What to Do on 30A, 30A Travel Guide


There is something about travel that gets me so excited. I love to research my destination, plan my top spots and anticipate the trip for weeks to come. Which is why I launched my new Travel Blend series! Last week, I shared my Charleston Travel Guide and this week I am sharing the 30A Travel Guide and what to do on 30A.

30A is a small stretch of beaches and beach towns located on the Panhandle of Northwest Florida in between Panama City and Destin. Each town has a unique vibe with a ton of family-friendly activities – both indoor and outdoor.

I have been fortunate to visit the area for the past three summers and look forward to my time by the ocean for the entire year. 29 days and counting!

How to get there? Fly into the Northwest Florida Regional Airport (ECP) via Southwest, Delta or United and then rent a car or book a shuttle for the 25-30 minute trip to 30A.

30A Travel Blend (What to Do on 30A)


For the past three years, my family has stayed in WaterColor – a community known for it’s large, colorful homes and natural, coastal vibe – located directly next to Seaside (which you may recognize from The Truman Show).

Since we have a big group, we rent a beach home through VRBO or 360 Blue. Last year, we stayed in this beautiful, spacious home that was centrally located and even had a plunge pool on the back patio.

If you are traveling as a couple or smaller group, the WaterColor Inn & Resort is a wonderful option. Situated next to the ocean and the Beach Club (or adults only pool which is amazing), this is the perfect location to enjoy all of the town’s amenities. You are a quick bike ride or walk to Seaside Square.

Staying further west on 30A? Check into The Pearl in Rosemary Beach for a luxe, stylish stay steps away from shops, restaurants and the beach.


Great Southern Café is a staple to the Seaside community and a must for any vacationers. If the line is too long, walk to the Seaside market for waffles and a large iced tea; drive to Rosemary Beach for the breakfast tacos at Cowgirl Kitchen or grab donuts from Charlie’s Donuts food truck parked in Alys Beach (get there early as they sell out!).


Last year, I headed from the airport straight to George’s in Alys Beach per a recommendation from my friend Rachel and you should do the same. Sit on the large, umbrella-covered patio and order the Watermelon Tuna Poke and the Dab Salad, a dab of each of their daily chalkboard salads.

Also try a lobster roll from Shrimp Shack, pizza from Bud & Alley’s, tacos and margaritas from the Taco Stand, a burger from Pickles and a visit to the food trucks for a grilled cheese from the Melt Down and BBQ from Barefoot Bar-b-que – all located in Seaside.

If you prefer to eat at home, visit the WaterColor Farmer’s Market on Sundays and buy as many crab cakes as you can. They sell out so make sure to arrive early.

Afternoon Snack:

Since days are spent mostly in the sun, a cold treat will provide you with a relief from the heat. Downtown Seaside offers plenty of options based on your flavor profile – a sno-cone from Frost Bites food truck, ice cream from Heavenly Shortcakes, or a healthy dessert from Raw & Juicy.


Walk to Bud & Alley’s for a casual, beachfront bar serving up cold beers and cocktails alongside amazing sunset views. Oenophiles may prefer the Wine Bar at Wine World in WaterColor or Havana located atop The Pearl in Rosemary Beach.


Sit poolside at Caliza in Alys Beach and enjoy delicious “Queen Bee” cocktails, an extensive wine list and contemporary American fare. Open Tuesday through Saturday, this restaurant is perfect for a date night without the little ones.

Looking for a family-friendly option? I recommend The HUB, located in Watersound, which offers an open-air dining experience featuring Crave Roadside Burgers, Mile 15 (tacos & tequila) and Red’s Chicken Shack.

Everyone can get what they want and there is plenty of parking. Plus, they have live entertainment!


Wake up early for a sunrise walk on the beach, then grab an iced coffee at Amavida Coffee. Not a coffee drinker? Head across the street to the Raw & Juicy food truck for your daily dose of fruits and vegetables.


Even though the white, sandy beaches of 30A are the number one reason why people keep flocking to the area each year, there are many other activities to keep you busy in case you tire of the salt air. Sounds crazy, I know but it can happen.

Biking is the preferred method of transportation on 30A and is the fastest way to get from your house to the beach to the pool and to Seaside Square. Bike rentals are available through Salt Air 30A and Big Daddy Bikes and even include delivery and a bike basket — which I always opt for.

