Spotlight on Bethlehem, Pennslyvania

Our travel spotlight shines on one of the oldest cities in America, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. This time of year Bethlehem is known as The Christmas City, as it shares the name of the birthplace of Jesus. Christmas isn’t the only time of year to find things to do in Bethlehem. We are highlighting many of the fun things to see and do in Bethlehem as well as where to find Susan Shaw Jewelry- of course!

When deciding where to travel, you might want to check out one of the big cities everyone knows about or you may want to find a hidden gem. In this case, the hidden gem is Bethlehem, PA. The charm of the city, the beautiful landscape along with the many things to do and see make this a perfect choice for your next unique travel find. 

There is a colonial charm to the city that you will love! Rent a carriage to tour the cobblestone streets and see the many historic buildings this town has to offer.

The art and music scene in Bethlehem is definitely one of the draws to the city.  Arts Quest, a community-based nonprofit organization, brings access to art, culture and music to the citizen of Bethlehem. The ArtsQuest Center at Steel Stacks (pictured below) features numerous indoor and outdoor venues for music, festivals and other community entertainment.  One of their main festivals of the year, Musikfest, happens in August. Musikfest is one of the most diverse music festivals in the nation, with 500-plus shows on 16 stages over 10 days.

Gambling anyone? Sands Casino is another one of the draws to the area. Try your hand at the Black Jack table or visit one of the many top tier restaurants and shops that the Sands Casino Resort has to offer. 

If you visit Bethlehem this time of year, you can enjoy The Christmas City and all it has to offer. Their holiday market, Christkindlmarkt, was called one of the best holiday markets in the US by Travel + Leisure. The market includes 100+ vendors selling unique gifts and fine art as well as live holiday music performances. 

The decorations around the city are unrivaled, but their most prominent decoration shines down from South Mountain, a giant star mimicking the Biblical guide of the Magi. Nothing will get you into the holiday spirit more than visiting Bethlehem at Christmas!

If you stick around past Christmas, you can enjoy PEEPSFEST, the 2-day festival dedicated to the marshmallow Easter snack that originated in Bethlehem.  Enjoy the New Year’s firework display as well as the Peep Chick Drop, which happens on New Year’s Eve.

If you’re looking for the best place to stay, look no further than the Historic Hotel Bethlehem. This beautiful hotel lies within a building that dates back to George Washington’s presidency. The hotel is perfectly located in the heart of Bethlehem and has 125 restored rooms with views of Main Street as well as the Bethlehem Star on the mountain.

Hotel Bethlehem at Christmas

Looking for Susan Shaw Jewelry? Hotel Bethlehem has a wonderful gift shop that carries beautiful clothing, gifts and our jewelry! Stop by to find some of these designs!

Who says grey has to be gloomy? Our Labradorite pieces show the fancy side of grey- and they are perfect for this time of year. 

Whether you prefer our classic Bee intaglio or our new octagon and pearl Bee pendant, your look will generate lots of buzz at your next holiday party.

Oh the possibilities of Pearls! Our large freshwater coin pearls are a newer addition to the line. We love the oversize look! And look how well it pairs with our Mother-of-Pearl inlaid clover pieces.  

The combination of our Venetian glass and freshwater pearls is stunning as well. 

We hope you plan to add Bethlehem, Pennsylvania to your travel list and looks us up at the Hotel Bethlehem gift shop! You won’t be dissapointed!

Safe Travels, 

Susan Shaw Jewelry 

Spotlight on Murrells Inlet, South Carolina

Our spotlight shines on Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, a charming southern town in a part of the country in need of some love right now. Hurricane season has been devastating this year. In Murrells Inlet, while they are getting back on their feet from Florence and some after-effects of Michael, they are mostly back to enjoying the beauty their town has to offer. And it is a beautiful place! We will highlight a few of the wonderful things visitors can do as well as let you know where to find our jewelry in town.

You can find Murrells Inlet just 13 miles southwest of Myrtle Beach, at the end of The Grand Strand, a stretch of beach from Little River down to Georgetown, South Carolina.

One of their top attractions would have to be the Marshwalk, a half-mile boardwalk over the marshy terrain, filled with plenty of restaurants and nightlife for visitors and locals to enjoy. Murrells Inlet is known as the “Seafood Capital of South Carolina,” and this is the perfect place to enjoy that food while taking in the gorgeous views of the waterfront.

One of the popular restaurants on the Marshwalk, Drunken Jacks, has a view of what is called Goat Island, as it is solely occupied by the restaurant owners’ goats. It is quite a familiar sight for locals and the goats have become well loved. They were taken off the island to safer ground to ride out hurricane Florence, but have recently been returned, a signal that things are going back to normal.

