Austin City Limits Guide

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October 2019

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Tyler and I went to our first Austin City Limits Music Festival together this October and it was AMAZING. If you’re planning on going this coming weekend or going next year – I wanted to share some of my favorite photos and best tips to have a great time at ACL!

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Austin City Limits is a huge outdoor music festival located at Zilker Park in Austin, Texas  every October! There is a HUGE variety of music genres including rock n roll, country, hip hop, rap, indie, and more! This particular weekend had 8 different stages with music all day and night to choose from! The festival runs over two 3-day weekends, Friday through Sunday, in October.

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Each year, the tickets go on sale early and typically sell out! We were lucky enough to win tickets in a giveaway from EASTside Magazine – thank y’all! I am linking the Austin City Limits website HERE so you can keep up to date on when tickets become available! Your tickets are actually WRISTBANDS that you will wear during the festival. There are one-day, three-day, and both weekend wristbands available as well as VIP options!

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Ladybird Entrance!

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  • Water Bottle – There are CamelBak stations throughout the park with FREE drinking water to refill all day long!
  • Sunscreen – But no Aerosols! Lather up, you’ll need it!
  • Bug Repellent – Creams ONLY – I learned this the hard way!
  • Mini Portable Fan – This literally saved my life
  • Blanket – You will thank yourself for this one, we used ours all day (there is limited seating and it’s usually taken)
  • Disposable Wipes – The port-o-potties have Purel, but I prefer to clean my hands before eating.
  • Bandana – I know this is a weird one, but you WILL want to cover your face with it instead of breathing in the dirt, trust me on this.
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Portable Charger – your phone will die, as will your portable rechargeable fan
  • Poncho – It almost always rains on one of the weekends, be prepared just in case!
  • Drawstring Bag – to carry it all!

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I’m going to link the list of what NOT to bring HERE, but some general rules are:

  • NO large tote bags or purses or backpacks
  • NO aerosols
  • NO liquids – fill your water bottle when you enter
  • NO professional cameras, drones, or equipment
  • NO coolers

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IT IS RIDICULOUSLY HOT. Prepare your wardrobe accordingly. I would say the style at ACL was anything goes, from casual to rave style to festival style – there was a little bit of everything. My best advice is to be comfortable, and prepare to sweat. Wearing comfortable shoes is essential because there is a lot of walking at the festival. I recommend not wearing open-toed shoes as the grounds are grass and dirt and that becomes dirty pretty quickly!

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So what did I learn from ACL? Here are a few of my best tips and tricks for y’all:

  • GET THERE EARLY! We arrived at 10:30 AM and were some of the first in line which meant we got to eat, get photos, and be front and center for a lot of the shows before it got too busy!
  • USE THE LADYBIRD ENTRANCE – There was literally NO comparison in how much longer the Barton Springs Entrance was. This is the best tip I received.
  • ACTIVATE YOUR WRISTBAND AND LINK YOUR CREDIT CARD – your wristband becomes your credit card for merchandise and food throughout the park and it is SO easy – you can activate it ahead of time online or on their app
  • HYDRATE – you will be dehydrated and people did pass out/get sick
  • BRING A WATER BOTTLE – and fill up at the CamelBak Hydration Stations all day!
  • LISTEN TO NEW ARTISTS – yeah it’s cool that a lot of famous artists come here every year, but part of the fun is listening to new artists and enjoying their music!
  • SCREENSHOT THE MAP – service is spotty so you’ll want a quick reference
  • ARRIVE AT STAGES EARLY – for artists you really want to see – 1-2 hours in advance is not out of the question if you want to be up front!

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Our first time at Austin City Limits Music Festival – we were so excited! We arrived at about 10:30 AM – the gates opened at 11 AM on Saturday. We used the Lady Bird Entrance – BEST IDEA EVER. There are a ton of photo opps around the festival, so have fun with it! After going to the famous colorful flags and snapping some photos, we decided to get some grub!

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This festival has BY FAR some of the best festival food I’ve ever had; I’m also partial because I just love Austin’s foodie scene! We ate from AND recommend:

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  • Shadetree Lemonade – I went back three times
  • Salt Lick BBQ – Get the brisket!
  • The Peached Tortilla – TACOS, yum
  • Bananarchy – Chocolate Covered Frozen Bananas – hand dipped
  • GoodPop – CREAMSICLES
  • Torchy’s Tacos – queso and chips was the perfect mid-day snack!

