HEELS OR FLATS: FLATS DURING THE DAY, HEELS AT NIGHT. FAVORITE COLOR: PINK FAVORITE ANIMAL: YELLOW LABS, NO MATTER HOW MUCH THEY SHED. GO-TO SNACK: CARBS, ALWAYS CARBS. BEST PLACE IN THE WORLD: NANTUCKET. PATTERN OF CHOICE: POLKA DOTS. NECESSARY EXTRAVAGANCE: MASSAGES. FAVORITE MOVIE: LOVE ACTUALLY SHEETS: PERCALE. FAVORITE ACCESSORY: MY ENGAGEMENT AND WEDDING RINGS FAVORITE FLOWER: PEONY. STATIONERY: MONOGRAMMED CARDS. SHOPPING SPOT: SHOPBOP. PARTY DRESS: CAP SLEEVED AND GOLD. MORNING OR NIGHT: I'M A MIDDAY PERSON. BECOMING MORE OF A MORNING PERSON EVERY DAY. MOST INSPIRED BY: PEOPLE WHO DO THINGS THEY LOVE. FAVORITE SEASON: FALL. FAVORITE CITY: CHICAGO, BORN AND BRED HERE.
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Where we stayed: Melian Boutique Hotel
The most perfect little boutique hotel, really well priced and just a short walk from town. Right on the water, a small little dipping pool, nice relaxation area outside of the lobby and a beautiful deck for most of the rooms.
How to get there: We took a two hour ferry ride from Santorini. Cheap and easy.
Where we ate: We ate in the town right by our hotel every night. Everything is so fresh you can’t really go wrong. Our favorite place was called Yaros (that’s how it said, not spelled) and it was amazing. We ate dinner there two of our three nights.
What to do: We rented a car and explored the island. The topography of the island is absolutely incredible and every single beach you stop at is different than the next. There is really only one main, paved road that goes all the way around the island so its easy enough to get around. We spent our days going from beach to beach. Some were your typical walk down to a beach club beaches, some you had to actual rock-repel down to, others were moon rock, sand caves that you could climb through. We absolutely fell in love with one beach in particular called Sarakiniko (pictured above). I also definitely suggest signing up for spa treatments if you stay at the Melian. I had an hour and 15 minute massage for $50. It was incredible!
Where we stayed:Katikies
It was beautiful, tucked into the mountainside in Oia, with white stucco and blue waters. The service left quite a bit to be desired , but the location was perfect and the accommodations were lovely, so we couldn’t really complain.
Where we ate: Mostly at little random hole in the walls that we walked past, but a couple specifics:
1800 was recommended to us by friends, as well as the hotel. They have a dining area on the roof where you can see the sunset. A bit more formal than I typically like on vacation but a fun experience
We didn’t eat at Ambrosia but we heard great things about it from everyone we talked to. Make sure to make reservations in advance, we couldn’t get in!
What to do:
Our hotel was in Oia, which is the town at the very tip of the island. Its fun to wander around the shops and take walks through the little town. Lots of people told us rent an ATV to explore the island but we didn’t end up doing that. You can walk down to Announdi Point which is a million stairs down, but a beautiful little spot down on the water. This is a great spot to view the sunset or grab a casual lunch.
Thira is the other town, more of the main town. Its much bigger than Oia with a lot more going on. More shops, more restaurants, more of everything but similarly built into the side of the mountain overlooking the water.
No matter where you stay, Santorini is a great place to relax at your hotel, lay in the sun and just hang out. You can take day trips to the black sand beaches too which we did for a day. There is definitely more to do on Santorini, but we chose this leg of our trip to relax.
I’ll be posting Milos tomorrow. Hope these little guides are helpful!