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Vancouver : I’m a Fan

This week, I was lucky enough to join my husband on a business trip to Vancouver. As I mentioned on Tuesday, the weather was close to perfect this week but that is not the only thing about Vancouver that makes it a great vacation destination. There's no way i could possibly cover everything, but here are a few things that I absolutely loved about this charming city:

The Seawall

This pedestrian/cycling/rollerblading path runs pretty much around the entire perimeter of the city and runs across beaches, marinas, small parks, and ultimately the very famous Stanley Park. It seems like all of Vancouver flocks to these places in the summer so its constantly filled with activity. We rode bikes through Sunset Beach, English Bay and up through Stanley park and it was absolutely beautiful.

Bike Lanes Everywhere

I really enjoy bike riding but get very intimidated by cars on the road, especially busy roads. Well, Vancouver remedies that issue by having bike lanes on virtually every street in the city and numerous trails and paths in addition to that. Besides Amsterdam, this is the most bicycle friendly city I've ever encountered and I loved every minute of it!

The Yums

I admit I had the power of Yelp to help me make culinary decisions, but every single restaurant we dined in was a home run. Not only that, they were also beautifully decorated and the staff at each one was very friendly. Our favorite restaurant hands down was Back Forty, a southern barbecue joint with a genuine, Texan smoker sitting right outside (the smell is actually what drew us in!) Both the food and atmosphere were spectacular. Meanwhile, our favorite non-restaurant was the Re-Up BBQ food truck (if you're a fan of The Wire, or drugs, you'll recognize the reference). We love our barbecue!

 

Celebration of Lights

Every summer, Vancouver, hosts a fireworks competition between several different countries. This year, Vietnam, Brazil and Italy are battling for best fireworks display and those in Vancouver are treated to three shows. On 3 nights in a week, the entire city it seems, gathers along the seawall near English Bay and Sunset Beach to watch the 25 minute show. And though I like my fireworks with a little America the Beautiful, it was breathtaking nonetheless. I'm glad we were here at the right time to see 2 of the shows!

I know there's a ton more to see so I definitely want to return. Have you been to Vancouver? If so, what are your favorite things to do?

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City and Burbs take Savannah

Di and I recently returned from a weekend trip to Savannah, GA with our pal Jess.  We didn’t go to school there.  We had no business there.  We don’t know anyone who lives there.  So “why Savannah?” you ask.  Well, it all started with a conversation I had with a friend of mine who lived there for several years.  She accurately described it as charming, superfun, full of art and culture, and with fabulous weather – and I’ve wanted to go there ever since.  Pro tip: It would make a perfect bachelorette party destination for those who are planning one.

We didn’t have time to do everything we’d planned, but we definitely packed our 2 and a half days chock full of activities.

Thursday

We got into SAV on Thursday afternoon and immediately drove our rental car to the Hyatt Regency Savannah which, even though it’s rated 33 out of 107 hotels in Savannah on TripAdvisor, couldn’t have been more perfect for us.  The location was perfect, the accommodations were pristine, and the staff was the embodiment of southern hospitality.  Best of all they had a back exit that deposited you right on River Street!

We didn’t even change out of our travel outfits before heading to Huey’s for a cajun lunch.  Then we walked around River Street and Congress Street – with Georgia Peaches in hand – making a note of cute boutiques we wanted to revisit later on.

By the way, if you didn’t know, Savannah is one of only a few places in the country (NOLA being another) where you’re allowed to walk around with an open container on the streets. Win!

We also stumbled into a book signing event at The Paris Market on E Broughton and Whitaker.  What a great little shop with tons of inspiration for home decor!

Later that night, after our light dinner at Vu (the restaurant at our hotel), we went on a Haunted Pub Crawl! It was, by far, one of the most fun things we did on this trip and it was a great way to get to know the city on the first night.

Friday

We got up bright and early on Friday and headed over to the gym to get our fitness on.  Thank god we did because we ate like champs that day!  After our workout we headed over to Tybee Island Beach to catch some rays on the sand and get an ice cream at the pier.

We also went to the Tybee Lighthouse which had a breathtaking view.

Once we got back to Savannah, we got dolled up, strolled around River Street and City Market, and had drinks at the Planters Tavern before heading to dinner.

We ate at the supposedly haunted Old Pink House and the food was UN-believable.  Everything was fried and it was delectable.  Fattening, but delectable. Here’s a shot of my dish – fried pork chops, mac and cheese, and collared greens.  So good.

Saturday

On Saturday, Di and I went for a run to Forsyth Park, which from our hotel was about a 2.75 mile loop.  After our work out, we had an awesome brunch at the Chart House.  There’s nothing like fresh seafood and mango mimosas on an 85 degree day.

Then we made our way over to the Wormsloe Plantation.  To be completely truthful, I cared less about the history of this place and more about the breathtaking oak lined driveway.  Seriously, if you are ever near Savannah, stop here and take a picture. It’s amazing.

Here’s our best attempt at doing a jumping picture — which we pretty much failed at because we couldn’t predict exactly when the timer would go off… Eh, good enough 🙂

We happened to be in Savannah just in time to catch SCAD’s 31st annual Sidewalk Arts Festival, so after Wormsloe, we headed over there and saw some of the coolest sidewalk chalk art created by students, alumni and prospective students of the Savannah College of Art and Design.

For our final night we had dinner in city market and then headed over to Rocks on the River at the Bohemian Hotel — a rooftop bar with a wonderful view of the river and the city.  It was an amazing way to spend the last night of our trip!

All in all, I highly recommend visiting Savannah.  It was really full of life and culture and the people were nice to a fault.  I’ve never been treated so politely in my whole life! Next time I go, I definitely want to make a point to see some of the famous mansions like The Low House and The Mercer House — and I’m definitely going on that haunted pub crawl again!

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The Burbs does SF – Day 3

Last weekend, friend Jessica and I visited Sabrina, of Sabrina and the City, in San Francisco.  The 6 miles we walked and 17 miles we biked on Day 1 and Day 2 literally wore us out, so we decided to take day 3 at a more leisurely pace.  I even let my hair down and all!

SF Sunday Outfit

blazer & striped tank : forever 21 | cobalt blue jeans & sunglasses : jessica simpson | boat shoes : sperry | watch : burberry

Our first stop was breakfast at La Boulange on Union Street for this delicious breakfast of fresh fruit and egg on whole wheat.

SF Sunday Breakfast

Next, we cabbed it over to Pier 33 for our Alcatraz tour which I highly recommend.  Not only is the history (that we learned on the audio tour) fascinating, the views of the city from the island are second to none.  It really is breathtaking.

Alcatraz

After a couple hours we took the ferry back to the mainland, had lunch, and attended the AMAZING Beach Blanket Babylon — the longest running musical review in theater history!  It was funny, and edgy and we thoroughly enjoyed it.  Finally, we went back to Sabs’ place for the evening, ordered Thai, and had ourselves a little Oscar party.  Speaking of the Oscars? Who was your pick for best dressed? For me it was a toss up between Jessica Chastain in an opulent Alexander McQueen gown, Jennfer Lopez in a stunning Zuhair Murad gown, and Clooney’s arm candy, Stacy Kiebler, in Marchesa.  But while these ladies certainly looked gorgeous, the real stars of the night for me were the hilarious Twitter accounts that came of some of the evening’s most memorable moments: @JLosNipple and @AngiesRightLeg.

Oscars Best Dressed

Aside from a little walking on Union Street on Monday morning, that was the end of our incredible trip.  For those of you who haven’t visited, San Francisco is completely gorgeous.  I’ll miss it but I’ll surely be there again! Have a great weekend where ever you are!

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