Huntington Beach is another popular destination in the area. It’s a perfect place to spend the day with your family and see the incredible wildlife the area has to offer. The former home of Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington, Atalaya, is open for touring and and a wonderful place for art lovers to enjoy. While you are in the area, you should also visit Brookegreen Gardens, another gift to the public left by the Huntington family. You can enjoy beautiful gardens, sculptures, fountains and ponds on these 9,000 gorgeous acres. Boat and Bus Tours are offered and you will love learning all about the art and the land!

Now for the shopping! Socialite is a wonderful boutique you will not want to miss. And not just because you can find our jewelry there! They have chic clothing, shoes and accessories you will love! And starting next week they will be in an all new location! (see below)

SOCIALITE

5200 Hwy 17 Bypass #100C

Murrells Inlet, SC 29576

(843) 651-2317

We put together some pieces you might find at Socialite!

If you’re looking for a East Coast fishing town full of natural beauty, wildlife, art, antiques, delicious seafood and fabulous shopping, you will love visiting Murrells Inlet!

Safe Travels,

Susan Shaw Jewelry

Horsing Around North Carolina

Our travel spotlight is shining on a unique event occurring this year at the Tryon Resort in Mill Spring, North Carolina. The FEI World Equestrian Games is basically the olympics for equestrians. This international competition has been happening in a different city every 4 years since 1990, but this is only the 2nd time the games have been held in the United States, making this year even more special. The games will begin September 11 and continue through September 23.The World Equestrian Games (or WEG) includes all the major equestrian disciplines like show jumping, dressage and para-equestrian dressage, eventing, driving, endurance, vaulting and reining. Each country puts together a team of their top competitors in each discipline and, much like the Olympics, it is an honor to compete.Whether you are an equestrian fan, competitor, or have another relationship to horses, having a special piece of jewelry from our equestrian collection is the perfect way to celebrate that.Each of our pieces are made by hand with the kind of attention to detail that is expected from equestrian competitors in the ring.For those attending this year’s games, we recommend traveling a mere 30 miles west of the Tryon International Equestrian Center to find the charming city of Flat Rock, North Carolina. One of the cornerstones of this historic town is a corner store, The Wrinkled Egg. Named after a rare find in a hen house, The Wrinkled Egg is a rare find for local and visiting shoppers alike. You can find art, antiques, gifts, beautiful women’s clothing and (of course) Susan Shaw Jewelry.With the games just around the corner, you can bet The Wrinkled Egg is stocked with our chic equestrian pieces.But no matter what time of year you visit, The Wrinkled Egg has something special and beautiful for you to bring home from your trip.And here is a fun twist! The courtyard behind their shop has a couple of delicious restaurants so you can shop and grab a bite in the same charming spot!We want to wish all the competitors in the FEI World Equestrian Games good luck from all of us at Susan Shaw Jewelry! We will be wearing our equestrian jewelry in honor of these incredible athletes and horses! 

Safe travels and Happy Trails,

Susan Shaw Jewelry

Spotlight on Newport, Rhode Island

We always love hearing about and visiting the charming towns where our jewelry is sold. Newport, Rhode Island is no exception! This New England town is an upscale summer destination, and full of amazing things to see and do year round! We are going to list some of our favorite attractions in Newport as well as where to find our jewelry!

Touring the incredible historic Mansions is one of the most popular things to do in Newport. The Breakers, once a summer home to the Vanderbilt family, is one of the most popular of these mansions. You can tour the grounds as well as inside. These homes are now just for tours and events. Marble House, Rosecliff, The Elms as well as Belcourt of Newport are also some of the more popular ones to tour. Below is a link to a great resource to read more about each property and see which you might be most interested in.

Discover Newport: Mansions 

Rosecliff, one of the beautiful Newport Mansions you can tour

The “Gold Room” is one of the many decadent rooms of Marble House

The Breakers, summer home to the Vanderbilt family, is one of the most grand of all the mansions in Newport

Susan and her husband Eric posed for a beach view picture outside The Breakers property.

There are a few great beaches to visit in Newport as well. Easton’s Beach (aka 1st Beach) is one of the most popular for its central location and many attractions like an aquarium and a playground. If you don’t need all the attractions, try one of the beaches set back in a cove, like Gooseberry Beach, where the waves are calmer and the vibe is more relaxing.

Itching to take a sail around the harbor? There are many boats you can rent and even private tours with a captain to do all the sailing for you – as well as be your tour guide. Just pack some champagne and watch the sun set over the harbor.

The Cliff Walk is a major attraction for any visitors to Newport. It starts at Easton’s beach and continues south about 3.5 miles. Most of the walk is easy terrain, like you see in the photo below. You can view the ocean on one side and some of the most popular of the preserved mansions on the other side. As you get to the south end of the trail (it continues all the way to Bellevue Ave) the terrain gets more tricky. You can choose to exit at that point or continue on if you are looking for (and dressed for) more of a hike.

