Throwback Thursday: Girls Weekend in the Great State

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Unless your a resident of the Lone Star State, I have a inkling you’ve not. Fun Fact! Fredericksburg is the 5th largest wine producer in the US! Cheers y’all!

Last weekend Aunt Tina and I surprised Mom with {another} 60th Birthday Celebration! She knew she was heading to the GREAT STATE with two of her favorite people, but little did she know all the surprises we had in store!

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We told her to pack her bags- we were heading to Texas! Friday morning we were wheels up for Texas, flying from Atlanta to San Antonio. We picked up our rental car and I played Uber driver for our 57 mile commute to our VRBO rental in Kerrville. (About 25 minutes from downtown Fredericksburg.) Mom just couldn’t wrap her head around WHY we had to rent a house if it was just the three of us. Even though we told her it was cheaper than staying in town and probably a lot nicer than the local Holiday Express Motel.

This home was stunning y’all and Erin, the owner, was fantastic to work with. The house was updated and the views were spectacular- the rolling Texas hills made us feel like we were up in the hills of Hollywood. The Master Bathroom had a walk-in shower with three, yes THREE, shower heads! Don’t get me started on the backyard with the fire pit, outdoor kitchen and  infinity pool- absolutely breathtaking y’all! Highly recommend this property if you’re heading to Fredericksburg for any occasion! Wish we could have spent more time there!

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The real reason we needed a larger house? It was not going to be just the three of us spending the weekend together hopping around tasting wine. We were spending the weekend with a few of our favorite Texas women- sorority sisters, family, friends from fifth grade and friends that are like family! SURPRISE TG!

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Friday Night was spent with guests arriving sporadically surprising Mom. Catching up, laughing like school girls and of course cheers-ing to our Birthday Girl!

Saturday we got up bright and early to hit the Texas Wine Trail! We used The 290 Wine Shuttle Company, which was fantastic! They charter guests around to 13 local wineries for a very reasonable fee. It was so nice not having to worry about calling an Uber or having a one of the girls miss the fun and play Designated Driver.

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We started at Barons Creek for a quick tasting of five or six varieties.

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They have a huge tasting room, complete with multiple private rooms, a lovely back garden space and gift shop. The Viognier was one of our favorites from the tasting- it has ripe apricot and delicate lemon zest flavors combination in this delicious Texas Viognier. This wine has a long, creamy finish. It’s a fantastic companion for shrimp or lobster with butter sauce.

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Mom also really enjoyed their Muscat Canelli, a deliciously sweet and balanced wine bursting with flavors of peach, honeydew and a hint of grapefruit. It is a perfect aperitif on a warm day but you can also pair it with fruit salad or Thai cuisine. That has her name all over it!

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From Barons Creek we had a short wait for the 290 Bus and headed to Grape Creek: The Tuscany of the South.

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Grape Creek is a local favorite. The property was beautiful! You really did feel like you were in Tuscany! The tasting area was VERY crowded and on weekends they do limit the number of guests per tasting groups. This vineyard was highly recommend, so we broke into small groups for tasting prior to our arrival. Our tasting experience was ok. Our guide was not full of that Southern Texas hospitality until I decide to sign up for their Wine Club. We had to wait over an over an our for a tasting, their restaurant was packed and the check-in station seemed a little frazzled and not able to give us real information the wait time, availability, etc. I wish the customer service experience as a little different because the wine was quite good. We ended up finding a spot to sit and share a bottle and a stunningly delicious charcuterie board together before heading to our final stop of the day.

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Our third winery was Fat Ass.

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Our favorite for the atmosphere! {With a name like Fat Ass, how could it not?}  It was such fun y’all! Very laid back, low key environment with a live band. So, so much fun! Their wine supply was down when we were there, but they make a wine slushy that went down way too easily! A perfect drink for Summer days. Definitely plan to stop by Fat Ass when you head to the Texas Wine Country! We had the best time!

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Whew! Feeling wined-up yet? Hang on and pop over next week for our Travel Tuesday series when we wrap up our weekend in the Wine Country!

