Things To Do In Winter Park Resort

Those of you who follow me on Instagram probably noticed I was skiing in Winter Park Resort over the weekend. Believe it or not, this was my first time ever skiing, so I had very little idea what to expect. I ended up having an absolute blast and can’t wait to go back again!

We stayed at Winter Park Resort and I was very impressed by the resort experience. Because everything was within walking distance, we didn’t even rent a car and just ended up walking everywhere! If you’re planning a ski trip in the future, I highly recommend Winter Park Resort. Below are a few things we did and thoroughly enjoyed during our visit.

Winter Park Resort

SHOP THE LOOK

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SKI LESSONS

I can’t speak highly enough about the ski lessons at Winter Park Resort. To be honest, I was terrified to ski for the first time, so Mark signed us both up (even though he’s skied before) for the all-day class. We spent the morning going over the basics, aka putting on your skis, standing up, stopping, etc. and then actually hit some small slopes in the afternoon. By the end of the day, I was shocked at how much I’d learned and felt super comfortable on the snow. I even went down some green runs with Mark by ourselves once the class was over.

SNOW TUBING

Because we weren’t signed up for ski lessons until day 2 of our trip, Mark and I spent the first day exploring. To help acclimate ourselves to the elevation, we decided to go tubing. I’d been snow tubing once before and it as just as fun as I remembered. Mark also made sure to wear the GoPro Hero 5 I bought him for Christmas, which made for some really great video of us flying down the ice.

Coca Cola Tubing

EAT

I was so surprised to see how hungry I got during and after skiing. Not only did we eat plenty at breakfast, lunch and dinner, but Mark and I definitely grabbed a snack every afternoon too! There were many restaurants we loved in Winter Park Resort, but my favorites were Goody’s Mountain Creperie (we ate here three times!), Vertical Bistro and The Back Bowl Soup & Bistro.

Vertical Bistro Winter Park

ENJOY THE FACILITIES

Mark and I travel a lot, but we tend to take weekend trips, which means we spend most of our time exploring. Because we had four full days for this trip, we were able to spend more time relaxing, which was amazing. We stayed at the Zephyr Mountain Lodge and loved it! The condo we stayed in had a full kitchen, fireplace (that got a lot of use!), multiple televisions, a living room and the cutest outdoor patio. Although we never used it, our building also had two outdoor hot tubs, which looks incredible! And maybe my favorite part of Zephyr Mountain Lodge was the ski in, ski out capability. I can’t tell you how nice this is. Lugging around skis and poles in heavy snow boots is hands down the worst part of skiing, so eliminating this was wonderful.

Zephyr Mountain Lodge

EXPLORE THE MOUNTAINS

My favorite part of skiing was all the beautiful scenery. Living in Texas, I don’t see mountains… ever. So being up so high in the snowy mountains was such a cool feeling. Because I was still learning to ski, Mark and I spent all of our time skiing, but there were snow boards, snowmobiles, sleds, etc. that could be rented. The runs were really easy to navigate and made exploring fun.

Winter Park Resort

Winter Park Resort

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE RESORT

There were so many things we didn’t get to do on our trip that I want to check out when we come back again. Winter Park Resort offers morning yoga, fun games like broomball, ice skating, rock climbing and zip lining. I think it would even be fun to come back during the summer to take advantage of hiking and other warm-weather activities.

If you’re planning a trip to Winter Park Resort, I’d love to hear from you and am happy to answer any questions you have. And remember, if you’re a new skier, if I can do it, you can too!

THIS POST IS CREATED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH WINTER PARK RESORT. ALL OPINIONS AND SELECTIONS ARE MY OWN.

travel | Weekend Guide To NYC

Weekend Guide to NYC

This weekend, my sister-in-law Ashley and I took a girls’ trip to New York. It had been several years since the two of us had been to The Big Apple together and we both love it this time of the year. Between the tree in Rockefeller Center and the gorgeous store decor, New York is truly magical during the holidays.

We were only in the city for a few days, but made sure to book our days full (we actually made an hour-by-hour agenda so we wouldn’t forget anything!). Those of you who have been to New York before know that you could spend weeks there without seeing/doing everything you want, so squeezing our to-do list into a few days was a challenge. I thought I’d share some of our itinerary for those of you that have a trip to NYC coming up!

FYI: we have both been to NY multiple times, so we opted out of the more “touristy” things that are definitely worthing seeing/doing if this is your first time visiting. If you’re planning your first trip to New York, reach out to me! I’d love to offer some suggestions on additional things to do.

WHAT TO SEE

Flatiron Building

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This triangular building in the Flatiron District is a true New York legend. I’d seen so many photos of this building before (there is one inside the Ralph Lauren store on fifth!) and was so excited to see it in person for the first time. Everything around this building is so cute and creates an great landscape for this unique building.

The Empire State Building

Although I’ve never been to the top of The Empire State Building (on my list!), I love seeing it whenever I’m in New York. It is such a phenomenal building and is one of the most traditional New York things to do! This trip, we didn’t make any special efforts to go see it, but because it’s so tall, you can get a good view from it pretty much anywhere!

Rockefeller Center

Rockefeller Tree

You can’t visit New York in December without going to Rockefeller Center. It is my absolute favorite thing to do during the holidays and is just as beautiful during the day as it is at night. If you’re planning a trip to New York during the holidays, I would definitely make sure the tree has already been lit. It’s worth the wait!

