Around the World in Five Hours!

Would you believe me if I said I went around the whole world in just a few hours? Because I did. On Halloween, my dad, his fiancee, and myself walked around the ENTIRE WORLD in less than a day.

Ok fine it was in EPCOT.

A few months back my dad and his fiancee Elizabeth invited me to Florida with them over Halloween. I had never been to Disney World in a month other than December, so I was excited to see it decorated for Halloween. I went for a day and a half, a nice quick getaway. What I did not know is that Magic Kingdom is decorated for Halloween in October, but EPCOT instead hosts an International Food and Wine Festival. I was in all my glory.

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When you first walk past the EPCOT ball, you are given a “passport” that has all the countries featured in the festival, complete with food and drinks they offer, and a page full of stickers where you can “stamp” the countries you’ve sampled!

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From there, you can buy packages (x amount of money gets you x amount of samples, merchandise, etc.), or you can do what we did and just leisurely try samples from countries of your choice.

The best part about the International Food and Wine Festival are the extra booths that you get to visit! There are normally eleven countries that make up the World Showcase, but during the festival there are over 25 extra booths to eat at. At each booth there are snacks, alcoholic beverages, and small entrees that are signature to the corresponding countries. Some of my favorite countries (some were extra booths, some are normally part of the Showcase) were:

From Top Left: Ireland, Islands of the Caribbean, Paris, Germany, Dominican Republic, Thailand.

I also tried a pulled pork and pineapple sandwich from Hawaii: Screen Shot 2017-12-01 at 8.41.42 PM

Tried Octopus from Greece:

Drank a Grey Goose slush in Paris:

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And sampled three types of wine at the Wine & Cheese Pairing stand:

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The prices at each Kiosk ranged from $4-16, which was incredibly reasonable for the sizes they gave you. It was just enough to hold you over until the next country, but small enough to allow you to eat the entire day, which I did.

So maybe I didn’t walk the ACTUAL world in one day, but experiencing the gastronomy of so many cultures in just a few hours made me get a taste (no pun intended) of what each country is like!

Thanks for reading! Until next time, xo.

The Oddities of New Jersey

Hi friends! I’m sorry it has been so long since my last post! I recently got a new job as a..

…dun dun dun…


How perfect?!

The job has been so much fun so far, especially since I have already made my first sale! For the last week I have been in New Jersey for some training, and this weekend I had two full days of free time so of course my perfect boyfriend got in his car and drove five hours to visit because he LoOoOves me.

I’ve mentioned before that I have a fascination for Atlas Obscura. (I have actually recently purchased the book! 10/10 would recommend!) So in my free time this week I put together an Atlas Obscura itinerary for us involving sites all over New Jersey! It was split into two days.

On Saturday morning Rob and I headed to Clifton, New Jersey to the Clifton Gates of Hell. Driving there went from urban to literally nothing but a train station. The attraction is supposed to be a set of dried up old sewer drains that visitors supposedly climb into. Inside is said to contain graffiti and objects summoning satan. (I know you’re thinking “ok so why would you go here in the first place?” Answer: I like creepy things.) When we pulled in, things got sketchy. When I was reading the link about it on the website it never mentioned anything about trespassing. But when we got there, the only way to reach the drain system was to cross a set of train tracks and climb down a ladder on the other side. I was not about to get arrested or hit by an oncoming train, so we skipped that destination.

We got back in the car and drove to the South Mountain Fairy Trail in Millburn, New Jersey. The Fairy Trail is a hiking trail filled with miniature houses at the bases of the trees. I thought that the trail was up in the woods, and because I love to pretend that I am right about everything, we walked right past the entrance without even seeing the giant “Fairy Trail Entrance” sign and ended up three miles into the woods with no fairies to be found. It was 80 degrees, humid, we were both in jeans and sweaters, and we were pissed off. Luckily we saw some cool graffiti that distracted us from the misery of the middle of the woods. IMG_8377.JPGIMG_8375.JPG

Once we decided that three miles was far enough, we turned around to head out of the woods. All of a sudden on our way out we started to see random little houses. One house turned into two houses, then three, and then we realized we had found the Fairy Trail…and the parking lot. They were literally five feet apart. Rob and I looked at each other and started cracking up. The cuteness of the houses made the annoyance of our sweatiness disappear.

Once we got our Fairy fill, we headed west to Chester, New Jersey, where the Telephone Pole Farm is located. This farm is exactly what it sounds like. In the middle of nowhere, a field of telephone poles that all seem to be cut in half, stand in rows. This farm was used as a testing site for AT&T in the 1920s. It’s also where technicians used to practice climbing and electrical work! I’m not sure if I would have driven more than the 45 minutes we drove to see it, but we had fun running through the poles! Can you spot the human in the photo below?


Fifty minutes away from this farm is the Gingerbread Castle in Franklin, New Jersey. Again, it’s exactly what it sounds like. However, it has been abandoned since the 1980s and it is practically un-touchable. The house is on a long winding road past a middle school and a police station. On the side of the road next to the castle is an abandoned warehouse building. Next to it is a parking lot filled with surveillance cameras and signs that say “no trespassing” “keep out” and “beware of dog.” These signs were enough to keep me from entering. I did not want to get eaten by a dog. I quickly snapped some photos and we headed home.


As if Saturday was not packed enough with activities and hours of driving, today Rob and I drove an hour and a half away for breakfast, and then spent the day at an art museum. Rob has been so enthused with this placed called Bagel Nook in Freehold, New Jersey. It is know for its overload bagels. I love Rob and I love bagels, so I added it to our itinerary last minute! The bagel shop is located in a plaza, and looks like nothing out of the ordinary from the parking lot. But once we got inside, we were blown away. There were 30+ options of cream cheese, and the line was so long but it moved SO fast! I ordered the Fruity Pebbles Overload and was not disappointed. 22448642_10210172557853962_5780793140226490419_n

The Fruity Pebbles Overload is a Fruity Pebbles bagel filed with birthday cake cream cheese and strawberries. It sounds like so much at once, but it was surprisingly so easy to eat and I did not feel sick afterwards, even with my dairy intolerance! I was VERY pleased and would absolutely recommend this to a friend!

