Kalamazoo, Michigan is located only a short hour drive away from where I live which makes it the perfect city to visit for a day trip. I recently hopped in the car and headed out to explore an area that was new to me - the Kalamazoo Mall which holds the claim to fame as the first outdoor pedestrian shopping mall in the United States. Built in 1959, the area is super walkable and home to a variety of specialty shops, restaurants, coffee shops, and brewpubs. The main reason for our visit was to get our creative juices flowing while checking out some of the area makers. We had so much fun creating our own candles and terrariums, strolling the sidewalks lined with local vendors and artisans, and sipping on handcrafted beverages. Keep reading to discover some of my top picks for a day trip to Kalamazoo.
Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Discover Kalamazoo. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
I'll admit I don't take many true "vacations." Typically I go on trips which are planned out and full of adventure. But after planning a long weekend getaway with my best friend from college I couldn't wait to just lay on the beach or by the pool with a drink in hand. We decided on Virginia Beach as it was an easy flight for us and a short drive from where our friends live in northern Virginia. It ended up being a great choice and we had a sunny, relaxing time together.
Historic homes, rich history, unique architecture, and trees dripping in Spanish moss..Savannah, Georgia is truly the definition of southern charm. Add in the open container laws and location to nearby Tybee Island, it made the perfect destination for our annual sister trip. We were there in mid-April and heard from a few locals that it was the perfect time to visit before the hot, humid temperatures and bugs arrived. For being a major city, it certainly had kept its small town charm and it never felt crowded or stressful to navigate.
Keep reading to discover how we spent our 4-day getaway living the low country life.
When planning my birthday trip this year I was in search of a destination that would make for a short weekend getaway and offer great hiking and lots to see and do. After some research I landed on Gatlinburg, a mountain town in eastern Tennessee. Known as the Gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, it would also allow us the opportunity to check another national park off our bucket list. While this is a great road trip destination from many major cities, since we were limited on time we decided to fly into Knoxville and make the short hour drive to Gatlinburg.
From tulips to sunflowers, poppies and lavender, flowers fields are in bloom from spring to fall throughout Michigan. Whether you're looking to capture the perfect photo, or want to pick your own bouquet to brighten up your home, I'm here to help you find the best blooms throughout the Mitten State. Keep in mind, when you're visiting any field it's important to respect nature and follow the rules of each business in regards to picking flowers, walking through the fields, making appointments for professional photos, etc.
Known for mild winters and receiving over 300 days of sunshine, Scottsdale makes the perfect destination to escape to no matter the time of year. We recently visited for three days in January and enjoyed 70 degree temps, fewer crowds, and a vibrant and colorful city waiting for us to explore. Scottsdale is also well known for it's pristine golf courses, so if you have a hubby who likes to golf like I do, it should be easy to sell them on this city.
Located only a short drive from Phoenix, Scottsdale is easily accessible by air and many major airports offer affordable direct flights allowing you to make the most of that precious time off. If you're looking to extend you're trip a bit, a short two hour drive takes you to the red rock country of Sedona with breathtaking views and unforgettable hikes. We split our trip between the two cities and it worked out perfectly. Click here to read more about our time in Sedona.
If you're all hiked out or simply looking for a different way to experience Sedona's beautiful red rock landscape, climb aboard an iconic Pink Jeep Tour for the ride of your life with scenic views at every turn. Choose from several different tour options depending on how adventurous you're looking to be. Keep reading for all the details from our experience on the Broken Arrow tour and everything you need to know to book your own including current safety precautions and more.
It's pretty easy to see how Sedona earned its name as red rock country. Even just driving around the area you'll be blown away by the stunning red rock formations and spectacular landscape views. However, the best way to experience all Sedona has to offer is by hitting the trails. We recently visited for three days in January and were able to complete four different hikes - each one more jaw dropping than the next. Keep reading to discover my picks for can't miss hikes:
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! This time of year seems to fly by and the month of December is always a race to squeeze in all the twinkling lights, hot chocolate, Christmas music and festive fun that one person can manage. That's why I was so excited for the opportunity to head down to Hamilton County, Indiana for a weekend packed full of holiday magic. Read on to discover all my suggestions for exploring Carmel and Noblesville.
Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Visit Hamilton County. The itinerary was created by me based on personal research and all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Do you have someone on your shopping list who loves to travel or is always on the go? Or maybe you're just at a loss of what to buy that person who seems to have everything. Over the years I've acquired a list of go-to items which make traveling SO much easier and I'm excited to share them with you. Many of the items on this list I personally own and have used on my own trips - except for a few that ended up on my wish list this year!
From travel gear, to accessories, and even some go to travel OOTD I hope you find something on this list that will make the adventurer in your life very happy this holiday season. I'd also love to hear your suggestions for travel items you can't live without in the comments below.
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I love creating detailed travel guides to ensure you get the most out of your time. On this blog I'll be sharing some of my past trips in hopes that it helps you plan your next adventure. Pack your suitcase you never know where I'll be heading next!
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