Hello friends! Firstly, I just want to say thank you so much for taking the time to check in with the Gallivant. I can't tell you how grateful I am for such wonderful and supportive readers. You are what makes blogging so much fun. 

Secondly, an announcement: The Gallivant is going on a two week hiatus! I hope to use this time to catch up on some current projects and fill up on inspiration. I have tons of ideas for posts this fall and winter, and I want to take a few days to get them all down on paper so that I can guarantee thoughtful and intentional content in the next few months. I also recently (and tragically) suffered the death of my DSLR camera (my beloved Canon Rebel) so I am going to be shooting film exclusively for the next few months until we save up enough doll-hairs for a new DSLR. While it is a bummer for sure, I am also being reminded daily that these are just things, and on the brightside--I have been wanting to focus on film anyway! I hope that in the next few weeks I can hone technique and get really comfortable with my film camera. 

I hope that these next few weeks treat you well, and make sure to check back in on October 1st for our Month 9 Marriage update! 



{Gallivant} Dorset, Vermont + The Dorset Union Store

I am so excited to share a little bit about our time in Vermont a few weeks ago today! The Green Mountain State is special to both of us, because growing up John used to spend almost every weekend at his family ski house in Stratton, and I used to head north from Boston whenever I had the chance, whether to visit my Uncle during ski season (#shred) or summer trips to Burlington or Stowe with friends. 

As vacation is hard to come by during flight school, we truly cherished the few days we got to spend at the Richey house in Stratton, and even managed to fit in an afternoon of gallivanting all across the Vermont countryside! 


Our favorite stop was the lovely small town of Dorset. Dorset is a quintessential New England town, full of white houses with green shutters, and surrounded by the incredible landscape of Vermont. John and I loved to explore towns and ooo and aah over houses we love so we just drove around for about an hour, loving each old white house more than the next. We dream of one day living in a rambling old country house with some chickens and a huge garden in the back yard, and our afternoon explorations only fed our fantasy all the more. 

Before we left I made John stop at the Dorset Union Store, as I am a sucker for country stores and markets. Established in 1816, the beautiful old wooden floors creak as you walk down aisle after aisle of beautiful local food stuffs and bevvies. With an attached room dedicated to wine, both local and exotic, the store is a little bit of foodie heaven. Along with fresh baked goods, local cheese, coffee, and maple products, they also carry most staple grocery items, and have a sandwich counter in the back. While there I discovered Barnwell Farm cheese. This neat cheese company, based out of Pawlett, VT, names each of it's cheeses after a different town in the state. I grabbed the Dorset variety, a soft and pungent cows cheese, which later proved to be delicious. Before leaving the store I also picked up some beautifully scented pine soap, which I am excited to use as a fun little reminder of New England and the woods we grew up in. (Also who doesn't love a man who smells like pine trees? Total cat nip. Is that just me? Ok.)

Next time you are in the Bennington area of Vermont, or are just looking to make a fun little day or weekend trip, definitely consider Dorset. Aside from checking out the Dorset Union Store and picking up some yummies, there are some sweet places to stay in the area, and if you are outdoorsy or just looking for a little retreat there is plenty to do and see. 

Happy gallivanting!



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{Pensacola Eats+Drinks} The Bodacious Brew

Cinnamon Rolls from the Bodacious Brew I Photo: Author

Cinnamon Rolls from the Bodacious Brew I Photo: Author

Here is the first of what I hope will be many posts highlighting some of our favorite spots in Pensacola. The longer we live here and explore the more we discover and are pleasantly surprised by how much Pensy has to offer. If you are one of our friends or family and are coming down at some point to visit we can't wait to take you to some of these places. If you are just looking for fun things to do in Pensacola then I hope this is helpful. Cheers to gallivanting! 

Growing up we always ate pretty healthy in our house, with only a few exceptions. One of those exceptions was for Pillsbury Grand cinnamon rolls, which my mom rolled out (hah see what I did there?) on special occasions like weekends my brother and I were home from boarding school, or holiday mornings. I have a weakness for cinnamon rolls, but no matter how many I have tried I have never found any that compare to the Pillsbury rolls. (Generally I am very anti-processed food, but I do make an occasional exception for these as well as box cake mix. Sue me. Im human.)  That is, until I tried a cinnamon roll at the Bodacious Brew, in downtown Pensacola, which turned out to be the best cinnamon roll I have ever had. 

Photo: Author

Photo: Author

Located at the end of 407 C S. Palafox St, the Bodacious Brew is coffee and tea shop that serves breakfast, lunch, assorted treats and pastries, and gelato as well. They have a beautifully curated tea collection,  expresso bar, and multiple brewing options for drip coffee. The service is great, and there is a generous seating area with tables and counters perfect for coffee dates, meetings, or workspace.  The breakfast menu includes things like breakfast wraps, "bodaciously grits" with roasted corn, green onion, gouda cheese, and gremolata olive oil, and of course--cinnamon rolls. Get there early to grab one of these perfectly flaky on the outside-gooey on the inside buns, and you will thank me. 

While in the area, pop into the Bodacious Brew's sister store, The Bodacious Olive, and sample a few of the olive oils from their vast collection, or peruse the specially curated wine and cheese. Then head upstairs to the SoGourmet kitchen store, which is also owned by the same people, and explore their incredible kitchen wares. Between the three shops you could easily spend an afternoon indulging your foodie fantasies! Confession: I've done it. 



The Bodacious Brew: 407 C South Palafox St, Pensacola, FL 32502

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{Gallivant} New Orleans

Cat and Abbey outside Café Du Monde.

