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We’re Headed to Maine on Vacation! (Summer 2017)

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And we’re off! Bright and early Tuesday morning, we’re headed to my parents’ house in Maine for our Summer 2017 vacation, and I am so looking forward to it. I’ve missed my family like crazy, and there’s something so relaxing about the coast. I crave the salty breeze, and I can’t say that I’m not just a little too excited about all of the lobster and baked goods.

Sadly, hubby has to work, and won’t be able to join us this trip. Throughout residency, he’s always encouraged Scarlett and I to see family and take trips, even when he can’t join. Right before trips, I always feel a pang of guilt, and of course we miss him every second, but I can’t pass up a chance to spend time with family – especially when Scarlett is so attached to my family as well.

We have so many fun things planned this vacation, and I’ll be sure to update you here on the blog, over on instagram (lots of fun behind-the-scenes on my insta stories too!), facebook, and twitter. If you’re craving the beach, stay tuned!

Meanwhile, I have way too many exciting things to share on the blog over the next few weeks, including our Summer bucket list, a dreamy Summer brunch, how to entertain in your own backyard, floral ice cubes, our favorite berry crisp, that salted chocolate watermelon you got a sneak peek of on my Instagram Stories last week, Summer fashion trends, a genius affordable design trick, a breezy and rustic California home tour, and so much more.

SHOP THE POST: Diane Von Furstenberg Luggage // UppaBaby 2017 Vista Stroller (c/o) // Free People Wildflowers Tunic (on sale!) // Tory Burch Bag

Photo by Annie Watts Photography for Glitter, Inc.

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Lexi

Exploring Durham: Strawberry Picking at Waller Family Farm

If you follow along here on the blog or on social media, you’ll know that hubby and I are big fans of exploring our new home and the surrounding areas here in Durham. Because hubby works a lot (you can read more about the life of a medical resident here), we try to carve out special events and fun things to do when he does get a day off here and there. Strawberry picking has been high on my “to do” list since moving to North Carolina, and we finally had the chance to sneak away for a bit to visit the much talked about Waller Family Farm to pick strawberries.

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Waller Family Farm is a real working strawberry, vegetable, chicken, and cattle farm right between Durham and Chapel Hill. I was amazed at how convenient the farm was to us, and how easy it was to find, nestled into a few beautiful neighborhoods in Durham.

By the way, strawberry picking at Waller usually starts around the last week of April, and goes through May and into June.

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Although plenty of people came out to the strawberry farm over the weekend, Waller has it down to a system, and we had free reign of a couple of rows to pick away.

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Scarlett was in heaven – seriously, it was like she hit the strawberry lottery – and basically spent the whole time eating as many strawberries as we could pick.

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After we picked plenty of strawberries, we explored the farm grounds and Scarlett was thrilled to say “hi” to the cows and the chickens.

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Notice the bright red strawberry juice all over Scarlett. Clearly, she had a good time.

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There’s also a small area where you can buy jams, bread, fresh vegetables that are in season, and freshly cut flowers.

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Visiting the Triangle in the fall? Millstone Creek Orchards in North Carolina is one of our favorites for apple picking, hayrides, and family fun!


Lexi

Our Family Weekend Trip to the Outer Banks

Since moving to North Carolina, we’ve slowly been compiling a bucket list of must-see places within a few hours drive of our new-ish hometown. One of those must-see places: the Outer Banks. Fun Fact: The Outer Banks of North Carolina are a 200-mile long strip of barrier islands stretching across half of the northern North Carolina coastline.

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When we had the opportunity to stay at the Sanderling Resort, we jumped at the chance; and I’m so glad we did.

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Located on the Atlantic Ocean, just north of Duck, North Carolina, Sanderling is in the heart of the Outer Banks and the perfect place to explore all the area has to offer.

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In addition to gorgeous oceanfront views, the entire resort looks like it fell out of the pages of Southern Living magazine; the coastal edition. If someone from the design team behind Sanderling could swing by our little house and completely redesign it for me, that would be GREAT. Seriously, it’s beautiful and lovely and quaint and perfect. They manage to make a pretty large resort look homey and modern all at the same time.

