5 Foods to Try in the South of France

From Marseilles to Nice, it’s safe to say I’ve eaten my way across Provence. I learned that Southern France’s food culture is much different from that of Paris and Northern France. Beef bourguignon and macarons give way to seafood dishes and Provencal flavors. The area’s best recipes utilize fresh fruit and vegetables from local markets and Mediterranean ingredients. These are some of my favorites I’ve had along the way.

Nicoise Salad: Although you’ll find variations of this well known salad all over the world, the classic version can be found in Nice. This colorful recipe brings together tuna, eggs, olives, tomatoes, potatoes, French beans, lettuce and a vinaigrette dressing. The ingredients can also be found in sandwich form in its spinoff, pan bagnet.

Nicoise Salad
Socca: Every city has its street food, and socca is Nice’s. This pancake-like specialty is made from chickpea flour and served hot, and can be found throughout Nice. Socca
Provencal Honey: Provence produces some of the most high quality honey out there, flavored with unique items like chestnuts and lavender. It smells and tastes amazing, and also makes for adorable gifts. Honey
Calissons: The town of Aix en Provence is known for its tiny candied fruits covered in icing. Made from almond paste, candied melon and orange peel, these candies can be found in every shop and market in Aix. Calissons
Bouillabaisse: No list would be complete without Southern France’s famous stew. It’s a flavorful fisherman’s stew flavored with herbs de Provence that has to be tried at least once.  Although attributed to Marseilles, but it can be found in towns all throughout Provence.

Checking Into Barcelona’s Alexandra Hotel

This winter weather has me reminiscing of warmer days. Thinking back to this past summer takes me back to one of my favorite hotels I’ve stayed at in recent years, the Hotel Alexandra in Barcelona, Spain. Why is it one of my favorites? The hotel had everything one could want – roomy accommodations, modern amenities and a convenient location.

Hotel Alexandra balcony

Bathroom Hotel Alexandra

Location:  I always like to stay in the city center when visiting a big city. Part of the reason we chose this hotel was its location in the Eixample neighborhood. This area’s well connected by the metro, with the Diagonal and Passeig de Gracia stations a mere 5 minutes away. We were able to easily walk to landmarks like La Pedrera and Casa Batllo. The area is also home to busy streets full of cafes, shops and high end shopping.

Accommodations: The hotel’s modern vibe is noticeable when first entering the hotel. The lobby is full of sleek seating and houses a bar in the lounge area. We scored a room on the top floor, which made for nice views of the surrounding neighborhood. The room was pretty big by European standards, with one of the sexiest bathrooms I’ve ever seen. The shower was ah-mazing. The room opened up to a spacious patio that was the perfect place to start the day or unwind after hours of wandering the city. We were able to enjoy the warm night air and check out the lively rooftop bars across the way. And the best part? There was a full size BATHTUB on the terrace! Yes, a bathtub.

Perks: We were immediately greeted by the friendly staff when arriving. They were knowledgeable and extremely helpful, which was much appreciated since we were new to the city.  There was free wifi throughout the hotel and in our room – always valuable. The in-room Nespresso machine didn’t hurt either.

Overall I loved this hotel and would definitely recommend it. Given its location, beautiful accommodations and economical cost at under 200 euros a night, it’s worth a stay to anyone visiting Barcelona.

 

NYC for Free

New York may be one of the most expensive cities in the world, but there are also plenty of things to see and places to visit for little or no cost. Here’s a roundup of the tricks and tips to help experience the city on the cheap.

Wander Through Central Park: Exploring the park on foot will cost you nothing, and is the perfect way to spend an afternoon. Check out the Conservatory Garden, lounge on the Great Lawn or people watch in Sheep Meadow.

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Ride the Staten Island Ferry: Sure, it’s far from glamorous. But there’s no easier (or cheaper) way to get picturesque views of lower Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty.

Take Advantage of Free Days: Many of the best museums and attractions in the city offer free admission on certain days. The Museum of Modern Art opens its doors for free for limited hours on Fridays. The 9/11 Memorial & Museum is free on Tuesdays, and the Bronx Zoo is open to the public at no cost on Wednesdays.

