The 3 Places You Want to Go in Greeneville

3 Places You Want to Go in Greeneville, SC

Happy Wednesday!

I’m back with the travel series to spill the beans on my favorite places to eat in Greeneville, South Carolina. This summer Mr. M and I went to Greeneville for an extended Memorial Day Weekend getaway. It was our first time in Greeneville together and it was our first Air BnB experience! Mr. M was a little hesitant about actually staying in someone’s house, so he said if this didn’t go well, we wouldn’t be doing it again.

3 Places You Want to Go in Greeneville, SC

Our First Air BnB Experience

Luckily, our first Air BnB experience was absolutely amazing. We stayed at a little place close to downtown Greeneville called The Studio. The host was phenomenal in touching base with us, and even stopped by to say hello one morning. Because I shout “we’re newlyweds!” from the rooftops, she even left a baby orchid for us and a sweet note welcoming us to their home. The Studio was the perfect mix of modern and cozy. It had a stove and oven where we could cook breakfast, organic and ethically produced coffee beans, and – most importantly, a comfy bed. She even left little chocolates on our pillows for us!

3 Places You Want to Go in Greeneville, SC

3 Places You Want to Go in Greeneville, SC

10/10 would Recommend

(If you’ve never signed up for airbnb before but would like to try it, you can do so here! By booking through this referral link, you’re giving Mr.M and I the opportunity to get travel credit so we can tell you about more adventures!)

Our stay in Greeneville was so short, but we made sure to spend a lot of time outside and most importantly, eating great food.

Jamaica Mi Irie

Our first stop for lunch was at this amazing Jamaican restaurant in downtown. We sat outside and each picked out a lunch special. Mr. M had jerk chicken and I tried the curry chicken. They gave us SO much food for only $6 each, and they even topped our meals off with the most delicious tropical tea I’ve ever had. I came back to work and raved about it to my Jamaican co-worker.

3 Places You Want to Go in Greeneville, SC

3 Places You Want to Go in Greeneville, SC

Fall at Reedy Park

If you need to take a break between all the eating you do on vacation, I recommend going for a stroll around Fall Park on the Reedy. This park is behind Furman University and is a favorite for wedding and prom photos. There is a beautiful, massive waterfall and a gorgeous walking trail around the park. My favorite landmark is this tree with exposed roots. (You may recognize this tree from Monday’s post.)

3 Places You Want to Go in Greeneville, SC

Spill the Beans

Greeneville in the summer time is basically a heat bath of humidity, so it was absolutely necessary that we avoid a heatstroke with ice cream. We checked out this cute little ice cream shop, Spill the Beans, right beside Fall Park. Our bellies and our souls were satisfied.

3 Places You Want to Go in Greeneville, SC

3 Places You Want to Go in Greeneville, SC

Tandem Creperie 

OK, y’all. I saved the best for last. TANDEM. CREPERIE. This little gem of a creperie is located outside of Greeneville in this precious little spot called “Traveler’s Rest.” It will be a mandatory stop along the way any and every time I pass through this adorable little town. But y’all. These were the best crepes I’ve ever had. Mr. M with the savory and I went with the sweet this time, and then we split it in half. (This is really the way to go, my friends.) But I almost didn’t want to share my sweet crepe because it was mainly blueberry yogurt and whipped cream.

3 Places You Want to Go in Greeneville, SC

3 Places You Want to Go in Greeneville, SC 3 Places You Want to Go in Greeneville, SC

If I had more time, I would have taken a thousand photos of and around this little place because it was just too adorable. We need an Indie film to come shoot a movie here.

We had a great time in Greeneville, and we definitely did not get to uncover as many of this city’s littl gems as we wanted. Greeneville is a perfect little short weekend getaway. and if you have a hankering to watch Clemson play, they’re pretty close, too. 🙂 (Let it be noted, though, I know nothing about football. I don’t even know if Clemson is good. I just think somehow they pull off orange and purple quite nicely.)

Have you been to Greeneville before? What are your favorite things to do on your weekend getaways?

To check out our other adventures, see here and here.

3 Things to Do (& lots to eat) in Asheville, NC

Top Things to Do in Asheville, NC

Hello! We are on our second post for the travel series I started last month. Pai and I love to to take mini trips, and we are gearing up for quite a few fun mini trips for this fall! On the itinerary includes a road trip this weekend to visit family on the M side with the final destination being the beach, a quick Labor Day Weekend trip to visit the blogging bestie, Erica, and aW family weekend getaway may be in the works.

One of my all-time favorite places to go is Asheville, North Carolina. I love the mountainous drive and the little town nestled in the mountains that is vibrant with hippie life and good food. When we are needing a day away, we just hop in our car and go to Asheville. Whenever someone comes to visit us, I usually suggest to go to Asheville.

My good blog friend Tiffany from Endless Bliss came to visit me this summer, so, of course, we spent the day in Asheville. So many brick walls. So many ice cream stands. Basically every blogger’s dream.

Top Things to Do in Asheville, NC

I’ve not yet uncovered all the wonders of Asheville, but as long as I can convince my husband we need a day away every now and then, I will continue to unearth all the goodness Asheville holds.

