Sista, the travel bug is real. My best friend, Taylor, and I took a last minute trip to LA for the heck of it last weekend and seriously had the best time. Since we got back on Monday, I have had nothing but traveling on my mind and where I want to visit next. There’s just something about going somewhere new and exploring that is so exciting and gets my creative juices flowing.
This was actually my first time to Los Angeles and I enjoyed it way more than I thought I would. I mean lets be real, how could this girly girl not love Beverly Hills and Rodeo Drive?! It was fabulous!
We actually stayed in Dana Point, which was about an hour & a half drive to LA (the traffic is just as bad as TV shows). It was great because we got to drive down PCH 1 & see all of the beaches everyone always talks about. I would suggest if you are traveling to Los Angeles for the first time, stay closer to the city and maybe travel to the beach area one of the days you are there.
Many of you have asked where we ate, because I shared all the food on my stories, so I am going to break down all the fabulous restaurants that we ate at. Eating was pretty much all we did (LOL) so this is what most of our days consisted of! Continue reading below for all the details.
Where to eat
The Butcher, The Baker, The Cappuccino Maker: This gem is in West Hollywood and their eggs benedict with fried chicken was delightful. We also ordered the champagne flight, because why not when in Hollywood? Also left feeling so inspired to decorate our house. The blue and white scheme is the cutest! Make sure to sit outside, if it’s a nice day. The people watching is great 😉
Chart House: Located in Dana Point with the most spectacular view (make sure to make reservations on the patio for dinner around sunset). We started with the Shrimp, Crab, Avocado & Mango Stack and both ordered the Lobster for our entree. Pricey but delicious! And the view makes up for the price, if you ask me.
Driftwood Kitchen: A hidden gem that we found, because Lauren Conrad wrote about it in a blog post. I mean when you’re in Laguna Beach you obviously look up LC recommendations 😉 This restaurant is located on the beach with a spectacular view. Order the eggs benedict with crab & thank me later. It was heavenly. Oh they also have bottomless mimosas for only $15! Perfect for Sunday funday, if you ask me!
Catch: If you are a sushi fan you must go here! It’s in the Beverly Hills/ Hollywood area and has a breathtaking entrace. I mean look at all those flowers and lights in my picture above! We just ordered several rolls and were not disappointed. Highly suggest ordering dessert, too, because the “Hit Me” Chocolate Cake may be one of the best things I have ever ate. And that’s saying a lot, because this girl loves chocolate! Oh & you for sure need to make reservations, as this place tends to fill up quickly!
The Ivy Restaurant: I heard and read about how fabulous The Ivy was, so I told Taylor we had to go. Don’t get me wrong, it lived up to my expecations as the ambiance was so amazing and you are greeted with a complimentary glass of champagne. How could anyone not love that? However, DO NOT order the truffle pizza, if they have it as a special. I ordered it without knowing the price and was mind blown when we received our bill. $75 for a 4 slice pizza is absurd. Would still recommend The Ivy for brunch, just make sure you ask for the specials prices in advance!
Sugarfish Sushi: If you watch my stories, you probably saw that we drove to Calabasas to see where the Kardashians live. I was laughing at this idea Taylor had, as I never dreamed we would actually see a Kardashian. Silly me, because we ended up sitting right next to Jordyn Woods and Kylie Jenner at Sugar Fish’s sushi bar. Still mind blown by this and it was the highlight of our trip. According to the waiters the Kardashian clan is constantly at this local sushi spot, so if you want to see a star I would suggest going here 😉 They’re sushi was also delicious. We ordered the Trust Me and it was so fresh and different than what we have in Texas.
Where to go/ What to do
Laguna Beach- great for brunch and walking around. I loved this cute little town & the homes are just as spectacular as the reality show The Hills made them out to be!
West Hollywood- if you’ve never been, it’s fun to see! It’s not what I was expecting but it was fun to see the Hollywood Walk of Fame + the iconic Hollywood sign.
Beverly Hills- we went to the Beverly Hills Hotel to snap some pics and it was just as cute in person. I mean a pink hotel? Sign me up! And if you want a picture with the plam trees lining the road, you will come across many in BH.
Rodeo Drive- save your money for something fabulous and buy it on Rodeo Drive. I so wanted a new LV bag, but since this was such a last minute trip, I did not have time to sock some money back.
Dana Point- if you are doing Laguna Beach during the day, dinner in Dana Point at the Charter House would be perfect for something to do at night.
Hopefully this post helps for all my travelers. I didn’t mention it before, but I highly recommend renting a car in LA, as everything is pretty spread out. Our Mitsubishi Outlander Sport came in handy when traveling around town! All of the pieces from my outfits are linked below.
