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Your Weekend Guide to Seattle, WA

I recently took a weekend getaway to Seattle and it’s safe to say my weekend in Seattle was cram packed because there’s so much to see, do, and of course, eat! I first went to Seattle when I was in college and living on the west coast again, I need to take advantage of all the perfect weekend destinations, like Seattle. I went in early November and I lucked out with great weather! It wasn’t too cold and it didn’t rain until the last afternoon on the day we were leaving. Here’s everything you need to know about traveling to Seattle, WA!

Ultimate Seattle Bucket List 

What to do in Seattle

Seattle Great Wheel

Last time I was in Seattle, I didn’t make it on the great wheel..but this time it was a top priority! The Seattle Great Wheel is located on Pier 57 The Seattle Great Wheel gives you unbeatable views of the city, the mountains in the distance, and the water. You go right over the water so if you’re a little scared of heights, I wouldn’t sit and stare down. You will get to go around the wheel three times so I recommend switching the side you’re sitting half way through to make sure you get the best of all the views! 

You can sit up to 6 people in a gondola and unless you have kids in your party, there’s even a bar you can grab a drink while you’re waiting in line. 

Space Needle 

The Space Needle is an iconic Seattle landmark that was built in 1962 for the World’s Fair and to this day is known to be one of the most photographed structures in the world. The tower stands 520 feet tall and gives viewers 360 degree panoramic views. 

Once you step out of the elevator, there’s two floors, the bottom floor is a glass bottom that revolves. It’s a little sketchy because you can see more than 500 feet down! The upper level has benches and a glass wallIf you can, try to visit the Space Needle on a day when “the mountain is out”. Which means it’s a clear day and you can see Mt. Rainier.

Chihuly Garden and Glass

This garden (not sure exactly what to call it) is beautiful! Dale Chihuly is the famous glass sculptor who created everything. There are three main parts, the garden, the glasshouse, and the exhibits where you see beautiful sculptures and colorful glass. It’s a quick spot, about an hour to see the whole thing but it’s so worth it! 

TIP: You can get admission to the Space Needle, Chihuly, the Aquarium, and two other attractions for one price with the Seattle CityPASS. It can offer great money savings if you’re visiting all the popular spots. OR if you aren’t going to the Aquarium you can buy tickets to both the Space Needle and Chihuly Garden together and save a few bucks. 

Waterways Cruises 

Ahoy! The Waterway cruises take off from both Seattle, WA & Kirkland, WA which is only about 15 minutes from Seattle. We took off for our dinner cruise out of Kirkland and it was a cute little town, to me it felt like it would be a cute set for a movie. The cruise itself was a little over 2.5 hours and we were out on both Lake Union & Lake Washington, not to mention we got beautiful views of the Seattle city skyline on the water. Seattle does have a beautiful skyline! 

We had a great meal as well! The captain and crew welcome you on board with a glass of champagne. We started off with caramelized onion & tomato bisque soup, then for the main course I got salmon and my Mom got steak, both were outstanding. We ended our cruise with a crème brulee. 

Waterways also has weekend brunch cruises, supper cruises (which is a buffet), and they even do weddings and events on board. For more information or to book your own, visit Waterways website! 

Kerry Park

If you’ve ever watched Grey’s Anatomy, this spot is a must. It’s where Meredith Gray spent a lot of her talks with her friends – Christina Yang & Alex Kerev. Even better? You can see Meredith’s “intern house” just a block away. You get amazing views of the city, even on not the clearest day. It’s about 10 minutes away from downtown and totally worth it, grab a cup of coffee/tea/hot chocolate and head up. 

Amazon Spheres 

This is an absolute must! It’s basically a cluster of bio-domes/life size terrariums, where Amazon workers get to work during the week. I was very jealous of their offices, really puts mine to shame! They open them to the public on Saturdays for viewing, so make note during your trip, and be sure to buy tickets ahead of time because they do sell out! 

Plant Shop in Capitol Hill

I have no green thumb whatsoever but I love admiring a cute plant shop, and the one in Capitol Hill was beautiful! They have two levels of plants and if I lived near, I’m sure I’d be in all the time. 

The Underground 

Did you know that under Seattle in Pioneer Square, there was once an underground city? Neither did I! We did a tour with Beneath the Streets which was a one hour walking tour and it’s kinda crazy to think about. The underground was built in the 1890’s and it’s still standing today, although it’s not in use. I personally think it would be great for speakeasies. Seattle’s underground was built because of a huge fire that took out most of their downtown (31 blocks) which at the time was mostly businesses. They needed to rebuild fast so people could make money, but they also were smart and saw this as a time to make their city better. 

Pioneer Square was built on filled-in tidelands so they rebuilt the city with bricks to help with the flooding/fires and made their city two stories tall and hence the Underground was born! I won’t go too much into detail because it’s a great tour that I’d recommend. Our tour guide was Patty and if you can get a tour with her, I’d try to! She was very knowledgeable and also very entertaining! 

