One of the reasons my parents picked Estes Park is that it’s considered a base camp for all the best hiking around Rocky Mountain National Park. Being that I am much more comfortable with beaches, I didn’t realize how much planning was required in organizing your hiking plans to make the most of your time. […]Read more "Gone West Part 2 – Hiking Around Estes Park, Colorado"
A family vacation to Estes Park marked my first time to Colorado, and also my first trip spending significant time at high elevation. I consistently had a dull headache, I was never not thirsty, and to quote my husband, my skin looked like I had greyscale (see: Game of Thrones) Luckily, the edibles are in […]Read more "Gone West Part 1 – Exploring Estes Park, Colorado"
Santa Teresa, Costa Rica is the next Tulum. So says The New York Times, and I tend to agree, although a part of me hopes it never grows to that level of hip (sorry Tulum, you are still lovely). In the most insane stroke of luck, just as we planned our Costa Rica visit for […]Read more "Santa Teresa & Mal Pais, Costa Rica"
Costa Rica is one of my favorite places on earth. I tend to want to visit places that I’ve never been, but Costa Rica always draws me back. This time we are here for good reason – one of Ryan’s closest friends is getting married! He lives in Playas del Coco, so Ryan and I […]Read more "Playa Ocotol, Costa Rica"
This is the fourth time we’ve had the honor of FIG being nominated for Outstanding Wine Program, and our third trip to Chicago for the awards ceremony (they were previously held in New York). Although we haven’t taken home a win for wine (Chef Stanhope won Best Chef: Southeast 3 years ago, but still no […]Read more "JAMES BEARD AWARDS, CHICAGO"
12 years together, a lifetime to go! March 31, 2017 marks our five year wedding anniversary, and 12 years total of being together. It rained on our beach wedding (rainy weddings are lucky!), so we had to move the ceremony indoors at the last minute, with the vows on the back porch rather than the […]Read more "Five Years of Marriage…"
Hard to believe it’s been 5 years since my best friends threw me the most amazing bridal shower. My friend Genevieve’s farm house on Johns Island was the most perfect venue, and they solicited expert help from our friends Chef Jason Stanhope and Brooks Reitz for food and cocktails. Another friend Olivia Rae James captured the […]Read more "Bridal Shower Brunch on the Farm #tbt"