Hey lady, happy FriYAY! We are so close to the holiday week- eeekk! If you keep up on Instagram + Insta stories, then you probably saw Austin & I were in Park City, Utah for our first wedding anniversary last weekend. Let me tell ya, it was wonderful. It is not peak time for the town, as they are getting prepped for the slopes to open, so it was practically like we had the whole mountain to ourselves 😉
People continued asking what we did and honestly ate and drank was what we did all three days. You could say my jeans may be a little tight this week. LOL! I think we hit every popular restaurant + bar on Main Street, but hey I’m not complaining! That said, I had to round up everywhere we ate and drank + where we stayed for ya.
Where we stayed: The Chateaux in Deer Valley
Talk about the coziest hotel I have ever been to. Fireplaces in the lobby and a fireplace in our room, I was in heaven! The hotel was extremely quiet, as it was not peak season, like I mentioned. I tried to tell Austin we need to add a fireplace to our master, but don’t think he’s up for it with the Texas heat. Ha. And there was even a towel warmer in our bathroom, which was heaven. The restaurants at The Chateaux were not open at the time, but we were able to visit their sister property, Stein Eriksen Lodge, for drinks and dinner! Also, The Chateaux has a shuttle service that pretty much runs all day, so if you do not rent a car they can take you to town and what not!
Where we ate:
No Name Bar- a locals hangout with the best buffalo burger! Their onion rings with ranch are also to die for. Great place for a drink and quick bite to eat!
Red Banjo- delicious, inexpensive pizza. Super casual place, but is perfect for a quick bite to eat! The pizza is delish and so is the Caesar salad.
Kneaders- great pastries and the egg and bacon croissant is amazing! Supposedly this is a restaurant all throughout Utah.
High West Distillery- known for their whiskey cocktails, but their bacon mac & cheese was great as a little mid day pick me up!
Yuki Yama- holy cow! One of the best sushi places Austin & I have ever ate. It is pricier, but so worth it. It’s extremely fresh & my mouth is watering right now just thinking about it. Austin ordered the Wagyu, which was the best meat either of us had ever ate. You get to cook it yourself on a salt rock & wow! Our minds were blown!
Tupelo- a unique brunch experience. We also went here for drinks one night at their upstairs bar & their house Pinot Noir was delicious and extremely smooth. Austin and I were not the biggest fans of our brunch at Tupelo, but their dinner menu did look amazing… so I would suggest trying that!
The Spur– another local bar on Main Street! Perfect place after a long day on the slopes or a day of shopping. Countless drink options and their crab & artichoke dip was amazing!!
Troll Hallen Lounge at Stein Eriksen- the best creme brulee we’ve ever had, and that’s saying a lot because it’s by far our favorite dessert! We went here two nights in a row and are guilty of having it both nights. It was that good! This restaurant is located at the Stein Eriksen Lodge, which was our hotels sister property, so we were able to charge everything to our room number… super convenient! It is also located right on the mountain, so the view is wonderful!
What we did:
We ate and drank and shopped! Their is great shopping on Main Street to stock up on all your winter needs. We found several items on major sale at The North Face store & got some Christmas gifts from the LL Bean store. We don’t have those kind of stores in Texas so we had to take advantage! 🙂
All in all it was a romantic trip with the hubs and made our anniversary so special! We may have ate a little too much, but it was so worth it. Wonderful quality time and we got to explore a new place we had never been. I would highly recommend Park City for a romantic getaway or if you’re a skier it would be a great place to go!
P.S. all of my outfit details are linked below!
Hey girl hey! I feel silly writing this post, as it’s 75 degrees here in Texas, but hey that is why we are taking a trip to somewhere that has fall [actually winter] temps. If you follow along on Insta stories, you have probably heard that Austin & I are taking a trip to Park City, Utah for our first wedding anniversary. We have made a pact that we are always going to take some type of trip or weekend getaway for our anniversary, even when we start a family. I believe this “us” time is so important and I am beyond excited to get to spend a long weekend in the mountains with my favorite guy!
Being a Texas girl, I honestly only own one true coat. When I started looking at the temperatures for Park City [highs in the 20’s in the mornings] I knew I needed to probably invest in a couple others. I mean let’s be real- I knew I wouldn’t want to wear the same one coat all weekend long. I have a problem, I know 😉 But even if I have stocked up on several coats, they are all extremely affordable! I am only showing two here, but be sure to follow along on Instagram, as I will be sharing the others there.
Whether you’re taking a winter getaway or actually live where it’s chilly, I wanted to round up some of my winter finds, because all of the prices are great for every wallet! This is not everything that will be in my suitcase, but these are some of the staples + my favorites.
Be sure to head over to Instagram and follow me @adoremorewithgeor if you haven’t yet. I cannot wait to share fall + winter content with you in the gorgeous city of Park City, UT.
