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Well, we did it! Ten cities in ten days from LA to NY. We escaped with no speeding tickets, no car breakdowns, no injuries, …and no sleep.
We laughed, we shopped, we dined,
At least until my cc was declined. (cough, Arizona!)
We drove, we sang, we explored,
At one point I drove while the other three snored.
We went from desert to swamps to mountain ranges
Looking through the windshield at the topography changes.
We worked out every morning, in one stop, with an Erica.
So thankful to hit Pure Barres all across America.
So, without further ado, here is the breakdown of what went down on the “Healthy and Hip X-Country Trip!”
Stay: Palomar (ranked #4)
Lunch: snacked in car
Dinner: Virtu Scottsdale (ranked #3)
Highlight: Corvina Blend, Cesari Mara, Valpolicella Repasso DIC. Best Dish: Scallops
Accolade: Most meal comps, most hotel attention, most Pure Barre attention.
Downfall: cc stripe stolen at a gas station. Fraud alert went off when I was charging in Memphis and Phoenix 5 days later. Had to close my account.
Twitter action (I don’t like to say “tweets”):
And we are off! It was touch and go for a hot second.#stomachfluweekend. (The only thing I had to eat on Saturday was my Billy Joel ticket.) All better, all packed, and en route to Phoenix! But not before a stop at my fave juice bar on Melrose – Liquid.
Phew, I made it past the 15N exit to Vegas without taking it. Phoenix, Jordan, Phoenix!
Day 1: Phoenix! Hula got a warm welcome in our room at Hotel Palomar. Then she did some poses with Stephanie at @purebarrephoenix. Now we are enjoying dins at Virtu on an outside patio in Scottsdale.#healthyandhipxcountrytrip #virtuhonestcraft#purebarre #hotelpalomar
Stay: Thunderbird (ranked #6)
Lunch: snacked in car
Dinner: Cochineal (ranked #6)
Highlight: Made friends on the patio, Best Dish: Bi Bim Bap
Accolade: best walking town
Downfall: No A/C in my room, no Pure Barre!
9 hrs to Marfa = went through my phone book by 10:30. #whosgotastoryforma?
T or F: Somewhere in western Texas on the way to Marfa I got a text from Telcel saying Welcome to Mexico, international roaming fees will apply.#healthyandhipxcountrytrip
Cochineal Courtyard. Greyhound. Sunfish Ceviche. Bi Bim Bap. (I would have ordered the date pudding but I started talking to people and blabbed away until the kitchen was closed. Next time) #cochineal #healthyandhipxcountrytrip #marfa
Stay: friend’s house (would have stayed at Heywood)
Lunch – Taco Deli for breakfast and Liberty Kitchen in Houston – jalapeno oysters were the best!
Dinner: Barley Swine (ranked #2)
Highlight: Uni, Turnip Soup, Creole Onion
Accolade: stayed in the coolest zip code 78704 South Congress and had a drink at Aviary – wine bar within a home décor store
Downfall: family drama
Look what I picked up in Austin!!! Liza and Pebbles are climbing aboard the #healthyandhipxcountrytrip#frenchiex2
Stay: Loft 523 (ranked #7)
Lunch – Salu
Dinner: Maurepas (ranked #9)
Highlight: Funny Liza, she was so hungry she wanted to order a second drum fish and a cheese plate on top of our already ambitious order (Tomato salad was our fave)
Accolade: NOLA spirit, live music everywhere
Downfall: stinky hotel and most colorful pitstop: Lafayette “You girls sure picked some place to stop,” we were told by a guy in the gas station lot before hitting us up for $.
Quick Nolabound stop for lunch in Houston.#healthyandhipxcountrytrip
New Orleans Vegetable Central.#healthyandhipxcountrytrip #oscarsfirstrodeo
Vaughans on a Thursday, finally!#healthyandhipxcountrytrip #vaughansondauphine
Jordan, Jennifer, and Liza kick off the day at@purebarre_nola! #healthyandhipxcountrytrip#purebarre #weheartnola
Stay: Old Capitol Inn (ranked #5)
Lunch – We went straight to Memphis and lunch at Central Bar BQ
Dinner: Parlor Market (ranked #10)
Highlight: Joke of a bad waiter: If you’d like a dining experience where you ask the waiter for recommendations, don’t like them, order four other things, have him bring you the four he recommended, take an hour to return to the table to swap them out and then charge you for all eight, go to Parlor.
