We hear this is everyone’s favorite upstate diner, and for a good reason too. The dishes at Phoenicia diner are fresh, they make sure to use locally sourced ingredients, and the servings are plentiful. We almost always order a nice hearty skillet and leave stuffed everytime. Make sure you stop at this classic roadside diner when you're up in the Catskills.
- Chichester, NY
Oh boy, Coal Cabin! Where do we even begin? This stunning 1950’s cabin located just about 2.5 miles from Phoenicia, NY has been remodeled into a mid century dream. The high/low ceilings, floor to ceiling windows, a beautiful fireplace to cozy up to, and fully equipped kitchen to channel your inner chef had us smitten from the moment we stepped inside. As if the beauty of this place isn’t enough, the fact that it sits on four acres with mountain views really reels you in. The intimacy of the house makes it the perfect place for a romantic getaway, and if you want to bring your favorite friends along the more the merrier, coal cabin sleeps 4. But enough of us raving on, check it out for yourself. The pictures don’t even do it justice.
With only a few hours to explore around Paris we were sure to make the most of it. Popping into cafes, stopping by boutiques, eating a delicious meal, and seeing the Eiffel tower is what our time spent consisted of.
Teeny tiny coffee shop with delicious baked goods and charm.
The Parisians do coffee right, and coffee shops even better. Pop in to Paper Boy to fuel up while you are out exploring. You can even grab a bite while you are at it. We didn’t get a chance to try their anything off their food menu this go around , but everything smelled divine.
Looking for coffee and a delicious breakfast while in Paris? Look no further than Cafe Mericourt. This spacious coffee shop serves up a spectacular brunch daily with menu items like shakahuka, sweet or savory pancakes, and breakfast bowls.
One can not describe Hotel Amour without using the word, unique. The rooms in this boutique hotel are themed and vibrant, just like the staff. The courtyard makes for a cool place to lounge and socialize, and the green house style restaurant on the first floor is a beautiful place to grab a bite at.
- 9th Arr.
- 20bis Rue de Douai
The secret is out! Pink Mama is the new trendy restaurant in Paris and it seems like everyone knows it. While we usually don't like to feature "hot spots", this restaurant is well worth the mention. If the breathtaking interior doesn't wow you, then the "delicious" food certainly will. We highly recommend ordering one of the bruattas, splitting a pizza and pasta, and ordering a round of drinks.
Tip: if you're going for dinner; they open doors at 7pm, but get there a bit early because there most definitely will be a line. Can't make it before 7? No worries, there's three floors so the line moves fairly quick.
Located on the first floor of The Jane Hotel with beautiful light piercing into the restaurant sits, Old Rose. This stunning restaurant serves up some seriously delicious Italian fare that had us licking our plates clean! While the brunch menu caught our eye, the lunch menu was really tugging at our heart. The fusilli pasta and vodka pizza were our favorites, with every bite there was an “ohh ahh". We usually share dishes when dining out, but this was truly one meal where we wanted everything to ourselves. So stop by Old Rose, order up the menu, and don’t share if you don’t have to ;)
We only had a few hours in Miami after getting off the cruise, so we knew we had to make the most of it. We asked our friends Heidi's Bridge for some must stop recommendations and their first choice was Zak the Baker, which is located in the hip Wynwood District where there’s graffiti art to admire on every corner. We had some delicious coffee and some of the best pastries we’ve ever had. You know it's good when you buy extras for the flight and eat them before even boarding. If you are ever in Miami, stop by Zaks. We guarantee you won't be sorry.
With a pretty easy commute from the city, a main strip with plenty of places to eat, drink, and shop and a bustling scene, Hudson is now on the mind of many city dwellers. Rivertown Lodge sits at the top of Warren Street, where all the action is happening in Hudson. We love the feeling of staying at a hotel that leaves us inspired from the design to the hospitality.
The attention to detail can be noticed all around from the curated goods you can purchase at the front desk to the freestanding fireplaces. You will find yourself hanging out by the fire in the lobby, indulging in weekend brunch, taking one of the complementary bikes around town, or just laying up in the room with your boo and or furry companion.
Delicious Latin cuisine awaits you in Ft. Greene with tasty thoughtful cocktails and a well curated wine list. You can literally eat anything on the menu and walk out with a big smile on your face. When you walk into Colonia Verde, you feel transported with its lovely design and attention to details and textures. The beautiful bar stools, brick flooring, exposed wood beams, and all the plants create this overall rustic vibe that we cant get enough of. Be sure to grab a seat in the airy greenhouse room in the back, where you'll feel like you have left the hustle and bustle of the city. We cant wait to make it back during warmer weather to hang out on the patio, and experience Sunday Asados, where they have world class chefs take over the fire pit.
Who doesn't love a staycation?! We had the opportunity to stay at The Box Hotel over the first weekend of 2018. The temperatures hit a high of 15 degrees the whole weekend, so we were more than happy to cozy up in our loft style room. Our time was spent lounging on the couch or snuggling up in the comfortable king size bed. We ventured downstairs for a few cocktails and some small bites at The Brooklyn Lantern, the restaurant located inside the hotel. What we really couldn't get enough of, was the view of Manhattan. Our room faced the city skyline and it was a real treat to watch the beautiful colors of sunrise and sunset. Although we didn't leave the hotel all weekend, we would definitely suggest checking out some of the restaurants and coffee shops nearby, Greenpoint is such a cool neighborhood.
P.S. The Box House Hotel offers a really sweet promo when its cold outside. "Temperatures Drop, Rates Drop" offers 20% off your stay anytime it drops below 20 degrees. Be sure to use the promo to get your 20% off.
