To sum up this post into 4 words: Key West is awesome. If you’ve been, you probably know this
already. If you haven’t, we’d highly recommend putting it on your short list of
places to travel.
Matt & Kristy
Key West offers a small airport to fly directly into, but
you can also fly into Miami or Ft. Lauderdale and make the 3-4 hour drive with
a rented vehicle to Key West, which is what we did. We’ll go into this road
trip in more detail in a future post, but this is one of the few times we can
say we wished the drive was longer! If it’s in your travel budget, rent a
convertible. It’s only $20-$30 more per day than a small car and you won’t
After an adventure filled road trip we finally made it to
the southern most point of the continental US and decided we would look for a
great beach to enjoy the day. Our
research pointed us to Ft. Zachary Taylor Beach, which is located on the south
west perimeter of Key West. There was a small parking fee of $7 per car to
enter and this allowed us to park right next to beach. When we stepped outside,
it was the perfect Florida beach day, like something you’d see on a postcard—not a breeze or cloud in the sky and the ocean looked like crystal clear
blue-green glass. Even better, the beach
never got crowded all day as there was plenty of space for people to spread
Matt and friend Andrew geared up
One of the highlights of the day for us was the snorkeling.
For a fun activity to do at the beach, we’d highly recommend picking up a
snorkeling set. You can outfit yourself with fins, snorkel, and a mask for
under $50. Many of the places we’ve snorkeled haven’t been advertised for their
snorkeling, and it’s been amazing the amount of underwater life we’ve seen.
Just 10-20 yards off of Ft. Zachary Beach it was flourishing with underwater
life. We saw around 10 different species of fish including some 3 foot long
While Key West as a whole is a must-see for anyone who
enjoys traveling, Ft. Zachary Taylor beach is a must-do while you’re there. Whether
it’s lounging out on the beach, walking the miles of pristine coastline, having
a picnic lunch in the park, or snorkeling, this is a great place to spend a day
in Key West!
With the amount of snow Vermont had gotten to end 2016, we couldn't think of a better way to ring in the new year than a ski trip. On New Year's Day we headed up to the Stowe Mountain Lodge for two days of skiing and enjoying the many pleasures the resort had to offer.
From the minute we arrived, everything at Stowe Mountain Lodge was 5-star. One thing we really appreciated was how easy they made it to get skiing and settled in. Most skiers and boarders would agree that the only negative aspect to a day on the mountain is the time it takes to actually get on the mountain --parking the car, carrying your stuff to the lodge, getting a lift ticket, etc. Stowe Mountain Lodge has eliminated these bottlenecks and given consumers a way to save on lodging rates and lift tickets when booking through their "Snow Days" promotion ( https://www.destinationhotels.com/stowe-mountain-lodge/things-to-do/snow-days ). The promo allows you to book your lodging, lift tickets, and other…
Pinkies up ladies and gentlemen. No this isn't London,
this is High Tea in Boston.
Recently we made a reservation at
Hotel in Boston for their Afternoon High Tea experience. When we
walked into the lobby, our noses perked up and taste buds started dancing with
the cornucopia of tea aromas. The lounge setting of the restaurant
was both luxurious and modern. We were greeted by a hostess who took us to our
white tablecloth setting with beautiful Wedgwood china.
The waiter provided us a
large sampling of different black and green teas to choose
from, all of which have been imported from London. Once we made our selections,
the waiter came back over and served our tea selections in our own
individual Wedgwood teapots.
Our meal was similar to that of a
prix fixe menu, with the opportunity for add-ons upon request. As part of
the experience we were provided an array of delicious
finger sandwiches which were quite filling. However we made sure to save
room for dessert, which …
This past weekend we made a trip up the coast of Maine to Newcastle Inn, to enjoy a beautiful fall weekend. The Newcastle Bed & Breakfast was the perfect embodiment
of a Maine getaway. The Inn features 14 distinct guest rooms and is situated on the
Damariscotta River, providing picturesque scenery. Our room was charming and spacious and
the fresh cooked morning breakfast was the best way to start each day. The
staff was very welcoming and friendly and Julie, the Innkeeper and owner,
shared many great dining and activity recommendations.
After heeding Julie’s recommendations, we set out for a busy
Saturday. To get our blood flowing, we started with a hike at La Verna Preserve. Located about twenty minutes
from the Inn, the hike was about a three mile loop trail that featured beautiful woodlands, leading to Maine’s renowned, rocky coastline.