If you’re looking for a luxurious stay in Upstate New York, look no further than the Diamond Mills Hotel & Tavern located in Saugerties, NY. Besides the fluffy robes, comfy beds and room service (all which Diamond Mills has) a hotel stay with a view always adds to the luxury experience. Diamond Mills also has this as it sits right next to the Esopus Falls! Each room has a furnished balcony so you can take in the view under the stars or in the morning while you sip your coffee.
Track season in Saratoga Springs, NY is in full swing! Cailin and I always make a few trips to the track each summer and this time we had the opportunity to stay at the wonderful Inn at Five Points. The Bed & Breakfast is situated perfectly in a great location for the Saratoga Race Track, SPAC, Congress Park and Broadway. We are walkers by nature and walked to the park, track and Broadway from The Inn with ease.
No trip to Nashville would be complete without some hot chicken, so we made sure we stopped at Hattie B’s for the Nashville staple. We both got the tenders plate which comes with three jumbo tenders, bread, pickles and two sides. We both got the macaroni and cheese, and we split the our others sides of baked beans and potato salad.
The Berkshires are one of Tara and I’s favorite weekend getaway destinations because they are the perfect place to unwind, have some quiet, and spend time outdoors. We mainly focused on the R&R this trip — getting coffee, going swimming, and walking around the cute downtown areas (but if you want to see some of the activities we’ve done in the past check out: End of Summer Berkshires Weekend, Canoeing and Cliff Jumping in the Berkshires, & XC Skiing the Berkshires). One of our favorite stops was Lenox Coffee for a Chai Tea Latte and a Cappuccino. The drinks were an A+ and after both trying the cappuccino, we kept raving about it. And believe me, we’ve had some good NYC ones!
For our last full day in Music City, we (successfully!!) fit in our last few “must-do’s” and started the day by heading to the 12South area to hit up Five Daughters Bakery and Franklin Juice Co. To successfully make it to all the places we wanted to go (for this trip at least), that meant stopping at both places for breakfast. We really wanted to try Five Daughter’s doughnuts and Franklin Juice Co.’s pitaya bowl so we had a “Why not eat two breakfasts?” kind of moment. You guys know how we feel about doughnuts. If you don’t, feel free to check out this, this, this, this, this, and finally this one too. (They’re all links to our doughnut adventures!)
After seeing that Five Daughters Bakery was Nashville’s main artisanal doughnut stop, we made sure to head there and grab a few flavors! They’re known for having the “100 Layer Donut” which is a croissant and donut hybrid, filled and then topped with a glaze! They’re basically shaped like doughnuts but more pastry-esque! I believe Tara and I got chocolate crunch, maple glaze, and one of the seasonal flavors and they were all so amazing! You can definitely tell that they’re a doughnut and a pastry combined because the texture is pretty different, but we love doughnuts in all forms and thought the flavors were so good!
We may have stumbled upon the craft fair at Centennial Park, but we stopped by to see the full-scale replica of the Parthenon. Some refer to it as the “Athens of the South” and we have to say it was pretty impressive. We spent some time marveling at all the details and how small we felt among the soaring columns.
After our brunch at Biscuit Love, we headed down the street for a little shopping at Two Old Hippies. We loved how cool and unique all of the items were and it was awesome that the store not only had the nicest clothes, but had tons of home goods, and a whole room for guitars and ukuleles. They also double as a music venue! Only in Nashville can you find a hybrid of a performance venue, clothing, decor, and guitar store! (With a Volkswagen parked in the middle of the shop no less!)
A big part of our Nashville trip was FOOD, so when we heard about the long lines that form in front of Biscuit Love we knew it was something we wanted to try. When we got to Biscuit Love’s location in The Gulch area of Nashville there was already a line wrapping around the building. Our Uber driver wished us luck as we hopped out of the car and into the line. We ended up waiting for around 30 minutes, but it was worth it!
While in Nashville, we wanted to make sure we got a meal at Monell’s, because their whole dining experience is so unique and nothing like a restaurant we had ever been to!
Their concept is family style dining with the slogan, “Enter as strangers, leave as friends.” But unlike typical family style, your group doesn’t get its own table with just larger portioned shared foods — you actually share a table with several other groups of people! I think there were about 13 people at our table and after saying hello to your new tablemates, food just starts coming around the table.
After we got our fix of the Nashville skyline and remembered the country music greats at the Walk of Fame Park, we went straight to Broadway for some cowboy boot shopping! There are a ton of stores that have aisles and aisles of boots so if you’re looking for some, why not get them in Music City!? They were all so fun and intricate, but they had some great classic pairs too. The shops we went to definitely had the most unique cowboy boots I’ve seen – so they were the perfect place to find those statement boots. Tara found a pair that looked so good on her, but they were all super expensive to no surprise, so we mostly window shopped.