Take a day trip from Munich through the Bavarian countryside to Neuschwanstein Castle! This castle was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland.

After our action-packed Danube River Cruise, Stephanie and I went to Munich for Oktoberfest!! :) But first we took a day trip from Munich to Neuschwanstein Castle, located in the heart of breathtaking Bavaria. We explored charming Bavarian villages and marveled at some of the most gorgeous countryside I have ever seen in my entire life.

Neuschwanstein (Noy-Schwan-Stine) Castle was Walt Disney’s inspiration for Sleeping Beauty’s Castle at Disneyland! We got to take a tour of this magnificent palace.

Here is a link to the exact cruise we took.

Take a day trip from Munich through the Bavarian countryside to Neuschwanstein Castle! This castle was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland.

We booked a tour with Pure Bavaria Tours. I highly, highly recommend them! This tour was definitely one of the highlights of our trip. The owner and tour guide is Mario. He picks you up personally at your hotel and drives you through scenic Bavaria to the castle. Along the way we stopped for breakfast in a tiny, ultra charming Bavarian village.

Take a day trip from Munich through the Bavarian countryside to Neuschwanstein Castle! This castle was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland.

We enjoyed decadent pastries from the local bakery.

Take a day trip from Munich through the Bavarian countryside to Neuschwanstein Castle! This castle was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland.

There was plenty of time for us to stretch our legs and explore this gorgeous village.

Take a day trip from Munich through the Bavarian countryside to Neuschwanstein Castle! This castle was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland.

Such a beautiful place to spend the morning eating pastries in Germany!

Take a day trip from Munich to Neuschwanstein Castle! This castle was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland.

He also took us to the historic Wieskirche cathedral.

Take a day trip from Munich through the Bavarian countryside to Neuschwanstein Castle! This castle was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland.

This was honestly one of the most beautiful churches I have ever seen. Look at that ceiling!!

Take a day trip from Munich through the Bavarian countryside to Neuschwanstein Castle! This castle was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland. Photo via Stephanie

The church is quietly nestled in the foothills of the Bavarian Alps.

Take a day trip from Munich through the Bavarian countryside to Neuschwanstein Castle! This castle was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland.

This insanely gorgeous farmhouse is nearby. There were the cutest, friendliest cows grazing in their front yard. They all had on cow bells, and it sounded like the most beautiful symphony of wind chimes I have ever heard.

Take a day trip from Munich through the Bavarian countryside to Neuschwanstein Castle! This castle was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland.

We hopped back on the bus and made one more stop for these gorgeous scenic photos of the Alps.

Take a day trip from Munich through the Bavarian countryside to Neuschwanstein Castle! This castle was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland.

This was totally my kind of tour!! ;)

Take a day trip from Munich through the Bavarian countryside to Neuschwanstein Castle! This castle was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland.

From here we could see the castle off in the distance.

Take a day trip from Munich through the Bavarian countryside to Neuschwanstein Castle! This castle was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland.

Next stop… the castle!! We took the bus up the hill to St. Mary’s Bridge, which provides the perfect overlook of the castle.

Take a day trip from Munich through the Bavarian countryside to Neuschwanstein Castle! This castle was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland. Photo via Stephanie

The shade makes my eyes look kind of weird here, but I had to get my picture taken with the castle!! :)

Take a day trip from Munich through the Bavarian countryside to Neuschwanstein Castle! This castle was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland.

As we walked back down the hill to the castle, we had a gorgeous view of the valley below. Pictured here is Hohenschwangau Castle. This is where the king lived while he was building Neuschwanstein Castle.

Take a day trip from Munich through the Bavarian countryside to Neuschwanstein Castle! This castle was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland.

This view seriously took my breath away.

Take a day trip from Munich through the Bavarian countryside to Neuschwanstein Castle! This castle was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland.

Sleeping Beauty’s Castle!

Take a day trip from Munich through the Bavarian countryside to Neuschwanstein Castle! This castle was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland.

The castle had incredible views of the village below!

Take a day trip from Munich through the Bavarian countryside to Neuschwanstein Castle! This castle was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland.

I can’t imagine waking up to these views every day.