Tennis Anyone? Newport is home to the International Tennis Hall of Fame, a wonderful museum of tennis history that can be enjoyed by everyone, whether you are a big tennis fan or not! On the property is also one of the largest collections of grass courts in the United States. For the experienced tennis player, playing on a grass court is a thrill, and you can reserve a court through the tennis shop here!

As you walk up to the Tennis Hall of Fame you will see a number of shops, including Gingy’s, where you can find our jewelry! Stop in to see the wonderful fashions, gifts and accessories Gingy’s has to offer!

Gingy’s

196 Bellevue Ave • Newport, RI 02840

Gingys.com

And don’t forget to check out their beautifully selected pieces of Susan Shaw Jewelry!

 

With all the wonderful things to do in Newport, you will have surely worked up and appetite. And you are in the right place! Newport is known for their wonderful selection of restaurants, of which we will name only a few. Wondering where to find the perfect lobster roll? Well this quintessential New England dish is probably on every menu in Newport, but our favorite was at Belle’s Café in the Newport Shipyard. You can sit outside and watch the yachts as you enjoy wonderful food they have to offer.

Lobster Roll at Belle’s cafe

Looking for a romantic date night? Bouchard Inn and Restaurant is the perfect spot. This premier French restaurant is known for it’s artful gourmet dishes and fine-dining atmosphere in a charming building just blocks from the harbor. 

Fluke is a wonderful seafood restaurant where the ingredients are fresh, seasonal and local. They also offer a bar on the 3rd floor with Harbor views and handcrafted cocktails, a perfect place to watch the sunset.

Castle Hill Inn is the most high-end dining you can get in Newport. This will be a dining experience you won’t soon forget. They offer tasting menus, local fare, exquisite views and top notch service. For a more casual al fresco meal, try The Lawn at Castle Hill. It also has beautiful view and fabulous food and not quite as high of a price tag.

Now if you are wondering when to visit Newport, we have some advice on that too. Summer is the busy season, so planning a summer trip is perfect for the warm weather and having the most to do and see, but also the most people. Late Spring and early Fall can are great times to still enjoy great weather with fewer crowds. This is totally up to personal preference as there is no “bad season” here. Many people rave about coming during Christmastime and seeing all the mansions decorated for the season.

Marble House at Christmas

There are a few annual festivals in Newport worth mentioning. The Newport Flower Show takes place in late June at Rosecliff and is a unique time to see that mansion decked out in floral arrangements and displays. The Newport International Boat Show takes place in mid-September and is full of events and opportunities to see some of the world’s most incredible boats and some new models debuting for the first time. Last, but not least, the Food and Wine Festival, occurring late September, takes place at The Elms, Rosecliff and Marble House and has tents upon tents of food and wine tasting, seminars, dinners and other events.

The Newport Harbor during the International Boat Show

Planning your trip already? Don’t forget some of our nautical and beach-ready pieces for your chic vacation outfits!

Safe Travels!

xoxo

Susan Shaw Jewelry

Fiesta San Antonio

It doesn’t get any closer to home than this post, featuring the wonderful city where we live and where all Susan Shaw jewelry is made: San Antonio, Texas. This time of year, the city of San Antonio is gearing up for our biggest city-wide celebration, Fiesta! For those who don’t know what this is, many equate it to Mardi Gras in New Orleans. It is a 2-week celebration starting the 3rd weekend in April, centered around the memory of the Battle of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto, where Texas won it’s independence from Mexico. In 1891, a group of San Antonio citizens threw the first Battle of Flowers Parade, where they decorated carriages and threw flowers in front of the Alamo to honor the soldiers who fought there 25 years before. Over 125 years later, the Battle of Flowers parade is the signature event of Fiesta San Antonio, but there are now over 100 official events that occur all over the city throughout the 2 week celebration. We will highlight some of our favorites as well as showcase some bright and festive jewelry that is perfect for this time of year.

This Mexican Embroidered dress is the perfect thing to wear to stay cool in the hot sun during Fiesta

The first weekend of Fiesta kicks of with a grand party in Hemisfair Park in downtown. “Fiesta Fiesta” kicks off with a Fireworks display, Cascarones (a.k.a. confetti eggs), and a crowd-wide chant of “Viva Fiesta!”  Its a great way to set the mood of the city.What would a festival be without it’s kings and queens? Fiesta San Antonio has royalty representing many different city organizations. “King Antonio” is crowned each year from the Texas Cavaliers Association- a nonprofit organization that raises money for children’s charities around the city. Their fundraising effort, mainly from the Fiesta River Parade they put on, raises over $300,000 per year for these charities. El Rey Feo (Spanish for the “ugly king”) is also a major fundraiser for the city. Each year, two prominent businessmen are chosen to compete for this title. The candidate who raises the most money during the months of May – October is declared next year’s Rey Feo. Each candidate must raise a minimum of $200,000 to qualify with more then 85% of the money raised is spent directly on scholarship awards benefiting San Antonio area youth.

