Scenes from Skyline and Blue Ridge Parkway

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In the summer, I drove from Virginia to Atlanta via the Skyline Drive and Blue Ridge Parkway. It was amazing.

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Tell me in the comments – have you driven the Blue Ridge Parkway or Skyline? What were your favorite stops?

Thank you for visiting!

Perkins Memorial and the Green Dress

A few years ago, I saw this dress at GAP…. Unfortunately, my size was nowhere to be found. A few weeks later, I saw the dress again, just a single one on the sale rack. Despite the dress being several sizes to large, I gleefully took it home. I cinch the volume of the dress down to my size with a wide belt, and it gives a little extra swing in the dress. Sometimes, like I did here, I layer a swingy petticoat under the skirt for a little extra oopmh. It’s a long time favorite, especially during the hot months when I want to be comfortable, cool, and put together. I think the wide belt adds that extra touch put-together-ness.

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I wore this favorite to a visit to Perkins Memorial. Perkins Memorial is a beautiful drive or hike in the middle of Bear Mountain and it has some fantastic views of Hudson Valley. I visited on a cloudy day, but it was still absolutely breathtaking to see the entire valley in bloom and green. The tower is open seasonally, and the view is even more stunning from the top.

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Petticoat: From another dress (Tons of beautiful options on Etsy)
Belt: Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren (Similar here and adore this one)
Sandals: Kate Spade (similar here and love these)
Sunnies: Lacoste (this season’s here)

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Thank you so much for visiting! Tell me in the comments if you’ve visited this part of Hudson Valley before, and what your favorites are!

Three Days: Monterey to Big Sur

I arrived in Monterey late on Thursday, and departed Saturday afternoon. I spent plenty of time wandering and enjoying the beautiful scenery. These are my favorite kinds of trips – the kind where you wander and explore organically, without having any plans or deadlines. It’s incredibly refreshing and fun.

Day One:

  1. Arrive in Monterey, check into the Intercontinental Hotel.
  2. Walk from Cannery Row to Lovers Point along the Monterey Bay Coastal Trail… enjoy watching the seals and pups!
  3. Dinner at The Beach House at Lover’s Point. Definitely recommend – excellent service and good food with a fantastic view.

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Day Two:

  1. Drive to Carmel-by-the-Sea
  2. Wander the galleries, and explore the beaches near Carmel-by-the-Sea

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Day Three:

  1. Drive to Big Sur (at least up to where Route 1 is closed due to road closure)
  2. Stop everywhere along Route 1 to take in the view! Pro-tip: Pack a lunch and plenty of water so you can focus on the view and enjoying yourself!

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Thank you so much for visiting! Tell me – what your favorite picture from my short little trip is!

 

To Walk on Clouds

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Coyote Hills Regional Park (location)

When I went to this park for the first time a couple years ago, I couldn’t help up stick my head out the window as I drove in, smiling my face off. That smile turned into gleeful skipping as I explored the park, stood on top of the hills and stared down the Bay into San Francisco, and finally slid my reluctant and tired legs into my car that night to go home.  I’ve been back many more times, and each time I feel as if I’m walking on the clouds. Rain or shine, this park is one of my absolute favorites in the Bay Area.

Tell me – what are your favorite parks to visit? Tell me where I should visit next!

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Thank you for visiting!!!!

Two Days: Sedona, AZ

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Day One

  1. Wake up bright and early head to the Village Grind for coffee and breakfast.
  2. Drive leisurely around, stopping at grocery for snacks and water (hiking essentials)
  3. Stop by local craft and farmers’ markets. Pick up a few adorable pieces of Navajo pottery (artist spotlight coming soon!)
  4. Afternoon hike at Grasshopper Point (bring swimsuit to enjoy swimming hole)
  5. Watch sunset over Sedona from Airport Overlook (get there early to get a good spot to watch!)
  6. Dinner at The Hudson (seriously amazing food and drinks)

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Day Two

  1. Sunrise at Bell Rock – hike and breathe it all in. (Pack a little breakfast to forget to eat because you’re busy taking pictures)
  2. Pick up lunch and snacks at the Village Grind (because you like their sandwiches that much), sit by the hotel pool while reading and eating.
  3. Make one last leisurely drive around Sedona, before heading the Phoenix for the airport
  4. Stop at a few of the outlooks on the way to Phoenix to take in the scenery!

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Two Days: Grand Canyon

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  1. Land in Phoenix, drive to Flagstaff (2.5 hours) (drive the whole way in awe of the scenery… jaw dropped and wowing all to yourself in the car)
  2. Head from Flagstaff to Tusayan (1.25 hours) (*be sure to check directions in advance since cell/gps is unreliable)
  3. Check into hotel (I stayed at Holiday Inn Express), before excitedly running towards your car and for the canyon
  4. Drive to the Information Center on the Southern Rim, park and walk up to Mather Point.
  5. Watch the sunset from Mather Point (surrounded by the other visitors who are also oooh-ing and ahhh-ing at the colors) (*pro tip? Just enjoy it – the pictures don’t even do the scenery any justice)
  6. Eat dinner, go to bed early so you can get up early and go check things out before it gets busy!

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Day Two:

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  1. Watch sunrise walking from Mather Point to Yavapai Point
  2. Walk the Rim Trail through the Trail of Time to see the geological displays
  3. Stop at the Hopi House and check out the displays, jewelry, pottery, and art
  4. Walk about 45 minutes down the Bright Angel Trail before heading back up to the Rim Trail and checking out Lookout Studio
  5. Hop on the shuttle back to the Visitor’s Center.
  6. Grab lunch, before hopping in to the car and driving East towards Cameron
  7. Make stops (Tusayan Museum and Ruins and the Grandview were two of my favorites) along the east route towards the Desert View Entrance Station (towards Rt 64)
  8. Stop at Little Colorado Gorge along Rt 64
  9. Drive to Cameron and stop for Navajo frybread at the Cameron Trading Post
  10. Head towards Sedona, AZ via Rt 89

 

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