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Experiencing Philadelphia for the First Time – DAY 1

January 19, 2016 in Food and Drink / Trips in Eastern United States

On Christmas day my boyfriend gave me the best gift he possibly could have: the gift of Chase Rice.  Quite literally.

To explain further, Bran bought us tickets to the Chase Rice show with meet and greet passes for Christmas.  If anyone knows me well in person, they would know that I have a mild obsession with the country singer.  The closest show to us, however, happened to be in Philadelphia, PA.  So Friday January 8th, we took our first road trip to Philadelphia.  I’m not really sure what took us so long, as it’s a mere 2 hours away from home!  But it was a great opportunity to check out a city that I hadn’t been to before.

Geno’s VS Pat’s

We couldn’t check into the Wyndham until 4pm, so when we arrived in Philadelphia around 12pm, we had quite a bit of time to kill.  Our first stop?  The infamous “cheese steak corner”.  Everyone told me before I went that day to make sure I tried Geno’s Steaks and Pat’s King of Steaks.  I can honestly say I had never even heard of the 2 places until then.  After doing a little bit of research, I learned that these 2 competitors seem to have their own fan bases – and usually people prefer one over the other.  I also learned there is an official lingo when ordering a Philly cheese steak!  Can I get a whiz wit….?  😉

Brandon got his hands on a Geno’s sandwich (with whiz) while I opted for Pat’s (with provolone).  The Geno’s sandwich was dripping with grease and I have to admit, it tasted a bit artificial to me.  Maybe it was the cheese whiz?  Maybe it was the steak itself?  I don’t know.  I preferred the Pat’s cheese steak out of the 2 places.  Neither one of them really impressed me, however.

My not-so-professional analysis?  They are both overrated tourist traps.  But hey, at least we can say we tried them both.

Killing Time

After our little trip to cheese steak corner, we headed across the street to kill some time at a local bar called South Philly .  We we’re the only ones in there, aside from the bartender.  Then again, it was a Friday afternoon…..and barely over 12pm!  It was a casual bar that was clearly a popular Philly sports spot, as it had sports team pennants and autographs all over the walls.  We hung out for a while before we decided to move on.

A Show We Won’t Soon Forget

That evening we caught a cab from the Wyndham to the Fillmore in Philadelphia.  We arrived 2 hours early since the show was general admission, and the line really wasn’t as bad as we had expected.  Tucker Beathard opened the show (he’s a newbie to the scene and fantastic, BTW) followed by The Cadillac Three (they were AWESOME) and of course Chase Rice being the final act, performing not only his hits like “Ready, Set Roll” and “Gonna Wanna Tonight”, but also singing some fun covers.
This show was in my top 5 for sure.  The energy of the performers was amazing and the crowd was electric.  We made a few friends, got GREAT spots, and had an unbelievable time.  I really liked this venue.  The staff was friendly and everything was smooth sailing.  Oh, and while we didn’t get much time with him, Chase Rice was a very friendly guy!  And just as gorgeous in person….just sayin’.


Day 1 was a blast, but I was exhausted.  Day 2 we would see much more of the city…..

21 great roadtrip songs

21 (More) Great Road Trip Songs

January 24, 2015 in Everything Else

I love road trips…and I love finding new music to listen to on my road trips.  I put a blog post up a few months ago listing 30 awesome songs to take on your next road trip and I wanted to add to that list.  Here I have listed 21 more great songs for your next road trip!  I’ve even created a PDF for you to print and take along next time you’re searching for music.  Or, if you have Spotify, be sure to follow my Roadtrippin’ list!

Here is road trip song list #2 for your listening pleasure:

Dido Sand in my Shoes
Dirty Heads Cabin by the Sea
Don Henley The Boys of Summer
Florida Georgia Line Cruise
Foster the People Pumped Up Kicks
Jackson Browne Running on Empty
Jake Owen Barefoot Blue Jean Night
Jason Aldean Fly Over States
Jo Dee Messina Heads Carolina
LeAnne Rimes One Way Ticket
Lord Huron Time to Run
Maroon 5 Sunday Morning
Mike Mentz Cigarette
Rodney Atkins Take a Back Road
Roger Miller King of the Road
Sheryl Crow Everyday is a Winding Road
Steppenwolf Born to be Wild
The 1975 Chocolate
Tom Petty Free Fallin’
Tyler Hilton Sunset Boulevard
Tyler Hilton When it Comes



September 21, 2014 in Everything Else

If you have seen the Secret Life of Walter Mitty, you will know that this David Bowie classic plays a huge role in the film.  I stumbled upon this compilation video on YouTube recently and I felt compelled to post it on my blog simply because this movie gets me super inspired to travel.  Take a look at this music video with clips from the movie….

If you haven’t seen it yet…..go see it!  Right now!  🙂

Vegas Lights


August 26, 2014 in Everything Else / Travel Tips

There are a ton of amazing songs out there that are perfect for roadtripping!  Here are 30 great songs you should consider taking with you next time:


1. Lord Huron – Ends of the Earth

2. Lord Huron – She Lit a Fire

3. Ben Howard – Old Pine

4. Jose Gonzalez – Step Out

5. Jose Gonzalez – Stay Alive

6. Rogue Wave – The Wolves and the Ravens

7. Augustana – Boston

8.  Dierks Bentley – Drunk on a Plane

9. Parmalee – Carolina

10. Arcade Fire – Wake Up

11. Kenny Chesney – Summertime

12. Kenny Chesney – California

13. Eve 6 – Open Road Song

14. Dan + Shay – 19 You & Me

15. Dan + Shay – Stop, Drop and Roll

16. Dan + Shay – Somewhere Only We Know

 17. Bootstraps – Guiltfree

18. Don Henley (or the Ataris version) – Boys of Summer

19.John Mayer -Queen of California

20. Tom Cochrane – Life is a Highway

21. The Eagles – Take it Easy

22. John Mayer – Route 66 (cover)

23. Fleetwood Mac – Go Your Own Way

24. Billy Bragg / Wilco – California Stars

25. Stereo 360 – California

26. John Denver – Take Me Home, Country Roads

27. Chuck Berry – No Particular Place to Go

28. Foghat – Slow Ride

29. The Rolling Stones – Start Me Up

30. Death Cab for Cutie – Bixby Canyon Bridge


Have a great song that should be added to this list?  Comment below!

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