There’s no denying my love for Fredericksburg, TX. Truly not a better combo than the Texas hill country + a glass of cabernet! This past weekend Austin & I road tripped to Fredericksburg for a long weekend to celebrate our third wedding anniversary with friends. Austin had never been and he left saying he would 100% go back. That’s rare, friend, because the guy is not a big wine drinker. So if your man is on the fence just take my word that he will love it!
This go around we had the pleasure of staying at one of Cozi Vacation Rental properties and it did not disappoint. From the down town location to the gorgeous renovated house it was seriously perfect for our three day weekend! This house would be great if you are looking to travel with a big group (girls trip, bachelorette, couples getaway, etc.), as it sleeps up to 12 people. Seriously SO spacious and has a ton of beds + 2.5 baths. And I cannot forget to mention the hot tub and pool! It was chilly at night and the hot tub was the perfect way to wind down after wine tastings all day!
When we arrived Friday night, we were greeted with an amazing cheese board + wine. It was the perfect snack as we were starving when we arrived! Cozi is also super unique as they have their Cozi Experiences (the cheese board is one of the many experiences to choose from)! They have countless options that you can choose to book to make your trip seamless and fun, but we personally got to enjoy an in home sushi chef Saturday night and an Italian cooking class Sunday night. Both meals were impeccable and were the perfect way to be greeted after being at the wineries all day! I mean who wants to go out to eat to a restaurant after drinking all day? Personally, I would prefer to eat dinner in my pjs + slippers any night of the week. 😉
If you have read my other Fredericksburg blog posts you know my love for Absolute Charm Wine Tours. They are the best to tour different wineries + have safe transportation while doing so. They pick you up from where you are staying in town and take you to multiple wineries over the course of 4 hours. You get to do a tasting at each, which is included in the price, and they get you home safely! You can read my other two Fredericksburg blog posts under my travel tab for more details on what they offer! Say hi to the driver, Barry, for me if you use them. He is THE best!
If you are headed to Fredericksburg and are looking for winery recommendations, below are my faves.
Signor Vineyards– the best ambiance + their wine is great! We spent all afternoon here Saturday and were extremely content!
Augusta Vin- it was our first time visiting this winery and it was beautiful!
Bingham Winery- not much ambiance, but they had our favorite wine. Seriously so tasty!
Barons Creek Vineyards- gorgeous property! I would recommend making reservations, especially during Covid!
Grape Creek Vineyards- perfect if you are looking to have lunch somewhere while sipping wine! Most of the other places do not offer a full menu so Grape Creek is great. Definitely look at making reservations!
All in all, we had the best time! I had been dying to take Austin to Fredericksburg so extremely happy it worked out for our anni! Let me know if you have any Fredericksburg questions- I am happy to help.
All outfit details are on the shop my looks tab and from FlourishInFrills.com!
Girls trips are good for the souls. I mean who can argue? It’s something my mom and I swear by. We have made a pact to enjoy some form of girl’s trip just us two every year. Even if that means just doing a staycation in Fort Worth. And surprisingly this past weekend was our first trip just her and I, as we road tripped to Fredericksburg, TX. The small Texas town is known for all of the wineries, food and shopping. And if you know my mom and me you know we live for a glass of cabernet.
I actually visited Fredericksburg for the first time last May on a blogger trip. You can read my recap and to do’s here. My mom and I did a couple new things so I wanted to share, in case you are looking for a mom & daughter trip, bachelorette party ideas or just a weekend away with your significant other.
This trip was pretty spontaneous! Literally, we talked about going to Fredericksburg one minute and an hour later the trip was booked. LOL! The best kind of getaway, if you ask me. After browsing Airbnb, for what felt like 5 minutes, I found the cutest little house. I was pretty skeptical, because the space was new and there were not any reviews when I booked it. BUT let me tell ya it was the nicest and trendiest space ever. From the amazing travel guide the host provided, the fully stocked coffee bar and the quaint & quiet porch in the morning we could not have been more pleased. It was also super affordable and a $7 Uber into town. Note, it is definitely only big enough for 2 people, as there is just a king bed and one bathroom. However, if that’s what you’re looking for I highly recommend.
On Friday we had the pleasure of going on a wine tour with Absolute Charm. I previously worked with AC on the previous blogger trip and knew my mom and I needed to use them during our getaway. Some details… Barry, the ultimate bus driver, picks you up from wherever you’re staying in town around 1pm. From there you go to three AC selected wineries and enjoy a tasting at each. Charcuterie boards are available to purchase at most wineries and trust me, three tastings is more than enough!
