We just got back from our trip to Maui and had the best time. The first part of the trip was just Grant and I to celebrate our two year anniversary and then some of his family arrived for some family time. We had a great time—lots of sunshine and relaxation, which was exactly what we needed.


Flying to Hawaii from the east coast is no joke—we stopped in LA on the way there and Denver on the way back. My necessities for long haul flights: a cozy scarf, the softest sweats, a moisturizing face mask, compression socks and noise cancelling headphones.

This was our second time to Maui together and we focused on relaxing and enjoying plenty of beach time. We checked off most of the popular spots on our last visit, but I included them below in case you are planning your first trip there.



We stayed our first 3 nights in Kaanapali at a hotel and the remainder of the trip in Wailea at a condo. If it’s your first visit to the island, I’d recommend staying in Wailea and exploring from there. There is a gorgeous public beach walk (first photo) that connects all of the hotels and is amazing to walk along during sunset.

If you are looking for a more remote & relaxing type of trip, I recommend staying on the far eastern side of the island near Hana. There are a couple newer hotels there worth checking out.

While you can find vacation rentals on AirBNB, I’d recommend looking on VRBO and Homeaway. We rented one of these villas for the 6 of us and couldn’t recommend it more.

  • Andaz Maui—After having dinner on the property, this hotel jumped to the top of our list for a future visit!

  • Travaasa Hana—Situated in the more remote area of Hana, you’ll experience tons of peace and quiet.

  • Marriott Wailea Beach Resort—We got lots of recommendations to stay here, which is along the Wailea beachfront.

  • Ritz-Carlton Kapalua—We almost stayed here; it’s situated in a really pretty part of the coast and is near Merriman’s restaurant.

  • Fairmont Kea Lani—There’s something about the architecture of this hotel that I just love.

  • Sheraton Black Rock—This is where we stayed, however it was under construction while we were visiting. To be honest, it wasn’t my favorite place and I’d stay elsewhere on our next trip. That being said, it does have access to a nice beach with some great snorkeling around the famous Black Rock.

  • Paia Inn—We briefly stopped in the town of Paia and I wished we had more time to explore. Lots of cute shops to browse and great restaurants. This hotel is relatively new and situated in the heart of town.


See / Do:

  • Sunrise or sunset at Haleakala—Highly recommend this unique experience to see the sunrise or sunset from the top of a volcano, above the clouds. You can drive yourself or do a guided tour group. The drive up is really cool—it is the world’s highest elevation gain in the shortest distance. You’ll pass through as many ecosystems as if you drove from Mexico to Canada! Pack layers—the temperature can be a difference of 20-30 degrees from the base of the volcano to the top.

  • Snorkel—We rent equipment at Snorkel Bob’s and got recommendations for the best places to snorkel that day.

  • Road to Hana—A fun all-day drive to the eastern side of the island. You can stop along the way and hike to waterfalls, a black sand beach and eat lots of banana bread!

  • Beaches & Hikes—Hawaii is home to some of the most beautiful beaches and there are so many to explore. We love this guidebook for finding off-the-beaten-path hikes and beaches.

  • Shopping—Definitely check out the town of Paia for boutiques such as Pearl Butik and Imrie.



  • Mama’s Fish House—Popular for a reason! Even locals recommend this spot. Book a reservation around sunset (pictured below).

  • Morimoto—Amazing sushi.

  • Merriman’s—This restaurant is situated on a beautiful point with insane views.

  • Ululuani’s Shave Ice—We stopped here randomly and came back two more times throughout our trip! Highly recommend the Sunset Beach with Coconut Ice Cream!

  • Monkeypod Kitchen—A few locations on the island, we love the one in Wailea.


South of France: Provence

We spent the second half of our trip in Provence and stayed at Hotel Crillon Le Brave, which came highly recommended from some friends. If you are looking to splurge or doing a celebratory trip, I can’t recommend this hotel more. We lucked out with a special they were running and booked three nights for the price of two & in an upgraded room and it was absolute heaven. It’s one of those special hotels that has thought of everything and takes the best care of you. Completely worth every penny! I loved all of the design details throughout and was taking a zillion pictures to remember for our future home one day.


Provence is all about exploring the little towns and enjoying incredible food and wine. One of our favorite villages was Gordes. It is one of the Les Plus Beaux Villages de France aka “Most Beautiful Villages of France,” which is an official government seal of approval for a number of villages. It truly is breathtaking and exactly what you picture when you think of a Provencal town.

Gordes is built onto a hilltop and has insane views of the Luberon (see below). We loved walking through the streets and emerging at the end to beautiful vistas. After wandering, we stopped at La Bastide des Gordes, which is a gorgeous hotel in the center of town. We sat outside on their patio overlooking the valley with a couple glasses of rosé and some snacks.