There are so many other food vendors to choose from – share with friends and try a few!

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There are 8 different stages and we definitely watched performances at almost all of them! We have a great friend named Alex who plays in an awesome local Austin band called Night Cap – check them out! – and they played on the Tito’s Handmade Vodka Stage at 12:45! They were incredible!

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One of the artists I have never heard of and LOVED was MisterWives at the Vrbo stage! They are a perfect example of the great thing about ACL – wandering around and hearing new artists! We chilled out on our blanket under a tree and listened!

Next we listened to Judah & the Lion at the T-Mobile stage – I already really like this band because they give me some Blink 182 throwback vibes but have their own style and sound! IT WAS 96 DEGREES OUTSIDE and this is your WARNING that you will be Hot and Sweaty! Prepare accordingly!

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Billie Eilish was up next and she KILLED it! Her crowd was insanely large so we hung out at the Barton Springs Beer Hall near the Miller Lite stage to enjoy her show – it was close enough to chill with a beer, see the screens, and enjoy the music!

We ended our evening listening to The Cure at the Honda stage before heading out for the evening!

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Austin City Limits Music Festival was an amazing experience! We ended the day sweaty and exhausted, but with our hearts full of wonderful music and memories.

 


This concludes my Austin City Limits blog post. I hope that you enjoyed my blog and please feel free to hit CONTACT to ask me any questions! Please feel free to tell me about YOUR favorite donuts across the US and abroad; I love to hear from y’all!

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All photos are my own and are not to be used without the blogger/photographer’s permission. Thank you.


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La Centrale – Bubbles and Truffles

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Who loves Italian food, truffles, and sparkling wine?! ME! I am so excited to share with y’all about an amazing event that I attended this past Friday, February 22nd, 2018!

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I was invited to an event named, “Bubbles and Truffles” at La Centrale, a Miami Italian Food Hall at Brickell City Centre. I was already a huge fan of this place, and I definitely recommend a visit if you’re traveling to Miami!

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Over the last few years, I have been discovering a new love of WINE! So I was so excited to try a new brand, learn about their process, and taste their wine! Ferrari Trento hosted the event with La Centrale and Urbani Truffles to pair their sparkling wine with delicious truffle dishes!

Let’s get to the dishes and sparkling wines shall we?!

When we arrived to the event, we were immediately greeted with a glass of Ferrari Brut, crafted in mountainside vineyards in Italy. Matteo Lunelli, the President of Ferrari Trento, graciously welcomed us and informed us that this particular sparkling wine is often used for celebrations in Italy. How cool is that? This was probably my favorite sparkling wine, the bubbles were fine and the wine was tasty. I just love the way it sparkles! I was so happy to have been gifted with a bottle for home for my next celebration!

Ferrari Trento began in 1902 with a man named Giulio Ferrari – who wanted to compete with French Champagnes by creating a sparkling wine in the Trentino Mountains in Italy. Bruno Lunelli became the successor of Ferrari Trento, and Matteo Lunelli, the President of Ferrari Trento today, continued on the tradition as the 3rd generation of Lunelli’s to share the passion of their company.

Urbani Truffles began in 1852 with a man named Constantine Urbani, who began exporting fresh truffles from Italy to France.

After we had been seated, we were served Ferrari Perle Rosé Riserva. FANTASTIC! I’m already a huge fan of Rosé and this sparkling Rosé wine was just perfect. It was fresh and fruity, with the flavor of sweet almonds, and I loved the copper color.

The Ferrari Perle Rosé Riserva was served with La Cesare (Caesar Salad), Beef Carpaccio with black truffles and dijon mustard (incredible!), and Blueberry Flatbread (mascarpone, gorgonzola, almonds and honey – oh my goodness!). They were all absolutely fantastic and expertly paired!

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Matteo spoke about the importance of family and the significance of sitting down as a family to share a meal and sparkling wine. He spoke of the Italians’ way of appreciating the time spent with each other and taking the time to slow down, eat, drink, and enjoy. I really appreciated this and feel that is something I need to do more of in my own life!

