Some Monday Motivation: Pools with A View

Pools with a View

Don’t all of these pools look amazing? With everyone around the office’s stories about Spring Break and the weather officially being warm, I can’t help but want to be at the beach or sitting by a pool with a view. I know I’ve already gushed about the place a hundred times, but my favorite pool with a view is at Little Dix Bay in the British Virgin Islands. Their spa pool is on a cliff overlooking the Caribbean Sea and it just doesn’t get much better than that. Where is your favorite pool with a view?

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Photos // Capella Lodge, Australia // COMO Shambhala Estate, Bali // Esperanza, Cabo San Lucas // Casa de La Flora, Phuket // Four Seasons Santa Barbara

Some Monday Motivation: Caribbean Blue

Caribbean Blue

As Spring Break time is rapidly approaching, I can’t help but want to be at the beach surrounded by beautiful Caribbean blue water. Although I love the mountains, I really am a beach girl at heart and will almost always pick being at the ocean over anywhere else. I’ve been really fortunate to see some absolutely incredible colors of Caribbean blue from the British Virgin Islands, to the Turks and Caicos and Exuma in the Bahamas. I will shamefully admit that I have become a little bit of a beach snot from all of my travels and prefer to always visit water where you can easily see 20 or 30 feet below the surface. Where are your favorite places in the Caribbean?

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Photos // Rockhouse Hotel, Jamaica // BVI Snorkeling photo by A Evans // The Baths, Virgin Gorda by Evita Smith // Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos by Style Blueprint // Exuma via IHA // Grand Cayman via Rachel Sandon

My Favorite Places: Virgin Gorda, BVI

Little Dix Bay

Little Dix Bay

If there is one place on Earth that I’ve been so far that is near and dear to my heart, it is the island of Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands. My family visited almost every summer growing up, and I have to say that out of all of the Caribbean islands I’ve been to (I think I’ve been to around 12) , everything about Virgin Gorda is just better in every way than all of the others. Bathtub clear water, amazing snorkeling and perfect crescent-shaped beaches are a dim a dozen around here, and they never get old.

If Virgin Gorda is the most awe-inspiring island in the Caribbean,  the most wonderful resort is where we have been lucky to stay each time, Little Dix Bay. The property is managed by Rosewood Hotels and Resorts, and was established by Laurance S. Rockefeller in 1964. There is something totally magical about the place; it’s like a step back in time. Many of the staff members have worked there for years and years, and part of the experience is seeing familiar faces each time we go back. Little Dix Bay is in every way, a world-class resort. All of the rooms are steps from the beach, the spa sits on a cliff overlooking the ocean, and the restaurants on the property are in large outdoor pavilions, with one in a historic sugar mill.

Most beach resorts prefer for you to stay on property all day, but that isn’t the case here. Each day, you can pick from beaches from all around Virgin Gorda and a few nearby islands and the staff at the dock will bring you by boat to the beach of your choice for the day. All you have to do is specify drop off and pick up times, and they will bring you, a beach umbrella, and a picnic lunch to some of the most private and perfect beaches imaginable (and it’s all part of the resort fee). [Read more…]

Scenes from the Italian Riviera

Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre

Portofino

The last few days of our trip were spent basking in the sun in the Italian Riviera. Our base camp was in Rapallo, conveniently located an hour by train to Cinque Terre, and a 10 minute boat ride to Portofino. We rented a ski boat for half a day so that we could see all of the hillside towns from the sea, and also got to see some fabulous yachts going in and out of the Portofino harbor while we were docked there. Andrea Bocelli was actually performing there in a couple of days, and we saw his yacht pull in to the harbor while we were hanging out in Portofino.

We also hiked part of the Cinque Terre trail from Monterosso to Vernazza (which is apparently the roughest part of the trail), which provided some really nice views as we made it up the winding steps. I would recommend choosing another part of the trail if you really want to hike, because it was extremely hot and a little to long to do for my taste in the summer heat. Vernazza was quite charming, and the oceanfront restaurants serve some serious seafood. If you are wanting to lie on a lounge chair on the beach for the day, hit up Monterosso.

Rapallo was extremely busy compared to all of the other towns we visited, and there were tons of places to shop and eat. We were really happy we chose this area to stay in because there were a lot more options than if we would have stayed in one of the other smaller nearby towns.

It was the perfect and most relaxing way to end our trip. The water, the food, and the people were all wonderful and I can’t wait to start planning my next trip back.

The Italian Riviera is about 2 and a half hours by train from Milano Centrale station and there are plenty of trains to get there each day.

All photos taken by Lindsey Chandler for The Everyday Adventurer

Happy 4th of July!

American Planes America Pin Map

Ice Cream

Watermelon on a stick

Fireworks

Photos // 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 //

Happy 4th of July! Independence Day is an especially memorable and important holiday in my family because it is also my mom’s birthday. Our tradition is to always be near a body of water (usually the beach, but sometimes the lake), and be all together as a family. We have spent the 4th of July in the British Virgin Islands quite a few times, the Turks and Caicos, at my Aunt’s beach place near Clearwater, Florida, and around Dallas when we can’t make it out to the coast. I haven’t been able to spend the last couple of 4th of July’s with my family since last summer I had just started my first job after college and couldn’t take any time off, and the summer  before I was doing a grand tour of Europe with some of my girlfriends, so it is extra special for me to get to be with my mom, dad, and sister in Palm Beach this year.

What are your 4th of July traditions? I would love to hear what you and your friends and family do!

The Everyday Adventurer’s Beach Bag Loot

Beach Bag Loot

Where to buy // 1  By Invitation Only , Bittersweet // 2 Jonathan Adler Sun Jute Pouch  // 3 Jonathan Adler Beach Tote // 4 Havianas Flip Flops // 5 Tory Burch Aviators

Before heading to my week at the beach I made a couple of beach purchases to bring with me. I just finished reading Bittersweet by Shauna Niequist yesterday, and it is an inspiring read if you have gone through a season of change in your life recently. Her personal stories and antidotes are told with such honesty, it really made me appreciative for everything she was willing to share with her readers. I have now moved on to reading By Invitation Only, which is written by the founders of the flash sale site, Gilt, and follows their story with tips for how to use your entrepreneurial spirit to start something new. I actually forgot my actual beach bag (whoops!) so I put my dream tote on here instead. I saw this one in the new Jonathan Adler store in Dallas before I left, and have been thinking/dreaming about it ever since.