Nashville: the perfect weekend getaway

Oh Music City – filled with some of the best nightlife and live music and of course bachelorette parties. Well at least that is what everyone thinks of when they hear Nashville – or Nash-Vegas, but there is so much more to this awesome city.

I have been to Nashville twice now and loved it each time for different reasons. The first time I went was a few years ago with a few of my friends. The last time I went was just a few weeks ago with my mom, so they were two very different trips for obvious reasons.

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Below are a few of my favorite things about Nashville and they showcase how you can spend the perfect weekend with your friends as well as your family.

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The Hamptons

I am going to start off by saying that the Hampton’s made me feel like I was part of the Gossip Girl crew and anyone that knows me, knows that I loooove Gossip Girl, so it was a big moment for me haha. The Hampton’s are a boujee area in New York where the rich and famous like to vacation. It has also become a destination on the hit TV show on Bravo called Summer House, which looks at a couple of people from New York that rent a summer-house in the Hampton’s.

So, I had the pleasure of celebrating one of my best friends birthday over Memorial Day Weekend (opening weekend of the Hampton’s), and I had the absolute best time. I want to take you through some of the things we did and places we went to show you some of the highlights of the trip.


The Ultimate Guide to a Weekend in the Hampton’s:

Day 1 (Thursday): We arrived on Thursday to New York. There isn’t a major airport in the Hampton’s, so you will most likely have to arrive to NYC first. Our plan was to go to the Hamptons early Friday morning which meant that we got to spend the day in New York City. As some of you may know, I love NYC. There is just this feeling I get when I am there and I feel like there is always something new to see and do. Since, I was in New York in March, I didn’t feel the need to go sight-seeing, so my friend and I went out to lunch and did some shopping and at night we went out to dinner and some drinks with the rest of the group.

Lunch: By Chloe – really great Vegan place. I am not vegan myself, but they had very delicious food and make sure to get the coconut water. It was one of the best I have ever had!

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Dinner/Drinks: Salvation Taco– if you are looking for a fun place to grab a bite and hang out with your friends then this place is it. There is also a rooftop with stunning views, so make sure you make a reservation if you want to get up there.

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Day 2 (Friday): departure to the Hampton’s via the Jitney. Make sure to book it ahead of time because in the summer it is a popular spot to go to so the spots fill up fast. It takes about 2 or so hours to get there, so make sure you incorporate that in your schedule.

Housing: we rented out an Airbnb due to there being 16 of us, but if you have a smaller group, there are hotels to choose from too if that is more your style. I personally loved the Airbnb idea, not only because there was a lot of us but we also had an outdoor pool and a kitchen, therefore we didn’t have to eat out for every meal because the Hampton’s can get pretty pricey.

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Dinner: the first night we made dinner at the house. We had some appetizers, grilled some turkey burgers, and started to get our drink on. It was pretty great because we had plenty of time to get ready for the night and all got to hang out, drink and eat together. Since it was my friend’s birthday, we did cake that night too and the cake was amazing!!

Nightlife: for our first night out, we went to Stephen Talkhouse. It was a really fun atmosphere and they had a live band. Expect to wait in line because it is a hot spot and a lot of people like to go out there.

Day 3: (Saturday): This was our boujee day for sure. We had some bagels in the morning and headed out to Gurney’s in Montauk. This is another hot spot and where all the cool kids go to get their drink on. It is basically a party on the beach and you must have a reservation to even get on the beach. Make sure you book your tables or cabana like we did in advance and expect to spend that cash because things here are pretty pricey. But, you will have a great time guaranteed. With a DJ bumping some tunes and everyone in a good mood, it is definitely a fun time.

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After Party: The Sloppy Tuna!! Just like the name, prepare to take your buzzed booty and get a little sloppy. With stunning water views and a really fun atmosphere, this place is perfect to continue on the party.

Dinner: Order some food in. We ended up going home and getting some pizza and just hung out at the house which was a perfect way to end the eventful day we had.

Day 3 (Sunday): this was our last full day of the trip and unfortunately it rained. The only good part about this was that it gave us all the day to recoup a bit and get ready for the night.

Lunch: you cannot go somewhere that is near the ocean and not have seafood (unless you do not like it of course). We all hung out inside all day and then got ourselves some lobster rolls and clam chowder soup. I am not sure if we were all just starving but it was definitely up there on the list of one of the best lobster rolls I ever had.

Dinner: 75 Main. Get ready for a fancy and delicious meal. Their appetizers were great and so was the pasta. Definitely make sure you check this place out because it is definitely a hot spot and you will not regret it.

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Night Out: AM Southampton was our choice for the night out due to having the club owner approach us at dinner and getting us a deal to go the club. If you are looking for a place to get your dance on and to have a really wild night, then this is the perfect way to end your trip and a night out.

Day 4 (Monday) : departure day. Make sure to take into account that there be traffic on your way back so plan your flight and bus accordingly if you chose that route.


The Hampton’s were definitely a bucket list destination for me, so I am ecstatic to say that I was able to cross it off the list. My favorite part of the whole experience, was that it can be for anyone and everyone. It is a great place for families, for birthday parties, romantic getaways and even just a weekend with your friends.

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Who has been to the Hampton’s? What was your favorite part? Let me know 🙂

Happy Travels – xoxo Dre ❤

 

Why Ft. Lauderdale is the perfect beach vacation

I love traveling with my mom and so we try to take one trip a year somewhere together. One of our trips last year happened to be in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and it was an amazing trip. I wanted to share with you guys some of the fun things we did on this trip and why it was the perfect location for a getaway.

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How to spend a weekend in Ft. Lauderdale:

Where to Stay: 

Stay at the Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort. It is at the beginning of the strip of all the hotels along the beach; giving you the perfect opportunity to take walks on the beach and check out some of the other hotels. Also, you are a bit away from the big hustle and bustle, so you get a more relaxing experience with less crowds. There are shops and restaurants around here as well, so there is still plenty to do.

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Where to Eat:

Cafe Del Mar – for hugeeee margaritas!

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El Taquito – located right by the Sonesta Hotel, my mom and I went here a few times to enjoy some breakfast and lunch. It is a mom and pop type of place, but the food was amazing.

Parrot Lounge – this is your typical dive bar situation. Pub food and good beer, can’t go wrong here.

Las Olas Tuscan Grill – this place had very delicious food and it was on Las Olas Boulevard which contains the cutest shops and lots of good restaurants as well.

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Yo Mama’s Ice Cream Shop – for ice cream, enough said 🙂

What to Do:

Las Olas Beach – check out Ft. Lauderdale’s most popular beach and soak up the sun all day. Filled with many shops and restaurants, there will be no shortage of things to do.

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Las Olas Boulevard – this place is perfect for a stroll to check out some boutiques, galleries and amazing restaurants. Do not forget to treat yourself to some gelato of course 🙂

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Day trip to Bahamas – if you have the time I highly recommend this! You do not always get a chance to just head out to the Bahamas when ever you want, so this is the perfect opportunity to do so. There is a boat that can take you on a day trip to Freeport, Bahamas and it is about a two-hour or so boat ride. It is the perfect little getaway and you get to spend your day soaking up the rays by the Caribbean Sea. Just make sure you bring your passport because you will be needing it to leave the country and get to the Bahamas.

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Fort Lauderdale has so much to offer and it is perfect for all kinds of trips: trip with your besties, a family trip, solo trip, but it was especially perfect for a mother daughter trip 🙂

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Happy Travels – xoxo Dre ❤