Matteo spoke before each wine and plate pairing about the expert way in which they produce their wines in the Trentino Mountains of Italy. I especially loved learning about the way the sparkling wine is made and aged – as it is different than champagne and other wines.

As we moved on to our main course, we had the choice of Truffle Risotto with Urbani Truffles, Ossobuco Benedict (veal shank, poached eggs, focaccia, spinach, and hollandaise), or Speck E Tartufo Pizza (black truffle, mozzarella, ricotta – my fave, mushrooms, and soft-farmed egg).

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I had the opportunity to have the Truffle Risotto and to try the Speck E Tartufo Pizza – both excellent and delicious with their Ferrari Perlé sparkling wine! It was similar to Chardonnay with a bit of almond flavor. It sparkles like gold!

Truffle Risotto with Ferrari Perlé (and my leftover Rosé)

We were then served delicious macarons and biscotti from La Centrale and shared our final toast of the afternoon with a vintage 2006 sparkling wine, called Giulio Ferrari Reserve del Fondatore – incredible! After aging more than ten years, it has an elegant and velvety flavor that I loved!

The food was incredible. The sparkling wine was incredible. What truly stood out to me at this event was the passion of Matteo and his company. I love getting behind companies that live their passions, and Ferrari Trento truly shows it through their sparkling wines.

I had the most wonderful and DELICIOUS time at La Centrale’s Bubbles and Truffles with Ferrari Trento and Urbani Truffles. If you have a chance to share a bottle of Ferrari Trento with your loved ones, I highly suggest you do so! A special thank you goes to Erica Nonni @ La Centrale for inviting me to this event! Salute!


This concludes my Bubbles and Truffles @ La Centrale Blog Post. I hope that you enjoyed my blog and please feel free to hit CONTACT to ask me any questions!

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Arlo NoMad

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For as long as I can remember, I’ve dreamed of having a hotel room in NYC with incredible views. When I started researching hotels in New York almost two years ago, I knew at some point I wanted to stay at the Arlo NoMad! It’s no secret that Arlo Hotels is popular among travel and social media influencers, but I just had to see what the hype was all about myself. They call themselves the “home base for the urban explorer” and I couldn’t wait to find out if this would be my new favorite NYC home base!

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This past December 2019, I decided to plan an epic New York City trip for my 26th birthday to celebrate with my boyfriend Tyler, because, why not?! As our 8th and final trip of the calendar year, I knew I wanted to do something awesome! I had never experienced Christmas in NYC and I wanted to make it special. So, I booked Arlo NoMad! Let’s talk about what turned into an amazing experience!

Location: Arlo NoMad is located in the NoMad section of Manhattan, right near the Empire State Building (ESB) and Macy’s @ Herald’s Square. It places you about 3 minutes walk from the nearest Subway station – The 33rd Street Station, where you can use the green line to get you to several locations and other stations, making transit super easy! The location was also walking distance from several other awesome restaurants (Like Keen’s Restaurant), gift shops, the ESB, Park Avenue, and Macy’s!

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Customer Service: When we arrived at this chic-yet-cozy boutique hotel we were immediately greeted with kind and courteous staff. One person who stood out in particular was Angie! She was outgoing, friendly and very accommodating, helping to ensure our stay was PERFECT! She even made it special with a bottle of wine and snacks which we enjoyed overlooking the views from our hotel room!

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The hotel itself is tastefully decorated and lit with warm tones, so cozy! On our first night we enjoyed delicious cocktails at the second floor BarLo, and ate at the NoMad Bodega for some late night pizza – with HONEY! Don’t knock it ’til you try it; it is so good! They also feature an Italian restaurant named Massoni.

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Accommodations: We had a chance to enjoy two different views from two different rooms during our stay – which gave us a well-rounded view of what Arlo NoMad has to offer! Both rooms were clean, with extremely comfortable beds, quality televisions, and cozy lighting. Both rooms were Queen Rooms with a City View; they also have several other options and ADA accessible rooms!

For the first night, our windows had a direct view of the beautiful gold-domed building and incredible skyline views! The city just lights up like nothing I’ve ever seen!