L’isle-sur-la-sorgue is the spot for antique shopping. The town is full of antique shops and stalls and if you are able to go on a Sunday, there are even more vendors set up along the edge of the town. As a forewarning, prices are a little steep and I had to really search to find the mid-century vintage pieces I was hoping for. I forgot when you’re in Europe, antiques can be super super old! My favorite spot was 50 Cinquante, which was located in a back courtyard and full of mid-century pieces. There was also an amazing vintage clothing shop in the same courtyard (think lots of white eyelet blouses and dresses).


One thing I wish we had done more of was market shopping. Each town has their own market and they vary which day of the week so I recommend researching ahead of time and planning your visit accordingly. The markets close very promptly at 12 noon and it seemed like we were always arriving at 11am, with not enough time to truly explore and savor it. Next time!

I particularly loved the markets in L’isle-sur-la-sorgue (Sundays), Vaison-la-Romaine (Tuesdays) and Aix-en-Provence (Thursdays).


Hands down favorite meal of the trip goes to La Bastide de Marie. We booked a reservation here without knowing much about it and could not have been more in love. The property is a hotel, restaurant and vineyard with the most incredible roses and flowers I’ve maybe ever seen. Dinner starts with a drink and apértif in the garden during sunset and eventually you move inside to a rustic dining room overlooking the vineyards. The meal was our first true gastronomic experience and we loved every part of it. We jokingly thought the meal would be outrageously expensive (I forgot to check prices beforehand!) but it ended up being totally reasonable for an outstanding and memorable dining experience. A definite must visit or stay if you are in the area!


South of France: Côte d'Azur

Excited to be sharing part one of our trip to the South of France!

We started our trip on the coast, staying at Les Roches Rouges, a hotel that’s been on my wishlist since it opened. Let me tell you, it did not disappoint! Every single corner of the hotel was thoughtfully designed without being pretentious—it felt like you were in someone’s home. The main attraction of Les Roches Rouges is, of course, the endless blue sea.

Our trip was mid-late May so we experienced some chillier weather and sadly only got to experience the sun & sea on our last day. In hindsight, we probably would have flipped our trip around and stayed in Provence first and then headed to the coast later in our trip. That being said, this is the second year we’ve travelled to Europe during a “shoulder season” and we really love it for beating the crowds and getting better deals on flights & hotels.


I highly recommend renting a car if you are in the South of France so you can explore lots of the little villages and towns. One of our favorites was Saint-Paul-de-Vence. I had heard from so many people that we had to visit the famed hotel/restaurant La Colombe d’Or. We made a reservation for lunch so we could experience it in daylight and spend time exploring the property itself. It is such a special place and definitely a must visit. The hotel is covered in artwork by Alexander Calder, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Joan Miro (to name a few) all of whom exchanged pieces of their art for a stay at the inn. It feels like you’ve stepped back in time and like you are dining in a museum.

We sadly did not make it to the Fondation Maeght, but I’ve heard incredible things and it’s on our list for when we return one day!


Another of our favorite villages was Grimaud. We passed through here on our way to Saint Tropez and fell in love with its charm. Lots of windy streets overflowing with beautiful flowers and plants. There are also 13th century ruins of a castle and city wall, which were neat to explore.

We spent very little time in Nice - a visit to the Matisse museum (wouldn’t highly recommend), dinner at Peixes (delicious) and gelato at Fenocchio (a must).

There is so much to see and explore in this region, it deserves its own trip! If you are planning a trip and want more detailed information, I’d be happy to share my lists of recommendations with you.


Stay tuned for the second part of our trip — Provence!

Our Honeymoon Part 4: Amalfi Coast

Our last and final stop on our honeymoon was the Amalfi coast. We stayed in Praiano, which is a quieter town next to Positano. We spent four days and wished it would never end. There is so much to see and explore in this area and we can’t wait to go back.

We stayed at Casa Angelina, which was really luxurious and the perfect end to our trip. Everything is minimally designed and bright white, making it such a serene experience. The views of the coast from Casa Angelina are incredibly breathtaking. One of the reasons we stayed there is that they have their own beach club & access, which not every hotel has. The towns are built into the steep cliffs, so while they have a beach, it’s over 200 steps down from the main part of the hotel!

I also have to mention that Casa Angelina serves one of the best breakfasts I’ve ever had in my entire life. Literally anything you could possibly want, and it’s served at their top floor restaurant with insane views of the Mediterranean.


On our first full day we took a city bus from outside our hotel to Fiordo di Furore. We hiked down the windy steps to a beautiful cove with crystal clear blue water. The color of the Mediterranean is so incredibly blue it almost doesn’t seem real!


