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Friday, December 9, 2016

Meet the Hargroves!: 4 months until we get hitched

Oh goodness, it's only FOUR months away! Yikes! We have gotten a few more wedding planning things accomplished in the past month but the holidays are really slowing me down. Here's what we have completed:



BRIDAL PARTY "ASK"

We officially asked our bridal party. Most of the people we had already talked to ahead of time but of course I had to do something more official [duh!]. I found cute "ask" cards from Marrygrams and Firefly Paper Studio to send to the adult bridal party members with a sweet note inside. And for the children in the bridal party, I found these adorable confetti poppers from Relish Print Design that "ask" them to be in the wedding. My nieces and nephew had fun exploding the poppers on Thanksgiving weekend at my parent's home. You can see the aftermath in the first image of the post.

REHEARSAL DINNER

We finished planning the rehearsal dinner with Matt's mom. We're having a Southern buffet dinner in the ballroom of a local hotel, followed by a slideshow his mom wants to make for us (so sweet!) and after-dinner-drinks at Normal Bar (where Matt and I met).

CEREMONY

We picked out our ceremony reading. It's an excerpt from a silly but sweet children's book from the '60s called "I Like You" by Sandol Stoddard Warburg. We also planned out the basics of our ceremony but will finalize with our officiant closer to the wedding date.

OTHER THINGS WE'VE DONE

- Finished our wedding website.
- Finished registering.
- Sent save the dates.

WHAT WE NEED TO DO IN THE NEXT MONTH

- Decide on the dudes' outfits.
- Find a florist.
- Order cakes and rentals.
- Order programs and signage.

HOW WE'RE FEELING

Pretty good. Focusing on the holidays is a welcome break from wedding planning. And it's nice to be able to get opinions and talk things through face-to-face with my mom, sisters, and family. We're trudging along, although I can't make up my mind on the final decor decisions. Ugh. Time is ticking.

Stay tuned for more wedding updates! #mattandchelseagethitched

XOXO


Thursday, November 10, 2016

Meet the Hargroves!: 5 months until we get hitched

In the last month, we've gotten a few big wedding planning items out of the way.

 PHOTOGRAPHER

by Twin Hearts Photography

We found our photographers! We're going with Lauren Gregg and Jackie Baxter of Twin Hearts Photography, based out of Athens. I love their aesthetic and they seem like good people. They had photographed a good friend's wedding that we attended this past May and I was impressed with them. They managed to get some amazing shots and they were so good at blending in with the guests that you were never overtly aware that there were photographers at the event. That's a big plus in my book!

BRIDESMAID and BEST WOMAN/GROOMSWOMAN DRESSES

https://www.unionstation.com/real-wedding/Spring-Wedding-Charleston-SC-Royal-MaryClaire

I settled on bridesmaid dresses. I decided to try something a bit unconventional (but cost-effective!) and have the bridal party rent their dresses. After doing some research, I settled on Union Station, because I liked how easy it was to navigate their website and the variety of style and color options. I chose two different cocktail length dress styles, the Kate and the Emma. As for color, I knew I wanted something bold and bright but in a color that would look flattering on everyone. I ordered a few swatches and then chose a really deep royal blue color for the gals on my side. The gals on Matt's side will be wearing the same dress style as my side but in a dark slate gray to match the guys' suits. In my mind, this all works out and looks great but I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

STATIONERY



We also decided on our wedding stationery. I wanted something simple and casual but fun with modern font faces and a hint of bright color. I found a few great options on Paperless Post, ordered samples, and had Matt narrow it down to the winner, which was also my personal favorite: Charlotte Street II from Kate Spade for Paperless Post. The blue almost perfectly matches the blue of the bridesmaid dresses.

OTHER THINGS WE'VE DONE

- Reserved a hotel block (which was actually a bit of a nightmare as we found out that there were a few unanticipated sporting events planned the same weekend as my wedding).
- Ordered save the dates.

