Near + Far // Inside, Out + About

I always love to discover new places and hear about people’s favorite adventures – and I thought it would be fun to share those discoveries with you! So each month, I’ll feature a different blogging friend of mine they’ll share with us their two favorites, near + far.


Another Monday, another opportunity to gather a little travel inspiration for some new adventures! I know for sure that I would love to visit both of this lovely lady’s favorites. I met today’s guest, Elita of Inside, Out & About at Alt Summit back in January – we were both getting tattly’d up at one of the mini parties. She had just returned from an epic adventure to Africa + her business cards included little hand warmers made with fabric she found on her trip – how cool is that! So, without further ado, here’s Elita:

What is your favorite haunt close to home?

Bosie Tea Parlor — New York, NY

I LOVE big cities, but even this urbanite needs a little break from the hustle and bustle, every now and again. Bosie combines two of my favorite things: a ridiculously good cup of tea (+ macarons to die for) and the West Village.  Stop in for brunch, wander and shop til you drop…then, swing back by for an afternoon treat. The best!

What is your favorite far away find?

Table Mountain — Cape Town, South Africa

Hands down Cape Town is one of my favorite cities in the world.  I would visit regularly, if it weren’t so far away! Should you find yourself in town, be sure to make it Table Mountain.  You can hike, rock climb, cave…you name it, but whatever you do make it to the summit, at sunset.  First, you’ll be above the clouds; it’s a little glimpse of heaven.  Then, as the last of the suns rays push the clouds away, you’ll get gorgeous views of the city below, from the harbor in the East to the Atlantic Ocean in the West.  Take me with you!


Find Elita elsewhere: blog / instagram / twitter / facebook

Photos © Elita Walker. Graphic by Annabelle Mintz.

Everyday Adventure // Palmer Park

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Hi guys! I’m in Paris at the moment but we’re talking Colorado + mountains + springtime today here on the blog. Last week, we had the most beautiful summer-like Sunday so I just had to get a little hiking in. The weather was so ridiculously perfect, it was hard to believe that we had snow two days prior (and would have snow again two days later).

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Palmer Park Snowy Hiking_Mintz

I hopped down to my old stomping grounds in the Springs for the weekend (actually, I shouldn’t say I hopped…my angel of a friend came + kidnapped me) so we chose a hiking spot I actually never had a chance to visit when I lived in town. Colorado has an affinity for awesome parks + this one is no exception. Palmer Park is nestled right in the middle of town, but you can almost pretend you’re out in the middle of nowhere. Everything just kind of disappears, until you hike to a high point and remember there are roads + houses + people out there.

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Palmer Park Hiking with Puppy 2_Mintz

I am so thankful for friendship today. Friends who will go grocery shopping with you + make pancakes with you + hike with you on those perfect Sundays. Friends who change their plans to be there for you when things get crazy. Friends who see you cry + make you laugh. I truly have the most amazing + invaluable friends. Life is so much better when you have a community around you!

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I’ve been learning a lot about taking things for granted, how I don’t often (or as often as I should) stop and appreciate the fact that I live in one of the most beautiful places. I had to live here for years before I really enjoyed it + now I can’t imagine how I didn’t love it at first sight! And there are friends or loved ones that we don’t remind often enough how incredible they are + how our lives would be a whole lot emptier without them in it. I know it can come off as cliché because we hear it so much that we almost become deaf to it – but today is as good as any to appreciate the beauty we have around us, wherever we are + whoever we’re with.

So if by chance you’re presented with the perfect springtime Sunday sometime soon (this coupon is good for all days of the week though, just to be clear), you should probably play hooky + run off somewhere beautiful with someone beautiful, because it is pretty awesome to be alive.

  • Bespoke TravelerMarch 19, 2014 - 12:15 pm

    Colorado is an amazing place to go hiking! Will have to add Palmer Park to the list of wonderful hiking spots to try out.ReplyCancel

Everyday Adventure // Independence Pass

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Independance Pass_Mintz

Colorado is full of scenic drives, and this is no exception. We were on our way to Aspen + Maroon Bells so that I could drop husband off for an epic hiking adventure, and had to drive over Independence Pass. It was July, which coincidentally is a perfect time to see wildflowers at high elevations. Things I love include, but are not limited to, a good field of wildflowers.