After our breakfast feast we headed to Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, New Jersey. Hamilton is located a few minutes from Trenton, New Jersey. I’ll be honest with you, the city is gross. The whole area is, actually. But once we hit Sculpture Way, the landscape was cleaned up and the area was beautiful. The sculpture park is known for its giant and bizarre exhibits. This place did not disappoint!


The Entrance



Find the Courtney!


Our feet got tired so we sat for a minute.


“So then I said you know what, take the money. I’ll just collect my things and go.”


You don’t *quite* blend in, babe. But nice try!


We got into a fight.


I feel you, I really do.



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Like Vermont , I really did not think New Jersey was going to be filled with many things to do. But I was proven VERY wrong, and I had so much fun these last two days! Thank you Rob for joining me on this adventure and for being my photographer, driver, entertainer, personal comedian, and love of my life. There is no one I would rather take these trips with.

Until next time, xo.

The Desert of Maine (and other Maine activities)

Hey Friends!

The other day, Rob and I spent a few hours in Maine and you would not believe what we found out…

…there is an actual DESERT in Freeport, Maine!


I know. Unreal. Except it’s not unreal. It’s very much real.

Let me tell you how we got there.

So for a few weeks now I have wanted to have lunch and/or dinner in Portland, Maine. This past Sunday Rob was gracious enough to take me!

We had lunch at an Irish pub called Rí Rá, where we enjoyed delicious burgers and chicken fingers (because Rob is 12).

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I’ve also been on a hard cider kick. My go-to’s are Angry Orchard and Citizen Cider. I find them to be the perfect drinks for fall. (Drink responsibly!)

Not only was the meal at the pub delicious, it left us plenty of room for ice cream! IMG_8076-1

We ate at a spot called Curly Cones of Maine , where they make their own ice cream and candy! Absolutely delicious ice cream, 10/10 would recommend.

While we ate we looked online at fun things to do in Maine and we found the weirdest thing: “The Desert of Maine.”

Just like the The World’s Tallest Filing Cabinet in Vermont , I could not go on without proving that it existed. So we drove 15 miles up the road to find that this place is real and it is weird!


In order to get onto the desert, you have to take a tour. It’s $12/person, which is reasonable because the tour guide gives you an in-depth history of how this phenomena came about. After the tour you get to wander the desert as you wish until sunset!


The famous camels of the desert. You cannot take this photo unless you are on the tour!

40 acres of silt, thought to only exist for a mere 30-40 more years! Visit while you can!

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There I am on top of a 90 foot dune! Fun fact, under this dune is a house that was completely buried by blowing silt! I’m not lying!

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Ain’t she beautiful?

I don’t think I will ever get over the fact that I played in a desert that is located in Maine!

Other spots we visited that day included:


The most photographed house in Maine. The Wedding Cake House.


Kennebunkport, Maine , filled with local shops and restaurants. If you like seafood, you will love this town!

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Federal Jack’s , in Kennebunk, Maine (a three minute walk from Kennebunkport). This restaurant is the birthplace of Shipyard beer! Pictured here: two Pumpkinheads.

Take a trip to Maine, even for just a few hours. You won’t regret it.

The Oddities of Vermont (Video Included)

Hi friends!

Last week my boyfriend and I concluded my road trip with an excursion to Vermont. Because there was so much to see and too much to write about, I decided to turn it into a video!


This is my first ever Youtube video, so bear with me on some of the technicalities. I am so proud of this piece!


If you’d like to see more Youtube videos, please like, comment, share, etc!

See you soon! xo

Solo Travel: Amish Country

Good morning friends! I apologize for the post delay, I did not get home until almost midnight last night and could not keep my eyes open once I saw my bed. Yesterday was an incredible day spent at Amish Country in Lancaster, Pennsylvania! I have always wanted to see this part of the United States, as I have heard so many amazing stories from friends and family. So, as soon as I woke up yesterday morning I hit the road to see it for myself!

Driving into Lancaster seems like nothing out of the ordinary at first. But all of a sudden, the road opens up on either side and the view goes on for miles and miles. I actually gasped when I saw it! There is nothing to see but farms and barns and small houses/buildings from the outskirts of the county. It’s when you drive through the winding roads that things start to pop up. My first stop in Amish Country was a place called Millers.


Millers Smorgasbord is not only Lancaster’s original buffet and restaurant, it has also been labeled: PA Preferred, AAA Recommended, Reader’s Choice and ServSafe Award Winners. At the Smorgasbord I paid $13 for all of this:


It was hands down one of the most delicious meals I have had in a very long time. The wait staff was incredibly sweet, the option of eating off the menu or getting the buffet was super convenient, and the view was incredible!

My view from the table!

After lunch, there was still so much to see at Miller’s. I visited the bakery for some free samples of jelly, mustard, and jam:


I went to the quilt shop (because the Amish quilt designs are one-of-a-kind they ask that visitors refrain from photos):


and I took a stroll along the property just to keep smelling the scent of pie that lingered throughout the entire spot!

Once I was able to pull myself away, I headed three miles up the road to Kitchen Kettle Village , where I was expecting nothing but a small stand where I could sign up for a buggy ride. Boy was I wrong. When I pulled in, there was a huge market place full of 40+ shops and restaurants! The place was incredible and I did not know where to start! I went over to the AAA Buggy Ride stand to sign up for my 60 minute tour, and with the 45 minutes I had before my buggy arrived I did some browsing in the market!

