staff was super friendly. The atmosphere makes me want to sit with my laptop of a good book on one of the sofas and drink yummy coffees all day long! The handcrafted and unique items for purchase were fun to browse, the candles are my absolute favorite item in the shop! This is definitely a coffee experience you don’t want to miss!
108 W Clay St, Mebane, North Carolina
(919) 568-0374 | Monday - Saturday 7am - 6pm
www.filamentcoffeenc.com

To Do

McAdams Farm
Hands down the best strawberry farm anywhere in NC. Family owned run and you will not find better strawberries (pick your own or pre picked). Farm beef, various vegetables, local honey, eggs and flower bouquets. During strawberry season (May) they are open everyday. Also their daughter Elizabeth is a potter and a few times a year sells her stoneware at the farm.
1100 Efland - Cedar Grove Rd, Efland, NC 27243
(919) 732-7701 | Call or check FB/ Instagram for hours

Montecito

Do

Miramar Beach - Rosewood Hotel
If we timed it right (with low tide this is a beautiful walk from Butterfly Beach).  This charming stretch of beach is tucked into a cove, lined with on-the-sand beach houses and a old school vibe. The resort has an old world European feel with yellow and white striped awnings, a resident falcon and a designated gatekeeper that leads guests safely across the Pacific Coast train tracks. The Miramar Beach Bar is a perfect spot to enjoy for an afternoon glass of Rosé. Caruso's, right off the beach is a perfect destination for a mid morning cappuccino.
1759 South Jameson Lane, Montecito, CA 93108 | 805 900 8388
www.rosewoodhotels.com

Eat

San Ysidro Ranch - Lunch
Throw on a flowy dress and head to the San Ysidro Ranch. This in an ideal setting for lunch on the upper terrace with ocean views, beautiful gardens, and towering mountains. After lunch stroll through the gardens winding along the Ranch’s hillside creek and tree-lined paths. 41 seculded bungalos are tucked between the olive and lavender tree studded estate that was originally built as a citrus farm in the 19th century.
900 San Ysidro Ln., Montecito | 805.565.1700
www.sanysidroranch.com

Olivers - Dinner
Oliver’s is an upscale vegetarian restaurant with an exquisite indoor/ outdoor setting. The interior opens out onto a cozy patio covered with lights, and the long French doors are always open. Everything is excellent, but be sure to order the Kung Pao Cauliflower.
1198 Coast Village Rd., Montecito | 805.969.0834
Mon-Sun: 5pm-10pm
www.oliversofmontecito.com

Coffee

Bree'osh
Grab coffee and a pastry at Bree'osh and walk over to the beach. Owned and operated by a cute French couple. This café brings a little slice of France to this California town.
1150 Coast Village Road E
Santa Barbara, CA 93108 | (805) 969-2500
Everyday 7am to 2pm
www.breeosh.com

Day Trip

Los Olivos

Crested Butte, Colorado

I love this charming mountain town. This is my 5th summer of hiking from Aspen to Crested Butte (and then hiking back home again) and it never disappoints. Its an 11 mile hike leaving from Maroon Bells on the Aspen side. This year we spent 2 nights at the Scarp Ridge Lodge, which is the most decadent and luxurious lodge!!!! Then hiked back. There are a fair amount of logistics getting to and from trailheads (arranging for shuttles, you can always hitch a ride if in a bind), but totally worth it.

Stay

Scarp River Lodge – Ultimate luxury – Eleven Experience
Boutique hotel (5 rooms) is both cozy, luxurious and decorated in a way that fits in with the natural beauty of Crested Butte. The Eleven Experience properties are all stunning, this is their flagship property in Crested Butte. The staff is trained to go above and beyond. This property is located right off the main drag. A delicious gourmet breakfast is included and changes each day. There is an option to hire a chef to prepare dinner at the lodge. Can’t wait to return

Public House Lofts – Eleven Experience
The lofts at Public House let guests experience mountain town living like a local. Set on Elk Ave., Crested Butte’s main drag, Public House served as the town’s main watering hole through much of the 19th and 20th centuries. A meticulous restoration has reimagined the space as a pub and music venue with three spacious upstairs lofts

The Ruby of Crested Butte – Bed and Breakfast
Known for the fabulous breakfast with a creative twist on traditional favorites with a focus on the best local, seasonal, and organic ingredients. Try the cinnamon rolls.
624 Gothic Ave, Crested Butte, CO 81224 | (970) 349-1338
www.therubyofcrestedbutte.com

The Purple Mountain Lodge – Bed and Breakfast
Charming lodging with a fun daily beer tasting. Fun to chat with Inn owner Chris, long time Crested Butte local.
714 GOTHIC AVENUE CRESTED BUTTE, CO 81224 | 970 349-5888
purplemountainlodge.com

Eat

The Secret Stash – by far the most famous pizza spot in CB. Its delicious pizza and fun setting, right on the main drag.