We hope you’re enjoying your Newly Newlywed or Nearly Newlywed moments as much as we are!

Cheers Y’all!

Adam & Holly

PS: Remember, we’re newlyweds, not experts!

Monday’s Memory Maker: A Key To Our World

If you know HeliHubby and I through our blog or in real life, you have probably caught on to a few things about us.

We love to travel.

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I am quite the planner.

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I have a {healthy} love for Disney, that Adam is slowly starting to appreciate.

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If I was a betting lady (and I am) I’d bet in 2018, Adam and I have spent more nights in a hotel than in our own home. You tell us when and where and  bags are packed and we’re out the door! Traveling has always been a big part of our relationship. While we were on our first date we traveled to the Georgia/Alabama boarder, just so we could say we crossed the state line, knowing it would make for a good story later down the road. We took our first trip together to New York City after only knowing each other for three weeks.  Adam works in aviation, I used to be a flight attendant, we got engaged in a helicopter, arrived at our Wedding reception in the same one and y’all know we just added, “Elsa,” our 1967 Cessna 182 to our family.

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Part of the traveling aspect I love the most is the planning. Researching the cities we’re visiting, finding the local favorites, best restaurants and things to see. I do it all! I’ve always been an organizer and planner. From planning Sorority functions to being hired for private event planning jobs, vacations for Adam and I or for family and friends. I am always planning. Don’t get me wrong, not ALL things are planned. We are semi-spontainous when we travel and in daily life. We do however, try our best to maximize our time while on vacation and planning correctly is a big part of that.

Since October I have gone to Disney World at least once a month. (The benefits of living within driving distance and having an Annual Pass.) Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party in October, a “just because” visit in November, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party with the family in December, another “just because trip” in January, ran the Walt Disney World Princess 10k in February, and in March for Spring Break and Spring Training. Now some call this a little extreme or even an obsession- ha! I like to think of it as a more enjoyable way to get in my daily steps. It doesn’t matter your reasoning for going or how old you are, Disney is always magical. From the moment you walk through the front gates, hear the music playing in the background and the smells of popcorn and cotton candy fill the air, you can’t help but get butterflies of excitement.

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Don’t you wish you were there now?

Friends and family heading to Disney always reach out asking for help in planning their Disney Trip- Where should they stay? What fast passes should they get? What’s the best character dining? I get giddy with excitement for them and all the fun I know they will have at Walt Disney World. I love having the opportunity to help them plan their magical adventure.

So……after countless friends and family suggesting, years of researching and thinking it over I’m taking the plunge and becoming a TRAVEL PLANNER with Key To The World Travel!

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PINCH ME!

Is this a dream? I have found a career path that ties all of my favorite things together, traveling, planning and Disney. I could not be more excited! So while I am going to be specializing in Disney Destinations, I can plan any vacation for you! Cruises, All-Inclusvies, excursions, you name it, I can plan it!

Thank you to all my friends and family that encouraged me to pursue this new path. Thank you for trusting me to help plan your vacations and referring me to your friends too! I am thrilled to be doing Travel Planning and can not thank each of you enough for your support while I embark on this new adventure!

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Let’s get your bags packed and start planning your next vacation!

We hope you’re enjoying your Newly Newlywed or Nearly Newlywed adventures as much as we are!

Cheers!

Adam & Holly

PS: Remember, we’re Newlyweds, not experts!

Throwback Thursday: Let’s go fly a plane!

Yep. I said it.

On Sunday, August 20, 2017 when Adam decided to go “practice flying” I said, “Yea. Sure I’ll go.”

I’m not sure who was more surprised by my answer, Adam or myself. He had only been asking me to fly with him AND his instructor for 6 months and never did I have any interests in dying. I mean flying with them! Much less going up alone with Adam just days after him getting his pilot’s license.

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What in the world was I thinking? Maybe I was just being a supportive wife or crazy! I guess I’ll never know for sure, but on that warm August morning I decided to go up, up and away with my newly winged Pilot. I’ll share how we celebrated his big accomplishment in posts to come, but figured for our first Throwback Thursday of 2018 and (hopefully) days from getting our plane, it would be fun to tell our first flight story.