- 110 San Antonio Street
We have to admit, we never thought we would be so head over heels for French Brunch, but Le Politique has given us a change of heart. As soon as you step foot inside you are swept away by the Parisian vibes. We ordered the Galette Norvegienne and Hache Dimanche, both which were devoured within what felt like seconds. Not to be missed are the baked goods. That cinnamon roll is on another level.
- 1200 East 11th street
- (512) 522-9462
This one is for the ladies who appreciate boutiques, support independent designers, and have a love for vintage pieces. We always manage to stop by Olive when we are in Austin and always ended up discovering new designers and leaving with unique items. Be sure to stop by!
Warning, it's hard to go in here without wanting to buy everything.
Good ol goodalls! Located inside of Hotel Ella, this restaurant blew us away. We started off the year here and let’s just say we started out on the right foot. Every thing on our table was remarkable. Our favorite dishes were the hash and the Chiliquiles with the hot cakes coming in a very close third. It's clear you can't go wrong ordering here, everything is a hit.
We fell in love with Flat Track the last time we were in Austin a few years ago and we knew it was going to be the first stop before we checked in to our Airbnb for the weekend. Flat Track is the ideal coffee shop for the cyclist or biker but damn good coffee makes sense for everybody. It is a coffee shop on the left, bike shop on the right, and they are roasting in the back. Pop in for a great coffee and grab a seat because they have plenty.
If you are looking for a cool cocktail bar in Austin, then look no further then Ah Sing Den. It is inviting and lovely, with design that has Victorian furniture and light fixtures. Ah Sing Den serves up some delicious creative cocktails. We really enjoyed their spin on classic cocktails like the Old Fashioned (pictured below). Not to mention, the food was stellar. Order a round of dumplings and mussels and sip on cocktails in your cozy booth.
3 words! Get the burger. It's been on our minds since we left, which was sourced from a local farm (bonus points in our book). Hillside Farmacy lived up to all of its hype. With beautiful decor that pays homage to the original drugstore in the 50s, the craft cocktails were exquisite and the staff was attentive and friendly. You will find yourself constantly scanning the space because the decor is so charming! This Austin gem will be one we recommend for a long time.
Mezcal for days people! We repeat. Mezcal for days! We had the chance to stop in Espita for brunch while in Washington D.C. and had some of the best mexican food we've had in awhile. We're really big fans of chilaquiles and tacos, and after glancing over the menu we knew we had to order those two entrees along with the French toast. There was so much flavor packed into each dish, we savored every bite as we entered our food coma. Be sure to stop by if you are ever in town, and oh did we mention they have Mezcal? 😎
We spent the weekend at Forever Bungalows, a Eco- friendly boutique hotel located in Sag Harbor. We had the chance to enjoy the simple things in life while there; making s’mores over a fire, hanging in the hammock, riding bikes everywhere, taking it easy is pretty much what we did all weekend. The overall vibe at Forever Bungalows is very chill and cozy. We loved that you can just slow down and recharge. Here's what our weekend in Sag Harbor looked like.
Places to Eat
Cilantro's Mexican Take out
Though they have limited seating, Cilantro's is a must stop on your list. We absolutely love tacos and were so impressed with our meal here that we tried to go back twice in a day.
Harbor Market and Kitchen
Breakfast at Harbor Market did us right.Local eggs and dairy, fresh produce, and humanely raised seafood and meats is what the kitchen is known for. The attention to the quality of food here shows.
Cool spins on burgers and boozy milkshakes = heavenly!!!
Places for Coffee
Jacks Stir Brew
This relaxed coffee shop is doing it right. Their brew is strong and the apple cider doughnuts are out of this world.
Sag Town Coffee
This is a great coffee shop to hang out at, should you find a seat. Good coffee, delicious baked goods, and one of our favorite things, Acai bowls!
Places to Shop
Pop in for beautiful furniture and home goods.
Sage Street Antiques
We always pop into antique shops wherever we go because you never know what youre going to stumble upon.
Here are a few more photos from our time spent biking around Sag Harbor.
We highly recommend stopping by Sagg Main Beach. We went for sunset and enjoyed every minute. The beach was especially quiet around this time of the year, it was almost like we had it to ourselves.
- Washington D.C.
- 1822 1st St NW
As soon as you walk into Red Hen an aroma of delectable flavors fill the air. The rustic vibes really gives the space a toasty /intimate feel. We highly recommend ordering any of the pastas, they are homemade and packed with so much flavor. After splitting the Ricotta cavatelli and Mezzi rigatoni (we've been craving another round ever since), we munched on delicious burrata and an endive salad. As always we had to try their mezcal cocktail, the ‘Infinite Hope and Chemical Madness’, and it was on point. When we left dinner (we didn't want to leave, btw), there were people waiting outside to get in so be sure to make a reservation or arrive upon opening to jot your name down.
We headed off to Washington D.C. over the weekend and had a blast. The ease of traveling by train made the entire trip so much smoother. We hopped right on at Penn Station and set off on our three and half hour journey. Once we made it to Washington D.C., we dropped our bags off at the hotel and went to grab a bite to eat. The weekend was filled with delicious food, walking down some of the most beautiful blocks we have ever seen, and popping into museums. A huge perk of the trip was the fact that we could bring out dog, Pierre, along. Amtrak is pet friendly and for a small fee you can bring your furry companion on board with you (they need to be in a carrier, of course). We're not sure if we have ever introduced y'all to Pierre (our 8 yr old yorkie) but he has made a few appearances on Instagram, anyway the fact that we could travel with him made the trip even better, at least he sure thought so. We fell in love with D.C. this weekend and can't wait to head back on Amtrak. #sponsored
We spent a day in Saint John, NB, where we biked all around town, sipped coffee, took pictures, and of course ate some poutine. Here are a few of our favorite photos from our time.