If this blog is where my fantasy life resides, then I’d be remiss to leave out travel. Yes, I write about travel at the wander plan but I’m feeling the need to condense at the moment. Likely this is due to the fact that my real life is working in the exact opposite way, like the second or two that it takes the coin to flip in the air before landing. It’s all a possibility with no determined outcome. Some days this sounds exciting (adventure!) and some days this sounds like being shoved out of an airplane (fear of heights!).
At any rate, I’ll still update the wander plan with Fantasy Fridays at least for the time being and sneak in others here. Places like the Nottoway Plantation in White Castle, Louisiana in between New Orleans and Lafayette. The mansion was completed in 1859 by the Randolph family who enjoyed a prosperous and typical life of plantation owners up until the civil war. Yes, it could be a bit like playing plantation owner to stay here, but I’d hope not. Many old plantations can fall in to ruin without the income to keep them up, and I don’t think anyone wants to lose the history of this area. Especially when it’s embodied in such a beautiful location. Personally, I’d book one of the cottages and order a bourbon immediately.
Photos courtesy of Nottoway Plantation
There was one cottage that I didn’t squeeze in to my Thatched Cottage post last week. It was just too lovely to share the attention with other cottages. The Old Fox Cottage is in Worcestershire, England sleeps four and is perfect for a small family. It’s seriously adorable and what’s even better is that it is practically stumbling distance to the 13th century pub, The Fleece Inn which is owned by the National Trust. Perfect summer vacation? I’d say so!
Photos curtesy of Unique Home Stays
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It may be officially summer soon, at least it will by next week, when my daughter is out of school, but that doesn’t mean I’ve actually got anything done in our yard this year yet. Ok, that’s not true, some weeds were pulled, some veggies planted, but that’s pretty much it. It’s never too late to look at some inspiring outdoor spaces though so have at it!
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Some nights I love making dinner. Some nights I want to drink a beer and pretend someone else made dinner. And so inspired the incarnation of Wing Night. Last night was our first official (and my daughter hopes monthly) Wing Night. What is Wing Night, you ask? It’s the night we eat nothing but chicken wings and slaw for dinner of course! I’ve made wings many times but this recipe from Food and Wine a few years back is still my favorite. It’s not difficult and most of the time involved is cooking time where you do nothing except flip the wings over once so it’s great for a weeknight or any night you just don’t want to do much. Just don’t forget the beer, or in my case last night the gin/mint/limonata cocktail.
Blue Cheese Slaw
Thinly slice up some romaine lettuce, red cabbage and yellow bell peppers. Toss with your favorite blue cheese dressing and, if you like, add some blue cheese crumbles. My favorite is from Rogue Creamery in southern Oregon.
Drinking inspiration from my sister site, Inside Bars
The Ritz Carlton in Hong Kong is famous for many reasons, one of which is having the highest bar in the world. At least they claim to and with Ozone situated on the 118th floor of the hotel, it’s easy to believe them. (Although according to the NY Times it’s only highest in Asia. The honor of highest in the world goes to at.mosphere in Dubai.) Of course the hotel has many other beautiful spaces to sip cocktails or tea in, but not all of them have this view. Cheers to those of you who don’t suffer from acrophobia and can enjoy the terrace. Once you brave the heights though, you’ll be rewarded with this:
What I’m Having: