Why Ft. Lauderdale is the perfect beach vacation

I love traveling with my mom and so we try to take one trip a year somewhere together. One of our trips last year happened to be in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and it was an amazing trip. I wanted to share with you guys some of the fun things we did on this trip and why it was the perfect location for a getaway.

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How to spend a weekend in Ft. Lauderdale:

Where to Stay: 

Stay at the Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort. It is at the beginning of the strip of all the hotels along the beach; giving you the perfect opportunity to take walks on the beach and check out some of the other hotels. Also, you are a bit away from the big hustle and bustle, so you get a more relaxing experience with less crowds. There are shops and restaurants around here as well, so there is still plenty to do.

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Where to Eat:

Cafe Del Mar – for hugeeee margaritas!

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El Taquito – located right by the Sonesta Hotel, my mom and I went here a few times to enjoy some breakfast and lunch. It is a mom and pop type of place, but the food was amazing.

Parrot Lounge – this is your typical dive bar situation. Pub food and good beer, can’t go wrong here.

Las Olas Tuscan Grill – this place had very delicious food and it was on Las Olas Boulevard which contains the cutest shops and lots of good restaurants as well.

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Yo Mama’s Ice Cream Shop – for ice cream, enough said 🙂

What to Do:

Las Olas Beach – check out Ft. Lauderdale’s most popular beach and soak up the sun all day. Filled with many shops and restaurants, there will be no shortage of things to do.

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Las Olas Boulevard – this place is perfect for a stroll to check out some boutiques, galleries and amazing restaurants. Do not forget to treat yourself to some gelato of course 🙂

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Day trip to Bahamas – if you have the time I highly recommend this! You do not always get a chance to just head out to the Bahamas when ever you want, so this is the perfect opportunity to do so. There is a boat that can take you on a day trip to Freeport, Bahamas and it is about a two-hour or so boat ride. It is the perfect little getaway and you get to spend your day soaking up the rays by the Caribbean Sea. Just make sure you bring your passport because you will be needing it to leave the country and get to the Bahamas.

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Fort Lauderdale has so much to offer and it is perfect for all kinds of trips: trip with your besties, a family trip, solo trip, but it was especially perfect for a mother daughter trip 🙂

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Happy Travels – xoxo Dre ❤

Best Restaurants in Chicago

It is crazy how much you can discover about your own city, once you treat it as a destination to visit. There is so much you can experience and do in your own hometown that it can sometimes feel like you are on a vacation. I have lived on the outskirts of Chicago for almost 18 years now and have been to so many places, but I honestly took it for granted. When you travel, you are so concerned about seeing new things and having these different experiences that you sometimes forget that you have some amazing sights in your backyard as well.

Now, this will definitely not be my only post on Chicago, because there is just so much this beautiful city has to offer. I thought I would start out with some of my favorite restaurants. Check them out!


Amazing Restaurants In Chicago:

Beatnik – this place is so picturesque and unique. You have to go just for the design because it is stunning. The food is amazing too, but I am just obsessed with the look of this place.

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San Francisco: The Golden Gate City

San Francisco is a city filled with breathtaking views and fun vibes. It is the perfect place to go for a weekend or even a couple of days, and you will never be bored. The city has that downtown, coastal and small town feel which can be hard to find in a single location. There are so many things to experience; from outdoor activities, to historical sites, to amazing food… San Francisco has it all.

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I have compiled a list of a few of my favorite things to do and some others that I will definitely be hitting up next time I am in San Francisco. Check them out:

Golden Gate Bridge – this is kind of a given, it is the staple of the city and it is just a must see.

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Girls Weekend Guide: Denver

Denver has been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember. It seems to fit my outdoorsy personality, so I knew it was a place I wanted to visit. Although, it was a pretty short trip, I know I will be back again to explore more. Denver proved to be a perfect weekend getaway, especially with my friends. It offers so much for you to do and it is such a fun place for a girls weekend trip.


A guide to a Girls Weekend Getaway:

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Where to Stay: 
Stay in the Arts District because it is close to everything and it is a quirky place to be. It is close to bars, restaurants, and about a 25-30 minute drive from the airport. Rent out an Airbnb and enjoy the comfort of having a bigger place to yourself. We all know that us girls need lots of space to get ready, so when you have a bunch of girls stuck in a hotel room with only one bathroom, it makes things a lot harder. Just make sure to think of your luggage because just like a hotel the Airbnb does have certain check in and check out times, and unlike a hotel, you cannot have the front desk hold your luggage. My friends and I ran into a bit of trouble with this because it totally slipped our minds, but we totally made it work. Before check in, we just left our luggage at the brunch place we were at, and at check out we went to a hotel and asked them to hold it for a few hours, but hopefully this can be coordinated with your host instead.

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Dallas Food & Drink Guide

Dallas is a modern metropolis of Texas filled with amazing food and lots of good times. Personally, my favorite part of visiting Dallas was the food and the unique atmospheres the restaurants had to offer. I decided to create a little food and drink guide of some of my favorite places in Dallas for all you foodies out there 🙂


Americano – delicious pizza and a great patio/atmosphere. Located right downtown, go check out the “Eye” after.

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Nickle and Rye – great for some drinks and games with friends. It has an outdoor area as well, and it is located near other bars, so good for bar hopping. Try the whiskey – it is what they’re known for.

Emporium Pies – delicious pies! Go to the one located in the Bishop Arts district and check out all the shops around the area too.

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Ways To Save Money So You Can Travel More

One of the biggest questions that I always get asked is how do you have so much money to travel and my response usually is I don’t, but I make it work. By making it work, I mean I prioritize what is important to me and what I spend my money on. I love to travel and I really want to see the world, so I will invest money in that. I did find some ways that make saving up a little easier, so that I have more money for my adventures.

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Below are some tips and tricks on how to travel more that work for me.

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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 ❤