Top Things to Do in Asheville, NC

Battery Parks Book Exchange

Top Things to Do in Asheville, NC

I will never not talk about this magical place. It’s a two story book store with a couple mid levels with more bookshelves. There is lounge seating everywhere, a coffee bar, wine bar, beer on tap, and used books galore. I love it so much, my sister threw my bachelorette party here.

French Broad Chocolate Lounge

Top Things to Do in Asheville, NC

The French Broad Chocolate Lounge is basically world renown. They harvest their chocolate from primarily local farms, and import some of their chocolate from Latin American countries. They are public about their mission to harvest ethically sourced (aka, they pay their workers) cacao, so their step in the right direction makes the chocolate taste even better. And there are a thousand different types of chocolates you can get. My first time, I got the liquid truffle. It was literally a liquid truffle – it was so sweet that I had to dip a shortbread cookie in there and buy a cup of coffee to pour the leftovers in. Their dark chocolate ice cream is bomb, and my most recent adventure – the affogato was also amazing. They mixed two amazing things – espresso and ice cream. Hello.

Top Things to Do in Asheville, NC

The Orange Peel


If you like music in intimate venues, this is the place to go. I have seen a couple different concerts here over the years and I’m basically ruined for any other concert venue. Being in a smaller venue makes you feel like you’re there as the artist’s best friend.

Vortex Doughnuts


I found these guys on Instagram in college and drooled after their donuts so much that any time I am in Asheville and have a free hand, I grab one of these amazing donuts. Their Vortex is amazing, but they also have a beer batter donut that I had to try. Thank goodness, it didn’t taste like beer.

Top Things to Do in Asheville, NC

Sunnypoint Cafe

Top Things to Do in Asheville, NC

When Pai and I went on a little mini-moonda in February, we ate at the best brunch restaurant ever – Sunnypoint Cafe. The wait for the amazing food is two hours at peak time, but I did not even care. You can drink the best Guatemalan coffee (free refills!) while you wait, and you wait outside in this little garden area. The long wait forces you to talk to people and look at their cute dogs. And then when you get to the food, it’s so unbelievably worth it. 10/10 would recommend.

Other Amazing Places You Should Eat

Top Things to Do in Asheville, NC

The Creperie – Step into Paris (in Asheville) and enjoy an interesting flavored, savory crepe. I got a duck sausage and goat cheese crepe; I felt very fancy. I mainly just ate the duck sausage and the goat cheese and left the caramelized onions to marry the crepe.

Farmburger – build your own grass fed burger.

Doc Shays – Thai all day every day.

The Bier Garden – Where sweet potato fries are life.

Jersualem Garden Cafe – Y’all, we had a belly dancer as entertainment while we ate our falafel. It was priceless.

Next time I go to Asheville, I have my sights set on this place my good friend told me about called Well Played – a board game lounge where they serve adult sized snacks. Give me all the adult sized Capri Sun you can.

Have you been to Asheville before? What are your favorite things to do?

 

7 Things to Do in Panama City

7 Things to do in Panama City

Yesterday I pulled out my journal and wrote down every place Pai and I have traveled to since December. In the 7 months we’ve been married, we’ve traveled to 9 different cities and 7 states together. That’s a city for every month and then some! I’m excited to start a mini travel series on my blog to document our travels and tell you about all the fun things to do in the Eastern United States. You can expect to find a different travel post on the 3rd Wednesday of the month for the next few months.

Today I’m sharing all about what you should do in Panama City Beach, Florida. 

When we first started thinking about honeymooning in PCB, I was hesitant because all I only knew it as the spring break capitol of the South. Fun fact: I used to think Panama City Beach was in Panama below Texas. Clearly those private school geography classes didn’t help. Panama City is in Florida, and Panama is below Mexico, not Texas. Woops.

My first advice to couples for their honeymooning adventures is DON’T GO ANYWHERE SUPER BUSY. We received this excellent advice from our friends who went to Disney and while they had fun at Disney, they said they were exhausted. Pai and I threw a party for 350 people, so a quiet and relaxing week was exactly what we needed.

We went to Panama City in December, so most of the fun things to do were closed. I wanted to swim with dolphins and go snorkling, but both attractions were closed for the winter, so we had to find other fun things to do.

7 Things to do in Panama City

Explore Panama City

On the first day of the honeymoon, we ventured off the beach front and into the heart of Panama City. The city is rich with history and has a great little downtown area to walk around. We found a little place called Willows Tea Room where we went for high tea and enjoyed an English Breakfast Tea and scones. But let me tell you – this little place was delicious but the scones were teeny and the staff wasn’t very friendly. Pai tried to get another scone since it was our honeymoon and the lady wouldn’t let us. Clearly she didn’t believe in young love. . .

7 Things to Do in Panama City

Eat all the Seafood

Neither Pai nor I grew up eating a lot of fish, but being right on the ocean, we knew we had to take advantage of the fresh fish around us. One of my favorite restaurants we ate at was Runaway Island right on the beach. We went for a late dinner and even though we couldn’t see the ocean, we could hear the waves lapping on the sand as we enjoyed our crab cakes and blackened snapper. The food was absolutely amazing and we received excellent service from the waitstaff. While it was a long wait because there was an entire (drunken) party, we enjoyed the ambiance of stringed lights on the back porch of the restaurant.

