New York State of Mind

Ahhh the city that never sleeps…New York, New York ❤


 

New York is just one of those places you have to see for yourself. Not only is it a world-wide known destination; it is filled with so much to do that you could never be bored.

Now if you are a first timer and not a big city person, then you might be a bit overwhelmed and it might be a scary thought to plan a trip to NYC. Being from Chicago, it is just another big city for me, but when I say big…I really mean it. It is impossible to get through everything in one weekend, but also a weekend is the perfect amount of time as well because you know you will be back.

The city sucks you in somehow and leaves you with wanting more of it, so book that ticket you will not regret it.

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Skiing in the Midwest

Ski season is almost over which means you need to get your butt in gear and check out these fun ski spots in the Midwest. Do not worry, if you cannot make it this year; there is always next year :).

Now the Midwest is not really known for mountain fun, and simply because we do not have any “real” mountains over here. For a girl who loves the mountains just as much as I love the beach, this has become a bit of a challenge. But I did find some spots that are still good enough to get your fix in and are a lot of fun.

There are a lot more spots out in the Midwest to check out and there are still a few more on my list that I am hoping to knock out next year. Below are the ones that I have been to so far and enjoyed:


Alpine Valley (Elkhorn, Wisconsin)

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Alpine is the perfect place for beginners. It has a beginners only pass which is really nice for those that want to learn and are not comfortable hitting some of the harder slopes yet. It is cheaper as well so it is a win win. On the other hand, for those that are more expert, you get to utilize the whole mountain and head over to the non-beginner slopes. Another great thing about Alpine is that it has a resort on site, which is perfect for those that want to stay and ski for a few days.

Cascade Mountain (Portage, Wisconsin)

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This is one of my faves. It is perfect for all levels and has a lot of good runs. A lot of the mountains around the Midwest are not as challenging, so this one makes it a perfect destination for those that are thrill seekers. It is also a couple of minutes away from the Dells, making it the perfect vacation getaway. You get to enjoy some awesome water parks and the perks of hitting the slopes all in one trip.

Christmas Mountain ( Wisconsin Dells)

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Another mountain right by the Dells that is less crowded than the popular Cascade Mountain. The great part about Christmas Mountain is that it has a resort as well, unlike Cascade. It is smaller but it is very suitable for those that want to be in a more relaxed environment and enjoy resort amenities.

Grand Geneva ( Lake Geneva, Wisconsin)

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Lake Geneva has many perks in the summer and is such a great place for a day trip or weekend getaway. But come winter, you get to experience all the awesome snow activities. It is a great place for beginners as well, as it offers quite a few easy runs. The best part of this resort is the town itself, there is a lot to do, so it is perfect for those that want to experience other things as well.

Granite Peak (Wausau, Wisconsin)

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This is my favorite ski area that I have been to so far in the Midwest. It has over 70 runs and it is the most advanced for the area. The intermediate levels here can be compared to some expert in the other places I have mentioned. Be sure to look at the trail map before hand and start at the easy ones just to get some exposure if you haven’t done a lot of skiing in the past. Granite Peak has a lot of areas to it making it the perfect place for all levels and it tends to be less crowded on the harder trails. Another great part is that it offers ski and stay packages and you get better deals if you go for more than one day and you should! The downtown area is really cute and there is a lot to see and do. It is a great place to head out to with a group of friends and spend a weekend filled with pow and good times.

Wilmot Mountain (Wilmot, Wisconsin)

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Wilmot is another great spot especially for beginners. It is newly renovated and is now associated with EPIC which gives you access to some of the best ski resorts out west such as Vail and Whistler. This pass is perfect for those that want to have a place close to home to go to a lot but also take trips out west to go skiing.


The best part is that a lot of them have end of the season deals now or early bird deals for next year, so make sure to check them out asap!

What is your favorite place to ski/snowboard in the Midwest? Let me know in the comments or send me a message, would love to have more to add-on my list 🙂

Also…I realized from these pictures, I need a new ski jacket haha 

Happy Travels – xoxo Dre ❤

2018 Travel Goals and Why They Should Be Yours Too

Happy 2018!

There is just something refreshing about a new year. 365 new days…365 new chance. Although many people have all kinds of different goals, mine always have something to do with travel.

Below are 4 travel goals I want to work towards this year and why they should be yours too:


Goal One: Travel More
Now this may be an obvious one but traveling makes you grow so much more than people realize, so this isn’t just for the fun of it. It has a lot to do with you as a person. Now I can’t explain the travel bug feeling, it is just something you have to experience yourself, but trust me when I say the more you travel the more you will want to. Visiting another city or country makes you see the world in a different way. When you are stuck in the same place constantly, all you know is the few feet you see in front of you. That is why I encourage everyone to take at least one trip a year. This does not have to be some expensive luxurious trip to Bora Bora or something over the top. Drive a few hours to a town near you and sit down at a small cafe and take it all in. Just being in a different vicinity will give you a new perspective on things and opens your mind up to so much more that is out there. So my biggest goal for this year is to travel more and experience all this planet has to offer one destination at a time.

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One Day Getaway

Cinque Terre

Breathtaking to say the least. This five city paradise is a perfect one day destination when in Italy.

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Now you definitely don’t have to limit yourself to just a day because this charming place can be explored in more than one. But if you are looking for a fun adventure, this is the perfect place to go.

The best part is that there is something for everyone and there is a train to take you through the towns, so you can choose which stops to make.


The Adventurous Type: Adventure is definitely out there. Personally my favorite part of my day trip to Cinque Terre was hiking through the adorable 5 towns. Not only do you get an awesome workout in, but the views along the way are breathtaking. And there are plenty of places to take a break along the way which make for great photo ops.

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