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Travel Traditions

Every summer, my 3 best friends from college and I take a “friendaversary” trip with a rotating location. It’s one of my favorite weekends of the summer, always filled with bike rides, great seafood, fun cocktails and never-ending laughs. Past trips have included Boston, Narragansett, SF,  and Block Island.  This past Memorial day, we headed up to Nantucket for the Figawi boat race & weekend.  Here are a few shots from the trip including our friendship bracelets from last year’s Block Island trip paired with Nona E Rose braided seersucker friendship bracelets, fun/preppy accessories, and a beautiful view from our bike ride Sconset.

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Worth 1,000 Words

I’ve previously posted a few of my favorite Delray Beach Spots in Travel Guides, here are a few Instagrams to further illustrate my obsession with this South Florida Beach town….

The Beach is the most beatiful in the area, hands down.

32 East still has in my opinion, some of the best locally inspired dishes on the eastern seaboard.

The weather and local scene are the perfect excuse for vintage summer accessories

The side street architecture along A1A makes you want to move There. Early morning runs (before it gets past 80 degrees!) with Mom along A1A are an essential part of my weekends down there and I always stop at this house to admire it(and dream about living in it).

Travel Guides-Delray Beach

As an additional to Glamour Guild, there’s a new tab with City Guides posted! And here’s the latest add, I just got back and still wish I was on the beach!

I’ve been spending long weekends and family vacations in Delray Beach, Florida for 20 years(as long as Rose of Nona E Rose has been a resident!) and I cannot believe how much has changed. Atlantic Avenue, once filled with quiet antique shops and cafe’s is now filled with great restaurants, bars, and galleries. Not to mentions, the beach itself is one of the nicest in the area. Here are a few of my go-to spots;

Stay at The Colony Hotel: One of most charming hotels that I’ve ever stayed in. It was built in 1926 and is the epitome of Vintage Florida.

Shop at Periwinkle for a great selection of bright warm weather wear, accessories, and home.

Splurge at 32 East. It is seriously one of my favorite restaurants anywhere, period.  The menu changes daily and I’ve never had a thing that wasn’t exceptional.

Snack at Docs for an afternoon ice cream

The morning view from my parents place, easy to see why we can’t stay away!

Block Island Beach Guide!

There isn’t enough room in this post to talk about all of the things I loved about Block Island. The gorgeous views, the adorable inn’s, the amazing food, everything we did was just fantastic. A few of the brightest highlights of the weekend were…

Our Hotel, The Spring House. The inn is at the top of a hill, rumoured to have the best views on the island(I believe it).

The bar(and Bloody Mary’s) at the spring house

Tapas & Seafood Sampler at the Atlantic Inn Porch

*A Few other tips;

For great food with a view of Old Harbor, The National

For great food with a few of New Harbor, The Oar

100%, you MUST rent bikes, its the best way to see the Island

200%, Eat something everything that involves LOBSTER

Glamour Guild Goes West- Denver Guide Part II

Before heading to Garden of the Gods, We spent a couple of hours in Manitou Springs.  While exploring the little town, we came across one of the most well organized vintage stores I’ve seen.

If only the Brooklyn Flea was as organized/color coordinated as the Hodge Podge 4 Ruxton Ave  in Mantiou Springs!

Other Spots to try;

Adam’s Mountain Cafe for Lunch

Colorado Custard Company for a post hike treat

Glamour Guild Goes West! Denver Guide Part 1

I spent this past week  {between a West Coast destination wedding and a Las Vegas Bachlorette Party} in Denver, Colorado.  I think you can usually judge a city by 3 things;

1. Local Flavor; Homemade Ice Cream and summer vacations seem to go hand in hand. We had Ice Cream pretty much everyday (the perfect treat after long hikes in Red Rocks, Rocky Mountain National Park, and Matinou Springs). My favorite of the week was definitely Sweet Action in downtown Denver.

With original homeade flavors like sour cream and chive, chocolate chile, and my personal favorite salted butterscotch  (pictured below!) , a stop at Sweet Action is a must!

2.Neighborhood Reads; I could have spent all afternoon in the Tattered Cover Book store. I think you can tell a lot about the residents of a particular city by what’s carried in their local independent book shop. Judging by the interior of the tattered cover, Denver residents are all about great new and used books, outdoor travel guides, vintage furniture, sprawling staircases and amazing natural light.

3. The Sites; Red Rocks, Rocky Mountain National Park, Garden of the Gods; I’ll let the pictures do the talking……Rocky Mountain National Park

Garden of the Gods

Red Rocks

A couple more tips!

For amazing brunch; Snooze (I highly recommend the pancake flight with blueberry-lemon bar, cinnamon, and pineapple upside down PANCAKES!!)

For great dessert and wine pairings; d bar desserts

Stay tuned for Part II- Vintage Shopping in Manitou Springs!