After our excursion we headed to Positano to have drinks at Le Sirenuse. The hotel is situated in Positano and is a truly stunning property. It’s definitely on our list to stay at for when we return! We had cocktails and apertivo on their patio and then wandered around to check out the rest of the property. I couldn’t get enough of every little detail; everything was so perfectly done.


The next day we booked a boat to Capri and sailed along the Amalfi coast. It was so neat to see the coast from the sea and experience a different vantage point. We had a couple hours to ourselves on Capri so we booked lunch and chairs at La Fontelina Beach Club. After arriving on Capri, we took a small boat over to the beach club and had the best time. I truly cannot recommend it enough—it was one of our favorite meals and days. Still dreaming about my linguine con vongole!


Our final day was spent entirely at Da Adolfo. We had been recommended this place by so many people and it may be one of our favorite places in the world! Booking it was a little tricky so we had our hotel arrange it for us. You hop on a small boat in the main port of Positano and are taken to a secluded beach area. It’s very rustic compared to La Fontelina, so be sure to bring your own towel and shoes you don’t mind getting wet!

The food at their restaurant is incredibly fresh and lunch is such a frenzied experience, but in the most amazing way. It’s truly hard to describe! Everyone is barefoot running around like crazy, the menu is written on a chalkboard and the white wine sangria (with peaches & nectarines!) is flowing.

Because it was our last day and we were having the best time, we stayed until the very last boat back to Positano. We did not want that day or our trip to end. Can’t wait to be back someday!


Part 1: Rome & Road Trip to Tuscany
Part 2: Tuscany
Part 3: Florence

Feel free to comment or email me if you are planning a trip and have any questions!

Our Honeymoon Part 3: Florence

Part three of our honeymoon: Florence! We spent three days in Florence and stayed at Hotel Continentale. It was in a great central location that made exploring super easy. Similar to Rome, we had done the touristy stops on prior trips so we used our time to wander and explore. The hotel has a (small) rooftop bar with incredible views of Florence. Definitely recommend stopping to have a drink on the roof.


One of my favorite parts of Florence was visiting the original Santa Maria Novella Pharmacy located on Via della Scala. The building itself is so beautiful with incredible details like these embroidered cutout curtains. (Sidenote: I fell in love with embroidered curtains while in Italy and photographed them all.)


We especially loved the Santa Croce area and kept finding ourselves there. Highly recommend checking out Spigoli Terracotte on Via Sant'Egidio for terracotta and ceramic dinnerware. We absolutely loved our dinner at Cibreo—one of our favorites of the entire trip!

Sandwiches from All’Antico Vinaio are a must—you’ll wait in a long line but they are so worth it. Tip: There are two across the street from one another, both have the same things. We had dinner one night at Trattoria Sostanza and had their famous butter chicken—so delicious. We didn’t make it to La Giostra (pictured below) but it was high on our list of recommendations.


Another favorite spot in Florence is Desinare / Riccardo Barthel Design. Hard to describe, but it’s part interior design showroom, part cooking school, part shop. We got stuck here for awhile during a torrential downpour and it was heaven to explore. I loved walking around and noticing all the little details that make Italian homes feel so special. We purchased a few pieces of Richard Ginori porcelain, one of the oldest porcelain manufacturers in Italy. They had a nice collection of vintage Richard Ginori pieces, and I (of course) fell in love with a striped set that is sadly no longer in production. Their pieces are so special and I can’t wait to display them in a future home.

Desinare / Riccardo Barthel is located in a great area for walking around—lots of antique shops and boutiques along Via Maggio and Piazza de Pitti.


Here is part one of our honeymoon (Rome & our drive to Tuscany) and here is part two (Tuscany). Up next is our last and final stop—the Amalfi coast!

Our Honeymoon Part 2: Tuscany

Part two of our honeymoon: Tuscany! We spent three nights in Tuscany and stayed at Borgo Pignano. I discovered this hotel when my friend Janelle stayed there and it far surpassed our expectations. My favorite part of the hotel was the main pool, which is carved out of limestone. It overlooks the most picturesque views of the Tuscan landscape—we couldn’t get enough.


Borgo Pignano has a main building and lots of little cottages and maisonettes to stay in. We ended up staying in Villa La Fonte, which is pictured above. The building itself was so sweet and for the majority of the time we had it to ourselves. If I were to do it again, I probably would have booked a room in the main building so we could be closer to the larger pool and have more privacy. I would recommend the Villa if you are traveling with a group of friends or family. It has it’s own little pool that they were just starting to fill with water when we stayed.