Gum Wall 

Just around the corner from Pike’s Place, this place may be the most touristy, but I had so much fun! You blow a bubble and put it on a wall, it may sound even disgusting, but it’s a great photo – op! 

Pike’s Place

This may be one of the biggest tourist attractions in Seattle, and I fall into the trap! I love a good farmer’s market so this is no different. There’s delicious foods at every corner, I still don’t know how you’re supposed to pick what to try. There are hundreds of vendors to buy countless items and eat anything you’d want. My favorite? The famous flying fish I had seen their “show” before and we were patiently waiting, and saw a group of school children. We asked if they were going to do some throwing and he pulled us right over and started throwing fish right over our heads! It was literally amazing. 

Where to Eat in Seattle 

Pike Place Chowder

Pike Place Chowder seems to be a staple of everyone who goes to Seattle, I have a high standard for clam chowder after living in New England but I thought why not try it! And not too much to my surprise, it was yummy. Soup on a chilly/rainy day in Seattle..is there anything better?! If you’re really feeling adventurous and hungry, you can get a bowl of clam chowder in a bread bowl.

Beecher’s Cheese

If you know me, you know I love cheese so it should be obvious that I had to try the world’s best mac and cheese. I must say, I was impressed, it was very delicious. You can watch them make a HUGE (no exaggeration) tub full of cheese through the window. I’ve heard this is what people bring home on plane’s to their friends and family! 

Piroshky Piroshky

Although I didn’t eat here, I’ve heard nothing but great things! It’s a Russian pastry stuffed with some sort of fillings, both sweet and savory. The line is almost just as long as the original Starbucks, but it does move very quickly. Rumor on the street is that, the smoked salmon is a go to if you’re in a savory mood, and the cinnamon is the best if you’re in a sweet mood.

Biscuit Bitch

This is a popular location for locals and tourists alike, and while it’s yummy, biscuits and gravy just don’t get me going. And that’s pretty much what it is! You can get a whole bunch of different flavors on fluffy biscuits just like down south. 

Fisherman’s Restaurant and Bar

If you’re looking for some delicious seafood and great views right on the water, you have to Fisherman’s Restaurant & Bar! You will get your authentic Pacific Northwest seafood that will amaze you. It was really hard to pick what to get because everything sounded amazing. From deviled eggs, crab cakes, sriracha shrimp, crab & shrimp louie, seared ahi, tacos, fish and chips…how do you decide? The answer? You don’t, your waiter picks for you! We ended up getting clam chowder (in a bread bowl this time) and whole dungeness crab which were both so fresh! I’d highly recommend this place. 

Serious Pie

This is what you’d think, some serious pizza. Serious Pie is one of Seattle’s famous Chef, Tom Douglas’ restaurants. I heard they’re all really yummy/worth going to but this is the one we chose! The pizzas have anything you’d like on them, charcuterie, mushrooms, and all the cheeses. Who doesn’t love a good pizza? I know I do! Was it the best pizza I’ve ever had? I wouldn’t go that far. 

Shaker and Spear

This restaurant is very chic inside, and very Instagramable (if you’re into that kind of thing). You have to order the crusted rockfish, it’s unreal and it’s unlike anything you’ve ever had before. And for a starter you have to get the ricotta kale pomegranate dish. I also loved their cocktails and the names of them, to give you a taste, my favorite was deliver me from L.L. Bean which is Camus vs cognac, benedictine D.O.M., chai, lemon, soda, and bubbles. 

I couldn’t decide to go here for dinner or brunch because they both looked/sounded so delicious and we chose dinner but it was great, so if you’re looking for a brunch place..I’m sure you can’t go wrong with this choice!

Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream

I’m a sucker for ice cream, and this was some of the best ice cream I’ve ever had. I tried a lot of them (no shame!!) and ended up going with the flavor vegan chocolate donut and I’m not a vegan, but I’m not sure I could taste the difference between the ones that were vegan/not.

Monsoon

This was one of my favorite meals I had in Seattle. It’s a small Vietnamese restaurant so I would recommend making a reservation in advance. You have to order dungeness crab roll, caramelized idaho catfish claypot, green beans, and wild chanterelle mushrooms. Everything was so delish! I didn’t think I would be a fan of the catfish, but the waiter assured us that they were really good and one of their most popular dishes and we were glad we ended up getting them. The desserts looked amazing too, we just had no room. 

The Pink Door 

I heard about this bar from a few people and it was highly recommended! It’s in Post Alley and there’s no sign for the restaurant, just..you guessed it..a pink door. We didn’t eat here, just grabbed a drink, but the food did look good.

Where to get Coffee in Seattle

The Original Starbucks 

I get the hype because I’m a big fan of Starbucks but if the line is insanely long, I’m not sure I’d wait. This time I didn’t. I’ve been into the original Starbucks before, and I feel like once you do it once you won’t do it again. It’s definitely a bucket list check off in Seattle!

Starbucks Reserve

This spot is perfect for coffee lovers, as soon as you walk in you’re immediately overcome in the fresh coffee smells and I was in heaven. You can buy goodies, snacks, and even try a premium cup of coffee in a unique setting.  

