If you read my post a few weeks ago on the highlights of 2016, you can get a general sense of my not so subtle travel addiction. Blair and I went on our first vacation together (ironically to Charleston where we ended up getting married) only a few months after we started dating and ever since we have kept a running list of cities and countries we want to get to someday. The past couple of years have been filled with big trips all the way from Peru to Italy and, while I would love to keep it up, life gets in the way of always having the ability for us to take a significant amount of time off to visit a new country. Instead of putting pressure on booking big trips each year, we made a promise to take a lot of smaller vacations throughout the U.S. whenever we can get the chance to sneak away. I thought it would be fun to share a few of the destinations (and hotels) on our list in case you’re also in a consistent state of wanderlust like me.
A U S T I N
Blair and I met while we were in college in Nashville (Vanderbilt), one of my favorite cities of all time for so many reasons, and it is often compared to Austin for it’s mix of southern charm and thriving progressive food scene. On the top of my list is the stunning Hotel Saint Cecilia which just screams cool.
P A C I F I C N O R T H W E S T
We ran the Lululemon Seawheeze Half Marathon last August in Vancouver and I swear if I were Canadian I would have packed my bags and moved there by now. I fell head over heels in love with the Pacific Northwest landscape, the friendly people and culture in general. I’m dying to explore more of the area with a road trip from Big Sur to Portland to Seattle. I’ve had my eye on Portland’s Society Hotel which seems to be the perfect blend of historic and hipster.
M O N T A N A
I am a city dweller through and through and will totally admit that I’m not a huge fan of trips to remote or quiet places with the exception of a tropical getaway, but I have been fantasizing about a vacation to Montana for the past few months after seeing Julia’s posts about her trip to Paws Up, a luxury glamping resort that screams outdoorsy but posh all at the same time.
C O A S T A L N O R T H E A S T
I grew up in a very California household. Both of my parents were born and raised in San Diego and before moving to the East Coast to live closer to Blair, I never understood why anyone would want to live anywhere but the West Coast because I had no frame of reference. That all changed two summers ago when we visited Nantucket Island during the height of their summer season. I’ve been dying ever since to take a road trip up to Maine and stop in some smaller cities along the way. Providence, Rhode Island is high up on that list and we will surely be staying at the Dean Hotel for a night or two when we get there.
T H E C A T S K I L L S
A lot of our best friends live up in NYC and I have total envy whenever they post about their long weekend trips to the Catskills. My birthday is in October during the peak of Fall and I’m thinking the Foxfire Mountain House would be the perfect getaway in celebration.
Where else should we add to our list of cities to visit in the States? Taking any and all suggestions!