My friend Maddie and I love to go on little adventures together. Whether it’s hitting up Miami or exploring the areas around where we live, she’s always up for doing something exciting and spontaneous with me. We wanted to do a beach day for our next hangout, but we didn’t want it to be like any other old beach day. We decided to make a day trip to the best beach in the U.S.A., Siesta Key.
Siesta Key is known for it’s white powder like sand and clear blue waters. It’s ranked #1 and I wanted to be the judge of that. So at 8am on a Wednesday, Maddie and I set off for our girl’s trip. We jammed to Fergie and Adele while singing at the top of our lungs. The two hour car ride didn’t seem that long because we were having so much fun enjoying each other’s company.
Once we parked at beach access 5, we got our stuff to go lay out by the water. I must say, Siesta Key is as beautiful as everyone makes it out to be. The sand was so soft and the weather was gorgeous. Not a cloud in the sky. So we relaxed under the sun and catched up on some enjoyment reading. Before we knew it, our belly’s started growling and knew it was time to grab some food.
Siesta Key, and Florida in general, have many seafood restaurants and beach style cuisine. We decided to go to Daiquiri Deck Raw Bar. It was perfect because it was a two minute walk from where we were. We parked next to a strip called Ocean Boulevard and it has many cute restaurants and souvenir shops. It was very convenient, especially because we didn’t want to drive out of the parking lot and lose our spot. We ordered a few different appetizers and a meal. The calamari and coconut shrimp was delicious. My mahi mahi wrap hit the spot and filled me right up. The restaurant had a cool vibe and they even play live music at night.
After we were full and energized, we ended up shopping for a little bit and then went to the main area of the beach. This area was my favorite because it had cute lifeguard booths and there was more people around. We stayed there for another hour just people watching and walking around. Once we had our first few yawns, we decided it was time to go. We we’re tired from being in the sun all day and traveling.
On our way home, we reminisced on our day trip and praised ourselves for shaking things up with our beach day. We even started planning when we were going to go again because we loved it so much. Whether you live in Florida or just visiting, Siesta Key is a must go to place. It is the most beautiful beach in America and I put my stamp of approval on that statement.
Friday was our last day in Nashville and it was time for my parents and I to drive back up to Lexington Kentucky. After our big breakfast at our hotel, we packed up and headed back on the road. Once again we were bopping to “Yacht Rock” radio on Sirius XM and took in the sights during our drive.
I can’t talk enough about how beautiful I find Kentucky, especially Lexington. There are gorgeous stables everywhere that are nicer than some houses and the land is so green. Lexington is also the home of University of Kentucky and their spirit for the school is so wonderful. Whenever we would go into malls, there would be at least four University of Kentucky stores. Even when you’re walking around, there are 3/5 people wearing something with their logo on it. School spirit is huge for this city.
My favorite shopping area we went to in Lexington is called The Summit at Fritz Farm. It was brand new and had the best stores. I was happily surprised to find out there was another Draper James in this outside mall (there’s only three stores in the contry). I went to two Draper James in two days. The atmosphere was so nice and the weather was a wonderful 65 degrees.
But I have to say, my favorite part about visiting Lexington was randomly meeting actor Tyler Posey at Fayette Mall. It was crazy. He was there for an appearance at Dillard’s (he was supporting the brand Kiehl’s) and I got to get a picture with him! It was amazing and I didn’t expect that to happen. It really put the cherry on top of this awesome family vacation. My parents are already looking into booking another trip to Nashville for our next break!
The Gulch in Nashville is a very upscale part of the city. And most importantly, Biscuit Love is located there. When I was researching things to do and places to go, I saw everyone recommending going to Biscuit Love and trying their famous bonuts.
If you don’t know what a bonut is, it’s a delicacy that’s half biscuit and half donut. The order comes with five and it’s easy to share. The bonuts are topped with mascopon cream and a side of blueberry preservatives. The bonut was light as a biscuit and rich like a donut. This is a must have when you travel to Nashville. My mother, who isn’t a big sweet tooth, couldn’t help but have two! It was hard to stop ourselves from ordering another. They also have really good biscuits and gravy if you aren’t feeling up to dessert in the morning. Biscuit Love even has a huge Nashville sign that is cute to take pictures with!
The gulch is also home to the music wings mural. I had to get a picture with them and they make a cute Instagram post. There was even tiny wings for children and dogs! The Gulch was very nice to hang out at. You can find some really cool murals and trendy restaurants there.
One of the top places I wanted to go to on my trip to Nashville was Draper James. Just by reading that sentence you can probably tell where my priorities are and what type of girl I am. Draper James is known for dressing girls up for southern charm and class. It’s also owned by one of my favorite actresses, Reese Witherspoon. This store is on 12th South right next to the iconic “I Believe in Nashville” mural. Right when you walk into the store, the employees hand you a sweet tea with a smile. All the clothes were absolutely beautiful and I wanted everything in the store. It’s also on the cutest Street in Nashville. There was a lot of cool restaurants (one called The Flipside was even featured on the Food Network) and a fan favorite for donuts called Five Daughters Bakery is a must go to place.