Walk the High Line or Brooklyn Bridge: It’s free to check out the High Line and take in a view of the Hudson River. If you’re feeling ambitious, walk the mile or so across the Brooklyn Bridge. Brooklyn Bridge

Bonus: While not entirely cost-free, certain museums do offer suggested admission prices, essentially allowing you to pay what you wish. You can find this option daily at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and at the Guggenheim and the Frick Collection during select hours. This is a nice perk for students, and I definitely took advantage of this when I was a broke 20-something living in the city.

5 Reasons Why You Should Move to France

Ahh, France. Just the mention evokes thoughts of the beauty of Paris, the charm of Provence and the sunshine of the Cote d’azur. I have fond memories of the towns I’ve visited, its sights and its people. Here’s why I find it the idyllic place to live, and why you should too.

1. The Food: The French have a passion for food that shows. They appreciate the art of cooking and presentation and value quality meals. And you have to love everything that’s sold at local patisseries and boulangeries. Beyond that, do cheese, bread, crepes and wine really need an explanation?cheese

2. The Culture: There’s the art, architecture and the elegant language. There’s also something to be said about the often forgotten ways of proper manners and dressing well.

3. The Laid Back Lifestyle: Enjoying long, leisurely meals and seeing shops closed on Sundays are common. It’s the opposite of the hectic on-the-go days that are the norm in the US. Don’t forget about the 35 hour work week and generous vacation time.

4. The Scenery: Of course the architecture and monuments of Paris are a sight to see, but there’s much more. France really has it all – picturesque Mediterranean coastline, lavender and sunflower fields in Provence, châteaux in the Loire Valley and adorable villages in Alsace.provence

5. The Weather: Sure, maybe the weather’s not always so great in the north. However, the South of France boasts about 300 days of sunshine a year, and it’s always an easy train or plane ride away.Antibes

 

Tips & Tricks for Disney World

Cinderella's CastleA recent family visit to Florida over the holidays made for the perfect excuse to take a side trip to Disney. What could be prettier than the parks Disney’d out to the extreme with lights, wreaths and holidays decorations everywhere you look? I soon discovered that the days around Christmas are some of the highest admission days of the year. I learned a few pointers along the way that will help make your visit to Disney World as fun and pain free as possible.

Take Advantage of Fast Pass: This is a great feature that allows you to book rides at the times that work best for you. You then get to essentially skip the lines, which makes your wait time very short.

Stay at a Hotel with Extended Hours: Resorts located on Disney property, like the Grand Floridian, are the ideal choices because of location alone. If you’d prefer not to splurge on one a pricey Disney property, at least choose a hotel that offers extended park hours. This will allow you to enter the parks earlier and stay later, which helps avoid some of the masses. The Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista is a nice property that offers this perk.

Wear Comfortable Shoes: Don’t make the mistake of trying to look stylish. Opt for the tennis shoes. It’s worth it, plus there’s no one to impress. Trust me.

Make Restaurant Reservations: The table service dining establishments at the parks didn’t even allow walk-ins. Be sure to book lunch and dinner reservations far in advance to guarantee a table. Beware, there is also a fee for cancelling a reservation. We had great meals at a few restaurants in the parks, notably the Rose & Crown Pub and Coral Reef at Epcot.

Download the Disney World App: It’s a handy place to find out wait times for rides, learn about special events like the parade, manage your fast pass bookings and view your restaurant reservations.

Leave During the Afternoon Rush: Since you’re allowed to re-enter the parks, we decided to leave during the mid-day peak to escape the crowds. This allowed for a quick recharge at our hotel, followed by a stop at Downtown Disney for dinner. Given the huge afternoon crowds, I highly recommend taking a break during the peak hours.

My Top Travel Moments of 2014

This past year was packed with exciting experiences. The year included visits to Europe, South American, Los Angeles and other spots in the US. Now that it’s coming to an end, here’s a look back at my favorite travel memories of 2014.

Walking a Roman Aqueduct in Nimes, France: The Pont du Gard was built by the Romans in about 50 BC. How often can you say you’ve walked across an UNESCO World Heritage Site?

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Touring the Walled City of Avignon: A 24 hour stop is all it took for me to fall in love with Avignon‘s charming cobblestone streets, 14th century buildings and festive town square. It stands as one of my favorite cities in France.

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Tapas and Sangria in Barcelona: Enjoying local food is one of my favorite parts of traveling. Sampling Spain’s sangria, paella and various tapas was one of the things I was most looking forward to in Barcelona, and it didn’t disappoint.

