Edinburgh is the capital city of Scotland and the second most visited city in the UK. (London is number one.) It is known for its festivals, historical sites, culture, food and whisky!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Whenever we would go on a Caribbean cruise that passed Cuba, the captain would usually make an announcement saying that we were passing by the island. For us, Cuba was an elusive place that US citizens were not allowed to go. We were always so curious to see it for ourselves, and when the travel restrictions were eased we booked a cruise as soon as we were able to. Because we love Royal Caribbean, we chose their cruise on the Empress of the Seas that was brought back to the fleet specifically for these cruises to Havana, Cuba. While the cruise also stopped in Key West and Cozumel, Havana was the main attraction and focal point of the cruise.
Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa is a Disney Vacation Club resorted located right next to Disney Springs. It is inspired by the real Saratoga Springs in New York, which is known for horse racing. There are plenty of nods to horse racing, including periodically playing the horse call to race outside of the lobby. This hotel used to be one of our least favorite to stay at, but it has actually become one of our favorites now since Disney Springs has been redone. This is considered a deluxe villa resort, and it has two feature pools, one sit down restaurant, three quick service options, and plenty of golfing. There is also a Senses Spa and great fitness center here. Last time we stayed here they were offering free yoga classes on certain days, which we hope they continue doing! There is also the option to stay in one of the Treehouse Villas, which we have never done but have heard great things about.
Cauliflower rice has been such a phenomenon over the past couple years and unfortunately, I just cannot stand eating Cauliflower. It is disappointing since I love the idea of a healthier version of rice. After searching around, I found Jicama rice as an alternative but it was not exactly great on its own. At the suggestion of my local grocer, I tried Broccoli rice and it is good, but too similar to salad. This prompted me to mix the 2 together and I love it!