Saturday came and we were not sure what we wanted to do. However, we figured since we were in the Texas wine capital we should definitely visit more wineries. We came across 290 Wine Shuttle on Google and it ended up being fabulous. You meet at a central pick up location and it takes you to selected wineries of your choice. The shuttle runs every 10 minutes between 10a-6p at all the wineries so don’t stress about timing! We paid our $30, Ubered to the bus stop, and hopped on and off at the wineries of our choice. Super convenient and safe!
Signor is my all time favorite Fredericksburg winery, as the ambiance is a dream. If you go during the spring you will be blown away by the flowers and greenery. Perfect place to hangout on the patio during the day, sip a glass of rose and listen to the live music. The scenery makes you feel like you are not in Texas. Keep in mind the AC Wine Tour took us here and note that this winery is not part of 290 Wine Shuttle. You can obviously drive your own vehicle, but be smart and don’t drink and drive friend!
Barons Creek Vineyard was also gorgeous and super upscale. This was our first stop on Saturday where we did a tasting + had a charcuterie board and enjoyed a glass of wine. They typically have live music so also a great place to hang out!
Grape Creek is the most popular Fredericksburg winery as the wine is delicious and they have an amazing restaurant. If you plan to visit here and want to eat at the restaurant, I would recommend making reservations before as it was packed when we went on Saturday. They are also part of the 290 Shuttle for easy drop off and pick up!
Becker Vineyards was packed and had a ton of outdoor seating. Would recommend if you are taking the bus and needing ideas on where to stop.
Where to eat
Emma & Ollie is a breakfast and brunch staple in Fredericksburg. We dined here Friday morning and there was surprisingly no wait! The food is to die for and they do serve mimosas and other beverages in case you are trying to get your drink on before a day on the town!
August E’s has impeccable sushi. Would highly suggest you make dinner reservations, as it is one of the most popular restaurants in town. Also, order the crème Brule for dessert and thank me later. It was heavenly.
Grape Creek Vineyard not only has amazing wine, but delicious pizza and is a perfect stop for lunch. We had planned out our Saturday so we could enjoy lunch on their patio and we did not regret it! If you plan on winery hopping and need somewhere to eat that has more than a charcuterie board, this is your best bet.
All in all it was an amazing two day, three night getaway! Have you been too Fredericksburg? If so, I would love to know your favorite to do’s. I am dying to go with Austin next!
This post is long overdue, as I regularly get DMs from ladies asking where to eat, shop and stay in Fort Worth. After a fabulous staycation at the Omni last weekend, wait no longer, as I am breaking down my favorite places in cowtown.
If you’re new around here, let me start off by saying I was born & raised about 20 minutes from Fort Worth. I had the pleasure of having my high school and college graduation parties in the Stockyards. I got married in the heart of the town. We had our rehearsal dinner at the iconic Joe T Garcia’s. I grew up going to concerts at Billy Bobs. Countless shopping memories in Sundance Square with my mom. All in all, you can say Fort Worth will forever have my heart.
Whether you live in the DFW area or traveling to Fort Worth for pleasure or business, I am here to share my favorite places with you.
Where to stay:
The Omni Fort Worth- this hotel is a must for the best skyline view. It is also walking distance to Sundance Square (tons of restaurants and shopping) and it is a super affordable Uber to the Stockyards. This hotel is also super special, as it’s where Austin and I stayed on our wedding night. If only that day wasn’t a total blur and I could remember all of the details. LOL!
The hotel also has a Bob’s Steak & Chop House, which is a great for a date night or more formal dinner. Other restaurants & bars at The Omni include the Cast Iron Restaurant, Whiskey & Rye & Wine Thief. Definitely options for every guest & palette.
Yolk- a delicious, classic breakfast in Sundance Square. Be prepared, because there is typically a wait.
Press Cafe- cutest coffee shop, wine bar & dining option. It is located super close to the Shops at Clearfork so dine here & then hit the Shops at Clearfork for the perfect girls day.
Social House- is great for more of a “bar” scene. Delicious brunch menu & located in the West 7th area, which is perfect if you are looking to have a Sunday funday!
Joe T Garcia’s- you can’t visit Fort Worth without eating Tex Mex or dining at Joe T’s. This restaurant is iconic, and after you go & experience the ambiance you will understand why. Note- there is typically always a line but it is definitely worth it. And you can enjoy a margarita in line while you wait! I would also recommend Joe T’s for a night out with several friends, not necessarily a date night. Also, don’t be shocked when they do not hand you a menu, because there’s only a few items on the menu + everything is served family style. You can definitely share the fajitas with one or two other people!
