There’s nothing quite like the thrill of visiting a new city, especially when you’re armed with a list of blogger-approved recommendations, insider tips, and secret spots only locals would know. So this summer MyDomaine and our sister site Who What Wear teamed up with five trendsetting bloggers on a stylish road trip to discover the chicest places to eat, sleep, drink, and explore in four of the coolest cities in America.
From where to find the best iced lavender latte in Charleston to how to shop for vintage finds in Nashville, read on to discover the best travel and style tips as told by five seriously chic influencers, plus all the highlights from our tour.
We kicked off our Road Trip in trendy Music City, Nashville where Mary Seng of Happily Grey showed us her edgy-chic city style while giving us a tour of her favorite neighborhood haunts. See the full city guide here.
“I go to EiO & The Hive regularly for breakfast and always order one of its delicious smoothies or veggie-filled macro bowls. All the food here is fresh, organic, and local.”
Unique Vintage Finds:
“When I’m looking for something unique, I head to Old Made Good, which is located in a charming bungalow in East Nashville. True to its name, this boutique sells everything from vintage jewelry to repurposed home goods and eclectic clothing. A must-visit creative gem.”
“FLWR Shop is East Nashville’s new bloom go-to. Set in a beautiful, contemporary space, this flower shop and design studio carries everything from sweet succulents to stunning florals. I always enjoy popping in here to grab a fresh bouquet for my kitchen counter and gather inspiration for upcoming events.”
From Nashville, we headed north to laid-back Portland where fashion blogger, Tonya Smith of The Moptop shared her insider tips on the hipster mecca’s hot spots. For more recommendations, check out her full guide here.
“Prince Coffee is a cute little coffee shop located in the Kenton neighborhood in Portland. Even though it’s a little bit of a drive from my house, it’s worth it. I love the beautiful décor, and you can’t leave without trying the stroopwafels.”
“Solabee Flowers & Botanicals is one of my all-time favorite shops in Portland. I love picking up new plants for my apartment and getting inspired here. This place is truly a local gem.”
“There are so many great record shops in town. But I love Little Axe Records because of how intimate it is. Not to mention the amazing vinyl that can be found here as well.”
Fashion and lifestyle bloggers Kate Arends of Wit & Delight and Madelynn Furlong of Wide Eyed Legless showed us why buzzing Minneapolis should be at the top of everyone’s must-visit wish list. See all their Twin City tips here.
“The Foundry Home Goods is a dreamy-homeware lover’s heaven. A small store tucked in the best part of the North Loop, The Foundry brings a carefully curated collection of meaningful home goods that will make your space feel cozy and special again.”
“Milkweed Editions is the nation’s largest literary art center, [which is] right in our backyard. I love that it’s directly inside the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, which is a designer’s haven for inspiration.”
“A James Beard Award nominee recently opened St. Genevieve, and Steven Brown really knows how to do food. St. Genevieve is like stepping into old-time Paris. The French cuisine and ornate décor are equally decadent, and both the ambience and the beignets keep me coming back for more.”
On our last and final stop of the Road Trip, fashion blogger Julia Engel of Gal Meets Glam gave us an insider’s look at her favorite spots in the charming city of Charleston. For more of Engel’s secret spots, check out the full city guide here.
“While I do most of my shopping online, I can always count on the selection at Hampden Clothing to find something special. The shop owner, Stacy, knows how to curate selections from top designers.”
Arts & Culture:
“In Charleston, you should always have a backup indoor activity because, in the summer, it could be pouring rain or scorching hot. This beautiful Gibbes Museum of Art has some wonderful pieces and is centrally located downtown.”
Dinner & Drinks:
“The Darling Oyster Bar with its mint-green, light turquoise, and sky-blue booths is the perfect backdrop for all your foodie close-ups. There’s a reason it’s called The Darling. We love this fun spot for a cocktail and hors d’œuvres or dinner.”
Where would you like to see us go on a future trip and with who? Share your travel tips in the comments below.