Savannah

Savannah is always a good time.  Southern, slow moving and so chill.  It is such a fun place to visit time after time.  A few highlights from our most recent trip.

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The Brice Hotel – Kimpton definitely knows how to do boutique hotels.  From the decor to the complimentary happy hour to the free bike rentals, the Brice Hotel was a fab experience.  Highly recommend!

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Collins Quarter – We’ve come to Collins Quarter at least once during each of our trips to Savannah.  Great beer, cold AC and a really diverse beer list make this Australian style spot a must stop.

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Abe’s on Lincoln – looking for an awesome dive bar filled with both locals and tourists?  This is your spot.  Open till 3am, Abe’s is a great late night stop on your drinking tour of Savannah.

Couldn’t leave town without this…

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I hope you enjoy your next trip to Savannah!

xoxo,

MJ

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Miami

The only times I’ve been to Miami are for work, but have managed to sneak in some fun along the way!  A few recommendations below –

Stay

Fontainebleau.  Massive hotel, amazing pool, easy beach access – what more can you really ask for?

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Eat & Drink

Wynwood Kitchen & Bar – delicious food and amazing art.  I’m a sucker for tapas and street art and this place combines them in a really amazing way.  The tapas menu is extensive and the drinks are really interesting and delicious.  In my opinion the best part of the place is the outdoor patio and the Shepard Fairey art lining the walls.

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The Rum Line – this tiki bar hidden in the Loews Hotel is not to be missed.  It’s a great way to escape the hustle of Collins Ave.  Palm print pillows, inventive rum drinks – The Rum Line can really make you feel like you’re on vacation!

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Hakkasan – if you’re staying at the Fontainebleau, eat at Hakkasan.  Enough said.

Do

Miami Design District – amazing art can be found all around Miami.  I loved being constantly surprised and inspired by murals and installations around every corner.  We went to the design district one night for dinner stumbled upon these sculptures.

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Wynwood Walls – the famed Wynwood Walls definitely lived up to the hype.  I’m planning to make a point to go back whenever I’m in Miami, as the art and artists are always switching it up.

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Peter Tunney Gallery – Wandering out of Wynwood Kitchen & Bar, I was so excited to come across the Peter Tunney gallery.  I have always loved seeing the City of Dreams billboard coming into NYC from JFK, but truthfully never knew who the artist was.  The collage and bold typography just speaks to me.  Seeing an entire gallery of Tunney’s work was such a treat.

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Boardwalk Run – if you’re staying on the beach, or even if you’re not, I highly recommend a walk or run along the boardwalk.  I mean, with sights like these it will make those miles so much more bearable.

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I hope you enjoy YOUR Miami adventure!

xoxo,

MJ

 

Boston

Boston will always have a piece of my heart.  I spent my freshman year of college at Boston University and have been back to visit several times since.  If you can swing it, go on Marathon Monday – it’s unlike any other sporting event or celebration I’ve ever been to. It really is the BEST.  On Marathon Monday I would recommend starting in Kenmore Square and walking towards Brookline.  Cover as much of the race route as you can -it’s a super festive atmosphere and all the bars along the course are packed!

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City Guide below –

Must Do’s:

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Fenway Park.  Even if you can’t make it to a game, just go.  It’s magical.  There was a great article in the NY Times last month about furthering development in the area, link here)

Freedom Trail.  So. Much. History. And, if you take the ferry back from Charlestown the views of the city are amazeballs.

Duck Tour.  Cute, quirky way to see different parts of the city.

More Faves (by neighborhood):

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1. South Boston – Loco, 2. North End – Regina Pizza, 3. Back Bay – Alibi (inside what’s now a hotel, but used to be the Boston jail), 4. Beacon Hill – Tatte Bakery, 5. South End – The Gallows

Beacon Hill/Back Bay:

Beacon Hill Pub – the divest of dive bars.  We went during the afternoon and there weren’t a ton of people around but you could imagine that it’s a hot spot on Friday nights.

