Tuesday Travels: Ciao Italia

A little over a month ago Adam had the grand idea for a Newly Newlywed Adventure. We began our search of where the road- or friendly skies- would take us. Originally, our plan was to return to Hawaii. IMG_1426.JPG

The Big Island and Kauai were still on our Wish List, but with the recent volcano eruption (and taking a helitour over the volcano was a “must do”) we opted to save that vacation for another time.

We spend days researching. Toyed with Iceland, Africa and Australia. It wasn’t until I put my Key To The World Travel Travel Planner skills to the test and happened to find a fantastic deal to Italy, we just couldn’t pass up.

So, with three weeks until take-off the planning began! Once we decided on Italy, we were both craving Italian food. Naturally, we had to have our “planning meetings” at Antico Pizza Napoletana. (AKA: The BEST pizza in Atlanta!) IMG_0394.JPG

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Unlike most of our vacations, this trip was very unplanned. Besides knowing where we were staying, we had no other set plans.  [I’ll just go ahead and put it out there…Being the planner that I am, I did a really good job with being flexible. Just ask Adam.}

July 3, 2018 our bags were packed and we said arrivederci to the USA onboard a Delta PINK RIBBON Plane. IMG_1054.JPG

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We flew in style- Delta One -for our first 8 hour leg of the trip to Amsterdam. Such fun cheers-ing to vacation and our time away! Our cabin mates just happened to be The Mingos and their entourage. After a 4 hour layer over in Amsterdam, a short 1.5 hour KLM flight and two landing attempts later (the Florence runway is quite small) we arrived in Italy about noon local time on July 4th. IMG_2244.JPG

We grabbed our luggage and headed to the Rental Car Center…that’s right, you read that correctly. We decided to rent a car and drive in Italy! That was an adventure in itself!

{Travel Tip: BE CAREFUL if you decide to rent a car internationally. Even though we used Enterprise and booked the car in advance, they tried to over charge us and cut our days on the rental. Thankfully Adam had copies of the agreement stored in his E-Mail and I had printed copies with me.  Slightly stressful, but we survived and so glad we ended up having a vehicle to get around. Also, keep in mind the rental car center is made up primarily of trailers all on gravel roads. It can be a bit of a work out pulling your luggage to and from your car.}

Two bags full of clothes, two over sized wine suitcases and 4 carry on bags later the Newly Newlyweds were ready to hit the road and head to our first stop, Borgo Argenina. A truly magical Bed & Breakfast we cannot wait to tell you all about!

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Follow along our Italian Adventure over the next days and weeks to come. We’re so looking forward to reminiscing to our time in Italy as we share it with y’all! We can’t wait to return to the beauty of Tuscany someday.

Until next time, 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!

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!

Tuesday Travels: Doing Disney {Tasting Around The World}

Hey there Musketeers!

Are you dreaming of Disney on this Travel Tuesday? We just returned from a quick weekend trip. I too, am wishing we were walking our way around Epcot. Sipping on seasonal cocktails and enjoying the fantastic March weather during the Flower and Garden Festival!

Come on! Take the stroll around Epcot with us! It’s not just for kids- adults can love Disney too!

We arrived at Epcot via boat from the Swan & Dolphin Hotel. Did you know you can do that? We went through the back entrace by the International Gateway. It was there we made a quick right to cross the bridge into France, where our day Tasting Around The World began!RenderedImage.jpeg

Our first stop was at Les Vins des Chefs de France for a little cocktail! We cheersed to our Day of Disney with a glass of Champagne and Adam had a French Beer similar to a Blue Moon. IMG_8012.jpeg

Also in France is Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie, where we had a yummy French Duo-  a White and Dark Chocolate Mousse Cake. SO good y’all! It just melted in your mouth. The Mousse was so creamy- clearly this was not a Whole30 Day! IMG_8020.jpeg

Did you know you could travel 1,200 miles in just three minutes? You can! At Epcot anyway! From France we made our way to Morocco where Adam had his second beverage, a Casa Beer, an original Lager from the host country.  IMG_8045.jpeg

After Morocco we made our way to Japan where Adam and I shared a Sapporno Beer from Kabuki CafeIMG_8061.jpegIMG_8059.jpeg

We passed through the American Adventure (we can have a Bud Lite anytime y’all) to Italy for another glass of Bubbly! IMG_8064.jpeg

Next, we headed to Biergarten Restaurant in Germany where Adam took in the, ehh, local fashion culture and even found himself an Epcot souvenir! IMG_8070.jpeg

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China was next on our list, before we headed to Norway for a Beer with Olaf! IMG_8086.jpegIMG_8316.jpeg

I think a Margarita is calling my name! Is it for you too? Mexico was next where we had Cucumber Lime Margaritas.  A mix of Tequila Avión Blanco, Fresh Cucumber, Orange Liqueur, Lime Juice and Agave Nectar. Whew y’all! These little babies were strong! Stronger than we expected for sure! We washed down Beef Empanadas filled with Barbacoa Beef, topped with Chipotle Sauce, Crema Mexicana and Queso Fresco and served with a side of Corn Esquites with our Margaritas from Choza de MargaritaIMG_8108.jpeg

We finished our snack in Mexico and  headed North to Canada for a little beer eh! IMG_8140.jpeg

We crossed the pond for a Half & Half at the Rose & Crown Pub in England for our final beverage on our World Tour of Epcot. IMG_8152.jpeg

Well just like that we traveled thousands of miles and tasted ten new toddies in a few short hours! What’s your favorite country to visit while at Epcot? Do you have a favorite cocktail or meal you have to get while visiting? We’d love to hear about it!

