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Favorite Places to Travel in the US

Favorite Places to Travel in the US

This photo was taken this summer in Maine, it was absolutely beautiful!

This photo was taken this summer in Maine, it was absolutely beautiful!

Traveling is something most of us love to do and I am no exception.  I didn’t really begin traveling outside of my typical family vacations we took every year until I was in college but really began spreading my wings post college.  And once I really started, I just couldn’t get enough. Something shifts in my heart when I travel and explore new places, cultures and people. I am fascinated by it all!  Since I have been exploring the US a lot in the last year, I am going to list some of my favorite places to travel in our great country.  

Maine (Bar Harbor/Kennebunkport)

 I have been in love with the NE ever since I can remember and there are countless things I love about it but when I recently traveled to Maine it quickly moved to one of the top on my list.


As I stated above I adore all things in the NE and my favorite beach spots in this area are in the Hamptons...superficially South Hampton, Sag Harbor, and Shelter Island.


Nantucket is definitely another east coast favorite. So quaint and a picturesque town!

Lake Tahoe

I fell in love big time with the place last summer.  It is the perfect all a year around place and combines my two loves; water and mountains.


Vail is just a dream and every time I am there my heart comes alive.  Whether in summer, skiing, fall….any time of year I just love all this town has to offer; not to mention the incredible restaurants.  


Carmel is one of my favorite places on the west coast.  This charming town, although cool, is just a true gem and will capture a piece of your heart.  

Santa Barbara

I planning to choose this place as my wedding destination…need I say more?!

This photo was also taken this summer but in California!

This photo was also taken this summer but in California!

Siesta key, FL

Siesta Key is a childhood favorite that has lasted well into adulthood.  I used to travel with my family and my mom’s parent’s every spring break since I was a very small child.  Not only does it hold some of my fondest memories it also has the most beautiful sand and beach of any place I have traveled in the US.


Old Forge is another place that captured my heart ever since I was a small child. This is the place where my father grew-up and where we traveled every summer to visit his parents and for all of my dad’s side of the family to gather together. They are some of the best memories of my life.

Sun VALLEY, Idaho

Sun Valley is another place that is close to my heart after our summer adventures from last year.  As Erik says it was the “dark horse of our trip”. I loved everything about this gorgeous state and would go back there in a New York minute.  

I still have SO many places to see and explore so stay tuned as my adventures will continue!  

And in the words of Doctor Seuss:

“…you're off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So…get on your way!”

~XO Tamara

Favorite Things in Dallas

Favorite Things in Dallas: My Dallas Loves…


But First, Coffee:

For years Dallas did not have the best coffee scene but recently they have really been stepping

up their game! Some of my favorites that offer delicious coffee, amazing snacks, and the

perfect ambiance are Accession, Mudsmith, Magnolia’s Sous Le Pont, The Weekend Coffee

(also located in my favorite hotel in Dallas, the Joule), and Fiction.

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Shop till You Drop

To me, one of the biggest pluses for shopping in boutiques is finding a variety of brands that you

wouldn’t see in the mainstream stores. And Dallas has a lot of fun shops offering a variety of

brands and price points. One of my favorites for the last decade has been Elements. The

women who work there are so friendly and one of the best things about shopping there are the

variety of options, unique brands and price point. And when they have sales, they have amazing deals!

A few other Dallas faves are V.O.D., Richie Hippie, Gypsy Wagon, Gemma… and if you have deep

pockets, Forty-Five Ten is always a great spot with beautiful clothes.

It’s Cocktail O’Clock:

Cocktail spots are a place where Dallas has really grown as they have begun really taking the art

of a great cocktail very seriously. I adore a beautiful location for an amazing drink but I also

love the hidden gems and luckily Dallas has so many of both. In the winter my go-to drink is an

Old Fashioned, which must be made with a single large ice-cube. For warmer months I love a

great margarita, especially a spicy one and my new favorite drink is anything with lavender or

other fresh herbs like rosemary. Some places in the Dallas scene that are among my favorites

are the Tipsy Alchemist, Bowen House, Bourbon and Banter (where my cocktail is in the photo),

and Atwater Alley.


Sweet Treats…Need I Say More?!

I am always down for a delicious treat and it’s one of my favorite things about traveling…

discovering all the confectionary wonders in the cities and towns I visit!

Some of my favorite sugary spots in Dallas are: Bisous Bisous , for all things French (especially macaroons);

Mustang Donuts, for my beloved donut (and in my mind the ultimate sweet reward); Melt, for amazing ice

cream; and Society, for my favorite cupcakes in Dallas (or maybe anywhere)!

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Where to Brunch:

Brunch is my favorite meal of the week! Brunch allows you to combine sweet and savory,

breakfast and lunch, eggs and dessert, and coffee and cocktails. There is nothing I don’t love

about brunch. After a great workout on a Saturday or after church on Sunday brunch is my

favorite thing to do. I love to brunch in all places I travel as well as NYC and Dallas. In Dallas,

here are some favorites of mine: Mercat (the spot where Erik and I ate brunch the day after

we got engaged), Overeasy, The Grape, and La Duni.

XO Tamara