NY Roots Travel – 1 Day in Epcot

Happy Monday y’all! I hope the time change didn’t kick your butt too much. I love when we “fall back” because I love the extra sleep after going out of town over the weekend.

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Two weeks ago, we met my best friend and her husband for a getaway to Florida. We spent Saturday at Epcot and then we drove to Sarasota on Sunday where we stayed until Tuesday afternoon. After spending the day in Epcot, I wanted to share a few tips with you.

Things to Do:

Try to go to Epcot during the week instead of Saturday. Everywhere we turned there was a line. There was a line to get drinks, there was a line to get food, and there was a line to go to the restroom every.single.time.

Buy your tickets in advance either going online or using their app. It makes it so much easier.

Sign up for your FastPass rides 30 days in advance. We used FastPass for Soarin’ which I highly recommend.

Wear a drinking inspired shirt. Some of my favorites said:
DrinkerBell
Conquoring the World One Drink at a Time
Drink, Drank, Drunk Around the World
Wearin’ Ears and Drinkin’ Beers
You can find some of the shirts on Pinterest here

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Stay until the end of the fireworks show, they are breathtaking, but be ready to hustle out of the bar if you are taking a shuttle back to a Disney Resort (which is free if you are staying at a Disney Resort)

Try on a different hat from each country

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 We had the best weather imaginable with the best people to drink around the world with. Next time we might need an extra day or two!

Thanks for stopping by!

Xo, Heather

Wanderlust

Wanderlust: (n.) A strong desire or urge to wander or travel and explore the world.:
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I’m not entirely sure when I was bitten by the wanderlust bug but at times it consumes me. I image the days when I can travel more often than I do to places I have yet to see but dream about.

I’m fortunate to have Brandon who loves to travel and a group of girlfriends who believe in a yearly girls’ trip to get away from our everyday lives.

I have a Pinterest board full of all of the places I would love to go someday. Hopefully Europe for my 40th which is YEARS away but if I start planning and saving now, it could be a very memorable trip.

Here are a few of the places I would love to see. . .

Shangri-La Hotel...Paris - what better hotel to choose than the one with a beautiful Eiffel tower view!:
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Paris – of course

The Bridge of Sighs | Venice, Italy:
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Venice, Italy

Haiku Stairs is also called the Stairway to Heaven, and many say is worth the 3,922 steps it takes to get to the top. The view is said to be quite heavenly.:
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Any part of Hawaii

Bali, Indonesia:
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Bali

The London Eye and Big Ben, London, UK:
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London

Amsterdam With Tulips stay in our worldwide collection of B&B's here: www.1bb.com:
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Amsterdam

So needless to say, I need to win the lottery, or up my savings plan by 100%. One of these days I will see all of these places and then some!

I hope your Monday wasn’t too rough and your week goes by quickly.

Where are some places you want to wanderlust to? I would love to know.

Xo, Heather

NY Roots Travel – Scottsdale, AZ

New York Roots to Southern Boots

A few weeks ago Brandon and I traveled to Scottsdale, AZ to cheer on Texas Tech when they played Arizona State University. I went to Arizona a few years ago for two weeks with my previous job and I have been itching to go back ever since. We decided to make a long weekend out of it so we can explore around Scottsdale and Tempe and still attend the game. We landed on Thursday night around 7 (PST), checked into our hotel and went to dinner. I wanted to share a few of my favorite things about Arizona in case you have a trip planned or decide that you want to spend a long weekend in the desert.

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Where to Stay

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We stayed at the aLoft in Tempe which was the perfect location for the weekend. We were about a 10 minute Uber from the airport, walking distance to the football stadium, ASU, places to eat and a 6 minute Uber to Old Town Scottsdale,plus we had amazing view of the mountains. A few friends stayed at the Graduate Hotel which I’ve never heard of but it was closer to campus and had an upscale dorm room feel.

What to Do

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Go to the Phoenix Zoo

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Go on a hike. If you want to do a long hike, I would recommend Southern Mountain, but if you want something shorter with view of Tempe I would hike Hayden Butte Preserve (Leonard Monti Trail)

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Go to an Arizona Diamondback Game. The stadium is so nice and Brandon was impressed with the value beer at $4.

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Walk around ASU

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Go to Dierks Bentley’s bar, Whiskey Row in Tempe

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Shop in Old Town Scottsdale and grab a drink at the Rusty Spur

Where to Eat

I can go on and on about places to eat in the Scottsdale area but here are a few places where we ate

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Fractured Prune for FRESH made to order donuts. . .just don’t eat 2 and then hike Hayden Butte Preserve

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Old Town Tortilla Factory, get the flautas with the mole sauce and ask for their fresh tortillas.

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Italian Grotto, get the Chicken Carolina I promise you won’t be disappointed. Anytime Brandon and I go out to dinner we decide who had the better meal, I won that night.

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Roaring Fork for their happy hour, but get there right when happy hour starts because you won’t be able to find a seat in the bar area. We learned the hard way so we didn’t eat there on this trip but I ate there for dinner 2 years ago.

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Salut Kitchen Bar for brunch, get the hangover fries even if you aren’t hungover and the bottomless mimosas. What is brunch without a mimosas? Sad, just sad.

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Since you are close to the west coast, In and Out Burger especially for late night food.

