Hello everyone! I hope you all had a fabulous holiday weekend spent with family, loved ones, and plenty of yummy goods. I decided to take a break and sign off for the holidays and enjoy my time at home, focusing on the spirit of the season. After a whirlwind of a semester, it was very much needed! But as we’re in our final week of 2017 and prepping to head into 2018, I wanted to squeeze in a few more posts before we ring in the new year.
Before checking out of the cities and taking off for North Dakota, I had spent quite a bit of my time scrounging around for new study spots that would motivate me to push through those final projects (I’m talking to you, horse class…. Yes, I took a history class on horses – it exists :’) ) and was ecstatic when I came across this quaint little corner of Chapel Hill.
Days before stopping by this neat area, I had been scrolling through my social media feed in search of a new coffee hideaway. I came across Nina’s and figured I’d give it ago. With the help of Siri, I found this adorable shop in a neighborhood of St. Paul and immediately fell in love with the charm of the area. With the high, brownstone like buildings with cute little walk-ups, it felt like I had been transported into New York City in just a matter of seconds.
Restaurants and coffee shops lined the road where my destination (Nina’s) sat and walking into the coffee shop felt like a pretty little winter dream, as Minneapolis had just receivedn our first snow fall at the time.
I cozied into a corner and got to work on finishing up my courses, feeling more inspired than ever. Do you ever feel that way? As if an atmosphere can make or break your creativity and/or imagination? I know I sure do. I am constantly scoping out new places, finding hidden gems and trying the places that are off the beaten path, and in doing so, I’ve found all sorts of inspiration.
Have a hidden gem or a suggestion that’s off the beaten path? Send it my way, I’d love to check it out!
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Photos Courtesy of Ani Paoletti Photography