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Isn’t that the normal thing to do? Get your pilot’s license and buy a plane? We will share all the details about Elsa later!

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Adam spent weeks prepping for the exam y’all. If you know him, you know that when he has a goal, he is going to reach it and not only reach it, but do it with flying colors. He will be the best. He will do it the fastest and getting his license to fly was no exception. As thrilled as I was for him for completing his goal, it was not an easy 6 months for us. He would wake up super early. Go fly. Go to work. Stay late at work. Go night fly. Come home. Eat. Sleep. Repeat. I basically never saw the man. We had plenty of conversations about him and the “other woman” he was obsessed with for months. Plenty.

August 20th was the first day I returned home from a trip down to Orlando. (Adam shipped me off to Disney World so he could study for the exam.) As I walked in the door, he was leaving to go on his first solo flight since earning his wings. JUST LIKE THAT I said, “Ok, I’ll go too!” It was a now or never thing. If we didn’t walk out the door that very moment, there was no way I was going up anytime soon.

Next thing I know I am in the passenger seat of a little Cesnna plane watching my Pilot do his pre-flight checks and texting my bother to let him know we were about to take flight, in the event anything happened. There was no way I was telling my parents until we landed safely back on the ground.

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In no time we were taking off!

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Needless to say my stomach was in knots. I said about one hundred Hail Mary’s and had white knuckles during take off. (Oh, lets be honest. I had white knuckles during the entire flight and landing!)

While I was never fully comfortable during the flight thanks to my nerves, it was actually fun. Seeing the city from above is pretty amazing. We flew around North Atlanta, over Stone Mountain and Lake Lanier for about an hour. Baby steps y’all, baby steps.

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I guess I should let you know Adam did a fantastic job flying! He was such a gentleman constantly checking on me, telling me what each of the knobs on the panel and exactly what their functions were. We even chatted about me, yes ME, taking a few classes just so I can learn the basics and more importantly learn how to land in the event of an emergency. We both think it will help my nerves and allow me to calm down and actually enjoy flying in our little bird.

I am still not thrilled with the idea of Adam flying and us traveling in a tiny little plane, but I am warming up to it. Adam got me my own fancy airplane headphones and the cutest miniature suitcase for weekend trips in Elsa for Christmas. It is the cutest thing ever y’all! (Watch my Instagram for a picture! You’ll love the suitcase, trust me!)

Just from writing this Throwback post, I am already getting butterflies thinking about going up again. After 4+ months of being in service, our little plane, Elsa, should be finished next week! Looks like we will soon be flying the friendly skies together and 2018 will be full of adventures!

We hope you’re enjoying your Newly Newlywed or Nearly Newlywed (throwback) moments as much as we are!

Cheers!

Adam & Holly

PS: Remember, we’re Newlyweds, not experts.

Throwback Thursday: Not even newlyweds take on New York

Are we just dating? Are we “together”? Did Adam or I know each other’s middle names, favorite colors or board games as a child? All questions we might not of known the answers to when we took our first BIG trip together.

As Adam and I prepare to take-off on our next adventure to the BIG APPLE I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate than a Throwback Thursday post about our first trip together.

We began dating in 2012… do you know our story? We were set up on a blind date by a coworker of Adam’s and the Mother of the family I was nannying for at the time. Long story short-ish….Adrienne spent months trying to set us up. We finally gave in and I, yes you read that correctly, I (Holly) got the nerve to call him on fall football Saturday afternoon. {After a TCU victory of course!}

We spent a couple of weeks texting regularly, chatting daily and agreed to not look each other up on Social Media or send photos of one another.  If/when we decided to meet it would truly be a “blind date.” We tackled all the touchy subjects before our first date. Yes…kids, religion, politics…we covered it all.

Two weeks after our first date was Christmas and my birthday…poor Adam.

