Nashville, TN, United States :
Jimmy Choo, Tiffany & Co., Louis Vuitton, Burberry, kate spade new york, Michael Kors, Free People, Tory Burch. Need I say more? Love, love, love this mall! Over 100 luxury stores at The Mall at Green Hills! I could totally spend my life here or at least my whole paycheck.
Best. Biscuits. Ever. (if you have an hour and a half to wait on the weekends.) Loveless Café has awesome southern cookin’. Order the biscuit sampler and the southern sampler so y’all can try it all. And a side of fried okra. This is a cute ma and pa type restaurant that has become famous for its amazing made-from-scratch southern food. On a side note, Loveless is apparently the original owners’ last name. It has nothing to do with lonely, broken hearts.
Tommys tours is not your typical tour company. the price is listed as $35 if you like it, $50 if you don’t! tommy is lots of fun; a really cool guy. this is great way to see celebrity homes and have a blast. the tour lasts about 3 hours taking you through downtown and then out to the homes of country stars. we were really excited and laughed a lot. unbelievable homes, although some where a little strange and some you couldn’t see beyond the massive gates.
Some locals told us about Barista Parlor. And to say it was amazing is a serious understatement. I have never seen a coffee shop this big and this stylish. It is a little pricey but the quality brew and creative atmosphere make it worth the price. If you are a regular coffee drinker, the menu is overwhelming but the staff can make great recommendations for you. I could have stayed here and sipped coffee and read my Kindle all day.
We stopped by Paradise Park Trailer Resort restaurant for 3 reasons. 1. Who can resist the name? 2. It was featured on Man vs Food. 3. It was 2 am and one of the only places open. Greasy burgers and fries are the perfect meal after a night of honky tonking. An eclectic atmosphere (think astro turf, an old car and plastic patio chairs) and loud live music make this a great place to stumble in to. Our burgers were great and I would definitely recommend this place.
Why everyone goes to Nashville! The honky tonkys abound on Honky Tonk Row in downtown Nashville. Bars open at 11 am and bands rotate every four hours. There is no cover so you can bar hop until you find a band you like and follow them down the street every four hours. Honky Tonk Central is definitely the touristy place to go but we loved it. Three stories, three bands and lots of people having a blast.
We loved Courtyard By Marriott Downtown Nashville. It’s in the prefect location. Close to everything and right across from Printer’s Alley. We felt safe walking to and from the hotel day and night. You never have to get in your car. There are great restaurants, cafes and honky tonks within walking distance. They have a bistro that serves breakfast and Starbucks coffee. Make sure you budget for parking. The hotel charges $20 per day.
We stopped at Pucketts Grocery and Restaurant because it was close to our hotel. The food was awesome, the service was great and the live band was good. The ambiance is sort of a down home feel that’s perfect for the Southern menu. I highly recommend the shrimp and grits and Cajun chicken and fries. You will probably have to wait a while for a table so make reservations a day in advance!
Beware!Some of the hotels and cottages around Key West are clothing optional so you may want to check with the staff on that! There is also a clothing optional roof top bar, The Garden of Eden, above the Bull and Whistle.
The W Austin Hotel is connected to the Austin City Limits Live and is right next to the Second Street District. Great location, luxurious hotel. The W has a monthly Living Room Live session with local musicians a lot of fun. (The living room is what they call their lobby.) The pool is awesome if the weather is good. The lounge and restaurant looked nice but why eat and drink at the hotel when you should be out on the town!
Culinary Boot Camp. This experience is worth creating a trip for. A food and wine vacation! The Culinary Boot Camp offers classes and boot camps in New York, California and Texas. There are lots of food and wine classes to choose from. I could not cook so I took the Basic training 5 day boot camp. I had so much fun and they don’t make you do they dishes!
Great French food at Rue De Jean Restaurant. Went for Sunday brunch and had a great experience. You must try the Duck Confi Hash. It’s the best in Charleston! Menu, wine selection and service are first class. You probably won’t need reservations. But if you decide in advance to go, it wouldn't hurt.
We just returned from the Home Ranch Colorado. The cabins were beautiful, with a wood burning stove and hot tub. We had fresh flowers in our room and nightly turn down. The staff was very friendly and went above and beyond for the guests. There are so many activities: rafting, hiking, horseback riding, fly fishing snow skiing, yoga. And the farm to table food was outstanding. This is the perfect adventure for a girls getaway!
River Soul Journey combines white water rafting with spiritual relaxation including yoga and meditation. The rafting is exhilarating, the camaraderie is great and we loved reconnecting with nature. The guides are amazing. They did everything to make you comfortable, from setting up camp and cooking the meals to taking down camp. I left feeling absolutely rejuvenated.
Retreat in the Pines, is a Yoga retreat two-hours from the Dallas. Women enjoy shared accommodations, a peaceful yoga studio, meditation deck, yoga for all levels, detox, Zumba and more at this all-inclusive retreat.
San Antonio, TX, United States :
Zocca Cuisine d Italia offers Italian food with gluten free and vegetarian options on the Riverwalk. We happened upon Zocca’s as we were looking for a nice place to enjoy lunch. And did we enjoy it! The food was fantastic and very reasonably priced. The ambiance was wonderful and the service was exceptional. Highly recommend Zocca’s!
La Villita is a very historic and architecturally beautiful area in San Antonio. All of the stores and galleries are locally owned are very artsy. You can find souvenirs, pottery, stained glass, photo galleries and jewelry here and they usually have some kind of activity on the weekends. It’s just a step from the Riverwalk. I would recommend a visit. However, eat before you go as there is not much dining to choose from.