NY Roots Travel: Fredericksburg, TX

Over the weekend we headed out to Fredericksburg, TX (Wine Country) to celebrate Brandon’s 29th birthday. I love, love, love this part of Texas. The views are breathtaking, there is barley any humidity and there is a winery at every corner.

GRAPE CREEK VINEYARDS

Grape Creek Vineyards is a staple winery along 290 and we always stop here anytime we are in town. Not only is the wine amazing (their cab is my fav!), it feels like you were transported to Tuscany with the views, the architecture, and the pizza. Wine and pizza might be the best combo of all times. If you have the chance, stop here!

FAT ASS RANCH & WINERY

Before our trip I knew I wanted to check out Fat Ass Ranch & Winery. One of my girlfriends went there a few weeks ago and it looked like a lot of fun. If it wasn’t 147 degrees outside, I would have loved to play a round of horseshoes while drinking a glass of frozen sangria. Instead, I had to go inside and partake in a wine tasting. #thestruggle For $10 we were able to taste 6 different wines ranging from a dry merlot to prickly pear wine that’s infused with jalapenos. Fat Ass Ranch & Winery is the perfect stop if you are with a group of your friends.

PEDERNALES CELLARS

We stopped at Perdernales Cellars for the breathtaking views, plus I was able to get a picture with the birthday boy. Perdernales Cellars had one of the most unique shops for a wine lover. They had everything including baby clothes. Normally, I’m not a fan of white wine but I really loved theirs. It was crisp and refreshing which is a must on a hot Texas day.

COMPASS ROSE CELLARS

This view gives me all the feels! Compass Rose Cellars was the last stop of the day and it was by far the most beautiful location. Brandon had the opportunity to not only learn a lot about the wine but also the future plans for Compass Rose.because the owner facilitated the wine tasting. I didn’t participate in this wine tasting (DD duties) but Brandon loved it. The views alone make this a must on our next trip to Fredericksburg.

ALBERT’S DANCE HALL

Even though Albert’s Dance Hall is not a winery it was a really cool stop on our tour of the Hill Country. Albert’s Dance Hall has a local feel to it. On the weekends they have a food truck and live music. It’s a good place to stop and get a drink before heading to the next place.

Even though we left a lot later than we planned, I enjoyed spending a few extra hours exploring wine country and making memories with the future hubs.

If you have been to Fredericksburg, which winery is your favorite to go to?

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Xo, Heather

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Last night Brandon and I went to Cane Rosso in the Heights for an early birthday dinner. We have waited YEARS for Cane Rosso to open in Houston after we are at the Dallas location on our first Valentine’s Day. The style of pizza they serve is Neapolitan, so the crust is crunchy and the middle is on the softer side. On Monday I’m going to share a full recap for you.

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I catch up on a lot of reading during the summer, maybe it’s the hours spent by the pool or the road trips. Yesterday at Target I picked up The Girl on the Train. I can’t wait to start it after I finish “I Said Yes!” by Emily Maynard.

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The other day on Instagram (@HMBTX) I shared my new favorite pinky nude lip combo.

Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid – Nude Thrill
I couldn’t find a link for my lipgloss since it’s old but anything pale would look pretty over the liquid matte.

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 On Tuesday I ran/walked 3 miles in what felt like 115 degrees but at least I did it. Next week I think I have to get in 15 miles, not sure how that’s going to happen but I’ll find the time.

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Today we are heading out to San Antonio to see Garth Brooks. . .again! Sorry Mom!! He puts on such an amazing show and I’m so happy more of our friends will be joining us.

What are your weekend plans? After the concert we are going to be in the Hill Country drinking wine and floating down the river.

Thanks for stopping by!

Xo, Heather

Spanish Town Mari Gras Ball

Hey y’all! Happy Friday!

Last weekend I traveled to Baton Rouge, LA to see my friend, Shamp and to attend the Spanish Town Mardi Gras Ball. I went with Shamp last year and had a lot of fun. . .well maybe too much fun because that hang over lasted a few days. This year I kept it in check; hungover at 31 is the worst thing ever.

The Spanish Town Mardi Gras Ball kicks off Mardi Gras season in Baton Rouge. This year the theme was #PinkParty. All of the girls in our group dressed up like cupcakes. I’m going to be honest I do not like dressing up for Halloween, but I sure will wear 50 shades of pink and a fun wig for this event. I would describe the ball more but let’s just say I saw some things that I wouldn’t want to share with my mother. 

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The calm before the pink storm

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All of the girls in the limo heading to the ball

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Me and Shamp

The rest of the night consisted of dancing, eating boudin balls and people watching. It was such a fun weekend getaway. The best way to end a trip, is to have breakfast at a local waffle house with last night’s makeup and glitter still on.

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Now it’s time for me to start packing. . . .again because I’m heading to Austin, TX to see my brother for the weekend.

I hope y’all have a wonderful weekend! Come back next week for the Bachelor Episode 5 Recap!

Xo,Heather

New York Roots Christmas

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It is FINALLY Friday. I’m not sure why, but it felt like it took forever to get to here. I was so very fortunate and #blessed to be able to spend time with my friends and family leading up to Christmas. Brandon and I spent almost 3 days in NYC and then we were in Rhode Island the rest of the week with my parents. Be prepared, this is going to be a super heavy photo post. Now, grab a cup of coffee, curl up on the couch and enjoy a ton of photos of NY and Rhode Island

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View from Stacey & Dave’s Apartment. This picture does not do it justice.
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Stacey made this, have I ever told you how talented she is?
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Part of the Italian Feast
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Carb Heaven – Caprese Salad, Sausage Bread, Baked Ziti, Rice Balls, Chicken Parm and Meat Ball Sliders
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We did EVERYTHING on this list.
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Lord & Taylor
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I want these lights in my backyard
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Lord & Taylor Window Display
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Lord & Taylor Window Display
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Lord & Taylor Window Display (this one was my favorite)
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New York at Christmas time with my FAVORITE people = the biggest smile ever!
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Lord & Taylor Window Display
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Bryant Park
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Bryant Park
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The things you do with your best friend
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To me, the tree at Bryant Park beats the Rockefeller Tree. Seriously, could this be any prettier?
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Chrysler Building
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New York Public Library
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New York Public Library
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30 Rock and Rockefeller Center
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Rockefeller Tree
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St. Patrick’s Cathedral
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Saks Fifth Ave
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Dinner in the Italian Alps at Eately
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Eataly
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Empire State Building
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Saying hi to Stacey & Dave
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Freedom Tower
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Does it get any better than looking up at the Empire State Building on a perfect NYC night? I didn’t think so either.
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Lord & Taylor at night
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Saks Fifth Ave; everything 10-15 minutes they have a light show on the building.
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See how it changed?
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St. Patrick’s Cathedral at night
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Taking a break from the cold in Grand Central Station
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The best iced coffee from Blue Bottle Coffee and the prettiest black and white floors
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Radio City Music Hall
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Oysters on Christmas Eve
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Christmas morning walk on the beach in Rhode Island
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Beach Christmas

 

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Because we didn’t have enough carbs, we had to stop at Mystic Pizza

Thank you for stopping by!

Xo, Heather