Southport, NC

Provisions - Southport NC
Provisions - Southport


Provision Company - favorite for lunch
We have been coming to Provisions for over 20 years! We love to come by boat from Bald Head (you can dock right there) or stop for lunch on the way to catch the ferry to Bald Head. Can't beat the views of the Inland Waterway. The food is simple, fresh and delicious. My favorites are the lunch special, (1/4 lb of peel and eat shrimp and a crabcake for $8.95) and the tuna sandwich (just a big grilled tuna steak on a roll with lettuce and tomatos). Very casual, you order up front, walk around and find table, go to bar to get your drink, they bring your food out, and you tell them what you had on your way out to pay. Highly recommend Provisions.
130 Yacht Basin Dr, Southport, NC 28461 | Daily 11:00 to 9:00 | 910 457 0654

Potters Seafood - Southport, NC
Potters Seafood - Southport, NC
Potters Seafood - Southport, NC
Potters Seafood - Southport, NC
Potters Seafood - Southport, NC
Potters Seafood - Southport, NC

Potters Seafood- pick up your seafood for your trip
FRESH FRESH FRESH - Fabulous local owned fish market. Seafood is right off the boat, shrimping boat is docked right there. Located on the waterway (next to Provisions). We like to stop here after lunch at Provisions and grab our seafood for the week. Owners are super friendly and offer suggestions of how to best prepare and they fillet the fish for you.
94 Yacht Basin Dr, Southport, NC 28461 | Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 5:30pm
910 457 0101

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 |
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


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

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


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


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



Mebane, NC

Filament Coffee + Tea
Filament Coffee + Tea


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

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



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


San Ysidro Ranch – Lunch
Throw on a flowy dress and head to the San Ysidro Ranch. My go-to shop sells a beautiful lace dress for prom. 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.comOlivers – 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


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

Day Trip

Los Olivos


Nashville City Guide


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 | 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 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

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

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

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

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

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


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 | 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 | 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

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

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


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


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

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

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 | Map


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

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St Louis


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

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

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

* 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

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

The Last Hotel - Downtown
1501 Washington Ave, St. Louis, MO 63103
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.


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.


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

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


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.


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

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

Santa Fe


Santa Fe has aneclectic dining scene with an emphasize on organic local meats and produce, featuring southwestern classics with international influences.

Pasquale's - Downtown (right off square)
Great breakfast spot. All organic and locally sourced food. Small intimate interior with a few community tables. There is always a line outside,for good reason. Breakfast lunch and dinner daily.
121 Don Gaspar Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501 | 505 983 9340

The Compound - Downtown (up the hill above the galleries)
Great for lunch. Make a reservation, request a patio table and enjoy the amazing Santa Fe weather. Located in a cozy adobe home. The tuna Niçoise salad was incredible.
653 Canyon Rd A, Santa Fe, NM 87501 | 505 982 4353

Geronimo - Downtown (up on hill above the galleries)
Sit in the cozy bar for dinner, or make a reservation in the dining room or outside on the front porch. In an old house on canyon road; browse the galleries on your way to dinner. Shared a bison entree which was one of the best meals I have had. The tuna tartare and beef carpaccio appetizers are not to be missed. Lots of vegetarian options.
724 Canyon Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87501 | 505 982 1500 | Map

Radish and Rye
If you like whiskey go here! Hip industrial interior. Known for their extensive bourbon list and local farm inspired menu. Dinner spot, loved the trout.
505 Cerrillos Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87501 | 505 930 5325 | Map


Inn of the Anasazi
Perfect location, just off the square. Boutique Rosewood Hotel with extremely friendly staff. Great bar scene, pull up a chair and drink the delicious Silver Coin margaritas with George and Charlie.
113 Washington Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501 | 505 988 3030


Collected Works Bookstore & Coffeehouse
Enjoy your coffee while browsing the great book selection. Best coffee with best atmoshphere in Santa Fe.
202 Galisteo St, Santa Fe, NM 87501 | Open Daily 8am - 6pm | Map


Bell Tower Rooftop at Le Fonda
360 degree views of Santa Fe.  Located right off the Plaza
100 E. San Francisco St. Santa Fe NM | Open M-F 3:00pm to twilight, Weekends noon to twilight

La Choza
Go here for a margarita and guac after the farmers market. Casual.
905 Alarid St, Santa Fe, NM 87505

La Reina at El Rey Hotel
Known for mezcal and signature cocktails. Located in the hip (hipster), simply decorated converted motor lodge. Take an Uber if staying downtown
1862 Cerrillos Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87505 | bar opens at 5


Farmers Market
Loved this market. Tons of vendors with a variety of goodies (veggies, fruits, jams, baked goods, crafts, and the list goes on).
1607 Paseo De Peralta, Santa Fe, NM 87501 | Open Wed 3:00 to 6:00 & Saturday 7:00 to 1:00

Ghost Ranch Horse Back Riding - about an hour outside of Santa Fe
Education and Retreat Center, that was the home and studio of Georgia O'Keeffe, as well as the subject of many of her paintings. Sign up in advance for the horse back riding tour.
280 Private Drive 1708 Highway, US-84, Abiquiu, NM 87510

Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
Intimate museum, download the app before hand for the audio.
217 Johnson St, Santa Fe, NM 87501 | Open daily 10am - 5pm

International Folk Art Festival (in July)
Incredible selection of folk arts from around the world. There are no bargains here -- these are the finest craftspeople in their fields who travel from far and wide to come to IFAM to showcase their art. Purchase the early bird passes!!!!! Take the free bus.
620 Cerrillos Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87505

Ojo Caliente - about an hour outside of Santa Fe
Deemed sacred by Native Americans, Ojo's legendary waters have been soothing body, mind and spirit naturally for thousands of years. The only hot springs in the world with four different sulfur-free, healing mineral waters. Eclectic charm, be sure to have a meal there. Everything is from their garden and you can purchase their excess produce in the gift shop.
50 Los Banos Rd, Highway 414, Ojo Caliente, NM 87549