Terra Ristorante Italiano – Danbury

Brunch, our favorite meal of the day – besides breakfast, lunch, dinner, and high tea.

Terra Ristorante Italiano offers a Northern Italian menu and the most ridiculously fresh craft cocktails. Located within Hotel Zero Degrees (where we were visiting), the restaurant is open to guests as well as the public.

Having spent the previous evening enjoying Terra’s wonderful bar scene, we knew that we’d be in for a chic and tasty brunch. We decided that one last cocktail and a light breakfast had to be consumed, for the sake of the blog. You understand.

Hotel Zero Degrees

This week’s “Getaway” brings us to Hotel Zero Degrees in Danbury, a mere 20 minutes or so from our respective homes. Regardless of the short distance, this little staycation made us feel like we had traveled much farther. The moment we stepped through the glass sliding doors into the boutique hotel’s stunning lobby – we felt as if we had been teleported to some uber-modern Euro-lodge. Ready? Set? Getaway!

A day in Sherman

Last month we posted a feature on “A day in Southport,” situated at the very bottom of Fairfield County. Therefore, to keep things balanced, we decided to spend “A day in Sherman,” at the tipety top of Fairfield County. Having been inspired by our post on Sportsmen’s and feeling like an active day in nature, we decided to #getoutside.

Lora knew of a great hike in Sherman’s Herrick Trail Preserve that ends with a really great view from the “Housatonic Lookout.” A 1.25 mile, moderately flat trail in the snowy woods, this would classify as a “Fitness” post! Read on, as the day also consists of “Food” (Amore) because these two categories are our loves…and whaddya know, keep scrolling for a tiny shot of “Fashion” at the end, cute sweaters by Wooden Ships 😁

WEST – Westport

Has anyone else found themselves Googling, “How can I dress like the women in “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce”?” If you haven’t been watching it, we’ll fill you in. Brilliant show on Bravo about 4 fabulous women (with fabulous problems) set on the West Coast; L.A. to be exact. What they are wearing is just as important as the story lines. In other words, the most style inspiring show since Sex and the City!

We found a store in Westport that could be the GG2D’s wardrobe. WEST is filled with easy to wear, make-a-statement, fashion forward clothes. Lines that you’ll fall in love with immediately. Mostly designers from LA, but also some fantastic Australian designers, and a sprinkling of other random super cool lines. “The hi-low mix” is the concept, or feel, of the store, Laura Maged explained to us, something just a little edgy or glam mixed unexpectedly with super casual everything-else. We loved our little dress-up blogeling session we had recently, and fully embraced the hi-low combo; a new favorite!

A day in Southport

Enjoying the exploratory stages of our brand new blog Unlocking Fairfield, we decided that a few day trips would be in order to get to know our county. To start, we spent “A day in Southport”…because, well for one, the Southport onion…and for two, Southport is a cute historical little hamlet with an easy to walk around “downtown” (shopping – see below) and for three, Artisan Restaurant inside the renowned Delamar boutique hotel! 

Bethany Watson – Elvis Duran & the Morning Show

Bethany Watson

Bethany Watson is a co-host on the extremely popular iHeartRADIO “Elvis Duran and the Morning Show,” which has millions of listeners tuning in every day. Bethany is also a kindred spirit. She is never without a coffee in hand…and if she is, then there’s a cocktail in its place. She keeps us up-to-date with the news and what’s trending, and can be (self-admittedly), totally nerdy (she does a piece on the morning show called Hip Hop Clarinet).

Lora knew Bethany from a previous photoshoot, so we said, “Hey Bethany, we’re going to be in the city, can we come visit you at the studio and ask you a bunch of random questions?” to which she replied, “Suuuuure, come on over!” She’s super nice like that.

Hotel Elysée – NYC

It had been much too long since our last “getaway,” so we decided on a quick and easy overnight stay and shopping trip to NYC. Don’t get us wrong, a trip to Paris would be lovely, but who has that kind of vacation time? Not us. We booked a night at the fantastique Hotel Elyseé located on East 54th Street between Park and Madison Avenue, i.e. luxury shopping central!

Come, we’ll show you around, and fill you in on our NYC adventure…which includes being surrounded by thousands of police officers and a close encounter with Kathie Lee and Hoda…

MilkCraft

The smell of freshly made waffle cones hits you the moment you near MilkCraft in Fairfield – and it’s heavenly! The entire scene – ice cream being freshly frozen in clouds of liquid nitrogen behind the counter, the danciest of music pumping out, edgy cool interior and exterior – it’s all an Instagramming dream. Not to mention the taste of those warm waffle cones and smooth, creamy ice cream! Ahhhh, if you haven’t been, get there pronto! When the weather gets warmer they’re known for having lines of people waiting to get their MilkCraft fix!

At home with Olympian Tucker West

Today’s blog adventure brings us to the childhood home of luge Olympian Tucker West, in Ridgefield, CT. With such a cool name as Tucker West, we think he was probably destined for great things! He has numerous world cups and gold medals to his name from luge championships around the world. “At the age of 18, Tucker was the youngest male ever to qualify to represent the United States in the men’s luge at the Olympics. West placed 22nd in the men’s single competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.” Thanks, Wikipedia 😉

Just in case…luge is the face-up, feet-first sled one. Haven’t you ever wondered how anyone gets into such sports, and what must be going through their mind as they hurtle down that icy track? Us too…read on.