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It’s also the perfect weekend getaway. They start you off with s’mores kits to use in any of the number of fire pits around the gorgeous property, plus upstairs in the main lodge, there are two large fireplaces, stacks of books, games, comfy seating, and more gorgeous decor. The property is right on the beach, with so many picture-perfect lounge spots; there are pools, restaurants, an amazing spa, tennis courts, and golf, plus those awesome fire pits. The rooms are huge and comfortable and the decks, all with great views, are the perfect place to unwind.

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In our room, Scarlett got a kids beach backpack, coloring book and colored pencils.

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Everyone at the Sanderling was incredibly warm and we felt so taken care of the entire weekend. Scarlett charmed the pants off of everyone, and she was walking around the resort with the decorative wood pelicans, like she owned the place, in no time.

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The Spa at Sanderling: After a busy day on the beach or exploring the Outer Banks, the Spa at Sanderling is the perfect place to unwind. It’s on the Sanderling property, just across the street from the main lobby. I can’t even remember the last time I’d been to the spa, so this was such a treat. They offer coastal and seasonally inspired massage, body and facial treatments, and every view from the spa is of the gorgeous Currituck Sound.

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Dinner at either Kimball’s Kitchen or The Lifesaving Station: Located on the Sanderling property, the restaurants there have amazing food – all about fresh coastal cuisine – and the prettiest ocean vibes. We ate at Kimball’s Kitchen while The Lifesaving Station was being renovated and everything was SO good. I’m not going to lie, though the seafood and steaks are out of this world, and the presentation is everything, I’m still dreaming about their strawberry shortcake.

And let me just say, the Outer Banks is beloved by so many for a reason. If you live in the South, you’ve probably seen the OBX bumper stickers, hats, sweatshirts, you name it. Once you fall for the Outer Banks, you fall hard.

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There’s so much to do with kids in the area too. (i.e., plenty of  adorable waterfront shops .) We went to the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island and loved every second of it.

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We saw plenty of sharks, turtles, alligators, seahorses, fish, river otters, Scarlett even got to touch the stingrays; and let me just say, she was totally fearless and kept calling them over to say “hi” to her.

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Hands-down, the very best part was the experiencing the Sea Turtle Assistance and Rehabilitation (STAR) Center where we got to witness their conservation efforts first-hand. After the kids get to meet the rescue turtles, they head into an entire interactive center where they help rehabilitate (toy) turtles to then release them back into the “sea.” Scarlett was completely enamored and naturally, chose a tiny turtle from the gift shop to take home with us.

She still talks about rescuing sea turtles, weeks later.

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A few other favorite places to grab a bite around the area …

Roadside Bar and Grill in Duck: One of the amazing front desk staff at the Sanderling highly recommended Roadside for dinner on our first night. They had the absolute freshest seafood and everything was homemade and great. We started with the pimento cheese appetizer (something I’ve come to love since moving to “the South”. Scarlett and I shared the tuna sashimi appetizer and it was some of the freshest tuna I have ever had, and hubby had a seafood stew over pepperjack cheese grits that he loved. They also have an awesome backyard where there’s often live music, great drinks, and random sports screenings.

Cafe Lachine in Nags Head: We actually sort of fell into this one and I’m so glad we did; a.k.a., it’s been added to our must visit places when we go to OBX. This small, unsuspecting restaurant in a strip mall serves sandwiches on fresh baked breads, homemade soups, wraps, salads, pastries and baked goods. Their chicken salad, cinnamon-sugar coated sweet potato fries, and basil green goddess dressing are amazing. They also had a vegan carrot cake muffin for Scarlett, that I’ll admit, I was just as in love with.

Coastal Cravings OBX in Duck: Attached to a gas station, this one may look like a dive, but it’s one of the most popular places in Duck for a reason. We shared a pound of shrimp steamed with Old Bay seasoning and their award-winning crabcake sandwich for lunch one day and were totally not disappointed. Cravings was also featured on Diners Dive-Ins and Drives. Worth it.