As a {one time only} joint gift he surprised me with a trip to NYC and so comes our Throwback Thursday post!

We flew into LGA on a brisk January 4th afternoon.

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As this was Adam’s first time to the Big Apple I played the part of tour guide. Our hotel was just a few blocks from Times Square. Shortly after landing and settling into out hotel we put on our walking shoes and started acting like tourists! We saw the lights of Times Square, the Toys R Us, Hershey and Lego Store. Strolled by Radio City Music Hall, the Rockefeller Ice Rink and Christmas Tree, where we took our first photo together after Adam got conned into buying a FDNY Beanie from a street vendor. {That’s a story for another post.}

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That night Adam took me to see The Newsies on Broadway…it was fantastic! His first Broadway show was a success! {Little did he know how much I love the theater and how many times he would be going to the Fox Theatre from there on out.} If you get a chance to see it live, do it! If not, watch the movie!

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Our second day in the city was spent roaming around like locals. Trying hole-in-the-wall restaurants, getting off the train on random spots, and doing a little shopping.

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That night we grabbed some Starbucks and went on a Horse-and-Carriage ride through Central Park. Not to get all mushy, but it was oh-so romantic.

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Our final day in the city was spent strolling through Central Park where I snapped one of my favorite photos of us. Until today, Adam didn’t know this photo existed. New York may not be known as “The City of Love,” but it will always be that to me. A magical city where my heart made room for Adam and a true love began to develop…oh lordy! Who am I being all sappy?

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We can hardly wait for our next BIG CITY adventure! Are you a native New Yorker or just love to visit? We’d love to know your favorite, non-touristy spots as we get ready to embark on our trip.

Stay tuned for trip details!

We hope you are enjoying your Newly Newlywed or Nearly Newlywed moments as much as we are!

Cheers!

Adam & Holly

PS: Remember, we’re Newlyweds not experts!

Our Story: Every Little Detail

I’ve loved spending the last few Throwback Thursdays with y’all reliving our October wedding. Adam and I can’t get over the response we’ve recieved from friends and followers. We’re overjoyed with how much y’all have enjoyed our story.

We’ve shared just how personalized our day was, but we wanted to use this Throwback Thursday for those that are planning- maybe give you a new idea or inspiration from all the little details we had to make our wedding ours.

7-23 blog 2Before the ceremony, we welcomed guests with our wedding book and a photo of us from when Adam proposed on Christmas Eve on top an old whiskey barrel table Adam’s dad made for us. One of my dear family friends and one of my Small Group girls with an over the top bubbly personality, greeted our friends and family.

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We asked that our friends and family not pick a side to sit on as most of the guest were from the Peachtree City area. Big thanks to whoever ended up doing all the chalk writing!

“As Two families become one, please pick a seat not a side.”

The boys waited for us at our hand-made rustic alter. An antique window hung about bushels of hay covered with baskets of fall flowers. While the ladies of our Bridal Party, my Dad and I walked under our rustic entrance made of antique doors and burlap. (Big thanks to all my “dads” for helping to secure the alter and entrance. We had a beautiful and windy October evening wedding.)

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The isle was lined with tin buckets decorated with burlap, lace and pearls by my Aunt Tina and Friends filled with big bunches of Baby’s Breath.

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After we said “I do,” guests relaxed in simple seatting areas and played Corn-hole on our Michigan and ZTA custom made sets while the Bridal Party took photos. (Thanks Ryan, Mie, Melissa and Ashley! We LOVE them!) Guests snacked on Southern Chick-fil-A Biscuits with all the fixins’ of an assortment of jellies, meats and cheeses. (Didn’t my “Moms” make the spread look darling?)

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Our guests drank out of handled Mason Jar Mugs with a chalk stripe to help them keep track of their drinks. Lights lined wooden ladders where the mugs sat for guests to use.