Soupçon – best restaurant

127 Elk Ave Unit A, Crested Butte – behind Kichevars in the alley
(970) 349-5448 | reservation is highly recommended
closed Monday & Tuesdays
www.soupconcb.com


*Both the above B&B’s and Scarp Ridge offer delicious breakfasts.

*If staying at Scarp Ridge with a large group I highly recommend having the lodge arrange for a chef to come in and cook for you.

Cocktails

The Dogwood – best place for a cocktail
309 3rd St, Crested Butte, CO 81224
Thursday – Saturday | open at 4 | 970 349-6338
www.thedogwoodcb.com

Coffee

Camp for Coffee – best coffee in town
I always buy a bag of beans take home with me. No inside seating. Fun exterior with old license plates all over the building.
402 1/2 Elk Ave, Crested Butte, CO 81224
www.camp4coffee.com

Denver

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Stay

The Maven Hotel – LOVE this new hip downtown Denver hotel. Fabulously located in the LoDo neighborhood just 2 blocks from Union Station and across the street from Coors Field.  The friendly staff made me feel like a local in this vibrant and trendy neighborhood. Be sure to take advantage of the complimentary cocktail in the Poka Lola Social Club.
1850 Wazee Street Denver CO 80202
720 460 2727
www.themavenhotel.com

The Moxy – Cherry Creek
A hip hotel with boutique feel (even though owned by Marriott). Check in is at the bar. Small cozy rooms, fun lobby and outdoor area.
240 Josephine St, Denver, CO 80206 | 303 463 6699
website

The Kitchen - Downtown Denver

Eat

The Kitchen – Downtown Denver, 1 block from Union Station
Great concept, building access and education to real food. Enjoyed a delicious and healthy lunch outside surrounded by beautiful flower pots.
1530 16th St, Denver, CO 80202 | 303 623 3127
www.thekitchen.com

Urban Farmer – Downtown
Bustling bar scene located in The Oxford Hotel. Menu focuses on sustainability.
1659 Wazee St, Denver, CO 80202 | 303 262 6070
www.urbanfarmerrestaurant.com

True Food Kitchen – Cherry Creek
Delicious eco-chic chain  serving seasonal  healthy fare. My go to lunch spot in Cherry Creek.
2800 E 2nd Ave #101, Denver, CO 80206 | 720 509 7661
www.truefoodkitchen.com

Tazu Sushi and Asian Cusine – Cherry Creek
So happy to find this gem (thank you Anna from the Shade Store). If you want no frills, great price point, super friendly staff  and delicious sushi this place is great. Fun to sit outside.
300 Fillmore St G, Denver, CO 80206 | 303 320 1672
www.sushitazudenver.com

Hop Alley – River North Art District
Hip Chinese restaurant featuring modern shared plates, plus craft beer, cider & clever cocktails.
3500 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205 | 720 379 8340
www.hopalleydenver.com

Drink

Poka Lola Social Club – Located in the  chic Maven Hotel lobby  (known as LoDo’s Dairy Block complex)
The soda parlor looking cocktail lounge is  located in the Maven Hotel Lobby. Bartenders pour highly original creations.  Be sure to take advantage of the complimentary cocktail for hotel guests.
www.pokaloladenver.com

Coffee

Aviano – Cherry Creek
Coffee shop of my dreams please someone open something similar in Aspen. Great spot to work or hang. Delicious coffee and I love they use local organic milk.
244 Detroit St, Denver, CO 80206
303.399.8347
Huckleberry Roasters – located in Maven Hotel Lobby (downtown Denver)
When I thought this hotel could not get any cooler they bring Huckleberry Roasters into the open concept lobby. Love the oat milk (dairy alternative) Great room for people-watching.

South of France

Saint Tropez

A few weeks back Kate Holstein asked me to join her on a a travel adventure in the South of France. Obviously I said YES.