WHAT WE NEED TO DO IN THE NEXT MONTH

- Decide on the dudes' outfits.
- Find a florist.
- Order cakes and rentals.
- Send save the dates.
- Officially ask the bridal party.
- Plan the rehearsal dinner.

HOW WE'RE FEELING

I'm kind of questioning why I chose a short engagement. I guess so I could compact all the stress into fewer months but there are SO many decisions that have to be made. All in all, it's getting there and I keep trying to remember that the wedding will be fun and happy no matter what it looks like or what happens. Matt doesn't have much interest in the planning process but I try to really listen to him and put him in charge of things that he does care strongly about, like the music. He's already finished the cocktail hour playlist. And I still get his opinion on the things that he doesn't care about, too. 

Stay tuned for more wedding updates! #mattandchelseagethitched

XOXO

Friday, October 7, 2016

Meet the Hargroves!: 6 months until we get hitched

We've officially reserved our wedding date and it's only about six months away! That's right...we're tying the knot in April of 2017. Time to get planning! Here's what we've accomplished so far in only a week of being engaged:

THE VENUE




We've reserved our venue! The ceremony and reception will both be held at Little Kings Shuffle Club in Athens. Little Kings is one of me and Matt's favorite bars in Athens. They  have a great indoor area that has beautiful arched windows and a vintage-industrial look with lots of cozy seating. And the outdoor area is spacious and has a quirky vibe with cool graffiti pieces on the walls, a boat with a deck built around it, and an old red and yellow tin can rv (all of which will be great for photo ops). The ceremony will happen outside then the guests will head inside for a cocktail hour heavy on the mimosas and bloody marys. Then back outside for a brunch buffet. Speaking of which...

THE CATERER

 

We've nailed down a caterer! White Tiger Gourmet, a hip, quaint neighborhood eatery with delicious modern Southern food will be serving up a yummy brunch buffet for our guests. We almost have a menu nailed down and so far we're thinking a biscuit bar with toppings like pimento cheese, jam and honey, cheese grits, veggie frittatas, fruit, bacon, and other goodies. I'm getting hungry just thinking about it!

OTHER THINGS WE'VE DONE

- Figured out our budget
- Booked our officiant
- Started our guest list
- Chose our wedding party (we will officially ask them at the beginning of November)
- Started our registries and wedding website

WHAT WE NEED TO DO IN THE NEXT MONTH

- Book a photographer
- Decide on wedding party attire
- Find a florist
- Reserve a block of hotel rooms
- Order cakes and rentals

HOW WE'RE FEELING

Pretty good so far! We had talked about eloping to Vegas and then having a big party with our family and friends to celebrate. But somehow plans have evolved into a fairly traditional yet casual wedding. Some of the planning is stressful, mostly because I have no idea what I'm doing, but as we get new things booked and figured out, we get more and more excited.

Stay tuned for more wedding updates! #mattandchelseagethitched

XOXO

Monday, October 3, 2016

BIG NEWS: I'm engaged!


Hoo-ray! Matt and I got engaged on October 1, 2016! We've been together for over four years and we've lived together for over two. And we'd been talking more and more about the future and of course we both hope to spend it together. So we're getting hitched!


THE PROPOSAL


Matt was born and raised in Savannah and most of his family still lives there so he and I headed down to his family's house on Tybee Island for the weekend to visit with his mom and her boyfriend. Matt and I went down to the beach Saturday evening and swam in the ocean then sat in the sand to watch the waves. We moved up to one of the wooden swings near the dunes and he proposed to me there. We immediately called and texted our close friends and family then went back to the house to celebrate with champagne.

THE RING


Matt gave me his maternal grandmother's engagement ring from the 1950s. Those of you who know me know how much I LOVE mid-century '50s and '60s things. This ring is no exception. I never thought I'd be into a big diamond ring but the Art Deco vibe to this one makes me forget that. And it fits perfectly! My mom told me that the engagement ring that my dad gave her was his maternal grandmother's, too. So that made the whole thing extra sweet and special to me.

