Travel

Weekend Road-Trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains

Hello, loves! I hope y’all had a wonderful weekend and are enjoying the chillier temperatures that have crept in at long last. I’ve been vicariously living through last weekends’ mountain trip while culling these photos and wanted to share all the details on where we stayed, what we did, and (of course) what I wore while up in Cashiers, North Carolina.

To break it down, Toyota rounded up a fun group of Southeastern influencers and gave us the privilege of staying at the gorgeous High Hampton Resort for the weekend. If they weren’t amazing enough, they also lent us each a 2018 Toyota Tacoma to take the road trip in. As a 5-year veteran Tacoma driver, I felt beyond spoiled to test out the latest and greatest. And if the weekend couldn’t get any better, my best friend Kathleen joined me for the trip!

Dress: Free People | Poncho: Forever 21 (Old, Similar HERE & HERE) | Suitcase: Delsey c/o | Hat: Aerie | Boots: Goodnight Macaroon c/o | Sunglasses: Karen Walker

WHERE WE STAYED

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, High Hampton Resort is one of the most serene and unique places I have stayed. Located on 1,400 sprawling acres, this venue took me back to my days at sleep-away camp with its wood-paneled walls and rustic charm. While WiFi is available, there is no cell reception on the property and no televisions in the guestrooms, which really encouraged me to disconnect and tap into nature. Our room had a porch with Adirondack-red rocking chairs overlooking a waterfall, so we enjoyed our down time with the door open admiring the view or with coffee in hand rocking away. It was essentially impossible for my relaxation level to be at anything but 100% while staying at High Hampton Resort.

WHAT WE DID

High Hampton Resort offers a range of activities for the outdoor enthusiast on their property, but upon first arrival, we wanted to see what the city of Cashiers had to offer. Living in upstate South Carolina, we head to Cashiers’ neighboring cities quite often, especially this time of year. But while we’ve explored Cherokee, Sylva, Bryson City and more, we’ve never stopped by this particular town. Kathleen and I unloaded our luggage at the resort, then headed straight to Whiteside Brewing Company to sample their selection of craft beer. Priorities, amirite? We then strolled through the small downtown area before returning to High Hampton to freshen up for dinner.

We kicked Saturday off by indulging in the breakfast buffet before heading the property’s private lake and beach for some canoeing. While we opted for something more relaxing, half of our group hiked to Chimney Rock via a five-mile trail that begins on High Hampton’s grounds.

From there, we headed over to see the llamas. Every day at 11am and 1pm, a group of llamas are brought out for the guests to interact with. I was surprised by how friendly (and hypoallergenic) they were and it was an unexpected treat to get to love on these guys.

We popped back by the buffet for a quick lunch and a bit of relaxing by the large, dual-sided fireplace before venturing out to the heirloom dahlia garden to pick our own personal bouquets. There was apparently a cold snap looming and guests were encouraged to take all the gorgeous dahlias they could! We capped the day off with dinner, a toddy at the High Hampton bar and then roasting marshmallows for our s’mores by the fire.

Dress: H&M (Sold Out, Similar HERE & HERE) | Boots: Steve Madden (Dupe HERE) | Hat: Urban Outfitters | Sunglasses: Karen Walker

Flannel: J.Crew Factory | Vest: J.Crew Factory | Boots: Goodnight Macaroon c/o | Beanie: Aerie

WHAT I DROVE

Of course I can’t get through this post without chatting about the 2018 Toyota Tacoma I had the pleasure of test driving for the weekend. My particular model was the Tacoma XSP Series which is a (give-or-take) $3,500 package that includes 17″ black beadlock style wheels, 17″ Goodyear Wrangler Duratrack All-Terrain Tires, Predator running boards, chrome exhaust tip, black graphic overlays, and more. Can I please add this package to my current Tacoma?! Some other notable features that this Tacoma came equipped with were the Hill-Start Assist Control, back-up camera, lane assist, the list goes on and on.

As bloggers, one of the most amazing parts of our job is getting to work with automobile manufacturers, testing out new vehicles and sharing them with y’all. But what I never expected was having the opportunity to really get to know the employees of Toyota and grow personal friendships with them. Not only are Toyota vehicles reliable, sporty, and a great investment, but the people behind the company are seriously amazing, hard-working, creative, and passionate which makes me proud to be a Toyota owner 🙂

Sweater: American Eagle | Dress: Old Navy | Boots: Goodnight Macaroon c/o | Bag: Tory Burch | Bangles: Etsy | Sunglasses: Karen Walker

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Luggage: Delsey c/o (10% off with code CORTINSESSION25) | Floral Dress: Anthropologie (on sale!) | Round Straw Tote: Clare V. (Amazing dupe here!) | Straw Hat: Brixton | Swimsuit: Everything But Water | Fleece Pullover: Patagonia


Jeremy and I had about all we could take of this cold weather, so we are en route to Puerto Rico and out on a ten-day cruise with Norwegian tonight. We usually take a vacation in December or January because the NASCAR schedule doesn’t have a break during the summer months, but since we cruised on our honeymoon, we slacked off in planning this year. We booked the trip about two weeks ago and our itinerary has us going to St.Thomas, Antigua, Martinique, Barbados, St. Lucia, and St. Kitts. If y’all have any suggestions about must-sees at these islands, leave them on my Instagram or in the comments below. It’s our first time to most of these places!

Since the trip was so last minute, I had to shop in a pinch! Luckily, I found some adorable dresses and surprisingly good dupes on summer must-haves, so be sure to scroll through the carousel above if you’re vacationing soon or if you just want to get a head start on warmer weather items. It’s also my first time taking this new Delsey Luggage for a spin. I went with the Chalet Soft+ collection because it is lighter and I can cram more into it (shocker – not a light packer). It’s currently 50% off and you can get an additional 10% off with code CORTINSESSION25 🙂 Be sure to follow along on Instagram throughout the week to see how I am styling this resort-wear!

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How to do Louisville like a Local

I had the pleasure of visiting Louisville, Kentucky recently and phew! What a weekend. I had never been to Louisville before and while I had some preconceived notions, I went in with an open mind. Luckily, we had a born and bred local, Katie of Go To Louisville, show us the ropes. It didn’t take me an hour in Kentucky to learn three things that they take very seriously: horse racing, bourbon, and the pronunciation of their city. It’s loo-ah-vull, by the way!

Overall, my expectations were completely exceeded. This isn’t some honky tonk town, this is a thriving, cultural, trendy city with some of the nicest folks I have ever met. I felt right at home on Day 1 and wasn’t ready to leave come Day 3. So come along with me as I walk you through the highlights of this weekend and add some things to my own to-do list for when I return.

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