The Perfect Day in Red Hook, Brooklyn

One of the coolest things about living in New York City is that with the swipe of a MetroCard, you can immerse yourself in a different culture or neighborhood. An area of New York that’s quickly become one of my favorites to explore is Red Hook, Brooklyn. I spent a day in this quiet neighborhood recently and had the most amazing time. Read on to see some of my favorite spots!

I’ll be honest, getting to Red Hook is a bit of a trek. There’s not a convenient subway or bus from the city but there is a ferry. It’s free on weekends and drops you off at a fairly central location in Red Hook. Plus, you can take in some great views of the Brooklyn Bridge and the Statue of Liberty from the ferry.

After the trek from Manhattan to Red Hook, it was time for a snack. Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pies serves pies made from real key limes. Steve has been making these pies in Red Hook for 23 years and people visit from all over the world to sample these delicious treats. Their personal sized tarts are the perfect size for snacking.

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Just around the corner from Steve’s is the Louis Valentino Jr. Park and Pier. This charming park offers plenty of grass and shady trees to relax under. Be sure to walk along the pier for a great view of the Statue of Liberty and all the sail boats and water taxis floating by.

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After taking in the gorgeous lower Manhattan skyline from the park, it was time for a refreshing beverage. Brooklyn Crab is a short walk away and offers three levels of dining, drinking and outdoor games like corn hole and mini golf. It’s got a beachy, laid back feel and is the perfect place to take a break and refuel for the rest of the day.

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If you want to check out some local shops and art galleries, head up Van Burnt Street from Brooklyn Crab. You’ll find shops like Pioneer Books, Kentler International Drawing Space, Golden Anvil Sculptures, and Baked, the perfect shop to pop into for a sweet treat or iced coffee.

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To work off the day’s snacks, wander over to Van Brunt Stillhouse, a small whiskey distillery that offers refreshing cocktails, whiskey flights, and tours of the facility. My drink pick was the Moongarita, a margarita made from moonshine and it was delicious.

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After consuming a couple adult beverages, it was time to act like a kid at Shipwrecked, an amazing indoor mini golf experience. It can be a bit tricky to find Shipwrecked, but once you’re inside you’ll be happy you made the journey. If it’s your first time, be sure to purchase the special tokens for additional special effects and entertainment.

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18 holes of mini golf certainly worked up an appetite so it was time to head to my favorite Red Hook spot for dinner: Hometown Bar B Que. Depending on what time you arrive at this popular spot you may have to stand in line for quite a while. However, the wait is definitely worth it. My favorite menu item is the pulled pork paired with the queso mac and cheese.

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While this certainly isn’t everything there is to do in Red Hook, it made for a great day outside the city. I’m looking forward to my next trip to Red Hook and can’t wait to continue exploring!

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Life Lately: 2016

Let’s be honest – 2016 was rough. It was full of ups-and-downs and I can’t wait to throw on something sparkly and kiss this year goodbye on New Year’s Eve.

Although 2016 wasn’t the best, I thought I would take a moment to look back on some of the positive things that happened in my life. Read on to see some of my favorite moments from the year we all can’t wait to forget.

What was your favorite part of 2016?

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Life Lately: A Mountainous Fourth!

If you’ve read this blog for a while, you know I love taking little trips whenever I can! This past weekend I headed out of town and into the mountains to celebrate the Fourth of July.

I went to Asheville, North Carolina and it was absolutely amazing! I loved the laid-back, artsy vibe of the city and I can’t wait to go back.

We had a great dinner with an even better view, visited the Biltmore House, and saw plenty of fireworks and mountains! Below are a few of my favorite shots from the weekend.

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Life Lately: Charleston Charm

Raise your hand if you’re exhausted from a whirlwind weekend getaway and could use another vacation to recover from your vacation. You can’t see me, but I just raised my hand…

I just returned from a girls trip to Charleston and it was awesome. Although we were only there for a weekend, we managed to pack in a good bit of sightseeing, brewery touring, and eating lots of yummy (read: fried) food. Aaaand below are a few of my favorite photos I took along the way!

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Where I’ve Been

As I mentioned in this post, I’ve done a good bit of traveling around the country the last few months (if you want to check out some of my international adventures, go ahead and click here and here).

Below are a few of my favorite photos from my trips to New Orleans, Atlanta, Orlando, and San Francisco.

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I never tire of Jackson Square

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So I enjoy spending time in cemeteries…no big deal….

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I’m taller than Mickey Mouse in case you were wondering.

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Follow the yellow brick road…

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City by the Bay

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I love everything about this view

 

Beer, Broads & Burritos

This weekend I was lucky enough to have a little free time on my hands so I decided to spend it with some friends. And drink beer. And eat.

While the rain temporarily put a damper on things, the weather finally cleared up and we were able to enjoy some sun at a local brewery, followed by an amazing dinner at a small Mexican joint.

I should have free time more often…

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