Want to burn a few more calories? Ride over to The Boathouse, located just off WaterColor Way, where they offer SUP (Stand Up Paddle Board), a RUN/SUP class, and YOGA/SUP class along with kayaking, canoeing and more.

Want to burn a few less calories? Take a 1.5 hour sunset cruise on Lake Powell with Motorboatin’ 30A and make sure to stock your cooler with rosé and snacks!


When you need to cool off from the sun and beach, retail therapy is just the ticket. I was having trouble picking just one shop to recommend, so I didn’t!

Here are my favorite 30A shops starting from the “top” of 30A and moving down.

  • The Shops at Grayton Beach – Summer House Lifestyle for home decor and beach chic wares
  • WaterColor – Barefoot Princess for Lilly Pulitzer and Vineyard Vines attire, the WaterColor Store for resort-themed gifts and Little Red for children’s clothing
  • Seaside – The Seaside Style for beach-chic accessories and Seaside-themed gifts, The Art of Simple for gifts and home decor, Ophelia Swimwear for L-Space and Mara Hoffman swimsuits and coverups, Mason for southern and gentleman-style including Krewe sunglasses which Michael had is eye on, Raw & Juicy for natural and organic beauty and home products ( (I am obsessed with this After Sun Spray I purchased), Snap for tween clothing and accessories and Duckies for toys (my niece saves her money all year for this!)
  • Alys Beach – Alys Shoppe is a modern boutique for your chic beach needs.
  • Rosemary Beach – Willow Boutique (also one in Seaside) for Calypso, Tory Burch, Joie and more designers and Pish Posh Patchouli’s for beauty, fragrances, hair products like Mermaid Hair and travel sizes which I think is genius for a vacation community.

Try this 30A Travel Blend for a mix of beach days, family fun in the sun, and a summer vacation you will never forget!

And as always, please let me know if you have any favorites to add to my list for What to do on 30A!

Charleston Travel Blend


When traveling to a city for the first time, it is easy to get overwhelmed trying to plan the perfect trip. Rather than trying to cram too many things in, I try to focus on these key ingredients–unique hotel, local coffee shop, a fun brunch spot, al fresco lunch, boutique shopping, cocktail lounge, dinner hot spot, and a recreational activity. This helps me create the best blend to get the feel for a city regardless of where I am headed to next.

Charleston Travel Blend


The Mills House is pink…doesn’t that make the choice a no-brainer?! Located within a 4-minute walk to the City Market, this centrally located hotel features gorgeously designed rooms, a floral-adorned courtyard perfect for dining and outdoor pool to cool off after a long day of exploring.

I am also dying to stay at Zero George Street on my next visit!


Poogan’s Porch is the perfect southern spot to indulge in biscuits & gravy, chicken & waffles or shrimp & grits — all of which are absolutely delicious.

The dining rooms are bright and airy and can accommodate large groups but make sure to book a reservation as this southern staple can book up quickly.


Fresh oysters and platters of fried chicken are a dime a dozen in Charleston, but when you combine that with fancy champagne, cheap beer and some of the best ‘day drinking’ cocktails in town, Leon’s Oyster Shop becomes a can’t-miss destination.

You will find just the right amount of industrial vibes to remind you that this was once an old auto body shop, but don’t let that description fool you. Every inch of this hot spot has been carefully designed to keep locals and tourists alike coming back for more.


Although Husk is a wonderful dinner option, the Bar at Husk (open at 4pm daily) is located in a historic brick home adjacent to the restaurant and is a quintessential spot to grab a whiskey-laden cocktail.

Since my husband and I have also been to Husk in Nashville, I picked up Heritage, a visually appealing cookbook by Husk chef and owner Sean Brock, to add to our kitchen collection.


FIG has been winning awards in Charleston and across the country since 2003…and for good reason! Their seasonal menus reflect what is in peak form from their local farmers and their creative twists on traditional Lowcountry cuisine has helped elevate the whole Charleston dining scene. Give it a try. You will not be disappointed.


The Daily by Butcher & Bee is a bit off the beaten path from downtown Charleston, but totally worth the trip for your morning latte.

Not a coffee person? Not to worry. They also have an extensive selection of cold-pressed juices, breakfast sandwiches, pastries, and more.


Although Charleston is best explored on foot, there are a few additional options to sightsee at a slightly faster pace.

In my opinion, Old South Carriage Co. offers the best carriage tour in the city with friendly, knowledgeable staff and a few different tour options. I prefer the One-Hour Residential Carriage Tour because “dream house shopping” is one of my favorite pastimes and can keep me entertained for hours on end.