Cat and Abbey outside Café Du Monde.

Last week three of my best friends from college came to visit and we decided to take a spontaneous road trip to the Big Easy for a night. Since it was the week after Mardi Gras, we scored a sweet hotel deal, right on the corner of Bourbon and Canal St. 

I had never been to New Orleans, but since moving to Pensacola I have been dying to go since it is only a quick 3 hour drive. I have heard mixed things about the city, mostly that the european influence is cool and the food and jazz are incredible, but the late night scene can be pretty sketchy.  We did a ton of research and decided to just try and get local advice when we got there, and wing our itinerary accordingly. 

When we first arrived we went straight to the Garden District. I had read about the Garden District and was excited to check it out. It truly is beautiful. Although spring is not in full bloom yet here, we still got a sense of how beautiful the district must be when the trees and gardens are are in their prime. The old southern mansions were stunning, and the driving through the neighborhoods reminded me of a mixture of the Fan in Richmond, New Port RI, and Charleston SC. Lately I have been really inspired by Southern literature (To Kill a Mockingbird, The Sound and the Fury, The Helpand this area really evoked Kate Chopin's haunting novella The Awakening. I could imagine the dripping heat of summer and girls in white dresses sitting on the porches of the stately houses drinking iced tea, both smothered by heat and smothering their desires to rebel against society. 

After driving through the Garden District we parked on Magazine St, near the Whole Foods, and checked all the cute boutiques and shoppes. We grabbed a quick snack at Slice, which had delicious pizza and great happy hour deals. Definitely worth a visit for a good bang-for-your-buck bite to eat, as well as a fantastic bloody mary. 

Dani and I at Slice

Dani and I at Slice

One thing we noticed early on in our visit was that the people are so nice in New Orleans. Both the shop girls and our server gave us some awesome recommendations for dinner that night and fun places to go out. They all resoundingly told us to skip Bourbon St, and hit up Frenchmen St. for the local experience and the best jazz. We did see a bit of Bourbon because our hotel was right on the corner, and although it was an experience, it is definitely a huge tourist trap. 

We stayed at the Royal Crown Plaza, right on the corner of Canal and Bourbon St. We happened to score a great deal, and would highly recommend the hotel to anyone because the location is primo. Tip: Don't use RCP parking, instead park in the garage on the backside of the block. It is $10 cheaper for the night. 

Fried Oyster and Grits at 3 Muses

We grabbed a cab and headed to 3 Muses on Frenchmen St. for dinner after a friend recommended it. (Thanks Katie!) The place was packed when we arrived around 8:00, and the music was already in full swing. We put our name in and decided to walk down the street and check out the scene. New Orleans is fun because you can drink in the street, so we popped into a bar down a few blocks to check out their band (which was awesome) and then took our drinks on the road. There was live jazz in every bar or restaurant that we passed, and some fun stuff happening in the streets two. Some of the best advice we got was that "the music is always worth the cover charge in NOLA." Our advice would be to hit up one or two places, and then pick one and stay put for a while. When we got back to the 3 Muses the place was hopping and the food was insane. Definitely worth the cover and one drink per set. 

After a couple sets it was getting late so we moved on to One Eyed Jack's, a club across the French Quarter. We decided to walk and check out the quarter along the way. There were definitely moments and blocks where, with the cobbled streets and shuttered windows, we could have been in France, except the townhouses and flats were all painted in fun pastels. We arrived at One Eyed Jacks to discover that it was 80's night, complete with a theatre screen playing 80's classics and dancers. It ended up being a fun surprise, even though they played such obscure 80's songs for the first half of the time we were there. (Disclaimer: I was not born in the 80s. I do not know what I am talking about.)

The next morning before we left we did some exploring and grabbed breakfast at Café Du MondeGotta do it once, right?

Overall, given that we had less than 24 hours, we felt like we got a great taste of New Orleans. Next time I would love to see some more of the parks and sights, but being able to just enjoy the jazz and food was a blast. Sometimes when traveling it's fun to just skip all the touristy stuff , relax, and take it all in. We totally fell in love with the city and would love to go back, and we din't feel like we missed out at all by skipping Bourbon St. Below is our blitz in a nutshell, incase any of you find yourselves taking a spontaneous trip to the Big Easy anytime soon!

New Orleans Blitz:

Areas to Hit up:

  • Garden District: Beautiful historic area, mostly residential, with lovely southern houses and gardens.
  • Magazine St: Fun street in the Garden District with great shoppes and cafés. Fun place to stop for lunch and window shopping. 
  • French Quarter: Another historic district, home to the famous Bourbon St. Known for its french architecture and food, nightlife, jazz scene, and historical significance.
  • Frenchmen St: Located off of the French Quarter, know for its authentic jazz and local scene. Great restaurants and night life. 

Places to Eat:

  • Slice: Small pizzeria with multiple locations. We ate at the one Magazine St. Great pizza, salads, and drinks, with awesome slice and drink deals. Very reasonable prices. 
  • 3 Muses: Fantastic restaurant and jazz bar. Food is small plates, service is quick and excellent. Mix of Southern, Creole, and French fusion. Highly recommend the Fried Oysters and Grits with Bloody Mary Sauce, as well as the Coconut Shrimp and Lamb Sliders. 
  • Café Du Monde: Probably one of the most famous places in New Orleans, located in the heart of the French Quarter. Totally touristy, but the Beignets really are great, and it's open 24 hours! Don't be afraid of the line--it moves fast. 

Late Night:



P.S. Have any of you been to New Orleans? What were your favorite parts/spots? I would love to take notes for my next trip!

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