Archive for the ‘TRAVEL’ Category

11.04.19

OUR ROAD TRIP HONEYMOON

honeymoon road trip | designlovefest
honeymoon road trip | designlovefest

we spent 6 months not really knowing what to do for our honeymoon, we contemplated skipping it, and then one day we just decided to do a spontaneous two week road trip in a van through arizona, utah, colorado, and new mexico! we enjoy that way of travel the most, and somewhere far and fancy felt like too much pressure. it was the BEST decision and we had such a blast!

we rented the nora sprinter van from Go Camp. it was fully stocked and ready to go. it had a table that converted to a queen bed, a small bathroom, and a kitchen with a stove top/oven/sink. plus everything we needed like bedding, utensils, tent, sleeping bag, camping chairs, a heater…everything really. we were driving around 3,000 miles so we wanted something that felt sturdy, safe and fast. the vanagons will be what we will rent for our california road trips!

we did a mixture of camping in the van and a few hotels along the way. some nicer, some motels. it was a really great balance. i’m excited to share our itinerary and hope some of you stop at these spots! I recommend just starring a bunch of places in your google map, plan out a loose itinerary and just hit the road. we went in the off season (oct 18-nov 1st) so some things were closed but mostly it was not crowded and great. let me know if you have any questions!

ok, here we go…

LA > ARIZONA

honeymoon road trip | designlovefest
honeymoon road trip | designlovefest
honeymoon road trip | designlovefest
honeymoon road trip | designlovefest

LA > SEDONA

I hadn’t been to sedona since I was a young kid, but I remember being amazed by the sunsets and the red rocks when I was there. there sure is something pretty magical about that place!

we camped at rancho sedona RV park for 2 days and got familiar with the van. it was close to town (we walked a lot), clean and right by the water. I heard amara resort and spa is nice to stay too – here is a $50 off any hotel link if you want!

we really liked indian gardens cafe & market for breakfast (we also stocked up on beer and snacks for the trip here). I heard that mariposa latin grill is worth checking out. we ended up cooking in the van most meals.

we did a pink jeep tour at sunset. pretty touristy, but also so gorgeous so I think it’s worth it.

honeymoon road trip | designlovefest
  
honeymoon road trip | designlovefest

ARCOSANTI

this was actually our first stop on our way to sedona, about an hour away. arcosanti is an architecture dream! this place has been on our list for awhile, so I am really happy we were able to see it finally. it’s an “experimental city” where people live, but many just visit and tour the place. I find the shapes, windows, colors, and vibe there totally fascinating. check their site and book a little tour. they are strict about not just wandering around on your own.

honeymoon road trip | designlovefest
honeymoon road trip | designlovefest
honeymoon road trip | designlovefest
honeymoon road trip | designlovefest

SEDONA > ZION NATIONAL PARK

I was considering going to amangiri for a night because it looks gorgeous but I just couldn’t justify that nightly rate. my friend ashley told me about this ranch in zion called zion mountain ranch that was was affordable and super cute. it’s a bunch of individual cabins and there were grazing animals (baby bison!) and chickens on the property. the drive to get there is really pretty too so I am happy we saw more of Utah on the road.

we also had a cozy farm to table dinner at the restaurant on the property and s’mores on the fire after.

honeymoon road trip | designlovefest
honeymoon road trip | designlovefest
honeymoon road trip | designlovefest
honeymoon road trip | designlovefest

the next morning we grabbed breakfast at a casual diner, thunderbird restaurant, on our way out of town (there are only like 2 spots to eat around there)

ZION > ANTELOPE CANYON

honeymoon road trip | designlovefest
honeymoon road trip | designlovefest
honeymoon road trip | designlovefest
honeymoon road trip | designlovefest
honeymoon road trip | designlovefest
honeymoon road trip | designlovefest
honeymoon road trip | designlovefest

SEE THE WHOLE TRAVEL GUIDE AFTER THE JUMP!…

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03.21.19

NEW ORLEANS WEDDING GUIDE!

New Orleans guide | designlovefest

i thought we would put together a bunch of our favorite new orleans spots for our wedding guests (5 weeks to go!) and then i figured, might as well post it on the blog too. so here’s a list of restaurants and bars that are special to us. justin is from new orleans and it’s his favorite place to be. can’t wait to celebrate, eat, drink and be merry! leave your favorite new orleans spot in the comments.

get ready to be FUUUUUULLLLL and happy…

New Orleans guide | designlovefest

felix’s is our favorite place for oysters in town! get the soft shell crab po’boy and the chargrilled oysters.

New Orleans guide | designlovefest
New Orleans guide | designlovefest

cochon is an excellent meat heavy restaurant in the cbd. on the pricier side but definitely a place to make reservations and have a delicious meal!

next door, they have a more casual sandwich spot called cochon butcher and it’s great as well.

New Orleans guide | designlovefest
New Orleans guide | designlovefest

cane and table is where we are having our family dinner the night before the wedding. cool decor, a fantastic chicken sandwich, a great bar, and it’s in a lively area to wander around with a drink in hand.

New Orleans guide | designlovefest
New Orleans guide | designlovefest

willie mae’s scotch house. best fried chicken – justin says “maybe in the world!”

New Orleans guide | designlovefest
New Orleans guide | designlovefest

we’ve had a few dates at the counter at this low-key bar in the marigny, port of call. order the giant burger, loaded baked potato and a bloody mary. the perfect hangover fix. one of my favorite meals in town!

