Wanderful Living: Best of 2016 | Part 3 Maine to Colorado

To all my wanderesses, 

I promised this next Wanderful Living review almost two weeks ago, and I'll be honest: time is careening by at the speed of light and I truly haven't had a moment to reflect. It's important to me that these reviews give you inspiration and ideas for travels so I truly haven't wanted to rush to get these out. 

So here we are Wanderful Living for the summer months. And, I have to say - taking a look back at the summer has me yearning for warmer weather. I had the fortune of being back in New Orleans this past week for a beauty business conference and it was a great reminder of why being in the tropics in the winter is just the best. Le sigh. Anyways - Carnival season is also underway and if that's not reason enough to get back down there soon I don't know what is. 

July

Best Place To Play Dress Up Like the Kennedy's

Kennebunkport, Maine

Kennebunkport, Maine

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Keiko and I took off for a trip up the Eastern Seaboard, ate a bajillion lobster rolls (I swear I counted and that's the real number) and cruised along saltbox cottage lined roadways in the breezy Maine air. We started our trip in New York and took to the road with Cape Elizabeth being our final destination. Each little inn along the way was as wonderful as the one before and I can't wait to share all the specifics of that in the book this fall.

August

Best Place For a Homecoming

Downtown, New Orleans

Downtown, New Orleans

Hermitage Cafe, Nashville

Hermitage Cafe, Nashville

Antique hunting in Nashville

Antique hunting in Nashville

After our trip up the Eastern Seaboard I traveled back to New Orleans to prepare for the move. It was a wonderful time to be back home, and so bittersweet too, visiting with friends and family enjoying those hot summer days before taking off for Nashville. 

The shot above from Hermitage Cafe was snapped the day we made the offer on our house, a few days later we would get word that we officially had a home in Nashville. 

September

Best Place for an End of Summer Vacation

Red Rocks, Grace Potter and the Magical Midnight Roadshow (final show!)

Red Rocks, Grace Potter and the Magical Midnight Roadshow (final show!)

Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park

Grand Lake CO

At the end of the summer so many things were coming to a close. Ben played his last show of the Grace Potter Tour at Red Rocks what a magical trip that was btw! I  wrapped the final chapters for my book at the same time and all of a sudden we both truly had a moment to take a little break. As someone that travels for a living, it's often strange to be in a place and slow down. 

Honestly, I'm planning to do more of that this year - slow living is going to stay at the top of my vocabulary in 2017 - reminding myself again as I type this... Grand Lake, Colorado and Rocky Mountain National Park is such a tremendous place to have that sort of time. Highly recommended you guys. 


So, with only a few months remaining (part four will be October - December and includes Parisssss!) in my Wanderful Living review it's been so much fun for me to relive it all a bit. I hope these recaps are inspiring your 2017 travel plans!

p.s. my book is moving into final edits, I've actually seen the cover (eeee, yaaaaa) and I appreciate you guys more than ever for joining me this past year on these travels through this blog. I can't wait to finally share the full report this fall when the book comes out. Stick with me!

xoxo,

Andi

photos by Keiko Lynn, Ben Alleman and myself

Travel Diary: Red Rocks

One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.
— Bob Marley

It was a bizarre feeling taking off from New Orleans, the 100 degree heat, flood waters still overtaking the small communities less than an hour away to land in Denver, Colorado for another Red Rocks adventure. In the days before I left to travel back out to Colorado, I was home sick - literally, and also feeling sick for the tragedy that continues as the clean up from the floods last week in Louisiana goes on.

I pushed my flight back two days initially intending to arrive in Aspen to spend a few days and then travel over to Red Rocks to be reunited with my love and his band for their final show of Summer tour. Once I finally arrived Friday morning I felt a small sense of relief as I made the trek from the Denver airport out to the Amphitheatre many considered to be the best in the world.

Grace Potter and the Magical Midnight Road Show sound checking a few hours before the show.

Grace Potter and the Magical Midnight Road Show sound checking a few hours before the show.

The night was one for the books in many ways.

The day started out sunny, I hiked to the top of the venue to watch sound check way down below.

An hour or so later rains came in... over dinner we heard stories about Red Rock's being a rain or shine venue... stories about opening bands diving under tarps with their equipment so as to keep themselves and their gear dry during torrential downpours. And then as 60 of us prepared for a champagne toast, the bottle popped and simultaneously lightening struck.

We were in the middle of the Grace Potter friends and family dinner to celebrate the last night of tour and in that moment the lights went out across the entire venue. The next two hours we waited in the dark. We waited, and then we snuck all around the venue by candle light exploring tunnels and hallways the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Jerry Garcia and so many more spent time in. 

Miraculously right before show time the lights flickered back on and all was right again.

The night went on, rain drizzling down, the band playing to a crowd that came prepared. Rain ponchos and hours of dancing kept everyone dry and warm.

It was a perfect ending to the summer tour.  I'm so incredibly proud to call this group on stage my friends. I've never seen a show like the one they put on from night to night - talent and musicianship at it's finest.

Ben and I left that night for Grand Lake, Colorado - a 2 hours drive through the Rockies - and my thoughts went back to Louisiana. The people back there at home know how to care for each other. Like Bob Marley's quote - it's a place of music and good feelings, when it hits, no matter the pain, everything's all right.

We'll be out here the next week taking a little down time before heading home to finish moving into the new house in Nashville.

More to come from Colorado!

xoxo,

Andi

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Andi Eaton

Andi Eaton is a creative director, author, entrepreneur, and cultural influencer in a variety of media. She produces Oui We (ouiwegirl.com) the modern bohemian's guide to everything from travel and style to beauty and holistic wellness. Andi and her projects have been featured on Domino, Glitter Guide, A Beautiful Mess, Southern Living, SELF, Hello Giggles, Refinery 29, WWD, Elle Canada and more; in 2017 she wrapped a year of road tripping throughout the U.S. photographing and documenting travel, style and culture stories available in her new book: "Wanderful: The Modern Bohemian's Guide to Traveling in Style".