Muse Paintbar

Hello again everyone! I had to take a short hiatus to get my sanity caught back up (usual life things), but I’m back and ready to keep going!

This week we have to share with you a really fun place to go, and something to do! This blog is a place for not ONLY great places to eat, but for awesome adventures, pretty places, and just things to do in new cities. That being said, Muse Paintbar has a little bit of everything!

The great thing about this place is that there are so many locations scattered throughout the East Coast (sorry West Coast and Midwest) that this post can be relevant to so many of you! Their locations are in New York, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Rhode Island, and Virginia. The location I went to was in Virginia Beach, VA and was all around great.

SO let me start by explaining the concept. Muse Paintbar is an art studio that offers a selection of drinks and food. If you’re like me and have 0 talent in the visual arts department, do not worry! Artists and teachers lead the class and take you step by step through how to paint really awesome things. Each location offers different nights with different types of designs to paint. While I was browsing through the nights, I came upon one that I just HAD to do! Paint Your Pet night!!

If you’ve read my about me section, know me personally, or have been to my personal Instagram account (@chelseacake), you know I have an English bulldog that I am IN LOVE with! So this paint your pet thing had me written all over it. So I made the reservation, and surprised my girlfriend with this event’s theme.

Here’s the details:

The Muse I went to had different beer, cider, and wine selections (really great ones if you ask me), and a menu of different appetizers and such. We started off settling in with drinks and food, and ordered whatever whenever at the bar. The environment was very laid-back , friendly, and the manager and all of the workers were super nice. Each table has its own artist that helps everyone paint their painting, and there is a leader in front who shows everyone what the steps are and tells you how to do each one. The entire event took a total of 3 hours, but the time passed quickly because it was so fun! I have tons of pictures below of the location I went to, the paintings we did, etc.

So if you’re looking for something fun to do with your friends, your family, or a date, this needs to be on your list. If you’re in one of the states this place is in, I would definitely check it out because you HAVE to go to Muse Paintbar! | 4500 Main St. #105 Virginia Beach, VA


Thank you guys, see you again next week!

Bold Rock Cidery

Today I went to a special event at a place you all need to visit! Bold Rock Cidery in Nellysford, Virginia is one for the books! This cidery is one of the best I’ve been to, and is home to some of my favorite cider flavors.

This cidery is located near Shenandoah National Park, and is a beautiful drive along the way. The inside of this cidery looks like a lodge or a cabin, and has incredible indoor and outdoor seating that overlooks the mountains. The cider is made at this location, and there is a “cider museum” that shows the equipment, tanks, the process for creating it, and the history of cider itself.

The event today was the Rosé Cider Launch Party, where they unveiled their new seasonal flavor, Rosé! This flavor tasted great, and was the perfect combination of wine and cider taste. The other flavors they have are Apple, Draft, IPA, Orchard Frost, Premium Dry, Pear, Blood Orange, and Peach. You can’t go wrong with any of the flavors, and there’s something for everyone to enjoy! (So long as you’re over 21-years-old!) If you’re unsure of which flavors are meant for you, I recommend getting a flight to taste them all! (Pictured below)

The outdoors are dog-friendly, for friendly dogs! The people who work here are really friendly, and this is a great outing for friends and family.  If you’re looking for something to do while in this area, you HAVE to go to Bold Rock Cidery! | 1020 Rockfish Valley Hwy, Nellysford, VA



Thank you guys, see you again next week!




Tortilla West

Tortilla West in Norfolk, Virginia is a definite must-see. This restaurant is in the heart of the Ghent district, which in itself is a beautiful area with a lot of character. On Monday and Tuesday nights from 4-7PM they have .89 cent tacos, which is an incredible deal! The tacos come with either ground beef or beans, and sides of cheese and lettuce. Simple, but good!

From 4-7PM every single day (including the nights with already great prices on tacos) is their happy hour where their draft beers and house margaritas are HALF PRICE. That is one of the best happy hour specials I know of!

If you needed even more reason to visit, this spot is really great for groups of people including friends and family, and even for a date. They have a back room that has large booths that sit several people (around 8), a pool table, a pin ball machine, a Pac-Man machine, AND corn-hole boards! It’s the ultimate hang out spot.

You HAVE to go check out Tortilla West! | 508 Orapax St. Norfolk, VA 23507

Thank you guys, see you again next week!


As I sit here and reflect on the incredible journeys 2017 has brought me, I can’t help but start thinking about what 2018 will bring!!

I’ve had an obsession with traveling, exploring, and discovering since I was a little kid, and the obsession has only GROWN!

A few months ago I created this web site with the hope to find really great places and share them for other people to enjoy, and I never expected it to evolve in the way that it has and become what it was CREATED to be: the site and RESOURCE people use to find the places they HAVE to go to while in a city! It really is a dream come true, and the expansion projected for next year is challenging but it’s going to be well worth it!