Oddfellows Cafe

There’s the Oddfellows Cafe and Bar as well as Little Oddfellows at Elliott Bay Book Co. which is the location I went to. While their coffee looks amazing, and I’m sure it is, I got hot chocolate with their homemade marshmallows which were 10/10. It was very photogenic too which is always a plus in my book. They also have your typical brunch/lunch menu and even cocktails! If I lived in Seattle I’m sure I’d be a regular here. 

Where to Stay in Seattle 

The Edgewater Hotel in Seattle

We stayed at The Edgewater hotel very close to downtown, you can also read my full review of The Edgewater hotel. We absolutely loved it, the hotel was right on the water and we were able to walk over to Pike’s/Pier 57. We lucked out with the hotel! It was a quick Uber/Lyft ride to everywhere we wanted to go. It’s also about a 5 minute walk to the monorail! 

Hopefully now you’re convinced to go to Seattle, whether you’re near or far!

~ XOXO, the Pacific Northwest Loving, Amanda 

The front drive of The Edgewater Hotel in Seattle
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Hotel Spotlight: The Edgewater Hotel in Seattle, WA

Last month, during my long weekend getaway to Seattle, WA I had the pleasure of staying at The Edgewater Hotel. I felt like as soon as I walked in that I was in a comfy cozy cabin that was comforting. The Edgewater is the only waterfront hotel in downtown Seattle which gave breathtaking views at all hours of the day. You have the Olympic Mountains in the background and you’re looking directly at Elliott Bay. The Edgewater is a Noble House Hotel who specializes in luxury one of a kind hotel which translated to The Edgewater where no detail was overlooked.

About The Edgewater

The Edgewater was created to be a beautiful hotel from the beginning. It was built in 1962 for The World Fair (like the Space Needle) and to this day, is a favorite for locals and frequent Seattle visitors. The design and decor in the Edgewater give off the Pacific Northwest feel.

The hotel is such a popular hotel that rock and roll legends have stayed including Beatles, Pearl Jam, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, Ozzy Osbourne, KISS, Neil Young, Frank Zappa, Blondie, Jewel, David Bowie, Emmy Lou Harris, Iggy Pop, Jessica Simpson, Rod Stewart, Willie Nelson, and I’m sure there’s more. To this day, there’s a Pearl Jam and Beatles room in the hotel. I didn’t get to check them out, but I heard they are amazing. You can even rent a record player from the front desk to jam out in your room!

My favorite part of the rooms at the Edgewater? The fireplace in your room. There was nothing like listening to the rain and hearing the crackling of the fireplace as you fall asleep. I will warn you, the seagulls think you’ll feed them. So if you like to keep your stay peaceful and quiet, don’t feed the birds!

Seattle’s Waterfront Restaurant

Located in the Edgewater is their restaurant, Six Seven which was absolutely delicious. We ate there for lunch when we first landed and we had no idea what to expect. Needless to say, we loved it. They have a great selection of local wines (drink local, right?) which we indulged in. The restaurant has beautiful waterfront views and a beautiful fireplace.

We split the Pacific Northwest Cesar and had roasted tomato bisque. I was dying to try the truffle fries, but somehow I resisted.

Pro Tip: they have a great happy hour, don’t miss out!

The Best Hotel in Downtown Seattle

The staff was all friendly, from the bellmen to the front desk crew, to the wait staff in the restaurant, and even the gift shop/coffee shop. The guest rooms are either city side or waterside, I’d recommend going with the Waterview because chances are you’ll be exploring the city all day. All the rooms have a European-spa style bathroom with a glass-encased shower which I thought was such fun.

I highly recommend staying at The Edgewater for both locals and visitors. At the very least, go for a dinner or cocktail.

~ XOXO, the newly obsessed, Amanda

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5 Things to do in Boston Before Fall

Are you planning a trip to Boston? Are you a local looking for something to do? Summer is one of the busiest times of the year in Boston and if you’re like me as soon as summer hit in New England you wanted to spend every second outside until dare I say, winter came again. Here are my favorite things to do in Boston in the summertime:

Catch a Red Sox Game at Fenway

Fenway Park is one of the most historical ballparks in the MLB and from the day I moved to Boston, I was converted. There’s nothing like spending an afternoon walking around Lansdowne Street and grabbing a drink before the game and being surrounded by Red Sox Fans. Fenway first opened in 1912 and has been an iconic Boston landmark ever since. You’ll see history of stolen bases, home runs, and although Boston’s fanbase has grown, the original park still stands. They have done expansions to make the park larger which brought about the “green monstah” and “pesky pole” but still, no matter where you sit – there’s not a bad seat in the house. 

Enjoy the Weather & Sit Outside

There are so many great places to grab a cocktail and enjoy the weather! There’s nothing better than feeling the sun hit your skin with a cool cocktail in hand. Sometimes it’s hard to pick but some of my favorites are the patio at Eataly, Lookout Rooftop at the Envoy Hotel, and of course the pop ups around town, City Winery on the Greenway and Cisco’s pop up in Seaport. This spread is from Eataly!