THE PLAN

We really want a short engagement so we don't have to drag out the nightmare of wedding planning. So we're planning on getting married in the spring of 2017. We also want our wedding and any celebrations to be about both Matt and I as a couple and not bride-centric affairs. We're looking to have a relaxed, fun, semi-casual wedding that reflects our relationship. We both have the same #1 priority going into this and that is to be able to include every member of our huge but closeknit families and all of our closest friends in our celebration.

I'll be updating the blog each month with the current state of our planning process. And be sure to check out #mattandchelseagethitched on Instagram for photo updates. We hope you enjoy the making of our big day!

XOXO

Monday, August 1, 2016

AUGUST VIBES

(clockwise from top right): one // two // three // four (can't find) // five
// six // seven // eight // nine // ten // eleven 

August is all about the bittersweet end of summer and the nervous excitement of back-to-school time. For August, we're vibing on bold shades of blue mixed with neon orange and touches of red and pink, rounded shapes and patterns, and quirky images of outer space.

XOXO

Friday, July 1, 2016

JULY VIBES

(clockwise from top right): one // two // three // four // five // six // seven // eight (can't find)

I'm updating the old Monthly Moodz series that I used to post and instead of focusing on things to do, eat or wear each month, I decided to create collages of random images that draw me in and give me strong vibes of the month at hand. That way it becomes more of a creative and inspirational activity for me. If you still would like suggestions for things to do, eat and wear, don't fret! We will still be posting our seasonal to do lists.

For July, I'm feeling bodies of water, geometric patterns, strong lines, and fun combinations of reds, corals, pinks, and blues. I do realize Brigitte Bardot is wearing a sweater in that first image, which doesn't really scream summer, but the photo as a whole was giving me July vibes, with the beer and sombrero and such. Anyhow, collages and mood boards have been my jam lately, so expect to see some more in the near future.

XOXO

Friday, June 24, 2016

Nailed It!: Sail La Vie by Sinful Colors

I'm starting a new post series called "Nailed It!" where I will feature fun new nail colors as I try them out. Today we're looking at a beautiful baby blue called Sail La Vie by Sinful Colors. I found it at my local Target store for only $2.04. BARGAIN. It reminds me of summer afternoons spent at the neighborhood pool and it is the EXACT same shade of blue as the hydrangeas that are blooming at my mum's house. The color went on smoothly and the applicator brush was easy to use. I believe I put two thin coats on my nails for these photos (don't mind my less-than-stellar nail painting skills). All in all, it's a fun, summery blue that will add a bright pop of color to any outfit.


How do you feel about Sail La Vie? Would you try it out?

XOXO

Monday, June 20, 2016

Summer 2016 To Do List


Happy Summer! As a Southerner, I have a love/hate relationship with this season. On the one hand, I LOVE summer: my college town turns into a ghost town of locals when the students go home for summer break, it stays light until late in the evening, we always have a few epic thunderstorms that roll in and temporarily cool down the earth and I love the overall feel of summer activities, like catching lightning bugs, hanging out at the lake and having porch beers with friends. However, I HATE breaking out into a sweat just walking to my car after work, the amount of bugs that show up from seemingly nowhere, and the oppressive humidity that makes the air feel so THICK. That being said, it will always be a season that holds a certain magic to me, despite the high temperatures. Check out my Summer To Do List below, for some fun activities to keep your mind off of the heat.

1. learn how to read palms.
2. pickle some okra, can some tomatoes, and make some strawberry jam.
3. host a pool party.
4. shibori dye something in indigo.
5. make the perfect bloody mary mix.
6. teach yourself to play "Moon River" on ukulele.
7. go on a date to a drive-in movie.
8. sew a colorful skirt.
9. try a new summery beer (or three).
10. perfect your campfire cooking skills.