Take a day trip from Munich through the Bavarian countryside to Neuschwanstein Castle! This castle was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland.

We had plenty of time to explore and wander on our own to take it all in.

Take a day trip from Munich through the Bavarian countryside to Neuschwanstein Castle! This castle was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland.

We made our way to the castle when it was our time for the tour.

Take a day trip from Munich through the Bavarian countryside to Neuschwanstein Castle! This castle was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland.

We couldn’t take pictures inside, but here’s one last view from the outside. I would totally live in that tower!

Take a day trip from Munich through the Bavarian countryside to Neuschwanstein Castle! This castle was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland.

After the castle tour we walked down to village to explore.

Take a day trip from Munich through the Bavarian countryside to Neuschwanstein Castle! This castle was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland.

We walked to the crystal blue lake from the picture above.

Take a day trip from Munich through the Bavarian countryside to Neuschwanstein Castle! This castle was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland.

From here we had a closer view of Hohenschwangau Castle.

Take a day trip from Munich through the Bavarian countryside to Neuschwanstein Castle! This castle was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland.

We worked up quite an appetite after castle-gawking all day, so Mario took us to an organic cheese farm for platters of Bavarian cheese, sausage, and fresh baked bread with homemade butter. Everything was phenomenal!

Take a day trip from Munich through the Bavarian countryside to Neuschwanstein Castle! This castle was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland.

We ate outside on picnic tables in the gorgeous sunny weather. This was our lunch view!

Take a day trip from Munich through the Bavarian countryside to Neuschwanstein Castle! This castle was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland.

There were little baby moo cows all around us jingling their tiny cowbells!

Take a day trip from Munich through the Bavarian countryside to Neuschwanstein Castle! This castle was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland.

We had stunning 360 degree panoramic views all over this mountain village.

Take a day trip from Munich through the Bavarian countryside to Neuschwanstein Castle! This castle was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland.

Breathtaking.

Take a day trip from Munich through the Bavarian countryside to Neuschwanstein Castle! This castle was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland.

This was one of the best days of our trip! Highly recommend Mario and Pure Bavaria Tours!

Take a day trip from Munich through the Bavarian countryside to Neuschwanstein Castle! This castle was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland.

Moo! We got back to Munich in the late afternoon with plenty of time to grab dinner and head over to our first night of Oktoberfest! More to come soon! :)


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December 10, 2014

Spinach Artichoke Lasagna

This lasagna is basically like someone took a delicious, creamy spinach artichoke dip and layered it with cheese and pasta. Then baked it til it was warm and bubbly. It's SO good!! Perfect for company!

New recipe on Kevin & Amanda Recipes today! :) This lasagna is basically like someone took a hot, cheesy spinach artichoke dip and made it into lasagna. So ridiculously good!!

Click the title below to get the recipe:

Spinach Artichoke Lasagna

Enjoy!! :)


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December 8, 2014

Our Christmas Home Tour

Dying over this gorgeous southern home decorated for the holidays!! So many great ideas and inspiration for Christmas entertaining.

Hi friend! I’m so glad you came by today. I’m thrilled to be participating in a fun Holiday Home Tour with some incredibly talented bloggers. Feel free to come on in and  take a look around! :)

As you’re scrolling through the photos of our home, you can click on the links below to see more detailed photos from each room. And if you have any specific questions about paint colors or where we got something, check out the Source List at the bottom of the post. :)

And definitely be sure to visit all the homes on our Holiday Home Tour! The Inspired Room is before me and Home Stories A to Z is after me. I’ll post a link down at the bottom of this post so you can check out all the homes. :)

Now please come in and stay as long as you like! :)

Christmas Holiday Home Tour with a SUPER open floor plan and staircase by the front door.

 

The Foyer

Dying over this gorgeous southern home decorated for the holidays!! So many great ideas and inspiration for Christmas entertaining.

This is the view from our foyer as you come in the front door.

 

The Dining Room

Dying over this gorgeous southern home decorated for the holidays!! So many great ideas and inspiration for Christmas entertaining.

The dining room table is one of the first things you see when you walk in the door.

Dying over this gorgeous southern home decorated for the holidays!! So many great ideas and inspiration for Christmas entertaining.