Our adventure started in the French Riviera area. We arrived at our first stop just outside of Nice in the medieval mountain town of Saint Paul de Vence.  Followed by 2 nights in the the chic beach town of St Tropez, where our day trips consisted of visiting nearby villages of La Garde Freinet and Grimaud. From the French Riviera we moved north to the Luberaon in Provence. And we finished the trip with one night in Paris.

We had a unique reason and way to see this area.  Kate and her young family are in search of a home to spend a year in France.

It was a perfect and unique way to explore these charming towns and to get a glimpse at life in this area. This French Riviera guide covers some of my favorite stops along the way.

Nashville

Nashville City Guide

Eat

Nashville's food scene emphasizes local and season vegetables.

Pinewood Social Club - SOBRO (south of Broadway), short walk from downtown
I knew immediately I was going to have trouble venturing anywhere besides Pinewood in Nashville. It is a coffee shop, cozy living room, community workspace, bar, restaurant and bowling alley all in one. Fried broccoli (flash fried) is a must!
33 Peabody St, Nashville, TN 37210 | 615 751 8111
www.pinewoodsocial.com | Map

Henrietta Red - Germantown
Known for their happy hour and oysters! This airy chic spot impressed.
1200 4th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37208 | 615 490 8042
www.henriettared.com Map

Cafe Roze - East Nashville
All-day cafe specializing in fresh and simple breakfast, lunch and dinner options, as well as top-notch cocktails at night. Great weekend breakfast/brunch spot.
1115 Porter Rd, Nashville, TN 37206 | 615-645-9100
www.caferoze.com

Tailor - Germantown -  dinner
Unique dining experience. 10 courses dinner and cocktail/wine pairing. The chef/ owner gives an explanation of what we are eating between each course. The food is an Indian/ American Fusion. Very fun experience.
1300B 3rd Ave N, Nashville, TN 37208
www.tailornashville.com

Liberty Common - Downtown - lunch
Beautiful decor! Fun mix of French and Southern cuisine. Great sanctuary right off the craziness of Broadway.
207 1st Ave S, Nashville, TN 37201
www.liberty-common.com

Th Lou - East Nashville
Charmin and cozy brunch spot. Located in a converted craftsman bungalow.
1304 McGavock Pike, Nashville, TN 37216 | 615 730 6273
www.lounashville.com

Pelican & Pig - East Nashville
Cozy and casual atmosphere. Menu has an empahsis of seasonal and creative fare cooked in a completely open kitchen and wood-burning hearth.
Have a pre dinner cocktail next door at Pearl Diver (see below)
1010 Gallatin Ave, Nashville, TN 37206
www.pelicanandpig.com

Cafe Roze Nashville
Henrietta Red - Nashville City Guide
Pinewood Social Club - Nashville City Guide

Coffee

Crema - SOBRO (south of Broadway), short walk from downtown
Best coffee in Nashville. Try the 1/2 almond 1/2 coconut milk combo. Love the ambiabce, industrial, hipster feel and eco friendly. Avocado toast is yummy.
15 Hermitage Ave, Nashville, TN 37204 | 615 255 8311
www.crema-coffee.com | Map

Barista Parlor - East Nashville
Minimalist creative design located in an old garage. Great place to work. I asked the barista if the milk was organic, he did not know but said the man who delivers the milk is the same man who milks the cows. I was sold!
519B Gallatin Ave Nashville, TN 37206 | 615 712 9766
www.baristaparlor.com | Map

Dose. Coffee - East Nashville
Great spot to bring your computer and work while enjoying a yummy coffee, fun food and a hip vibe.
1400 McGavock Pike, Nashville, Tn 37216 | 615.730.8625
www.dosenashville.com

Drug Store - Downtown
Located in the lobby of the Boutique Noelle hotel. Great coffee (from the same group as Barista Parlor), a few delicisious pastries. Mid Centry bright decor with lots of sunlight. Great spot to get a little work in or just enjoy a coffee.
200 4th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37219
www.noelle-nashville.com

Drug Store Coffee
Drug Store Coffee
Barista Parlor - Nashville City Guide

Do

Ryman Auditorium - Downtown
Intimate 2,362-seat live-performance venue, best known as the home of the Grand Ole Opry from 1943 to 1974. I saw both Jamestown Revival (HUGE fan) and Ryan Bingham perform here. You can also go for a tour of the venue in the morning and sometimes you will here the bands that are performing that night doing sound checks.
116 5th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37219
www.ryman.com