We'll be checking off the items on our Summer To Do List over the next three months and posting about them on here or on our Instagram so be sure to follow us @honeyandsmokestudio. If you feel like joining in, tag your Summer To Do List posts with #honeyandsmokesummertodolist.

XOXO

*intro image by Maria Svarbova

Friday, June 17, 2016

Spring/Summer Capsule Wardrobe: Recap

Happy Friday! Today I'm giving a recap of the Spring/Summer Capsule Wardrobe posts. If you missed the original posts or want links to each individual clothing item, you can find them here: Five Dresses for Work, Five Tops for Work, Five Bottoms for Work, Five Dresses for Play, Five Tops for Play, Five Bottoms for Play.

Below, we show you the entire work and play wardrobes together to give you a better idea of how the capsule wardrobe works and to give you suggestions for our favorite outfit pairings.

WORK WARDROBE:
For the work wardrobe, you can mix and match pretty much all of the tops and bottoms together. The slouchy white pocketed blouse is especially versatile. Particular favorite outfits are the slouchy white pocketed blouse with the patterned skinny pants (which would look extra cute with some strappy flat sandals or round toed pumps), the navy and white striped tee with the mint green midi skirt, and the navy blouse with the red cropped pants (paired with a colorful long necklace for an extra pop of color).

Be sure to sprinkle the work dresses in throughout your work week on days when you don't feel like putting an outfit together and you want something easy to slip on and go.

PLAY WARDROBE:
The lilac skinny jeans would look great paired with the white cutout shirt or the casual printed button-up. We also LOVE the mustard yellow top with the blue & white striped shorts. For the Fourth of July, you could wear the red eyelet dress, the navy playsuit, or the red sleeveless top with the blue & white striped shorts. CUTE!

There are so many different combinations you could make with both the work wardrobe and the play wardrobe. Plus, you could combine items from both wardrobes, like the white slouchy pocketed blouse from the work tops and the navy elastic-waist embroidered shorts from the play bottoms. With only 30 items, you could easily make a month's worth of outfits without ever wearing the same thing twice!

We hope you enjoyed our Spring/Summer Capsule Wardrobe. Check back in late summer/early fall for our Fall/Winter Capsule Wardrobe suggestions.

XOXO

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Things We Heart: Flair

Things We Heart: Flair from Honey and Smoke Studio
Today on Things We Heart we're celebrating flair! I've been collecting flair since my American Girl days, when Grin Pins were all the rage. But I must say, pin makers have been upping their game lately and now you can find virtually anything in pin form. Avocados? Yup! David Lynch's head? Check! A gold Xanax bar? You bet! You can find some of my favorite flair in the round-up above and the links to shop each pin below.


Now I just have to find the perfect denim jacket to decorate! ;)

XOXO

P.S. The Best Friend Pizza Slice Pins and the Popsicle BFF Pins would be ESPECIALLY perfect gifts for your besties for Best Friends Day (today) or any day really!

Friday, June 3, 2016

Spring/Summer Capsule Wardrobe: Five Bottoms for Play






Hey, hey! Today we're finishing up the last installment of our Spring/Summer Capsule Wardrobe with Five Bottoms for Play. These are meant to be mixed and matched with the Five Tops for Play but they could easily be mixed in with some of the Five Tops for Work, too. On June 17th (Friday), we'll post a recap of our Spring/Summer Capsule Wardrobe with outfit suggestions so you can better see how the capsule wardrobe works as a whole. If you missed the other 5 installments of the Spring/Summer Capsule Wardrobe, you can find them here: Five Dresses for Work, Five Dresses for Play, Five Tops for Work, Five Tops for Play, Five Bottoms for Work. See details on the Five Bottoms for Play below.








Cute, huh? Stay tuned for the recap of the Spring/Summer Capsule Wardrobe on June 17th!