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On my birthday, we stayed in a suite with a direct view of the Empire State Building – it was so close I felt like I could touch it! I enjoyed donuts in bed with a view of the Empire State Building and it was perfect! Shout out to Doughnut Plant – just a subway’s ride away!

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Later that night, we went up to The Heights Rooftop Bar and took in the gorgeous views atop the Arlo NoMad – the view of the ESB is unbeatable! It looks like a Christmas Tree – HAHA, Elf reference!

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In the early hours of our last morning in NYC we decided to check out the rooftop again to take in the views in daylight! Can you get any closer than this to the Empire State Building other than actually being in it?! Incredible!

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During the winter, Arlo NoMad features Arlo Arctica, a rooftop bar with cozy igloos 31 stories up to hang out, meet new people, and enjoy exclusive cocktails! In addition, Arlo NoMad has several fun events each week to promote camaraderie among guests, so cool!

The views around the entire rooftop blew me away – talk about beautiful views – Arlo NoMad lived up to its hype!

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Pricing: I found the pricing very reasonable for such a perfect location in NYC! Prices of course vary by time in New York, so I suggest booking early!

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In summation, we had a wonderful stay at the Arlo NoMad and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a cozy place to stay in a great location in Manhattan!


This concludes my Arlo NoMad blog post. I hope that you enjoyed my blog and please feel free to hit CONTACT to ask me any questions! Please feel free to tell me about YOUR favorite donuts across the US and abroad; I love to hear from y’all!

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All photos are my own and are not to be used without the blogger/photographer’s permission. Thank you.


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South Florida Donut Tour

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How many donuts have I had in my lifetime? Too many to count. I’ve made it one of my goals since moving to South Florida to try every donut shop, and I think I’ve managed to hit up most of them!

I’ve traveled all across South Florida looking for the BEST donuts, so Welcome to my South Florida Donut Tour – from West Palm Beach to the Florida Keys!

We will start our tour from Palm Beach County, working our way south through Broward County and Miami-Dade County, and finally ending in the Florida Keys!

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Jupiter Donuts is a cute, small chain of donut shops, most recently opening a shop in Fort Lauderdale. I had the opportunity to try them because of a local friend who raved about their legacy in Palm Beach! She raves about their Red Velvet Donut – if you go early enough to score one! My snickers donut was UNREAL!

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YoNutz Gourmet Donuts & Ice Cream is a small shop in Plantation, FL! They do have both donuts and ice cream! I especially loved their animal cracker donut, so cute and yummy! My churro donut was also super good!

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Parlour Vegan is an AWESOME Vegan bakery in Plantation, FL. They have their own line of cake donuts and they are SO good; you would never know there wasn’t any dairy! We like the Vanilla and Cake Batter donuts and I love their coffee too! Their Instagram account is to die for – #goals. Y’all gotta check this one out!

 

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Mojo Donuts might be the most well-known donut shop in South Florida, and for good reason! They have locations in Hollywood, FL and also in Miami, FL. They even serve Fried Chicken! The most impressive thing about these shops are their selections! They’ve been featured on large broadcasts and websites! My favorite donuts are Cinnamon Roll and Cannoli!

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Dandee Donut Factory is a CLASSIC in Hollywood, FL. This diner isn’t glitzy or glamorous, but the donuts are INCREDIBLE! My favorite Sour Dream Donut (my fave donut ever), is from here; it is the best one I’ve ever had. They also have an awesome Red Velvet Donut; don’t pass up on a Dandee Donut!

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The One Donut Company is a cute little donut counter that opened up at Yellow Green Market in Hollywood, FL (open on the weekends)! They have these yummy little cookie and coffee shots as well! The donuts are super colorful with fun toppings like little marshmallows! This is a must stop if you’re at the market!

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Bake Shack is another adorable little diner in Hollywood, FL! They have a limited selection of donuts, but this place serves breakfast too! I suggest the S’mores Donut! It was delicious!

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The Salty Donut is my favorite donut shop, EVER. First off, I started going here when they were still a Donut Trailer in Wynwood – so when they opened a shop – I was one of the first to go! I’ve been obsessed ever since! There aren’t many of their donuts I haven’t gotten to try! So here’s the skinny; they have Year Round and Seasonal donuts! Keep up with their Instagram account to see the newest additions. Of The Year Round Donuts (Traditional Buttermilk Glazed, Guava + Cheese, Homemade Nutella, Maple + Bacon, Brown Butter + Salt, White Chocolate Tres Leches) my FAVORITE is the Guava + Cheese! IT IS UNREAL & YOU CAN ONLY GET IT HERE. The Cinnamon Toast Crunch Latte is also my FAVE coffee drink. Y’all, if you’re gonna go anywhere, go here.

