My current top 5 places to travel to (subject to change).

1. Costa Rica – Do you want to zip line over a forest with a view of a Volcano and lake? How about hike to a waterfall? Do you like beaches that extend for miles with no huge high rises? I’ll be back!

2. Washington State – Has everything you could dream of.  National Parks, city life, breweries, wineries and vineyards. It may not be the fashion capital of the world, but the scenery makes up for it.

3. Paris – What’s not to love about Paris? Any place I can travel to with an abundance of croissants, wine, and chocolate is an A+ in my book.

4. Hana, Maui – I (barely) survived the road to Hana!

5. London – I feel so Cosmopolitan in London. The people here are friendly and I love taking a stroll through their parks.

Wahgwaan? Antigua January 2011

Wahgwaan? That’s what’s going on in Antiguan.  Kraig lived in Antigua until the 8th grade, so  I was very excited to explore his homeland that has 365 beaches. We stayed in an apartment in a residential area Crosbies Village with beautiful ocean views from the back deck .  A lot of nights were spent at Putters grabbing drinks with friends and family.We ate at Mama Pasta one night and saw the Green Flash at The Trade Winds Hotel another night.   I was lucky enough to spend a day on the beach at Curtain Bluff Resort.

I would definitely recommend checking out Shirley Heights for some great views of Antigua. Kraig’s favorite beach in Antigua is Half Moon Bay, but mine is Pigeon Beach. Make sure to get some Rotis to eat while you’re in Antigua!

Pura Vida! Costa Rica November 2010.

Costa Rica is probably one of my favorite places I’ve been to on earth. There are so many places to explore in CR, so it’s hard to pick where to spend your time with a week long visit. Kraig and I flew into San Jose and spent our first night of the trip at The Adventure Inn. We didn’t really explore San Jose, but the hotel provided a clean and safe stay for the night. We grabbed a car rental the next day and began our 3 hour drive to  Arenal for the first half of our trip.We stayed at The Arenal Nayara Hotel & Gardens.  After checking in, we had two wonderful massage treatments at their spa.  We started off with a Thai Massage which is basically one of the best massages I’ve had in my life. You wear loose clothing and the masseuse pulls/stretches your body in a healing way. It almost feels like yoga meets a massage. After the Thai massage, we finished with a reflexology treatment on our feet. This is the first spa treatment in my life that I actually fell asleep to.  I found the spa in Arenal luxurious with a very well trained staff.  The next day was spent  Ziplining which is probably one of the most daring things I’ve done.  One of the zip lines is 656 feet high!! I highly suggest zipling here because you get views of Arenal, the forest, and Arenal Lake. After we finished ziplining, we  grabbed a bite to eat at Lava Rocks Cafe and then hiked down to the La Fortuna Waterfall. The last day in Arenal was spent with a half day pass to the Tabacon Hot Springs. I almost felt like I was at an adult water park, but everything is clean and lush. There are hot springs in other locations too, but we felt like Tabacon suited us best. After we were done with the hot springs, we ventured back to our hotel to lounge by the pool and enjoy a a tropical drink.

The second half of our trip was spent in Guancaste at Los Altos de Eros. We both got deep tissue massages at Los Altos which were painful ,but therapeutic. The employees at Los Altos are awesome. They know how to make everyone happy! We spent every day in this area going to the beach and relaxing. Playa Conchal is one of my favorite beaches I’ve been to. There were barely any tourists and you have to drive over some water to get there. 🙂

Beaches we went to: Playa Conchal, Playa Flamingo, Tamarindo, Playa Avellanas

I’ll be back!

Sleepless in Seattle. May 2010

My trip to Seattle is one of my favorite trips I’ve ever been on. I constantly daydream about moving there, but for now I’ll have to settle with blogging about it and saving money for another visit there. Kraig and I stayed at a very charming bed and breakfast The Salisbury House.  The Salisbury House closed in 2011, but I hear that one of the owner’s innkeepers opened her own bed and breakfast.

Our first day in Seattle started off with walking around Pike Place Market,  viewing the Gum Wall, and having lunch at Pike Place Chowder.  We decided we needed a coffee to go after an indulgent lunch and ended up at  Le Pichet for sit down cappuccinos and wine. The food at Le Pichet looked good so I was sad I had no appetite after stuffing myself with chowder earlier.  We did some more walking around the city and then had oysters and beers at Elliot’s Oyster House. Any place with an Oyster Happy Hour is good in my book.  We didn’t go to the top of the Space Needle, but that’s because we climbed to the top of the Water Tower in Volunteer Park instead. This is a free and non-crowded activity if you want a more intimate experience than The Space Needle. I do plan on going to the top of the Space Needle someday. Next time! 😉

Our second day in Seattle was spent on an Evergreen Escapes excursion to The Olympic Peninsula.  Alice our tour guide was very knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and outgoing. She made our small group of four feel very comfortable. The Hoh Rainforest, Lake Crescent, and the trees in the Olympic Peninsula are so impressive and beautiful. This tour is Twilight themed, but would be fun for Twilight and Non-Twilight fans alike. Kraig and the other male on the tour both enjoyed themselves because there wasn’t just a focus on Twilight. I really enjoyed myself and I’m very happy I did this tour.

The third day was spent on another Evergreen Escapes excursion at Mt. Rainier.  Our tour guide Matt was laid back, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic. He made the snowshoeing experience fun and educational at the same time. One part of the trip that I particularly liked was when Matt was driving us up the mountain.  Picture being in a car climbing up a mountain in circles as the snow on the ground increases and trees grow larger. We didn’t get to see Rainier per say on our trip, but it was still a once in a lifetime experience.

I really think the Evergreen Escapes excursions made our trip the best trip I’ve ever been on.  Perhaps I might try renting a car the next time I’m in Washington, but it’s fun to have a smart naturalist guide educate you on all the beauty surrounding you.

*Tip – ABC Transportation provides affordable and easy transportation to and from the airport. Make sure to book in advance!