Category Archives: Travels + Adventures

2nd Anniversary in Charleston, SC

July 20, 2016

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To celebrate our second wedding anniversary, Jamie planned an awesome trip to Charleston a month before our actual anniversary. Want to know a really funny story? This whole trip was supposed to be a big surprise for me. Jamie had everything planned out and was hoping to tell me to pack my bags the morning of our trip, send me off to work and then leave that afternoon, not telling me where we were going until halfway through the drive. Let’s just say things didn’t work out as he had planned, but I felt so loved and cared for to find out about his original plan! A month before our trip, I started insisting on going on a short trip for our anniversary and of course suggested Charleston. He played it cool, and acted like we shouldn’t do that and I could tell something was wrong. The nosy woman that I am, I got the surprise out of him and was so excited to go back to hear about the trip he had already planned!

We had not been back to Charleston by ourselves since our wedding and I was so excited to do all of our favorite things as a married couple. On our way into Charleston, we stopped at River Oaks where we were married and spent the late afternoon picnicking on the dock, walking around the property and reminiscing all the moments that happened on our wedding day, and catching up with Marianne, the owner of the venue. It was an afternoon that I won’t ever forget. We popped a bottle of champagne, enjoyed a delicious spread of cheeses and meats, and danced to our first dance song. We filled in these sentences: “Two years ago… and in two years…” We laughed, celebrated our accomplishments and had a fun conversation about our future. I’m so grateful for this sweet time of celebration.

Charleston is one of our favorite places not only because we were married there but because of it’s rich history, beautiful architecture, delicious food and beautiful beaches. We stayed downtown at a beautiful row house, which allowed us to walk or bike everywhere!

If you’re planning a trip, be sure to check out the lists below of our favorite restaurants and daytime activities, and please comment or contact me, as I would love to celebrate your trip with you!

Brunch:
Toast
Eli’s Table
Magnolia’s (get the Lowcountry Benedict!)

Dinner:
Cru Cafe (this is who did our wedding catering – SO good!)
Hanks (delicious seafood)
Minero (mexican food)
Poogan’s Porch (delicious southern food)
High Cotton (delicious southern food)
The Darling Oyster (delicious seafood)

Drinks
The Rooftop Bar at the Vendue Inn
Husk

Daytime Activities:
Ride bikes downtown (in my opinion, the most fun way to see the city and all it’s history!)
Find Tradd Street (it’s our favorite street thanks to A Bit of Charleston‘s recommendation)
Saturday Farmer’s Market at Marion Square
Sullivan’s Island Beach (15 mins away from downtown Charleston) – I lived there when I was younger!
Shopping on King Street – tons of fun stores (Definitely get a biscuit at Callie’s Biscuits :)

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Holbox, Mexico

January 15, 2016

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In November, Jamie and I took our yearly trip to Holbox, Mexico based on a recommendation from some good friends of ours. I can confidently tell you that we would have never even considered coming here if it wasn’t for their recommendation, and I’m so glad we did! The lovely Hotel Mawimbi was the little hotel. With only 10 rooms in the whole hotel and private beach, we lounged all day long on their amazing beach beds and hammocks.

After a crazy year, Jamie and I really needed this time to do nothing. We sat on the beach for four days, read a combined 4 books, ate delicious Mexican food, and enjoyed the lack on Wifi. I’m thankful for this time that we were able to reconnect without the distractions of our everyday life. We studied the bible together, played tons of cards, explored the small island of Holbox, went on long walks, and drank delicious frozen cocktails. On the last day, we truly didn’t want to leave. It was so sweet!

Film Processing: Indie Film Lab

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London

July 16, 2015

calliedavis-italy-1098 On our way home to the United States, we had a one night layover in London, which was so much fun because none of us had ever been to London. We arrived at the airport in the late afternoon, went straight to our hotel to drop our stuff off, and spent the evening walking around! We wanted to be sure we saw Buckingham Palace, walked in Hyde Park, saw Big Ben and the London Eye. We ate fish and chips, walked the busy streets, and listened closely to every beautiful British accent we could!

Although it was a quick trip, I’m excited to hopefully return in London soon and spend more time in this lovely and very historic city!

Film Processing: Indie Film Lab

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Cinque Terre

July 14, 2015

calliedavis-italy-1047 Cinque Terre is one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited. Not only is it filled with colorful houses on the Italian Riviera, but it has the most unbelievable views! I am proud to say that between my last trip to Cinque Terre and this trip, I have officially hiked the whole Cinque Terre trail; from town one (Riomaggiore) to town five (Monterosso)!

Hiking Itinerary
Train from Portofino to Monterosso
Hiked from Monterosso to Vernazza (4 Hour Hike)
Ate lunch and relaxed in Vernazza
Took the ferry to Manarola (saw Corniglia along the way)
Hiked from Manarola to Riomaggiore (1 Hour Hike)
Train from Riomaggiore back to Portofino

Film Processing: Indie Film Lab

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Portofino

June 30, 2015

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While the first half of our Italy adventure was about experiencing the culture and relaxing, the second part of our trip was about exploring. We stayed in the gorgeous and quaint Portofino but did lots of amazing hiking nearby. We stayed in an apartment overlooking the water and dined below on delicious meats, cheeses, pesto and wine! I felt like a queen!

Portofino Itinerary
Day 6: Leave Chianti / Train from Pisa to Portofino / Dinner at Tripoli
Day 7: Hiked from Portofino to San Fruttuoso / Dinner at O Magazin
Day 8: Day in Cinque Terre

Film Processing: Indie Film Lab

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