XOXO

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Life As of Late: May 2016


May went surprisingly fast this year. Like, seriously, how is it already June?! The weather is already in the 90s here in Georgia with some seriously bright and sunny days. Most of the flowers have already bloomed and gone away (RIP peonies, rhododendrons & jasmine) but I have some wild gardenias that just opened up yesterday that smell AMAZING next to my front porch. May was a pretty quiet month but a good one, for the most part. Here’s a look back at some happenings, plus the things I watched, read and listened to in May.



A VISIT TO THE MOUNTAINS
May started off with a visit to my parents in the mountains. Mom took me on a tour of her gardens. Her rhododendrons and some of her roses were blooming brilliantly. I brought her some pink hyssop, borage and nasturtiums for a belated birthday present. It was a plant-filled weekend, if you couldn’t guess. And there may have been a “Tiny House Hunters” marathon in there somewhere, too. It was way cool to see so many variations on tiny houses.

SICK DAYS
I woke up the next day (Monday) sick with a cold/flu and had to take off of work for two days. The cold turned into a mild bronchitis but after a week I was feeling 100% better.

PREPARING FOR OUR MOVE IN AUGUST
I spent many evening and weekend hours sorting and purging all of our belongings. I’ve literally been going through EVERY SINGLE THING, room by room (Marie Kondo would be so upset with my method...oops), deciding whether things are worth keeping around. Matt and I will be moving in August and probably downsizing quite a bit to save some dough so getting rid of things is a necessary evil. Plus it will make packing that much easier. Forward thinking, amirite?


A FRIEND’S WEDDING
Matt and I went to my friend Jay’s wedding in mid-May. It was a simple and sweet and beautiful afternoon and evening and I got to catch up with friends that I hadn’t seen in years. The food was top-notch, too. Mac-and-kimchee, anyone? I rented a Junarose silk shift dress with a cute cacti print from Rent the Runway to wear for the event.

STAFF APPRECIATION WEEK AT MY OFFICE JOB
I had a week of staff appreciation events at my job towards the end of the month. I went to an award ceremony, a catered lunch with our grad students, a lunch out with the rest of the department staff, and even a huge staff field day where I was given a bag of cotton candy and got to decorate a frisbee with spinart. Fun times.

AQUA AEROBICS
I started taking aqua aerobics classes twice a week at a local pool and I LOVE it. It’s so nice to get in the pool after a long day at work, especially when it’s over 90 degrees and humid outside. I had never taken an aqua aerobics class before and I was going by myself so I had some first day jitters but everyone was friendly and the class was fun so those jitters quickly went away. The instructor was impressed that I had never taken a class before and told me I would be teaching the class by next summer so that felt pretty good, too.

FIRST SIX WEEKS OF ANXIETY MEDS
I finished the first six weeks of my first anxiety medication prescription in May. I’m very proud of this because I kinda shrugged off my stress and anxiety issues for years and years. I thought that the way that I felt on a daily basis was normal and I was somehow not as good as everyone else at dealing with normal stresses and anxiety. But it turns out my normal is not the normal of a person with good mental health and it took me awhile to accept that. I finally sought the help I needed after my issues morphed into panic disorder and I couldn’t sleep at night because I thought I was dying. It’s hard to explain your specific brand of panic attacks to others so I won’t go into that here but I’m thankful that I got help and started taking a medication to help me out. Maybe in the future I’ll be able to wean myself off and learn to deal with my anxiety naturally but for now this is what I need. Adjusting to the meds was rough at times but I’m glad that I persisted because now my anxiety is much lower than before and I’m better at recognizing the symptoms and calming myself down. Even though it’s hard to talk about sometimes, I think it’s important to put these things out in the open. When I was having my panic attacks, one of the only things that helped me feel better was reading stories of other people who were experiencing the same things as me. It really helps to not feel alone with mental health issues.


On a lighter note, here's a fuzzy photo update of Picasso being cute. Plus, this month I…

WATCHED The O.C. on Hulu (throwback!), the start of JoJo’s season of The Bachelorette, and season 5 of Game of Thrones (getting caught up).


