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Take Me Back Tuesday – San Juan, Puerto Rico

Well it might not be too surprising, living in the Northeast right now, that I would bring back Take Me Back Tuesday.  And how fitting that I just got back from San Juan, Puerto Rico last week!  Yes, please Take Me Back, Tuesday. Thanks!

I booked this last-minute trip with my girlfriends.  We were looking for a cheap getaway where we could escape from the snow to the SUN! Puerto Rico was the perfect destination for our Girlcation!

Where We Stayed

El San Juan Resort and Casino

This hotel was great.  It is in the Isla Verde section of San Juan, which has a bunch of hotels and resorts and some great restaurants.  It seems most people stay here or in Condado which is another tourist area not too far.  El San Juan had everything we needed during the day; beach, two pools, swim up bars, a couple of restaurants, and even a Starbucks (yes we went to Starbucks in Puerto Rico…it’s still the US).

Not to mention it was a beautiful hotel.

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They even offered free yoga! I was so happy that the girls wanted to do it with me.  It was such a nice way to start our first day.

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The first day we spent plenty of the time on the beach and of course taking some selfies to make everyone at home in the snow jealous.

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We enjoyed the swim up bar of course.  Our drink of choice on this vacation were Mojitos!  The swim up bar had the best pineapple mojito.  Oh what I would do to jump back in this picture right now!

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Take Me Back Tuesday – Newport, Rhode Island

I haven’t written a Take Me Back Tuesday post in quite a bit.  I’m not sure if it’s because I’ve run out of places to write about or that writing about places I’ve been makes me miss traveling….yup I think it’s the latter.

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This week I decided to tell you about Newport, Rhode Island, one of my favorite weekend getaways in both the summer and winter.  Newport is the perfect little nautical town that has something for everyone.  Fantastic restaurants with beautiful ocean backdrops, fun outdoor bars, gorgeous sightseeing, a bit of history, and even some fun adventurous activities!

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My Newport Favorites

Place to Stay

Rheas Inn: My family has been staying here for years.  The owners are super accommodating and friendly.  Rhea’s is set right across from the beach and is a 5 minute cab ride from downtown.  It’s a cozy place with about a dozen rooms and a common area that is stocked for a full continental breakfast (or late night snack).

Newport Beach Hotel & Suites:  If you are willing to spend a little more money, this place is really nice.  I stayed here for my sister’s wedding and had the suite.  It was definitely a 4-5 star experience.

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Easton’s Beach:  Often referred to as “First Beach” this area is right across from the above two hotels.  It gets pretty crowded in the summer, but that’s to be expected.  If you plop your chair in front of the Atlantic Beach Club you can expect some music and college kids enjoying being college kids.

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Midtown Oyster Bar: This restaurant was new this past summer.  Me and Andy loved it.  It had great food and a roof deck!

Red Parrot:  I think my family goes here every single time they visit Newport (and that’s at least a couple of times a year).  It’s kind of a Newport staple right in the middle of Lower and Upper Thames.

Brick Alley Pub:  Another staple restaurant on Thames street.  They have a great salad bar!

The Landing:  If you want a water view, this is a great option.  We weren’t blown away by the food or service but the view is worth it!

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Things To Do

Thames Street:  You can go to Newport and spend the entire day walking up and down Lower and Upper Thames Streets.  They are the cutest cobblestone streets with a ton of great small boutiques, souvenir shops, and of course great restaurants.

Concerts at The Newport Yachting Center:  This is a great small and intimate venue to go see a band.  It’s right downtown and has some great shows.  A fun way to start or end your night.

Cliff Walk:  I absolutely love going for a run or walk on Cliff Walk….I can’t believe I don’t have pictures from it!  Just take my word and go.

Ocean Avenue:  Take a drive on Ocean Avenue if you want to play the game “How much do you think that house is worth?” or “Which one would you buy?”.  The houses on Ocean Avenue are unreal.  A bit different from the old money mansions down the street, these are modern-day million/billionaire’s summer homes set right on the ocean.

Mansions:  I actually haven’t toured the mansions since I was younger but it’s definitely a must – do!  There is so much history and of course a lot to see!  If you want to go when the crowds aren’t there, go during Christmas.  They decorate a few of them for the holidays and they aren’t too busy!

Skydive Newport:  Andy and I went to Newport this past summer just for the skydiving.  It was absolutely awesome!

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Have you ever been to Newport? What’s your favorite thing to do there?  If not, where is you favorite getaway from home?



Take Me Back Tuesday – Chicago!

Happy Take Me Back Tuesday!  I’ve had Chicago on my mind this week.  After those crazy storms ripped through the area I made sure to check in with some friends who live there.  I have visited Chicago three times over the past few years in both summer and in winter!

It’s an awesome city; tons of sights, fun things to do, friendly people, and great little neighborhoods that all have their own little feel.

Looking back at my pictures and remembering my different trips there I realize that I should clarify these Chicago trips were all taken in my early 20’s.  This means while yes we saw some of the main sites, the trips mainly consisted of a bunch of girls in their early 20s reuniting and having a lot of fun!

Here is my list of my favorite things to do in Chicago. 

Cubs Game at Wrigley Field – Wrigleyville

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Wrigley Field is one of the oldest baseball stadiums in the country.  It’s a great thing to do on a summer day.  The Chicago Cubs aren’t the best team in the league so you don’t have super competitive fans (like you might find at a Yankee / Red Sox game).  It’s really just a bunch of baseball fans having a good time!  Wrigleyville is an entire neighborhood around the stadium that has some awesome bars.  Be prepared for drinking marathon if it’s a game day!

The Bean!

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By far one of the coolest monuments I’ve seen.  I always have to make a stop here every time I visit Chicago.

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I love that their trains are raised above the streets.  And I thought Boston was unique!

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This exhibit is right near The Bean.  It has a rolling display of random people’s faces.  It’s a big fountain and a great place for kids to play around in the summer.

Navy Pier


The Navy Pier is a must tourist attraction.  There are a ton of food vendors, souvenir stands, and a giant ferris wheel.

Lake Michigan




Lake Michigan definitely doesn’t look anything like a lake.  It’s huge! I’ve gone to the beach on the Chicago side, which is cool being right next to the city.  We’ve also driven over to Michigan to my friends lake house.  The sunsets here were amazing!