Friday, December 18, 2015

THE OUTSIDE IN IS COMING BACK FROM A NEW CITY!


Hello everyone!  I wanted to pop in and give you all a quick update before I get to work on the next regular blog post (coming very soon).  I have been absent for quite a while here on the blog.  If you follow me on Instagram, you will have gotten a few updates on why I have been M.I.A. but I haven't taken the time to give you all a full update here.  
On the 1st of December Wes and I moved to Atlanta and the weeks before turned into serious preparation mode. Since we have arrived it has been a bit of trying to get settled mixed with a bit of last minute traveling.  I am so happy with the move and extremely excited with the neighborhood we have chosen.  There is so much to do here in Atlanta and I'm really excited to be making the transition from a Savannah based blog to an Atlanta based blog.  I will still focus on the general what to do and where to go and I really hope you will enjoy joining me on this new adventure!  
If you have any suggestions on places that I need to visit or restaurants that I need to try or really just anything in general, please feel free to comment and let me know!  I'm glad to be back and I will be getting back to regular posting very soon.  Happy Holidays!!!
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Monday, November 9, 2015

HIGH SPEEDS IN THE LOWCOUNTRY

Every fall in Savannah, the barricades are lifted on the  Hutchinson Island Race Track to welcome the SAVANNAH SPEEDWAY CLASSIC, part of the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d'elegance. This is what I wait patiently for every year. Leading up to the Saturday that we go - the event itself runs Friday through Sunday - I can hear the cars start to run practice laps on Thursday, then I get to hear the festivities begin on Friday.  Basically I get really excited but also experience the severe effects of FOMO for two days before I get to enjoy the event for myself.  This year we had Mom and Larry come along with us or the day.  
Cars are brought in from all over the US and overseas to take part in the races which are broken down into several different classes.  I am partial to looking out for all of the older BMWs as well as the classic hotrods.  This year was no different, with gorgeous cars lining up to take laps on the course.  What's great about the Speedway Classic is your ticket gives you entry into the pit to get up close to all of the cars before and after races.  I hope you enjoy the photos of these amazing vehicles - if that's your thing.  














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Monday, October 26, 2015

IN THE LOWCOUNTRY - BLUFFTON ARTS & SEAFOOD FESTIVAL

Last weekend our family got together in Bluffton, SC to check out the twelfth annual ARTS & SEAFOOD FESTIVAL.  This was the third year some grouping of our family has attended the festival and it didn't disappoint.  Seafood, music, and the beauty of the lowcountry is hard to beat on a Saturday afternoon. 


Between taking a look at all of the artisan booths, listening to live music on all of the different stages throughout the festival, and grabbing food at one of many food trucks and stands set up, there really is something for everyone at the festival.

Another big reason to head over to the Arts and Seafood Festival in Bluffton always stands out in his signature lobster costume.  This is Tony of JOE LOVES LOBSTER ROLLS.  Joe Loves has real deal New England lobster rolls - and tons of other delicious options for those who love lobster and those who don't - being served up here in the southeast.  They've got a restaurant right off Okatie Highway in Ridgeland, two trucks rolling around to festivals in the area, and a new location in Florida.  This December Tony and the Joe Loves crew will be opening their third brick and mortar location in my hometown of Beaufort, SC. So dust off your lobster costumes and let's go grab dinner.


You know you can trust me when I tell you these lobster rolls are the best.  We couldn't get a single photo of a full roll, everyone was too eager to dig in!
The festival may be over until next fall, but taking a trip down Calhoun Street is worth it any other time of the year to see the shops, art studios, and gorgeous historical architecture.  

The Church of the Cross sits at the end of Calhoun Street.  The Gothic building was built in 1854 and still stands to this day.  It has seen some serious damage from hurricanes throughout the years but has been continuously repaired and sits comfortably on the river.


How could anyone have anything but a great time with these crazy kids?  I am always glad to be able to spend time together and it's great that there is usually something fun going on for us to all enjoy.  Up on the blog later this week I will show you what Mom, Larry, Wes and I got into this Saturday back in Savannah. Let's just say this upcoming weekend was much more fast paced than the last.  Vroom vroom!

