Tuesday Travels: Borgo Argenina

Welcome to Borgo Argenina, a truly magical stone estate in the hills of Chianti. IMG_2414.JPGIMG_2419.JPG

Visiting Borgo Argentina was an experience like no other and my absolute favorite part of our Newly Newlywed Italian Adventure. The 998 AD Peasant Farmer home had been abandoned for years when, now owner, Elena Nappa, discovered the property while on a holiday from Milan. A former fashion designer, Elena quickly fell in love with the estate. She knew in her heart it was a calling for her to restore the hamlet into a stunning seven room Bed & Breakfast and that is exactly what she did. Her story of how she transformed this property without electricity and running water into a fully functioning Bed and Breakfast is really remarkable. IMG_2416.JPG

Adam and I drove from Florence to the Chianti hamlet. Passing thousands of grape vines and olive trees, around curvy bends, narrowingly escaping head on collisions with Italian drivers and through the rolling hills to get to Elena’s. Upon arrival at Borgo Argenina we were greeted by Elena’s four-legged friends, Giuseppina and Pasqualina along with other guests who were sitting on the grand stone patio, enjoying a glass of vino taking in the sunset over Chianti. IMG_2420.JPG

“Welcome! You must be new! Elena is upstairs in the Kitchen.” one guest said. Instantly we were family.

Our journey at Borgo Argenina began as we passed the bell to ring for Elena if you arrive after hours and opened the original wooden double doors adorned with iron locks and handles. IMG_2415.JPG

Once inside the main house, up the narrow stone stairway with one tiny window over looking the garden, we found Elena, tooting around her kitchen. IMG_2433.JPG

“Ah! Bella! Benvenuto! I’ve been expecting you! Fett, si?” Elena asked.

She grabbed the keys and escorted us to the Piccola Suite, our home for the next four days. We had a quaint sitting room adjacent to our bedroom, an attached private bath and views of the rolling Chianti Hills and Elena’s garden. PicTapGo-Image-5.jpg

Each room is equip with a mini bar and tea kettle that is refreshed daily, wifi and a hairdryer. (Yay! One less thing to pack!) There is no air conditioning at Borgo Argenina, thankfully, even during the Summer months the nights were cool and a flowing breeze filled our room. Elena took us downstairs, showed us the Parlor and Breakfast Room before heading outside.PicTapGo-Image-2.jpgIMG_2434.JPGIMG_2423.JPGIMG_2422.JPG

After a tour of our suite and parts of the property we sat down with Elena on the stone patio outside. She shared some of her favorite places in Tuscany with us over a glass of wine. PicTapGo-Image.jpg

We chatted for what felt like hours of friends catching up before we realized the time and that we were late for a supper reservation she made for us at Giorgio’s. We will share that experience with y’all a little later. Delizioso!

Every morning, Borgo Argenina guests are greeting to a beautiful breakfast spread prepared by two of Elena’s three employees. On the daily menu: Fresh Coffee, homemade Yogurt, local meats, cheeses and honey, fresh fruit, and varieties of Elena’s Coffee Cake.  PicTapGo-Image-3.jpgPicTapGo-Image-1.jpgPicTapGo-Image-4.jpg

Elena also invites her guests to a nightly Cooking Class at Borgo Argenina. If you’re staying with her, this is a MUST! It was by far the best food we had during our time in Italy and if she had extra room we would have taken the class a second time! Each guest is gifted with her Borgo Argenina Cookbook-filled with Elena’s family recipes and traditional Italian dishes. The time we spent in the kitchen with Elena and other guests was a highlight of our trip. Pop over next Monday to see what was on our Menu! IMG_1196.JPG

Y’all, I really can not express how much HeliHubby and I enjoyed our time at Borgo Argenina. It is in a perfect location to be a “home base” for Montepulciano, Volterra, Siena and more little Tuscan Wine towns. It’s truly an enchanting, one of a kind Italian escape. Elena is absolutely wonderful. She is warm, welcoming and lovely. We felt like we had known her for years and yet we just met. Leaving we all three got a bit teary eyed as we said our “goodbyes.” I don’t know when the Newly Newlyweds will get to return to Chianti to visit Elena, but I do know HeliHubby and I both left a piece of our hearts in Tuscany at Borgo Argenina. It is just magical.