Best dish: blue cheese tater tots
Accolade: best pure barre studio
Downfall: sleepy, empty ghost town, we were rooting for Jackson to be the dark horse, but it was deserted on a Friday night.
Thank you, Heidi, and everyone at @purebarrejackson! We are halfway through our journey!#healthyandhipxcountrytrip #purebarre
Stay: Peabody (ranked #1)
Lunch – Tamp and Tap
Dinner: Iris (ranked #1)
Highlight: Everthing was impeccable.
Best Dish – Lobster Toast
Accolade: favorite city overall – best restaurant, nightlife, hotel, vibe, southern hospitality
Downfall – don’t need to go back to Beale St. at night. #allergictowaitinginline
Stax Selfies! #healthyandhipxcountrytrip #gotmysoul
Peabody Pebbles Hotel Hula!#healthyandhipxcountrytrip #memphismamas
They said it was a top USA resto. “They” know what’s up. #healthyandhipxcountrytrip #beatthis #soulville
Getting Buff in Bluff City with Heidi and Jamie@purebarrememphis #purebarre#healthyandhipxcountrytrip
Sing it Paul, We’re going to Graceland!#healthyandhipxcountrytrip
Hi Elvis! #elvisserenade #healthyandhipxcountrytrip
Last Night’s Beale St. Shenanigans.#walkinginmemphis #singitmarc#healthyandhipxcountrytrip
Stay: Hutton (ranked #2)
Lunch – Pinewood Social (My coffee drink, The World in All Its Youth – Iced latte, chicory, sarsaparilla, mint – amazing!)
Dinner: Josephine (ranked #4)
Highlight: The line to Jeni’s Ice Cream next door was in front of the restaurant the entire night! We sampled some of the coffee flavor for dessert.
Accolade: hippest hotel
Downfall: worst Pure Barre studio
Nashville filter for Nashville dins.#healthyandhipxcountrytrip #stilltruckin #notnaked
Last stop in Nashville. Bowling and Brunch.#healthyandhipxcountrytrip #pinewoodsocial
Pit Stop TN -> NC. #healthyandhipxcountrytrip#hulasturnatthewheel #lizagotmeawaywithawarning
Stay: Inn at Biltmore (ranked #3)
Lunch – at Biltmore
Dinner: Marketplace (ranked #5)
Highlight: Most passionate servers – thanks Denise!
Accolade: Clean mountain air
Downfall: staying at Biltmore tacked on an extra 45 min roundtrip to going out anywhere
Could Asheville be any cuter?!?#healthyandhipxcountrytrip #marketplace#wasgonnaweartiediebutwascold
Fantasy baseball on a road trip is like the garbage bins on a hungover Thursday morning. You thought you took care of it, but you didn’t.
T/F: Liza and I are going to be a wreck tomorrow morning bc we stayed up all night listening to every version of “This Land Is Your Land.”
Our “trying-to-stay-awake-at-noon” game faces.#healthyandhipxcountrytrip #alreadynapped#biltmoreestate
Stay: friend’s house (would have stayed at the Clifton Inn)
Lunch – none – we skipped a stop in DC to just get home!
Dinner: The Local (ranked #7)
Highlight: Homemade habanero tequila, Best Dish – Short Rib
Accolade: Rick Alvarez Trio at C and O blew us away
Downfall: traffic – we were late for Pure Barre!
