Green Animals Topiary Garden in Newport, Rhode Island, was the most whimsical and unique garden I’ve visited on the East Coast. Located along Narragansett Bay in a garden that’s existed for over a century, the nation’s oldest topiary garden celebrates plant art. It is such a lovely place to stroll during our most recent visit to Rhode Island. With seven acres to explore and 80 topiary animals, plus a special exhibition featuring Lego statues of native plants and pollinators and an abundance of colorful blooming flowers, this is a garden botanical enthusiasts won’t want to miss.
Green Animals Topiary Garden in Newport, Rhode Island
Balance Rock Inn in Bar Harbor, Maine
Every visit to Maine is better than the last, which is why it’s one of my very favorite states in the USA. It’s such a beautiful, wild place, and spending time here feels like a getaway in every sense of the word. Our stay at Balance Rock Inn in Bar Harbor, Maine, was picturesque, tranquil, and rejuvenating. Waking up to the sound of waves crashing against the rocky shore, sea birds crying out overhead, and the uninhibited beauty of Bar Harbor was nothing short of a dream come true. Read on to learn more about this luxurious boutique hotel and why it’s well worth the drive to the northeastern edge of the United States.
Sunset Dinner at Clay in Hudson Valley, NY
We enjoyed a gorgeous brunch each day of our stay at Clay, Wildflower Farms’ on-site farm-to-table restaurant. We also had a very memorable sunset dinner at Clay in Hudson Valley, NY, the same restaurant. This turned out to be one of the best meals we’ve ever had, and that’s truly saying something if you’ve ever set foot in my Fine Dining archives, where we’ve eaten at some of the very best restaurants in the world. Read on to find out why we loved it so much.
Afternoon Tea at Astor Court
If I visit a place that offers Afternoon Tea, I’ll clear my schedule to indulge, particularly when they’re able to accommodate my gluten-allergy and give pescatarian-friendly options, like Afternoon Tea at Astor Court inside St. Regis Atlanta in beautiful Atlanta, Georgia. Maybe it’s because while attending the University of Michigan, I resided within the all-girls dormitory Martha Cook where we had weekly afternoon tea, or that every place does it in its own special way. Still, I never get tired of afternoon tea. Afternoon Tea at Astor Court was among the loveliest and most delicious afternoon teas I’ve encountered.
Red Linen Embroidered Maxi Dress
Bright colors are a must when summer rolls around, which is why I wore this gorgeous red linen embroidered maxi dress for a festive touch of red on the first day the temperatures hit 90 here on the East Coast. This dress from MERSEA is a beautiful blood orange red, inspired by travels to Italy and the Mediterranean Coast. It’s so comfortable, soft, easy to wear, and laid back that it just begs to be worn on a hot day poolside, while exploring a new city, or when visiting the beach of a farmer’s market.
Visiting Portland Head Light in Cape Elizabeth, ME
While we were in Portland, Biddeford, and Kennebunkport, ME, we headed over to one of the East Coast’s most gorgeous lighthouses, Portland Head Light on Cape Elizabeth, Maine. This lighthouse is so idyllic, picturesque, and easy to get to that it’s worth visiting, even if you have to make a drive to reach it. If you enjoy visiting such landmarks and want to learn more about the lighthouse’s history and the history of Fort Williams around it, read on to learn everything you need to know to plan your visit.
MERSEA Patio Dress at Wildflower Farms
More often than not, I wear dresses to stay cool and comfortable, particularly when the temperatures rise. 100% cotton is the way to go, which is why MERSEA’s Patio Dress, a one size fits all maxi dress with an adjustable neckline, has been my go-to dress for comfort and style as we transition from spring to summer. Not only is versatile and beautiful, but it’s also so comfortable and can be worn day or night, city, beach, or countryside, dressed up or dressed down.
White Tennis Dress for Spring
This spring, I’ve been wearing lots of white, even when working out. After my tennis lessons, I headed to a local flower shop to pick up these beautiful soft pink peonies, and I loved how easy it was to move from working out to running errands in this comfortable white tennis dress for spring. This time of year, I want to spend as much time as I can outside, enjoying the beautiful weather and doing as much as I can to have fun and enjoy our time living on the East Coast. I’m so thankful for all of the new adventures we’ve had since moving out here, and I hope the blog posts I have coming up this spring and summer inspire you to explore our corner of the world too!
Pool Day Essentials
Swimming is one of my favorite things to do in the summertime. As soon as it’s warm enough to hit the pool or beach, I’m there, making the most of the warm weather. Being from the north, the swimming season is generally rather short, but that’s part of what makes it so precious. I like to make the most out of my time in the water, or relaxing near the water, looking and feeling my best. That’s why I’ve partnered with MERSEA, a gorgeous woman-owned travel wear brand dedicated to sustainability and artistry, to share my pool day essentials!
Red Prada Backpack & White Eyelet Dress
Wearing a pop of bright color is such a great way to add interest and fun to an otherwise monochromatic outfit. It’s also a great way to mix up your wardrobe. Take the outfit I’m wearing below for example. This white, timeless eyelet dress could be worn with absolutely anything, which is part of the reason I bought it, and this red Prada backpack goes perfectly with it. Swap out the backpack for another colorful bag, bright shoes, or other eye-catching statement accessory and it’s an entirely new look. Rinse and repeat over and over again to give simple garments or pieces in heavy rotation a new lease on life!
Chai Yo Modern Thai in Atlanta, Georgia
Chai Yo Modern Thai is one of those rare restaurants that made me feel something from the moment I entered the building. A combination of excitement, intrigue, and anticipation, the decor was as beautiful as the food, and the staff were so kind and helpful. This meal was a highlight of our time in Atlanta, Georgia, and the quality of the food, the dedication to culinary perfection, and the respect shown to diners through each plate we were served solidified this as some of the very best Thai food I’ve ever had.
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