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

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.

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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

 

PDX FOOOOOD: Hop & Vine

Sticking with the summer theme this week – the patio at Hop & Vine is summer staple! Plenty of seating, great beer & wine selection, and a REALLY good burger.  It’s a little weird that you have to order both food and drinks at the bar, but the patio and the burger are totally worth it!  If you’re in the mood for a bar crawl, Old Gold is right down the street and is another good go to.

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xoxo,

MJ

PDX FOOOOOD: Stella Taco

When your in the mood for tacos and margs, everyone is quick to suggest Por Que No.  Don’t get me wrong, I love me some Por Que No, but Stella Taco is not to be overlooked.    The atmosphere is a little more fun and relaxed, the decor is clean and bright and they use vintage cattle tags as the table numbers.  A bit of a sleeper on Alberta, I highly recommend giving it a shot.  Add this one to your Cinco de Mayo list!

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xoxo,

MJ

Bring on Summer!

The crazy nice weather last week has me so excited for summer!  Living in Portland, there are endless things to experience come summer time.  Below are a few of my favorite Portland summer activities:

Brew Barge – if you’ve done Brew Cycle then this is the natural next step.  Grab 10 friends, a cooler of beer (or rose in a can) and head to Waterfront Park.  On a beautiful day, this is an amazing way to see the city and not a bad workout either!

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Oneonta Gorge – The Gorge is full of great hikes, one of the most popular in the summer is Oneonta Gorge.  Make sure to go on a hot day, and go early.  You’ll be completely submerged in water and it will be super packed in the afternoon.

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Burgers & Brew – Portland has no shortage of food related events, and summer typically brings even more.  One of our favorites last summer was Burgers and Brew in Fields Park.  Be on the lookout in Portland Monthly and on Eater for upcoming events!

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Barre 3 at Stoller Vineyard – This is Barre 3 in the Park taken to a whole new level.  An outdoor Barre 3 class in the vineyard followed by an amazing lunch and wine tasting.  I definitely hope they do this again!

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Can’t wait for June!

xoxo,

MJ

A Runner?

So, I would not call myself a runner.  I’m not in the best shape ever, but I like to stay active and I’ve always run occasionally and completed a few half marathons in the last couple years.  In May of 2015, on my 29th birthday I set a goal.  A goal to complete one half marathon a month for the next 12 months.  December marked the 7th of 12 that I’ve completed so far (I had to skip October due to a ton of work travel, so I’m planning to make up the 12th in May.  So far the journey has taken me to two states, two different countries and I’m really looking forward to the next 5 months.  I’m planning to finish up in Vancouver BC, running with my mom!

Here’s what’s coming up next –

January – Oregon Winter Half Marathon (Hillsboro, OR)

February – Snow Joke (Seeley Lake, MT) I really don’t know what the eff I’m thinking with this one!  My brother and his friends convinced me to sign up.

March – Shamrock Run (Portland, OR)

April – Race for the Roses (Portland, OR)

May – BMO Vancouver Half Marathon (Vancouver, BC) 12 of 12!

 

Wish me luck!

xo,

MJ