Gemelle– is super Instagrammable and has the best pizza hands down. Order the House pizza and thank me later. The seating is primarily outdoors, so I would plan accordingly. Gemelle is also super cute for happy hours & apps!
Lonesome Dove Bistro– is the perfect date night or special occasion restaurant in the Stockyards. Austin and I celebrated his birthday here last year and he has not stopped talking about the chili or the smoked venison since.
Woodshed Smokehouse- if you are craving BBQ, definitely head to Woodshed. Chef, Tim Love, is known for his Texas barbecue twist.
B&B Butchers- cutest date night spot that is in The Shops at Clearfork. Delicious drinks, dinner and a great ambiance.
Atico- this bar/restaurant is brand new in the Stockyards and has an amazing rooftop view. Don’t let it fool you that it is in a hotel, because it is beyond cute and super Instagram worthy. The sangria is delicious and not too sweet, if you are a wine girl like me. Go here for drinks and listen to live music in the Stockyards or at Billy Bobs after.
The Shops at Clearfork- if you enjoy designer items & Blair Waldorf is your spirit animal definitely head here. They have everything from Louis Vuitton, Neimans, Tiffanys, Burberry and more! Don’t be fooled though, they also have every girls favorite affordable shops like Kendra Scott, Evereve, Francesca’s and countless others.
Sundance Square- if you have never visited FW, definitely add Sundance Square to your list. The best shopping, restaurants, bars and coffee shops. You will leave thinking it’s the cleanest downtown area you have ever seen. Something Sundance Square takes pride in!
Stockyards- on the hunt for cowboy boots or western wear? The Stockyards have numerous stores to get every girl and guy looking their Texas best!
West Bend- a quaint area that has great boutiques! If you love all things pink and girly like me, you will die when you go into the store Dear Hannah. You can also head to Bartaco or HG Sply Co. for a bite to eat or drink!
Fort Worth has so much to offer and I hope some of my favorites will make your visit so much sweeter. Be sure to tag me in your Instagram Stories or posts if you visit somewhere from my travel guide. Would love to share with the rest of my girls!
Not sure how we have been married two years. Time needs to slow down! If you’ve been around here for a bit, you know Austin and I’s “thing” is to take a trip every anniversary. Last year we visited Park City, Austin’s pick, and this year we traveled to Boston, my pick. We are trying to take turns picking somewhere we haven’t been each year. Great way to see parts of the world we haven’t seen yet, if you ask me!
So how was our Boston trip? It was fabulous and I fell in love with the city. From the gorgeous streets, amazing parks, clean downtown, delicious food, we could not have enjoyed our stay more. We were only there two nights and that ended up being just the right amount of time. If you have not visited Boston, I highly recommend you add it to your bucket list!
Where to stay
Hotel Commonwealth- we were fortunate to stay at this gorgeous hotel and checked out having nothing but fabulous thing to say! From the location In Kenmore Square, to the amazing staff (seriously everyone was beyond friendly), the funky decor, clean rooms, restaurants that are attached everything was beyond perfect. Commonwealth is in walking distance to Newbury Street and Fenway Park, so the location is awesome. Also, Hotel Commonwealth is the official hotel for the Boston Red Sox, so there is super unique hotel Red Sox “decor” throughout the hotel. Try to get the special elevator when you visit, it was one of Austin’s favorite hotel features 😉
Where to eat & drink
Select Oyster Bar- this was our first stop and ended up being one of our favorites! First off, the ambiance is precious. This restaurant is perfect for a midday pick me up or it would be a great dinner option! We got the Salmon Crudo & Tuna Tartare + a glass of wine or two and it held us over until dinner!
Lobstah on a Roll- after a few glasses of wine at Select Oyster we needed something substantial. We stumbled across this restaurant and had a Lobster Roll (duh). It was good & very affordable. Fun fact- I love lobster, but learned lobster rolls are not my favorite. I think because it’s cold?! Don’t hate me lobster roll fans. LOL!
Eastern Standard- this cute place was actually connected to Hotel Commonwealth! We had dessert at the bar one night (literally best brownie sundae we’ve ever had) & then had room service deliver dessert the next night (no judgement). We also stopped here before the airport to head back home & had drinks and a little app. Definitely recommend, especially if you are in the Fenway area!