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We served Texas BBQ from our local Peachtree City Dickie’s BBQ- it was so delicious and they were fantastic to work with. We used barrels of hay and antique doors as tables to place the food on. One of my lovely “Moms” chalked on old window panes the menu for the evening. Silverware was wrapped together (thank you Dickies) with navy napkins and placed in a metal basket at the end of the table. We made “stripy things” using various laces, tulle, burlap and white Christmas lights to serve as a backdrop for the food tables. Thanks to all the “Moms” that helped make our day so special! The “Stripy things” looked great in the hanger when the sun set.
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We used matching beverage servers for Tea and Water that sat ontop of another table Adam made using pallet wood.

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Adam and I sat at a Sweet heart table draped with a burlap table cloth. Behind us was the backdrop of Wedding Cake sitting ontop of an old whiskey barrel between two Antique doors. Each door hung a sign for the “Bride” and “Groom.” We had a personalized pillows at our seats- “Hey Y’all”  and “Michigan” and drank out of “Mr.” and “Mrs.” Mason Jar Mugs all night.

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Darin, Adam’s Best Man; My Aunt Tina and Maid of Honor and My dad all toasted to Adam and I. We clanked glasses with personalized champagne flutes from our dear family friends, The Stewart Family.

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One very special part of our day, was a simple little table, remembering our Grandparents. Both our Mom’s parents are no longer with us. Our Wedding Day would have been a day they would have loved to be a part of. I don’t know about Adam’s grandparents, but mine would have been on the dance floor with a beverage in hand! Adam and I wanted a simple and special way to remember them at our day. Adam’s Mom made a burlap and lace table runner and wrote on an antique mirror to go alongside their wedding pictures.

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We shared all about our delicious Cherry On Top Delights cakes in our previous Wedding posts, but of course we would have a Groom’s Cake to look like Michigan’s “Big House.” We shared our wedding day with my brother’s birthday and made a point to have the band help sing him happy birthday.

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Adam and I waved “goodbye” to all of our friends and family from the helicopter as we headed towards Atlanta for the night. We asked each of our guests to take a Jar of Jelly as their gift.

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Our day, like yours, was uniquely ours and perfect. Every little detail was “us.” We cheered on The Frogs and sang to the Maze and Blue. We sipped out of Mason Jars and danced the night away. It was perfect and both Adam and I have loved sharing our moment with y’all.

Tell us about your day. What little details did you have at your wedding to make it “you?” Share your stories with us.

We hope you are enjoying your Newly Newlywed or Nearly Newlywed moments as much as we are.

Cheers!

Adam & Holly

PS: Remember, we’re Newlyweds, not experts.

Our Story: The Ceremony & The Music

Adam and I have received multiple messages from followers wanting more details about our October 2014 Wedding, so why not do a little Throwback Thursday  and relive our big day by sharing the sounds of our ceremony.

Everything was perfect. Beyond any expectation I had and more than I could ever imagine. Our wedding was us. We tried to make it as personalized as we could- from the venue to the food – every little detail was a piece of each of us.

If you’ve not seen our previous wedding posts, Adam and I said “I Do” at an airport hanger in Peachtree City, GA. Guests had a view of the runway and the beautiful sunset behind our rustic alter. While guests arrived we had a few tunes playing in the background. I can’t remember all that we had on loop and who knows where the iPod, but here’s a little sampling!

You & Me- Dave Mathews Band 

Fallin’ For You- Colbie Caillat 

Only You- Joshua Radin 

Johnny And June- Heidi Newfield 

Bubbly- Colbie Caillat 

Better Together- Jack Johnson 

Joey, my younger Brother helped to seat our Mom, while Adam escorted his parents to their seats. As the rest of our family was seated and our Bridal Party arrived “Bella’s Lullaby” by Carter Burwell was playing in the background.

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One of my favorite parts of our wedding was walking down the isle. As a young girl it is something you think about all the time. How you’ll walk, what you will wear, will you cry or not. Once my Dad and I made it to the double antique doors draped in burlap my nerves really kicked in. I heard the crowd shuffling to stand up, which my Mom will forever say they stood up too early- she had strict instructions to stand at the 10 second mark.