On our first full day in Tuscany, we spent the early part of the day exploring the property and lounging by the pool. After lunch we headed out to go wine tasting at Antinori nel Chianti Classico. The winery is housed in a very modern building and structure that is quite innovative and different from others you’ll find in the region. It essentially disappears into the Tuscan landscape, with vines covering the roof of each level.

After our time at Antinori, we headed to the hilltop town of Panzano for dinner. If you are a meat-lover, you cannot miss dinner at Officina della Bistecca. It’s a truly unique dining experience shared around a communal table.


The next day, we headed to San Gimignano to explore. It was definitely my favorite of the towns we visited as it is very charming and surrounded by views of rolling hills and vineyards. I loved popping in and out of the little shops filled with homewares made from olive wood and lots of table linens. We had a delicious lunch at Osteria Baccano—I had an amazing pizza with prosciutto and truffles.

After lunch we headed to another hilltop town: Ghizzano. It’s an extremely tiny town and we were there to do a wine tasting at Tenuta di Ghizzano. Our hotel set us up with a private tasting, which included a tour of the original estate. After climbing up numerous flights of stairs, we were led onto the roof, which had 360-degree views of all of Tuscany. It was truly breathtaking and we felt so grateful to experience such a special moment.

We made it back to Borgo Pignano in time to witness one of Tuscany’s golden sunsets. It literally looked like a painting!


We spent our final day in Tuscany exploring the area on a Vespa! It was a really cool and different way to explore the towns and see the landscape. We scootered all over, stopping in Monteriggioni and Castellina in Chanti before heading back to San Gimignano.

After a long day of exploring, we spent the remainder of the day poolside soaking up our final hours of Tuscany before heading to Florence.


See the first part of our honeymoon here and stay tuned for Florence!

Our Honeymoon Part 1: Rome + Road Trip to Tuscany

Now that the wedding posts are up, time to move onto the honeymoon!

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Right after our wedding, we went away for a few nights to Santa Barbara and postponed our actual honeymoon until May. This worked perfectly for us — planning a cross-country wedding was such a huge undertaking for us and we wanted to make sure we spent adequate time planning such a big trip.

For our honeymoon, we tossed around so many different places and ultimately decided to go to Italy and spend time in Rome, Tuscany, Florence and the Amalfi Coast. We had both done the major cities / tourist thing back in college and wanted this trip to be all about relaxing and spending time together.

We took a redeye from New York to Rome and checked into our hotel, Palazzo Dama. After freshening up from our flight, we had a leisurely breakfast on their patio next to the pool. We didn’t have enough time in Rome to enjoy the pool, but it felt like such a luxury to be at a hotel with a pool in a major city!

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With only 24 hours in Rome, we decided to spend the majority of our time walking around and eating. We started by exploring the area around Villa Borghese, Villa Medici and the surrounding gardens. Our first gelato stop was at the famed Giolitti and it did not disappoint! After our gelato break, we made our way over to Armando Al Pantheon for lunch, which was incredible. I’m glad we were able to make it in before they closed for the hours between lunch and dinner.

After an afternoon nap, we headed over to the neighborhood of Trastevere and just wandered around, taking in all of the beautiful buildings and blooming jasmine. We were supposed to have dinner at Roscioli Salumeria (which I’ve heard is amazing), but after a mix-up with our reservation, they wouldn’t seat us. To say I was incredibly disappointed is an understatement and after a few tears, we ended up at a random restaurant.

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The next morning we picked up our rental car and headed off on a day long road trip to Tuscany. So many people told us to take the train and not drive, but because we knew we’d be training later from Florence > Naples, we wanted to do the drive. Plus we both love a good road trip. Conde Nast Traveler had coincidentally just published a piece all about driving from Florence to Rome, which we used to help plan our stops. As expected, we ended up LOVING the drive and it was one of our favorite days. It was so much fun to be able to stop anywhere we wanted and truly explore the countryside.

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Our first stop outside of Rome was in the town of Orvieto to see its famed black and white striped Duomo from the 14th century. It completely took our breath away and was so cool to explore. I joked that if I were a Duomo, I would be this one. We had lunch in town at Trattoria dell’ Orso, followed by some gelato of course.

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Continuing on our drive, we meandered through the towns of Chianciano and Montepulciano. As we were driving we saw an incredible villa up on a hill, which turned out to be a winery called Palazzo Massaini. We decided to stop and had our own private tasting—we were the only people on the property! They let us explore the grounds a bit and then we hopped back in the car.

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We ended up making it to Siena just before sunset and made the hike up to their famed Duomo. This was my first time in Siena and it completely lived up to the hype. We had dinner outside at Enoteca I Terzi and loved sitting under the stars once it got dark.

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Up next: our time in Tuscany at Borgo Pignano!