I can’t believe I have lived in North Carolina for six years and have never visited Asheville (or Highlands or the Outer Banks – but who’s counting). Well that all changed a couple weeks ago when Jeremy and I hopped into a 2017 Toyota RAV4 and hit the road to the mountains. Asheville is under an hour away from Spartanburg (where Jeremy lives), but the RAV4 was so fun to drive, it wouldn’t have mattered if it took longer! Seriously, it features Dynamic Cruise Control which senses a car in front of you and slows you down – I can’t believe this technology exists now!
We only had 24 Hours to see everything we wanted to see in Asheville so the trip was a bit of a whirlwind. We arrived and went straight to our hotel, the Omni Grove Park Inn. Talk about stunning! Especially right before Christmas. There were decorated Christmas trees throughout the property, waterfalls, huge fireplaces with rocking chairs in front, as well as a gingerbread house competition. My favorite was the real life gingerbread house in the lobby where you could order hot chocolates.
The NASCAR season ended recently and Jeremy and I decided to take a mini vacation to Beaufort, SC to unwind. We are such big fans of Charleston and Savannah, but had never visited this gem in between. It has a similar feel to its neighboring cities – historic colonial homes, a waterfront park, and famous lowcountry cuisine – but with a small-town vibe.
Visiting the coast in November was such a pleasant surprise! The crowds had thinned, but the weather was still mild enough to enjoy activities on the water. We packed our days full with the best the city had to offer and our only complaint was that we wished we had more time there. And while the views, food, and accommodations were second-to-none, the hospitality of the town’s residents was what struck me most about Beaufort.
I road-tripped to the mountains last weekend and wore this comfy outfit. We hopped out of the car and shot a few pictures of it to share with y’all because this is exactly what I wear regardless of whether I’m traveling by car or plane. Comfiness and warmth are MUSTS when I travel and this monogram pullover fit the bill. I ordered it in medium for an oversized look.
This monogrammed tote makes the perfect travel bag! It is so roomy and easily fits my travel essentials like these marble headphones, this marble cellphone charger, and Emily Ley’s new book Grace not Perfection (did I mention I am avid self-help book reader?!) I throw a hat in their for the driver/flight home because I am always looking a little extra rough after a trip and you can’t just throw your hair in a ponytail with extensions.