At 2pm after I finished my strawberry ice cream cone, I headed over to my buggy where my tour guide and my two horses awaited me (and 8 other passengers).


He was not my tour guide, but he was a very nice man!

We piled in and our actual tour guide Verna, led us through the village.


Doc (left) and Jimmy (right) were our two horses. Doc pooped 😦


A working tobacco farm! Because the Amish do not use electricity, they get their power from Diesel generators.


An Amish household!

We then came up to a dairy farm where we were let off to roam. Verna talked about the process of milking the cows and how the milk gets sent to Hershey, PA. She also discussed the horses on the farm, whom I was not able to get a photo of. Verna told us how most of their horses are males because the females do not always get along. This particular farm has 16 male horses and 4 females. We got to pet the animals too!


Cows waiting to be milked


Farm puppies!


A normal day for a pig.


Verna petting the baby calf.


This baby liked me a lot.

On our way back Verna discussed the daily life of the Amish, and how they differ from the Mennonites in the area. I learned a lot about the culture, and was so grateful for the experience!


Pulling back into the driveway.

My last stop in Amish Country was one that my mother DEMANDED I go see! It was called the Countryside Road Stand  . This place is famous for their soft pretzels and their fresh lemonade, both under $2 each! Served by Amish women, this place is perfect for a quick look at the day in the Amish life.



I did not understand why my mom had been so adamant about this spot until I took my first bite of the pretzel. Guys, when I tell you I yelled “oh my god” after trying my first bite, I mean it! It was so incredibly delicious! If I hadn’t had the amount of self control that I did at the time, I would have bought the 15 for $25 package!


I will absolutely be coming back to Amish country, even if it is just for the pretzels!

Until then, I am back home for a day before I head out on my next leg of the trip. Tune in this weekend to see some unique landmarks that you will probably laugh at me for taking a trip to see! Things are about to get weird!

Thanks for reading, xoxo.



Solo Travel: Long Island Hauntings

Happy Tuesday my friends! Today is the second day of my solo road trip! However, I would not exactly call today a “solo trip” because I spent the day with my dad. He lives down here, so I have been lucky to stay here until the next leg of my journey tomorrow! Because of the tropical storm, our beach plans got cancelled. But I did some research and came to find out that Long Island is actually a pretty haunted place! What better way to spend a rainy, inclement day than in cemeteries and haunted cities?

My dad and I started out day of haunted happenings in Huntington, New York. Located here is Long Island Press’s number one rated haunted location, Mount Misery/Sweet Hollow Road. There are numerous legends that have been passed on for generations, some deemed 100% accurate, some determined to be hoaxes. On Mount Misery Road, there have been stories about ghosts, UFOs and strange people roaming the street. My dad and I checked it out to see if there was anything out of the ordinary. Unfortunately, nothing strange happened. I will say though, the energy felt heavy!

Mount Misery Road

Parallel to Mount Misery Road lies Sweet Hollow Road. This street is filled with so much heavy energy, I say that that enough. In the middle of the road there is a bridge where it has been rumored that three young boys hung themselves many years ago. At night, if you flash your lights towards the bridge, some say you can see their bodies hanging from the bridge. Underneath the bridge, it has been told that one night a woman was struck from behind by a car and killed while changing her tire. People have said that if you put your car in neutral under the bridge, she pushes you out from under it “back to safety.” My dad and I tried this, but nothing happened. I won’t 100% knock this myth because we were not there at night and I feel like it could have been a different story if we were. But I won’t lie I was a little sad when nothing happened.

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What I will 100% stand by is the following photo:

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I made it black and white so it’s more clear. The following is a clip I got from Long Island Paranormal Investigators:

“The 3rd urban legend of Sweet Hollow Road is the white lady. The story goes as follows: A lady named Mary and her boyfriend was driving down Sweet Hollow Road one night. They got into a fight and supposedly her boyfriend pushed her out of the car or she jumped out of the car while it was in motion, the stories differ. Then a car that was following hit her and killed her. It is said that when you are driving down Sweet Hollow Road at night you will see a lady in white on the side of the road and then when you go to pass her she jumps out at your car. The lady in white is also supposed to be Mary from “Mary’s Grave”, and people say that you can find her grave stone in the graveyard that is on Sweet Hollow Road.”

As my dad and I were driving down Sweet Hollow Road today, I went to take a photo and when I snapped this photo, it came up as almost completely white. Immediately after, my phone froze and I was unable to even lock it. It took a few seconds for me to click off of the photo. I don’t know if this is the white lady in the urban legends, but I can’t help but believe that it is!

I was satisfied with my experience in Huntington. I got kicked out of the cemetery before finding Mary’s Grave, which was a blessing and a curse because it was absolutely pouring and I was soaked through my clothes. If the weather was nicer I probably would have stayed there all day! But we had to get to our next stop.

In King’s Park, New York lies the King’s Park Psychiatric Center, aka “the world’s abandoned psychiatric hospital.” Building 93 of this center is one with much history. The following photo is Building 93.


While the insane asylum was still open, this building was home to shock therapy, lobotomies, and extreme antipsychotic medication. Because of deinstitutionalization and budget cuts, the center was abruptly shut down, and this location has been untouched since. Many visitors and authorized personnel have reported to still hearing screams and moans from inside this particular building. Access inside is not allowed, and to be frank, I was lucky enough to get this close. It was a bummer to be denied access inside, but you look closely you can see the ruins in the windows.