Cocktails

Attaboy - East Nashville
This place is COOL, its a MUST! Located in an unassuming building with no sign or door handle. You knock and a few minutes later are greeted and taken into a candle lit speak easy. There are no menus, the bartender comes over and has a conversation with you about your drink order. Great spot after dinner as they stay open till 3:00 am regardless.
8 Mcferrin Ave, Nashville, TN 37206 | 5:00pm - 3:00am everyday
www.attaboy.us/nashville/

Patteron House - Midtown
Located in a house on the corner, you will think you are dropped off at the wrong place ( a common theme in the speak easy Nashville scene). Upscale speak easy, serving craft cocktails mixed with care in a cozy, mellow setting.
1711 Division St, Nashville, TN 37203 | open daily from 5pm - 1am/3am
www.thepattersonnashville.com

Pearl Diver - East Nashville (next door to Pelican & Pig)
Tiki bar, combines kitsch decor with a more minimalist vibe. Fun frozen drinks! We were here in freezing weather but apparently the outside is a pretty hot spot.
1008 Gallatin Ave, Nashville, TN 37206

Gray & Dudley - Downtown
Hip restaurant & bar in the 21c Museum Hotel. Market driven dishes, excellent bar scene and art-driven surrounds.
21c Museum Hotel, 221 2nd Ave N, Nashville, TN 37201 | 615 610 6460
www.grayanddudley.com | Map

Stay

The Bobby - Downtown
Boutique hotel in a central location, you can walk to most places. Active fun vibe in the lobby bar and a more casual bar located downstairs. The roof top was closed but normally this is supposed to be a hot spot. In the winter they set up a winter wonderland with heated igloos. Rooms a very spacious and clean. In the past I have always stayed with my cousin in East Nashville, this is a great option if you want to be in the center of everything!
230 4th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37219 | (615) 782-7100
www.bobbyhotel.com

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St Louis

Dine

Bar Les Frères - Clayton
MUST GO! One of the best restaurant ambiences! French fair in a romantic candle & chandelier lit setting.
7637 Wydown Blvd, Clayton, MO 63105 | Open for dinner at 5, closed Sunday & Monday
www.barlesfreres.net

Billie  | Jean - Clayton
Casual & chic vibe, with black and white decor. The food is Mediterranean-inspired with Asian flourishes, It is not surprising that they are a semi-finalist for the James Beard award for 2019.
7610 Wydown Blvd. Clayton, Missouri, 63105 | 314 797 8484
Open for dinner at 5, closed Sunday & Monday
www.billiejeanstl.com

I Fratellini - Clayton
Sophisticated Italian in a charming European bistro.
314 727 7901 | 7624 Wydown Blvd. Clayton, Missouri, 63105
Open for dinner at 5, closed Sunday & Monday
https://www.ifratellini.com/

* The above 3 are sister restaurants by Zoe Robinson. They are located on the same block. For a fun festive night out do the Tours de Frères. Start with a martini and some starters at Bar Les Frères, then move on to I Fratellini for a pasta. And wrap up your evening at Billie | Jean bar for dessert.

Yellowbelly - great for lunch
Fun island inspired (mostly fish menu). The udon noodle bowl was delicious and perfect for a chilly fall day!
4659 Lindell Boulevard St. Louis, MO 63108
www.yellowbellystl.com

Cafe Osage - Part of Bowood Farms
Garden-store cafe featuring patio seating & breakfast/lunch fare made with veggies grown on-site.
4605 Olive Street St. Louis, Missouri 63108
www.bowoodfarms.com/cafe-osage

The Last Hotel - Downtown
1501 Washington Ave, St. Louis, MO 63103
www.thelasthotelstl.com
Rooftop bar known for its pool deck and killer views. Has a fun cozy vibe inside on a chilly evening. Great spot to watch sports and a casual bite.

