Marriott Ranch in Hume, Virginia

Marriott Ranch

Life’s been a little all over the place as of late. Between travel, foraying back into dating, and everything in between I’m staying busy. Which is something that I’m definitely not complaining about. But after a few busy couple of weeks a trip to the Marriott Ranch was just what the doctor ordered.  After spending a few days on this gorgeous property with the Fairfield by Marriott team I fell in love with the countryside all over again. From spending the mornings watching the sunrise to eating our dinners and lunches on the lawn this trip will go down as one of my all time favorites.  Not to mention the crew I was on site with were easily some of the best folks I’ve got to travel with. We stayed up late, drank a lot of wine, laughed until our stomachs hurt, and made s’mores. In other words, the trip was a blast from start to finish. Because after all, good travel buds make everything better.  We were on site for the unveiling of the new look for Fairfield by Marriott, and since the ranch inspired the brand it was only fitting to unveil their new look here. After a…

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Charleston, West Virginia Weekend Trip

Exploring Charleston, West Virginia

Remember that trip I took to Charleston, West Virginia a few weeks back? Well the story I wrote for them is live now on their site! I did my best to explore the local beat and round up the best way to spend a weekend in Charleston. The story covers everything from where to shop and what to eat and about anything else you could think of. In other words, it’s got everything you’ll need and then some. So what are you waiting for? Head to CharlestonWV.com to start reading and find out how to spend a fun-filled weekend in the Mountain State. Because after all, it’s just a short drive from Louisville and several neighboring major cities. 

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Appalachian Food Summit Dinner at 21c Lexington

Appalachian Food Summit Dinner

I’m always happy when food is involved, but even more so when it’s made by several of my favorite chefs from the region. Like at the Appalachian Food Summit Dinner at 21c in Lexington earlier this month. So much good food. Such a gorgeous space. So little time. Literally can’t say enough good things about my first Fork + Bottle Dinner at 21c, but I can say that it will definitely not be my last.  Lexington is certainly a city that is growing in both size and impact in the region. I’m finding myself making the short drive West of Louisville more and more often as of late. Louisville’s little sister is finally growing up, and the region is lucky to have her. The Appalachian Food Summit Dinner was the perfect reminder of the food I grew up eating in my grandma’s kitchen, and of the culture that went along with it. A culture that is seeing a renaissance of sorts as chefs begin to embrace comfort food in all it’s iterations. I felt incredibly blessed to be at a table of fellow Southerners sharing food much like generations before us would have done.  Those moments are the ones I…

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Playa Mambo Eco Cabanas in Tulum, Mexico

Playa Mambo Eco Cabanas

Y’all. Take me back to Mexico, ASAP. Please and thank you. I know I just got back and all, but I could seriously use another trip somewhere tropical to do some relaxing. Who’s with me? This most recent trip was my second trip to the Tulum area, and it’s easily one of the best vacation spots I’ve been to. It’s a quick and easy trip from the States, but is just far enough way to feel like you’re somewhere else.  Best part about Tulum though? Once you’re there you really don’t need to leave. Everything you need is within walking distance, and the beach is literally right out your front door. What’s not to love? Now if you’re wondering where to stay in Tulum I’ve got you. Playa Mambo Eco Cabanas hosted me for a few days on my most recent trip down, and they are such an incredible property. They have it all, really. From delicious food to gorgeous views of the beach they are the perfect home away from home. Why? Because the staff is welcoming, the location perfect, and the rooms perfectly appointed.  Next time you’re considering a vacation I would highly encourage any (and all) of…

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Lexington Farmers Market

Before jetting off to Chicago last weekend I hit the road early one morning for a quick trip to the Lexington Farmers Market with Chef Jonathan Searle of Lockbox. Why? Mostly because I’m a glutton for punishment. But also because I’m attending a dinner he’s hosting for the Appalachian Food Summit. Seeing as how I’ve been itching to attend one of their Fork & Barrel dinners for a while now I jumped at the opportunity to learn more about this one. After spending the morning with him and seeing his love for his craft, my mouth is already watering. Plus, I always love the chance to support a good cause, especially one that’s all about Kentucky. After all that is how this blog came to be. So I’m all about paying it forward.  As I walked the market with Chef that Saturday morning I learned that 81% of Appalachian residents do not receive sufficient nutrition. So he’s bringing together some of the best chefs in the region together on July 10, 2017 for a four-course dinner and cocktail hour. Each regional chef is designing and preparing a different course of the family style dinner. Including Searle, Chef Annie Pettry of Decca (Louisville), Chef Ouita Michel of Holly Hill…

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