OH MY GOSH THIS HAS BEEN THE BEST SUMMER EVER! After weeks and weeks of traveling the country, unloading packages, planning a wedding, going on an epic honeymoon, I am finally dedicating some time to write about our cross country trip from ATL to SF, which up (until the honeymoon) has to have been the coolest trip we’ve been on.
Also, you might notice a complete re-do of my site. It was time for a refresh 🙂
Here it is…. Cross Country Road Trip Round 2
ATL to Nashville
Our first leg was ATL to Nashville, which was by far one of the prettiest parts of our drive. Tennessee is absolutely beautiful – it is so green and the Smokey Mountains are very beautiful. We also learned that there are the most different types of trees in Tennessee than any other state in the US.
We spent two nights in Nashville. Unfortunately the weather stormed both days, so we didn’t get a chance to explore much, but we did have an opportunity to eat some amazing meals. When we were in Charleston for Thanksgiving, we missed a dinner at Husk, so we were lucky enough to try it in Nashville. Amazing food, and you know it’s going to be a good night when you top it off with some Pappy Vanwinkle!
Although we were tired, we made a quick pitstop to listen to some live music at 3rd and Lindsley Grill, which on Monday night has the Time Jumpers – a must see!
Nashville to KC
The next leg was from Nashville to KC. We passed through five states on this leg: Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, Missouri, and Kansas.
For lunch, e stopped in St. Louis for a quick bite and to see as much as you can in one hour or less. Who knew St. Louis was so pretty? We stopped in Forest Park, which has tons of parks, gardens, and even a lake!
When we got to KC, we stayed with my family, and I had to bring Leo to get his FIRST Kansas City BBQ. We got the whole gang together and headed to Jackstack. Leo was thoroughly impressed with the massive onion rings and burnt ends 🙂
KC to Vail
After what felt like a very short night of sleep, Leo and I were up and at ’em to get to Vail the next day. Most boring part of the trip: western Kansas. Dear lord, this is a boring state. (No offense to my family who live here).
But, we made it to the Rockies, where we were lucky to spend 4 glorious nights at the Four Seasons. Yes!
I have a special place in my heart for Vail, so spending time with Leo and Rex is extra sweet.
Vail to Vegas
After a few days of down time in Vail, we headed to Vegas through the red, rocky terrain of Zion in Utah. Coming from the lush greenery of Tennessee through the Rocky mountains to the dessert-like land of Utah is pretty fascinating.
Once we made it to Vegas, we found ourself in 50th floor suite at the Vdara. Needless to say, we were A-OK with the situation.
After a night in Vegas, we realized we were exhausted and wanted to stay for one more night. We decided to catch a quick show at the Wynn, La Reve, which was one of the most incredible Cirque du Soleil shows I’ve seen! Truly incredible talent.
Restaurants we ate at: Sage at the Aria, and Mizumi at the Wynn.
Vegas to SB
Next up was our last stop of the trip: Santa Barbara. We decided that it would be a good opportunity to finalize all of the wedding details that are fairly hard to do from across the country. This included: meeting with the wedding planner, finalizing the flower arrangements, doing the menu tasting at the Four Seasons, finalizing the menu for the rehearsal dinner at the Canary Hotel, and all of the other crazy last-minute things that pop up before a wedding.
Highlight of the trip was not only our private cottage at the Four Seasons Biltmore, but the menu tasting was so much fun. I will have more details on this when I write my wedding post, but gosh darn it, it was good!
Also, we found this little gem in Montecito called Jeannine’s. Best breakfast ever.
SB to SF
Home sweet home! Although it was an incredible 2 week journey seeing so many things I’ve never had the opportunity to see, we were sure glad to be home.
Now that we are back home and settled, I’ll have a few new posts coming: the wedding & the honeymoon! Oh la la!