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30A Florida Travel Guide

October 7, 2016

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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!

A Rainy Day in Chapel Hill

October 20, 2015

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Chapel Hill, NCUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel Hillcoffee in chapel hillChapel Hill, NCDowntown Chapel Hillrainy day in chapel hillChapel Hill, NCa rainy day in chapel hillrainy day in chapel hillchapel hillCoffee in Chapel HillShopping in Chapel Hill, NCShopping in Chapel HillShopping in Chapel HillWe recently traveled to Chapel Hill for my cousin’s wedding. The weekend was right at the beginning of all of the rain and nasty weather that hurricane joaquin brought, but that certainly didn’t stop us from exploring. It also didn’t stop my cousin’s wedding from being absolutely beautiful. Like seriously – from her dress to her venue, I was obsessed.

We started off the day with a breakfast date, and then checked out some shops and the UNC campus before camping out at a local coffee shop for the rest of the afternoon. It was a quick trip, but it felt so nice to get out of town for a bit, even if it was only for about 24 hours. I also just love road tripping with Scofield, which was part of the fun. Just give me some music, my man, and a road, and I’m a happy girl ;).

Garden City Beach

September 15, 2015

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garden city beach scWe recently got back from a wonderful week away at Garden City Beach with friends! I honestly cannot remember the last time we took a full, Sunday to Sunday vacation and it was fabulous. But man, did it fly by! When we looked at the forecast before leaving, it called for rain every single day due to tropical storm Erika. Luckily, since the storm dissipated, we ended up with only one really rainy day. Scofield and I also, with our crazy fair skin, managed to not get burnt which was a huge success! We both felt pretty proud of this accomplishment ;). Seriously a perfect end to this summer…garden city walkwaygarden citypoolside love lola^ Our beach house had a pool, and I am now fully convinced that every beach house should. No question asked.walkway garden citygarden city murrells inletgrilling out love lolagarden city south carolinatupelo honey myrtle beach^ Scofield and I went out for a breakfast date one morning. We were looking online at breakfast spots, and while we could have picked a local spot, when I saw there was a Tupelo Honey about 20 minutes away, we had to go. Even though we have one in Greenville, I really couldn’t pass it up. The baby was wanting it, you know? ;) We tried the fried green tomatoes over cheese grits, and wow they were amazing. Tupelo never disappoints. I was also especially fond of this Tupelo Honey because they gave us biscuits to go. Maybe it’s because I am noticeably very pregnant, but we’ve never gotten free extra biscuits before. One of the perks of pregnancy I will definitely miss ;).beach housesSo many colorful houses everywhere! I love it!beach garden cityice cream love lolagarden city beachBeach trips are definitely one of my favorite parts of the summer. I’m already looking forward to next year! But now that we’ve vacationed and my pale skin got a little sun, I feel like I’ve fully enjoyed this summer and all its warmth. So now it’s time … come on, Fall!

Charleston, SC

May 28, 2015

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charleston harbor 2Last weekend Scofield and I headed to Charleston, SC for a long weekend away to celebrate our third anniversary. Wow, I can’t believe it has been three years already – but what a sweet three years it has been! Living in South Carolina, I’ve spent a good bit of time in Charleston over the years, but I’ve never appreciated it like I do now. So much culture, and so much color … when can we move there!?rainbow row^ Rainbow Row [insert heart eyes emoji here]Bicycles Charlestonwaterfront park charleston sccharleston tripcharleston streetshusk restaurant charleston sc^ Lunch at Husk was fabulous. It might have been one of my favorite ‘moments’ on the trip. We sat outside on the second story porch in an intimate little corner. The weather was cool and there was a nice breeze, and we just chatted and dreamed about our life together. I had heard about Husk when we went to Nashville last year, but we didn’t get a chance to eat there. I was so glad when I saw they have a restaurants in Charleston, too.husk charleston sccharleston love lolasaint alban all daySt Alban Coffee Charleston SC^ My favorite coffee shop we visited was St. Alban. Scofield is so funny….to him, a vacation is a book and a coffee shop. I typically get a little restless spending hours and hours at a coffee shop with him, but not here. Maybe it was the atmosphere? Or the amazing coffee? Or the perfect temperature? [whyyy is starbucks always so cold!?]  So we camped out here one morning and enjoyed every second. The whole atmosphere and decor was so charming!Hominy Grill Charleston SCHominy Grill Charleston SCHominy Grill Charleston SC^ We had brunch at Hominy Grill on our last day before heading home. I think this might be my favorite restaurant in Charleston – and I know that’s a bold statement! For one, I am obsessed with brunch. I’m not a morning person and can never quite get up in time to really enjoy breakfast… So brunch is perfect – I mean, I thrive at that 11 o’clock hour ;). I am also quite the biscuit connoisseur and their biscuits were ahh-mazing. Scofield got the fried green tomato BLT and cheese grits, which they are famous for. He raved about it. Now I’m just waiting for Hominy Grill to come to Greenville…Kings Street Charleston SC^ We spent the afternoon on Friday shopping on King’s Street.Queen Street Grocery queen street grocery love lola blog^ We tried out Queen Street Grocery for brunch (what’d i tell ya…) before heading to the beach on Saturday. It’s a cute little hole in the wall spot on Queen Street with darling outdoor seating and, what we heard, were the best crepes in town. While their crepes were definitely delicious, I honestly don’t think anything can beat the crepes at Tandem. Those will forever be my favorite.charleston love lola blogSullivan's Island SCWe spent Saturday afternoon at the beach on Sullivan’s Island. When we were planning our trip, we didn’t really take into consideration the fact that it was on Memorial Day weekend. I don’t think I have ever seen a beach so crowded, or had so much difficulty finding a parking spot ;). But, of course, the beach was fabulous and relaxing nonetheless.

Some of our favorite spots we visited: St. Alban, Husk, Fleet Landing Seafood, Hominy Grill, Kudu Coffee, Coast, Queen Street Grocery, and Kaminsky’s.

Some spots we missed, but hope to visit next time! – Collective Coffee Co., Callie’s Charleston Biscuits, Glazed Gourmet, The Obstinate Daughter, Sugar Bake Shop, Three Little Birds Cafe, and Taco Mamasita.

Clearly we have a lot of places left to visit, so hopefully that means another weekend trip soon!

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