As the rain picked up, my dad and I made our way to the next destination. If you love horror movies, you may recognize this slightly remodeled house:

Yes guys, this is the Amityville Horror House! This house is obviously located in Amityville, New York, and what surprised me is that it’s actually located along a canal. The property has been purchased for $850,000 and as you can see by the sign, I was not allowed to stay long! It’s always odd to see a house in person that is so popular in mainstream media! I felt this way when I saw the Full House house in San Francisco!

Our last stop on this day of Haunted Happenings was at The Witches Brew in Hempstead, New York.

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Thank you, father, for showing us what all the menus look like.

This coffee house is super dark and spooky inside, with incense and candles everywhere. Not only is the decor 10/10, but the coffee is delicious. I got a drink called the Broomstick, which was basically a vanilla latte topped with whipped cream and cinnamon. Maybe it was the glass it was in, maybe I was just starstruck by the location, but this drink was so delicious and I would be content drinking this and only this for the rest of my life.


My dad and I paired our drinks with some spinach and artichoke dip, which is not the best combination but both parts were so freaking good that we finished every last bite! (TIP: this cafe is cash only, so if you ever find yourself here, make sure you head to the ATM first!)

This trip with my dad could not have been more fun, and I am so glad I had him there with me to see some of Long Island’s spookiest spots! It was the perfect way to relax and spend a gloomy day out, especially as I hit the road again to my next spot first thing tomorrow morning! I’ll check in with you all tomorrow.

Don’t forget to follow my Instagram for live updates, @offandawayblog !

Thanks for reading, xoxo!

Solo Travel: Catskill Mountains

Friends! Hi! I am so excited to talk about this week!

So I start a new job soon, and this past weekend I found out that I get five days off in a row this week before my training starts. With all of this room for activities, I decided to put an itinerary together for my first ever solo-road trip! Today was my first day off, and at 8am, I was off to New York!

I have always loved spending time hiking, so I knew that I had to get at least one hike in on my trip. However, I knew I was going to be alone, and I was not about to run the risk of getting hurt or getting lost without anyone to help me, so I needed to find something easy and visible from a main road. After doing some research, I found that my best bet would be Buttermilk Falls in the Peekamoose Valley of the Catskills, New York. It was about a four hour drive from my house.

Driving alone for a long period of time is pretty strange if you’ve never done it before. I found that although I spent a lot of time singing to my Spotify playlist, I was incredibly self aware. I paid a lot of attention to my surroundings and was keen on my hand placement on the wheel, whether or not my legs were getting numb, etc. But it was nice to be able to have that time to myself to sort of learn my quirks and to ALSO sing show tunes without judgement from passengers, hehe!

Once I got to the Catskills, the scenery changed from pretty rural, to VERY RURAL. The foliage was incredible and the buildings in each town were either wood shops or convenience stores with phone numbers for guns and ammo inquiries. After driving on route 209 for a bit, I took a turn onto Peekamoose Road and the adventure really picked up.


The road on the way to the falls almost gave me a legitimate heart attack. I felt like a tiny pebble placed between two giant cliffs. Every time I looked out the side windows of my car, the tops of the mountains were nowhere to be seen. I had to shut my windows the entire drive because somehow that made me feel out of harms way. When the road opened up, the road somehow got smaller and there were no guardrails on either side.


Mom, if you’re reading, I was FINE! I promise! Luckily I was the only one on the road so I was able to drive 10-15 mph under the speed limits and I had enough room to drive comfortably toward the middle of the road. After three or four miles, a small parking lot sat on my side of the road. I figured I would get out to snap some photos of the brook and the trees. When I got out of my car I heard rushing water so I walked down the road to find exactly what I was looking for, the waterfall!

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In person, the waterfall is absolutely gigantic. I was the only one around, so I climbed up to the base and spent some time staring lovingly at it as if I had never seen water before. It was truly an experience for the books.

On my way out I took a few minutes to drive down the surrounding roads just to see what else was there. Bad hit. Somewhere along the road my phone lost all service, which meant my GPS was down for the count. Let’s think about this, young girl, alone, no phone, no GPS, no familiarity with her surroundings, and no ability to calm herself down. I immediately thought it was the last day of my life. I back tracked for a good half hour before realizing that as I was driving, I took a wrong turn into an even more rural area. Still no GPS. THINGS ARE GOING SO WELL GUYS! THINGS ARE GREAT RIGHT NOW! After I thought about my impending death for 20 minutes I calmed myself down and pulled over to use my Waze app. (Life saver!) Although I didn’t have service, the app was still able to locate where I was without giving me directions. I figured out where the closest main road was and I traced it back to the next main road, to the next one, etc., until I found the closest highway. Once I got onto the highway, which ended up being 209 again, I was able to finally turn my GPS back on and find my way out of the middle of NOWWHERE. I took a huge deep breath and actually felt really great. I’ll admit, I high fived myself for being able to stay relaxed and get myself out of a tricky situation! #adulting

Lunch was obviously next on my list, because this girl is hungry every five minutes. I went to a restaurant called HASH in Stone Ridge. It was my first time eating in a restaurant alone. I felt weird about it at first, I’ll admit. Every time I’ve seen someone alone in a restaurant I’ve linked them to characters in movies that are usually sad or lonely. (Damn you, social influences!) When the waitress asked me if I was waiting for someone and I had to say no, it also felt weird. But once I settled in and started to eat, it was actually super nice. I didn’t have to talk to anyone, and I could take my sweet time. I got a delicious chicken sandwich, and wrote about my journey thus far. I would 100% recommend having a meal alone, and I would 100% do it again a million times.

After lunch it was time to head to my dad’s in Long Island, which is where my next stop takes place! Where am I headed? Check in tomorrow! For now, I need to sleep this adrenaline rush off!

Thanks for reading, xoxo.