 

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Velvet Creme Doughnuts is the CUTEST donut shop in Miami – hands down! It is a DREAM white and red, old-school diner counter with delicious traditional-style donuts! They share their Miami pride on Saturdays with Orange and Green glazed donuts! I LOVE this little place, and it’s right on Calle Ocho in Little Havana, so you can explore and eat your donuts while learning about Cuban culture and drinking a cortadito!

 

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Happy Place Donuts is a fun little shop right in Miami Beach! This bright and airy space has a small but strong selection of donuts, including a donut that looks like outer space and also a rainbow donut, ah! Right on Espanola Way, this scenic area is the perfect place to stop for a donut!

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Honeybee Doughnuts is the winner of the most ADORABLE donut shop in my own opinion! They stick with their theme and their donuts are BEAUTIFUL! They are also TASTY! I LOVED the selection of Mini Donuts! My favorites were the Honeybee Glazed and the Cookies and Cream!

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Glazed Donuts is a great black and white stripe themed donut shop in Key West! Go early and you will miss all of the hungover Key Westers, haha! Not only do I love the donuts here, KEY LIME PIE DONUT Y’ALL, but they have super good coffee to pick you up after a long night out on Duval Street! I was there in the wintertime and also had a delish gingerbread donut! Best maple bacon donut also goes to them – the bacon is sweet and salty!

 

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So there you have it, all the donut shops I have visited from West Palm Beach to Key West! If there is a donut shop you LOVE, or a donut shop in South Florida that I’ve missed, please leave a comment and let me know! HAPPY DONUT EATING!


This concludes my South Florida Donut Tour. I hope that you enjoyed my blog and please feel free to hit CONTACT to ask me any questions! Please feel free to tell me about YOUR favorite donuts across the US and abroad; I love to hear from y’all!

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All photos are my own and are not to be used without the blogger/photographer’s permission. Thank you.


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Atlanta Mini-Weekend Guide

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Last July, Tyler and I traveled to beautiful Atlanta for a friend’s wedding, and spent an awesome mini-weekend in Atlanta! I wanted to share some of our favorite spots from this trip so y’all can enjoy them too! We can’t wait to go back someday! So here are the 10 Places in Atlanta we loved and not to miss!

 

  1. World of Coca-Cola

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Are you a Coke or a Pepsi fan?! Honestly, I’m both! I definitely had to see the World of Coca-Cola while in ATL, it’s home base! When you enter, they give you a can of Coke, so fun! There are tons of exhibits for all ages, walking you through their history and today. There is even a room for trying all sorts of Coca-Cola products, and an awesome gift shop! You can even meet the Coca-Cola polar bear!

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2. College Football Hall of Fame

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Fun fact, Tyler was a college football quarterback and I was a college cheerleader! We are College Football fanatics, so we HAD to go to the College Football HOF! When you enter, you get to register your favorite team to find out fun facts along the way! We even found our college football team on the wall of helmets! As an Ohio State University fan, and Tyler an Oklahoma University fan, we LOVED all of the facts and memorabilia!

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At the end, there is an indoor football field with fun challenges like kicking a field goal and quarterback challenges!

3. The Pig and The Pearl

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I found this place on Instagram and had to try it! Nothing is better than some good ole’ southern cooking! I had a brisket sandwich – yum, and Tyler had a shrimp platter! Their cornbread was AMAZING! Their drinks were also delish; I had a “Georgia Peach”!

4. Skyview Atlanta

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A giant ferris wheel in downtown Atlanta? This totally brought out the kid in me, and I loved it! The views of Atlanta from the top are gorgeous!

5. Revolution Doughnuts

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I had heard AMAZING things about Revolution Doughnuts, and they were right! Tucked away in the CUTEST little neighborhood, these were so so good! I also had an iced Chai latte that was to-die-for! My favorite was the Toasted Almond Cake Doughnut!