El Rey Feo (left) and King Antonio (right) with Miss Fiesta San Antonio

As is tradition in many southern cities, debutantes are presented each year, and Fiesta is the perfect time for this in San Antonio. The Order of the Alamo is an organization which provides opportunity for these 22-year-old girls to represent themselves in the spotlight of the community. The Order of the Alamo elects the Queen and Princess of Fiesta each year along with 15-25 Duchesses. It is very well known for the intricate dresses and trains the girls wear. It take over a year to design and sew on all the crystals-and they weigh up to 90 pounds!

The Court of Grecian Glory (Fiesta 2016)

Queen of the 2017 Fiesta Court, she will continue to reign until the new Queen is crowned halfway through Fiesta week 2018

Each year the court has a different theme, with each dress representing something under that theme. In 2015, it was the Court of the Captivating Islands and the dress below represented the “Pearl of the Orient” with this Ming Dynasty blue and white porcelain jar motif. Isn’t it to die for??  We always look forward to seeing the artistry and creativity in the dresses each year.
All the royalty of Fiesta carry their special medals each year to hand out as they make their way around the city in parades and school visits. Businesses also each have their own medals, typically for sale and benefitting a local charity of their choice.
Many people love to collect all these special medals each year, to the point where many need special sashes or vests to accommodate all their medals.There is no shortage of parades during Fiesta. The main ones are the Battle of Flowers Parade (original Fiesta event), The River Parade and the Fiesta Flambeau Parade. The Battle of Flowers Parade has come a long way from the original decorated carriages in front of the Alamo. The extravagant floats have multiplied and are more beautiful every year. The Battle of Flowers Parade is now the 2nd largest day parade in the U.S., second only to the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, CA. It is also the only parade in the country to be put on by a committee of all women volunteers. People have been known to start camping out along the coveted spots of Broadway Street over a week in advance of the Battle of Flowers parade just to secure their seats!

All the Fiesta Royalty rides in the parade, including the Order of the Alamo duchesses pictured below. Years ago a rumor started that the girls in these extravagant gowns were wearing sneakers or flip flops under their dresses for comfort since no one could see. It became a thing and parade spectators would call out, “Show me your Shoes!” Now the girls put lots of thought into what they wear on their feet, sometimes decorating their comfy shoes to match their dress. You can see one of the duchesses below showing off her cowboy boots!Early in the week the Texas Cavaliers put on the River Parade, where barges are turned into floats for organizations, bands, and (you guessed it) more royalty! Below you can see King Antonio’s float going down the San Antonio River and shooting streamers into the air!

Another fan favorite is the Fiesta Flambeau Parade. It takes place after dark toward the end of Fiesta and all the floats and costumes light up or glow in the dark, making for a beautiful night scene.

In addition to parades, Fiesta brings festivals of many types as well. The largest one, which goes on almost every evening during Fiesta is called NIOSA (standing for Night in Old San Antonio). It takes place in the heart of downtown in La Villita, which was the first neighborhood in the city and is full of preserved buildings and old homes, now mostly all converted into businesses. La Villita transforms during NIOSA to a worldly festival, with booths representing different countries and selling foods of different cultures. Here in La Villita you can find one of our retailers, Bird & Pear boutique. Bird & Pear is known for cultivating a collection of handmade goods, many made by the owner herself. With Susan’s jewelry being handmade not 5 miles from here, it was a great fit for us to be sold alongside her beautiful wares. If you’re visiting for Fiesta, stop by to pick up a hand sewn medal sash to show off the medals you accumulate or a coozie for your drink made from an embroidered Mexican dress! And don’t forget to check out our jewelry while you’re there!!

Bird & Pear

418 Villita Street • Building 10 • San Antonio, TX 78205 • 210.263.9969

https://thebirdandpear.com

During Fiesta the whole city is in bright colors! From the wreaths and decorations to the clothing and jewelry worn by the people, it is truly a beautiful sight! No matter what your Fiesta look is, we have the perfect jewelry to accent it! These new cluster earrings below come in many bright colors and are lightweight despite being a bigger statement earring.Back in the 80’s Susan designed clothing for local shops to sell during Fiesta. She did the artwork in the photo below and it was hand sewn into skirts by local artisans.Tassels are such a fun was to show your festive side- whether you are heading to Fiesta or any party this spring! We have some new styles and some new colors for 2018 below! Our genuine turquoise pieces are sought after in the southwest and all over the country for their upscale look. Pair them with gold to dress it up or our teal tassels for a more casual and fun look. They are a perfect addition to your Fiesta style!We hope you get a chance to come visit our fabulous city someday and even better to get to enjoy this festive time of year!! For more information about all the Fiesta events you can visit Fiesta-SA.org.

