5 Year Wedding Anniversary Plans

Luke and I finally decided where we are going to spend our 5 year wedding anniversary. We’re going to Greece! We had a long list of places on our list to consider (Mexico, Thailand, Central America, Greece, Italy) and in the end Greece won us over. It also didn’t hurt that we found a killer deal on airfare and were able to use points from our Chase Sapphire Preferred credit card (the best credit card ever)! We don’t leave until end end of May / beginning of June, so we have a bit to wait. As of right now we’re planning to visit Athens, Santorini and Naxos. If you’ve ever been and have any suggestions/recommendations please share, I’m all ears.

Let the (long) countdown begin!

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A Travel Guide to Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston was just charming. Charleston was also extremely hot and humid. I’m no stranger to the east coast and humidity, but humidity in the south is on another level. I decided that as long as I could pull my hair back I could deal with it. It just meant stopping in air conditioned shops every 20 minutes to cool off, or carrying around paper towels in my purse to “freshen up” every now and then. Being an Oregonian in the south sends a shock to your system. Just keeping it real, friends! ALSO speaking of shocks to your system, we found a spider approximately the size of a small crab in our Airbnb kitchen and I just about booked an early flight home. I actually had nightmares that evening that spiders got me in my sleep and woke up in a panic.

Okay, complaining aside, this beautiful old city is full of the most charming and colorful houses around every corner. I could walk the city for hours (and we did) snapping photos of everything in sight. I’ll let the photos do the talking though. Scroll down for a Charleston photo overload!

What we ate/drank: Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit, Fleet Landing, Another Broken Egg, Pearlz Oyster Bar, Charleston Beer Works, Early Bird Diner, Tattooed Moose, Meeting at Market, The Watch (places we wanted to try but didn’t have enough time: The Darling, Husk, 167 Raw, Butcher & Bee, The Obstinate Daughter, Lewis BBQ. The food in Charleston is beyond! You really have to pace yourself here).

What we loved: The southern charm, beautiful pastel houses, small town feel, the delicious sourthern food and local beers, walking around with no destination in mind, browsing the candle selection at Candlefishcruising around the harbor, visiting the beaches, lounging on the rooftop of Skinny Dip, visiting the Kiawah Island Golf Resort where we spent a day swimming in the ocean and the pool and catching up with Luke’s friends.

– Photos ¬© Holly Copeland –

A Travel Guide to Asheville, North Carolina

We recently got back from a weeklong trip to North and South Carolina. We visited Asheville, NC and Charleston, SC for the first time. Both places had long been on our travel bucket list and we’re so happy we got to see them both!

After a long day of traveling, we landed in Charlotte, NC on Saturday evening. We found a bar to watch the Cubs game and then called it a night, as we had plans to wake up early on Sunday morning and make our way over to Asheville, NC (a 3 hour drive). We arrived in Asheville right in time for the breweries to open. Perfect timing. This is actually what put Asheville on our radar. We love a good beer (we’re definitely spoiled in Portland) and we heard Asheville has an impressive brewery scene. We spent a few days checking out the local spots around town and felt quite satisfied with everything we squeezed in. See below for where we ate and drank and what we loved about this small but mighty little town!

Where we ate: White Duck Taco Shop, Homegrown, 12 Bones Smokehouse, Tupelo Honey, TacoBilly
Where we drank: Asheville Brewing, Wicked Weed, Green Man, Hi-Wire
What we loved: Local breweries, southern food, walking around town, visiting Omni Grove Park Inn and pretending like we were staying there, venturing outside of Asheville to the western NC mountains and the small town feel of this funky little town.

– Photos ¬© Holly Copeland –