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6. Piedmont Park

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Piedmont Park is a beautiful park with gorgeous views of downtown Atlanta! We enjoyed wandering around the park exploring, especially around Lake Clara Meer and the Meadow, where you can see beautiful views! You can also rent bikes and ride around the beautiful Atlanta Beltline – a series of trails around Atlanta!

7. Centennial Olympic Park

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Did you know that Atlanta, Georgia hosted the Olympic Games in 1996? This park in Downtown Atlanta is dedicated to it, complete with a fountain of Olympic Rings with a music and light show! We stopped by here at sunset!

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8. SkyLounge Atlanta

This sky bar in Atlanta has beautiful views of the city! It is so gorgeous lit up at night, so we had a drink here to take in the views!

9. Canoe Restaurant

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We went to Canoe for a delicious brunch outside of Atlanta on the Chattachoochee River! Not only was breakfast delicious, but this place is GORGEOUS! There is a beautiful aqua-colored bridge just a short walk from the restaurant that is also beautiful. I would label it a MUST DO! The dinner menu is upscale with a variety of options, click the link above to see their menu!

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10. Ponce City Market

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Last but certainly not least, is Ponce City Market! This place is AMAZING, and another MUST DO for me! This food hall is ANYTHING but ordinary! They have TONS of amazing food vendors including a favorite of mine – Five Daughters Bakery! Head up to The Roof to The Skyline Park to find delicious foods and drinks as well as a gorgeous view of the skyline of Atlanta! This place is NOT TO MISS!

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EXTRA: MURAL HUNTING

Atlanta is FULL of amazing murals and street artists! I was not blogging at the time of this trip, so I only have a few murals to share with you from this particular trip!

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716 Ponce De Leon Ave NE

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Ponce De Leon Ave NE – Greg Mike

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Atlanta Humane Society

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300 Marietta St

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BONUS: Do yourself a favor and follow my FAVORITE bloggers from Atlanta on Instagram to get even more awesome ideas before your trip!

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  • @sophlog

 

Overall, we LOVED the city of Atlanta, and we hope that you will too! Cheers to your next trip to Atlanta, Georgia!

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This concludes my guide from Atlanta. I hope that you enjoyed my blog. Please like, comment and SHARE!

Feel free to hit CONTACT to ask me any questions about my trip!

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Nashville Mural Guide

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Mas Tacos Mural

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@ Mas Tacos

East Nashville Mural

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Outside and to the Left of The Soda Parlor

Jason Woodside Mural

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I Love Donuts Mural

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@ Five Daughters Bakery

Kelsey Wings Nashville Mural

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I Believe in Nashville Mural

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Draper James Blue and White Stripes Mural

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Side of Draper James – Across from I Believe in Nashville Mural

Tye-Dye Nashville Mural

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Make Music Not War Mural

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Wildflowers Mural

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2902 12th Ave S – Across from Make Music Not War Mural

Diagonal Rainbow Mural

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Nashville Guitar Mural

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This concludes my Wall Mural Guide from Nashville. I hope that you enjoyed my blog and please feel free to hit CONTACT to ask me any questions about my trip!

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Nashville 3-Day Travel Guide

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Welcome to Nashville y’all! Of all of the cities we have traveled to thus far, this may just be my favorite! I’ve always been a huge fan of country music ever since I was a little girl! My favorite artists being Shania Twain, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Johnny Cash, Carrie Underwood and more; so naturally Nashville, aka Music City, was the perfect vacation for us! If you have an appreciation for music and it’s roots, you’ll love Nashville too! If you enjoy drinking and bar hopping through live music and fun crowds, you’ll love Nashville too! So, let’s go to Nashville!

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After arriving at Nashville International Airport (BNA), we were so happy to hear live music playing in the terminal! We headed over to our hotel, Aloft Nashville West End, which has an awesome view of downtown! We were lucky enough to have our good friends Hannah and Alec also in town for the day, so we met them for lunch at what is now one of my favorite taco spots in the U.S.!

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Mas Tacos is freaking amazing. I love tacos and Mexican, but this stuff is awesome and authentic! There is indoor and outdoor seating, but be aware – no air conditioning! It was pretty hot that day, but it was totally worth it for these tacos.