New York City

You GUYS! It’s been too long, I’m sorry! Life got pretty crazy. But I’m here now and I want to discuss a long overdue trip that I took back with my favorite guy back in June. The trip had three parts: Canada, New York City, and Long Island. For the sake of family privacy, I am going to leave out my Canada & Long Island experience. It was absolutely incredible to be in both places, and I loved every second of it all , but we were in Long Island for a short time and the trip to Canada was for intimate reasons. I appreciate your understanding! Now, without further adieu, New York City!

Rob and I decided that from New Brunswick Canada, we would drive down to Manhattan. We thought it was a great idea, we thought we could cut off hours of the thirteen hour drive no problem, and we thought I was not going to be hangry 90% of the time. We were pretty much 100% wrong, but fortunately we made it to Manhattan in one piece. We arrived at our residence, the Roosevelt Hotel located on 45 E 45th St, New York, NY 10017, at around 8pm. This hotel was perfect for our stay because of its location in Midtown Manhattan. The hotel is one block away from 5th Avenue, three blocks from Rockefeller Center, and three blocks from Times Square. We could not have picked a better location. Not only that, but this place was fancy AF. 

Because we had so much time left for activities that night, we decided to take a walk to Times Square. Rob had never been to New York City before, so being in the heart of it all for the first time at night when the streets are beautifully lit and the bustle is still happening was a must-do for us. We got to Times Square and were both blown away. What do you guys think was my first suggestion to Rob once we got there? If you said selfie, you nailed it.

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“Courtney can we please eat now, I’m starving.”

After sixteen takes, we finally chose a decent photo and moved on with our lives to the next most important part of the night: food. There were restaurants everywhere, but we decide to be as touristy as possible and get hot dogs off a food cart. We doused our dogs in ketchup and mustard, found seats right near the famous Times Square staircase, and took it all in until we were ready to head back to bed.

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The next day in Manhattan was jam packed with activities. We started by having a light breakfast at The Rustic Table (504 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036). This place was perfect because everything was fresh and healthy.  I got the avocado smash, he got a salad and we got homemade lemonade.

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After our breakfast we continued to the first touristy event of the day, Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum. This spot was alright, the only thing that turned us off was the amount of screaming school children on field trips rifling through the rooms and bumping into us every five seconds. Regardless, we still had so much fun and I got to reconnect with my best friends Jen Aniston and Rihanna!

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Hey Jen, maybe let go of my crotch?

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I don’t think I have yet mentioned that I date a baller. Ball is life for Robert. Ball never sleeps for Robert. So where to next? Did you say NBA Store? Because if you did, you are correeeeeeect! I got to watch my love fall in love with his surroundings, shop through hundreds of jerseys and sneakers, and gush over the cased autographs of his favorite players. You know that saying “he thought the view was pretty but I thought he was prettier?” that was us in this store. There was nothing better than the look on his face when he saw some of the uniforms of his favorite players. It was a sad moment when we walked out the door.

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Fun fact: Shaq wears a size 27 shoe!

No worries though, because next was Top of the Rock! This is right in Rockefeller Center. The Top of the Rock takes you up to the 70th floor to the sky deck for a breathtaking view of Manhattan. Rob and I took our sweet time up here, and we actually took a decent photo together on the FIRST TRY. It was a true miracle you guys.

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As if we hadn’t already done enough walking, a nice stroll up to 70th Street from 45th street was what we decided to do next because I am *obsessed* with Bella Hadid. Bella has a clothing line at a shop called Chrome Hearts, and I needed to see it. What I did not know is that her clothing line was at the OTHER Chrome Hearts location in Greenwich Village. So essentially, we walked all the way up through Central Park for nothing, but I did get to see some EXPENSIVE jewelry and feel famous for ten seconds before we walked all the way back! Oh, and yes, Rob still did love me after I made him walk almost 45 minutes both ways. He is truly a keeper.

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They fed us chocolate while we browsed. #VIP

Since we are NARPS (non-athletic regular people), Rob and I decided that it was time to go back to the hotel and sit for a while before our dinner reservations. So we headed back to get ready to look like celebs at dinner.

Once 7:30pm hit, Rob and I strutted our stuff like the Cheetah girls back to Times Square for our dinner at The Haven Rooftop (132 West 47th Street). If you ever find yourself in Manhattan, you NEED to make a reservation here. There is a business casual dress code, so be prepared to dress fancy shmancy.

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When we arrived we were seated at the lower roof level where we enjoyed a cocktail and steak. Rob always treats me like a queen and lets me order whatever I want. Before I met him I used to order my steak medium well. I wondered why I always hated steak, and then I realized that eating a shoe was pretty much the same as medium well meat. The introduction of medium rare has been one of the biggest blessings of my life and I owe it all to Rob. Anyway though, back to our regularly scheduled programming. After we finished dinner we headed back up to the lounge where we had a few more drinks. I ordered the solstice, which was delicious and got me very…we’ll say…happy! Rob and I discussed nonsense for the rest of the night, like how cool Howard Shultz must be in person, and the importance of Linkin Park to all twelve year olds in 2008. The night was truly riveting. 

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In hand: my third Solstice, I was happy.

The next morning, we (luckily) dodged a hangover! We were up and out of the hotel by 10am, and we drove down to Greenwich Village for Chrome Hearts (755 Washington Street) part two. We were a bit early for the opening, so we decided on brunch in the village. Greenwich Village incredibly artistic. There are art students everywhere, the fashion is to die for, and the atmosphere is incredibly eccentric. Rob and I made our way through the village and ate at a spot called Bubby’s High Line. We both ordered the Turkey BALT (a BLT that also includes avocado because we are like that) and more homemade lemonade. The lemonade was my favorite part, followed by to the outdoor seating.

