Destination Maui

November 22, 2016

This year was seriously the year of weddings. It was one after another, after another...and I must say that I absolutely loved it! Thankfully our friends either live in some pretty awesome places, and/or chose even better places for destination weddings. Case in point, our friends who chose to have their destination wedding in Maui. I mean, twist my arm, I guess we can make it!

Hawaii has been on both mine and my husband's list for years, and it was even more beautiful that I could have imagined. I can see what everyone has been raving about all these years - it's truly a magical place. The surf, the sand, the weather, the breathtaking landscape and the food...oh man the food, so, so good! 

Upon arrival, we were greeted with a warm breeze and sunny skies and after a quick ride over to our hotel we pretty quickly decided that we didn't ever want to leave. We stayed at the Andaz which I would HIGHLY recommend. This property is stunning. As soon as we arrived we felt at home - were welcomed with cocktails, cool towels and leis as we were escorted to the beach sand lobby check-in area. After a long flight it was exactly what the doctor ordered. The resort itself is the utmost in luxury with breathtaking views, swanky pools, impeccable architecture and breezy beach styled rooms with tech creature comforts like automatic blinds, music and lighting. 

Most of all I loved the restaurants on site, nightly live music, pool-side cocktails and snacks, the gift and spa shop (which were both dangerously good) and the large, well-equipped fitness center. Plus the property had it's own private beach area, which I learned from some of our friend's resorts wasn't quite as common as I thought, with towel and drink excellent off shore snorkeling, SUP and kayaking (all included in the rates). And did I mention the complimentary shuttle service?! Total lifesaver for rides to and from beaches, shops and restaurants.

The Andaz was definitely worth the splurge and completely spoiled us each and every day. 

5th & Magnolia | Travel | Maui, Hawaii

We did end up renting a Jeep Wrangler for part of our stay so that we could explore the island and get to and from our zip lining and helicopter adventures that we had planned. Although we didn't need the Jeep the entire trip, it was certainly nice to have for a few days of top-down driving adventures. Definitely made me miss my Jeep, which was one of my very first cars. 

For ziplining there were quite a few different options, but our destination wedding group made it easy for us and they selected Pi'iholo Ranch - which was spot on. The ranch is located just outside of Haiku Pauwela (which I would suggest stopping in for some shopping & a bite to eat) and it's absolutely beautiful. There are a variety of options for your tour, and ours featured 5 zips through tree-tops overlooking the rainforest and ocean views. I can't even begin to describe how amazing it was. Such a great way to spend the day.

Next up for adventure was our helicopter tour of the entire island with Blue Hawaiin Helicopters, which was my personal favorite. You simply cannot go to Hawaii and not take a helicopter tour, especially if you are on a shorter trip like we were. It was the best way for us to see the entire island, rural towns, the rainforest, volcano and amazing waterfalls. I am pretty sure my jaw was on the floor the entire time. You can check out some videos on my intsa page to get a taste of what you are in for.

5th & Magnolia | Travel | Maui, Hawaii

The rest of our trip was filled with wedding festivities for two of our dearest friends, pool & beach days with friends, shopping, sipping cocktails, enjoying delicious food and sneaking in as much time together as possible. We also got in a few really good works with morning runs and walks on the beach and some HIIT workouts our trainer set up for us before we left which made me very happy.

5th & Magnolia | Travel | Maui, Hawaii

All in all, one of my favorite vacations in one of the most beautiful tropical destinations I have seen to date. Don't worry...I will keep searching for others.

Happy Travels.

xo - margaret





Chicago Rewind

October 24, 2016

Last week we traveled to Chicago for a wedding and made a long weekend of it. 

The last time we visited the city it was in the dead of winter, and to say it was cold would be an understatement. This coming from a gal who lives in I know my cold weather, and that wind in Chicago will chill you to the bone. So, this time, with unseasonably warm weather we were beyond excited to explore everything outdoors! It actually worked well because on our last trip we hit all the indoor sights like museums, Willis Tower Sky Deck, John Hancock Observatory and lots of yummy bars & restaurants. 

This time we decided to make the most of the outdoors, so once we settled into our hotel, The Kimpton Gray, (who spoiled us with a room upgrade, welcome bottle of champagne, cheese & chocolates) we were off!

5th & Magnolia | Travel | Chicago

We made the most of the 70-degree weather walking from place to place and happened to be in town just in time for The Chicago Architecture Foundation's 'Open House Chicago' which enabled us to see some pretty amazing buildings and locations not usually open to the public. We of course also hit Millenium Park, the bean, shops and my personal favorite the Architectural Tour aboard the Chicago's First Lady.

In addition, we indulged in some pretty darn delicious food (favorites were BavettesGoddess & the Baker and The Gage), cocktails (Cindy's Rooftop is hard to beat) & coffee (loved Intelligentsia) balanced out by some workouts at Soul Cycle and dancing our butts off at the wedding. 

To say it was a good weekend would be an understatement - we had an absolute blast! Here are some of my favorite snaps from our stay.

5th & Magnolia | Travel | Chicago

5th & Magnolia | Travel | Chicago

5th & Magnolia | Travel | Chicago

Have you traveled to Chicago? What are some of your favorites in the Windy City?


xo - margaret

72 Hours in NYC

August 5, 2016

I absolutely love New York City, I could never live there...but I absolutely enjoy visiting. Especially when we are spoiled silly by Kimpton Hotels.

This most recent trip was to celebrate the husband's birthday, a big one...the big three five! As soon as we arrived we were welcomed by a comp upgrade to a suite at the Hotel Eventi, champagne and custom cupcakes. I wish I could take credit for this, but it was all the Inner Circle status that snagged us these goodies (thanks Kimpton). After taking in our amazing city view and toasting the sunset we headed out for dinner at The Vine (which was on point with decor, cuisine & craft cocktails) followed by rooftop drinks late into the evening at The Upstairs.

The next day we got our butts in gear with a spin class at Swerve (snagging first and second place in the team riding style of the studio - which we loved btw) and strolled through Bryant park with our smoothies which Swerve had waiting for us on our way out of class. After a refresh we brunched with an old friend at Blue Stone Lane, where we enjoyed quite possibly the best lattes ever, and spent the rest of the afternoon wandering the Highline.

Night #2 we headed out with friends to Top of the Strand and ended up staying out way past our normal bedtime celebrating & noshing on yummy late night bites... gotta love NYC food delivery!

On Sunday the husband headed home early and I spent the rest of the afternoon and evening with my bestie who was in town for work. Thanks to her I continued to be spoiled silly at The Quin with a penthouse suite, private terrace and welcome Cosmos which were the perfect SATC style cheers to a girls day and night out on the town before an early AM flight the next morning. 

The weekend, as always, went by way too fast...but it was worth every minute of lost sleep! 

xo - margaret