Have a Picnic on the Charles River Esplanade

This might be one of my favorite summertime activities because it’s so relaxing, throughout the year. Grab some friends, some snacks, and some drinks with a blanket and it’s the perfect spot for a great view of either Boston or Cambridge. 

Eat a Lobster Roll & Clam Chowder

New England is famous for their seafood, especially lobster rolls and clam chowder. You’ll feel like a true New Englander while indulging in it’s most iconic foods. There are so many great places that serve lobster rolls, be sure to check out my blog about craving lobstah rolls. The one pictured here is from Saltie Girl which is one of my favorite seafood restaurants in Boston because it’s full of mermaids so it fits me perfectly! 

Stroll Around Beacon Hill

Beacon Hill will always be one of my favorite spots in Boston. Before I lived in Boston, this is what I imagined all the neighborhoods to look like – classic stairs leading up to apartments covered in beautiful brick. Acorn Street is one of the most photographed streets in Boston, and for good reason! 

Now tell me! What do you love to do in the summer in Boston? I’m always looking for new ideas! 

~ XOXO, the Bostonian in me that loves summer

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The Perfect Southern Maine Roadtrip

Southern Maine may be one of my favorite parts of New England. I visited Ogunquit, Maine before I moved to Boston and it may or may not have influenced my decision.  I fell in love with it’s small town coastal charm. But how could you not? I had a friend visit recently and we wanted to get out of the city – so I took her on a mini road trip up the coast of Maine so she too, could fall in love. Here’s a recap of our trip & why I think you should take a day trip too.

First Stop: Kennebunkport, Maine 

Kennebunk is one of the quaintest towns and the Bush family agree so much that they have a “compound” just around the corner. Kennebunk has ice cream shops on every corner and you can’t go wrong with any seafood spot. There’s beautiful hotels and everyone is so friendly. I recommend stopping at The Clam Shack and/or Allison’s to get lunch! 

As you’re leaving Kennebunkport, make sure you stop at “Maine Diner” for some of the best seafood soup you’ll ever get. It’s like clam chowder but with lobster claws. 

Second Stop: Ogunquit, Maine 

Ogunquit will always have my heart. I found it to be the cutest little town and one day when I grow up (haha!) my goal is to buy a house along Marginal Walkway! It’s a short walk along the coast that is a must to do on your southern Maine road trip. You also have to stop in Perkin’s Cove and walk around to grab a souvenir, can you say you’ve been to Maine if you don’t come back with something lobster and some blueberry jam? There are such cute boutiques and stores all around.

A great place to stop here is the “Front Door” which is a piano bar and is SO FUN if you’re here in the evening time. 

Third Stop: York, Maine

Just down the road from Ogunquit is York, where Nubble lighthouse is at. If you didn’t get ice cream in Kennebunk, then make sure to get some here! There’s also a huge salt water taffy place where you can watch it get made. York is a great place to walk around, sit on the beach, and just enjoy Maine.

Fourth Stop: Portland, Maine

Portland is a beer and foodie paradise. Most of these places are good to spend a day in (at the very least) but Portland you could spend a full weekend in. I don’t particularly (or at all) like beer but there are SO many breweries. Their lighthouse is also one of my favorite in Maine! 

Like every town in Maine – Portland is known for their lobster rolls. I had one at Portland lobster company, and I think I made a mistake …if I were to do the day over again, I would get one at Highroller. Not that Portland Lobster Co was bad, I just think it could have been better.  You also have to get fries from Duck Fat, which are some of the best fries I’ve ever had. Stop in one of their most popular breweries Bissell Brothers, Allagash, Austin Street, Shipyard Brewing Company, & Rising Tide Brewing Company (just to name a few). On your way out, don’t forget to stop by The Holy Donut for the ride home. 

Is there someplace I missed that I need to try in Southern Maine? Let me know!

~ XOXO, the Maine obsessed, Amanda

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My Nantucket Travel Guide

Nantucket has been on my radar since I moved to Boston, and it was only a matter of time until I crossed it off my bucket list. If you haven’t traveled to the quaint little island yet, it’s time you book a trip. You’ll find delicious food and drinks, shingled cottages, fine sanded beaches, and cobblestone streets.

Here is my Nantucket travel guide with where to stay, what to do, what to eat, & insider traveler tips! And we only spent 3 days on this quaint island so I’ll give you everywhere we went to and places we wanted to but didn’t make it to.

Grey Lady

Also known as “The Grey Lady” because it’s like the grey lady of the ocean because the island gets covered with a thick fog. People also refer the island as “ACK” because that’s the airport code for the airport. I will say it’s not a budget friendly island, especially in peak season. The island’s population in the offseason is 2,000 which can grow up to 55,000 in the summer months even though it’s less than 48 square miles. One of my favorite things about Nantucket is one side you have the beach and the other side of the harbor.

How to get on the Island

You can fly into “ACK” from nearly airport but I wouldn’t say that’s the easiest nor do you get the full experience. 

There’s a ferry from Hyannis with two companies operating out to the island – HyLine & Steamship Authority which both take about an hour. I’d recommend flying into Boston and then driving the hour to Hyannis and hopping on the ferry! You’ll get the full experience pulling right up into the beautiful Nantucket Boat Basin which will give you your first taste!

Where to Stay in Nantucket

We stayed at an AirB&B but i’ve long admired The Cottages at Boat Basin or The White Elephant. Both looked very cute and would give you the ideal “Nantucket” experience. We enjoyed our AirB&B a lot though and there were sooo many to choose from. I would recommend bringing some cash as some places are cash only so it’s nice not to run into any problems finding an ATM.

What to Eat in Nantucket

Breakfast/Brunch

Island Kitchen – We sat outside at Island Kitchen and they have a lot of seating and can accomodate large groups. They did move on island time, so if you’re in a hurry this may not be the spot for you. I got the tofu scramble, but you can’t go wrong with the avocado toast, eggs benedict, breakfast burrito, or the animal (pictured) which is panko crusted eggs, bacon, sausage, with hollandaise on a brioche bun.

Lemon Press – While we didn’t eat there we did have their lavender lemonade which everytime I see on a menu I have to get. And we stopped in for drinks. I’ve heard this place though, if a great spot for breakfast.

Downyflake – These donuts are the perfect size and they weren’t too dry. They’re cash only ($1) and come in cinnamon sugar, chocolate frosted, coconut, and plain. We got a chocolate and coconut and they were both amazing.

The Handlebar Cafe – I thought this was the best iced coffee we had on the island. They have a cute little water bowl out in front for the pups and you have to walk around to their secret garden to drink your coffee.

Keepers Restaurant – We loved our breakfast here. 3 out of 4 of us got some version of the eggs benedict (fish cake bene & lil’ buddy bene) and both were delish! We got tried “the keeper” because how could you not?

Where we didn’t get to: Black Eyed Susan’s for the pancakes, ‘Sconset Market for the (specifically) blueberry muffins, Brant Point Grill for a bougie brunch with a legendary lobster bloody mary, or 45 Surfside which is known for their pastries.

Lunch/Dinner

Oath Pizza – this place has outdoor seating on the water with endless pizza options which makes for a very affordable meal with a view of the harbor.

Millie’s – is right on Madaket Beach so if you go for dinner make sure you walk down to the beach for sunset. But this place is off the beaten path so it was fun to see more of the island on our way. We got some apps and drinks and shared. We got the dip trio with guacamole, queso, & salsa and then a grilled shrimp quesadilla & a steak quesadilla which hit the spot. I also heard the mahi mahi tacos & salads were to die for. After grabbing a bite to eat make sure you head over to Millie’s Market for some hot sauce to take home because it was that good!

Provisions – I heard a lot of buzz around these sandwiches, so I did have high expectations that were 100% met. We all got different sandwiches so we could try them all because so many of them sounded delicious. My favorites were the thanksgiving sandwich (it’s exactly what it sounds like) and the turkey. This place is another place that is cash only.

Cru – This way by far our most expensive meal but we knew it would be. We all got the lobster rolls for dinner with oysters. We could all agree that the lobster rolls were 10/10. They have a chic/nautical interior & right on harbor so you can’t beat the views. We sat inside but they have an adorable little patio as well. We did call and make a reservation which I highly recommend.

Where we didn’t get to: Galley Beach which I was bummed about because who doesn’t love a restaurant/bar sitting right in the sand?! Lola 41 which is the only buzzy sushi spot on the island, and Club Car for the small italian bites and they have a cute little club car which turns into a piano bar at night.

Ice Cream

The Juice Bar – Notice how this is the only one listed? It’s because this ice cream shop is the best in the whole wide world. I’m not even kidding. I’d recommend going at an “off” time because there can get a line, even if there is one, it’s worth it.

Drinks & Cocktails

The Gazebo – This bar is in the middle of the little downtown strip & gets really popular at night. It’s a must for a mudslide & 888 vodka drink. We did see El Presidente there…heard he frequents the spot a lot.

Chicken Box – This bar has a stage with live music and can get a little rowdy. Your typical live music/bar scene for a fun night of drinks and dancing.

Straight Wharf – Right next to The Gazebo so it’s a great next spot to go get another drink and keep the night going.

What to do in Nantucket

Brandt Point lighthouse – This is the iconic lighthouse you see everywhere when you think of Nantucket. It was first built in 1746 and then automated in 1965. It’s a great photo op and if you take the ferry in, you’ll get some great views of it.

Cisco Brewery – Cisco is a fun place to spend the afternoon, we went to Cisco beach before we wanted to go because we thought that they were close..learn from us, it’s not within walking distance. But it’s a great place to grab a bite to eat, have a drink, & spend the afternoon. They do have other things than beer to drink, like cocktails and wine! There’s also food trucks to grab a bite and live music to enjoy the afternoon.

