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Inn on the Beach

November 29, 2016

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We are back from a few days away, along the gulf coast of Florida. It was our first trip, just Scofield and I, since Piper was born. It was just as hard as I imagined it would be to leave her for a few nights, but it was also very needed. We slept in, lounged on the beach, and went out for dinner late at night. It was glorious!

We visited St. Pete Beach, which is the cutest little town in the Clearwater/St. Petersburg area. It was quiet and peaceful, yet also full of character with so much to see. When we were planning our trip I was a little bit bummed because we didn’t have time to get away until mid November. What we quickly came to realize is that the St. Pete Beach area literally has an endless summer…like heaven on earth status. It was 75 degrees and sunny with clear skies our entire stay. And, since it was the fall, there weren’t crazy crowds on the beach or long waits at restaurants. I mean, pinch me! If you want to escape the cold and winter blues, consider the gulf coast your new best friend.

We spent most of the trip relaxing and hanging out on the beach, but there are so many fun options for activities in the area. A few recommendations below…

Sites to see:
Dali Museum – We didn’t get to visit this trip, but I’ve heard wonderful things about this museum. Even if you’re not typically into visiting museums, this one will change your mind.
Pier 60 – This pier in Clearwater has beautiful views and holds nightly festivals.
Crystal River –  It’s about a 2 hour drive from St. Pete to the springs, and worth the drive if you have a long enough stay. I grew up taking family vacations to Florida, and we would always go swimming at the the different springs. They are so beautiful, and there is nothing in the world like them. Completely clear water, and if you go in the cooler months (which I recommend), you can even see/swim with manatees!
And of course, Go to the beach! – The sand was white, the water clear, cool, and calm. Absolutely stunning! This was our favorite part of the trip. St. Pete Beach has been a top rated beach multiple times, and needs to be experienced by all
Don Cesar Hotel – This ‘pink palace’ is a site to see, even if you don’t stay overnight. Take a walk on the beach to admire it, or book a day at the spa.

Where to eat:
Wildflower Cafe – If you are a sucker for brunch like me, then you’ll love the Wildflower Cafe. If you visit, be sure to try their Wildflower Signature Crepe.
Lighthouse Donuts – Nothing calls for donuts like vacation, am I right!?
Snappers Sea Grille – We went here for dinner one night, and it did not disappoint! It had the cutest atmosphere, with outdoor seating, romantic lighting, and beautiful decor. I ordered the coconut crusted mahi mahi with a mango chutney over a fried banana. All of the flavor combinations on the menu were on point.
Seared 1200 Chophouse – If you aren’t into seafood, this is a great option for you. I hear it’s much like Snappers Sea Grille, but with steak instead!

Where to stay:
Inn on the Beach – This is where we stayed, and I cannot say enough about it! It is a beautifully renovated inn, that had me swooning over every detail. There is a main building, with all of the rooms, and then two separate properties you can also rent. We stayed in the cottage, and fell head over heels! The kitchen was on point, and the king size bed was calling my name all week (#momlife). If you’re hoping to relax, the cottage is the perfect place to do it. My favorite part was the private patio connected to the cottage. It was surrounded by tropical foliage that made it extremely private, a walk way, a place to sit and have your coffee, or a table for dinner. It was so beautiful and cozy, and seriously guys, I was so in love! If you make your way to St. Pete Beach, I highly recommend the inn.

Now, back to the cold winter months. But it’s all good because, HELLO CHRISTMAS!

Thank you so much to Inn on the Beach for having us!

Santa Rosa Beach, Florida

October 7, 2016

Filed Under : Lifestyle - Travel

Highway 30A Travel Guide - Love LolaWe wrapped up the summer with a trip down south to Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. We spent the week among friends, babies, and a beautiful ocean view. I can’t think of a better way to finish off the summer and head into fall. I immediately fell in love with the Santa Rosa, Seaside, Rosemary beach area, and am already talking to Scofield about going back!

