a road trip down South


8 nights | 7 cities | 2,185 miles

a round-up of our favorite spots from pittsburgh to savannah


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Philadelphia to Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh to Louisville

Louisville to Nashville

Nashville to Atlanta

Atlanta to Savannah

Savannah to Charleston

Charleston to Durham

Durham to Philadelphia
 

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If you follow me on instagram, you already know that one of my very best girlfriends Alex and I just got back from hitting the road in search of some good eats, vintage, and sunshine. Our birthdays are just days apart, and the trip was partially a belated celebration ( she just turned 30 !!! ), but mostly because we've been talking about going on a trip together for ages. The fact that we actually followed through after the casual conversation of "hey! we should go on a road trip!" makes my heart go pitter patter. When we started loosely planning it a few months ago, the hope was that we'd be escaping the seemingly longest winter ever in NYC and Philly for warm vibes and sunshine down South. Best-laid plans right? After a freak cold front followed us all the way from the Philadelphia to Savannah, sunshine was unfortunately hard to come by. We ventured through snow, rain, fog and on our very last day, a break in the clouds and a little bit of much needed warmth, finding some incredible vintage gems and the most delicious food along the way.

Road trips are my absolute favorite way to travel, and thinking back on it pretty much all of my most treasured travel memories revolve around them. There's something to be said about taking your time traipsing from place to place, making sure you get as many recommendations as you can, and discovering your own along the way. From Philadelphia we headed west to Pittsburgh, then south to Louisville, followed by Nashville, Atlanta, Savannah, Charleston, and finally a quick overnight stay in Durham. The trip timed up pretty perfectly, and although the weather was the exact opposite of what we had hoped for, we made the most of hunting for vintage gems, and packing in as much city exploration as the weather would allow. 

Out of every place we stopped, Louisville, Kentucky was the dark horse of the trip. A city that we weren't sure what to expect from, but where we undoubtedly had the best time. That being said, there wasn't anywhere we stopped that we didn't have a blast in. Between tiki bar hangovers, and late night country music, an antique barn in the middle of nowhere where I fell in love with some never opened Christmas decorations from the 1960's, to getting my first ever + holy hell very expensive ! speeding ticket (partially thanks to my New Jersey plates I am sure) and countless cups of fancy coffee, we discovered so many places that we can't wait to go back to.

I rounded up the crowd favorite stops below! With everything from caffeine fixes to fancy cocktails, antique malls to tiny vintage shops, there are so many gems to explore. 


caffeine fix


Barista Parlor
Nasvhille, TN

Crema
Nasvhille, TN

the Collins Quarter
Savannah, GA


best breakfast


Le Moo
Louisville, KY

Star Provisions
Atlanta, GA

Pinewood Social
Nashville, TN

Frothy Monkey
Nashville, TN

Whitfield at the Ace Hotel
Pittsburgh, PA


notable stays


the Ace Hotel
Pittsburgh, PA

the Dewberry
Charleston, SC

the Durham Hotel
Durham, NC


dinner time


Proof on Main
Louisville, KY

Little Octopus
Nashville, TN 

Husk
Nashville, TN

the Optimist
Atlanta, GA

Rancho Alegre
Savannah, GA

Darling Oyster Bar
Charleston, SC


cocktails + night owls


Jimmy Can't Dance
Lousiville, KY

the Limbo
Louisville, KY

the Dewberry
Charleston, SC

the Alley
Charleston, SC

Westbrook Brewing Tasting Room
Mount Pleasant, SC

Durham Hotel Rooftop Bar
Durham, NC


vintage gems


Cackleberry Farms Antique Mall
Lancaster, PA

Nitty Gritty Vintage
Louisville, KY

Hey Tiger
Louisville, KY

Acorn Apparel
Louisville, KY

Bennie's Barn Antique Mall
Glendale, KY

the Hip Zipper
Nashville, TN

High Class Hillbilly
Nashville, TN

Old Made Good
Nashville, TN

Goodbuy Girls
Nashville, TN

Picker Joe's Antique Mall
Savannah, GA

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