I like to keep things simple and neutral. To transition the table from fall, to Christmas, to everyday, I just swap out the napkins, foliage, and candles. You can see the subtle changes from our Fall Dining Room Table.

Dying over this gorgeous southern home decorated for the holidays!! So many great ideas and inspiration for Christmas entertaining.

A view from the other side of the table, looking at our staircase and into the office.

Dying over this gorgeous southern home decorated for the holidays!! So many great ideas and inspiration for Christmas entertaining.

I just love these fun candy cane striped napkins and sparkly chargers! Both are from Pier 1.

Dying over this gorgeous southern home decorated for the holidays!! So many great ideas and inspiration for Christmas entertaining.

This glittery candle is also from Pier 1.

Dying over this gorgeous southern home decorated for the holidays!! So many great ideas and inspiration for Christmas entertaining.

These tiny red sleds are on each end of the table.

Dying over this gorgeous southern home decorated for the holidays!! So many great ideas and inspiration for Christmas entertaining.

Another view of the staircase and the gallery wall.

 

The Living Room

Dying over this gorgeous southern home decorated for the holidays!! So many great ideas and inspiration for Christmas entertaining.

Now step into the living room! :)

Dying over this gorgeous southern home decorated for the holidays!! So many great ideas and inspiration for Christmas entertaining.

I love this vintage red sled right by the back door.

Dying over this gorgeous southern home decorated for the holidays!! So many great ideas and inspiration for Christmas entertaining.

Here’s a view standing in front of the fireplace, looking at the front door. Upstairs you can see our travel gallery wall.

Dying over this gorgeous southern home decorated for the holidays!! So many great ideas and inspiration for Christmas entertaining.

Vintage skis and ice skates.

Dying over this gorgeous southern home decorated for the holidays!! So many great ideas and inspiration for Christmas entertaining.

This is the view looking into the living room from the kitchen.

Dying over this gorgeous southern home decorated for the holidays!! So many great ideas and inspiration for Christmas entertaining.

My friend Molly from Molly Quinn Interiors came to stay with me one weekend and helped me decorate the living room. Love the pieces she picked out, especially this artwork by Helen Bolin.

Dying over this gorgeous southern home decorated for the holidays!! So many great ideas and inspiration for Christmas entertaining.

Love the texture!

Dying over this gorgeous southern home decorated for the holidays!! So many great ideas and inspiration for Christmas entertaining.

Curl up with some cookies and hot cocoa in front of the tree by the fire. :)

 

The Kitchen

Dying over this gorgeous southern home decorated for the holidays!! So many great ideas and inspiration for Christmas entertaining.

The kitchen and breakfast area open up to the living room.

Dying over this gorgeous southern home decorated for the holidays!! So many great ideas and inspiration for Christmas entertaining.

The door beyond leads to the walk-in pantry.

 

The Hot Chocolate Bar

Dying over this gorgeous southern home decorated for the holidays!! So many great ideas and inspiration for Christmas entertaining.

During the holidays we set up our famous hot chocolate bar. :)

Dying over this gorgeous southern home decorated for the holidays!! So many great ideas and inspiration for Christmas entertaining.

Be sure to check out this post for more photos of the hot chocolate bar! :)

Dying over this gorgeous southern home decorated for the holidays!! So many great ideas and inspiration for Christmas entertaining.

But here’s a sneak peek for now. Tons of fun hot chocolate flavors, marshmallows, mix-ins, and toppings! :)

Dying over this gorgeous southern home decorated for the holidays!! So many great ideas and inspiration for Christmas entertaining.

Thanks so much for coming by today!! I loved having you here. If you have any questions, I’m happy to answer them in the comments below! :)

Happy Holidays!! :) xoxo

You may also like to see our Christmas Home Tours from years past… :)
2013
2011 (Our First House)

 

More Details About The Rooms Shown

To see more detailed photos from the rooms shown here (and info like paint colors), check out the links below.

The Office & Scrapbook Room
Fall Dining Room Table
The Dining Room
The Staircase Gallery Wall
Walk-in Pantry
The Foyer
The Kitchen
Upstairs Travel Gallery Wall

There’s More! Click to Keep Reading This Post →


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