In between card games and nap schedules, Scofield and I snuck off for a few hours and explored highway 30-A. I thought I’d put together a little travel guide of some of the things we enjoyed, and places to visit if you ever visit the Highway 30-A area!Highway 30A Travel Guide - Love LolaHighway 30A Travel Guide - Love LolaHighway 30A Travel Guide - Love LolaHighway 30A Travel Guide - Love Lola1 | Visit the beach … obviously! I could not get over the white sand and the beautiful water. The older I get, the more the beach wins me over, and its a vacation I look forward to every year. We typically vacation at SC beaches, so visiting the clear, beautiful gulf felt like a special treat.Highway 30A Travel Guide - Love LolaHighway 30A Travel Guide - Love LolaHighway 30A Travel Guide - Love Lola2 | Charlie’s Donut Truck – One thing the Santa Rosa area does well is food trucks. We loved visiting this cute donut truck for a mid afternoon treat. I tried the maple bacon, which was everything my sweet + salty dreams are made of!Highway 30A Travel Guide - Love LolaHighway 30A Travel Guide - Love LolaHighway 30A Travel Guide - Love Lola3 | Fonville Press was my kind of place … coffee by day, wine by night ;) (yes, please!). I loved the sleek, beautiful design and would have hung out there all day if the white sandy beaches weren’t calling my name!Highway 30A Travel Guide - Love LolaHighway 30A Travel Guide - Love LolaHighway 30A Travel Guide - Love Lola4 | Where to eat:  My top restaurant picks definitely have to be the Food Trucks in Seaside and the Shrimp Shack. The Shrimp Shack is known for their lobster roll, and the food trucks have a lot of variety to choose from! I love that you can be sitting on the beach, then throw on some sandals and walk across the street to grab some food from a food truck, then head right back down to the water.Highway 30A Travel Guide - Love LolaHighway 30A Travel Guide - Love LolaHighway 30A Travel Guide - Love Lola5 | Visit all the surrounding towns…We stayed in Santa Rosa Beach, but spent some time visiting Seaside, Alys Beach, and Rosemary Beach. Each little town was so unique, and different from each other…and they were all so beautiful! Highway 30A Travel Guide - Love Lola6 | Ride bikes along the 30-A strip. We drove down the highway, but there were people around biking every where … it looked like so much fun! I completed a triathlon (back in the day!) and fell in love with biking … I never make time for it, but it’s definitely something I want to do more of.Highway 30A Travel Guide - Love LolaThere you have it … my little travel guide to Santa Rosa Beach and the beautiful 30A, Florida. This trip was worth every bit of travel, and I didn’t stop talking about it for weeks after we got home. If you ever visit, I’d love to hear your favorite spots, too!

Florida Sunset

September 9, 2016

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One of my favorite times to be on the beach is sunset. There is truly something so magical about watching the sun go down over the ocean and glisten on the water. It was such a treat to share that time with my girl on our recent beach trip to Santa Rosa, FL. I swear, the water’s a little bluer, and the sun’s a little brighter down there. I’m already wondering when we can go back!

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Bex Cafe

March 21, 2016

Filed Under : Around Town - Style - Travel

Bex Cafe via Love Lola Blog | Jessi Nichols PhotographyHello, and happy day! Today I have another ‘Around Town‘ post for you guys, aaaand you guessed it … another coffee shop! ;) I am a crazy coffee girl, so I am seriously so thrilled that we have so many lovely coffee shops here in Greenville that I can choose from. My good friend Jessi recently took me to Bex coffee, and it is a winner, for sure! There are so many cute details and I love how chill the atmosphere is. Not to mention all of the beautiful natural light flooding in! If you’re in the Greenville area, you’ll definitely have to add this spot to your list to visit. You can also go here to see my other favorite coffee shops in the area!Bex Cafe via Love Lola Blog | Jessi Nichols PhotographyBex Cafe via Love Lola Blog | Jessi Nichols PhotographyBex Cafe via Love Lola Blog | Jessi Nichols PhotographyBex Cafe via Love Lola Blog | Jessi Nichols PhotographyBex Cafe via Love Lola Blog | Jessi Nichols Photography^ Didn’t I tell you!? … The sweetest little details.Bex Cafe via Love Lola Blog | Jessi Nichols PhotographyBex Cafe via Love Lola Blog | Jessi Nichols Photographybex cafeBex Cafe via Love Lola Blog | Jessi Nichols PhotographyBex Cafe via Love Lola Blog | Jessi Nichols PhotographyBex Cafe via Love Lola Blog | Jessi Nichols PhotographyBex Cafe via Love Lola Blog | Jessi Nichols PhotographyBex Cafe via Love Lola Blog | Jessi Nichols PhotographyBex Cafe via Love Lola Blog | Jessi Nichols PhotographyBex Cafe via Love Lola Blog | Jessi Nichols Photography^ “Apple bottom jeans, boots with the fur…” This song, along with a few others, pops into my head when I wear these boots. There’s no fur… I don’t know…Bex Cafe via Love Lola Blog | Jessi Nichols PhotographyBex Cafe via Love Lola Blog | Jessi Nichols Photographybex coffeeJessi Nichols Photography

Bex Cafe
820 S. Main St. #104
Greenville, SC 29601

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