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Duck Donuts: Do not leave the Outer Banks without making your way to Duck Donuts. An OBX staple, these donuts are delicious and fully customizable, which makes them extra fun.

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Though we couldn’t squeeze everything in this trip, we’ll definitely be back to relax all over again at the Sanderling and to check out the Wright Brothers Memorial, Elizabethan Gardens, and The Island Farm on Roanoke Island when the weather is warmer.

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Huge thanks to The Sanderling Resort for having us! All thoughts and opinions are my own. And thank YOU for supporting the sponsors who help to make Glitter, Inc. possible.


Lexi

The Family-Friendly Guide to San Diego, Part 2

Last week I shared the first part of our recent trip to San Diego, with plenty of family-friendly places to visit and things to do, particularly in the Coronado area. Today I’m back with part 2, wrapping up the rest of our trip in La Jolla!

By the way, you might remember, we’ve traveled to San Diego before, and if you’re looking for a beautifully scenic visit, you’ll love this post. (Can you believe how teeny tiny Scarlett was back then?)

For the second part of this San Diego trip, we decided to venture over to La Jolla Cove. We had the most perfect stay at The Grande Colonial and instantly fell in love with the beautiful boutique hotel, it’s incredible location right above the water (and the seals!), and all that there is to do within walking distance.

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I remember being smitten with La Jolla when we visited a couple of years ago, and this trip was no different. Staying in a hotel right in the heart of it all, well that was just the icing on the cake.

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I mean guys, this was our view from our hotel room.

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Starting each day with a strong cup of coffee and the ocean breeze right outside, that wasn’t too shabby either.

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Now let’s talk La Jolla …

On our first evening in La Jolla, we were all getting pretty hungry and tired. Our concierge recommended we try Catania, just a few short steps from our hotel, and we walked over to what turned out to be one of my favorite Italian meals ever. All of the pasta was homemade, the salads were so fresh and unique, and they were even able to make a pasta marinara for Scarlett that had no milk or butter in it. Between a hared kale salad, my Tagliattelle alla Portofino and Hubby’s Braised Lamb Gnocchi, we ate like kings.

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La Jolla is full of gorgeous sites and shopping, shopping, and more shopping. There were so many awesome boutiques; everything from on-trend clothing to stores stacked high with rugs.

On our first morning we had breakfast at Cody’s La Jolla. Solid breakfast, gorgeous patio seating with a view to everything. It’s steps away from seal cove as well.

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What is it with toddlers and bacon? Scarlett has turned into the pickiest eater, but she’ll never ever turn down bacon.

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Clearly, the bacon was a hit at Cody’s.

I just wanted all of their succulents.

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Seal cove is THE place to go in La Jolla, especially if you have kids.

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The seals are everywhere, and Scarlett was so excited once she realized just how many there were.

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If you’re in the La Jolla area and craving fish tacos, Puesto is a great option. You can find pictures and a little review in our last post here.

Just around the corner from Puesto is the coolest art installation wall. Totally Instagram-worthy.

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This time around we ventured out a bit to Historic Barrio Logan to try a new taco place: Salud. It was about as authentic as they come – with huge, and I mean huge, grills lining the outside of the restaurant where all of the meat and tortillas were being made as you wait in line. Scarlett was winding down at that point, so hubby hopped out and picked up our tacos. They were spicy and wrapped in freshly grilled corn tortillas. So good.

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I’m still dreaming about their guacamole and those battered shrimp.

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For late night tacos (because, why not?), try Adalbertos. They had me at all-you-can-eat homemade tortilla chips, and some pretty fantastic shredded chicken tacos.

Another fun adventure around the area: Liberty Station. Liberty Station is a huge outdoor mall of sorts, full of great restaurants, museums, Liberty Public Market (stall after stall of gourmet food), and one of hubby’s favorite places to visit when we’re in San Diego, Stone Brewery. (If you’re staying in La Jolla, you’ll need a car to get to this one.)