Coffee

Kalida's Coffee - Clayton & Coffee (and sprinkled throughout the city)
Each one is different and uniquely decorated. Great coffee, good food and local crowd.
The downtown cafe is located among the beautiful sculptures in the Citygarden, It's the perfect spot to grab a coffee while enjoying the beautiful downtown scenery.
www.kaldiscoffee.com

Bar

Three Sixty Rooftop - downtown
This swanky spot is located on the roof of the Hilton Hotel. It was a 360 degree view of the city. Over looks both the ballpark and the arch.
1 S Broadway, St. Louis, MO 63102
www.360-stl.com

Broadway Oyster Bar - downtown
Fun dive bar with Cajun feel featuring daily live music and a happening patio.
736 S Broadway, St. Louis, MO 63102
www.broadwayoysterbar.com

Do

Portland and Westmoreland Places - Central West End
Drive though the historic district in the central west end. There are 94 houses built circa 1890 to 1960.

The Loading Dock - located an hour north of city in Grafton
Beautiful drive along the Mississippi. This is the coolest bar/ music venue/ restaurant located on the river. In the winter it converts to an ice skating rink. This place is pretty epic. Drive through Alton on the way, there are some insane homes on the bluffs.
www.graftonloadingdock.com

Shop

Bowood Garden Supply
Spectacular garden supply shop that doesn't feel like you are in an urban setting. This is part of Cafe Osage (see above).
4605 Olive Street St. Louis, Missouri 63108
www.bowoodfarms.com/cafe-osage

Civil Alchemy - located just outside of St Louis
Lifestyle company offering housewares, apparel, specialty foods, include wine, unique liqueurs, tools, and personal accessories such as leather and jewelry. Along with goods sourced from premier local, national, and international vendors, they have their own brand of products designed in-house and created with high-quality materials.
8154 Big Bend Boulevard Webster Groves, MO 63119
httwww.civilalchemy.com/

Buena Vista, Colorado

Located just an hour and a half from Aspen (in the summer), Buena Vista is perfect for a quick get away. The drive over independence pass is always breathtaking. The town is known for river rafting but there is also great hiking, biking and a hip restaurant scene.

Stay

Surf Hotel & Chateau
This oasis is tucked away at the outskirts of town, right on the Arkansas River and a short walk into town. The hotel looks like it is staight out of a Restoration Hardware catalog. I recommend splurging for a river view in the Chateau. Bring a bottle of rosé and take it down to the river rocks for an afternoon treat. Check out their concerts in the Ivy Ballroom, sound system done by the same people as Red Rocks. They have free summer music series outside if front of the hotel.  Great hikes just across the river.
1012 Front Loop
Buena Vista, CO 81211 | 719.966.7048
www.surfhotel.com

Do

Cottonwood Hotsprings
Located 5 miles outside of Buena Vista, these man made pools are a relaxing stop. This is a no frills, more rustic destination. The geothermal, gravity-fed mineral waters springs were used for centuries by the Ute Indians as a spiritual gathering place. Bring a book and your own towel ($20).
18999 Co Rd 306, Buena Vista, CO 81211 | 719 395-6434
www.cottonwood-hot-springs.com

Cottonwood HotSprings

Salida Colorado

Less then two hours from Aspen via Independence Pass, Salida is nestled along the Arkansas River. Home to Monarch Mountain and with a charming downtown corridor.

Stay

Amigos Motor Lodge
A renovated a 50’s motel. It is simple, clean, comfortable and eclectic. The property has a hot tub and fun loungig areas both inside and outside.
Downtown Salida is about a mile away from the motel. Obviously reach it by car, but it’s an easy bike ride down the Monarch Spur trail too (bring your cruiser). Or we used Mountain Taxi  (there is no uber).
www.stayamigo.com

Amigos Motor Lodge Salida Colorado
Amigos Motor Lodge Salida Colorado
Amigos Motor Lodge Lobby
Amigos Motor Lodge Salida Colorado

Do

Mount Princeton Hot Springs
Located between Buena VIsta and Salida these hot springs are a must! They have pools with a water slide but the best part are the creak side hot springs. You will do need to do a little moving around to find a little pool that is the right temperature for you. Bring your own towel and rates are between $15 and $20 depending on day of week
www.mtprinceton.com

Mount Princeton Hot Springs

Coffee

Howl & Mercantile
I have been known to plan trips around coffee shops. This is one I would do that for. Great artisan/craft coffee combined with a cool little shop. They don't open till 9:00, but worth the wait.
www.howlmercantile.com

Eats

Little Red Hen Bakery
Fabulous little bakery! The Little Red Hen is a must do every time I'm in town (either before or after coffee at Howl & Mercantile). I love their local focus, everything is delidious.
302 G St, Salida, CO 81201