Rent a bike for the day too see the rainbow-colored houses and perfectly manicured gardens that make Charleston so unique. Cycle through the tree-lined avenues to The Battery located South of Broad – Charleston’s priciest neighborhood and home of historic 18th-century mansions.


King Street is the premier destination for shopping in Charleston and is a well-curated mix of mainstream shops with hip boutiques. My favorite ones to visit are Hampden Clothing and RTW.

And if you happen to be visiting Charleston during the second weekend of the month, head to 2nd Sundays on King. They close down the streets and have a festival featuring live music, street vendors and sidewalk cafés from most of the restaurants on King.

Try this Charleston Travel Blend for a mix of southern hospitality, colorful scenery and a guaranteed fun time!

Bardessono Hotel


Ever since our first trip to Yountville, I have had my eyes on Bardessono Hotel. It manages to combine modern design elements into a beautiful rustic vineyard setting to create the ultimate in wine country luxury.

We first heard about the property after joining the wine club of Hill Family Estates. They partner with the Bardessono for their annual member parties (and use some of the grapes on the property to make their wine) and while the timing hasn’t worked out for us to attend yet, it was an extra special treat to be greeted in the lobby with a glass of Hill Family wine from their current vintage. Everyday Cuvée visits Bardessono in Yountville, CA

Hotel, Shirt Dress, Suede Booties (additional color), Coin Bangle, Gold Watch, Sunglasses (Similar), MAC Lipstick

Tucked away in the heart of Yountville, Bardessono Hotel & Spa provides the perfect launching pad for all of your wine country adventures. The property is easily accessible from both Highway 29 and the Silverado Trail which gives guests easy access to the more than 530 wineries in the 30-mile long Napa Valley.

But you don’t have to go more than a few steps from your room before you hit some of the best restaurants in the country–Thomas Keller’s The French Laundry, Michael Chiarello’s Bottega, and Richard Reddington’s Redd are just a few of the amazing dining destinations found just around the corner.

Yountville is definitely walkable. Washington Street, the main road that cuts through town, is just about a mile long but one of the best ways to make your way from one end to the other (with stops at cute boutique shops and tasting rooms like Ma(i)sonry and Napa Style) is on the bikes available for pickup at the Bike Shop just off the lobby.

Not up for bikes? Not to worry. A fleet made up of the latest Lexus sedans and small SUV’s are available to usher you around Yountville or for your very own test drive. When the temps dropped into the 30’s our last night, we indulged in a ride to dinner. Don’t be embarrassed. These beauties will make you long for the days of chauffeured living.

While there are lots of great options nearby, you may find yourself never wanting to leave the beauty and serenity that Bardessono has carefully crafted.

One of three Platinum LEED Certified hotels in the United States and the only in the state of California, Bardessono makes a commitment to provide a luxurious experience for guests within a sustainable environment.

Salvaged wood was used for the doors, flooring and walls of the guestrooms, spa, restaurant and event space. But what you will notice is the calming sound of water flowing while having an afternoon snack and glass of wine in the open air courtyard, the inviting hammock set up under the shade of beautiful old trees, or the vines lining the property as you make your way back to your room.

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Luxury suite amenities include 100 percent Egyptian cotton linens, REN bath products, Champagne bath tub and spa, motion-controlled exterior shuttering system, and an iPad to order in-house services. Artfully-designed, the guestrooms at Bardessono present custom-crafted furnishings and commissioned art photography. Guestrooms are equipped with leading technology including a virtual surround speaker system, 40-inch Sony LCD HD TV, media hub and VOIP cordless telephone.

We were lucky enough to stay in one of the ground floor Steam Spa-Suites which had a spacious sitting area, a luxury bathroom, a see-through gas fireplace to divide the sitting area and bedroom, two flat screen TV’s and fully-furnished private courtyard with outdoor shower. Designed to double as a private spa, the 200 square foot custom bathroom had a concealed massage table, steam shower, double vanity and lots of storage.

But the absolute best part of the entire room? The outdoor stone tub. Admittedly, I’m a bath person. After a long day of work (or wine tasting) a nice long bath is the perfect way to unwind. Taking that experience outdoors was nothing short of amazing. The stone bath magically retains heat (even at night when it was a little on the cold side), is contoured to set your back and legs at the perfect angle for relaxation, and is situated in your own private garden oasis. If we didn’t have to leave, there is a good chance I would still be in there.