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Enjoying the Luxurious Life in Monaco: Of course visiting Monte Carlo was one of my favorite stops. All that glitz and glamour in one place can’t be wrong. Visiting the casino, the Prince’s Palace and the port of Monaco is a wonderful way to spend a day. Even the bus ride through its hilly roads is breathtakingly beautiful (and a little nerve racking).  

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Attending a Traditional Chilean Wedding: My sister-in-law’s wedding reception was attended by 500 guests and lasted until 6 AM. South American weddings are no joke.

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The lavender fields of Provence: A check on the bucket list! Visiting the lavender fields the summer months is a must do in Provence, and it’s one of my favorite memories of Southern France.

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A Traveler’s Holiday Wish List

travel giftsHoliday shopping for friends, family and significant others is always a tough job. If you’re buying for a well-traveled woman, the key is finding something that makes traveling a little easier, and maybe adds a touch of glamour at the same time. The globetrotter in your life is sure to put these gifts to good use on their next trip.

Travel Hoodie Pillow: Why didn’t I think of this? This clever accessory makes it easy to shut out the world on long flights.

Luggage Tag: A chic leather tag from Barney’s is sure to impress fellow travelers at baggage claim.

Molten Brown Toiletries: These travel sized products make any hotel shower more luxurious.

Pocket Notebooks: Rifle Paper Company’s bon voyage collection of gifts is simply adorable.

Travel Jewelry Box: Made for girls on the go and done in Henri Bendel’s signature stripe print.

Train Case: Does it get any more glamorous than a vintage-inspired case in a pretty floral pattern?

 

 

Getaway to LA

It’s been a crazy few months in my world. I recently started a new job and sadly, I’ve had a lot less time to dedicate to writing. Before I got settled into my current routine, I wisely took a week off to relax before jumping into a new position. Flash back a few weeks to when my girlfriend (also known as the force behind the fashion blog Haute Turntable) suggested a trip to LA. She was going for work and I had never been before. It was the prefect excuse to make a trip to the west coast. A three day getaway to Los Angeles was exactly what I needed.

I arrived at LAX after a long flight and headed over to the Sixty Hotel Beverly Hills. I’d never stayed at a Sixty hotel before, so I was unsure what to expect. After entering the room, I was impressed with the modern, stylish design. The marble bathroom, mirrored walls and sleek accents were totally my style. There was also a view of Los Angeles from our balcony that wasn’t too shabby. The Sixty

Bathroom

We settled in, then decided to venture out for dinner and drinks. Our first stop Laurel Hardware in West Hollywood, which I soon realized is often shortened to WeHo by the locals. It’s actually a former hardware store, but is now a popular place with good drinks and an even better atmosphere. Unfortunately, we were unable to find a table in the outdoor courtyard, but we did score a seat right by the floor to ceiling glass windows that overlook it. At the suggestion of our server, we ordered two of their surprisingly strong banana rum drinks. Those were accompanied by two pizzas, which came topped with creative ingredients like squash and corn. After a few hours of people watching, it was time to head back to the hotel and hit the hay, since we were exhausted from the time change.Laurel Hardware Laurel Hardware

Since I was between jobs, I woke up the next morning with no agenda, which was a nice change. With my friend’s time taken up with work commitments, I was on my own. This meant I was free to spend my days lounging by the pool or  exploring Beverly Hills. I walked up to the Sixty’s rooftop pool area around 10 a.m. and was met with amazing 360 degree views of LA. If you squint, you can even see the Hollywood sign in the distance. The rooftop was spacious, with plenty of lounge chairs and cabanas. Some sort of photo shoot was taking place when I arrived. Only in LA, right?

After  a morning taking in the sun, I decided to explore the area surrounding the hotel. The hotel is situated on busy Wilshire drive, next to office buildings and near restaurants. A quick walk and I was at Beverly Gardens Park, and a few blocks more took me through the heart of Rodeo Drive. The hotel’s location was perfect for strolling through Beverly Hills. After a few hours of shopping, it was time to freshen up for another night out. It started with cocktails at the Chateau Marmont, followed by dinner at one of my new favorite LA restaurants, Gracias Madre (shoutout to their friendly bartenders). We rounded out the night with drinks at the Mondrian.

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The next morning had an early call time to make our early flights back east. Overall, my jaunt to the west coast was a great little getaway. It may have been short and sweet, but it was just what I needed before jumping into a new chapter.