The Barking Crab- SO good! If you want fresh or fried seafood, I definitely recommend this restaurant. It is on the water, has a great view, and the food is amazing. If you’re a chips and dips girl like me, order the crap dip and thank me later!
Uni- if you don’t go to any of my other recommendations, you must go here. We ate our weight in sushi, it was perfect for a date night, and gosh the food was SO fresh! This was also the only place we had reservations for (made them the day of) and good thing we did, because it was packed!
City Table- we dined here for breakfast, because we just needed some pancakes and biscuits + gravy in our lives. LOL! It hit the spot and was popping during brunch. Also, it’s off of Newbury Street, so is a great location!
Tatte Bakery & Cafe- need a coffee pick me up? Definitely visit one of the many Tatte locations in the city. Super Instagram worthy & great coffee + pastries!
What to do
Fenway Tour- this was Austin’s number one request and it ended up being super interesting and fun! I am not a huge sports fanatic, but actually enjoyed it. It’s only an hour long tour, tickets were $20, and there is so much history at Fenway Park so definitely check it out.
Shop on Newbury Street- I could walk up and down this street everyday & be 100% satisfied. THE best shopping and the stores are beyond cute. They have everything from the high end designers, like Chanel & Cartier, but then lower end stores, like Patagonia & North Face. Everything to make me and Austin happy 😉
Shop on Seaport Blvd- we shopped down this street after lunch at The Barking Crab! Very high end, but had great shops that we don’t have in Texas. Such as LL Bean, which is one of Austin’s favorites!
We really just ate, drank and shopped our way through the city, so I do not have too many to do’s to recommend!
Have you been to Boston? If so, I would love to know your recommendations. We are already planning our next trip back!
All of my outfit details are linked below!
Thank you to Hotel Commonwealth for our stay. All opinions are my own.
New Orleans had always been on my bucket list, primarily for the food (duh), but after a long weekend in the city I realized it is so much more than delicious meals. The city and streets have so much culture and history, it’s unreal. The people are overly friendly. The live music is incredible. And why yes, the food is delicious.
A couple weeks ago, I had the pleasure to take a long weekend getaway to New Orleans. I traveled with my mom, bonus mom, aunt and cousin & wow! It was a trip that I will cherish forever. So many memories. Some that I may remember more than others (thanks to the hand grenades LOL), but in all seriousness we had a blast. People kept asking what we did and my answer was “ate and drank our way through the city.” Personally, that’s what I love and enjoy doing on trips, so I was all about it!
If you’ve never experienced NOLA, I highly recommend it for a girls trip or couples getaway! Below are some places I would recommend.
Where to stay
Cambria Hotel: Located in the warehouse district, which is honestly the perfect location. We were able to walk to the French Quarters and Bourbon street, so it was definitely convenient. And if you don’t feel like walking, an Uber will cost you under $10. This hotel was beyond clean (which I am extremely picky about) and had the funkiest decor. We highly enjoyed our stay and I would definitely stay at the Cambria again.
Where to eat
The Gazebo Cafe: Best Bloody Mary in town & their jambalaya was delicious! It’s also a great location in The French Quarter!
Mambo’s: We stumbled upon this restaurant on Bourbon and it was the best meal we had. Thinking about the oysters is making my mouth water. And the staff was also incredible which made it that much more enjoyable!
Central Grocery: You must stop here and try a muffuletta! Holy moly best sandwich I have ever had!
Where to get a good drink
Hotel Monteleone: I belong at this hotel. It is what my dreams are made of. Seriously, go here at 1pm on a Friday, drink a glass of champagne and tell me you don’t feel like your fanciest self. The Monteleone is known for their carousel bar, but honestly the decor and ambiance was what I loved about it.
The Roosevelt Hotel: Another place I belong. So stinking fancy. Expect to pay $20 for a drink, but wow the decor is seriously breathtaking.
Wino: The coolest wine bar I have ever been to & it was right next to our hotel! We went here twice, because 1. we like wine & 2. it was like Main Event for adults. LOL! Highly recommend!
Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop: If you want good music & a somewhere to hang definitely checkout this bar. We parked it here for hours on end and had the best time jamming to music! It’s one of the oldest bars and has super cool history, if you are into that sort of thing, too 😉
Tropical Isle: Stop at their outside window, ask for Trudy and get a hand grenade. You may or may not thank me later. LOL!
All in all, it was a trip of a lifetime. It may have taken me (and/or my liver) some time to recover, but it was so worth it.
Have you been to New Orleans? If so, I would love to know your fave places. I am dying to go back in the spring with Austin!