Wow! It seems like all I’ve done these past two months is travel – from moving across the country, to work trips, and vacation trips I’ve been home in Nashville less than I’ve been away! Yes, that’s right I can officially call Nashville home and I couldn’t be more excited!! It’s still surreal to be able to say that – but I’m definitely happy to be here and looking forward to exploring the city more!
A few weeks ago, G and I headed over to Scottsdale to visit Taliesin West. Built in 1938, Taliesin West was Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter home and studio. Today, the property serves as the main campus for the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture and the headquarters for the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. There are several different types of tours available for the property but we opted for the 90-minute Insights Tour, which allowed us to tour Wright’s Office, the Garden Room, the Living Quarters, the Kiva, the Sculpture Garden, the Music Pavilion, and the Cabaret Theater (basically all the main areas of the property).
When we visited Washington DC earlier this summer, I asked a few people for advice on what to see and where to go and I got a couple of suggestions for Georgetown. It was described as a quaint area of DC with lots of fun shops. Immediately, Georgetown Cupcake popped into my head. I consider myself a bit of a sweets connoisseur (really I’m just a fan of anything filled with sugar) and I’ve heard for years how amazing Georgetown Cupcake is. Sure, Georgetown sounded like a nice place to take a stroll, but I was really interested in the cupcakes. Luckily we were able to fit in a quick visit before heading to the National Mall and I got to see what all the fuss was about.
When G and I went to Washington DC earlier this summer, there were a few things I knew we had to do. The National Mall is obviously a must-see in DC and I also wanted to check out some of the museums. The Smithsonian museums are the most well-known and we narrowed our choice down to what we considered to be the main three: American History, Natural History, and Air and Space. I had been to the National Museum of American History before and really enjoyed it but wanted to see something new. As much as I enjoy natural history museums, I’ve seen quite a few before, plus, G loves anything related to planes or space. So naturally, we decided on the National Air and Space Museum.
At the beginning of the summer, G and I took a trip to Washington DC. We stayed in Virginia and one evening took the trek over to The Winery at La Grange, a cute local winery. The fun thing about visiting the East Coast is that every place has a lot of history behind it. This land was originally part of Bull Run Tract in the 1600s. It was owned by Robert “King” Carter, a successful businessman who became one of the wealthiest men in the colonies. The land was later renamed La Grange. The manor house where tastings are held was built around 1790 and remodeled in 1937 before being restored.
I have to admit, brunch is my kind of meal. Well actually, I like breakfast a lot but early mornings are not really my thing. Now being able to sleep in and still get breakfast foods when I wake up? Whoever came up with this whole brunch concept is a genius in my book. When Stacie and I were in Nashville we researched several places to have Sunday brunch but we ended up at Marché Artisan Foods. Like every other restaurant we ate at during my trip, it only took about 10 minutes to get to but the wait was an hour, and apparently no one in Nashville has heard of reservations. Still, the food was really good and the atmosphere was nice so I’m glad we went.