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10 Things to do in Sarasota, FL

Since moving down to Sarasota from Chicago, we are always amazed at how many great things there are to do in this small city. Besides the beautiful beaches, there are also plenty of great bars and restaurants and a thriving arts scene. If you are considering a trip to Florida, make sure you stop in Sarasota!

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10 Things to do in Nashville, Tennessee

Nashville is the capital city of Tennessee and also known as Music City. Some of the most famous songs and albums were recorded in Nashville, and the city is proud to be the “County Music Capital of the World.” It also has become a popular bachelor/bachelorette and birthday party spot due to Broadway, which is bar after bar after bar. This has given Nashville the more cheesy nickname of “NashVegas.” Whether you like country music or not, you will appreciate the great live music, food, history, and culture of Music City.

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10 Things to do in Honolulu, Hawaii

Honolulu is the capital city of Hawaii and located on the island of Oahu. The most popular spot in Honolulu is Waikiki, but there is also plenty of arts and culture, amazing food, great hiking, and so much more. It is a great place to spend your vacation in Hawaii, or to start as a jumping off point for a trip around the islands.

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10 Things to do in Galena, Illinois

Galena is a charming small town that is about a three hour drive from Chicago. When we lived in Chicago, we used to take weekend trips to Galena. It’s a great way to get outside of the Chicagoland area and explore more of Illinois. The town might make you feel like you’re stepping back to a simpler time. Enjoy the shops, restaurants, great hotels, golfing and more. This is one part of the state where there are actually hills that offer beautiful views of the area.

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10 Things to do in Denver, CO

Denver is known as the Mile High City because at one of its points it measures exactly one mile above sea level. (You might also think that nickname now has a double meaning…) This is a great place to visit for those who like history, art, and culture, but also action and adventure as there are so many outdoor activities to do here in Denver. It is a very bicycle friendly city with lots of trails, parks, and gardens to explore.



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10 Things to do in Chicago, IL

My kind of town…Chicago! Our hometown is such a great city to visit and explore. Between the sports teams, restaurants, museums, live theater, outdoor activities, and concerts there is enough for the whole family to see and do. We definitely suggest visiting in the summer, though. It gets cold here!



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10 Things To Do In Boston, Massachusetts

Boston is a great, walk-able city with so much to do! A lot of important historical events happened here, and there is great food, sports, shopping, museums, and more. Boston also has great public transportation that makes it easy to get around. It’s a perfect city for a weekend getaway, although you could definitely spend longer than a weekend here. We recommend going in the summer!

For even more about Boston, check out our guide on how to spend Two Days in Boston.

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10 Things To Do In Albuquerque, New Mexico

Albuquerque is the culturally diverse, hot air ballooning capital of the world. It is the largest city in New Mexico where the weather is usually nice, and there’s plenty of things to see and do. Between the hiking, golfing, shopping, great restaurants, skiing, thriving art scene, and museums, you will have a great time during your stay in Albuquerque.

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Review: Hotel St. Pierre in New Orleans, Louisiana

During our trip to New Orleans, we stayed at the Hotel St. Pierre, which is located right in the French Quarter. Because this was my first time in NOLA, I wanted to stay within walking distance of all the action. (Okay, technically this was not my first time in New Orleans, but I was very young and don’t remember that trip!) The Hotel St. Pierre is located two blocks from Bourbon Street and five blocks from Jackson Square. The location is great because it is near everything but not right in the middle of everything.

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WEEKEND GETAWAY in New Orleans, Louisiana



Since moving to Florida, I’ve wanted to explore more of the South. When I was thinking of what I wanted to do for my birthday weekend, New Orleans was the first place that came to mind. We have been to New Orleans before, but I was very young and don’t remember it. So, it was basically like going somewhere new. I’ve heard nothing but great things about New Orleans. I’ve heard how dirty and gross it is, but also how amazing it is to see in person. There is so much history here! And Bourbon Street is just too much fun.

We decided to drive from Sarasota to New Orleans. It’s about a 10/11 hour drive depending on traffic and how much you obey the speed limit. For anyone who has driven through the state of Florida, you know how boring it can be. But once we got out of Florida, it was really cool to drive through Alabama and Mississippi as those are two states I’ve never been to before.

The hotel we stayed at was the Hotel St. Pierre. It is right in the French Quarter, but a few blocks removed from all of the craziness. After reading some reviews, I decided on this hotel because I read that it was old and charming and right near everything but not in the middle of everything. I think it would have been very loud to stay at a hotel that is right on Bourbon or Royal Street.

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