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On our second morning in La Jolla we had breakfast at The Cottage. It was amazing and if you’re ever in the area, and LOVE breakfast, this is your place. The stuffed french toast is incredible, and I’m still dreaming about their scones and homemade strawberry jelly.

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And because we’re gluttons, we also checked out Sugar & Scribe. Their brownies and cinnamon roll croissants are pretty out of this world and they had a vegan banana cake that Scarlett devoured.

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Oh, and since we’re on the grand tour of baked goods, if you’re looking for a vegan treat, Cinnaholic is AMAZING. They were on Shark Tank and came highly recommended, so we headed to the nearest Cinnaholic – just a short drive from our hotel – and we were not disappointed. Don’t ask me how, but all of their baked goods, including the cinnamon rolls and toppings they’re famous for, are egg-free, dairy-free, and 100% vegan. And while the cinnamon rolls are great, and the toppings and glazes just a little too sweet for my liking, the chocolate chip cookie is basically the best thing ever, and I’ll be feverishly working to replicate that recipe ASAP.

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On our last night we had dinner at The Grande Colonial’s own Zagat rated NINE-TEN Restaurant. Dimly lit, and a bit dressed up, I was worried about how well Scarlett would do here, but she actually had a blast. They were super accommodating of little kids and had an awesome kids’ menu. The food was INCREDIBLE and I’m so glad we made time to enjoy it. I’m still dreaming about the sea bass and hubby couldn’t stop singing the half baked chocolate cake’s praises. If you’re looking for a treat when you’re out one night in La Jolla Cove, NINE-TEN is it.

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By the way, I had to share the cuteness. Does anyone else have little ones who LOVE checking out hotel bath tubs and and all of the bath products? Scarlett is fascinated by all of the little bottles and soaps, and spends at least an hour in every hotel bath tub trying everything out. It’s pretty darn adorable.

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She told me this particular soap had “seeds”. Scarlett approved.

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Don’t forget to check out part one of our San Diego, California adventure here.

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Huge thanks to The Grande Colonial for having us! All thoughts and opinions are my own. And thank YOU for supporting the sponsors who help to make Glitter, Inc. possible.


Lexi

The Family-Friendly Guide to San Diego, Part 1

As you may have seen on social media, we have been traveling literally coast to coast this past week. We had a family wedding in San Diego, so we spent the first weekend and few days of last week (and luckily, hubby’s vacation time) in and around San Diego. You might remember, we’ve traveled to San Diego before, and if you’re looking for a beautifully scenic visit, you’ll love this post. (Can you believe how teeny tiny Scarlett was back then?)

We were lucky enough to split up our time in San Diego between two different areas – Coronado and La Jolla – so I thought I’d share all about our visit to Coronado and the surrounding areas in this post, including some of our favorite family-friendly things to do in San Diego and plenty of adorable pictures of Scarlett having a blast at the wedding.

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We stayed at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort and had such an amazing experience. The resort was practically made for families with so many restaurant options, activities like yoga, kickboxing, spin classes, jet skis, kayaks, sailboats, beach cruisers, kids bikes, even tandem bikes, ping-pong tables, a huge outdoor chess board, and pools (including a dedicated kids’ pool).

Even the in-room bath tub could probably fit a whole family; and trust me, Scarlett and her toys spent plenty of time in there.

And the staff was incredible. Everyone went above and beyond to take care of our family.

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We started each morning at Silver Strand Exchange for coffee and a quick bite, and usually walked the massive property (the hotel sits on its own 15-acre peninsula) to get a good stretch in.

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It was definitely too cold to hop in the pools during our visit, but Scarlett and her Daddy played plenty of “chess” out by the pool which mostly consisted of Scarlett dragging around the horseman pieces.