Whaling Museum –  This is a little museum in town to learn about the history of Nantucket. We didn’t get a chance to stop by but it

Rent Bikes or Mopeds – This is a fun way to get to a different part of the island and see more that you may not be staying around.

Explore the ‘Sconset Bluff Walk – This walk is beautiful walk with views of the ocean and beautiful big homes. You can walk past the cottages and it will lead you straight to Sankaty Head Lighthouse.

Go sailing or out on a boat. Why not be on the water every second you can get.

Head to the beach! We spend a day at both Surfside Beach & Cisco Beach and had a blast at both. Surfside was a little busier and had a restaurant and bathrooms. For majority of the time, we were the only ones at Cisco which was amazing.

Shop – Nantucket is FULL of shopping! If you want it you can get it there from your typical touristy shops and then other must – go to’s including For Now which is a pop-up so consumers can discover new brands and their motto is “find what you weren’t looking for” which I am obsessed with. There’s also a Beautycounter pop up so you can try all their products, if you do go – make sure if you buy anything to let them know you’re shopping with me! (Amanda Sobkowiak). There’s also Skinny Dip Nantucket and Levitate which both have good items to check out!

There’s no way you can cram everything into one trip, we sure didn’t. Trust me, you’ll be back. I know I will!

Until next time, Nantucket!

~ XOXO, Becky aka Amanda

Two girls at Disneyland in California
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Tips for the Best Disneyland Experience

Let’s just start off by saying that Disneyland isn’t known as “Happiest Place on Earth” for no reason. I grew up with fantastic memories of Disneyland and while as I got older I didn’t go as much as I used to, it’s safe to say that every time I go I leave with a smile from ear to ear. Here’s how to make the most of your time at both Disneyland and California Adventure Park.

California Adventure & Disneyland

While Disneyland is known as the iconic park, I love them both equally. California Adventure park was my first upside down roller coaster and their rides are more geared towards adults. Disneyland has more rides and it covers a larger layout. Disneyland is comprised of Disneyland, California Adventure Park, Downtown Disney, and between the parks, they have 3 hotels. Between the two parks, there are 16 themed lands, over 90 rides, and over 90 places to dine. This goes without saying, but I would recommend spending more than one day here, especially for a first-time visit.

Balloons at Disneyland

Tips & Tricks for a Magical Trip to Disneyland

  • Buy Tickets in Advance. Whether that be online or at a third-party office, this way you’re not wasting the day at ticket booths and can jump straight into the park. I’d recommend getting a hopper pass this way you can jump between both parks and you don’t have to spend all day at a certain park.
  • Spend time at both parks. Disneyland which opened in 1955 is your typical Disney experience from It’s a Small World to Dumbo to Pirates of the Caribbean to every princess. While California Adventure is more related to the Disney-Pixar side of things like Frozen, Monsters Inc, Cars, Etc.
  • They don’t sell alcohol at Disneyland. I used to love going to Cove Bar and Ariel’s Grotto for drinks, watching the roller coaster, and having a few apps. They’ve now closed it and it’s now Lamplight Lounge ~ stay tuned on the verdict with that restaurant. 
  • Plan your Disney trip not during peak times. Disneyland is busy from locals to people visiting from every part of the world. It’s best to avoid going during “peak” times like summer, any spring breaks, or Christmas vacation to beat the crowds and long lines.
  • Don’t forget about the FastPass. You can get one free FastPass at a time. This way you can plan out the rides with the longest wait time and plan to go back later.
  • Stay at a Disneyland Hotel. This may seem over the top, but you can cut down on transportation time, have very easy access in and out of the parks, and can go drop off or rest (which you will want to do).
  • Use the Disneyland App. This will give you an interactive map of the park and let you better plan out your day. The app will give you estimated wait time for rides, let you know the estimated FastPass return time and where the characters that are out in the park are. I’d recommend bringing a portable charger for your phone, especially if you’re planning on using the app at all.
  • Make a plan. Since wait lines can get long, the park can get crowded, or who knows what else, make sure you have a plan on your “must-do’s” or “must-see’s” so those don’t get missed out on.
  • Don’t forget to buy your ears! This is a staple for everyone visiting the park, no matter the age. They will magically fit on everyone and make you feel like a little kid again.

Here’s you have it, the best time at both Disneyland & California Adventure! Now all you need is faith, trust, and a little bit of pixie dust.

~ XOXO, the Disney Lovin’, Amanda

A girl standing in front of a lighthouse in Newport, RI
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Weekend Getaway in Newport, RI

It’s no secret, or it shouldn’t be, that I am obsessed with all the picturesque coastal towns that line New England. I spent a weekend in Newport, RI & I had been before for a day, and I couldn’t wait to get back. (Again, I can’t wait to go back.) When I booked this weekend, I thought it would be full of spring weather with bright and shiny skies, but it was full of snow. Here’s what to do, what to eat, & where to stay.