LISTENED TO the Clever podcast (a podcast about design...check out my girl Genevieve Gorder’s episode), Drake’s new album and Rihanna’s new album.

And that about sums up May. I hope y’all had a lovely month and are looking forward to June, like me.

XOXO

Monday, May 30, 2016

Brunch and Booze Book Club: June 2016

It’s almost June! Which means it’s time for another Brunch & Booze Book Club post! But first, if you read May’s B&B Book Club book, Caramello, how did you like it? I love the focus on Hispanic culture and family life and the vibrant imagery that Sandra Cisneros created throughout the book. It’s such a good read! And how did you like the recommended brunch and booze pairings? I mean, I’m down with huevos rancheros and morning-time margaritas any time, but I thought they worked especially well with lazy Sunday mornings spent reading Caramello.


Without further ado, June’s Brunch and Booze Book Club selection is…


The Vacationers by Emma Straub! This book came out last summer and I’ve been meaning to check it out ever since. I thought it would be appropriate to read during the summer vacation months, especially when I’m craving a “beach read” with a little more substance. Here is an excerpt from a book review by Laura M. Browning for The A.V. Club:


“The Vacationers centers on two generations of the Post family: Parents Frannie and Jim are dealing with infidelity as they ostensibly celebrate 35 years of marriage; their son Bobby is secretly in debt, and his Miamian gym-rat girlfriend, Carmen, has never really fit in with his literary New York family; the Posts’ daughter, Sylvia, is about to go off to college and desperately wants to lose her virginity first. They travel to Mallorca for a two-week vacation with longtime friends Charles and Lawrence, who are trying to adopt a baby. In the hands of a lesser author, this setup might fall squarely into the oft-maligned genre of “beach reading,” something mildly distracting for a perfect summer day, but with no real substance. It might either suffer for being mundane, or it might end up an overwrought disaster. But Straub has a knack, reminiscent of Lorrie Moore, for writing beautiful prose about ordinary situations. And so these families are more than thinly drawn, upper-middle-class, well-educated, white vacationers. They are people who have cheated on their partners; people who try desperately to be something they’re not; people still trying to grow up, no matter what their ages.”


I thought The Vacationers would be fun to read while lounging around the pool mid-morning, before the water has warmed up enough for you to jump in. In the book, the Post family is vacationing in Mallorca, Spain, so we thought it would be nice to try this traditional Mallorcan breakfast pastry, ensaimada:

Brunch and Booze Book Club: June 2016 from Honey and Smoke Studio // Ensaimada de Mallorca from Bake to the Roots

I bet it would pair well with this mimosa-like Agua de Valencia drink:

Brunch and Booze Book Club: June 2016 from Honey and Smoke Studio // Agua de Valencia from Oh The Things We'll Make

Yum. Hope you guys enjoy the book! I'm excited to get started on it myself!

XOXO

Friday, May 20, 2016

Spring/Summer Capsule Wardrobe: Five Bottoms for Work


We're down to our 5th (and 2nd to last) installment of the Spring/Summer Capsule Wardrobe. Today I have suggestions for Five Bottoms for Work. I tried to offer versatile, office-appropriate bottoms that could be worn in different combinations with the Five Tops for Work and I made sure to include a pair of jeans for Casual Fridays. If you missed the other 4 installments of our Spring/Summer Capsule Wardrobe, you can find them here: Five Dresses for Work, Five Dresses for Play, Five Tops for Work, Five Tops for Play. See details for each of the bottoms below.

