Boston and Cape Cod: Weekend Getaway Recap

img_7790For the past few years, I’ve gone on girls’ weekend trips which usually involves a running event, tons of good food and drinks, old friends and new ones too.  So far we have been to Aspen , San Francisco and Napa and now Boston/Cape Cod. Getting together with your girls is so important. It’s a way to catch up, relax, rejuvenate and inspire. To determine the destination, we look at a few key features:

Can we all travel there easily? Our trips are usually long weekends so easy locations are a must. This year we had travelers from Jacksonville, Denver, Boulder and San Francisco. We were all on different flights to take advantage of mileage points and maximize our time there, so location was key.   I flew Jetblue to Boston and Southwest back, both legs on points… FREE flights! <– Click here to get the Southwest card and earn 50K points!  I’d consider that an easy travel location!  To top it off, I flew in style with my Stella & Dot arm party! So glad my pyramid watch arrived just in time for the trip!

img_7794Second, is there a running event we can do while there? (Because what’s a girls trip without an excuse to wear tutus). We found the Zooma Cape Cod woman’s “fitness weekend” and booked out flights! Although this was supposed to be a half marathon which turned into an untimed race, turned into a group run with your friends, we still had a great time. I was disappointed that the race could not come together in time with permits and all that mess, but I still enjoyed out little mock run around the town, chair massages and beach yoga.  Plus, I was in no shape whatsoever to run a half marathon. 🙂

Will lodging and transportation work out for the group? Is a hotel or Airbnb going to be the best? We used Airbnb for both our night stay in Boston as well as 3 nights in Cape Cod. Our stay in Falmouth was so lovely. Bill’s Falmouth home had everything we needed and more. He was so accommodating to us, answering all questions we had and giving us tips along the way. I hope to make it out to Cape Cod again some day, and would definitely stay here again. It was perfect or our group and would be a great family vacation place too! 

img_7793Does the location have fancy foods and delicious drinks? “Give me lobsta and chowda.” New England is the Mecca of seafood in the continental US in my book now. Hands down.  I had everything including crab cake and salmon sandwiches, oysters, lobsters, shrimp, lobster rolls, clam chowder and even muscles. These people can cook!!  I also had cupcakes from shops on Falmouth and Martha’s Vineyard. The frosting was on point on all that I tried- peanut butter, mint and cream cheese. The carrot cake didn’t impress but hey they can’t be amazing at all things, right?

 

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Lastly we look for a location with fun things to do and see. Since I had never been to Boston I was super excited to learn about the history. Boston fills the pages of history books and now I got to see it! We did a hop on hop off trolley tour and harbor cruise, toured Fenway Park and got lost among the skyscrapers, underground tunnels and weird parking situations. When touring new cities, check Groupon for tours!  We did the Cityview Trolley Tour and it was awesome! Oh and then there was a cannoli. I mean the best-cannoli-I’ve-ever-had-in-my-life. That merits its own blog post, but I’ll keep it short- mainly because I want one right now and this is making me hungry.  Mike’s pastry, home of all the different types of cannolis you can dream of, is a cash only establishment in the heart of Boston’s Little Italy. Thank goodness I only carried a small bit of cash or I would have bought a ton! 

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In Cape Cod we explored the little town of South Falmouth, relaxed on the beach and checked out a few local restaurants.  I was so thankful out Airbnb was within walking distance to all of that! 

On our last full day of vacation, we hopped on the Island Queen ferry and took a short boat ride to Martha’s Vineyard, docking in Oak Bluff. We biked from Oak Bluff to Edgertown, stopping along the way for sightseeing pictures, ate incredible seafood right on the way, walked around a lighthouse then found a little brewery for a refreshing summer ale afternoon drink. Not going to lie, my butt was a little sore from the biking!!  Oh and, bike rentals were so cheap! I highly recommend this place. The staff are super helpful with directions and activity suggestions too!

img_7797I said before our girl time is so important. We talked about goals and what we want to accomplish before our next girls trip. I have too many but I’ll focus on two- travel to Colorado in the spring/summer and work less to enjoy life more.

So where’s the next destination? After throwing not around ideas, I think we’ve settled on the Oregon Coast! We hear great food, wine and nature fill that area of the country! 

