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Colorado Day 2 + A New Coffee Shop

Road Trip, Brewery GuideMegan WhitsonComment

Good morning friends! Happy Saturday :) This is my first Saturday morning in SLC where there have been literally no real “plans” on the agenda and it’s been nice just having a chill morning. I want to share our 2nd day in Colorado with you but FIRST…I have to tell you guys about the cool little coffee shop I went to this morning with my friends Cindy and Ben. It’s called Alpha Coffee and it’s at the base of Big Cottonwood Canyon. I had the Dawn Patrol which is their breakfast blend and it was glorious. Cindy got the Double Barrel Black Midnight Blend which I also tasted and it was so rich and luxurious. The service was excellent and the vibe was very laid-back with an awesome view of the mountains. Definitely check it out for a pre or post-ski cup of coffee. Also, give the blueberry muffins a try ;)

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Another cool aspect of Alpha Coffee is that it was co-founded by military veterans and one of its primary missions is to give back and support our troops. Each portion of every batch of coffee is shipped to deployed troops. To learn more, check out their coffee for troops page.

Alrighty…Colorado Day #2! Let’s go!

Will and I spent our morning hiking around the Flatirons and it was really solid easy-to-moderate hiking. We took the trails to the First and Second Flatirons from the Chautauqua Park trailhead. I was definitely wishing that I had my climbing shoes, chalk bag and a crash pad on my back as we hiked through some of the boulders…it looks to be some GOOD climbing and I definitely want to go back with gear.

PS - if you are reading on a tablet or phone, you can click on the pictures to see them bigger bc I don’t think they show up as well as they do in the desktop format - just FYI. At the top of the main trail that we took, there were some “couches” set up so that you could sit back and really take in the view. It was beautiful. A morning well spent for sure. I definitely would like to spend some more time out there the next time we are in Boulder.

It makes my heart happy just looking back at these pictures…the mountains always feel like home to me, no matter where I am. We took the Enchanged Mesa Trail back down and it was equally beautiful. It felt so serene and the trees just seem wise to me - I don’t know if that makes sense…but that’s what my hippie heart feels ;)

Will did manage to get a few shots of my mountain goat escapades…despite not having my climbing gear haha

I actually was able to “climb” a decent ways further up on this too…just out of camera sight ;) Like I said, I look forward to coming back and doing some actual climbing. The rocks were pristine. After our hiking, we were starving and headed into downtown Boulder looking for good beer and good food - which we 100% found at The Post Brewing Co.

I had the Townie Ale which was really good and Will had the Ski Tan. For food, Will had their fried chicken sandwich which was probably the BEST fried chicken sandwich I have ever had…and that is saying something y’all because I am from the SOUTH haha. I had the spicy chicken and potato soup with a buttermilk cheddar biscuit and it hit the spot. We both agreed that we would recommend this restaurant/brewery to anyone - huge Yelp win :)

After showers at our Airbnb, we stopped by The Boulder Recyler on our way to Avery Brewing. I was able to get a long puffy coat and some ski pants for super cheap (compared to new in-stores pricing). Its a great way to find high quality consignment outdoor gear if you are in need and in the Boulder area!

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Our evening stop was at Avery Brewing Co. and we were both HUGE fans of the beer. I have to mention that we were rather spoiled at a lot of the breweries we went to and had some of the friendliest beertenders of anywhere I have ever been…but this was not so much the case at Avery. The service was a little slow and not nearly as friendly as what we had become accustomed to in our other dining/beer-drinking experiences but it was still a great brewery stop. Avery had some of the best beer of the trip and I’m sad that it’s not sold in SC. We did talk to a very friendly girl in the merch room who gave us some great Avery beer recommendations, as well as some other brewery recommendations for us to check out the next day :) Will and I also split the cheese board and gumbo which were both excellent. The food was a little pricey but worth it.