Explore the shops in Beacon Hill – start on Charles St.

Flour – cute Boston area chain with great breakfast, lunch and coconut macaroons.

North End:

Mike’s Pastry – go to both Mike’s and Modern and then cast your vote for best cannoli!

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South End:

Myers + Chang (one of the owners is on this season of Top Chef!)

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Barcelona Wine Bar

The Butcher Shop – amazing cuts of meat, great sides and awesome neighborhood atmosphere.  If I lived in Boston, I definitely try to make the South End my home.  All the charming restaurants and row houses are fun to walk past.

South Boston:

Lincoln Tavern

L Street Tavern (the bar made famous in Good Will Hunting)

Shamrock Pub – doesn’t look like much from the outside, but seems like it was (and still is) a watering hole for local union workers.  An interesting spot that you wouldn’t find in a lot of other places.

Other:

Eagle’s Deli (take the T to Cleveland Circle)

Pinocchio’s (near Harvard Square)

Michael’s Deli (in Brookline)

 

Hope you enjoy!

xo,

MJ

Hood River

Last weekend we headed east to spend a couple of days in Hood River.  Only a little over an hour from Portland, it truly felt like a getaway.

We stayed in the haunted Hood River Hotel

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Stopped at Multnomah Falls on the way up…

Drank lots of good beer…

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Everybody’s Brewing

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Stopped in a couple great boutiques – honestly better than I’ve found in Portland…

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And most importantly, spent a lot of quality time with good friends…

If you’re looking for a quick getaway that will feel like your 100s of miles away, Hood River is the spot.

xoxo

MJ

PS, a few more recos:

Ground

Egg River Cafe

Full Sail Brewing

Sixth Street Bistro

Bette’s Place

A lot of these are from the NY Times article, “36 Hours in Hood River,” that was published last year.  I didn’t find out about the article until about halfway through our trip but according to this list it looks like we chose well!

MoMA

MoMA has been on my list for as long as I can remember.  Most of my trips to NYC have been for work and I haven’t had a TON of free time.  On my trip last week, I was lucky enough to sneak away for a couple of hours and finally make it to MoMA.  I probably could have spent all day there and will definitely make a trip back.

A few faves…

xoxo

MJ

NYC Round 2

Last week’s trip to NYC—

SoHo Grand Hotel – fab hotel, fab food, great people watching

Apizz – delish food and a table next to Stifler

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The Blind Barber – cool speakeasy with a barber shop up front and bar behind a sliding door.  Kind of a PDX meets NYC crowd and Peroni on tap.  Pretty much a win-win.

Work –

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Egg Shop – SoHo spot with the cutest branded and fab avocado toast

Never enough time in NYC, hope to be back soon!

xoxo

MJ

Flights. Booked.

On Saturday we booked our flights for a September trip that will be one to remember.  We’re going back to South Carolina for our 2nd annual (golf) trip with friends.  And from there heading to Amsterdam, St. Andrews and London.  The planner in me is already plotting out some must dos.

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Here’s what I’ve come up with so far – I’d love to hear any suggestions!

Amsterdam 

Bar Hutspot

De Pijp

Begijnhof

Amsterdam Verzetsmuseum

Cafe MP – probably our all time fave bar in Amdam

CT Coffee & Coconuts

De Foodhallen

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St. Andrews & Edinburgh

Still trying to figure out the highlights here.  Will definitely post an update sometime in the next six months (yes, I’m definitely ahead of the game).

London

**this will be my first time to London and I’m pretty pumped.

Buckingham Palace

Tower Bridge

Tate Modern

Millenium Bridge

Oxford Circus

Liberty London

Harrods

Selfridges

Victoria & Albert Museum

Borough Market

Definitely planning to check out the Design Sponge city guides for Edinburgh & London.  And of course a few guidebooks.  September here we come!

xoxo

MJ