Here is SOME of what 2018 has in store, and what you guys can be looking forward to:

-New York City, New York

-Boston, Massachusetts

-South Carolina (Inman area)

-North Carolina (Kill Devil Hills area)

-Richmond, Virginia

-And possibly Memphis, Tennessee; Las Vegas, Nevada; parts of California

I hope to hear from you all about where you want to see featured in some of these places, or other cities you want me to explore! As always, feel free to email me at or comment on this post! Thank you all for your love and support this year!



Here’s to 2018! See you guys next YEAR, thank you!



Bay Local

One morning while trying to find parking for a breakfast location down the street, I stumbled upon this restaurant. Immediately I was fascinated by the ceiling that I saw while I was walking by. (Not usually what your first impression is based off of, but hey.) I saw this place was packed with people and I KNEW I needed to come in and see what the buzz was about!

I woke up early one morning to check this place out before the crowd came in, and I’m so glad I did! “What is this place?” you’re probably asking by now. Bay Local in Virginia Beach, Virginia. This breakfast/brunch/dinner restaurant is one for the books. Between their delicious food menu, their incredible drink options, and the overall appeal and atmosphere of the restaurant and staff, they leave little to dislike.

This place is great because all of their food is sourced locally from the bay and from the farmers around. I would consider it a very locals spot (which is what they were going for, hence the name.) They have daily specials, and drink specials that change with the day. Pictured below are two of the brunch options they had on their daily specials, that were so good! I ate the eggs benedict (my usual go-to) with parmesan garlic tater tots. Yes I said parmesan garlic tater tots! YUM. I also had a strawberry sorbet mimosa. Double YUM.

When you come here you will get great service, delicious food, tasty drinks, and a super homey aesthetic that all combines into a really great experience. In short, you HAVE to go to Local Bay! | 2917 Shore Dr, Virginia Beach, VA 23451


Thank you guys, see you again next week!

Tupelo Honey Cafe

Tupelo Honey is a southern restaurant with several different locations throughout Virginia, Tennessee, Texas, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Colorado. I had the pleasure of dining at the Virginia Beach, Virginia location and I will DEFINITELY be returning!

Everything you look for in a restaurant, they have; a comfortable dining experience, great hospitality, an incredible selection of music, delicious food, even better drinks, and a charming atmosphere.

Tupelo uses food from locally sourced farms, and they’re all noted on their website. Great food that was grown responsibly is very important to me as well as sourcing locally, so this place really has it all for me.

They are open for brunch, lunch, and dinner, and have a great happy hour selection during the week. I came during lunch time right at their opening. I ordered the grilled chicken and avocado sandwich with a mixed green salad, and it was delectable. The sandwich had really great flavor, and the white balsamic vinaigrette on the salad was one of the best I’ve had.

I usually caution on the side of drinking before the evening (unless it’s a morning mimosa), but the drink selection they offer was so great that I decided to stay AFTER my meal just to have a seat at the bar and order one of their many options. I ordered the ‘Tupelo Krush’ Frozen Orange Whip drink, and I am so glad I did! It was much better than I anticipated (and I had anticipated it to be GREAT). It’s also on their happy hour list of drinks, so check them out then if you’re skeptical of my opinion (you shouldn’t be.)

If you happen to be in Virginia Beach and are looking for breakfast/lunch/dinner/drinks, you HAVE to go to Tupelo Honey Cafe! | 4501 Main St, Virginia Beach, VA 23462


Thank you guys, see you again next week!


Mix It Up

This weeks feature is a spot I overheard a few people talking about, and I decided to check it out! Mix It Up (located in Virginia Beach, Virginia and in Suffolk, Virginia) is a bar unlike others around. When you walk in you are immediately greeted by a welcoming and helpful bartender who asks you about your beer preferences, and recommends accordingly. The best part though is that you get to taste your options before you dive in and pick one. It. Gets. Better. Tasting is UNLIMITED. Unlimited as in, you can taste every single one of their draft options to find the one that is perfect for you! I’m not a beer drinker at all, but I do love a good cider. They have great options for every pallet type. I HIGHLY recomend Larry’s Lemonade.

In the adjoining room next door, they have the Mix It Up store where you can drink AND shop! (Dream come true right?) They have a room filled with hundreds of different bottled beers and ciders that you can choose from to make your own 6-pack. They have a wine selection as well for those interested in that. In this room, they also sell a variety of drinks that can be used as mixers, and chasers, and prepacked drink making bundles with drink recipes inside. Both locations were strategically placed next to ABC stores so that all of your drinking needs are put together!

They have a food selection as well, and host different game nights, movie nights, and other events that they share on their Facebook page. They have an outdoor area that is their own personal beach! They filled the area with sand and have a few picnic tables and lounge chairs for everyone to enjoy. They also have the large size Jenga game outside which is an awesome game to play and entertain friends. Definitely recommend this spot for friends, family, and dates, of course ONLY for those over 21!

If you haven’t already, you HAVE to go to Mix It Up!

2973 Shore Drive, Virginia Beach, VA

Thank you guys, see you again next week!