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Other things to do at Bardessono:

Operating around a food & beverage philosophy ruled by the seasons, Lucy Restaurant & Bar, the signature restaurant in Bardessono, offers fresh, innovative and garden-inspired cuisine that mirrors the contemporary aesthetics and eco-spirit of Bardessono’s design.

The gardens that you encounter around the property are not for show. Each day, the chefs source the vegetables, herbs, and fruits that make up the rotating menu. Lucy has become a Napa Valley favorite and iconic experience that emphasizes local production and sourcing.

Fostering a mutually-beneficial relationship with local suppliers, the culinary team at Lucy work closely with Napa Valley farmers and local organic dairy producers to create locally-inspired dishes.

Bardessono also offers a Fitness Room, weekly yoga for guests, rooftop pool that is open year round and complimentary bikes are available for rent at The Bike Shop.

A knowledgeable concierge serves as guests’ unlimited resource, offering guidance and access to local activities including Napa Valley Bike Tours and vineyard running trails.

The full- service Spa at Bardessono was named as a “Top 10 Green Spa” in 2015 by Organic Spa Magazine and offers services that include full-body massages, couples’ massages, facials, wraps, body polishes, invigorating hair treatments and styling as well as make-up services. For a unique experience, check out their Couples Experiences that take place in the privacy of your own room.

There are lots of options for lodging in Napa Valley, but Bardessono has succeeded in creating the best blend of luxury, privacy, design, and overall comfort. For your next trip to Napa Valley, Bardessono should be at the top of your hotel list.

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Round Pond Estate Winery


Friends often ask me for recommendations for Wine Country. While I am more than happy to share (Michael’s interactive Google map is a sight to behold) there really is no wrong way to ‘do’ Wine Country.

Everyday Cuvée visits Round Pond Winery

Field Jacket, White Oxford, Sunglasses

For many, taking a drive up Highway 29 through Napa is all they will ever need. Big name wineries abound in this gorgeous stretch from Napa into St. Helena (think Robert Mondavi, Beringer, Beaulieu Vineyards) sometimes referred to as adult Disneyland. Seeing the beautiful estates from your favorite wine label transform from illustrations in your grocery store aisle to sprawling chateaux in person never gets old.

For others, it is all about finding that next cult wine or limited production site where you might meet the winemaker in person. Walking through the vines with the person who transforms that fruit into the wine you’re saving for a special occasion is not to be missed.

I think there is a place for both options, but if you are looking for the perfect combination between the two the answer is Round Pond Estate Winery. Situated in the Rutherford region of Napa Valley, this family-owned winery is known for its rich, expressive wines (especially Cabernet), olive oil and farm-to-table philosophy.

Field Jacket, Frye Boots, Black Pants, White Oxford, Sunglasses

Having visited the winery once before on our engagement trip, Michael and I anxiously awaited our return visit. We love all of their wines. Their rosé of Nebbiolo and estate Sauvignon Blanc are summer staples and the transition to fall and now winter means we can open some of their reds–the Proprietary Blend and both of their Cabernets are just about perfect.

A short drive off of Highway 29, Round Pond greets guests with a long palm-tree lined entrance that frames the estate in front of you. Upon arrival, we were escorted to the spacious outdoor terrace and seated at a small table near the expansive fireplace. After being greeted by our lovely host, Jeanie, we were treated to their Estate Tasting.

The family believes that the right food pairing helps bring out the full flavors in wine and they put that philosophy on full display for us. We tasted through four of the vineyard’s wines paired with their own garden-inspired appetizers all while enjoying the stunning views of the property.

The Estate Tasting Wine Pairings:

  • 2014 Reserve Sauvignon Blanc served with Housemade Chips with Onion Dip, Salmon Caviar featuring Round Pond Estate Meyer Lemon Olive Oil and Chives from the garden
  • 2013 Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon served with Olive Arrancini with Fried Olive Risotto and Roasted Garlic Aioli featuring Round Pond Estate Italian Varietal EVOO and Infused Garlic Oil and Yellow Onion, Egg and Garlic from the garden
  • 2012 and 2013 Proprietary Red Wine – Chili Braised Short Rib Sope with Dora’s Tomato Salsa, Radish, Micro Cilantro, Laura Chenel Goat Cheese and Infused Olive Oil featuring Round Pond infused Chili Olive Oil and Cabernet-Merlot Red Wine Vinegar & Radish and Cilantro from the garden

My favorite? They were all wonderful, but the definite highlight of the day was tasting the inaugural release of their Cabernet-based ‘The Vow’ which is one of their exclusive Gravel Series wines and a special addition to our tasting.

The Gravel Series represents the very best fruit from three iconic vineyard sites and came together to honor their mother, father, and their “vow” to always keep the winery in the family. We picked up a bottle to celebrate our vow to each other and are planning on opening it for a future anniversary.

In addition to the Estate Tasting, the winery offers olive oil tastings, a Garden-to-Table brunch on Sundays, tours of the property and “A Day in the Life of Round Pond” experience during harvest. This “live like a local” experience definitely tops my list for a future date!

Thank you to Round Pond for the complimentary estate tasting. Although the tasting was free, the opinions in this article are my own and Round Pond has been one my favorites even before I started my blog!

Happy Thanksgiving


Happy Thanksgiving!

I am super thankful to be spending the holiday with my husband in sunny California and thankful to our cousins for hosting their annual Thanksgiving week in such a gorgeous location!Happy Thanksgiving

For the past three days, we’ve wined and dined our way through Wine Country so we’re having a low key day in preparation for our black tie Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow night. The guys do all the cooking while the ladies get gussied up for a night of celebration which is quite alright with me!

Plus, I may be doing a little online shopping because the deals are just too good! Here are the BEST ones you can already shop!

J. Crew

30% off EVERYTHING – Use code HOLIDAY

Banana Republic

 Half off sweaters and 40% off the rest of your purchase restrictions apply – Use code BRFRIDAY


15% off orders of $250 or more, 20% off orders of $500 or more – Use code GOBIG15



I used to work at Gap Body in high school and it is still my favorite place to buy PJ’s from. My nephews would look so cute and cozy in this fleece set and my nieces would be perfect in this pair.

And make sure to come back tomorrow to see ALL of the amazing Black Friday deals!

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Michael and I are spending Thanksgiving in Wine Country and couldn’t be happier to be back in one of our favorite spots for the holiday.

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Napa Valley holds a special place in our hearts as we visited the area on our engagement trip and stayed at Hotel Yountville. Not only do we love the wine that is unique to the region, we love the food.

Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch in St. Helena has been on our list of restaurants to dine at and it did not disappoint. We shared small plates as to try more dishes and loved the Cheddar Biscuits, Artichoke Heart, and Beet Salad.

After lunch we walked the surrounding grounds to restaurant which are beautiful and contain an outdoor café, farmer’s market, general store and even some lawn games. It’s worth sticking around for!

Patterned Cardigan Sweater (under $35), Suede Boots (on sale – additional color here), Prada Sunglasses, Distressed Jeans,Ivory Blouse, Crossbody Bag (on sale)

I’ll be sharing more of our travels soon and of course, all of the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales coming up! If you haven’t seen my Gift Guide, check it now!

Weekend Getaway to Madison, WI


Feeling the travel bug, but don’t have the time or money to hop on an airplane and jet to some far-flung location? You’re in luck because weekend getaways can fuel your fire while being easy on your wallet.

One of our recent road trips led us to Madison, WI, home of the University of Wisconsin and so much more. Located around 150 miles outside of downtown Chicago, the drive takes about 2.5 hours and is the perfect destination for a weekend getaway.

Here you’ll find all you need to know before packing it up and heading to Madison – where to stay, where to eat and what to do.

Where to Stay in Madison:

The Graduate Madison Hotel 

Located directly on campus, this is the best location to enjoy the collegiate feel of the Big 10 Campus but close enough to downtown which is centered around the Capitol Building. You are minutes from the Memorial Union known for its vast and perpetually busy beer garden/terrace, steps from Greek Town and just off of State Street which is the hub for college nightlife and restaurants.

Recently renovated, the hotel has a vintage prep school aesthetic that stretches from the lobby to the rooms – mini “Do Not Disturb” Varsity flags to hang on your door, plaid everything and even old school college ID’s for the room key. You’ll be dying to put on a cardigan and head out for some badminton.

Other hotel amenities include a bar in the lobby that serves up coffee, fresh juices and local delicacies by day and beer (Spotted Cow on draft!) and wine by night plus a new rooftop bar and restaurant, The Madison Blind.

While the bathroom was a touch small, the room was adequately sized and adorably decorated in line with the rest of the hotel.