The Best New Hotels of Fall 2014

A few recent hotel openings (and one soon-to-open spot) recently caught my eye. These hot spots could serve as the perfect home base for a New York city escape or a girls’ getaway in Las Vegas. Here are the new properties that are on my radar for the rest of 2014.

Mondrian London

This London boutique hotel is set to open September 30th and marks the first Mondrian location outside of the States. Its South Bank location will put guests close to the Tate Modern and the London Eye, plus a rooftop will allow for great views of OXO Tower and the Thames.

Mondrian London

Photo courtesy of the Mondrian London

SLS Las Vegas

I’ve always loved the SLS South Beach for Hyde Beach and Jose Andres’ Bazaar restaurant. Now the popular hotel brand has opened a Las Vegas outpost, replacing the old Sahara casino on the north end of the Strip. It’s just the excuse I need to plan a long weekend in Sin City.

SLS

Photo Courtesy of the SLS Hotels

 

 

Four Seasons Orlando at Walt Disney World 

This hotel opened late last month. It has everything I love about Four Seasons properties – luxurious rooms, wonderful dining options and world class amenities – and it’s all within the gates of Walt Disney World. I’ll have to check it out when I visit Orlando in December.

The Park Hyatt New York

With its convenient midtown Manhattan location, spacious rooms and extensive spa, this new hotel tops my list of places to stay next time I’m in the city. I also read that check in is done with tablets and all rooms are equipped with iPads. I always love when hotels are on top of technology.

 

24 Hours in Avignon

Avignon is without a doubt one of my favorite cities in France. How can you not love its cobblestone streets, medieval touches and 14th century city walls? It’s just like an old European city that you would see in a movie. The historic center of the town is even a UNESCO World Heritage site. We were on a week long tour of the south of France and were told by many previous visitors that we had to see Avignon. We decided to spend one night before we made our way east to the Côte d’Azur.

We arrived in Avignon after a 45 minute drive from Arles. After driving in circles through one way streets in search of our hotel, we finally found the gated entrance to the Cloitre Saint Louis. I love the history behind this hotel. Originally a 16th century monastery, it has now been converted into a hotel, but still kept all of its historical charms. To get from the parking lot to the hotel’s entrance, we had to walk through a sprawling central courtyard filled with trees and fountains. The interior hallways are made of stone arches and balconies overlook central courtyards. It also had a great location within the city walls, which made it within walking distance to restaurants and shops.

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After getting settled in, we made the 15 minute walk to Avignon’s central square, the Place de l’Horloge. It was a warm night and the plaza’s shops, outdoor cafes and carousel were all lit up and filled with tourists and locals. We kept walking towards the Palais des Papes to try and get a glimpse of the massive building at dusk. The palace looked like a castle out of a fairy tale. Students and couples strolling hand in hand gathered in the square. We stopped for gelato at a stand right outside the entrance and grabbed a table. Enjoying our gelato and people watching in front of the 14th century palace made for the perfect summer night. On our way back, we stopped at a brasserie that was near our hotel for a very French meal of escargot, moules frites and Provençal rosé wine.

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avignon brazzerie

We woke up early the next day to ensure we had time to tour the Palais des Popes. By morning the square in front of the palace was bustling with accordion players, busy souvenir shops and boulangeries selling breakfast. After spending a few hours exploring the historical palace, we ventured up the hills on the western edge of the city to catch a view of the Rhone. Near the river was a lovely park filled with fountains and extensive greenery that is worth a stop. A short walk down took us to the Pont d’Avignon, a bridge constructed in the 1100s that originally spanned the Rhone. It’s since been destroyed by invasions and flooding, and today only about 1/5 of the original bridge remains. It’s a must do when in Avignon for the wonderful scenery. We were able to take the free boat across to the other side of the river for another view.

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Rhone River

Our time in Avignon was coming to an end, since we planned to make it to Cannes by evening. After checking out of our hotel and loading up our rental car, we hit the road for the two hour drive. Avignon was a great way to end our trip through Provence, and we were off to the Riviera.

 

LA’s Best Rooftop Bars

Summer may be unofficially over, but with the pleasant weather that Los Angeles sees basically year round, one of the city’s many rooftop bars is a great way to spend an evening. It’s the ideal way to enjoy a cocktail, people watch and take in amazing views of the city. I was able to visit a few rooftops during my recent stint in la la land. Here are a few of the standouts.