What cities do you think are great for the until ate girls getaway?

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Charleston: cupcakes, biscuits, tea and roses

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Poogan’s Porch

 

When you find a good reason to take a road trip, you go.  The short 4-hour drive to Charleston, touring the Charleston Tea Plantation and meeting a sweet animal-lover-turned-Airbnb-host made for an awesome weekend getaway. I spent 2 days in Charleston with one of my favorite foodie friends and we had a blast.
A few notable moments and places to check out on your next trip:
Charleston Tea Plantaimagetion– I sampled some alot of pretty awesome tea and for FREE and then for $10 you can take a trolley tour of the plantation. The trolley tour was educational and fun.  Did you know black and green tea come from the same plant?! The tea process changes its chemistry.

Poogan’s Porch – chicken and waffles. Biscuits and gravy. Need I say more? Go. there. Now.

Seriously, that was the best chicken and waffles, biscuits and gravy deliciousness I’ve ever had.  I wish i had some right now…

Cupcakes! What’s a trip if I don’t taste test a local cupcake shop?  Check out Cupcakes DownSouth for some yummy sweet treats.  The best one I tried – Bourbon Pecan Pie <– 21 and older only please.

Stars Rooftop and Grill Room – Blood orange mimosas, brunch and Bachelor casting calls.  More on bachelor casting calls later, but the mimosas are on point and the rooftop is really cool… but hot if you go in the dog days of summer!  I didn’t have brunch but wish I did.  the brunch smelled amazing and many people raved about it.

imageEat biscuits from Callie’s Hot Little Biscuits.  Yes, that’s the name of this store.  Hot Little Biscuits.  Very appropriate as the biscuits are made fresh and served hot.  They are slightly smaller than a normal sized biscuit so the name is fitting.  The biscuits come in different varieties, sweet and savory, and all are quite tasty. 🙂

What are some of your Charleston favs?

A Run Through Hilton Head Island

imageWhat’s better than relaxing on the beach soaking up some vitamin D? Doing that while taking a day off work and visiting Hilton Head Island.

A few weeks ago I took my first true relaxing day off work this year. I know. Sad. But the wait made the vacation even better!

Even though I only stayed one night in Hilton Head, I took full advantage of the two days of fun in the sun!  Here’s a recap of my trip and the most delicious parts of it all.

Stay: Hilton Head Marriott
This hotel really has everything you need. Bike rentals near the pool deck, lawn games and comfy pool chairs. Plus, they have hammocks to relax on and listen to the motions of the ocean! Although this hotel is a little outdated from the outside and halls, the rooms are super clean and modern. The beds are comfy, bathroom and room spacious and rooms with balconies have chairs to chill in. Oh and the hotel is right on the beach.
Traveler tip: BYOB. The drinks have hefty price tags so bring along a little cooler with non-glass refreshments. 😉

Play: Run, Bike, Explore
Hilton Head is a very clean, pretty town.  I went on a 5 mile run in the morning along the beach and nature trails and it was beautiful! A lot of people rent bikes for the hour or day. It seems like a very bike friendly town.
Traveler Tip: figure out which way the wind blows and run/bike against the wind so the route back is a little easier!  I made an amateur move…

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Trying to find a place to eat in Hilton Head is challenging because the options of great food are endless!   This is where I ate:
843 Restaurant – a charming establishment with tasty sandwiches.  I got the 843 club because it had bacon and brie.  Need I say more?
Dinner at Redfish – This place is a little bit of everything.  They have a retail wine shop, outdoor seating and multiple rooms for dining. One way I judge a restaurant is on the preparation and taste of their salmon.  I got the Seared Scottish Salmon with the apricot glaze with lemon garlic orzo, asparagus, grape tomatoes and toasted almonds.  This place is the cats meow.  The cats meow.

Travelers Tip: do your research and find someplace that really sparks your interest. I love using opentable or Yelp for recommendations.

If you have time to stop in Savannah, this is another little southern gem with great food, drinks, people and history. Did you know Savannah allows open containers?! Ask your bartender for one to go and they will give you a drink in a plastic cup! Exploring the town, enjoying all the old architecture, homes and history is much better sipping on a cold beverage in the heat of summer!

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