MAY 2021 – AUSTIN, TEXAS
MAY 2021 – AUSTIN, TEXAS
We’ve been on the road again. This time for a quick trip to Austin, Texas! This fabulous city checks all of the boxes. Why have we not been here before??? The overall vibe is authentically cool. Texan hospitality in spades, and Austin style, in particular, is that effortless vogue with no pretentiousness. The restaurants are absolutely delectable and diverse in ethnicity. The hotels are chic and hip. There is no shortage of shopping. As a matter of fact, our favorite store, By George, has 2 locations in the city. The running trails are endless, and the beautiful lakes and rivers are easily accessible for kayaking and paddle boarding. Not to mention the music scene, which we didn’t even have a chance to experience. What more could you ask for?
Here are a few of our favorite spots (unfortunately, we didn’t even scratch the surface)
Hotel San Jose– a minimalist boutique hotel in the middle of groovy South Congress. This hotel is nothing fancy but is the definition of hip hotel. Make sure to order one of the hotel’s famous froses poolside, and enjoy live music on the weekends. www.sanjosehotel.com
Jo’s Coffee– right next door to Hotel San Jose. We walked over in our PJ’s every morning for the best coffee ever. Nobody looked twice, so that’s an added bonus!
Elizabeth Street Cafe– probably safe to say one of our favorite restaurants in Austin and anywhere. A delicious neighborhood Vietnamese cafe and French bakery walking distance from South Congress. Make sure to order the steamed rice rolls. www.elizabethstreetcafe.com
Aba– a new addition to Austin that has taken off in popularity. Reservations are hard to come by, and you will know why when you dine at this Mediterranean gem. www.abarestaurants.com
Vamonos Texmex– what a find off the beaten track! This restaurant was stumbled upon by accident but will be at the top of our list next time we visit Austin. We had no idea how important TexMex and queso dip was to our lives! www.vamonostexmex.com
Swedish Hill Bakery- Where do we start? How about the Nutella-filled eclairs? 1120 West Sixth Street www.swedishhillaustin.com
No girls’ trip is complete without an impromptu ear piercing after one too many froses, right? Visit the South Congress location of www.studs.com where stylists make recommendations based on your taste and ear anatomy!
By George– Our advice is to save up in advance for an undisciplined shopping spree at this incredible store. We discovered super cool new designers and were tempted by better known favorites. The store is gorgeous and the sales team is awesome! Oh, and make sure to check out Capricho’s bags while you are there! www.bygeorgeaustin.com
Austin- we will be back! xx Laura and Nicole
February 2021 – Costa Rica
FEBRUARY 2021 – NOSARA, COSTA RICA
Harmony is one of our favorite words. Not only the definition, “the pleasant sound of different notes of music played at the same time,” but something about the way the word rolls off the tongue just makes us happy. It’s not surprising that one of our favorite places in the world is the Harmony Hotel in Nosara, Costa Rica. www.harmonynosara.com
A few of our favorite things to do while in Nosara:
- Sunrise and sunset surf with Tanallo, Pincho, and Jose @chorotegassurf.
- Post surf breakfast @harmonyhotel. Try the passionfruit french toast or breakfast burrito and fruit plate!
- Lunch or chill at the Harmony Juice Bar. Everything on the menu is amazing, and it’s the ideal place to do work or just relax with friends.
- Book a massage with Dania or Betsa @harmonyhotelhealingcentre
- Walk to La Luna for dinner @lalunanosara. Go at sunset.
- Dinner at Coyol is a special treat and definitely worth the 20 minute ride upcountry. @coyolnosara
- We highly recommend the Caribbean ceviche with plantains and a cold beer or margarita at Pacifico
- Check out Al Chile at Sunset Shack. @sunsetshackhotel @alchilenosara. Order fish tacos, yucca fries and churros!!
Costa Rica is filled with a magical aura. For the past several years a stay at The Harmony is where we go to nourish ourselves and reconnect with our soul. The food, the people and the lifestyle are energizing yet calming, and we leave here having rediscovered balance and our own sense of harmony.
For many of us 2020 has been a year of transitioning and acceptance of a new way of life. If travel played an integral part in our lives prior to this year, the limitations we now face can be frustrating but not futile. Although, we look forward to returning to favorite vacation spots, we realize we have much to discover near home.
We have a chance to reimagine our ideal family vacation, a girls trip, boys trip, or getaway with our partner. We find ourselves researching camper rentals and road trips in America instead of faraway overseas destinations.
We have mountains, lakes, rivers, oceans, deserts, world-class food, rich history, and more, all waiting for us right here. This is our chance to explore places we have never been.
As countries slowly open their borders we will be there. Nicole and I are both taking surf trips to Mexico this fall. We cannot wait to surf our favorite secret surf breaks on the East Cape, as well as, Old Man’s at the Cabo Surf Hotel, go to Flora Farms for fried chicken night and visit the beautiful Four Seasons Costa Palmas.
However, before we wax our surfboards we plan to pack our Clarita duffels and take a road trip to the funky town of Taos, New Mexico. We plan to horseback ride, visit galleries, dine at Lambert’s (one of our favorite restaurants anywhere!) and take in the incomparable sunsets. New Mexico is not called the Land of Enchantment for nothing!
So this fall, here is to travel. To returning to the familiar and to discovering the new, whether it be a new place or just a new way of seeing things.