If you’re considering a Tuscan Vacation I highly reccomened you consider Borgo Argenina as your home. Have questions about the hamlet or want help planning your vacation? Feel free to message us- I am happy to help! PicTapGo-Image-7.jpg

Fino all prossima volta, 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!

Football Friday Favorite

FOOTBALL IS BACK! 

Are you doing a little dance like @HeliHubby and I am? Seriously y’all, it’s our MOST favorite time of the year. Maybe it is because I grew up in the South or that there is so much history to Adam’s team of choice, but our passion for the game might be more of an obsession. (We did plan our wedding around Football after all.)

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Our wedding Cakes by the oh so talented Cherry On Top Delights 

GAMEDAY officially kicks off tomorrow morning here in Atlanta for the Alabama vs FSU Game. How could today’s post not be about Football? It is one. of. our. MOST. favorite. things.

I’m sitting in the Atlanta Airport (of course next to the crying kid-but hey-there is free wine in the Sky Club) waiting for a plane to the GREAT state of Texas. For the first time in who knows how long BOTH Adam and I’s teams will not only be playing in the SAME State, but the SAME city! Our bags are packed and we are anxiously waiting to board our flight to DFW.

Tomorrow morning we will start our Football Saturday (yay) like any other. We will wake up, have coffee in bed, start our morning with our favorite five men of College Gameday, and do our ESPN College Pick’ems. Really y’all this is our Saturday morning routine in the Fall. Is it really Fall when it is 96 degrees outside?

We will both don our favorite Gameday outfits and head (for my first time) to the Jerry Dome, home of my Dallas Cowboys, to cheer on the Michigan Wolverines against Florida.

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Last year’s Orange Bowl Game with Adam’s Cousin Erik. GO BLUE!

Then, life gets even better! After the Michigan Game, we’ll hop in the car, change into our PURPLE and head to Fort Worth to cheer on my TCU Horny Toads!

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Is it Christmas? Somebody pinch me! Two. Yes, TWO college games in one day!

As excited as I am about the return of football and heading to the GREAT STATE to cheer on my two favorite teams, I can not post about my home state without acknowledging the devastation my hometown of Houston has experienced the last week. Thankfully our family and friends are all ok and have little to no flooding in their homes. The photos are horrific and I can not fathom the devastation the people of Houston are experiencing.

My heart truly breaks for my fellow Houstonians and I want to make a difference. I want to help bring hope to Houston. I want to see Houston thrive again.

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As most of you know, I am a Stylist with Stella&Dot and while my efforts may not be much, I truly believe every little bit helps. I have set up a Hurricane Harvey TEXAS Sized Stella&Dot Trunk Show.

What does that mean?

100% of my Commission will be donated to JJ Watt’s Crowd Funding Campaign and I have a donor willing to MATCH my donation up to $1,000! Not only that, but ALL the Hostess rewards earned during the Trunk Show will be converted into Jewelry and Accessories that I will be sending to the Women of Houston that have lost everything due to the storm. I want to add sparkle and joy into their lives and I can not do this without YOUR help.

All you have to do is shop my Trunk Show. Specifically these 5 items – the Net Proceeds from the sale of these items will be donated by Stella&Dot to The Red Cross, but you can shop our entire line!

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I’ll be doing Facebook and Instagram updates, so find me and follow me. Shop and SHARE my videos and Trunk Show links so we can make a difference in the lives of thousands of Houstonians.

SHOP HERE to Support Hurricane Harvey 

Are you doing something to support the Hurricane Harvey Relief efforts? SHARE your stories with us! Do you love college football as much as we do? What’s your favorite thing about College Football Season? We’d love to know!