What to do in Newport, RI

Newport Vineyards

  • Tour the Newport Mansions, some of the largest homes in America & they were once used as “summer homes.” Most of the homes were built between the 1870s- 1920s. I toured the breakers which was the summer home of the Vanderbilts.
  • Take a walk on Cliff Walk. This is a walk along the ocean where you walk by a lot of the Newport Mansions and if you do the whole walk it’s 3.5 miles.
  • Newport Vineyards. We stopped on the way into the city, it was right off the road & the wines were all so good! It was snowing (yes, ugh!) so we didn’t walk the vines but they looked beautiful.
  • Shop along Thames Street & Bannister Wharf with so many cute little boutiques & tourist shops, you’ll find something to take home!

What to eat in Newport, RI

Lobster roll at The Morring in Newport, RI

Iced coffee in front of coffee grinder

  • The Mooring – we had a famous lobster roll here & it was right on the water.
  • Get a coffee at Coffee Grinder
  • Breakfast at The Corner Cafe, their menu is huge and they will 100% have something for everyone. I got the breakfast scrambler and it was to die for. It’s also so cute inside, almost like Grandma’s house.
  • Grab a cup of the famous clam chowder from The Black Pearl

Where to stay in Newport, RI 

I stayed at Gurney’s Newport, but I also have heard great things about the Castle Hill Inn. I think there are so many hotels, air bnbs, and inn’s all with such charm that it’s hard to go wrong with anywhere!

Until Summer, Newport!!

~ XOXO, the New Englander, Amanda

Stowe, VT
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Stowe, VT Travel Guide

I spent a weekend in mid-November in Stowe, VT. I had never been, but it’s been on my radar for some time because I see it all over the ‘gram! It’s safe to say, I loved it! Here’s my guide to seeing the town, eating, & what to do ~

Disclaimer: 1. I don’t like beer, and there are SO many breweries there. 2. I didn’t ski (so if you go in the winter, that’s an added given on what you have to do).

Beautiful scenery in Stowe, VT

Where to stay in Stowe 

I stayed at The Lodge at Spruce Peak. Did I love it? Yes. Guys, it had a fireplace in the room! I could have died a happy girl!! (I also don’t have one in our apartment in Boston, isn’t that WRONG?!) But the hotel was great! It was cute, everyone was friendly, the beds were comfy.

They have a heated pool and jacuzzi and the floors around it was heated, this SoCal girl had never even heard of that, so I thought it was pretty cool.

Where to eat in Stowe, VT

Stowe has SO many good food options! The Bench – I had lunch there and it was very delicious – dare I say BEST mac n cheese ever?! We also had a burger and a pizza which were very good as well. They have a wood fired oven which was the center of the kitchen so you know everything that came out of there was going to taste good.

We also stopped in The Alchemist for a few apps and drinks. We made friends with the bartender who made some of the best espresso martinis I think I’ve ever had! Their special was apple which wasn’t bad but you can’t top the espresso!

There was also live music at this spot called the Rusty Nail – which is also a mexican food place called Tres Amigos (It didn’t make sense to me either, but I went along with it!) Their margaritas were delish & the live band was fun. He was a local and his family was all there and he was JAMMING!

What to do in Stowe

I was in need of a relaxing weekend! And isn’t that what vacations were for? I got breakfast in bed, jacuzzied, walked around their cute little downtown, typical vacation things. I think their downtown is such a cute little mountain town. Live music at the place I mentioned before is a must!

Obviously there were people skiing, and if I had known that there would be so much snow already (I would have needed to as well!) The Country Store on Main & Stowe Wine & Cheese are both worth stopping into to bring home a little Stowe with you.

Overall, I was a big fan! I love small and quaint towns and would 100% recommend!

~ XOXO, the snow bunny Amanda

Girl sitting under a tree in Bermuda
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Bermuda Travel Guide

I’ll start off by saying Bermuda is beautiful. They always say “have a bermudaful day” and it’s true! The water is some of the bluest I’ve ever seen. On the cab ride from the airport to the hotel, I kept saying “this water is so blue!” and the cab driver laughed. He saw it everyday, and I am jealous!!

Traveling to Bermuda

I’ll start off by saying, I’m used to going to Mexico – where it’s not that I haven’t felt safe or anything but there’s always the thought in your head and you hear lots of bad stories. While in Bermuda, that’s not the case. Everyone was sooo nice. I took a photo of the marina, thought Danny was standing behind me and said, “I like Bermuda” and a local was walking by answers me, and said “I’m glad you do, I do too.” Before we went we also heard it’s expensive, and sure I knew it wasn’t going to be “cheap” by any means – but it’s more than Boston prices 100% and that I wasn’t necessarily prepared for. But my motto is, you don’t go on vacation to be cheap and not to things, not try things. Otherwise it’s not the right time for vacation!

We chose to go to Bermuda because the flight was just over an hour and a half! It was such an easy flight which made our decision so perfect. We left Friday morning and had half of Friday and came back Monday afternoon so we had most of Monday as well!

One notable thing about Bermuda is the city shuts down on Sunday’s. It was hard to find restaurants or shops open. We wanted to go to the Dockyard and do a snorkeling tour – but we found out fast that nothing happens on Sunday’s.