New Orleans guide | designlovefest
New Orleans guide | designlovefest
New Orleans guide | designlovefest

we almost had our wedding here, it’s so charming! stop in the napolean house for a pimm’s cup and it feels like you’ve transported in time in the french quarter.

New Orleans guide | designlovefest

elizabeth’s is a very classic new orleans breakfast spot. a solid, no frills southern brunch. shrimp and grits, duck waffles, praline bacon…

CLICK THROUGH TO SEE THE WHOOOLE LIST…

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12.13.18

DLF LUGGAGE GIVEAWAY!

it’s the holidays and we’ve all got travel on our minds. whether it’s a road trip to see family or you’re flying across the country, most of us are hitting the road. we thought it would be a fun time of year to do a giveaway for some of our DLF luggage! two lucky winners will receive 5 pieces (see below for terms and conditions) of their choices from our most recent collection. my personal faves are the lavender roller, the crossbody bag, weekender, fold up tote and the pouch. what would you pick?!

TO ENTER:

head over to this instagram! giveaway is open to US only, we’ll select two winners. giveaway closers monday the 17th!

terms and conditions: one entry per person, US residents only, must select 5 different pieces, one roller in each size only and either the backpack or the weekender. This giveaway is hosted by Bri Emery, INC and we reserve the right to cancel, change or alter the giveaway in any way at any time and for any reason.  

12.11.18

MONTRÉAL TRAVEL GUIDE!

montréal travel guide | designlovefest

montreal during the holiday season was the perfect time to visit! it was my first time in the city and i really loved it, not too expensive, kind people, good food and lots to do. i was invited by accorhotels who own a lot of properties across the world. as part of their le club loyalty program, they created the seeker project, a cool interactive quiz that anyone can take where you answer some questions, they show you some pictures and you pick what you’re drawn to and they also take into account your heart rate (which is wild!)  and at the end they tell you the places, based on your answers, that would be the best fit for your next vacation. it can be anything from city to beach to mountains. it’s a fun way to narrow down what you’re really digging for your next trip and even if you’re not planning a trip it’s a really well designed quiz that’s interesting to see. one of the places was the fairmont queen elizabeth in montreal which is where we ended up!

montréal travel guide | designlovefest
montréal travel guide | designlovefest
montréal travel guide | designlovefest

they gave us a really pretty suite that felt really festive and even had a tree in it.  but they have a range of prices for their rooms, i checked base rates while we were there and they start at $150/per night. we stayed on the gold floor which had a free happy hour every evening and a breakfast included as well. the hotel really did offer so much which is nice in a city where the weather can be unpredictable and you might not want to stay indoors.

montréal travel guide | designlovefest
montréal travel guide | designlovefest
montréal travel guide | designlovefest
montréal travel guide | designlovefest
montréal travel guide | designlovefest

we started the night with a fancy cocktail (or two) at our hotel bar, nacarat. the bartenders were so into it and made the experience really fun. montréal actually has tons of cool cocktail bars, i will show you some of our faves in this post. this one was a great one.

full guide below!

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11.29.18

IRELAND TRAVEL GUIDE!

Ireland travel guide | designlovefest

ok, i hope you save this post for travel tips because i SERIOUSLY recommend going to ireland. we both had never been and loved so much about it. the beautiful scenery, the people were so kind, the food and cocktails were great, the pubs were fun, and going in early november was perfect! we decided to pack a ton in and drive around a lot of the country so we could experience as much as possible in 4 days (which might have been extreme but i am still happy we did it because we saw so much)

Ireland travel guide | designlovefest
Ireland travel guide | designlovefest

we got to fly first class on aer lingus which was a real treat! it was fun to start our Ireland experience as soon as we got on the plane in san francisco. all of the staff was really friendly and we were able to curl up in our seats and watch movies and drink wine and really relax before hitting the ground running. they’re a global partner with alaska air which means you can use your alaska miles to book a flight to ireland! they served us scones and tea and delicious food, it really was a fun flying experience, i’d recommend it!

Ireland travel guide | designlovefest
Ireland travel guide | designlovefest
 
Ireland travel guide | designlovefest
Ireland travel guide | designlovefest
Ireland travel guide | designlovefest
Ireland travel guide | designlovefest
Ireland travel guide | designlovefest

FIRST STOP: DUBLIN

a lot of people told me dublin feels really touristy. i’m sure there are parts that do, but overall i loved the vibe there. it might have been because we went in the off season so it wasn’t quite as crowded. but the streets were decorated for christmas, and there were tons of little shops and restaurants to pop into. i will just call out our favorites in each stop so you can write them down. we were also pleasantly surprised at the quality of food you get for the price in ireland!

cute lunch at hatch and sons for some stew and soda bread with butter (loved the bread everywhere we went)

we loved our dinner at the winding stair. excellent wine, cozy atmosphere with a view, and delicious food!

cocktails at the vintage cocktail club! what a treat. they truly appreciate the art of the cocktail and it feels like you have stepped back in time. we went early and didn’t need a reservation.

we also loved our dinner at fade street social. the scallops, truffle fries with bacon, yummy flatbreads…also a great street to wander around and find bars that aren’t as touristy.

the blind pig speakeasy. does it get old when a bookshelf flies open when you press a picture? not really. we spent our last night in this cave drinking cocktails and listening to live music by candlelight.

CLICK THROUGH TO SEE THE FULL GUIDE…

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