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{ Hello Merch sweatshirt / Madewell dress, similar }

We were just passing through, but had to stop several times on our way up, and at the top, to take in the view. As if it really needs stating when you’re at 12,000 feet, it was windy + COLD. Amazing what a few thousand feet of elevation gain will do, right? And of course, there’s nothing like a sky full of rainclouds to add to the ambiance + chill factor. I love that in Colorado, the way TO somewhere beautiful is beautiful – the journey, not just the destination, is full of wonder + prettiness. I could drive through this state for ever + always.

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Oh, Colorado! You just continue to outdo yourself.  Can’t wait for another summer of adventures with you.

Inspired // Map Love


I’ve always had a bit of a fascination with maps – they can be so beautiful + creative not to mention expressive of place + full of memories. Since I signed up for Anne Ditmeyer’s Map Making class on Skillshare, I’ve been wanting to mess around with drawing my own maps + sharing them with you here! I was finally inspired to take a little action when I saw that Adina of Gluten Free Travelette (you’ve met her on the blog before in this post!) was doing a mapping challenge in the month of March, drawing 30 maps in 30 days. Now that is seriously impressive, and I decided to join her. I’m not going to get to 30 maps this month, that’s for sure, but I have two! Which is more than I had in February + I’m happy about that. Anyone else feel paralyzed sometimes by their creative projects?

So, since I’m sharing a little sneak peek of a few maps that will show up in finished forms later on the blog, I thought I’d share a couple maps I’m loving at the moment.

India Stamp Map - Sophie Scaplehorn

Stamp map by Sophie Scaplehorn


Barcelona map via DesignLoveFest

P.S. If you’re looking for more map love, I created a Pinterest board to collect all the beautiful maps I’m inspired by lately.

  • Adina | Gluten Free TraveletteMarch 8, 2014 - 4:05 pm

    Thanks for the shout out! Glad to have helped give a little push into more mapping. I love the little illustrations in your maps! That’s a challenge I haven’t really felt up to tackling much. Can’t wait to see more!ReplyCancel

    • Annabelle MintzMarch 11, 2014 - 9:50 am

      Thanks Adina :) I love your little watercolor squares…I have the hardest time coloring my maps (or anything for that matter!) Guess the extra practice is good! xoReplyCancel

Nowhere at Nighttime

Looking for Aurora - Mintz

Alternate title to this post: we drove to Wyoming + all I got was this photo.

stay fearless

Back in mid-January, there were little rumors floating around the internet that we might be able to actually see the Northern Lights from as far south as Colorado. It was one of those spontaneous moments – do we stay home because it’s cloudy/snowy or do we go for a little drive to the middle of nowhere in the middle of the night on a chance? Well, we went for it. Took off driving in the middle of the night from Denver all the way up north of Cheyenne, Wyoming, pulled off onto a dirt road + stared at the sky.

And all we saw were clouds.

Lately, life has thrown me some pretty big curveballs, but I’m learning that sometimes you just have to take a chance. Drive off into the night + hope that you find what you’re looking for. And even if all you see is clouds – no stars even, certainly no aurora borealis – there is still plenty to appreciate in the journey. This, at it’s foundation, is why I love to travel. There’s a sense of spontaneity, of suspending daily life, taking a chance + fearlessly going on an adventure. And even if that adventure doesn’t turn out like you anticipated, it’s full of tiny everyday but unusual moments that define you. It’s easy to let the fear of the unknown (how will this end? what if I don’t see anything?) keep you at home, but you’ve gotta stay fearless, friends. Stay open to the little adventures.

So, although there whispers of faint sightings on the horizon from Estes Park, we didn’t see anything from our little road in nowhere, Wyoming. But I did have a great time on the way.

Isn’t that the point?

Have you had any adventures (travel or otherwise) that didn’t turn out how you expected? I’d love to hear about them in the comments!