Southwest is one one of my favorite airlines here in the US and I saved big over the last year with their Companion Pass. For those that don’t know what a Companion Pass is, it’s a pass that lets you choose one person to fly free with you every time you purchase or redeem points for a flight. So, since I almost always purchase 2 tickets (one for me and one for Ryan), it was a huge money saver!
We heard there was a fairly new restaurant in town; Haven, that specializes in house-made charcuterie and cultured artisanal cheese so we had to check them out.
I've only visited Long Beach a couple of times and it was to meet up with friends for dinner. One day, I went to Long Beach for a shoot and it was at Rancho Los Alamitos Historic Ranch. I had no idea about this location and was surprised at how beautiful and peaceful it was. Surprisingly, it's located adjacent to California State University.
We've been to Colorado before to explore Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park, but this was our first time exploring Denver. Whenever visiting Colorado, I hear a lot of visitors talk about what they did outside of the city, but not many recommendations on what to do in the city of Denver. With the help of Visit Denver and some local friends, we were able to find some fun things to do while we were there for 36 hours.
Is everyone ready for Black Friday deals!? We're never ready for the crazy shopping in stores, but we love online shopping! Here are some great gift ideas for those travel lovers out there.
Southern California just doesn't want to cool down (it's November and 90 degrees), so I decided to check out the Pirate Tower one afternoon at Victoria Beach. This beach is right next to Laguna Beach, but I was told that it was in a residential area. This meant that it is away from the tourist crowds and sorta private.
These are the five things we took into consideration when we purchased a new suitcase.
Absolutely loved everything about Aruba and it felt like a true tropical paradise like I've never experienced before!
Anytime someone mentions Vegas, I instantly think of Bacchanal Buffet and I start rambling about how amazing this buffet is. I’m not a huge buffet person, but this place is special. It’s so good that it makes me want to cry. Yes, I’m pretty sure I mentioned this before, but I cry for good food. When we booked our trip to Vegas, I was overjoyed we were staying at the Paris Hotel because Bacchanal was right across the street!
We explored Tampa quite a bit more this year and experienced so many fun things to do in the area! If you're visiting Tampa, here are some fun things you can do in this great city:
We didn’t know much about the Ringling Museum of Art before we visited, but we’re sure glad we stopped by when we were in Sarasota. We were blown away by this museum.
Romona is a city that I stumbled upon by accident. I was looking for an Airbnb in San Diego and the only thing available was in a town called Ramona. I was desperate to stay somewhere that wasn't a hotel and booked the Airbnb the night before my arrival.
Downtown Disney recently changed their name to Disney Springs with a whole bunch of renovations and we wanted to see all the fun new shops and restaurants they added.
Cask Social Kitchen opened in June 2015 and has quickly became one of our favorite restaurants in Tampa. Located in Hyde Park, it’s one of the restaurants in the area not to be missed.
We've done a good amount of traveling in the US and here's our top 10 favorite photos we've taken from across the country that inspires us to travel more.
I’m always in search of a good camera bag and have several bags for different occasions. I take my camera with me everywhere and when I go out to eat dinner or visit a museum, I use this camera bag by JoTotes most often. It’s not obvious that it’s a camera bag and it’s still small and stylish for an outing.
We've been searching for a local coffee shop in Tampa that has it all - good coffee (obviously), friendly service, plenty of seating and free wifi - and we finally found it: Ginger Beard Coffee!
There are still SO many places we need to visit around the world, but here's our top 10 favorite photos we've taken from around the world that inspires us to travel more.
Oxford Exchange has been around in Tampa for awhile, but we only recently visited for brunch. I don't know why it took us so long to visit this place because it is gorgeous!!
We have fallen in love with our new carry-on suitcase from AWAY. We were in need of a new suitcase and heard about this new, high-tech travel gear through social media and knew we had to get one for ourselves.
I was traveling to Chicago for a weekend and since I’ve been around downtown Chicago numerous times before, I wanted to explore something different. I started researching what was near Chicago and came upon Shipshewana, Indiana; a small Amish town only a couple of hours away and thought it was a perfect place to check out!
I recently made a trip to Amish country Indiana in Shipshewana, but beforehand, I stopped by Cook’s Bison Ranch, which was 30 minutes southeast of the city. I have never seen bison up close before, so thought this was a perfect opportunity to learn more about these animals going through the fields in a tractor wagon.
We are both coffee people and both have a Nespresso machine sitting in our kitchen, so we love the Nespresso Cafe! There are a handful of them across the U.S., but the largest one is in Beverly Hills, California.
We wanted to stop by the Villa Blanca Italian restaurant because Crystal is a huge fan of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and one of the stars on the show, Lisa Vanderpump, owns this restaurant. We actually stopped by one of her other restaurants, Sur, a couple of years ago and ran into Mrs. Vanderpump herself! Crystal was so happy and Lisa was kind enough to take a picture with her. We weren’t so lucky this time, but still had a fun time at the restaurant.
I haven’t been to the Tampa Museum of Art in awhile and since I had free admission by staying at the Le Meridien Tampa hotel, I made sure to take advantage of a visit. Tampa Museum of Art is a beautiful museum located in the heart of downtown Tampa. The award-winning building was built in 2010 by architect Stanley Saitowitz and has become an icon at Curtis Hixon Park.
This summer we decided to take a 4 day road trip through California. We didn't take the typical road trip along the Pacific Coast Highway. Instead, we started our trip heading east from Los Angeles, then we made our way up north to the desert and the forest.
We wanted to visit Manzanar National Historic Site because it really hits home for us. It's not a site in the United States that is very well known. We actually found out about it recently through a friend. We knew the history behind it, but didn't know that the camp site was preserved.
Visiting Sequoia National Park has been on our list for quite some time. We've always heard that these tall and giant sequoia trees are quite a sight to see, so we were excited to include this location in our little California road trip.
Lake Arrowhead is a beautiful area located in the mountains of the San Bernardino National Forest. You can go hiking, backpacking, bicycling, and fishing during the summer months or snow boarding and skiing during the winter months.