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I had Cast Iron Chicken Tacos, filled with skillet chicken, salsa verde, and sour cream – YUM! They even have a Fried Avocado taco *insert surprised emoji here*! I also had a Lime Cilantro Agua Fresca, amazing, and Mexican Street Corn, or Elote! Not only is the food delicious, the decor is colorful and funky with giant Christmas lights! More Tacos Please!

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sodaparlor

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I’m always down for a good milkshake, so it was just perfect that The Soda Parlor was a short drive from Mas Tacos! This place is SO adorable – reminds me of a 50’s soda shop!

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I had a Son-Of-Reese’s milkshake, a chocolate and peanut butter malt topped with whipped cream and a Reese’s cup!

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Tyler had a Master Commander, a root beer float! This place is so cute and also delicious! The East Nash mural is also right outside!

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Y’all, there aren’t enough words to describe how much I loved The Bluebird Cafe. When I was researching Nashville I knew this was somewhere I needed to go, and boy was I right. First off, The Bluebird Cafe is a music venue in a strip mall in Nashville, but is is SO much more than that. Local singers and songwriters play here, and we were lucky enough to get tickets for a Friday night show.

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The specifics about their reservations can be found on the link I’ve shared above, I waited almost 2 hours in the online ticket queue for ours, but it was so worth it. They sell out, AND FAST. If you get in through the Queue you’ll pick seats from the limited tables! If you aren’t lucky enough to get a ticket online (going on sale either one week in advance, or on the Monday the week of the show) you can take your chances and wait in line at the door, but get there early! Anyone showing up with tickets lines up on the LEFT; anyone hoping to score a seat lines up on the RIGHT. The tickets are FREE.

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Now, on to the show. We were lucky enough to have an amazing group of artists the night we were there – J.T. Harding, Phil Barton, Jesse Lee, and Bobby Hamrick! My favorite song was “Coconuts” by Bobby Hamrick – hoping we will hear it on the radio soon! This was an “In The Round” performance, meaning the performers were in the middle of the room of the small intimate venue. An “In The Row” performance is on the stage. Food and drinks are available – I had deviled eggs and Tennessee Brew Works beers. I can tell you that is is about 2 hours of pure musical magic. We laughed, we cried – pure bliss for anyone who appreciates intimate music venues. Many famous musicians have been discovered or played here such as Garth Brooks, Taylor Swift, Faith Hill, and more.

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We hit up Lower Broadway – the area of Broadway closest to the Cumberland River with all of the famous Nashville bars – every night! I’ll tell you about my favorite bars here:

Tin Roof – a cool vibe with Christmas Lights, lots of color, live bands, and bikes hanging from the ceiling!

Honky Tonk Central – this was our favorite bar on Lower Broad! Definitely a 20-something scene, but this place has 3 floors of live music, open air balconies, and the drinks are flowing! We returned here every night, and even tipped a little more to hear Folsom Prison Blues by Johnny Cash!

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Robert’s Western World – This place is a real-deal honky tonk, so if you want to hear fiddle and steel guitar, you’ll probably hear it here! It’s a cozy place with paintings of the great country artists of all time on the walls!

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Tootsie’s – This is probably one of the most famous bars in Nashville, and for good reason! This purple colored building has an awesome venue space, however it was pretty PACKED! Well, when we went upstairs and found Kid Rock playing, I guess we found out why! Too cool!

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The Stage – This place has awesome acoustics and we caught an awesome band here and live fiddle! Loved it!

Broadway is a lot of fun because there is music day and night! There is always something going on and lots of people watching!

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There were plenty of other awesome bars, including new ones like Ole Red, Whiskey Row, Jason Aldean’s, and FGL house – which we hope to hit up next time!

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I love Biscuit Love, but do not come here unless you’re willing to wait in a long line! I was, and the food was really awesome, but there are for sure other places in Nashville to find biscuits, so plan accordingly! 🙂 Biscuit Love is super cute and known for it’s Bonuts and Nashville sign!

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Bonuts

We waited about 1 hr 15 minutes on a Saturday morning! I had the Bonuts, which are phenomenal! They are fried biscuit dough with lemon mascarpone and blueberry compote! (This is a lot and can be eaten by itself!) I also had to try their Biscuit and Gravy – yum! The biscuits are fluffy and flaky, just perfect. Tyler had the East Nasty, fried chicken, cheddar, gravy and biscuits – He liked it a lot! I also had an iced chai, delish!

