This past weekend we ventured to Nichols, New York for my cousin’s wedding. Nichols is a pretty rural area with a lot of farms, fruit and vegetable stands on the side of the road, antique stores, wineries nearby, and small-town charm. Other than its casino resort and racetrack Tioga Downs it feels miles and miles away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. We got to experience the slower pace of a time gone by when we stayed at the Fainting Goat Island Inn. The Inn, which used to be a railroad hotel, is decorated with thoughtful touches and beautiful antiques that transport you to a different time and place.
You can curl up and read a book on one of the ornate vintage couches, have a drink at their bar, or swing for a while on the front porch. When you venture outside you can take in the beauty of the Susquehanna River and admire wildlife like eagles and deer. You’ll be greeted by friendly animals, including three white fluffy Pyrenees Mountain dogs, a potbelly pig named pork chop, ducks, and of course, fainting goats, who will faint if you are lucky enough to surprise them. Our stay could not have been better thanks to hosts Marnie and Bill, who made sure we had everything we needed and shared their tips for local attractions.
They recommended we visit Antler Ridge Winery in Ulster, PA. We had a great time trying wines and taking in the beautiful view.
You can book the Nubian room (pictured below) or any of their other four available rooms on Airbnb.
At the end of June, the boyfriend and I went to Annapolis, one of our favorite cities. We go almost every year. The downtown area of the city is so charming with its classic blue, yellow, red and white houses with gorgeous porch gardens and wreaths adorning almost every door. The restaurants and bars are an eclectic mix of Irish pubs, seafood restaurants and newer concepts such as a sushi joint and taco place. Here is last year’s guide to Annapolis including specific shopping and restaurant suggestions.
This year we split our time between Annapolis, Arlington, D.C. and Baltimore to see friends and family. We saw a great exhibit at the American History Museum on the flag from the War of 1812 that inspired the “Star Spangled Banner.” It was awesome! I highly recommend it. I tried a great restaurant in Arlington called Fig and Olive. And I got to watch the Cavs win a championship with my sister. All in all it was a great trip.
One of my favorite outfits from the weekend was this H&M dress. I think the blue and white pattern is perfect for summer and will look even better once I have a tan. The wide ruffle at the top is a great flirty detail.
While in Baltimore, I found my hat soulmate, spirit animal and partner in crime if I ever go to the Kentucky Derby….
Flag at the Naval Academy
Downtown Annapolis Harbor
Me doing a handstand in front of the Washington Monument
For the past few years, we’ve been drawn to the city of Annapolis for some work and some pleasure. With each passing year we’ve discovered new things to love and enjoy about the city. This year we discovered some new places that are sure to become staples in the years to come and revisited old favorites.
There is a lot to love about the city of Annapolis. As you can see from the photo above its right on the water and there are usually a multitude of boats docked for your viewing pleasure. The style of Annapolis is definitely inspired by its nautical surroundings. People dress preppy yet savvy. You’ll see a lot of seersucker, pastels and nautical print, but there are also a lot of smart, on-trend outfits. It’s a great place to gather style inspiration. I tried my best to fit in my lobster-print shorts.
For dinner the first night, we tried a newer place called Iron Rooster. They serve breakfast all day, which lucky for me included shrimp and grits with poached eggs. Pictured above is the Cakes on Cakes otherwise known as crab cakes served on top of fried green tomatoes served on top of cornmeal pancakes. Amazing!
The second night we tried a restaurant called Vida Taco Bar. We started with Margaritas and Ceviche. Of the tacos, my favorites were the Fried Oyster, Ahi Tuna and Shrimp.We will definitely be going back next year!
There are many fun bars to stop in at night. We love Ram’s Head. This year we tried a bar called Pussers. It’s not the classiest establishment in the bunch, but it’s right on the water and is a lot of fun.
There is quite a bit of shopping in Annapolis. I always like to run into Lou Lou boutique to browse. That’s where I got my American Flag Scarf. It’s similar to CharmingCharlie because it is organized by theme and color, but I feel like the jewelry has slightly better quality and is more on trend. I always have to stop by Navette Boutique. It’s this very well curated consignment shop with brands like J.Crew and Lilly Pulitzer. It’s essentially like shopping the outfits walking down the streets in Annapolis. I’m super bummed I never got to run into a new boutique called Dear Annie. Looks like they have great stuff.
The sign in front of Dear Annie Boutique. The place to shop if you are a hippy mermaid.
The Annapolis Bookstore is a must see on the list. It’s incredibly charming with an interesting selection of new and old books.
Annapolis is also very well equipped with antique stores. With all of the historical touches to the city and grand old houses, it’s not surprising that every antique store is filled with treasures.
Shopping and eating are only touching on a few of the things to do in Annapolis. There are a lot of historical tours by land or sea. The Naval Academy is a 2 minute walk from the downtown area. It’s such a beautiful campus right on the water. We always have to stop by to see John Paul Jones’ grave.
Where are you traveling this summer? What are you must see restaurants, shops when you travel?
This was not my first trip to Annapolis or DC, but this was definitely a trip in which I discovered some great new places. First on the list is Navette, the consignment shop where I bought this lovely J.Crew maxi dress for $16. I feel like the people of Annapolis dress pretty well and I am happy to take their second hand items from the likes of Lilly Pulitzer and Anthropologie.
The gold tassel necklace you see is from Absolutely Fabulous Antiques for $10. Further down on Maryland Avenue is Evergreen Antiques where I found this seashell jewelry holder for $10. Both shops are full of the nautical-themed vintage and antique items I love.
I can’t go to Annapolis without stopping in DC to visit with friends and family and to see the monuments and museums. My sister and I caught a very cool exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery called Dancing the Dream, which featured dancers throughout the generations — from Josephine Baker to Beyonce.
My friend took me to Farmers Fishers Bakers, a great breakfast place on the Potomac right in Georgetown. This was by far one of the best breakfasts I have ever eaten. It was like a gourmet breakfast buffet where the waiters never stop bringing you more food. I can’t say that I’ve ever had sushi and french toast all in one sitting, but I think I could get used to it!
Outfit to and from the airport: (Added the Hunter Wellingtons after the flight), Old Navy jean jacket, Ralph Lauren striped top, Target scarf, H&M skirt, Dooney & Bourke purse (thrifted)
Part of the Inner Harbor flooded while we were there. We went to dinner the first night in Fells Point. Bars and restaurants were having flood sales.
I visited the Edgar Allen Poe House and Museum as well as his current grave site. Below is where he was originally buried.
I had a great time this past weekend. We stayed in the beautiful and charming city of Annapolis, and by the end of the weekend, we did not want to leave. We went shopping in Georgetown, ate crabs at Cantler’s, saw some of the great monuments in DC, and visited the Naval Academy including a stop at the tomb of John Paul Jones. I also highly recommend listening to the Devil in the White City on audiobook if you are ever traveling. It made the 4-5 hour car ride go by extremely fast.