Wouldn’t it be nice to be back in Orlando making our way through Epcot and the World Showcase? Who knows…with just a little Pixie Dust anything can happen! Maybe HeliHubby and I will make our return sooner than planned!

 

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

Cheers!

Adam & Holly

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

Tuesday Travels: 4th of July in Nashville

Adam and I LOVE Nashville, Tennesse!

Nashville is just a four hour drive from Atlanta- another perfect weekend get-a-way! Our most recent trip to Nashville was over the 4th of July Holiday. As always, we dropped Samson off with his Grandparents, packed our bags and were on the road. Needless to say, we didn’t pay much attention to the weather and picked the perfect, rainy weekend to visit!

If you have not been to Nashville, add it to your list! There is so much to do and for all ages. It’s a great city for families, couples and a very popular place for Bachelorette Parties! Like Charleston, South Carolina, Nashville is home to some fantastic restaurants. {Let’s be honest..there was a lot of good eating on this trip.}

We started our trip at Arrington Vineyards. “AV” is located just 20 minutes outside of Nashville in Franklin, TN. (Such a cute, quaint town. If you had to Nashville make time to stop and shop a bit.) Adam and I came across AV the last time we visited Nashville and fell in love. It’s owned by Kix Brooks of the Country band, Brooks and Dunn.

Our friends, Josh and Kristy, from Atlanta met us at the vineyard. AV has a great policy that allows you to bring in your own food/drinks on the property. The four of us shared a cheese/meat/bread assortment as we tasted our wines and enjoyed the view on an outdoor patio.

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After a little vino tasting we showed Josh and Kristy Downtown Franklin, did a little shopping and stopped for an appetizer and cocktail. We snacked on Chicken and Waffles drizzled with local honey and Fried Pimiento Cheese Balls made with homemade Pimiento Cheese at Gray’s on Main. {Oh-My-Gosh y’all! We can’t wait to go back and eat them again!}

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{Take a peak at their Menu…your mouth will be watering!}

The decor was very rustic, southern. Old Prescriptions lined the walls of the ladies room, rustic chandeliers hung above and we ate on farmhouse style tables. We sipped on handcrafted cocktails. I can’t remember what we ordered, but they were tasty!

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Music City is home to one of the largest firework displays in the US. (Whoops! Again poor planning on our part.) The streets of Music Row were jam packed and local artists lined the streets performing. We bobbed in and out of crowds, finding ourselves at The Stillery for supper. We started by sipping on Southern Peaches and Strawberry Rye handcrafted cocktails. Both were great, but I would definitely order the Peach over the Strawberry next time.

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The Stillery is know for their burgers and man are they good! Adam got the MC Burger- the biggest burger ever! Topped with cheese, bacon and fried egg! The burger was a heart attack on a plate!

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Josh, Kristy and I all got the Soronan Burger. It was delicious! It was topped with jalapeños, paperjack cheese and a garlic aioli spread. Kristy had a side of their homemade Mac and Cheese- it was to die for, while the three of us had fries. Both burgers are two of their top sellers and oh so good!

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{Check out their Menu…get a burger, trust me!}

Saturday was 4th of July and we started the morning by meeting an adorable lady from Alabama in our hotel lobby. She asked all about our love story wanting to know all the details from how we met and our wedding. She was even sweet enough to take picture of the two of us.

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The Brinkley’s and Fett’s headed to The Garden Brunch Cafe for breakfast. Next time you’re in Nashville head over to Germantown and check them out. Wow! Can not say enough good things about the staff, service and food. It’s only open Friday-Sunday- keep that in mind when planning. We met one of the owners daughters as the family works in the restaurant reguarally.

I had their Banana Fosters Pancakes…oh my heavens! Words can not discribe how delicious they were….take a look at the goodness.

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From breakfast we headed to our day of brewery tastings. The boys were so happy to have such fun tag-a-long wives. Really, Kristy and I should win an award. We fought torrential downpours and monsoons to go from brewery to brewery. We were troopers!

We visited about 4 or 5 different breweries, but Yazoo and Tennessee Brew Works were our favorites. Yazoo had the best beer out of the ones we visited.

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Tennessee Brew Works had a great food menu for snacking, a live band and table games for guest to play. We shared their BBQ Pork Nachos and Charcuterie Board. So much fun!

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Outside of Jackalope was the BEST shaved ice truck. I can’t remember the name of it, but watch for it if you visit. It’ll make you so, so happy! 

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Our hotel had the best view of the fireworks, so we skipped the crowds and rain and watched the show from our room. Sunday we headed out and made a little pit stop at the Jack Daniels Distillery.

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It was a great tour (and tasting too!) If you plan a visit, make sure you go on a sunny day. Much of the tour is outside and there is lots of walking (and stairs)! I doubt it would be much fun in the rain or if you have bad hips.

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Despite the rainy weather and large crowds, we had a fantastic weekend away in Nashville and are already planning a trip back! Do you have any favorite spots? Tell us all about them! We’d LOVE to hear!

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.