Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Being a Tourist in my Hometown

Sometimes we get so caught up in the hustle and bustle of our lives  and/or with planning trips to places far away that we forget about the little gems in our own hometowns. This weekend I had a little free time and was able to take advantage of some of the great things that are just a short distance from where I live. 

Beer gardens seem to be becoming increasingly popular. Well lucky for me, one has popped up just a short distance from my hometown.  This pop up beer garden started this past Memorial Day and will be up through Labor Day Weekend. The location has been around since 1902, but its purpose has changed several different times (condensed milk company, dairy plant, milk company, mushroom company, and now a pop up beer garden). This restored site is mostly an outdoors vendor with several covered areas.  It is dog and kid friendly, which provides for an incredibly positive family fun experience.  There are lawn games, craft beer, and many food trucks to entertain you during the day and at night. The facility also holds special events like yoga and produce stands filled with local farmers. Pretty much everyday you can find live music thanks
to local artists. 

After reading this brief overview, I'm sure you can see why I was so excited to try this place out. Saturday night I headed there with my two best friends and our moms.  We spent hours there enjoying the positive vibes, live band, sipping on different kinds of hand crafted beers and tasty drinks (gin with lime and honey), and chatting.  It was such a great time and we felt like we were somewhere besides the town over from where we live. 

Second Stop: Yoga in the Park
For the past two summers, my mom and I have been wanting to go to yoga at one of our local parks.  It's held every Sunday morning from Memorial Day through Labor Day for one hour. Between the weather, traveling, conflicting schedules,  and a little uncertainty as to how intense it would actually be we had yet to try it out.  This past Sunday morning we were both free and ready to try it out.  Let me tell you it was definitely worth our time.  The weather was absolutely gorgeous- hot, low humidity, and a slight breeze.  The practice I did that day felt so good and got me to be in a much more positive place once I left. I've been doing some running lately, so it felt really good to stretch some of the tight areas in my legs. This hour long yoga class was only $5, which is such a steal considering most classes are $20/hour around here. I'm looking forward to the next time I can go to yoga in the park.  Unfortunately, I don't have any pictures from this mini adventure because I decided to do a small digital detox and go without my phone. 



  1. Wow! That really is a great deal for an hour of yoga!! That sounds like such a fun thing to do!
    xo, Syd

  2. Yoga in the park sounds so fun! I know they sometimes do that near me, yoga sounds so fun!


  3. This seems like such a fun place! I love al the smiles :)

    xoxo, Candice

  4. My local city park also has Yoga in the Park. I've never gone but always wanted to!

  5. This is such a great idea for a post! Yoga in the park sounds amazing!

    xo Ashley

  6. Oh wow a $5 yoga class is an awesome score! The creamery sounds really cool too.

  7. Sounds like fun! My hometown does yoga in the park too and I really want to go!


  8. You are so right!!! I go out of town so many weekends and forget to appreciate the town I live in! Yoga in the park sounds great!

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  9. This is such a great idea! My little town doesn't have too many events, but during the summer we have something called "Summer Sizzle" which is live music and vendors at our park every Thursday night...I haven't checked it out yet, but this post has inspired me & I might add it to my calendar!

    xoxo, SS

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  10. I love being a tourist in my hometown too! What a fun way to spend time in your city!

  11. Isn't being a hometown tourist the best?! It's so easy to forget about all of the great things in our backyard since we're so used to them!

    XO, SS || Seersucker Sass

  12. This totally inspires me to get out and discover some new places in my area. Awesome post!

  13. Oh I love the title and idea of this!! Such a good reminder! Other friends coming into town can definitely help with this too.

    Sara Kate Styling

  14. I love having a Saturday to explore my own city from the perspective of a tourist. I always find neat little coffee shops or restaurants I never knew about!