Where to Eat and Drink in Madison:

Colectivo Coffee -Michael and I always seek out local coffee spots when we travel. We have a fully automatic espresso machine in our condo so we like to pick up a branded diner style mug to remind us of our travels while we sip our lattes at home.

Located downtown across from the Capitol building, this locally owned and operated coffee roaster is the ideal place to start your morning with a kick while relaxing and people watching on their expansive patio.

Merchant – A casual farm-to-table restaurant, craft cocktail bar and liquor store located downtown. The extensive cocktail list is a little overwhelming so you may want to lean on your server for recommendations. Once you hone in on a favorite, you can purchase all of the ingredients (spirits, liqeurs, bitters, etc.) right off the wall on your way out. Genius!

Even though this spot offers brunch, lunch and dinner – the cheese curds are only available on the dinner menu and these are a cannot-miss-dish!

Fresco – Located atop the Museum of Contemporary Art, this rooftop bar and restaurant offers great views of the city and creative cocktails like The Hummingbird (black pepper vodka, house strawberry cordial, lemon, ginger beer). They also host a ton of wine events that look like a blast – I mean, Marvin Gaye and Chardonnay? Sounds like a perfect night to me!

Cento –  Madison’s “farm-to-fork” Italian restaurant is known for house-made pastas and wood-fired pizzas, plus a sizable wine list. A perfect date night spot, you and yours can pop in for some small bites (bacon-wrapped dates, wine-poached beets) and a couple pastas (they do half sizes!) or splurge for the 7-course Chef’s Table menu with spontaneous, seasonal fare based on the best product available. 

L’Etoile – This fine-dining standout would shine in any city, but it stands apart in Madison. Housed inside a jewel box like structure across from the Capitol building, the tall ceilings and all glass facade provide the perfect setting to showcase the best local produce and artisan products that L’Etoile has been helping cultivate since its inception in the mid-1970’s.

They specialize in tasting menus (3 or 7 course) and while á la carte is an option my best recommendation is to submit to the experience and let them show off what they do best.

Graze  – Adjacent to L’Etoile and from the same owners, this much more laid-back relative takes its name from both the literal farming term (rotational grazing of farm-fed animals) but also the much more fun human activity (tasting a variety of dishes).

Inspired by the classic New York style gastropub, you will find everything from burgers to roasted bone marrow and lots in between. Perfect for brunch or a leisurely lunch, Graze is the ideal spot to reconnect with friends.

The Old Fashioned – I am not a whiskey gal, but according to Michael there are two distinct camps on what makes the classic cocktail. Purists say sugar cube, bitters, bourbon or rye. Garnish with an orange peel. The Wisconsin take is a little sweeter. An orange wedge, maraschino cherry, sugar and bitters are muddled before adding Korbel brandy or similar and maybe a splash of 7-Up or seltzer.

Regardless of your preferences, they serve 6 or so variations OR if you are like me stick to the local beers or treat yourself to a soda from Seymour Beverage company (a local favorite).

What to Do in Madison:

Ride a Bike – Madison is one of the most bike-friendly cities I have seen making it our favored method of transportation for the weekend. Maybe it is the close proximity to the TREK headquarters or the fact that Madison had an avid cyclist as mayor for decades, but the whole city is set up really nicely to grab a beach cruiser to get around town or hop on a road bike and tour around Lake Monona or Mendota.

If you stay at the Graduate Madison, you can borrow one of their red and white cruisers by the hour or if you are staying elsewhere, you can utilize Madison B-cycle – the cities’ bike share program.

Visit the Farmers Market – Deemed the largest Producer-Only Farmers’ Market in the U.S., the Dane County Farmers Market is held every Saturday around the Capitol Square – outdoors from April through November then it moves indoors for the winter.

Pick up local cheeses (Brunkow is a favorite because they also have a stand at the Green City Market out our front door in Chicago), meats and vegetables in addition to locally-grown flowers and herbs. We picked up some fun potted herbs, including the hard-to-find Yerba Buena mint for mojitos!

Don’t leave without getting a loaf of Spicy Cheese Bread. It’s served fresh out of the oven, is incredibly light and airy, and most importantly is loaded with baked-in cheese that has just the right amount of heat. They are huge, hard to resist, and reminds you of the wisdom of renting a bike so that you can pedal off all of those calories.

Go out on the Lake – Whether or not you are an experienced water sport enthusiast, there are a bunch of different ways to enjoy the lakes. You can rent a kayak, canoe or SUP through Rutabaga Paddlesports. It is a short drive from downtown and they offer free parking while you are out on the water.

