This was a busy year with us moving out of our home of 10 years in Atlanta into a new town house on Peachtree Street in Atlanta. All while having a full-time job running my marketing/communications and design firm, Op5 Creative. It feels like we moved to a new city although we only moved 4 miles but our friends and family took the opportunity to come visit us. Here’s a glance back at 2013: lots of travel and lots of company.

  • Moved into new town house in Atlanta; sold and closed on our old house in Atlanta
  • Took Sub-Zero/Wolf Use and Care Class in Atlanta showroom – A 1st and I highly recommend to Wolf owners
  • Six days at the Fountainebleau Miami Beach (Business/Pleasure) – A 1st
  • Six days in Montana visiting my parents and family
  • On the North Carolina coast for Easter with friends from Atlanta. Build a “campfire” on the beach – A 1st
Campfire on NC Coast 2

Our first campfire on the coast of North Carolina over Easter weekend.

  • Great media preview of the giant topiaries at the Atlanta Botanical Garden – A 1st
  • Three business trips to Durham, N.C.
  • Celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary
  • Numerous weekend trips to the North Carolina coast with family and friends
  • In-laws from Florida in Atlanta for the weekend
  • In St. Simon’s Island, Georgia for the weekend for our god son’s high school graduation. Stayed at the Ocean Lodge on Beachview Drive. – I’d recommend this hotel.
Cole's Graduation

Our god son Cole (center) graduated from high school.

  • Tarpon fishing with friends in Boca Grande, Florida
  • Weekend trip to The Villages, Florida to visit in-laws
  • Friends from Chapel Hill, North Carolina in Atlanta with us for the weekend
  • Eight days in Montana visiting my parents and family
  • A friend from Charleston visited us in Atlanta
  • Contacted by FoodNetwork producer as possible cast member for new show
  • Shoot video for FoodNetwork – A 1st
  • Friends from Tucson, Arizona visited us in Atlanta for the weekend
  • A friend from St. Simons Island, Georgia in Atlanta visited us for a few days
  • My Mom and Dad and friends from Troy, Alabama in Atlanta for the week with us to help celebrate my birthday.
  • Oral surgery – Ugh
  • Two couple friends from Florida visited us in Atlanta for Tim’s birthday weekend
  • Hired personal chef for a dinner party for eight in our wine room – A 1st
  • More importantly hired a bartender/server/dishwasher for Tim’s dinner party – A must
  • Second bout of oral surgery – Ugh again
  • My sister from Montana visited us in Atlanta for a few days
  • In-laws from Florida in Atlanta for the weekend
  • Joined a church in Atlanta. Committed to start volunteering.
  • Five days in Santa Barbara, California for Christmas at the El Elcanto – Fabulous! This is a story in itself.
  • Week on North Carolina coast with just Tim for New Year’s Eve
The El Encanto in Santa Barbara, California reopened last year after a multi-million renovation.

The El Encanto in Santa Barbara, California reopened last year after a multimillion renovation.


El Encanto Restaurant View

View of the Santa Barbara, California riveria at night from the El Encanto’s hotel restaurant.

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With a Southern Twist is all about good living in today's South. A true Southerner, the author's passions include food, home design, travel, restaurants, shopping, and entertaining. It is a fun blog about one of her most beloved regions of the country, shared through personal experiences.