I don’t remember much about the ceremony from that point on, but I remember looking up at my Dad, smiling at him, squeezing his arm and fighting to hold back tears. I looked over to my right-hand lady, Melissa and said, “Let’s go.”

“You Sure?” Melissa questioned.

“Yes.” I answered

Before my forever planned Grand Entrance to “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri could happen, Dad and I walked out together, towards Adam.

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It was all I could do to hold back my tears. I couldn’t look at anyone in the crowd, especially my Mom and Aunt Tina- I simply focused on Adam.

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Thankfully I met him with just being a little teary eyed. Something we both had in common. I am tearing up sharing it with you now. It was simply perfect.

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I’m so glad we chose an untraditional song to walk down the isle to. Now, each time I hear “A Thousand Years” tears start flowing. I relive that moment, our moment once again. The butterflies come back and I can’t help but smile.

Of course I am partial, but I absolutely loved our day. We’d love to hear the personal touches you added to your wedding. Did you pick out a unique song too? Stay tuned for more Throwback Thursday Wedding posts to come- we have many, many more details to share!

We hope you’re enjoying your Newly Newlywed or Nearly Newlywed Moments as much as we are!

Cheers!

Adam & Holly

PS: Remember, we’re Newlyweds- not experts!

Throwback Thursday: West Coast Wanders {Part 4}

{Just joining us? Check our West Coast Adventures on our Tuesday Travels and Throw Back Thursday posts- we started our trip in Napa and spent Saturday in San Francisco.}

Sunday:

Our final day on the West Coast. We planned to take the red eye home to allow us more time in the city…that may or may not have been a good idea. We enjoyed our time in the city, but took us about 3 days to get over the jet lag.

Our first Sunday stop was a tour of Alcatraz.

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I am so glad we took the time to do this tour- it was our favorite thing about our time in San Francisco. We took the first ship out at 8:45am {if you can’t get tickets for the night tour, bite the bullet and take the first tour.}

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We’ve mastered the “selfie” don’t you think?

We were the only one on the island for a about 30-45minutes and were able to get most of the audio tour done without having to fight around people. They are prepared for a very large crowd- the line for headphones for the cell audio tour can easily be a 2 hour wait. The cell tour was about an hour long and is FREE! (Guess what? They have a Twitter too!)

{Travel Tip: We heard the best tour to do, if you’re not too chicken, is the night tour. It does book out months in advance, so if you can plan ahead go for it!}

From Alcatraz we headed to AT&T Park for the San Francisco Giants vs Atlanta Braves Game.

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BEST BALL FIELD EVER! I can’t say we saw much of the inside of the stadium, but we did find the best hidden gem! Alongside the far right field wall the Giants have a hidden viewing area for FREE! Thats right, you can literally get some free baseball! For 3-4 innings the staff allows 20-25 people in this viewing area to watch the game. Since we live in Atlanta we couldn’t justifying paying $75 to see the Braves play, but am so glad we found this secret spot. The area outside the stadium is so fun too! Boaters wade in the bay area outside the outfield, after each home run they all blow their horns- we even saw a few passengers jump ship to fetch balls! Such a fun time!

After the game we heading back to Fisherman’s Wharf for one last bowl of Clam Chowder in a bread bowl. This time we headed to The Franciscan Crab Restaurant– every table in the restaurant has a view of the water.

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Their “menu” is a mix of a magazine and cookbook each item accompanied by a photo- wish we would have found this spot sooner! We both had a bread bowl with chowder and spilt a iron skillet of mussels- oh my gosh! Oh so good! I’d plan a trip back just to go there! (Don’t worry they have a Twitter too!)

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Whew! What a great, quick vacation! Adam and I had such a good time seeing the sites and trying new things! We’re really looking forward to going back especially to the Napa area. Now back to reality.

We hope you’re enjoying your Newly Newlywed of Nearly Newlywed moments as much as we are!

Cheers!

Adam & Holly

PS: Remember, we’re newlyweds, not experts.

(Whoops- we forgot to tell y’all about our Trolley Car photo shoot- never made time to ride on a rail car, but we did get our picture with one!)

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