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

WHAT'S BREWING - THE FLORENCE

Welcome to the newest series on The Outside In, What's Brewing.  With my love for coffee paired with Savannah's love for coffee shops, I felt that this was a natural series to do and I am so stoked to do it.  I will be stopping by different coffee shops around town for a drink and maybe a snack to see who has what in our port city.  
First on my list is THE FLORENCE.  Mostly because I have heard such great things over the past few months but also because I haven't made my way down the block to take a look at the property myself.  Wes and I headed over Saturday morning hungry and ready for some caffeine, fully prepped for our morning adventure.
After ringing the bell and waiting for Michael-our barista fairy-to arrive I ordered an iced chai latte with a chocolate croissant.  Wes got an americano with a bacon and cheese croissant.  While we were waiting for our order I asked Michael if I could take some photos for my blog.  Not only did he oblige, but he invited me over to the restaurant side of the building to take some photos of him shooting freshly baked bread that he was photographing for the restaurant.
After we set our breakfast down, we followed Michael to the restaurant and I just snapped a quick shot or two of him looking far more skilled and professional than me taking pictures of perfectly placed breads getting that amazing shot.  Getting to peak into the Florence before service was really great and has me so excited to come back for dinner soon.  
Not wanting our food to get too cold, we headed back to the coffee shop and settled down on the patio out front for the best croissants I have had in Savannah.  The flakiest and most buttery, heavenly croissants I've enjoyed in Savannah and quite possibly anywhere else.  I have never been to France, but I'm guessing these would be right at home in Paris.
Wes was also in love with his croissant, going for the savory rather than sweet.  Our drinks were perfectly on point as well.  My iced chai is the perfect drink to take to go and wander around THE STARLAND DISTRICT for a nice day of shopping.
The other bits that I really loved were the southern cookbooks and artwork on the walls.  They keep the decor so simple that what is on the walls really stands out.  You can pick up a cookbook from Hugh Acheson, the owner of The Florence, who opened shop in Savannah after opening three successful restaurants in Athens, GA.
I will definitely be back again and again, and I can't wait to grab dinner at The Florence in the near future as well.  Another successful addition to The Starland District that makes me delighted to live in this neighborhood.









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Thursday, August 27, 2015

LET'S GO - ASHEVILLE DAY 4

On our final day in Asheville we made the trip over to THE BILTMORE ESTATE.  I have wanted to go see this home for a long time and being there in person was so much more than I ever could have imagined.  It's obvious that the property and the home itself are grand on any scale, but the beauty of it all was really overwhelming. 
We chose to take the audio tour which took about two hours total to get through the house.  It was really interesting to learn about George Vanderbilt wanting to build his "little mountain escape" -aptly named George- and the time it took him to complete the project.  It was especially interesting for me to learn that George himself traveled all over the world to find furniture and carpets and even little trinkets to fill the home.  Seems like the man knew what he wanted and had the time and money to make it happen.  I won't turn this into a history lesson but I will say that if you are in Asheville or anywhere remotely close to an exit for Biltmore, you should certainly get tickets and go see the estate.  Yes, it was crowded and no, you are not allowed to take photos inside the home, but to be in the presence of the history of that property is certainly a memory that you can hold onto.




Before they broke ground on George's modest "little mountain escape", he had a temporary 3 story lookout post built to take in the views and make sure that this was what he would want to see off of his porch.  I think he chose a pretty good view if you ask me.

With a property of 125,000 acres, you probably aren't going to Home Depot and getting on with the whole "You can do it. We can help" philosophy.  George Vanderbilt hired Fredrick Law Olmsted on as his landscape architect and let him buy, propagate, nurture, invent, and plant just about anything he wanted to make the place the lush oasis that he had envisioned.  There are 75 acres of proper gardens and the rest would seem like a forest but it was all planned down to each and every shrub.
The green house was absolutely magnificent.  I got split up from Mom and Ali so I wandered around lost for a bit until I found them.  There were plants from all different regions and I especially liked the desert room.  The garden staff changes out the flowers seasonally and from the looks of it, keep up serious hours to have such beautiful grounds.






After Biltmore and one night of shameless room service and movies, we were on our way home after one last view of the mountains.  I couldn't finish these posts without giving you a shot of all of us together in our commemorative shirts for the weekend.  We took on Asheville, we loved it, and hopefully we will be able to come back again some day.  Thanks for having us!

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