If there is one thing I am a major fan of, it’s weekend getaways! Especially with my hubby 😉 We went live on Instagram Saturday, as we road tripped about an hour away to Granbury, TX. And if you watched, you probably heard me mention that all I want to do is travel with Austin before we start a family. So we are doing just that… even if it is a little getaway for a night. All about exploring new places & creating new memories!
If you live in Texas you may have heard about Granbury. It is a quaint little town that is right by a lake! The town is known for their square. which is great for shopping, dining & drinking. Austin & I explored the square Saturday night before dinner & had so much fun! The town was quiet and not very busy, which was nice to stroll around and pop in and out of the stores!
If you are looking for a relaxing getaway, I would recommend Granbury. It is a hidden gem & has so much to do & offer. I am going to round up all of the details from our trip below!
Where we stayed:
The Inn on Lake Granbury– talk about the cutest bed & breakfast! Austin & I had never stayed in a b&b, so this was something new for us. We arrived and Jim, the owner, gave us a brief tour of our room, which made us feel right at home. I did a video tour of our room on Insta story & you can still catch it on my “travel highlight” on my profile. The room was two stories and had a great view of the lake from the second floor. So nice to wake up & sip our coffee, while taking in the fabulous views!
I learned that the nice thing about a b&b is that they are so welcoming! The Inn offered complimentary bites & drinks from 5:30-6:30 in the lobby. So sweet & perfect before hitting the square for dinner. And I also learned that bed & breakfast means complimentary breakfast 😉 So yummy & the perfect to start your morning!
Also, if you stay at The Inn on Lake Granbury, note that it is in the most perfect location. On the lake & only an 8 minute walk to the square. So if you have a couple glasses of wine, you can definitely walk back to your room 😉 The Inn also has the cutest pool, so if you are looking to just hangout & relax you can do just that!
Where we ate:
The Fillin’ Station- delicious if you love a good cheeseburger & fries! We were starving by the time 2:00 came around, so we stopped here for a quick bite. Austin & I both got cheeseburgers & left filling extremely full. If you are ranch person, like myself, get ready to be blown away! Their fries + ranch was some of the best I had ever had! My mouth is watering while I am writing this…. LOL!
1890- amazing steakhouse! If you are willing to spend a little more on dinner, 1890 is the perfect date night spot. Just make sure to go in hungry, because you will leave feeling extremely stuffed! We started with the Trilogy appetizer, and the quail was to die for. It was wrapped in bacon & came with a side of jalapeno ranch for dipping. My oh my- we were blown away & could’ve ate a whole plate of just this!
For our entrees, we both had the fillet, except I had mine topped with crab meat, as our waiter said this was their specialty. It was simply delicious and cooked to perfection. I didn’t even need a knife to cut, as the meat was so tender I could just use my fork. I had the cream corn & mashed potatoes as my side and they did not disappoint. Austin had the mac & cheese & grits, and he was so happy! LOL. The mac & cheese ended up being my favorite. I’m a sucker for a good pasta!
And for dessert, the best part, we chose the creme brulee. Always our favorite! It had the crispy top & cold pudding center… so stinkin’ good to end our meal. We honestly could not move when we left!
What we did:
Revolver Brewing- live music & good beer. Sign me up! When we arrived to town, we went straight to Revolver Brewery. They are open from 12-3 on most Saturdays and have live music & great food. It is only $10 to get in & that includes a complimentary tour + beer. They even give you a free glass to keep & take home. Can’t beat that! Austin & I said it would be so fun to come back with a group of friends in the Fall & enjoy the live music & beer. I’m a sucker for venues like Revolver, because it just feels like Texas. Definitely add this on your list of to do’s while you are there!
D’Vine Wine- delicious wine & awesome atmosphere! Great if you need to kill sometime before dinner & grab a drink or do a tasting. They even let you get a glass of wine to go to accompany you as you walk around town! My kind of place LOL.
1890 Marketplace- you will walk in & want one of everything. They are actually affilaited with 1890, where we had dinner, and are located right next door. There are all kinds of olive oils & seasonings, which are simply delicious. We purchased a few things, but have already used the garlic infused olive oil for dinner Sunday night. If you’re a garlic lover you will die over this! Dip some Italian bread in it & wow. They even have a Dallas location in Deep Ellum, and Austin & I are already planning a trip there.
All in all, it was a great weekend getaway. We are thinking that maybe we will buy a lake house in Granbury when we retire one day 😉
Have a good week!
Thanks to Visit Granbury for this collaboration. All opinions are my own.
It’s been a week since we got back from Napa, California and I am a tad embarrassed, because we are already planning our next trip back. You know when you typically go on a vacation and you are super ready to be home by the last day? That was not the case for this trip, as we were extremely sad to leave. That said, I would encourage you to add Napa Valley to your bucket list, if you have not been. I can almost guarantee it will take your breath away, like it did ours!
