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Silver Beach Adventure

Sam’s friends recently got married in the adorable waterfront town of St. Joseph, MI. They had their ceremony under the gazebo and reception at Shadowland on Silver Beach and it was beautiful! I loved everything from the centerpieces to the sunset.

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And I can’t forget to mention that they opened up the Silver Beach Carousel exclusively for guests in between the ceremony and reception. Sam and I stayed on for more than one ride because we’re kids at heart. I thought that was the best little treat of the night … until the sunset.

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Watching the sun sink over the water (Thanks Kenny), behind the lighthouse and painting the sky all sorts of colors, was one of the most breathtaking views I’ve ever seen.

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We were only at Silver Beach for the wedding, but from the looks of it, it is a popular summer hangout and I can definitely understand why. For those who may be interested in visiting, I did a little research for ya and here’s what I found!

Silver Beach offers:

  • Swimming Beach
  • Kayak Rentals
  • Grills and picnic areas
  • Pavillions
  • Volleyball Courts
  • Concessions
  • Outdoor Showers

Parking:

  • $12 daily fee for non-residents
  • RV’s welcome (you pay $12 for the amount of parking spaces used)

There are plenty of hotels nearby, but I obviously recommend this artist’s loft because we had such an amazing experience and it’s so close to the beaches!

Perfectly timed moment captured by Sam

Perfectly timed moment captured by Sam

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Walking in Memphis

Sometimes all it takes to get a little inspiration is walking the same paths as “The King.” I’ve always wanted to go to Memphis. It took me awhile, but I finally got there! We stopped on our way to Little Rock and then decided to stay the night in Memphis on the way home.

We stayed at Hotel Napolean, which I highly recommend. The room was so nice and walking distance from Beale Street. Valet made it easy to get in and out and they even had free coffee and cappuccinos in the lobby!

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We stopped by Graceland on the way to Little Rock. We didn’t have enough time to tour, but they have so much there to see. If you’re an Elvis fan, definitely check it out. Sadly, Sam and I found out they closed the Heartbreak Hotel. They built a brand new one across the street called, The Guest House.

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I can’t really explain how amazing it was to finally get to Sun Records. To hear the stories of Elvis, Johnny Cash and more was kind of what I needed. It was a simple reminder what happens when ordinary people with dreams don’t give up.

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Of course during our night stay we hit up Beale Street! All Sam wanted after his weekend of running was barbeque and blues. O’Sullivans had this super cool outdoor area that I would love to go back to in the summer time. They also have Wet Willies in Memphis, which of course made me nostalgic for Charlotte so Sam and I couldn’t leave without stopping there for a frozen drink.

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Good music, good food, good drinks and even better company. It was a great trip and I definitely can’t wait to go back!

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Exploring Little Rock + Area Travel Tips

There is just something about road trips that brings excitement. The open road. The adventure. The discovery of something new, I love it all!

Recently I took a trip to Little Rock to watch my boyfriend run his 15th marathon. On the way there I had a crazy question that I seriously never thought of before. Why is Arkansas not pronounced the same as Kansas? I may be way late in the game, but has anyone else ever asked themselves this? If so, I did a little research and here’s what I found.

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Okay, now back to our trip!

We took advantage of the amazing weather the day before his 26.2 mile run to explore a city we’d never been in before. The downtown area was very clean and had tons of restaurants within walking distance of each other. The River Market on the waterfront reminded me of Charlotte’s 7th Street Market. We had dinner the first night at Bruno’s Little Italy and the second at Copper Grill. There was even a pitstop for a beer tasting at Blue Canoe Brewing. Outside of the quaint downtown area though, there was so much else to see and do.


 These are the steps of Central High School, a place that played a prominent role in the desegragation of public schools in the 1950’s


I’m not a very fashion conscious person (as you can tell by my outfit here), but if you’re into it, Little Rock is home of the Esse Purse Museum. This was right around the corner from our lunch spot which you’ll find below.

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The Root Cafe was a great lunch spot. They have a great outdoor area and focuses on one of my favorite things… local food!! I ordered a drink there, the sparkling lavender lemonade, which I’m planning on trying to recreate for a future blog post, so stay tuned!

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Gone with the Wind lovers… here is the Old Mill you see in the opening scene of the classic film. It’s believed to be the only remaining building from the movie. IMG_3515

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Just because we were there for a marathon doesn’t mean we couldn’t enjoy a special treat. We picked up some milkshakes from the Purple Cow.
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Post marathon lattes at Nexus Coffee were the perfect way to end our trip before we headed off for a night in Memphis (that blog coming soon)! I ordered a matcha latte of course, sweetened with honey. IMG_3510


 

5:30am wakeup calls had nothing on this guy. He finished his run with a smile and I couldn’t have been more proud. He inspires me every day to push myself. Snapseed (17)

A few tips

  • North Little Rock is just a few miles over the river. Hotels are a little cheaper and it took us less than 10 minutes to get into downtown.
  • There seemed to be plenty of sidestreet parking downtown and it was free after 6
  • Most of the sightseeing we did was pretty close in proximitiy so if you are making a quick trip like us, map it out and you can do a lot in a day.
  • Check schedules before you go. With it being the south, there were quite a few things closed on Sundays
  • Little Rock has 2 trolley routes you can take to get around the area. The blue line crosses the river into North Little Rock. The Green Line stays downtown. The green line doesn’t run on Sundays.
  • There are plenty of FREE activities in the area including Old Mill, Central High Visitor Center and MacArthur Museum of Military History that we visited.

Stay tuned for my next trip recap…. Memphis!