Our host for our final stop on tour!#healthyandhipxcountrytrip #wonderpiece#homestretch
Thank you so much @purebarre_cville!!! We are ready for our home stretch (literally).#healthyandhipxcountrytrip #purebarre
Stay: Home Sweet Home
Dinner: Barchetta (ranked #8)
Highlight: Signing Oscar’s title over to Tiffany
Accolade: the city that never sleeps (like Liza and Jordan)
Downfall: the city that never sleeps (like Liza and Jordan)
Home Stretch Hula and Passed Out Pebbles.#healthyandhipxcountrytrip
WE MADE IT!!! #healthyandhipxcountrytrip#10cities10days #LA-NY
My friend @lizafuller just completed a huge x-country journey with me. I know she joined in part for the adventure, but also because she didn’t want me to do it by myself. And that’s what true friends are made of. Thanks, Liza and Pebbles! Love you! Where are we ordering our next cheese plate and greens?!?#healthyandhipxcountrytrip #girlfriends
The final destination celebration!#healthyandhipxcountrytrip #stillstanding
Our “victory lap” class at final destination@purebarrenyc with Abby. We did it!#healthyandhipxcountrytrip #purebarre
We close with our playlist! Hit the road and rock out!
The Blue Ridge mountains are the real deal. We had a few friends in Charlottesville courtesy UVA and Red Light Management. Our host for the evening had just moved there and I really think it suits her Bohemian style. We enjoyed our last evening on the road. Ready for the home stretch, next stop NYC!!
It’s true, we finally got pulled over for speeding. This is probably due to the fact that the speed limit was 80 for the first part of the trip. Well, somewhere outside of Knoxville, TN it went down to 55, but Oscar stayed at 80 and they caught us. We luckily got away with just a warning, probably because Hula and Pebbles are so cute, or Liza was sitting so pretty, or my point of “the speed limit has been 80, thanks we’ll go slower as we go east” was so sound.
Our favorite pit stop was on this trip. Right by the TN/NC border. We all but ditched our Asheville plans to go rafting or ziplining or something outdoorsy there!
But thankfully we continued through the mountains to the cutest little hippie town in the east. The air in Asheville was invigorating and the vibe was calming. The Biltmore estate was gorgeous and even though it took a little while longer to get into town, it was definitely the right call to stay there. In the morning we had breakfast at the estate and then did a tour of the winery. Liza and I agreed we would come back for a music weekend soon to stay a little longer. Warren Haynes always does a Christmas show there in December so we’re putting it on our radar. Thanks, Asheville!
Nashville is doing WELL!
I’d say Nashville and Austin were the two most happening cities, and Memphis and New Orleans were the two most soulful.
We met up with some friends in Nashville who directed us to great local spots in town. Nashville has plenty to do and see, tons of restaurants and bars, and a vibrant music scene. I had only been to Nashville once on my way to Bonnaroo in 2003. The hippy, budget, quick stopover didn’t really count. Now I can say I got a good little taste of what the city has to offer. Josephine for dinner, Urban Grub for a drink, and music at Third and Lindley. It was a Sunday night so our first three choices for dinner were closed (Farmhouse, Cat Bird Seat, and Silly Goose). We’re so glad Josephine was alive, running, and welcoming. Great meal! Looking forward to returning.
Memphis is going to be our favorite, no question. We loved everything about it. A Sooouthern city. I’ve been craving a good drawl and I finally got it. It’s bustling, vibrant, soulful, and sophisticated. Our dinner tonight was a dream. I may want to fly a whole party out here just to dine at Iris and have Jeff serve us. Taxis were easy and inexpensive. The Peabody was old-school (in a charming way), happening hotel. Beale St was a hoot. Go once, and then just listen to the Marc Cohen song. I went to the Stax Museum and I could have stayed there for hours playing the trivia game and watching old footage of their acts but I cut myself off after three rounds, and Gladys Knight and the Pips doing “Midnight Train to Georgia.” In the morning we went to Graceland. Liza and I both have a new crush on Elvis. I know, #latetothegame Memphis FTW!!!
We are half way through our trip. Just about the time when it’s getting old telling everyone the trip story, when the nails are chipping, the cooler is warming, the lotions are spilling, and the dirty laundry bag is filling.
We were hoping Jackson would be the dark horse in our trip. We were originally going to go through Little Rock, but when I realized there was no way to avoid me hitting New Orleans, we decided to break up the drive to Memphis was a stop in Jackson. It was pretty sleepy, but we did stay at a quaint little hotel, Old Capitol Inn, and we did see a charity walk in the morning. Moving on.
We’re done with my left hand of the trip. Now we are outbound!