As we say this time of year here in San Antonio,

Viva Fiesta!!

Susan Shaw Jewelry

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Highland Park Village, Dallas

Our travel spotlight shines on a jewel of a shopping center in the heart of Dallas, Texas. Highland Park Village is a gorgeous, high-end shopping center with original Spanish-Mediterainean architecture that has been around since the 1930s and truly is special spot. We are thrilled to have our jewelry carried at St. Michaels Woman’s Exchange, an elegant gift shop that is also a non profit organization. Alongside St. Michael’s Woman’s Exchange are wonderful restaurants, designer flagship stores and a beautiful boutique movie theater. The brick pathways and beautiful architecture are eye-catching by day, and at Christmas time, the twinkle lights will really blow you away. Below is photo of Susan on one of her many visits to Highland Park Village over the years.

The history of the shopping center is really incredible. It is known as the first shopping center of its kind in the United States. Before 1930, all business was known to be done downtown, with very little shops in neighborhoods. Also, before this no one was building centers with shops facing in towards the parking lot, rather than facing the street. The look of the Mediterranean architecture has been maintained since the opening of the center, thanks to meticulous remodeling and preservation. “The Village” as locals refer to it, has been compared to Beverly Hills Rodeo Drive, no doubt due to the high-end designer stores you can find here. Among them are Chanel, Fendi, Dior, Hermés, St. John, Valentino and Alexander McQueen (just to name a few)! The restaurants are also a big highlight to the center. Cafe Pacific is known for their gourmet seafood and fine dining, Bird Bakery is known for their fabulous cupcakes, coffee and lunch menu, and the list goes on. The boutique movie theater has also been around as long as the center and preserved through all of their updates and renovations. They even have small rooms that can be booked for private screenings and parties. 

St. Michael’s Woman’s Exchange has also been at Highland Park Village nearly since the center’s opening. It opened as a consignment shop in 1939, but was sold a time later to the St. Michael’s church. The shop is run 100% off volunteers, some from the church and some from the community, and donates all of their proceeds to charities local and nationwide. If you didn’t know this, you’d think it was just a beautifully curated gift shop, with gift-wrapping services to boot!

St. Micheal’s Woman’s Exchange

5 Highland Park Village, Dallas Texas 75205 • (214) 521-3862

Some of the jewelry we have seen at their wonderful shop over the years is photographed below. We hope you enjoy it!

Next time you’re in Dallas, you may want to venture over to the charming neighborhood of Highland Park, if not just to spend a shopping day at “The Village”!

xoxo

Susan Shaw Jewelry

Spotlight on Beaufort, South Carolina

Our travel spotlight shines on the charming town of Beaufort, South Carolina (it’s pronounced “BEW-fert” unlike the town with the same name in North Carolina), where you can find southern charm, historical homes, and low country views right on the Atlantic Ocean. Geographically, Beaufort sits right between the larger cities of Charleston, SC and Savannah, GA, but it also is a happy medium between those two cities’ cultures. As the second oldest city in South Carolina, it is rich in history, dating back to the beginning of our country. It’s charm and scenery have also made it a perfect place to film a movie. Well known titles such as “The Big Chill” and “Forrest Gump” are among the movies filmed here.This is the area of the country for oysters, so what better side dish than our freshwater pearl and oyster necklace, which can be found at a lovely fine jewelry store in Beaufort.Modern Jewelers is among many of our customers who sell fine jewelry alongside high-end costume jewelry to serve an array of customer’s jewelry needs. Our 24k handcast gold fits the bill for that elegant look.

