Hotel Duval which is Tallahassee's only boutique hotel, and upon entering my room was greeted with an awesome swag bag full of goodies from the Visit Tallahassee team and vendors that I'd be meeting throughout my stay.
*The lighting in the room was terrible for pics, but it was so pretty*
After getting settled into my room, it was time for happy hour up at the Level 8 Lounge where I sampled their signature cocktail The Golden Key which is comprised of Ketel One Citron, Amaretto, Cointreau, Drambuie, Local Tupelo Honey, and topped with fresh Florida orange juice. Such a beautiful spot for happy hour, set up on the top floor with an outdoor patio and views all the way out to the Gulf of Mexico.
Avenue Eat and Drink right off the town green.
Lucky Goat tjat I enjoyed a tour at the following morning.
Lucky Goat for a coffee grinding tour. It was so much fun watching them roast the coffee beans, learn more about the history of the beans, and of course sample lots of different coffees including their cold brew (which is better than Starbucks!). I also found it neat that they sell growlers of their cold brew - it's THAT good!
Bradley Country Store for the best smoked sausage I've ever had and a grits grinding tour.
Lofty Pursuits. This ice cream shop is also an old fashioned soda fountain, candy shop, and toy shop. Truly a one stop shop for kids and adults alike.
Cascades Park to walk off some of the sweets and take in some more history and the beautiful views.
*How much fun would it be to see a concert at the new amphitheater under the stars?*
After a little downtime at the hotel and nursing my eye (oh yes - guess who came down with pink eye while traveling) it was time for dinner at KitchenAble. I'd never been to a cooking demonstration dinner, and I was in for a treat! The owner and head chef was such a colorful character, and the epitome of a former Disney employee. It was almost as if a Disney princess was cooking us an amazing dinner while telling us stories.
I was able to enjoy a delicious southern style breakfast at Maple Street Biscuit Company and then a tour of the gorgeous Hearth and Soul store before throwing in the towel on the magnificent weekend. I ended up missing out on a brewery tour, dinner at Kool Beanz, and an evening at a one of a kind blues cafe. But the 4 hour drive back to Orlando was super uncomfortable being as sick as I was and once I got home I passed out for the evening. So, as sad as I was to have missed the last few activities, my body needed me to get home and rest.
*His and Hers Closets - the Hers was bigger of course*
What I loved most about Tallahassee was how passionate everyone I met was about what they do, and the city they live in. You could truly feel the southern hospitality unlike anywhere else I've experienced in the sunshine state.