WHERE TO EAT

New York Restaurants

Momofuku Noodle Bar

I’ve seen so many people talk about all the Momofuku restaurants and was dying to try the noodle bar during our trip. I am a huge fan of Asian-inspired foods like ramen, pho and noodle dishes, so this seemed right up my alley. It did not disappoint at all. Ashley ordered the Chicken Pho, while I got the Ginger Scallion Noodles with a soy-soaked egg. This location closes between 4:30 and 5:30, so when we arrived at 5:15, there was a line waiting outside the door. I highly recommend getting there before 5:30 because when we left around 6:30, there was a huge wait for tables!

Obica Mozzarella Bar

Before our meeting with BaubleBar, Ashley and I stopped for some lunch at this cozy Italian restaurant. We were both starving after a morning of exploring the Flatiron District and had no regrets about both ordering a huge bowl of pasta! Ashley went with the Schiaffoni di Gragnano and I had the Nastrini al Pesto. I really liked the Nastrini al Pesto, but will note that it seemed to be cooked al dente, so if that’s not your thing, maybe order something else.

Nickel & Diner

After a morning of walking around Lower Manhattan, we grabbed some lunch at the adorable Nickel & Diner. As soon as we walked in, we both commented on how cute the decor was. Luckily, the food was even better! Ashley ordered the Petite Greens salad and I got the Tomato Panzanella, which was delicious. We also both ordered our own side of fries because… why not?

Shake Shack

This one was a no-brainer. I had never been to Shake Shack (they are opening a location in Plano soon!) and we were both ravenous after a day of walking nonstop. We both stuck with a classic burger and fries and had no guilt! 100% worth every calorie. Although we didn’t order one at all, Shake Shacks is also notorious for its milkshakes as well.

WHERE TO REFUEL

New York Coffee Shops

Maman NYC

It’s no secret that Ashley and I are both huge coffee people. (We practically sprinted to Starbucks to make it before our flight took off Thursday morning for some caffeine!) So we made a concerted effort to hit up as many cute coffeehouses and bakeries as we could while in New York. At the top of our list was Maman. Not only did we stalk research the adorable pictures of their cups on Instagram before our trip, we heard incredible things about their coffee — and it did not disappoint! Ashley and I both ordered a lavender latte and it was so tasty. The lavender taste was stronger than other lavender lattes I’ve had, so I’d make sure you like that flavor before ordering it. Plus, have you seen cuter cups in your life!?

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Oh my, this place was amazing! I’d seen several people share their photos from here (specifically of the giant cinnamon espresso cookie) and we knew we had to hit this up for a cookie break during the afternoon. I am not usually a fan of thin/crispy cookies, but this one was seriously so good. I didn’t have any plan to finish it (so big!), but couldn’t stop eating. The chocolate chips in the cookie make it so good!

Ralph’s Coffee

Our first day in NYC, Ashley was insistent on taking me to Ralph’s. Knowing her great taste, I knew it had to be great, so we made a stop as soon as we got into the city! Not only was their latte delicious, but the inside of this shop was adorable (it’s located inside the Ralph Lauren store on fifth ave.). It’s one of the most popular coffeeshops in the city and for obvious reasons. I highly recommend going next time you’re in New York!

10 Below Ice Cream

If you love ice cream (like me), this ice cream shop is such a fun experience. They serve Thai-inspired ice cream rolls with the flavors and toppings of your choice. The ice cream is rolled right in front of you so you can see exactly how it’s made. It was so much fun to see and the ice cream was really good too (with no preservatives!). We were told that the even-numbered menu items are the most popular (2, 4, 6, etc.), so we both stuck with flavors that were more popular.

WHAT TO DO

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The TODAY Show

Ashley and I are both huge TODAY show nerds and decided to get up early on Friday to visit the show. We’d both been dying to go, but neither of us could ever convince our husbands to get up for it in the past. I read online that it’s beneficial to RSVP before you go (you can RSVP here), so I made sure we were on the list before our trip! We woke up at 5 am (the show starts at 7) and made it to the set around 6:30 only to find a mile-long line. We waited for about an hour then decided it would be much warmer and easier to see inside the Bouchon Bakery next to the set. While it would have been fun to actually be on the set, we had an amazing view and stayed nice and warm inside the coffeeshop while we watched!

Shop and Walk Along Fifth Avenue

Fifth Avenue is beautiful year-round, but is absolutely stunning this time of year. Most of the shops are decorated for Christmas and have amazing window displays. This is the best street for shopping too (in my opinion) since there’s a wide selection and it’s much less chaotic than Times Square.

I truly hope this helps some of you who may be planning a trip to New York in the future. It really is a magic place during the holidays if you have a chance to visit this time of year. I’ve also been in the spring and it’s beautiful then as well!

gift guide | Girl On The Go

Happy Monday! Today I’m sharing my first holiday gift guide of the season. Since I travel so often, I thought it’d be fun to put together a gift guide for the girl on the go.

Whenever I travel, I always bring travel-sized items such as dry shampoo, hair spray, perfume, etc. While I usually just grab some cheapies from the Target bin, I also love splurging on nicer products from Oribe.

I also never go on a trip without an extra iPhone charger. Because I try to snap so many pictures while I’m traveling, my phone tends to die quickly. Carrying an extra charger allows me to use my phone as much as I want without worrying about it dying!

Finally, I love this duffle bag from Sole Society. Whenever I go anywhere, I prefer to carry on instead of checking a bag, so having a nice-sized duffle bag is key. I’ve had several bags from this brand before and they are extremely durable!

holiday gift guide

| .01 oribe travel wave & shine spray, oribe hair spray, oribe texturizing spray | .02 ban.do luggage tag | .03 sole society textured knit scarf | .04 ban.do passport holder | .05 kate spade new york iPhone charger | .06 tory burch cosmetic case | .07 frends headphones | .08 sole society weekend bag |

I hope everyone has a nice holiday week!