Spring/Summer Capsule Wardrobe: Five Bottoms for Work from Honey and Smoke Studio // Slacks from H&M

Spring/Summer Capsule Wardrobe: Five Bottoms for Work from Honey and Smoke Studio // Pencil Skirt from H&M


Spring/Summer Capsule Wardrobe: Five Bottoms for Work from Honey and Smoke Studio // Body Curve Jeggings from Zara

Spring/Summer Capsule Wardrobe: Five Bottoms for Work from Honey and Smoke Studio // Full Midi Skirt in Linen from ASOS

Spring/Summer Capsule Wardrobe: Five Bottoms for Work from Honey and Smoke Studio // Mid-Rise Trousers with Belt from Zara

Cute, huh? I have one more installment of the Spring/Summer Capsule Wardrobe coming up [Five Bottoms for Play] and then I'll do a compilation of the work capsule wardrobe and the play capsule wardrobe so you can see how they work together. Stay tuned!

XOXO

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Breckenridge and Denver, CO Mini-Vacay Recap


Hello, hello! How’s your week going so far? Today is rainy and gray here in Athens, GA, but it’s creating a spooky feel to the day that I love. Summer rain and thunderstorms always make me want to either curl up on the couch and watch horror movies or sit on the porch with a good book and watch the storm roll in. Unfortunately, I’m stuck at the office today, but you better believe there will be some porch-sitting and horror-movie-watching later this evening.


Anyhow, today I’m giving a recap of my (too short) trip to Breckenridge and Denver, CO at the beginning of April. My good friend/old roomie Lonna, who now lives in Louisiana,  convinced me to meet her in Denver to catch up with some of our good Athens ex-pat friends. We ended up having a super fun and relaxing time and it was refreshing to be around old friends again. I’m already dreaming of going back in the fall next year to explore a little more.


Check out my overly detailed three-day trip recap below:


DAY 1: BRECKENRIDGE [or Breck...as the cool people say]


We didn’t get any decent amount of snow this past winter in Georgia so it was nice to see the huge snowdrifts and snow-covered mountains. We took a beautiful walk around the neighborhood with Charles & Olivia’s new pup, Bubs. Then we went into town for lunch. The little town of Breckenridge is a typical ski town with little colorful chalet-style businesses and beautiful mountain views at every turn. We ended up eating at Rita’s, a super chill, basement margarita and taco bar, which is a little less touristy than most of the restaurants downtown. We tried out three different salsas and they were all delicious: mango, salsa verde, and habanero corn. The habanero corn was the hands-down favorite with the mango a close second, but they were all good. I ordered the fish burrito, medianna style (it comes with refried beans, spanish rice, green chilis, corn salsa & cheese) which was also yummy and a tequila sunrise (the drink special that day).






After lunch, we decided to go on a distillery tour. We went to the Breckenridge Distillery (the world’s highest distillery), which offers a free tour. We were expecting a taste or two of some high-quality spirits but NO. They gave us at least 5 or 6 substantial samples of different varieties of bourbon, spiced rum, vodka and bitters. I would DEFINITELY recommend sharing tastes, as we did. The tour was really interesting. I especially liked the barrel room because it smelled like a hardware store. My favorite of the spirits that we tasted was their Chili Chile Vodka. YUM. It would be perfection in a bloody mary.


We took a little walk around downtown to sober up a bit clear our heads and get some coffee. Charles and Olivia took us to one of their favorite in town coffee spots, the Cabin Coffee Co. They have white coffee there, which I had never seen or heard of, but it was SO good, with a slightly nutty flavor. It supposedly has extra high caffeine content, too, but I couldn’t tell. I ordered a drink called the Tumbleweed, which is made with the white coffee plus salted caramel and whipped cream and other indulgent, unhealthy things that made it extra delicious. No joke, I still dream about and crave that coffee drink ALL THE TIME.


After coffee, we went on a free gondola ride on the BreckConnect Gondola. We just rode it for the views (no skiing on this trip) and it was about 15-20 minutes, round-trip. I got a little motion sick, as I am wont to do, but other than that it was gorgeous and another really fun FREE activity. After the gondola ride, we were tired and the high altitude was getting to me and Lonna so we went back to the cabin for snack night and a screening of Clueless (classic).


MORE after the jump...