My new social media gig is pretty sweet…. I now work with the Upland Brewing Company here in Bloomington, Indiana. It’s been a whirlwind of a summer delving into the craft beer biz, attending lots of events to capture moments for social media. The first weekend of August, a few brewers and myself ventured north on an epic Wisconsin adventure including The Great Taste of the Midwest and a visit to the New Glarus Brewery.
The Great Taste Festival was just that – one great taste after another. We had a blast at the Upland booth welcoming midwesterners and beer lovers from all over the country to taste some special seasonals and sours. If you love craft beer this is one of the best festivals in the country with all the midwest heavyweights and newbies alike. It sells out in a flash so when tickets are on sale, best be quick on the draw.
We spent the weekend bar hopping and eating around Madison and it was delicious. I let the brewers lead the way having never been before and they showed me some classic Madison spots.
Heritage Tavern – We had drinks here after our tap takeover party and then brunch on Sunday morning before leaving town. Farm to table menu, creative cocktails and like most Madison restaurants, an impressive beer menu. My fav cocktail: The Foxtrot – tasty spin on Pimms Cup. Favorite brunch item: Fried poached eggs.
Essen Haus – German style beer hall. Loud polka music, $1 giant pretzels and 2 liter beer boots… YES.
The Old Fashioned – “Where Wisconsin is King.” Downtown Madison staple serving up Wisconsin favorites featuring all the cheese you could imagine and a custom Old-Fashion cocktail menu.
After the festival we topped off our Wisconsin trip and visited the New Glarus Brewery to grab a pint and stock up on some of their famous beer. New Glarus is unique in that they do not distribute outside of Wisconsin so out of towers flock here to get a taste. Brewery tours are self guided so grab a pint and stroll through their immaculate brew house before you hit the gift shop.
After New Glarus, our remaining mission was to snag some squeaky cheese curds and as luck would have it, we stumbled upon a roadside cheese shop with plenty of curds to go around.
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Spent the weekend wandering through The Windy City…
Claire Cothren of Blueprints and Backpacks was my co-pilot during my days as an architectural surveyor at UGA Find It. We spent many long hours cruising around Georgia and documenting and photographing buildings, trying to convince people we were not tax accessors, and eating a lot of biscuits. She recently shared this post about some our favorite findings and lessons learned on the Georgia backroads. Enjoy!
Hamburgers and hot dogs are summer essentials. As an avid fan of both, I’ve put together a list of favorites down South.
The Varsity – Atlanta and Athens Georgia
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Whether at the beach, shopping around town, or on a road trip, my summer must have is a great pair of shades. Currently coveting this polarized, graphic pair, Banks, from Warby Parker’s new Summer line. If you’re not familiar with Warby Parker, they offer sharp, stylish shades online at affordable prices and with every pair sold they provide a pair of glasses to someone in need. Win, win.
Other Warby Parker shades on my wishlist.
Time to grab your shades and hit the road… Happy Summer!
A visit to Athens for me means lots of eating, shopping, and seeing old friends. Last month I ventured to Athens for a wedding/grad school reunion and soaked up as much of the Classic City as possible. It’s always hard to hit all of my favorites, but I sure try.
5&10 – Five Points
Everything at 5 & 10 is delicious… you cannot go wrong. I like to order a few appetizers to sample different flavors and save room for dessert. This trip my friend Katie and I were so hungry I forgot to take photos… shame on me.
After hearing about Chef Whitney Otawka’s latest endeavor at The Southern C Summit in Athens and months of drooling over her instagram feed, I finally visited her new restaurant, Cinco y Diez, in Athens, Georgia for brunch last month.
Cinco y Diez is the latest collaboration from Athens food authorities Hugh Acheson and Melissa Klegg. The two began their food journey together with the Athens landmark, The Last Resort Grill (another absolute must.) This round with head chef Whitney Otawka, Cinco y Diez serves up traditional southern foods inspired by flavors of the Americas in the heart of the Five Points neighborhood. READ MORE
An Alesya Bag that is…
I really hate to admit it but I am a 30 year old gal rockin’ a backpack to carry my laptop and other accessories when I travel. Charleston entrepreneur, Alesya Opelt, has created the ultimate laptop bag for the modern woman and she is giving one away!
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I first discovered Alesya Bags at The Southern C Summit and fell in love with their rich colors and unique style. In the designer’s words, “Part fashion, part function, this stylish laptop bag has plenty of room for your carry-on comforts. Throw in your sunglasses, a bright summer lipstick, your phone and all the other essentials and still have plenty of room for your laptop.” This is exactly what I need.
As a travel blogger and social media manager, I don’t work in a typical office. Whether I’m at the airport, an event, or heading down to the coffee shop, this bag would be the perfect accessory to keep my mobile office organized while looking stylish.
I have a busy summer ahead with trips (for work and play) to Chicago, Indianapolis, and down South, so I hope I’ll be traveling in style.
Here’s what I plan on packing in mine.
- one love organics skin savior balm
As far as colors go- I love them all!
Want to enter for yourself? Check out her blog for the details.
After a busy few days at The Southern C Summit, I gave myself an extra day to explore Charleston. So before some last minute shopping and more eating, I set out on an early morning stroll to photograph a few of my favorite buildings. READ MORE