Thank you in advance to everyone that shops and supports my Hurricane Harvey Stella& Dot Trunk Show. You’re kindness is appreciated more than you know.

Cheers!

Adam & Holly

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

Football Friday Favorite

FOOTBALL IS BACK! 

Are you doing a little dance like @HeliHubby and I am? Seriously y’all, it’s our MOST favorite time of the year. Maybe it is because I grew up in the South or that there is so much history to Adam’s team of choice, but our passion for the game might be more of an obsession. (We did plan our wedding around Football after all.)

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Our wedding Cakes by the oh so talented Cherry On Top Delights 

GAMEDAY officially kicks off tomorrow morning here in Atlanta for the Alabama vs FSU Game. How could today’s post not be about Football? It is one. of. our. MOST. favorite. things.

I’m sitting in the Atlanta Airport (of course next to the crying kid-but hey-there is free wine in the Sky Club) waiting for a plane to the GREAT state of Texas. For the first time in who knows how long BOTH Adam and I’s teams will not only be playing in the SAME State, but the SAME city! Our bags are packed and we are anxiously waiting to board our flight to DFW.

Tomorrow morning we will start our Football Saturday (yay) like any other. We will wake up, have coffee in bed, start our morning with our favorite five men of College Gameday, and do our ESPN College Pick’ems. Really y’all this is our Saturday morning routine in the Fall. Is it really Fall when it is 96 degrees outside?

We will both don our favorite Gameday outfits and head (for my first time) to the Jerry Dome, home of my Dallas Cowboys, to cheer on the Michigan Wolverines against Florida.

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Last year’s Orange Bowl Game with Adam’s Cousin Erik. GO BLUE! 

Then, life gets even better! After the Michigan Game, we’ll hop in the car, change into our PURPLE and head to Fort Worth to cheer on my TCU Horny Toads!

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Is it Christmas? Somebody pinch me! Two. Yes, TWO college games in one day!

As excited as I am about the return of football and heading to the GREAT STATE to cheer on my two favorite teams, I can not post about my home state without acknowledging the devastation my hometown of Houston has experienced the last week. Thankfully our family and friends are all ok and have little to no flooding in their homes. The photos are horrific and I can not fathom the devastation the people of Houston are experiencing.

My heart truly breaks for my fellow Houstonians and I want to make a difference. I want to help bring hope to Houston. I want to see Houston thrive again.

RenderedImage.jpg.jpeg

As most of you know, I am a Stylist with Stella&Dot and while my efforts may not be much, I truly believe every little bit helps. I have set up a Hurricane Harvey TEXAS Sized Stella&Dot Trunk Show.

What does that mean?

100% of my Commission will be donated to JJ Watt’s Crowd Funding Campaign and I have a donor willing to MATCH my donation up to $1,000! Not only that, but ALL the Hostess rewards earned during the Trunk Show will be converted into Jewelry and Accessories that I will be sending to the Women of Houston that have lost everything due to the storm. I want to add sparkle and joy into their lives and I can not do this without YOUR help.

All you have to do is shop my Trunk Show. Specifically these 5 items – the Net Proceeds from the sale of these items will be donated by Stella&Dot to The Red Cross, but you can shop our entire line!

TEXAS.jpg

I’ll be doing Facebook and Instagram updates, so find me and follow me. Shop and SHARE my videos and Trunk Show links so we can make a difference in the lives of thousands of Houstonians.

SHOP HERE to Support Hurricane Harvey 

Are you doing something to support the Hurricane Harvey Relief efforts? SHARE your stories with us! Do you love college football as much as we do? What’s your favorite thing about College Football Season? We’d love to know!

Thank you in advance to everyone that shops and supports my Hurricane Harvey Stella& Dot Trunk Show. You’re kindness is appreciated more than you know.

Cheers!

Adam & Holly

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

Tuesday Travels: West Coast Wanders {Part 3}

Friday (continuation): 

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

Adam and I finished up in Napa and headed South to San Francisco. We made sure to plan our way to the city with  a stop at the Muir Woods to take a glimpse at the gigantic Red Woods.  (Thanks to all our friends that suggested this stop.)

