Fruitful Travels: Charleston, SC

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I love the fact that there are so many fun and foodie-friendly cities within easy driving distance of us in NC.

From the beach to the mountains, we’ve got plenty to choose from. And, oh the Southern food and seafood that abounds. One place that encapsulates all of that is Charleston, SC.

My husband and I have traveled together and with my family to this spot once a year, and we just can’t get enough!

From the sites and eats and architecture, we love exploring this city. We’ve stayed in some great beach homes in Isle of Palms and this amazing airbnb in Mount Pleasant.

Here’s what else we enjoy in Charleston:

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Fruitful Travels: Washington, D.C.

Fruitful Travels: Washington, D.C.

One big plus of living on the East Coast/in North Carolina, is that we’re only a 4-hour drive away from D.C.!

I have fond memories of going on a trip to the capitol with my family while in high school (we even stayed in the National Cathedral) and visiting with my sister during the Cherry Blossom Festival a few years ago. My husband and I have visited twice in the past three years of living in NC.

We always both fall in love with the weather (we usually luck out with 70-degree sunny skies), unique architecture and walking-friendly vibe of the city. Oh, and the food was also fabulous.

Here were some of our favorite hot spots:

Dupont Circle

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This is the area that we stayed in and we really loved it! So easy to walk to restaurants and fun spots nearby (like Georgetown). I would definitely stay in Dupont Circle again!

Le Diplomate

Le Diplomate

We have now been to Le Diplomate twice, and it just keeps getting better. This restaurant is set up in an old French style with an offering of dishes that honor the French cooking tradition with a few nuances. The oysters are amazing, the main dishes and sides are rich and tasty (and creative) and the desserts (creme brulee) are to die for. Finish your meal off with an aperitif, and you’re good to go.

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Fruitful Travels: Seattle


You know what’s even better than when your friend gets married? When they get married in a really cool city that you’ve never been to before.

Good work, Allison.

Last week, I got to spend a lovely half-week in Seattle for my bestie’s wedding and to enjoy the city/vacation a bit, as well.

Believe it or not, my husband might have eaten out more in the city than I did, since I was busy with fun wedding prep. But, we still did some great exploring.

Seattle was extra amazing for us because it was 75 degrees, sunny and breezy for almost the entire trip. I know, right?! We stayed in the cutest Airbnb in Ballard, which is a lovely neighborhood with amazing flowers, gardens, tiny homes and quick access to the sound…and lots of restaurants and cafes.


We also enjoyed exploring downtown and in other parts, but here were the top hits on our food list.

Cafe Besalu


I found this Ballard spot just by using Google Maps and searching for bakeries nearby. This one had “the best croissants,” so we had to see for ourselves. We did not leave disappointed…and who would be disappointed after eating half of a cream cheese danish, pan au chocolat and a dreamy hazelnut twist?

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Fruitful Travels: San Diego, CA

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A few weeks ago, I got to take a fun, extended-weekend vacay to San Diego for my cousin’s wedding.

I love when great things like family weddings are combined with great cities to explore, eat and drink through. We found so many great place in SD and enjoyed the California vibe (California casual, as some would say).

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