North Carolina that is, not New Jersey. We made the long journey across the country this weekend to visit my family and meet our newest nephew. Two planes and a 4 hour drive later, we ended up on the Atlantic coast Friday night piled in a beach condo and ready for the ocean! We spent most of the weekend playing in the waves, laying in the sun, eating way too much food, and laughing with relatives. The weather was hot and ridiculously humid, which was almost unbearable for these dry air folks, but the company was wonderful and and the ocean always rejuvenates my soul. Although I left a little battered, (I took a boogie board to the face and have a nice shiner as a result), my heart is full! This weekend kicks off a summer full of travel, friends, family, and many memories in store.
In celebration of my 31st birthday we spent a weekend in Jackson, WY. Who needs gifts when you can travel instead, right? This was our first time in Jackson and I am smitten. The snow, tall mountains and open spaces, amazing food, and picturesque town square have captured my heart. And the fact that it is so close to Tetons and Yellowstone are a huge plus (so I will certainly be returning).
We arrived on Friday afternoon after an extended journey through snow and icy roads. We headed straight to Snake River Brewing to sample brews and have a snack. After having our fill, we happened to stumble upon a neon building that houses one of the only hydroponic greenhouses in a 3 story warehouse, Vertical Harvest. The guide gave us a tour and samples of fresh basil, chives, and tomatoes. We spent the rest of the evening exploring the town square, stopping in for samples at Grand Teton Distillery, and eating pizza at Pinky G’s.
Saturday we stuffed our faces with breakfast burritos from D.O.G. and did a short drive through Grand Teton. It snowed most of the day, so the view was limited, but it was cool to see the whiteout all around us. We came back into town and did some shopping. My favorite store was MADE, complete with hand made cards, tees, local jewelry, and other unique gifts. We then drove out to Teton Village to have drinks at The Handle Bar and watch the skiers on the mountain. We headed back to Jackson for a little more shopping and happened upon Hatch Taqueria and Tequilas where we had DELICIOUS margaritas. We continued the stuffing of our faces at Thai Me Up with tasty Thai dishes and beers from Melvin Brewing (it’s a Thai restaurant and brewery in one…WHAT???). I picked out some desserts for us at Coco Love and a day of eating everything we could get our hands on came to a close.
Sunday started with breakfast at Persephone Bakery and then a scenic drive through Grand Tetons National Park. The weather cleared up enough for blue skies and more visibility, although clouds still covered the Tetons. We were able to spot elk, deer, moose, buffalo, and bald eagles. We made it to Jackson Lake and enjoyed all of the snowy sights along the way and stopped at the visitor center of the Elk Refuge (so many elk!!) when we returned into town.
I absolutely fell in love with Jackson, Wyoming. I plan on returning time and time again. It is a lovely town with a lot to offer in and around the area. Truly a beautiful place to visit!