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Whether or not you’re staying at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort, you have got to try Crown Landing. The restaurant has gorgeous water views and between the incredible cocktails (try just about anything with their juice of the day – I had a green pepper pineapple juice that was totally bizarre but tasted amazing!) and all of the yummy bites (get the shrimp toast), you’ll definitely be adding this one to your must visit list.

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The nearby shopping area in Coronado is adorable. It’s quintessential California, with a plethora of great boutiques. I went into as many as I could squeeze in.

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Two standouts: Studio 1220 (a fashion boutique with cool girl bohemian California vibes) and Seaside Papery (the cutest party store with adorable home and paper goods … just try to leave without buying something!)

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If you find yourself starving in Coronado, stop into The Islander for amazing fresh fish tacos and fish and chips.

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Clayton’s Coffee Shop is another great place to stop for breakfast or a really great coffee. (I had a Mexican Mocha with almond milk and it was delicious.)

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If you’re willing to take a short drive, Dark Horse brews their own coffee and makes the most amazing vegan donuts we’ve probably ever tried.

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For a fun night on the town, Gaslamp Quarter in Downtown San Diego is chock full of great restaurants and shops and is the perfect place to stroll and soak up the awesome California weather.

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The wedding was at Heritage County Park and to top off the wedding fun, there were lawn games.

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Scarlett was in heaven!

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It was so nice to spend time with family, and I love a good wedding. Such a sap.

Old Town is not too far from Heritage and is the perfect place to walk around, soak in the historic sites, and indulge in authentic Mexican food at one of the many restaurants (plenty with strolling mariachis that kids are sure to love!)

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Both the San Diego Zoo and SeaWorld are relatively close to Coronado, so if you’re in the Coronado area with your family, definitely consider one of these for a day out. We opted for the San Diego Zoo and it was perfect for our animal-loving toddler.

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Scarlett was in love with the polar bears.

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Although it was pretty cold the week we were in San Diego, the sun was still on full volume, so be sure to cover yourselves in sunscreen; you’re gonna need it!

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Stay tuned: part two of our San Diego, California adventure is coming soon!

Huge thanks to Loews Coronado Bay Resort for having us! All thoughts and opinions are my own. And thank YOU for supporting the sponsors who help to make Glitter, Inc. possible.

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Lexi

Our Family Road Trip to Richmond and DC

Hotel accommodations were provided by The Kimpton Glover Park Hotel. Thank you so much for supporting the sponsors who help make Glitter, Inc. possible!

Last weekend we took a little vacation to Washington, DC. Hubby had the long weekend and I’d been wanting to take a trip to the city. It’s just a few hours from where we are in North Carolina and I’ve always loved DC.

On our way to DC, we also got the chance to stop over in Richmond, Virginia to see a good friend of mine from law school (who recently had a baby!) And really, any excuse to coo over an adorable baby, and I’m all in.

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RICHMOND, VIRGINIA

Since we were only in Richmond for about a day-and-a-half, we pretty much just ate our way through the city. So let’s talk food …

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If for any reason you are EVER visiting Richmond, Virginia you must visit Sally Bell’s Kitchen. This place is practically an institution and this year it celebrated it’s 93rd year in business. My parents used to take us on our own road trips so many years ago, and even now, when we get out to Richmond, it’s a must-visit. Sally Bell’s is about as no frills as you can get, serving only paper lunch boxes with sandwiches, cupcakes and the best potato salad you’ll ever have. There is never not a line around the corner, but it is so worth it. I’m fairly smitten with their strawberry cupcakes and at just $1.65 a cupcake, it’s hard not to get two; plus an extra lunchbox … err, we’ll call that one Scarlett’s.

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Truth be told, since moving to North Carolina I’ve seriously missed Jewish delicatessen. There are so many great options in Miami (and of course New York), but I can’t say that I’ve found my bagel place here in the Triangle. I just want a good bowl of matzoh ball soup (that I don’t have to cook) and a bagel with fish! Randomly, while in Richmond, we happened upon Perly’s Restaurant & Delicatessen. I may have cried a little when we walked through the door and spotted a real life deli counter. Perly’s is sort of a hipster take on classic delicatessen – with specials like duck confit matzoh brei, french fries tossed in dill (which are incredible, for the record), and a beet bloody mary – but it also has the classics, like latkes with apricot applesauce (YUM), reuben sandwiches, and matzoh ball soup. Great; I’m hungry now.

