Over MLK Day weekend, my sisters and I headed to White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia to check into America’s Resort, The Greenbrier! Jennifer and I were lucky enough to visit The Greenbrier five years ago when I was invited on a media trip and we have been wanting to get back ever since. It was an easy sell to convince Lindsey to come with us this time, and visiting this amazing place with my sisters made for the perfect girls’ weekend.
While summer is definitely the resort’s high season given their golf course and outdoor pool, I personally think it is an amazing spot to visit during the winter months — there’s so much to enjoy inside The Greenbrier that you never have to go outside! Located about three and a half hours from the DC area, it’s the perfect spot for a weekend trip. We checked in for two nights and felt it was the perfect amount of time — we were able to thoroughly enjoy the resort before heading home refreshed from a break from daily life. It’s unlike any place I’ve ever been before given the Dorothy-Draper-designed interiors — every room is seemingly more beautiful than the last! In addition, the hospitality is excellent and the food + drink are also great.
I definitely don’t want to wait another five years to get back to The Greenbrier — and if you haven’t been, definitely make sure it’s on your bucket list!
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Earlier this month, my sisters and I took a five-day trip to Cap Cana, Dominican Republic. It was such an amazing vacation — and I felt like I really came back refreshed and recharged, a rarity for me after traveling! This trip came about over Labor Day Weekend when my family was floating the Shenandoah River in Harpers Ferry. Last March, I went to Hawaii and realized it was the perfect time to get out of town — it’s a few months after the holidays, so you’re craving a break from work, and it’s nice to have a warm weather destination on the calendar to look forward to during the cold winter months.
I will definitely write a full recap post of our wintertime Caribbean escape, so stay tuned for that — but today, I wanted to share this Tuckernuck Finley Flutter Sleeve Dress that I picked up for the trip. If you’re anything like me, you always love having a few new things to “debut” on a vacation, and so I used this vacation as an excuse to purchase this dress, which I’ve had my eye on since last summer. While I often gravitate towards black clothing — this dress comes in multiple colors! — I am so glad I ultimately decided on the red color. It is a super fun pop of color, especially in person. Read more “The Perfect Dress for a Beach Vacation”
Several weekends ago, my sister Lindsey and I checked into Merriweather Lakehouse Hotel for an amazing winter retreat, and I am excited to share about our trip with you today. Located just an hour away from Washington, DC in Columbia, Maryland, the beautiful property overlooks Lake Kittamaqundi — Merriweather Lakehouse was kind enough to host us for a wonderful weekend, but as always, opinions are my own.
One thing that stands out about this hotel from the moment you check-in is that it is immersed in tranquility — there are floor-to-ceiling windows on the lobby level offering stunning views of the lake and our room had a wonderful balcony. We also spent a lot of time walking on the miles of Columbia Trails around the lake and beyond — it truly felt like we left the hustle and bustle of our daily lives behind. There is something about nature that is so restorative!
In addition to being a great destination for a staycation, it’s also a fantastic option if you want to check out a concert at Merriweather Post Pavilion given it’s just a few blocks away, allowing you to avoid the post-show parking lot chaos and enjoy a short walk home. (Fun fact, I saw my first Taylor Swift concert there as a high school senior in 2009!) Plus, if you’re a foodie like me, you’re in for a treat — Merriweather Lakehouse has great on-site dining — more on that below! — and lots of great restaurants within walking distance.
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