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After brunch, we walked to Chrome Hearts and I about lost my mind when I walked in. It was super intimidating because there were security guards everywhere and no one was allowed to take photos. But the shop was gigantic and extremely well put together. I got to sign a book that was put out on a counter when they opened the store that SO many famous people signed! I also finally got to see Bella’s clothing line in person. I was quickly shut down when I saw that everything was at least $200 but it was nice to see it all with my own eyes. There was an upper level to the store that was blocked off that morning, and I am convinced that Bella was upstairs. It’s as close to her as I’ll probably ever get so just let me have this, okay?

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Up next on our trip to the city was Yankee Stadium! I surprised Rob with a tour of the stadium a few weeks before the trip because I love him and he loves historic stadiums. So after the village, we took the 35 minute drive to the Bronx for our exclusive stadium tour! We got there and joined the ten others in our group for a walk through the stadium that even I loved, and I don’t care for the Yankees one bit! We got to see the Yankee museum,

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we got to walk out to center field for photos,

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Grandpa used a prop for his selfie!

and we even got to sit in the press box!

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Seeing Rob’s face throughout the duration of the tour was my favorite part. It’s so wonderful to be able to treat him to something so important to him after all he does for me. I couldn’t help but pay more attention to him than the ballpark!

The tour of the stadium concluded our trip to the city, so we got back in the car for our trek to Long Island. Our first trip together is something I will always cherish, and I am so lucky that I get to share it with all of you! Stay tuned for my upcoming posts about my latest trips! Thanks for reading, xo.

Dance Moms & Disneyland

Hey friends! Sorry I took so long, I’ll explain why later. You’ll love it I promise. But I’m so excited to be back to talk about Disneyland!

Disneyland is where the girls spent the last two days of our trip to California and let me tell you, it was quite the experience! When we woke up on day five at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, we immediately got dressed and headed to the first park. Disneyland has two parks connected to each other. One is Disneyland and one is Disney’s California Adventure. We started in Disneyland and obviously the first thing we did was get breakfast on Main Street. Main Street does have a Starbucks, which is where we got our coffees. But there is no better compliment to a nice cup of coffee than a treat from the Blue Ribbon Bakery. When deciding what I wanted to eat, I was torn between the rice crispy treat and the Mickey Mouse cake pop. Did I get both? Girl, you know I did.



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After breakfast Alli and I wanted to meet Goofy and my mom wanted to do some Main Street exploring. We agreed to separate for a little while to make both activities happen. Alli and I marched our way down to the entrance of the park where Goofy was taking pictures with his fans. We waited in line with all of the four year olds for probably 30-35 minutes demanding to each other to take photos of our ENTIRE interactions with Goofy, not just one photo of us smiling, so we could pick the cutest photos to put on instagram. We are pathetic. Here’s what we came up with:

Once we hugged and kissed Goofy, we went looking for our mom, who wasn’t answering her phone. We walked up and down Main Street asking people if they saw “the crazy lady with the blue Mickey ears and the pink rain coat” (did I mention that my mom is OBSESSED with Disney?). No one seemed to know where she was. We joked that she would probably be on the roof the castle or something ridiculous like that. Alli and I figured that she would eventually answer her phone so we decided to sit at a table and wait for her. I was digging through my back pack when Alli out of nowhere says to me “Court? Is that mom?” and points to a lady wearing blue Mickey ears and a pink coat sitting completely alone on a trolley traveling down Main Street via horses.


We both yelled “MOM” hoping that this embarrassing super fan was not our mother dearest. But low and behold, she turned her head and revealed herself to us. I cannot even tell you how hard my jaw dropped at this site. Guys, she was sitting ALONE on a HORSE DRIVEN TROLLEY….WAVING at people and taking photos as if she was some VIP member of the park. It was a site I surely will never forget.

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Truly iconic.

After collecting our belongings and our insane mother, we went on rides

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Leaning on her until she shares her popcorn.

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Selfie with the blue-eared crazy lady!

took a photo in front of the infamous castle,

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Wish you were here! xo

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Artsy, obviously.

and visited Toontown! Disneyland’s Toontown is almost like the Disneyland version of Hollywood. They have their own “Toontown” sign that resembles the Hollywood sign and sits in the hills of the park. There are little markets, as well as Mickey and Minnie’s houses. It’s every child’s dream neighborhood.

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The Toontown Sign! (feat. total stranger in the white tank)

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Don’t let Alli drive any car ever unless you want to risk your life.

Disneyland was a great way to start the day. Later in the afternoon, we made our way over to Disney’s California Adventure. Radiator Springs Racers was an attraction all three of us were looking very forward to once we got to the park, so we immediately made our way there. We got in line, which was just about thirty minutes long. About half way through the line, there was an announcement involving roller coaster technical difficulties. People were encouraged to stay in line even though there was no allotted time for it to be fixed. This may be TMI, but I REALLY had to pee. After waiting in a halted line with hundreds of people and only a few feet to move around, I decided I had to get out of line. I let my mom and sister ride it and I went to get a snack.


Me in front of the roller coaster I did not ride! Nailed it!

My mom and sister met me over by the farmer’s market where we had rice bowls (delicious, by the way). The sun was starting to set, so we made our way over to Paradise Pier.

If you are unfamiliar with Paradise Pier, this photo may familiarize you.

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oh yes, I took that. It’s even more beautiful in person!

There was one thing on my mind this whole day, and that was riding the roller coaster that was now right in front of me called California Screamin’. I love roller coasters, especially ones with the loopty loop thing. This coaster was everything I ever dreamed of. We got in line and not long after, we were flipping and screaming and zooming and almost peeing but not quite! It was the best roller coaster I’d ever been on.