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After, we walked over to the Kelsey Montague Wings mural – featured later. Be prepared to wait 30-40 minutes to get your shot with this one too!

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We changed up our plans a little bit after a downpour, and decided to head over to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum! We both love history AND music, so this place was awesome! They had a Shania Twain exhibit, and a Faith Hill and Tim McGraw exhibit, which I loved! It was really awesome to read, hear, and see the history of Country Music come alive in this museum – from the beginning to now!

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I LOVE JOHNNY CASH, so for me, the Johnny Cash Museum was a MUST DO. Located right off Lower Broadway, this museum is small, but packed with memorabilia of the Man in Black himself, and his love, June Carter Cash. This museum was amazing because there are so many interactive experiences – with headphones and a photo booth!

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The Grand Ole Opry began as a radio broadcast in 1925, and it still is a live broadcast today! This huge venue, located outside of downtown, has hosted massive Country Legends, and we were lucky enough to catch a show featuring Trace Adkins! It’s nicknamed The Home of Country Music and Country’s Most Famous Stage. If you get a chance to see The Opry, I’m labeling this a MUST DO if you love Country Music! You’ll get to see a live show broadcast over WSM and you might even see one of your favorite artists! You’ll see people of all ages here, so awesome!

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After the Opry, we hit up Lower Broad again!

 

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In the area known as 12 South, we headed over to Five Daughters Bakery, because DONUTS, actually, 100-Layer Donuts! They are totally delicious, with sweet icing and flaky laters – mouth-watering! The building itself is adorable with turquoise, white, and pink everywhere! They even have little photo displays outside for photo ops!

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I needed to have some good ole’ bbq while in Nashville, and Edley’s BBQ didn’t disappoint! This is also in the 12 South area, so it was a short walk from Five Daughters Bakery in between mural hunting! This place is a “Tribute to All Things Southern”. I had a brisket platter with potato salad, baked beans, and cornbread – WOW.

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The Ryman. This is the place where Johnny met June, nuff said. Originally a tabernacle, this became the home of the Opry after being a home for traveling acts, and after being saved from destruction, is still a beautiful venue today!

We did a guided backstage tour, totally worth it! Self guided tours are also available. We even had our photo taken at the Mother Church of Country Music – exactly where Johnny and June stood!

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Of course I had to walk the Music City Walk of Fame to see all of my favorite country music artists and the greats! Stop by and snap a few photos on your favorite STAR!

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After hitting up Lower Broad and Boot Barn to get a new pair of boots in Nashville, we walked over to the Tennessee State Capitol, because I’ve made a goal recently to see every state capitol building! This building is BEAUTIFUL, so we snapped a photo and headed back to the hotel! We went back out on Lower Broadway that night!

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In the morning we walked the Pedestrian Bridge to get some awesome views of Nashville before we left for the airport! We attempted to eat at Hattie B’s, but the line was so long we ended up having to leave – next time!

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Mas Tacos Mural

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East Nashville Mural

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Outside and to the Left of The Soda Parlor

Jason Woodside Mural

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I Love Donuts Mural

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@ Five Daughters Bakery

Kelsey Wings Nashville Mural

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302 11th Ave S

I Believe in Nashville Mural

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2702 12th Ave S

Draper James Blue and White Stripes Mural

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Side of Draper James – Across from I Believe in Nashville Mural

Tye-Dye Nashville Mural

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2727 12th Ave S

Make Music Not War Mural

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2902 12th Ave S

Wildflowers Mural

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2902 12th Ave S – Across from Make Music Not War Mural

Diagonal Rainbow Mural

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Nashville Guitar Mural

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Overall, Nashville was an AMAZING experience, and definitely a place I would go over and over again!

This concludes my Itinerary from Nashville. I hope that you enjoyed my blog and please feel free to hit CONTACT to ask me any questions about my trip!

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All photos are my own and are not to be used without the blogger/photographer’s permission. Thank you.

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I am really into travel reading, and so here are some of the sources I used to plan my trip! Hopefully they can help you plan yours as well!


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