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The park was mesmerizing. I felt like I was in the middle of the Twilight Saga. Not as romantic with the crowds and local runners zooming by us, but just as majestic! If you have time while you are visiting the area, the Muir Woods are a must see! {If you don’t have time…make time. Trust us!}

From the Muir Woods we continued our drive toward San Francisco making a detour at the Muir Beach Overlook.

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Wow! Talk about beautiful views. We just happened to have taken a wrong turn that took us to the overlook. Even on a foggy day the views were stunning. Drive a little out of your way- seeing the views from the cliffs is so worth it y’all!

Muir Woods Over look

After a few wrong turns (are you seeing a pattern here?) and trips over the Golden Gate Bridge we finally made it to The Argonaut Hotel, another Kimpton property. (We came across Kimpton properties during a recent trip to Savannah, GA and fell in love!) Just like our previous Kimpton stay, The Argonaut was not a disappointment!

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The hotel is nestled inside the historic century-old Haslett Building smack in the middle of Fisherman’s Wharf. There was a nautical theme throughout the hotel. Original exposed brick and timbers gave our room a bit of character.

Kimpton Hotels really know how to take care of their guests! We were welcomed with all sorts of Birthday Treats for Adam’s 30th Celebration. Fresh flowers, personalized notes,  a bottle of wine, a fruit and cheese tray and more were waiting for us upon our arrival in our upgraded suite! It was fantastic! We really can not wait for our next trip to a Kimpton Hotel! (Wish they had a Nashville location- hint hint!)

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Once we settled into our room Adam and I were ready to explore the Wharf! First stop, The Blue Mermaid Chowder House for some of their famous Crab & Corn Chowder in a Bread Bowl….OH-MY-GOSH y’all…it was so delicious! If I could only have some now! After supper we did a little window shopping and headed back to the hotel.

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(Insider Tip: If you don’t know this already, San Fran is FREEZING in June. This was something we had heard, but did not realize the severity of it until we got there. Needless to say we did not pack the right clothes! Our first night in the city was cut short- we were two freezing cold southerns!)

Saturday: 

Unlike most of our trips full of “touristy” things we felt more like locals! (Someone even asked us for directions-ha!) We started at the Ferry Building Marketplace‘s Saturday Farmers Market. Rows and rows of fresh produce, flowers, seafood- it was unbelievable. We found a local company who specializes in flavored salts- stay tuned for new recipes using it! Wish we could have brought home more of what the market had to offer.

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We tasted Italian Donuts stuffed with Nutella and shared a breakfast sandwich from the Golden Gate Meat Company-oh so good! You can’t go wrong with Nutella!

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We walked the streets of China Town-peeked into the different stores, stopped by one of the local restaurants for a taste of, well who knows what we actually ate, but it was tasty! We found the Original Fortune Cookie Factory and of course had to have a taste! (The factory created the Fortune Cookie in 1962. They have very strict rules about photos- so we grabbed one outside.)

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Adam knows how much I love Social Media and took me by the Twitter Home Office….yes…true story! I tweeted from Twitter y’all! I was probably overly excited about this, oh well! Are you following me @Hollywoodhollyc?

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We drove around the city by the “Full House” House and the House from “Mrs. Doubtfire.” Around the curves of Lombard Street and took in the delicious, hints of chocolate from Ghirardelli Chocolate. Yummm!

Market Place

We finished the night with supper at Cioppino’s– an Italian Restaurant in Fisherman’s Wharf. We spilt a Margarita Pizza and a few Blue Moons- delicious! We finished the night at The Buena Vista Cafe for an Irish Coffee. The Buena Vista is the home of the Irish Coffee- make time to stop by for one…of three!

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Such a great first night in San Francisco! Stay tuned for details from our final day on the West Coast! We can’t wait to start planning a trip back! If you have favorite spots, be sure to share them with us!

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.