You can say Savannah had me at hello. I feel like every experience I had during my day trip from Charleston last summer was a touch of magic. Savannah filled me with wonder.
Our first stop was SCAD Museum of Art and I was sold. The words that come to mind are multisensory. Rashaad Newsome’s exhibit was auditory while visual while Ling Hongbo’s was visual and tactile.
Looking to support some SCAD students? Shop SCAD is a cute boutique with student-filled works.
I am not exaggerating when I say that Chocolate by Adam Turoni is one of my favorite shops in the world. Each shop is like a room in a fantastical house, the first I visited was a library, a chocolate library. Imagine: glass enclosed bookcases full of chocolate. The staff hands you trays reminiscent of old card catalog drawers. Each truffle or bar variety is labeled, in typewritten font, on library cards. After visiting the first shop, I knew I had to also visit their second location.The second shop I visited was a dining room, that made you feel as if you had been personally invited to the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. The chocolates themselves are no less whimsical. From a George Milies Trip To The Moon chocolate to a made to order creme brulee truffle, each piece is a handmade delight.
I am very much a city girl. That being said, sometimes a weekend with very little phone reception, no laptop, and quiet surroundings is exactly what I need for a weekend.
For our second wedding anniversary, we opted to do the exact opposite of what we did last year. No big trip, no fancy meals, just a quiet weekend away from everything doing absolutely nothing. It was perfect.
We drove about an hour outside of Austin and stayed overnight in a train car at the Antlers Hotel in Kingsland, Texas. I devoured The Boxcar Children books growing up, though I think they were a bit more resourceful than us. Our green caboose had indoor plumbing and air conditioning.
It seems Anthony and I have a thing for strange sleeping accomodations. Now we have stayed in both a caboose and a tepee.
While we opted to eat at the Grand Central Cafe on property, which is the house used on the set of Texas Chainsaw Massacre (romantic, right?), there are grills outside the train cars, kitchenettes inside, and a grocery store just down the road (all of which I would recommend over the restaurant). Marble Falls isn’t far if you want a few more restaurant options.
The hotel had two private docks as well as a rowboat and a canoe for guests to use. We went for a leisurely morning row.
We also spent some time at Sweet Berry Farms picking strawberries. And stopped at Apiary for brunch on the way back into town.
Before we left for the weekend, a for sale sign was put up on the property. I hope the property remains a hotel. It is a perfect weekend getaway from city livin’.
I could not have imagined that a large rock formation could be so humbling and so awe-inspiring. If the Grand Canyon is not on your bucket list, it should be.
I did not comprehend it’s vastness or my own smallness until I visited the Grand Canyon. I could not have possibly imagined how large such a small part of one country could be. Helicopters descend into the canyon, and look like ants by comparison.
On our recent trip to Vegas, we took a day trip to visit the Grand Canyon and the Hoover Dam. Despite the terrible online reviews we opted to go to the Glass Skywalk at Grand Canyon West. It is two hours closer to Vegas than the South Rim and, let’s face it, the National Park doesn’t have a glass structure that allows me to stand 4000 feet above the Canyon floor.
Photo provided by Hualapai Ranch | Skywalk at Grand Canyon West
If you are planning a trip the the Grand Canyon and choose to go to the Skywalk:
+ DO keep in mind that it will be more expensive than the South Rim
+ DO come to terms with the fact that if you want pictures on the Skywalk, you will have to pay
+ DON’T listen to old reviews: the road to Hualapai Ranch was completed fall of 2014
Coming from Vegas, I think the two hour and twenty minute drive was the right choice for us, but I truly think that you can’t go wrong with any view of the Canyon. I imagine that the South Rim is equally as breathtaking as the West.
On the way back into Vegas we stopped at the Hoover Dam which was very evidently and charmingly 1930’s.
Photos of Las Vegas coming soon!
Thanks for reading,
Lately, I’ve had a bad case of wanderlust which can only be satiated with adventure. With impending plans for a December getaway, going far simply isn’t in the cards.
Sometimes something as simple as exploring a new part of Austin or going to a new restaurant can sooth the travel itch for a short while, but that wasn’t cutting it this time.
I have been proposing a day trip to Fredericksburg or Gruene to Anthony for a few weeks now, but when some friends invited us to spend the weekend at their family lake house in Burnet, we jumped at the chance to get out of town.
What beats a tree full of hammocks?