Breckenridge, Colorado – Your Next Go To Adventure

Breckenridge, Colorado – Your Next Go To Adventure

If you have never been to Breckenridge, Colorado make sure it is on your “Future Travels” list. This small little town of 4.9 square miles is home to approximately 4,540 people, 32,000 tourists (annually),  several ski resorts, 5 Rocky Mountain Peaks, hiking trails, fly-fishing, mountain biking, white water rafting, alpine slides and countless unique boutiques and restaurants.

Here are some of the highlights from our recent trip!

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Arizona Adventures – Kimpton Hotel

Recently, David and I went to sunny Arizona for a business conference for Succession Resource Group. Our initial stay was decent and we initially stayed at the Talking Stick Casino & Resort. David and I aren’t what you would call gamblers. We rarely even play the penny slots when we go to Vegas, so there wasn’t much to do for us on the premises. However, the rooms were nice, the parking was free and there was a pool – although I wouldn’t call it a pool resort as it was just a pool with a couple cabanas.

Once the conference was over, we extended our trip a couple days to see the scenery and of course to share our travel adventures with YOU!  We moved hotels and stayed at the Kimpton Firesky Resort & Spa! I found a new love for Kimpton’s.

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Portland, Oregon Favorites

While on our trip to Arizona earlier this week, I realized that we always seek recommendations from people about where to stay, where to eat, what to do. So in honor of travelers everywhere, here are some of our favorite places in and around Portland, Oregon:

Portland Oregon Sign

Places to Stay:

  • Allison Inn & Spa: Located outside Portland in Newberg, Oregon. Allison Inn provides luxury accommodations including: majority of rooms are furnished with king beds, personal terrace or balcony for every accommodation, gas fireplace in all guestrooms and suits, spa-like bathrooms and soaking tubs, complimentary use of swimming pool, whirlpool, fitness studio, complimentary valet and overnight parking, dog walking services, and more.
  • Hotel Monaco (Kimpton): Located in downtown Portland, this hotel was previously built in 1912 and has over 220 guestrooms. Pioneer Square and the waterfront park are within easy walking distance and the streetcar can take you to other local areas.
  • The Nines: Located in downtown Portland close to the square.  This hotel has very nicely done rooms that are fairly large, a couple good restaurants/bars with views of the city skyline and is centrally located to all downtown attractions.

Breakfast:

  • Mother’s Bistro: Mother’s takes classic recipes from local moms and just makes them a little better.
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Travel Tips

Before you can add the next pin to your travel map, you’ll have to get to your destination first. The following are some useful videos and tips before you leave!

Getting Through Airport Security Quickly and Easily.

Getting through security is a piece of cake, for us frequent travelers. If you don’t frequent the airport, watch this short video for some pointers on making that start and end of your next trip a bit more peaceful.

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Our NW Adventures – Day 3: Whidbey Island

Our NW Adventures – Day 3: Whidbey Island

Day 3 of our adventures ended in Oak Harbor/Whidbey Island.  I have always wanted to go to Whidbey, since David was a part of VAQ-130 up at NAS Whidbey Island and we finally made it! It was exciting to see where David spent four years of his life, but it definitely was NOT what I had expected. I was thinking that each house would be a cute two-story home, with well-manicured lawns, complete with an American flag hung on the porch, and maybe even a “Welcome Home” sign or “We Support the Troops“. Well, that wasn’t exactly the welcoming I received. After driving around for at least an hour, we finally found A house that semi met my expectations.

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Our NW Adventures – Day 2: Seattle’s Must-See Attractions

Our NW Adventures – Day 2: Seattle’s Must-See Attractions

Day 2 of our adventures are no less exciting! Below are some of Seattle’s Must-See Attractions (Note: These attractions are listed in order of driving directions to make the best use of time):

#1 – Pike Place Market: Pike’s Place Market is in downtown Seattle by the Waterfront and is definitely a must-see! We literally go to Pike’s Place every time we go to Seattle. According to the website, they are open 19 1/2 hours a day, 362 days a year and have a variety of places to eat and things to buy in their nine acres!  But these are my top favorites.

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Our NW Adventures – Day 1: Seattle & Bainbridge Island

Our NW Adventures – Day 1: Seattle & Bainbridge Island

Since we feel like we never get to see or do as much as we would like when we travel, we loaded up the car and were on the road by 8am. Our trip was off to a great start….Friday with the day off (at least for me), clear I-5, 65 mph drive in the carpool lane and great company, until we were pulled over by Washington State Police…so much for a good start.  After he finished giving us our $180 ticket for speeding, we were on our way again – determined to make it to Seattle and have a great time.

When we finally arrived in Seattle, we headed straight to our hotel.  We were staying at The Westin Seattle located in downtown Seattle in the financial and shopping district. Not only does the Westin have THE MOST COMFORTABLE BEDS with their signature Heavenly Bed, but we also got a discount for being AAA members!  My husband usually likes to stay at Kimpton hotels, but we figured you couldn’t go wrong with a Westin either. After we settled in, David had to go to speak at a conference (the whole reason for weekend getaway) and I promptly headed to Nordstoms to pass the time.

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Our NW Adventures

Our NW Adventures

David & I recently took a trip to Seattle, Washington and Whidbey Island. As Northwest natives, we have done the “weekend Seattle trip” before…Pike’s Place Market, Space Needle, etc. While these attractions are a must-see for any tourist, this trip was by far better than the rest as this trip was personally customized with itinerary ideas from a past Washington resident – Megan Sweeney!

Here is a quick summary of our itinerary from our Seattle Trip. We had a blast and added some additional pins to our map!

Day 1: Seattle, Bainbridge Island

Day 2: Seattle, Coupeville and Whidbey Island

Day 3: Whidbey Island and Deception Pass

Stay tuned for details and photos from each day of our NW adventures! Spoiler alert! We saw a troll on Day 2.

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Spooky Travel Destinations

Spooky Travel Destinations

Happy Halloween! What better way to get into the Halloween spirit than finding the best travel sites for Halloween scares and trick-or-treaters!  This list has been compiled from a variety of sources to help guide your holiday travel plans!

Here is my top 5 list of some of the must-see spooky places to experience (not in any particular order).

  1. Salem, Massachusetts – Take a walk along the Witch Trial Trail with candlelight or attend the Annual Halloween Costume Ball at the historic Hawthorne Hotel in costume.
  2. Estes Park, Colorado – Stay at the Stanley Hotel, especially the 4th floor which is said to be most haunted. This hotel inspired Stephen King’s novel and movie – The Shining.
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Traveling with Dogs

Traveling with Dogs

Traveling is tough, and if you have dogs like us (especially four dogs) it can often times be a deal breaker. Our dogs are very much a part of the family, but its impossible to take them everywhere and we don’t want to double our expense before the trip even starts by boarding them. If you have this problem, here are some solutions we have thought of and had success with:

  • Ask family, friends or neighbors to housesit.  People are usually happy to help and enjoy the new scenery.  If they housesit, they can still go about their day-to-day plans, but help out with your dogs. Depending on the length of the stay, $50-100 is generally acceptable. Added bonus? Buy something from your travels for your guest (ie. Starbucks coffee cup from the destination, good bottle of wine, piece of artwork from a local artist).
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