Epcot, one of the four Walt Disney World theme parks, puts on the annual Epcot Flower & Garden festival that draws visitors from around the world to marvel at all of the botanical beauty on display around the park each March until July. If you’re not familiar with Epcot, this Disney park highlights food, architecture, and culture from around the world in different “countries” which is to say the park is organized in something of a World’s Fair style, with an emphasis of eating and drinking around the world. From Japan and Mexico to Great Britain, France, and China, Epcot’s International Flower Festival adds a botanic touch to this internationally themed theme park, all included in the cost of theme park admission.
This week, I’ll be out of the office to spend a week at Walt Disney World for their #HappyPlace content creator event. When they invited me to join them, I was so excited I couldn’t sleep, because I absolutely love visiting theme parks! In fact, I hope to visit all of the Disney Parks around the world one day. During this visit, we will be exploring all 4 WDW parks and Disney Springs and highlighting all of the fun things to do in the parks for adults, proving that Walt Disney World isn’t just for kids!
When I need a dress for a special occasion, Lilly Pulitzer is the first place I look. When we were heading down to Charleston, I knew I wanted to wear something unique and memorable with a classic twist. That’s why when I spotted this beautiful Lilly Pulitzer Amrita Dress, one of the prettiest white dresses the brand has ever created, I knew it would be one of my favorite outfits of our trip!
The Gibbes Museum of Art, which opened in 1905 after a benefactor, James Gibbes, donated money to the city of Charleston for the museum’s completion. Part art museum, part cultural & educational center, and part art studio, The Gibbes Museum of Art in downtown Charleston showcases Charleston through visual arts across its long and complex history.
If you’re a regular reader, you know that one of the ways I get to know a place (and recuperate from walking 15+ miles a day when I travel) is by visiting a spa and checking out their local specialty spa services. Belmond Charleston Place’s spa, The Spa at Charleston Place, was an oasis of relaxation and healing. When I entered, I felt a bit haggard from packing our days with as many adventures as we could. Still, I left the spa feeling completely rejuvenated, energized, and ready to continue our expedition.
Charleston Grill, located inside Belmond Charleston Place in Charleston, SC, is equal parts jazz club and refined dining haven. Guided by Executive Chef Michelle Weaver, often called “Charleston’s Slow Food Maestro, diners at Charleston Grill bask in Lowcountry delights. Dining here felt as though we had stepped back in time, to a more elegant and sophisticated time when things moved at a more relaxed pace.
Belmond, owned by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton as of 2019, is one of the world’s most iconic and well-respected hospitality providers, and if you ask me, they are the blueprint for luxury travel experiences. I’ve always dreamed of traversing Europe via their Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train, and they were our first choice when we visited Venice, Italy before I really started writing about our travels, so I was thrilled when they wanted to work with me during our travels to Charleston, South Carolina. A visit to Belmond Charleston Place is a vacation in and of itself, so allow me to introduce you to all that they offer in this elegant Lowcountry hideaway.
I think tie-shoulder dresses are my favorite style of dresses, because they are so comfortable, easy to throw on, and they look effortlessly put together. This beautiful tie-shoulder dress from Juliet Dunn is a floral-print cotton-voile dream in bright pinks and greens against a crisp, cool white which makes it easy to throw on for warmer weather. I wore this in Charleston to lunch and shopping at the Charleston Place shops on our second day, and I was simply smitten with how much fun this dress was to wear.
Félix Cocktails et Cuisine in Charleston was a wonderful lunch spot we enjoyed during our time in the Holy City. I wish we had French inspired cafés like this in Connecticut, because it was the perfect way to travel abroad without really going overseas. Read on to see what we ate and why we loved our meal here so much!
Ignoring plantations and slavery on our visit to Charleston wouldn’t change the fact that both majorly shaped the history, culture, and region in and around Charleston. Learning about even the worst things to have happened in history can help prevent them from happening again. Here’s how the owners of Magnolia Plantation & Gardens, a beautiful garden with a dark past, can help right the wrongs of the past.
If you’re like most people, you may have thought that swamps were smelly, dirty places. Why do we think this way? Whenever I told someone who isn’t from the south that I was going to be visiting a swamp garden and nature preserve, they assumed that it would be a gross experience, but it was far from that. There was so much beautiful life all around us as we walked through the garden, which smelled like fresh air and blooming irises, and we saw so many things we wouldn’t have been able to see otherwise due to the inaccessibility and isolated nature of swamps.