We went the canoe route (they were fully booked on the other options) and it worked out well because we packed a lunch and some beverages to enjoy while Michael paddled me around the lake.

Be a Badger! – Since Madison is home to the University of Wisconsin, throw back to your college days and attend a football game at Camp Randall or visit Memorial Union Terrace situated on Lake Mendota offering outdoor seating, comfort food and a vast beer selection.

So pack up the car, hit the road and have fun! Let me know if you discover anything I need to add to my list!

Vacation Instagram Roundup


Last week, I was on a tear posting tons and tons of pictures from our WaterColor, Florida, trip on Instagram. And since some of you may not be signed up for LIKEtoKNOW.it, I thought I would share my favorites from the week here.

My sister and I put her youngest son in the stroller and headed out for a morning walk and coffee. Since we don’t live in the same city, it was nice to have time to just chat and walk. 

 Hot Pink Workout Tank, Hot Pink Nikes, Running Shorts, Sports Bra, Running Hat

On Monday night, we rode our bikes into downtown Seaside to dine at the food trucks then head to the beach for a bonfire and s’mores.

Marble Shorts, Boater Hat, Crossbody Bag, Strappy Flat Sandals (gold and terra cotta here), Gold Aviators

The temperatures soared into the 90’s each day so white, lightweight dresses were in order to stay cool and look chic.

White Embroidered Maxi Dress, White Pom Pom Coverup, Embroidered Dress

My niece requested water balloons so what did she get? Water balloons. Even though the little ones mostly threw them at the ground and not each other, they had a blast. Michael and I thought we blew up a ton of them but little did we know…they go fast. Next time, I am going to invest in this one. 

 This pic was technically on Michael’s Instagram but I thought I would share. We look happy, laid-back and tan! 

Polka Dot Swim Trunks, Gray V-Neck, Boater Hat, White Pom Pom Coverup

A fresh coconut from the Seaside Farmer’s Market to stay hydrated pool-side.

Tassel Trim Dress, Jack Rogers Sandals, Mar Y Sol Beach Tote, Turkish Towel

 The beautiful beach at the WaterColor Inn & Resort. 

The flamingo drink holders I brought were a HUGE hit at the pool and all the other ladies were flocking to them. It kept my marg afloat while I lounged in the pool – genius! 

Flamingo Drink Holder, Bracelets (similar)

I had to crop this one for Insta but I wanted to share the full picture. On the last night of vacation, everyone got dolled up and we took family pictures! 

On Michael: White Popover Shirt, Navy Pants, Braided Belt, Gray Shoes, Watch

On the last day of vacation, Michael and I took a late day flight and had the entire day to ourselves. We packed our bags and headed to the adults-only pool at the WaterColor Inn & Resort. It was so quiet you could hear the ocean waves while in the pool and spent the day reading our Kindles in the pool. I also lathered myself in Sun Bum Suntan Lotion and am now obsessed with the coconut smell and how soft it makes your skin feel. 

Boater Hat, Scalloped Swim Suit, Turkish Towel, White Nails

Embroidered Maxi Dress


In a dream world, I would love to live in Hawaii (although I have never been) and surf all day – think Kate Bosworth in Blue Crush.

But since that hasn’t happened yet, I’ll settle for wearing surfer-chic brands from Swell. In addition to swimsuits and rash guards they have so many cute, laid-back clothing options.

This Embroidered Maxi Dress immediately caught my eye because of the colorful bib detail but the lightweight fabric and fun details – I’m obsessed with the back – made this the perfect dress to go from beach to food trucks in Seaside, Florida. 

Embroidered Maxi Dress, Fringe Earrings, Jack Rogers Sandals, Gold Watch, Kendra Scott Cuff, White Bracelet, OPI Nail Color

Orange Slipdress


Most days at the beach are pretty laid back, but sometimes you want to slip into something fancy like this slipdress – especially when you are heading to Caliza or George’s at Aly’s Beach for dinner.  

These are our two favorite spots to dine at while on 30A and a definite must if you are visiting this coastal area. 

This effortless dress is only $55, figure-flattering and comes in five different colors (black is next on my list). 

Paired with turquoise tassel earrings, this bright orange color was a standout in the summer heat. 

Slipdress, Tassel earrings, Gold Sandals, Ray-Ban Aviator Sunglasses, Rattan Clutch