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Girl sitting under a tree in Bermuda
ADVENTURE

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

ADVENTURE

The Windy City Travel Guide

One of my favorite things about living on the East Coast is that you can travel anywhere so fast. On the West, you can drive to AZ (Which I do love) in 5 hrs, but over here, in Boston in that time you can go to many different states!

So from Boston to Chicago, which hint hint, will be what I’m telling you about is about a 2 hour flight. SO EASY for a perfect weekend getaway. I had always wanted to go to Chicago, and once we were here it was only a matter of time before the windy city called our names.

I had no idea what to expect, I had heard GREAT, AMAZING, and UNBELIEVABLE things about Chicago, but on the other hand I heard “ehhh” so I had no idea what to think.  But I was pleasantly surprised. San Diego has amazing food and people were like wait til you get to Boston, and Boston has amazing food too, but Chicago. Wow it’s like a food tour is necessary. And I’m a firm believer that calories don’t count on vacation. 

We ate a lot, which I can’t complain. Eating in review you ask? Fine. I’ll divulge, but you have to promise not to judge. And there were even places on my list I wanted to go to and couldn’t. This picture describes all my eating: #eatwithoutregret

Lou Malnati’s: Deep dish. They’re pretty much everywhere, honestly when I look at deep dish, I don’t think it looks good. You can’t see the cheese, all you see is sauce, and who likes that part really of the pizza? Then you cut it and the cheesy goodness is exposed.

Garrett’s: Popcorn. It’s a classic, “Garrett Popcorn” and you get cheddar and caramel, gross right? NO!

Cupitol: For the coffee. Best. Pumpkin. Latte. We started everyday with a cup.

Eataly: Get some cheese, meats, and crackers for a little snack.

Public house: I got avocado toast, so you know now I’ll never be able to afford a house. (Sorry I’m trying to adult over here.)

M. Henry: BRUNCH! It was featured on a food network show- #1 best brunch in the U.S., so yes of course I had to try. (Look at that florentine shrimp and crab cake bennie on the left and cinnamon roll french toast right in the middle).

Old Town Pour House: They have every appetizer you could ever want. And I think our eyes were bigger than our bellies, but it was all so good. That was a reoccurring theme of the food though.

P.S. There are soooo many rooftop bars, with amazing views of the city that are a must.

We walked a lot (and took the L). Pro tip: we bought a 3 day pass for $25 which gave us unlimited rides. The most tourist spots? Okay, I’ll share. (Here’s a sneak peek of the pics version of them.)

   

Architecture Tour – I’ll be the first to admit, I thought this would be cheesy, but multiple people told me it was a must do. It’s crazy to go through the city and see all the buildings and learn about the history, and even what they have planned and how perfectly it all fits into each other. Did Chicago really burn down because of a cow?

Willis Tower –  1,453 feet tall with an observation area, called the SkyDeck, on the 103rd floor, 1,353 feet above the ground. I heard about it on the architecture tour and knew we had to go. D wasn’t thrilled at all, but me? Couldn’t wait.

Millennium Park/The bean – Your classic picture, it’s as big as you think it would be. They have concerts, a perfect picnic spot,

Navy Pier – Right on Lake Michigan, I found it so amazing that the lake is soooo blue. Like Caribbean waters. If it wasn’t cold and windy, this mermaid would have jumped right in. There’s a huge ferris wheel, and places to eat.

Michigan Avenue and the Magnificent Mile – all the shopping you could possibly want. Every store, big and small. Plus a huge mall!

Buckingham Fountain– If you know the Balboa Park fountain, then it reminds me a lot of that. It’s a huge fountain, with the city in the background.

SPORTS! Yes, we watched them, c’mon you think Danny would go and not? So the Kings (hockey) as always is intense, and it’s not far from the city! We got a box seat with unlimited food, which was most certainly a problem. And the Cubs, we watched a game from across the street on top of some apartments. Definitely different, and definitely fun. But Wrigley Field is one of the oldest baseball fields, and hey, they just won the world series!

Overall: LOVED CHICAGO! It’s one of the most photogenic cities, with the most amazing food, and of course, the most fun!

~ XOXO, the wanderlust struck, Amanda