The London

The London

The name may imply a British sensibility, but this West Hollywood lounge brings a laid back, strictly California vibe with its comfy couches and fire pit. Head up to the roof after dinner at the hotel’s Gordon Ramsay restaurant. Sadly, it was closed on the day we wanted to visit, but we were still able to have a few cocktails on the roof.

The Sixty Beverly Hills

Sixty Beverly Hills

I was a regular to this rooftop bar during my recent stay at the Sixty hotel. Good drinks, friendly bartenders and a great view kept me coming back. I liked that the lounge area was separated from the pool area, and if you looked hard enough, you could get a glimpse of the Hollywood sign in the distance.

Perch

Perch

Set atop a Pershing Square building in downtown LA, Perch is a rooftop restaurant and lounge that offers French fare. We visited for dinner (try the mushroom risotto!) and stayed for drinks to take in the city lights. While it’s not cheap, the view makes it all worth it.

Andaz West Hollywood

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The rooftop at this Sunset Strip hotel is the place to see beautiful people and breathtaking views of the Hollywood Hills.

 

Alessandra Ambrosio’s Jetsetting Style

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When the opportunity arose to meet Victoria’s Secret Angel Alessandra Ambrosio at a recent store event, I couldn’t pass up the chance. She was visiting Easton Town Center in Columbus, Ohio to launch Victoria’s Secret Sport’s new incredible front-close sport bra. (The bra is awesome, by the way. Ladies, go try it out!). Obviously I’m jealous that she’s so effortlessly stunning, but I’m also envious that part of her job involves traveling the world. I was lucky enough to ask her a few questions about her globetrotting lifestyle, favorite destinations and travel essentials.

You just returned from vacation in Hawaii. What did you do there? Just relaxed and enjoyed the beaches and water. We all went surfing.

Where did you stay? The Four Seasons Maui. It was perfect!

What’s your favorite destination? Brazil, where I’m from. I get to see my friends and family.

What are your travel necessities? Headphones and my iPad. I fill it with movies. I also use the mineral water facial spray from Evian.

What’s your dream destination? Tibet.

Any essential plane reading material? I always bring a book and lots of magazines.

What’s your best travel tip? Make sure to sleep on the plane! It helps ease jet lag.

 

On the Van Gogh Trail in Arles

I’m a huge art buff, so one of the places I knew I had to visit during my recent tour of southern France was Arles. This little town is tucked away between Montpellier and Marseille, right above the Camargue. Beyond its obvious Provençal charms, its also the place where Vincent van Gogh created some of his most notable paintings.

Van Gogh came to Arles in 1888 after needing a break from Paris. It’s said that the sunny days and vibrant colors of Provence inspired him to paint the 200 pieces he created during his stint in the town. Visitors can follow in Van Gogh’s footsteps and visit the locations where he painted some of his masterpieces. Easels placed throughout the city mark the sites where the artist viewed his subjects and saw inspiration.

My husband and I arrived in Arles on a sunny, summer day. We had just driven from Nimes and were a little tired, but I wasn’t going to miss the chance to retrace one of my favorite artist’s steps. We stopped at the tourism office to pick up a map that points out the key Van Gogh locations, and headed out on our self guided tour of the city.

We started in the city center at the Place du Forum in search of the famed restaurant that inspired Cafe Terrace at Night. After a short walk, we stumbled upon the unmistakable yellow awnings. Now aptly named Cafe Van Gogh, it’s said that Van Gogh and his then roommate Paul Gauguin frequented the cafe for nights of absinthe drinking.

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Next on the tour was the facility where Van Gogh painted The Hospital at Arles. Now called Espace Van Gogh, it’s where he was taken after slicing off a portion of his ear. The beautifully maintained gardens still mirror the landscaping you can see in the painting.

Hospital at Arles

A little to the west was a recreation of the Langlois Bridge. The site commemorates the series of paintings and sketches called Langlois Bridge at Arles.

Langois Bridge

We then walked towards the Rhone to see the bridge that crosses the river, the Trinquentaille. It’s changed a bit since Van Gogh’s days, but the resemblance can immediately be seen. It’s here that The Trinquentaille Bridge was painted in 1888.

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Unfortunately, we missed the locations marking Starry Night Over the Rhone and The Old Mill. We also were unable to make it to to the site of the artist’s home from the famous Yellow House. (Interesting fact – it’s no longer there, as it was bombed during WWII).