Modern Jewelers

807 Bay Street | Downtown Beaufort, SC | 843-524-3526

https://www.beaufortsjeweler.com

Of course shopping for Susan Shaw Jewelry isn’t the only thing you’ll come to Beaufort for. Did we mention the history?The Beaufort History Museum, located in the historic Arsenal in Downtown Beaufort, is rich with the history that helped shape our country. Beaufort was declared Union territory early in the Civil war, making it one of the first places to free slaves and work towards Reconstruction.Next on your historical tour, take a stroll through Beaufort’s oldest neighborhood, The Point, lined with breathtaking antebellum homes. As one of the oldest and most historic areas of Beaufort, The Point was once a shipyard in the early 1700s, but is now home to the some of the most beautiful homes in the south. Some of the oldest ones still standing date back to the 1770s.While in the area, don’t miss St. Helena’s Episcopal Church, established in 1712. Beautiful scenery surrounds this church and gravesite dating back to the Revolutionary War. Inside, the nautically inspired altar was carved by sailors long ago.Beaufort also has some great parks, the most popular being right in the heart of historic downtown. Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park is right off Bay Street and complete jogging paths, playground, picnic tables and a seawall walkway.Hunting Island State Park, along with thousands of acres of marsh and a saltwater lagoon, is also home to Hunting Island Beach- where you can see dolphins and pelicans and other interesting marine life. You can even climb to the top of the lighthouse for a breathtaking view of the Atlantic.
Another great beach is The Sands Beach, where the locals go to relax and take in the beach life. Sportsmen will enjoy the fishing at Paradise Fishing Pier, Broad River Fishing Pier, and the Port Royal Boardwalk at The Sands. Also golf courses and tennis courts are great places to enjoy the outdoors in this wonderful town.Beaufort is also home to a thriving art scene. In fact, the city has been named #14 on the list ofTop 25 Small City Arts Destinations’ by American Style Magazine, and also was named in the book ‘The 100 Best Art Towns in America‘. Take a walk down Bay Street and you will see the countless art galleries and studios. Of course with scenery like this, it’s no wonder the art community would be inspired. The cuisine in Beaufort will not disappoint. There are countless wonderful places to eat, but we will just mention a few.  Wren Bistro located in Downtown Beaufort, is a great place to grab a delicious meal. Locals rave about their fried green tomatoes, burgers, and gourmet seafood. Saltus River Grill, located on Bay Street, is continually cooking up low country favorites with a modern twist. Their oysters and raw bar is incredible as well. Breakwater is another great spot to find upscale food locally sourced and inspired by traditional South Carolina fare.

Not to bury the lead, but Beaufort was named “the South’s Best Small Town” by Southern Living in 2017. So if you’re looking for a place to enjoy the Low country, look no further than this charming little town.

Safe travels!

Xoxo

Susan Shaw Jewelry

Spotlight on Christmas in Beaver Creek

Beaver Creek, Colorado is a wonderful place to visit year round, but with the holiday right around the corner, we wanted to showcase the Christmas Season in this beautiful village. There is nothing more magical than a white Christmas, and with the mountain views as a backdrop, the decorations of the season shine even brighter. Beaver Creek is located in the central Rocky Mountains, about 2 hrs west of Denver, and just 30 miles from the Eagle County airport, making it one of the easier ski resorts to travel to, but the real ease of the vacation comes once you are there. Beaver Creek has made it their job to bring luxury to the ski vacationers who come there. With heated sidewalks, staff to carry your skis and boots, and complimentary fresh baked cookies handed out at 3pm each day, this ski resort is sure to make your stay unforgettable.

So what is Christmas like in the village? It begins with their tree-lighting ceremony, complete with an ice skating show and fireworks display on the village plaza.

Beaver Creek Winter Christmas Tree Lighting and Fireworks on the Plaza

Their “Winterfest” provides fun activities for all ages as the holiday approaches. Some of the highlights being the characters on the plaza, Dicken’s Christmas Carolers, and of course visits from the big man himself- Santa.

Looking for a great place to stay? There really are so many options, including many ski-in/ski-out homes you can rent.

The Ritz Carlton Bachelor Gulch is one of the most luxurious places to stay in the area. Even those who aren’t staying there still use the Ritz amenities to ski-in/ski-out. What better luxury is there than to have then someone to put your boots and skis on you – and just steps away from the Bachelor Gulch ski lift?!  Another amenity that brings people to the Ritz? The 21,000 sq ft. Spa. You can enjoy a top notch massage treatment and then stick around and use the other spa amenities- they even have a cafe!Want a place to stay for half the price? The Osprey at Beaver Creek also has ski-in/ski-out access on the Strawberry Park lift (another main lift in the ski area), Maybe that will mean you can stay twice as long!

And you will want to extend your vacation when you read about all the fun things to do in the area.

The main village plaza has a 9,000 sq ft ice rink- that is groomed every few hours to keep it pristine.

Beaver Creek also offers skiing for all abilities, with 3 mountain areas and more than 1,800 acres of ski area-, it was recently named by Condé Nast as one of the top 20 ski resorts in the United States.

The village also offers many upscale boutiques for a wonderful shopping experience.

Wondering where to find Susan Shaw Jewelry in the area? There is a beautiful boutique right in the village where you can find our pieces (such as the ones pictured below) alongside fine fur coats and other accessories.

Giovanny Alexander

46 Avondale Lane, Beaver Creek • (970) 949-9570

Now that you’ve been shopping, take your outfit and jewelry out on the town to one of these fine restaurants in the area.

Beano’s Cabin offers the ultimate mountain dining experience, starting with a sleigh ride to the base of Lakespur bowl. There in this log cabin restaurant, you’ll be treated to a 5-course meal highlighting the flavors of Colorado. Now this is definitely on the pricey side of dining, but for foodies looking for a luxury dining experience, this is the place!

Beano’s Cabin

Toscanini is an authentic Italian restaurant situated in the heart of the village near the ice skating rink. After a day of skiing or skating, there is little that sounds better than a plate of pasta- in this case made in house. The open kitchen adds another element to the dining experience as patrons watch the chefs prepare their meals from scratch.