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We loved driving around Richmond. The homes are historic and stunning and in the fall, the leaves make everything look so gorgeous.

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WASHINGTON DC

We spent Thursday through Sunday in DC at the most amazing hotel: The Kimpton Glover Park Hotel in Georgetown. Hubby and I both love the Georgetown area – there’s great shopping, restaurants, and I’m such a fan of Kimpton hotels. Kimpton Hotels are also great with kids. When we checked in, Scarlett got to pick a prize from “her treasure chest” and of course, conned her way into a handful of glittery balls that she took with us everywhere the entire weekend.

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We traveled from Richmond to DC that afternoon, so the free wine at happy hour was basically awesome.

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Later that evening, the amazing staff also showed up at our door with the sweetest little welcome.

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The hotel was really close to M Street – one of my favorites – where you can find the most amazing upscale shopping (and window shopping) at places like Club Monaco, Kate Spade, J.Crew, Calypso St. Barth, Dean & Deluca, and all of the best cupcake places. The M Street Anthropologie has long been one of my absolute favorites.

We also stopped in for salads at sweetgreen, and even hubby liked it! Getting him to like a salad place; that’s a major victory.

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Baked and Wired was hands-down our favorite cupcake spot. Their cupcakes are moist and perfectly sweet and they even have a vegan oreo cupcake (which Scarlett went crazy for.)

She also loved the vegan oreo cupcakes from Sticky Fingers Bakery. If you’re looking for an all-vegan bakery, this is your place!

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Brunch at Ted’s Bulletin is still one of my top picks every time we visit DC. Their breakfast is fantastic and come on, homemade poptarts? I want them all.

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Another great place to fall in for a meal, like lunch, is Buredo. They make sushi burritos that are fantastic!

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We spent a lot of time walking around, snapping photos, and playing at parks. It really was such a nice weekend away, and it gave me a taste of the big city that I’ve been missing since leaving Miami.

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Hubby and I love driving around the neighborhoods in every place we visit, picking out our dream homes and looking them up on Zillow (and then collectively having mini heart attacks over their pricetags). It’s become a tradition and also the perfect time for Scarlett to nap.

We spent one day checking out the Smithsonian National Zoo and the National Mall (a huge park which houses some of the most famous museums and memorials, and plenty of awesome food trucks.)

The National Zoo is the perfect place to take the family – and everyone gets in for free! Scarlett spent most of the time having conversations with the monkeys and seals and telling them to be careful.

On our last morning (Sunday), we made our way to Eastern Market after hearing so many great things about the popular indoor/outdoor market.

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We had such a great time checking out Richmond, Virginia and Washington, D.C. and I can’t wait to go back!

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If you’re planning a trip to DC this holiday season – and you definitely should – Kimpton has two amazing deals going on right now:

“Branching Out” package – This package shows the best of the property with a City View Room, $100 credit to Michael Schlow’s Casolare Restaurant + Bar, a $10 donation to the nearby Rock Creek Park Conservancy (a nod to the hotel’s décor inspired by the nearby park), a class pass to the Urban Atheletic Club gym in the hotel, plus a tote bag and wildflower seeds. (Rates starting from $229 per night.)

“Give Yourself Some Credit” package – This holiday package includes a $25 daily credit to use toward anything you’d like from parking to dining at Casolare or through room service or even toward in-room spa treatments. The offer is available now through February 28, 2017 and must be booked byDecember 30, 2016. Just use the code: KREDIT at  www.gloverparkhotel.com. (Rates starting from $149 per night.)

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If you take a trip to DC, be sure to let me know in the comments or on social media (@glitterinclexi). I’d love to hear about your travels!


Lexi