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    How to Spend One Day in Key West

    For as long as I can remember, I have always wanted to spend one day in Key West. A visit to this beach paradise meant relaxation, sunshine and fun. Key West is the laid back southern most part of the United States. It is situated just 90 miles from Cuba and has always held a reputation in my mind as a laid back beach town. I imagine a place where people can get around by the ease of a one speed bicycle. Last February my husband and I took our first cruise together that left from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Check out my post on What You Need To Prepare For…

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    10 Of The Weirdest Things About Portland, Oregon

    Well as the saying goes, the “cat’s outta the bag” . This is referring to the fact that word has gotten out about how weird Portland, Oregon is. Some of the weirdest things about Portland are not what you may think. The popular TV series Portlandia starring Fred Armisen and Carry Brownstein helped put Portland on the map. Audiences far and wide got a front row seat at the exaggerated, weirdest things about Portland.. This pacific northwest city is nestled among tall douglas fir trees and has always leaned toward the odd and strange. Just think about the obsession with the existence of Sasquatch or the city’s annual naked bike ride.  If…

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    A Weekend In San Francisco

    I recently returned from a weekend get-away in San Francisco. This was my first time visiting the “city by the bay”. And, I must say that my expectations were indeed exceeded. I was marveled by the pastel painted Victorian homes with iron stair railings and balconies that I passed by on an early morning walk towards the Golden Gate Bridge. My breath was literally taken away by the views from the tops of the steep hilled streets. Or, maybe it was because I was out of breath from what felt like a 90 degree angle hike? To me, San Francisco felt very much like a European city. Maybe it was the compact nature of the city’s…

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    Maui, Hawaii For First Timers

    Are you planning a trip to Maui, Hawaii? This post serves as a Maui for first timer’s guide. After reading through you will have a good understanding of the possible activities and places to eat while in Maui. Maui, Hawaii seems to be a top bucket list destination for most people. I know it surely was one of mine. For as long as I could remember I had always wanted to visit Hawaii. Even more than the Caribbean. Growing up on the east coast, the thought traveling to Hawaii was so daunting. First you would need to travel all the way across the country, and then from the west coast…

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    Washington State’s Best Kept Treasure: The San Juan Islands

    Washington state is located in the pacific northwestern corner of the United States and is home to the stunning islands that collectively make up the San Juan Islands. Before I moved out to Oregon six years ago from Vermont I had never heard of the “San Juan’s”. In fact, if you had uttered the words to me back then I probably would have assumed you were mispronouncing the Puerto Rican capital of San Juan, and trying to make it plural by adding an “s” So over the years of living in Portland I would often here people at work mention just how magical and stunningly beautiful the San Juan islands…

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    A Visit To Washington State’s Central Coast

    Washington state’s central coast offers a wealth of barely touched ocean front. Some of the best oysters you will ever eat. And plenty of breathtaking hikes. The coastal cities of Pacific Beach, Westport, Seabrook and Ocean Shores compromise Washington state’s central coast. These four coastal towns are nestled to the west of the Olympic National Forest. Follow this weekend itinerary of Washington state’s central coast for the perfect activities to fill your wanderlust bucket list! Day 1 Whether you are starting this trip from the north near Seattle or from the South near Portland, Oregon all roads will lead you through the town of Aberdeen. Aberdeen is an inevitable town…

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    The Canadian Wine Region of Broom-Mississquoi

    Napa Valley. Sonoma. The Loire Valley in France. We’re all familiar with these wine regions. But have you heard about the Canadian Wine region in Quebec? Wine regions such as Napa are popular because they produce great wine. They also offer splendid scenery and reprieve from the hustle and bustle of city life. While all that is wonderful, sometimes the most popular wine regions have a downfall. There are lots of tourists, long lines for tastings, and expensive accommodations. Disclosure: This page contains some affiliate links . Please know that I may receive a percentage or commission from a link included on this page, at no cost to you. I…

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    Why Denver Tourism is Having a Major Moment

    Tourists have officially gotten the memo that Denver is a city not to be overlooked when dreaming up your next vacation destination. Denver tourism has knocked it out of the park in promoting tourism. According to the website Denver.org, Denver’s rise as a top tourism destination has steadily been on the rise since 2005.  In 2016 Denver broke a new record when it welcomed an astounding 31.5 million total visitors.   So, what is it that’s drawing so many visitors to the Mile High City? The answer is multifaceted, and has to do with a combination of revitalization efforts and a strong PR campaign. In 2005 Denver voters approved a lodging tax…

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    The Best Places To Snap A Photo In Portland

    Is it just me or is street art on the rise? To me it seems that every major city now offers beautiful Instagram worthy mural backdrops for the perfect photo. The city of Portland, Oregon is no exception. Nearly every neighborhood in Portland is now home to multiple eye catching pieces of art. Buildings that once reflected a standard brick exterior now have colorful masterpieces. Disclosure: This page contains some affiliate links . Please know that I may receive a percentage or commission from a link included on this page, at no cost to you. I will only recommend a product or service that I have used or believe has…

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    8 Hours In St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.

    8 Hours In St. Thomas, U.S.V.I In February my husband and I got to travel to St. Thomas, U.S.V.I. as it was one of the stops on our weeklong cruise in the Caribbean. It was our first time there, and we had not researched a lot about what to do prior to stepping off the cruise ship. We figured we would just go with the flow and have a fun day of walking around, eating and enjoying the beach.  In this post I am going to share with you the perfect itinerary of places to see, eat and do if you only have 8 hours, like we did.  Disclosure: This page…