Looking for a more casual experience? Don’t miss Blue Moose Pizza. Also located in the village, they serve up NY style pizza on paper table cloths you can draw on. But don’t mistake the family friendly atmosphere for a dive- this pizza is upscale in taste and quality!

Northside Kitchen knows the true meaning of a full service restaurant. In the morning you can pickup coffee and freshly baked pastries and donuts to-go or dine-in for a hot breakfast you’ll love. They also serve up delicious lunch and dinner as well, with menu items like Prime Rib or Wild Halibut, you’re sure to find something that fits your tastes.

So if you are looking for mountain destination that offers luxury fit for a queen, look no further than Beaver Creek. When the snow is long gone, the town still has so much to offer like, fly-fishing, hiking, ballooning and paragliding through the gorgeous terrain.

From all of us at Susan Shaw Jewelry, we wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas!

Xoxo

Susan Shaw Jewelry

Spotlight on Fort Worth, Texas

Our travel spotlight shines on the beautiful city of Fort Worth, which is known for its close proximity to Dallas, but is full of culture all its own.  We have a list of highlights for those traveling to Fort Worth, including sights, things to do, places to eat, and, of course, places to shop Susan Shaw Jewelry. For anyone looking to experience traditional Texas culture while still having access to a vibrant and charming city, look no further than Fort Worth, Texas.If you are lucky enough to know a member of the Fort Worth Club, ask them to make you a reservation to stay there- you wont regret it! Susan and her husband, Eric, stayed there recently and were able to take advantage of their wonderful food and attend some events on site. The club was established in 1885 for the businessmen of the city to come together and socialize as well as build relationships in order to advance the commerce of the city. 130 years later, it is known as the premier social, athletic and business club in the city. Located in the heart of downtown, they have 21 guest rooms, a state-of-the-art athletic center, event space, and a top tier restaurant as well.

The Fort Worth Club, Downtown Fort Worth

Looking for things to do on your visit? The cultural district of Fort Worth (just west of downtown) is a great place to start. This beautiful park-like collection of museums is easily walkable and a great place to spend your day. There are many places to see in the area, including many wonderful museums.

 The Amon Carter Museum of American Art is one of the top museums of American Art in the country. It began with the personal collection of Amon Carter, a newspaper publisher and oilman, who had collected many works from two of the top artists of the American West, Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell. Amon Carter began work to open this museum before his death in 1955, but his daughter brought his dream to reality when the museum opened in 1961. Since then the museum has expanded, acquired art from all genres and now holds upwards of 250,000 objects of paintings, photographs, rare books, sculpture and more. When visiting this wonderful museum, don’t forget to check out their wonderful shop which sells Susan Shaw Jewelry among other beautiful gifts.

Amon Carter Museum Gift Shop

3501 Camp Bowie Blvd • Fort Worth, TX 76107

http://www.cartermuseum.org/shop

Another museum in the area, the Kimbell, focus on quality over quantity, with a selection of 350 pieces of art from the third millennium BC to mid 20th century. European painters such as Picasso, Matisse, Cézanne, Monet and more are represented in the museum. They also have a wonderful restaurant on site that is worth a visit- and if you enjoy it they also have a cookbook with the chef’s recipes for sale!

The Kimbell Restaurant

Modern art buffs won’t want to miss the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, also within walking distance of the Amon Carter and Kimbell museums. The collection of is comprised of nearly 3,000 objects, including paintings, sculptures, videos, photographs, and prints from post WWII era to present.  They also have a wonderful restaurant on their reflective pond that serves quality food made from scratch with locally sourced ingredients. A perfect place for lunch during your day of museums!

Of course museums are not the only thing Fort Worth has to offer. The city’s most well-known attraction has got to be the Stockyards. Between 1866 and 1890, drovers trailed more than four million head of cattle through Fort Worth. The city soon became known as “Cowtown.” In 1902 construction started on the pens, the barns, and a new Livestock Exchange Building, which housed the many livestock commission companies, telegraph offices, railroad offices and other support businesses to the cattle industry. It became known as “The Wall Street of the West.” Today the Exchange building still sells hundreds of cattle daily via satellite video, but the Stockyards are more for historical value. There is a Stockyards museum, original brick paths and wooden buildings which now house many dining and entertainment venues. The amount of history in the stockyards is astonishing, and a great way to see the culture of Texas cattle-ranchers throughout history.

Don’t miss the Fort Worth Herd on your visit! It is the world’s only twice daily cattle drive, held every day in the Stockyards.

This is an exciting time of year for Fort Worth! Their own university, TCU, is #2 in the Big 12 football conference rankings. If you have a chance to see a football game, join the sea of purple to cheer on the Horned Frogs at the state-of-the-art Amon G. Carter stadium.