Until earlier this year, Arles housed none of Van Gogh’s actual paintings. It’s quite surprising, considering the large amount of art he produced while residing in the town. The Fondation Vincent van Gogh Arles opened in June as a place to showcase Van Gogh’s legacy in the town, and I knew we had to check it out. About 10 paintings were temporarily exhibited, including the well known Self Portrait in a Straw Hat and The Yellow House at Arles. While I wouldn’t consider this a full fledged museum, it is a nice feature to compliment the Van Gogh experience in Arles.

Van Gogh Experience

To be able to stand where the artist stood when he painted some of his most famous pieces was an amazing experience to say the least. Arles was one of my favorite towns that we visited in Provence, and if you’re ever in the south of France, it’s not to be missed.

 

What to Pack for a Summer Beach Vacation

beach necessitiesI’m heading to the beach in a few short weeks (South Carolina, to be exact), and like any good travel blogger, I’m already thinking about what I need to pack. I know I’ll be bringing along lots of sundresses, flat sandals and all the necessities needed for beach time. Check out my list of what I always make sure to include in my beach bag.

1. C.Wonder Rugby Stripe Tote: This straw bucket tote is sophisticated and functional.

2. Coach Bridget Sunglasses: Colorful sunglasses are a must for any beach vacation, and you can’t go wrong with pink frames!

3. Woven Fedora: Anyone will look beach chic in a summery fedora, and Modcloth offers lots of fun, stylish options.

4. Clinique Broad Spectrum Sunscreen: This light, non-greasy formula is one of my favorite sunscreens.

5. Dolce Vita Anica Sandals: Flat sandals are comfy and stylish, and I love the trendy details on Dolce Vita pairs.

6. Shiseido Stick Foundation: This product packs full coverage foundation and SPF37 into one little stick.

7. FRESH sugar lip balm: Sun protection, a hint of color and it smells good! It’s the perfect lip balm to protect your pout from the summer sun.

 

Confused about what to pack? There’s a great packing checklist on one of my favorite blogs, Glitter Guide.

Sun, Sand and a Beach Wedding

When my brother announced that he was getting married in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, I was super excited. Who wouldn’t love another reason to visit the beach? Then he told us that the wedding was happening on a Tuesday. A Tuesday? Who gets married on a Tuesday? Regardless of the day, I planned my trip to the South. Given my lack of available vacation days, it was going to be a quick trip. I booked my flight using my husband’s extra Delta miles (thanks, hubs!) and was off for 2 days of sun, sand and a beach wedding.

I arrived the airport in the early evening and was ready to get to the condo I’d be sharing with my mom, sister and a friend. It would be like a slumber party every night! It’s safe to say that the kitsch factor is alive and well in Myrtle Beach. Theme restaurants like Planet Hollywood (I didn’t know those still existed!) and family-friendly entertainment venues lined the main road from the airport. We were headed to North Myrtle Beach, which was thankfully a little removed from the hustle and bustle of the main part of town. The Wyndham Ocean Boulevard was exactly what we needed. It had two beds, a kitchen, washer & dryer and a separate living room with a sofa bed, which I quickly claimed. An oceanfront balcony overlooking the water wasn’t too shabby either. The beach was a short jaunt from the hotel’s entrance, right over the sand dunes. I love the dunes and tall grass that are unique to the coastal Carolinas. So pretty! Days were spent lounging by the beach, with trips to local restaurants for fresh seafood. When in Rome, right? The whole town was full of vacationers enjoying the beach life. I settled in and took advantage of the opportunity to relax poolside and by the ocean for a few days. beach beach Beach drinks

The wedding was the next day and was right on the beach. A little rain and a lot of wind didn’t stop the late afternoon ceremony from going off without a hitch. It was short and sweet, with the ocean serving as a beautiful backdrop. Dinner was held at Martini restaurant in North Myrtle Beach. The atmosphere was classy and mello, with a live jazz musician. The menu was great. As their name would imply, the huge selection of  martinis was impressive. I went with a blueberry lemon drop and a cajun dirty martini, which had a spicy kick. Both unique and so good! Beyond the drinks, the food and service were amazing.beach wedding Airport

Next morning rolled around, and it was time to take off for the airport. Even though the trip was only two days, it was great seeing friends and family, and everyone had a blast at the destination wedding!