One thing I always try to do when visiting a place is to ask locals where to go – off the beaten path sort of finds! Here’s everything we found!

Where we stayed in Bermuda 

We stayed at the Princess Hamilton in Bermuda. We loved the location! It was right in the middle of downtown – walking distances to shops & restaurants. The room was upgraded and the grounds were beautiful. The hotel was pink and the way the palms hit it, I was obsessed.

There’s a private beach which they have a shuttle that takes you to, and remember when I was talking about the clear blue water? Talk about getting to lay on the beach all day and stare at it! Yes please.

Overall, we were happy with our hotel! And the pool situation couldn’t have been better! Give me sun and I’m a happy girl.

palm leaves against pink wall

Must-eats & drinks in Bermuda 

First of all the island signature drinks are a “Dark & Stormy” and a “Rum Swizzle” which are a must. We drank these at The Swizzle Inn & The Pickled Onion & pretty much everywhere we ordered a drink at. But those two places were “authentic”.

We ate at our hotel’s restaurant, 1609, and we got the ahi-tuna flatbread – which I would highly recommend. We also had “fine dining” at Harry’s but fine dining in Bermuda isn’t that much more $$ than any other meal you’d eat. Plot twist: Italian? In Bermuda? Who would have thought! But we did at Little Venice, and it was delicious.

For dinner one night, I was craving sushi – we were recommended Beluga, Peal, and Coconut Rock. We went to the Coconut Rock, and it didn’t disappoint – does sushi ever though? We also found a coffee shop/cafe, Buzz, which had delicious coffee and we also got breakfast sandwiches at.

What to do in Bermuda

We spent a lot of time at the pool and beaches. We never made it to the Dockyard where all the cruise ships come in – which is also where a lot of sailing/snorkeling charters take out from. That’s where most of the “fun” & “touristy” things happen. There’s also the botanical gardens which looked beautiful as well! Our front desk girl, who checked us in said it wasn’t mind blowing, so we listened to her.

Horseshoe Bay was a beautiful beach! White sand, blue water, what else do you honestly need in life? Thought about just building a little cottage and never coming out! Who’s with me?!

We did walk through the Crystal Caves which was amazing – and I would highly recommend. It’s crazy to think how the Earth works and a little sketchy walking down steps into a cave, which apparently two 14 year old boys discovered manyyyy years ago.

Overall, we loved Bermuda! And would recommend and who knows, maybe we’ll visit again!

Have any other questions? Or places next time we have to hit up? Let me know!!

~ XOXO, the mermaid, Amanda

sunset & wine on the marina
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Weekend Guide In Kennebunkport, ME

Kennebunkport, ME

One of my favorite things about living in Boston and the East Coast in general is that there are so many places that are a driveable distance. In California, you can drive 16 hours and be in the same state! Danny and I took a weekend trip from Boston, MA to Kennebunkport, ME and had a blast! I love Southern Maine more and more every time I go, and Kennebunkport is no different. Here’s everything you need to know!

From Boston to Kennebunkport is a little over an hour and a half, which isn’t too bad for a weekend!

Where to stay:

We stayed at a cute little boutique hotel The Yachtsman Hotel & Marina and we loved it! The staff was so friendly, and every room (yes every single one) is right on the water! They had breakfast in the morning and the coffee was SO GOOD. I’m a fan of feeling like a valued guest at a hotel vs. just another guest & that was how they treated us.

Where to eat:

First off, the real question is..can you ever get enough lobster in Maine? The answer is no! You’ll get it in a second…

  • The Boathouse– We ate dinner here and it was so delish!! I got tuna poke and it was some of the best I ever had (and I swear I’m not just saying that because I was hungry.)
  • Alisson’s – We got a lobster pizza & of course your traditional lobster roll here and I must say, lobster pizza was not what I expected (not sure what I did expect) but was so good! Who knew that makes a good combo – but it does!
  • Salt & Honey – We had a light breakfast here, salmon on rye which is a cute little (it felt like local’s) hangout. The servers had locals who wanted “the usual.” It had a cute vibe to it!
  • The Clam Shack – I must admire (regrettably) that we didn’t go here. But it looked and smelled so good! We were between this and Alisson’s and our tour guide said to go to Alisson’s so we listened. So I’ve been thinking about making a trip up just for a lobster roll here..so stay tuned!

What to do:

  • As I’m sure if you follow me on Instagram – you saw, but New England Eco Adventures is a must! They have a navy rib boat (aka goes super fast) and we did the Boon Island Lighthouse & Nubble lighthouse tour. It was amazing to be so close to a lighthouse – and who knew there was a lighthouse off the coast!
  • Ride bikes! Our hotel had them to use, but we had so much fun riding along the coast. I am obsessed with Southern Maine for a reason.
  • Shop. There are so many cute little boutiques and of course the touristy shops along their downtown.
  • Get a shipyard beer. They have a tasting room right next to Federal Jacks’s which is a local bar.