Not going during football season? Check out the many other things to do in Fort Worth including the a day at the Fort Worth Zoo,  walking or biking on the Trinity River Trails, or catching a race at Texas Motor Speedway.

Of course we can’t forget the shopping in the city! Our jewelry is also sold in the upscale home gift shop, Lawrence’s. Stop by and find something special to remember your trip!

Lawrence’s

4601 West Freeway •  Suite 224 • Fort Worth, Texas

A wonderful high-end gift shop with everything from fine china and hostess gifts to Jon Hart luggage and, of course, a large selection of Susan Shaw jewelry. They proudly claim to carry “fabulous gifts for fabulous people.”

After a day of sight-seeing and shopping, you’ll surely have worked up a Texas-sized appetite. Below is a list of restaurants you won’t want to miss.

Lonesome Dove

An upscale restaurant in the Stockyards district that focuses on food of the American West. Chef Tim Love takes this fare to another level and has received countless awards for his culinary innovations.

2406 N Main St, Fort Worth, TX 76164

Joe T. Garcias

2201 N Commerce St.Fort Worth, TX 76164

Established in 1935, Joe T Garcias has grown over the years from seating for 16 to now being able to seat over 1000 people! The famous Tex-Mex fare is something you won’t want to miss. The sheer size of this restaurant is something to see.

Reata

310 Houston Street, Sundance Square, Fort Worth, Texas 76102

The original Reata is in Alpine Texas, but their Fort Worth location has been bringing great food to customers since 1995. This four-level restaurant is all beautiful but don’t miss the views from the popular rooftop patio.

Looking for some unique nightlife after dinner? Check out Scat Lounge, set in the basement of the historic Woolworth building, Scat is a jazz venue with cocktail tables and a swanky atmosphere reminiscent of something you’d see in the movies. 

So pack your boots and get to Fort Worth, Texas to check out this fabulous city full of art, history, shopping and dining that will surely give you a trip to remember!
Safe travels y’all!

xoxo

Susan Shaw Jewelry

Spotlight on the McNay Art Museum- San Antonio, Texas

Our spotlight shines pretty close to home today on the fabulous McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, Texas. This 23-acre property and home full of art was dedicated in 1950 to eventually become the first modern art museum in Texas. Not only are Shaws patrons of this museum, but it is within 2 miles of our office and their fabulous gift shop sells Susan Shaw Jewelry. Clearly the McNay is near and dear to us, but the story behind the museum as well as the impressive collection is something that would interest any art and culture buff.Marion McNay was and heiress who moved to San Antonio in 1926 after her husband Don McNay died.  She then met and married prominent ophthalmologist Donald T. Atkinson and they commissioned San Antonio architects Atlee and Robert Ayres to design a 24-room Spanish Colonial-Revival house. During that time she starting collecting art, mainly paintings from the 19th and 20th century. She went back to her first husbands name when her 2nd marriage ended. In 1950 Marion McNay died, leaving her home, collection of over 700 works of art, and an endowment to start the McNay museum, which opened its doors in 1954.

In 2008, the Stieren Center for Exhibitions added 45,000 square feet to the museum and created gallery space for major exhibitions, a sculpture gallery and garden, a lecture hall, and classrooms for the museum’s many educational programs. The addition has a very modern look, juxtaposing the original home and main building of the museum and adding even more interest to the property.

The museum focuses primarily on 19th- and 20th-century European and American art by such artists as Paul Cézanne, Pablo Picasso, Paul Gauguin, Henri Matisse, Georgia O’Keeffe, Diego Rivera, Mary Cassatt, and Edward Hopper. The collection today consists of over 20,000 objects and is one of the finest collections of Contemporary Art and Sculpture in the Southwestern United States. The museum is always doing fun events to get people involved in art and culture in the community. They host parties on the grounds like their upcoming Halloween costume dance party with food and live music. And each Thursday night admission is free, allowing for people and families to try out the museum they are sure to love!The grounds of the museum are some of the most beautiful property in the city, making it a destination for photo shoots, picnics and even weddings. The fountains, Japanese-style koi pond, and inner courtyard are among the highlights outside the museum walls.

Museum goers can also enjoy the beautiful gift shop upon visiting the McNay. Gifts, books and accessories in the shop reflect many of the current exhibits in the museum, allowing for new and different items each time you go. They also carry jewelry from artists of interest- including Susan Shaw. And you don’t even need to pay entrance to the museum to visit the store!
Below are some of the many pieces of our jewelry you may find at the McNay.

Susan draws inspiration from many areas, but art is one of her passions and her recent geometric collection was greatly inspired by works of contemporary art.

These pieces can be found in the McNay gift shop and at our other retailers as well.

If you find yourself in San Antonio, give the McNay a visit!

xoxo

Susan Shaw Jewelry