At the end of the day we saw two shows. The first was “Colors” on Paradise Pier. This was a water show that obviously made me cry because the music and the images in the water were so beautiful. This is a must-see if you go to California Adventure! We also saw the light parade later that night after heading back into Disneyland. I did not pay much attention to this parade because I had a bigger task on my hands.

You see, my younger sister is a huge fan of the show Dance Moms, you know, with Maddie, Chloe, Nia, Kendall, etc. Well, as I was waiting on the sidewalk for the parade to start, guess who walked down Main Street? You guessed it! Chloe, Nia, Kendall, and two others. My immediate thought was “oh cool it’s the Dance Moms girls!” But my next thought was, “ok Erin would die if I got their autographs for her.” I got up from my spot, apologized to my mom for missing the show because she loves the Disney shows, and made my way down Main Street.

For many years I have pretended to be a celebrity, and it finally worked in my favor. As I walked I thought to myself “if I were someone famous in a crowded park, where would I want to sit during a show?” I narrowed it down to the front entrances, and then to the smaller entrance off to the right. BINGO. I looked over by the benches to see all the girls and their body guard sitting alone waiting for the parade, which had already started, to reach the end of the street. I walked toward them casually and introduced myself. The body guard told me to get lost a few times, but I was not leaving without SOME sort of proof for my sister that they knew she existed. The body guard would not let me take photos or get autographs, so I simply told them about my sister and they said to tell her they said hi. It was a little disappointing to walk away empty-handed. But alas, the power of social media came to mind and I decided to send a tweet out to the Dance Mom girls thanking them for being so sweet despite the circumstances. Chloe immediately replied to me and said hi to my sister via Twitter. Mission accomplished.



Around 1:30am the girls made our way back to our hotel room and slept in the next morning.

Our last day was casual. We walked over to Downtown Disney for some breakfast and souvenir shopping. My mom and I went off and sat by Starbucks, where she took pictures of me pretending to be famous. (Please don’t ever go out in public with me unless you want to embarrass yourself) The good thing is, I can’t take myself seriously so the photos became a joke and no one trampled me for an autograph.

We then went to A World of Disney, which is a giant souvenir shop in Downtown Disney. I got matching t-shirts for my boyfriend and I because again, I am an embarrassment to society. I also got about four mugs to add to my collection of the nine others I bought throughout the week. (I collect mugs, FYI.) Once I got to the cash register and my total was over $150 I decided it was time to lock myself in the pool area until it was time to go to the airport to avoid even more excessive spending.

The girls sat by the pool and entertained ourselves with our frozen margaritas and cheeseburgers, both hand delivered by the pool service people.

At 6pm we got dressed and headed to the front of the hotel where our shuttle would pick us up for our ride to LAX. We said good bye to Disneyland, Mickey, Minnie, and California as a whole, and boarded our red-eye flight back to Boston.


There was not a single thing any of us would do differently (besides maybe not booking any tours with Starline,and also keeping some cash on us to avoid screaming fights about ATMs in the middle of LA) and as time goes on, we constantly talk about going back to California. There truly is so much to see. No two cities are the same, and there is guaranteed fun for any person that decides to visit. Thank you mom for taking Alli and I on such a fun trip, despite our obnoxious public behavior.

Thanks for hanging with me! See you soon. xo

Los Angeles

All my life I have wanted to be a celebrity. Every few months I brainstorm new ideas on how to get famous quickly and easily. My most recent idea was becoming a famous makeup artist via Youtube. I really thought I had it when I nailed the winged eye liner look on one of my eyes one time. But then I tried to do the other eye and it smudged and it was uneven and it was taking too long and so I said forget it and I haven’t attempted eyeliner since. If anyone has any new suggestions for me being famous let me know in the comment section please.

In the meantime let’s talk about the fourth day in California, which was spent in Los Angeles. I woke up I think the most excited I have ever been and FINALLY put on what I had been anticipating all week, aka “THE outfit.” Let me tell you about this ensemble before I continue. I had bought this outfit a few weeks in advance and it was one of those situations where I stood in the dressing room for 25 minutes staring at it because I didn’t want to take it off. I planned this outfit specifically for LA, and for two weeks I stared longingly at it in my closet, eager to wear it out. But luckily, my self control held me back, and when I put it on in my hotel room for the first real time, I felt more Rachel Green than ever before.


After obsessing over myself for twelve hours, the three girls made our way to our shuttle where we would be picked up for our Starline Tour, which we purchased for $75 per person the night before. We were confident in it being worth the money because the pamphlet and the hotel desk attendant mentioned stopping at all of the famous landmarks and driving through the celebrity neighborhoods on the seven hour journey.

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Waiting to be picked up for the best day of our lives!

When we got dropped off at the Starline office, things were starting to get exciting. Portraits of some of my favorite celebrities hung on the wall. I took selfies with my mom and dad as you can see here:

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Once our whole group arrived at the office we got on our bus. We started the tour in Venice. This part of LA is your typical beachy, skater, Vans-loving, chill scene. There were people long boarding everywhere, almost everyone had a snapback on, and even though I was only there for nine minutes I felt pretty tubular. (I hate myself for using that word. I am so sorry everyone.)

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Pay attention to the fact that I was there for *nine* minutes. The three of us thought we had signed up for a sight seeing tour where we got to stop and hang out at different tourist spots in LA. What they didn’t mention in the pamphlet was that this tour stopped at maybe two or three places tops (other than a ten minute stop for gas and a 45 minute stop for lunch) for at most fifteen minutes.

But at this point in time, I was not frustrated yet. I was more so confused. The bus driver kept saying “take out your cameras” but he never slowed down at the attractions, so most of my photos were blurry, and I really didn’t know what I was supposed to be looking at. What distracted me from my frustrations at this point in the day though, was when we drove around the county and into the celebrity homes neighborhood. I saw a number of homes, including ones owned by Beyonce and Jay-z, Ellen Degeneres, Elvis Presley’s family, Nick Jonas, the Fresh Prince of Bel Air house, and more!