Go on a Food Tour

Pai and I have noticed a theme when we go places. We may do some fun activities, but we mostly eat. I think we’re slowly turning Pai into a foodie. We signed up to do a walking food tour and it was one of our favorite days of the week. Our tour guide was incredibly knowledgeable about the history of the area and loved food as much as we did. On the tour with us was a family from Missouri who loved to laugh a lot, so we had an excellent time. While on our food tour, we visited four places in Panama City.

Our first stop was at the Capt’s Table. At the Capt’s Table we tried she crab soup – which I absolutely LOVED, a smoked tuna dip – ALSO AMAZING, and the good old fashioned shrimp n’ grits. This was the day I discovered that I liked hush puppies. Yum.

7 Things to Do in Panama City

7 Things to Do in Panama City

7 Things to Do in Panama City

The only non-food stop on our food tour was at a local publishing company. I, of course, was in awe of the whole thing. The printing press was still in use and we were able to see the employees making stamped Christmas cards for a Christmas party someone was having. We learned all about the history of the printing press and the captain who founded the place, but of course I can remember none of it because that was seven months ago.

7 Things to Do in Panama City

Probably my very favorite food stop was this hippie hole in the wall called Little Village/Finn’s Island Style Grub. This place had outdoor seating with flaps for when it rains and there were tons of hipsters sitting around enjoying a nice brew. We ate quesadillas and this amazing black bean rice cilantro mix that I’ve never quite been able to get out my head. With our meal we were given a blood orange cider that – oh my word – made me fall in love with blood oranges.

7 Things to Do in Panama City

7 Things to Do in Panama City

After the Capt’s Table, we ventured on over to Uncle Ernie’s Bayfront Grill and Brewhouse for dessert as the sun set over the water. The views were gorgeous and the keylime pie was divine. Unfortunately for Pai, he didn’t pace himself very well, so by the time we arrived at Uncle Ernie’s he was rather full which meant, fortunately for me, I got more of the keylime pie.

7 Things to Do in Panama City

7 Things to Do in Panama City

7 Things to Do in Panama City

The tour took about two hours and left us fat and happy, so we didn’t need to eat again until about 10pm when it was time for a midnight snack. If you’re ever in Panama, I would highly recommend. You can sign up for the Beck Avenue Food Tour here.

Do Nothing

Hello? You’re on a beach with white sands and clear blue water. Lay on that beach and do absolutely nothing! OK so I really wanted to get a cupcake one day and take a picture with the cupcake and the ocean and the background and caption it, “Cake by the Ocean” since that song was oh-so popular last year. Pai thought I was absolutely ridiculous so we didn’t buy cake just for the picture. Maybe next time, though. . . Fun fact about the seagull below – this guy kept trying to eat our food. Pai had run back to the condo to get something and while he was gone, this seagull called all its other seagull friends and I was absolutely surrounded. They wanted the Cheetos and I didn’t want to share. It was a terrifying experience.

7 Things to Do in Panama City

See the Dunes

We adventured out to a highly recommended restaurant called The Donut Hole one morning and had an amazing breakfast. We got protein packed breakfasts and donuts for the road. I’m never going to say no to a recommended donut. On our way back to our condo, though, we drove on Hwy 98 and took the scenic route home. While taking the scenic route, we came upon a state park with gorgeous sand dunes, so we moseyed on over and walked on the quietest, whitest beach with these gorgeous sand dunes we were explicitly told not to climb on. Bummer.

7 Things to Do in Panama City

7 Things to Do in Panama City

 

Go to Seaside

Remember the Truman Show? Well the Truman Show was filmed in Seaside, FL – the most perfect little town you ever did see. The beach houses in this little place sell for millions of dollars, or you can air bnb one for a couple grand for a night. We decided to just go with biking around the place for the afternoon. We found the house that Truman lived in, but weren’t able to take a picture because there was a car behind us so we couldn’t stop. It was our favorite day of the honeymoon. We biked around the town, stopped for ice cream, perused a book shop (you know me) and walked along the beach.

7 Things to Do in Panama City

7 Things to Do in Panama City

7 Things to Do in Panama City

*Note: Husband’s don’t appreciate taking ice cream pics before eating said ice cream.

A Few Other Things. . . 

Although we spent most of our time exploring, eating, and hanging out in the condo, there was still a lot to do that we didn’t get to. Panama City has a Dave & Buster’s, an Imax movie theater, and Destin is only an hour away. Fudpuckers in Destin, FL is SO much fun and would highly recommend. There is one in particular that has alligators in a moat like thing surrounding the restaurant, so you basically get to eat with the alligators. One night, Fudpuckers had a karaoke contest that I was super tempted to try, but we didn’t drive the hour at 9pm because we were too exhausted.

7 Things to Do in Panama City

Have you been to Panama City before? What is your favorite thing to do?