After exploring this Street and shopping at Draper James, we drove through Belmont University and then headed out for the town of Franklin. Franklin is such a cute little historic town and the boutiques we’re so much fun to shop at. The trip over there was also beautiful. We had views of acres of land and the landscape is totally different than Florida’s. I love being able to see something different and experience being in a different place. We also got to checkout Brentwood and go shopping at their mall. Finally, we got to stop at the iconic Bluebird Cafe. Many artists got there break there and it’s very difficult to reserve spots to go eat here (I tried and ultimately failed). You can even see The Bluebird Cafe on the hit show Nashville.
For dinner, my parents and I ate at Hog Heaven (I totally recommend their ribs) and headed out for Broadway again. We got to take a walk on the Pedestrian Bridge and the views of Downtown Nashville we’re amazing. Afterwards, we went to Tin Roof again to listen to some music. This time we ordered their nachos with the pulled pork and it was a winner. We ended the night by walking around downtown and listening to music from every corner. We also got to people watch and I noticed Nashville is a place to go for Bachelorette parties. It was fun to see Cinderella style carriages strolling people up and down the streets. There was also drinking bikes and tractors pulling people in wagons. Everywhere you turn on Broadway there is always excitement. This is what made me fall in love with this city.
On the first day of the Polin Family Vacay expedition, we flew into Lexington Kentucky. My parents like to take road trips so we tried to incorporate that in this vacation. Right when we landed, we got our rental car and set off for Nashville. The drive was so much fun. My parents and I jammed to oldies and even took a little detour to Louisville. When we got to Nashville, we checked into our hotel and walked over to Hattie B’s for lunch.
Hattie B’s is by far the best southern food I’ve ever eaten. The chicken was so juicy and flavorful with a kick of spice. We also had delicious pimento mac and cheese, baked beans, and coleslaw for our sides. I was literally walking out there with a smile on my face and 10 Ibs heavier. Hattie B’s was also a very hoppin’ place. When we got to the restaurant, there was already a line outside the door. We only had to wait about 10 minutes and the service was fast. I would recommend to just get the 1/3 bird and pick a few different sides if especially if you are with two or three people. We also ordered the chicken tenders, but that was way too much food for my family and I. Let’s just say we we’re very satisfied customers at the end of our meal.
After lunch, we decided to take a walk around Vanderbilt University and Centennial Park. Both places were very beautiful with both old and new buildings. I loved the history of Nashville and you can really see it throughout the city. Centennial Park had a great vibe and it’s known for it’s Parthenon replica. This place was very cool to take pictures and just sit on a park bench to enjoy the nature around you.
At night was the best time to be in Nashville. My parents and I headed down to Broadway and got to check out the sights. There was music blasting at every bar and it was finally my chance to go honky tonking. My parents went into different bars taking in all the music and enjoying the atmosphere. If you ever go down Broadway, checking out Tootsie’s is a must. Some of Nashville’s finest have performed there. Finally, we arrived to our favorite bar (we became a regular there after that week). The bar was called Tin Roof and it not only had a great aesthetic, but they also had the best happy hour in town. It even says it on a neon sign outside the bar. The music was fantastic and they had a great pulled pork sandwich. I would recommend this place a thousand times because it was that great.
My first day in Nashville was amazing and it kept on getting better each day we were there. More descriptions of yummy food and activity ideas are coming up so stay tuned my friends.
Yoga is one of my favorite kind of workouts. Not only do I focus on my physical abilities, but I also get to relax and meditate. It’s a time for thinking and building strength in my mind and body. So, when I heard that there was a type of yoga called aerial yoga, I was excited to try it out.
Aerial yoga is exactly like regular yoga, but you’re doing it on a silk hammock. You do a variety of moves and you get to show off your acrobatic skills. You can hang upside down like a bat or swing like a child. Luckily, there’s an aerial yoga place in Naples called House of Flyte and I got to have the opportunity to try out this new trendy workout.
When I first got there I was kind nervous because I didn’t know what to expect. I made sure to take a beginners class because I didn’t want to get into a situation that would make a fool out of myself. Our instructor began our class with the background story of aerial yoga. Aerial yoga was created by an acrobat who thought yoga would be even better on a hammock. We started with relaxing yoga moves on the hammock (like child’s pose) and then eased our way into the acrobatic portion of the class. The acrobat part wasn’t as bad as I thought and it was actually really fun. I felt like pink performing on silks at the 2010 Grammy’s. My favorite one was the vampire pose and I was literally in a upside down cacoon. The instructor even went around and took pictures of everyone in that position. We also got to swing on the silk hammocks and it made my friend and I giggle because of how much fun it was. The best part in yoga is always shavasona and it was even better in aerial yoga. I got to lay on my back in the hammock and close my eyes in relaxtion while I was gently swinging back and forth. Aerial yoga is a must try workout and it’s an even fun hangout with a friend. I’m definitely going to have to go back, but this time I might challenge myself and take a harder class!