Our last stop of the day was at Sanitas Brewing Co. where Will and I split a “night cap” flight. It was just okay. The brewing itself was a cool spot but the beer was nothing to write home about. If you're in the area and happen upon it, pop in…but I wouldn’t go out of my way to check it out. I did really like this US map of breweries that they had - I even spotted our Charleston breweries - shoutout to SC! <3

Sorry the pics a little blurry ;) And that wraps up our 2nd day in Colorado…Will and I both really enjoyed Boulder and were impressed with how friendly so many of the people we came into contact with were. Meeting kind and genuine humans is one of my favorite parts of traveling :) More recaps to come…including more delicious food, beer and hiking…shocking, right?

Have a wonderful Saturday - and good luck to your football team if they are playing! I’ll be checking in on the Tigers score on my phone while I’m at the Utes hockey game tonight! It’s my first ever hockey game so should be fun :)

Big Love & Pura Vida, y’all <3

In the spirit of Hulaween...

SC TravelMegan WhitsonComment

Hi friends! Happy Saturday to you! How was your week? Any fun weekend plans?

My week was fairly uneventful but I did check out two new-to-me restaurants in Beaufort. On Wednesday night, it was my sweet friend Jenny’s last day of her rotation here in Beaufort - she is a 3rd year DPT student at Duke and our rotations overlapped. We’re both lovers of the outdoors along with delicious food and wine so we became friends immediately. To celebrate her last day, we caught the sunset near the Broad River Bridge and went to Old Bull Tavern in downtown Beaufort — HOLY YUM you guys. These wine & dine experiences in Beaufort just keep getting better and better. Sadly, I only remembered to take pictures of our first course. Old Bull Tavern in a gastropub that has an ever-changing menu (almost daily!) of whatever is seasonally available and inspires their chefs. They describe their fare as a mixture of European and American comfort foods. I’m hoping to go back a little earlier in the day sometime soon so that I can show you guys more pictures of the inside of the restaurant and bar area. Add this to your Beaufort list <3

On Thursday, it was my friend Drasti’s birthday. Drasti is one of my roommates and is a 2nd year PT student at MUSC (the same school that I go to). We are both on rotations in Beaufort right now. I am surrounded by super smart, super kind people y’all :) We went to Fat Pattie’s - a cool burgers & beer joint in the Beaufort/Port Royal area. It was delicious with a laid-back vibe and awesome beer menu. I got the Frenchi (Brie, rosemary mustard, crisp apples and caramelized onions) on a turkey burger - so good. Fat Pattie’s offers 6 different types of burgers so there is something for everyone, you can choose from: grass fed beef, chicken breast, beef & bacon, ground turkey, shrimp or black bean. Drasti and our other roommate Niraali got black bean burgers and said they were great. All the burgers came with rosemary fries - insert heart eyes emoji. Fat Pattie’s also offers beers from Salt Marsh Brewing Company, a brewery located just down the road in Old Town Bluffton. I tried their Oktoberfest and the Slo-Country Session IPA - they were both AWESOME. I’m hoping to make it to the actual brewery in Bluffon sometime before I leave. I’ll keep you guys posted :)

Thanks for letting me share my food and friendships with you. I hope you’ll check out these awesome finds if you’re ever in the Beaufort area :)

Next weekend is probably one of my favorite weekends out of the entire year - it is almost time for HULAWEEN at Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, FL. This is hands down my favorite festival ever. Sadly, I will not be able to attend this year but I’m helping my friends make their banner for their campsite this weekend - so at least a little of my artistic handiwork will be on display at Hula ;) I thought I would share a few pictures from Hulaween last year with you guys because it is a truly magical place. I can’t wait to return next year. Enjoy!

I’m so sad that I will be missing out on this incredible experience but I’m so excited for my Hula fam that will be there. You leave exhausted but filled with so much light and love. Hula changes you in the best way. It gives you hope and fosters a love for all people.

Have a wonderful weekend you guys! I’m off to spend beach time with some of my good friends from school :) See ya next week!