Category: US and Mexico

Manayunk, Philadelphia

corner house As I’m sitting here back in the Midwest, classwork in full swing for my last year of college, I cannot help but reminisce on all of the beautiful places I have visited in the last year. One place in particular that always comes to mind is Manayunk, Philadelphia.

After my visit to Philly this summer I never really wrote about my stay in Manayunk, so I figured I would go back and write about my experience.

canal flower Now, for those of you that don’t know, Manayunk is a neighborhood in the Northwestern section of Philadelphia. It is located on the banks of the Schuylkill River and contains the first canal began in the United States. It is a beautiful hilly little neighborhood, full of colorful buildings, art and lots of fun shops and restaurants.

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If you’re looking to visit Philadelphia for a weekend I would definitely suggest staying the night in Manayunk. It was a very relaxed getaway for the night. We had a lovely breakfast at Greg’s Kitchen the next morning too (so delicious and ridiculously affordable).

painting1 ice cream place street art My favorite part of our visit to this neighborhood was our walk along the water. There was a great little boardwalk, surrounded by plants and artwork. There were locals riding their bike along the path, and families eating ice cream near the water.

This was the perfect little escape from NYC.

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Until next time Philly!

Brimfield Antique Show

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Two and a half hours from Manhattan sits the little New England town of Brimfield; a quaint community surrounded by apple orchards, horse farms and rolling grassy hills. If you were visiting the area on a normal weekend it would appear as a simple charming small town, but three weekends a year this town actually holds one of the largest and best-known antique shows in the country.

Picture over a mile of tents, lining a hilly tree-lined road in Massachusetts. Brimfield Antique Show features more than 5,000 different vendors and sells anything from antique furniture and decor to one of a kind vintage fashion items.

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When the handbag design team invited me to come with on their trip to Brimfield I couldn’t wait. It is the perfect place to find design inspiration and draw new ideas from vintage pieces of the past… Of course, I had to do a little shopping there too!

The show had everything you could imagine. From weird and quirky yard art, to trendy dishware, to spunky vintage clothing and accessories it was a maze of amusement. I loved wandering from tent to tent and exploring all of the old items. Some were weird and hilarious, some were dainty and beautiful and some were just plain historic… but I loved experiencing every angle of the show.

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When it comes to eating there, they have any type of food vendor you could think of. a mac n’ cheese truck, lobster rolls, tacos, bbq, Italian paninis, wraps.. just about anything you could crave! Not to mention ice cream and treats of course. I had a fabulous lunch there mid-day, and was perfectly fueled to finish my antique hunt in the afternoon.

If you live in the area, or have an apartment in NYC, Brimfield would be the perfect place to shop for home decor and antique furniture. The prices, for the most part, are awesome, and incorporating a vintage piece into any apartment adds instant character. Unfortunately I will have to fly back home to the midwest soon, so I only shopped for things that I could realistically fit in my luggage… I think I did pretty well though!

Check out my little Brimfield haul below.

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Spring Break Travels: Arizona and Puerto Penasco

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For spring break this year I took a trip to Scottsdale, Arizona with  few of my friends. I had been to Arizona before when I was younger, but at that point in my life I definitely didn’t appreciate the surroundings and the amazing hiking opportunities that it offered. When staying in Scottsdale, you have easy access to hike Camelback Mountain. I ventured out with the boys  one day for a hiking workout and to see this amazing view everyone was talking about.

The hike is not an easy one! It involves climbing up lots of big rocks and loose sandy paths. For a girl that has short legs, it was hard to keep up with everyone. It was very do-able though, and by taking my time and watching my step we made it to the summit successfully. That view was worth the work!

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In Scottsdale we stayed at The Saguaro. This hotel was right in the heart of their old downtown area, a 5 minute walk to the spring training practice facilities, and close in proximity to plenty of attractions and shops. The hotel was painted in a range of very bright colors, and had a very young and hip atmosphere. There were bikes available to rent, a ping pong table near the pool-side bar, outdoor cabanas and a big Jenga set near the lounge chairs. We really enjoyed our stay at this hotel, and I would suggest it to anyone looking to book a vacation to Arizona.

After a few days of hiking and lounging by the pool, it was time to head down to Puerto Penasco, Mexico.

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From Scottsdale, Arizona, Puerto Penasco is about a 3 hour drive. I had never been to Mexico, so I was excited to see the surroundings and lounge by the beach. We stayed right by the water in Puerto Penasco and the scenery there was beautiful. The water was bright blue, and the sand was nice and soft. The area was surrounded by big palm trees and neat sand dunes. A fun fact I learned about Puerto Penasco is that their tide fluctuates more throughout the day than any other beach area. When we woke up in the morning the water would be about 1/4 mile down the beach from the house, and by 4pm it would be right up to the front stairs.

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Mexico was beautiful and the spring weather was perfect. I’m looking forward to heading down there again some time in the future for another vacation!