But the most special moment of this day, and possibly this whole trip was when we pulled up to Michael Jackson’s final residence. I am a HUGE fan of the King of Pop. The day he died and the months following, I spent so much time watching interviews and documentaries of his final days. I knew exactly what the mansion looked like and what took place inside. So when I noticed the property as we drove up the street, I began to cry. I could not believe I was looking at the last place Michael Jackson resided. I was taking it in when all of a sudden the driver pulled over. He called me up and said “I’m not supposed to do this, but you have two minutes. Get out and go touch the house.” I was shocked, but the bus door opened and I ran up to the gate as quickly as I could. I couldn’t help but just stand there holding onto the gate weeping. (Have I mentioned how much of an emotional wreck I am 80% of the time? Here’s exhibit A.) My mom got out with me and got photos of me that I will cherish for the rest of my life. It was hard to pull away, but the guard dogs behind the wall of the garage helped me get moving!


From here, the tour went downhill, FAST. We drove full speed past the Santa Monica Pier, past the Hollywood sign, past Rodeo Drive, and into downtown LA. We stopped nowhere, and the driver did nothing but point out random Maseratis. As we drove there were so many other tour companies letting everyone out to take pictures. I was silently jealous and upset, the people on the bus were starting to whisper to each other wondering why we weren’t stopping anywhere like he said we would be, and my mom was furious. When we got let out at the Kodak Theater for our only actual sight seeing stop of the day I told her I was done and not getting back on the bus. I wanted us to have a day in LA where we took our time exploring all the spots that we only had one day to see. We are by no means high maintenance. But for $75 per person, we expected more than a 50mph drive by every landmark in LA and blurry photos through tinted windows that were sealed shut the entire drive.

My mother informed the driver we would take it from here all by ourselves and to leave without us. 

We walked along the Hollywood Walk of Fame (I saw Michael’s star!!! Eeee!).

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We saw the Dolby and Chinese Theaters.

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And we finally got a semi-decent photo of the Hollywood sign.

My decent, I mean from a million miles away. But whatever I still saw it!

When we went to head back to the souvenir shop, we saw the bus still waiting for us and the driver looking guilty standing next to it. He pulled us aside and apologized for the way the tour was going. He then told us a couple on the bus had to be back at the airport by 2:30pm (even though the tour ended at 5pm) so he was trying to have them see everything before he dropped us all off early. (I could almost see the steam shoot out of my mom’s ears when he said this.) He then said that the couple was making their way back to the airport on their own so he wanted to spend the drive back to the drop off location taking us wherever we wanted. We said we wanted to get out on Rodeo drive, walk around for a bit, and then be dropped off at the Santa Monica Pier. He obliged.

Walking down Rodeo Drive is a fantastic way to be reminded of how poor you are! Let me give you a mental picture. The first stores you see are Dior and Tiffany & Co.

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T&C is across the street.

Next to that, Versace.

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Down the road is Chanel, Balenciaga, and Valentino.

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I didn’t get photos of all the stores. But they are all attached to one another.

On your left, Louis Vuitton, Celine, Bvlgari, Gucci, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, and more.


I mean, the list goes on.

I thought I would go in a store and maybe get a key chain or something. So we went into Chanel. I looked around at the security guards and the employees all dressed to the nines and quietly searched for the cheapest thing in the store without making it obvious that I was in no way fit for the scene. I found a key chain and my eyes lit up!!!! And then I flipped it over and saw that it was $489. Ok gotta go now thanks for the memories Chanel!!! Seriously guys, help me get rich and famous so I can pay for things like that with the change in my pocket instead of with my tears.

After that reality check, we got sent off at the Santa Monica Pier and we were free to roam on our own for the rest of the night.

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If you like churros and crowds, this is the place for you! The pier is like a mini fair filled with rides, games, and snacks like cotton candy and popcorn.

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Thousands of people lay on the beach adjacent to the pier

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and everyone gawks at the famous ferris wheel that sits in the middle of the landmark.

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Before this day, I had only ever seen this pier on Disney Channel and sometimes when I watched The Hills and Laguna Beach. I never thought I would one day walk down it myself! It was a surreal moment, and a great way to end the tour of Los Angeles.

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Since we were no longer participating in the tour, we had to find our own way back to the hotel. The best way back was to take the bus, or so the locals said. We have barely ever taken the bus back home, let alone across the country. We were not aware that we needed a specific amount of cash, so when we got kicked off the first bus after trying to use debit cards, we stood nervously trying to figure out where the closest ATM was. Let me tell you, this was not a shining moment for the girls. We were tired, we were starving, we were finishing up a ridiculous day, and we were losing our patience. Alli and my mom held nothing back when it came to releasing their frustrations. They spent next 45 minutes wandering around the streets of LA screaming at each other:




Me: “um, hey guys..there’s..there’s a Jamba Juice up there that I think maybe..just maybe..we could all benefit from…possibly?”

Both of them: *yelling, yelling, yelling* *notices me* “WHAT COUR- oh? really? yea sure let’s go.”

We drank our smoothies in silence at the bus stop…

Once we got on the bus it was just over an hour long ride. For once, something went our way and we got dropped off right at the front entrance of our hotel, where we sat and waited for our next shuttle to bring us to the final hotel of the trip. As the sun set in Los Angeles, we said good bye to our day of fame, and hello to Disneyland. The next day was sure to be magical!

Tune in on my next post to read the story of how I lost my mom in Disneyland for almost an hour and found her in the most ridiculous place! Until next time, xo.