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HOW TO PLAN THE PERFECT STAY-CATION: WITH THE OMNI BERKSHIRE HOTEL

The Steele Maiden: How to Plan the Perfect Staycation in the City this Summer with Omni Berkshire Hotel

This past weekend Adam and I had one of those truly great, seriously unforgettable New York weekends. From Saturday to Sunday we deemed ourselves officially on ‘stay-cation’ – left our tiny downtown apartment behind, packed our bags and headed uptown to check into the gorgeous Omni Berkshire Hotel.

And while we only went about 40 blocks north of our home, it felt a world away. This trick to a stay-cation (or really any good vacation) is to indulge in the things you can’t do at home. Here – tips on how to plan the perfect stay-cation plus exactly what we did with our 24 hours at the Omni Berkshire. I promise, you’ll be wanting to hit ‘book‘ by the time you get to the end of this post.

The Steele Maiden: How to Plan the Perfect Staycation in the City this Summer with Omni Berkshire Hotel

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A TRAVEL GUIDE TO CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA

The Steele Maiden: Travel Guide to Charleston, South Carolina

They say New York is an assault on your senses. If that’s true, than Charleston is a love letter to them. The first time we passed through Charleston for a night about 5 years ago, we instantly knew we wanted to return and spend more time there. With 4 days to explore this time we really dove in and covered a lot of ground. Here – the best of what we discovered.

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CHARLESTON: PLAID SHORTS AND OFF THE SHOULDER TOP

The Steele Maiden: Summer style in Charleston - plaid shorts and linen off the shoulder top

As soon as we landed in Charleston I couldn’t wait to slip into this summer-y outfit. In fact, I had bought these shorts (on majorrrr sale) weeks before and was saving them for exactly this occasion. Well mainly for weather above 60 degrees. But a matching pastel-hued city definitely didn’t hurt.

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FLORAL MIDI DRESS AND NAVY STRAW HAT

The Steele Maiden: Floral eyelet midi dress and navy wide brim straw hat

‘Actually, the best gift you could have give her was a lifetime of adventures…’ 

I love that quote by Lewis Carroll. Adam and I agreed from the beginning of our relationship that we’d rather spend money on shared travels than gifting each other ‘things’ for holidays and birthdays. There just isn’t a pair of designer shoes in the world that I’d prefer over you know.. seeing the actual world. So for my 30th birthday we went back to Charleston (a city we’d briefly stopped through on our drive cross country in 2012) and as a gift on the last day, Adam surprised me with details of our next trip. Hint.. it’s a big one! Here’s to a lifetime of adventures.

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WHAT TO PACK: CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA

The Steele Maiden: What to Pack for a Warm Weather Trip to Charleston, South Carolina

We’re in the middle our stay here in sunny Charleston, South Carolina and enjoying every minute. While I won’t be sharing full outfit posts until we’re back (be sure you’re following along on Instagram to see the trip in real time!), I thought I’d share a quick look at exactly what I packed for the trip. My suitcase is filled with lots of lightweight cotton and linen pieces that I can’t wait to wear this summer, plus this new mineral sunscreen and this book that is a fun beach read. See you back here when I’m home!

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