So the reason we even ended up in Napa for our summer vacation, was because our friends, Madisen & Chase, were getting married in a beautiful estate there. Needless to say, we decided we would turn their special event into our summer trip! If you’re interested in what we did, where we ate & where we stayed… continue reading. I am going to break it all down for you!
We flew into San Jose Airport, as flights were less expensive than San Francisco, and there was only a 30 minute travel distance. From there, we picked up our cute Mazda car for the weekend. You have to drive about an hour & a half to Napa, so a car is definitely a necessity & costs about the same as an uber to and from the airport. Worth it!
Austin & I arrived to California super early Thursday morning, so we decided to take advantage & eat lunch in San Francisco. We ate at Pier Market on Pier 39 & devoured some seafood. I would highly recommend the clam chowder from Pier Market. It was delicious and warmed me up, as this Texas girl was not used to the cold in July. LOL. Yes, San Fran is quite chilly in July, so be sure you’re prepared with a jacket & pants!
From lunch, we stopped at the Golden Gate Bridge. I had never been to California, so figured we should check this off my bucket list while we were at it. One of the routes to Napa was taking the Golden Gate Bridge across, so it was not out of the way & was worth it for the experience [& picture] with the hubs!
Now let’s get to the best part… Napa!
WHERE WE STAYED:
Silverado Resort & Spa- it was a dream! As you can see from the picture, they have a mansion type house where you check in. Then there are little condos/rooms all around the resort & golf course where guests actually stay. You can eat at The Grill on the golf course or get a snack & some wine from The Market at the front entrance of the resort. The rooms were super clean, staff was beyond friendly & accommodating, & we felt right at home. The resort is only 10 minutes from Downtown Napa, so it’s in the perfect location!
WHAT WE DID:
Napa Valley Wine Train- if it is your first time to the valley, I would 110% recommend taking the train for your first time to the wineries. They have different routes you can choose from, so I would recommend doing your research and picking whichever suits your wine palette best. We did The Famiglia Tour, which started at 11am and we arrived back at the train station around 4pm. We were greeted with breakfast, because let’s be real- you need to eat before you start drinking wine at 11am. LOL! We stopped at Silverado Vineyard, Whitehall Lane & Grgich. Silverado being our favorite view & Whitehall having our favorite wine. Their cab is delicious… we even brought two bottles home! Between each stop you get back on the train & are greeted with salad/soup & then the main course. I had the salmon & it makes my mouth water thinking about it! The train ended up being the perfect fit for us, as it was a safe ride to and from the vineyards, & gave us an idea of how all the wineries worked/ where they are located.
Inglenook- we stopped at this winery Saturday morning & it ended up being my favorite the entire trip. The view was gorgeous & made us feel like we were in Europe. We have already said we are going to sign up for a tasting when we go back!
WHERE WE ATE:
Angele- we ate here for dinner Thursday night & it did not disappoint! Austin said it was the best steak he had ever ate, and that’s saying a lot for a Texas boy like himself. Angele is a little pricier, so make sure to budget accordingly. Oh & be sure to order the fried deviled eggs. They are amazing!
Napa Valley Bistro- this was our dinner choice Friday night. I was craving a burger, so I had the lamb burger. It was extremely filling & good, & this restaurant actually had ranch. Which is something a lot of restaurants don’t carry, so I was super happy!
Alexis Baking Company- amazing breakfast/brunch spot. A ton of the locals actually recommended this restaurant & we were so glad we went! I had the french toast & it was delightful! Prices are also very reasonable here, which is a plus, because Napa is pretty pricey.
Gott’s Roadside- cheap burger’s that are quick & easy. This restaurant reminds me a lot of In n Out, but they have other menu items besides from just burgers. Their garlic fries are what dreams are made of! Just make sure you have a piece of gum for after 😉
All in all, it was the best trip. The weather was perfect & I think when we go back we will go around the same time. Since harvest happens in August, we were there when everything was at pretty much full bloom, so not only was it beautiful, we also got to taste a few grapes from the actual vines. Pretty stinkin’ cool!
My love & appreciation grew for the wine industry, after seeing where it comes from & the hard work that goes into it all. Even if you are not a big wino, I still think any & everyone would enjoy. Going into the trip, Austin had to force a bottle of glass of wine down. Now he’s suggesting we order bottles of wine at dinner. This cab girl is not complaining! LOL.
Have you been to Napa? If not, I hope this travel guide helps! Feel free to reach out with any questions… I am here to help!
Thanks to the Silverado Resort & Spa & Napa Wine Train for this collaboration. All opinions are my own.