Getting Around

We walked A LOT! I think my Fitbit said that we walked about 15 miles on Friday alone. Luckily Tempe and Scottsdale are very Uber and Lyft friendly so we used them most of the weekend and it was SUPER cheap.

We had so much fun on our weekend getaway to Arizona that I want to go back as soon as possible, maybe when it’s below 100 degrees!

If you have gone to Arizona before, what are some of your favorite things to do?

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Xo, Heather

NY Roots Travel: Louisiana

Happy Tuesday! There won’t be a 21 Day Fix recap this week but there will be one on Monday! Last week’s traveling to Louisiana made following the 21 Day Fix program a lot harder. However, I did try to get in as many greens as possible while staying away from extra carbs. . . minus the egg white mcmuffin I got from McDonald’s which I will NEVER get again.

Last week I had the opportunity with my company to travel to Louisiana to help those affected by the recent flooding. As a group we worked so hard to help others, it was such a rewarding, humbling and amazing experience that I hope I can do again soon. As I was filling totes with cleaning supplies in a hot warehouse on an even hotter day I kept thinking I can’t wait to take a shower and relax but I quickly reminded myself that there are others who are unable to have that luxury right now so I kept on working. One of the best parts of my experience was meeting some New York firefighters who are part of a disaster relief program. It felt like I had a little bit of home with me all the way in Louisiana.

We were so fortunate to stay at the Houmas House (also known as Burnside Plantation) in Darrow, LA which is south of Baton Rouge. The Houmas House used to be a sugar cane plantation in 1803 but now you can stay in the cottages on the property and go on a tour of grounds and main house. We weren’t able to go on a tour but on our way to dinner we were able to walk around. The property is BEAUTIFUL! It is so lush with all of the greenery. I could have spent hours just walking around but we had a dinner reservation to get to.

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Now I just need to convince Brandon to take me back here so we can do the tour and take in more of this beautiful scenery!

Louisiana still needs our help, you can donate goods through Amazon which will ship directly to the warehouse where I volunteered or you can donate through the Red Cross website.

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Xo, Heather

NY Roots Travel: Miami

WHERE TO STAY

For our annual girl’s trip we stayed at the iconic Raleigh Hotel on South Beach. I fell in love with this hotel the second I laid my eyes on it. It still has the original art deco charm from the 1940s-1950s. They are one of the few hotels that give you an actual key, which was awesome but cumbersome at the same time. They recommended checking in your key every time you leave the property because if you lose it, you will be charged $75. It was nice to not have to worry about it but to wait on the front desk every time took a while.

The hotel’s decor was simple black and white with lots of greenery. Our rooms were very simple, crisp white linens, cream colored floors and dark wood tables. Luckily we had connected rooms, so we were able to get ready together every night or have dance parties.

The best part is the hotel’s pool is AMAZING and the gorgeous beach with turquoise blue water was only a few feet from our hotel. Most of our time was spent on the beach because the water was so calm, clear and beautiful. A few years ago we want to Cancun but the water in Miami was 100x prettier.

WHERE TO EAT

27 Restaurant – The Freehand

27 Restaurant is located in a historic home in Miami that is adjacent to the most gorgeous courtyard. As you walk in, you really feel like you are in someone’s home instead of a restaurant. All of the tables, chairs and china were mismatched which I LOVED! I was boring an ordered a burger (I don’t know what I was thinking) but it was delicious. Stacey ordered the squid ink pasta which I wish I ordered. Being a good bestie, she let me try a few bites and it was to die for. Seriously, if you are in Miami order that dish. Kat and Lauren both ordered the special for the evening which was grouper in a curry broth. I was able to try a few bites of it and it was so good. Grouper was served everywhere we went. Danielle order the Malawach which was their spin on a Greek dish. We all left very full and very happy.


Cecconi’s at the Soho House

For us girls italian food is always our go to comfort but seeing how upscale Cecconi’s is, we knew we had to eat there. The atmosphere of Cecconi’s is very resort chic, the tree in the middle of the courtyard is covered in lights with votives hanging off the branches. I ordered the gnocchi which were cooked perfectly. Stacey and Kat ordered the eggplant parm. Lauren ordered the chicken paillard which was the size of a large plate. Danielle ordered the buffalo mozzarella pizza.

Aroma Espresso Bar

Go here for breakfast! The croissant was perfectly flaky on the outside and doughy in the middle (carbs don’t count on vacation). On a hot Miami morning an iced coffee is what you need to start your day of fun!

Rosetta Bakery

Rosetta Bakery was across the street from the Raleigh and it served by far the best iced coffee. We went back twice on our trip. Plus, could the decor be any cuter in there??

Yardbird – Southern Table & Kitchen

For our last dinner we went to Yardbird Southern Table & Kitchen. We all got some version of a fried chicken dish because when in the south, you eat fried chicken. It’s such a cool and relaxed spot to recap all of our memories and toast to many more!

Tip – Make your dinner reservations beforehand using OpenTable. It makes it easier to stay on a timeline when you know where and when dinner is every night.

WHAT TO DO

It’s simple, spend time on the beach, walk around to see the sights, EAT and dance your booty off! Miami was the best location for an ultimate girl’s trip.

I have so many more pictures to share from this trip, if you would love to find out more about Miami comment below and I can do a photo heavy blog post. If you have been to Miami, where are some of your favorite places?

Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to come back tomorrow for the final Bachelorette recap.

“A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow” – William Shakespeare

Xo, Heather