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Indoor Skydiving at iFly: A Tinggly Gift Review

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One of the things we love about travel is the opportunity to take part in a variety of different and exciting experiences around the world. We’d been lacking in this department while home waiting for our next adventure to begin. Often finding ourselves uninspired by our too-familiar surroundings and itching for more excitement. So when Tinggly, a UK based company we adore, increased their experiences list to Texas we were thrilled. The best part? The particular activity we chose can be done in a multitude of different locations throughout the US, Canada, the UK and Asia. ifly Indoor Skydiving gives you the thrill of free-falling, without the fear and risks involved with jumping out of a plane.

Snorkeling, Sunsets and SUP Yoga: What to do in Key West

I was thrilled at the timing when my friend, Katie, asked me if I’d like to crash her solo vacay to Key West. After an insanely wet month in Houston, TX I had been craving adventure and sunshine . An island trip sounded like absolute HEAVEN. 

To be honest, I’d never really thought about visiting Key West before. I’ve been to Florida plenty of times but have only stayed north of Tampa and for whatever reason, Florida just didn’t capture me. Key West seemed different though, and I wanted to find out if my gut feeling was right. Here’s what I got into during my 3 day trip to the southernmost land of the USA.

Golfing And Gambling in Laveen, Arizona

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Blog Post Type: Expert Opinion Piece

Ah, golfing and gambling — two activities that are fun on their own, sure, but together create something magical.  They go together like spaghetti and meatballs. Sharks and oceans. BP and oil spills (how topical!).

Anyways, it can be hard to find a place where both of these can be had legally. Some states don’t allow for gambling, while others don’t have the greatest selection of golf courses. Luckily, the area around Laveen, Arizona provides both.

Laveen is actually a suburb of Phoenix, set amongst enormous state and national parks. Saguaro cacti, towering jagged mountains, and craggy canyons form the landscape around Laveen, which makes for incredibly interesting golf courses. The PGA Tour even comes through for the annual Waste Management Phoenix Open. While not all of us can get access to the TPC Scottsdale, there are plenty of other courses available that are just as nice.

Aguila Golf Course is a public track right in the heart of Laveen, stretching nearly 7,000 yards from the Black tees. It’s set right in the rocky orange crags that are typical of the Arizona landscape, and at around $25, you simply can’t beat it. This price will include 18 holes and a cart. A full driving range is available, greens are in great shape, and Golf Digest rates this course 4 out of 5 stars.

Raven Golf Club received 4.5 stars as well as #1 Guest Service in North America from Golf Digest, and all for good reason. The course is gorgeous, and many of the native grasses have been allowed to preserve the natural feel of the course. Originally a fertile farmland, the area was purchased in 1995. Nearly 6,000 pine trees were brought in to provide a unique environment amidst the desert terrain. The rugged mountains lend a wonderful backdrop for the course. To appeal to golfers of all levels, five tees are available with a ride range of total yardage. Green fees will set you back between $66 in the summer to $200 during the winter (when Arizona is most popular.)

When it comes to the gambling side of things, Vee Quiva Hotel & Casino is top-notch. It is all luxury, heavily inspired by the local culture and historic traditions of the area. You’ll find slots, bingo, 36 tables games (e.g. blackjack, pai gow, three-card poker, Spanish 21) and 16 poker tables (e.g. hold ’em, Omaha, stud).  Standard rooms and suites are available when you’re done winning or losing money, each featuring modern furniture, big-screen televisions, plush beds, and complimentary wireless Internet access.

Wild Horse Pass is another casino offering, located just half an hour east of Vee Quiva. It also has the usual slots, poker, and table games, and some of the poker jackpots can get north of $15,000. That equals a lot of golf!

If you’re looking for something new and interesting, Laveen is a great place to get your golf and gambling fix in. With its close proximity to Phoenix too, there’s plenty to explore in this beautiful desert city.

 

Weekend Getaway: A Guide to Asheville, North Carolina

Welcome to our Weekend Getaway series! While it’s our preference to discover a country slowly and thoroughly, realistically time often only allows for a long weekend of exploring. Each week we’ll focus on a different city and highlight how to get the most out of a 2-4 day stay. Sometimes we write about the city ourselves, while other times we’ll have awesome guest bloggers giving us the low-down.

If you’re interested in guest blogging on this series, shoot us an email!  

5 Things We Miss About America While Traveling

It’s hopefully apparent by now that we adore traveling and experiencing other cultures across the world. At some point though, that occasional bout of homesickness will sneak up on you – no matter how “good” of a traveler you are or how long you’ve been gone for. We came up with this list in our heads while we recently spent three months living in Prague. Although we were having the time of our lives, we sometimes found ourselves wistfully thinking about what we left behind. Such as…

The Best Brunch Spots in Miami Beach

Miami Beach, Florida is a city that is only nineteen square miles, with restaurants and hotels packed tightly against the warm blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean. It has been a hotspot in the culinary world for decades, so it’s not too hard to imagine that they would have fantastic brunches. With international flavors inspiring every kitchen in the area, you’re able to find a brunch to please any palate.

The Setai Restaurant

The Setai Restaurant is the featured upscale eatery located within the luxurious Setai Hotel. World-famous Executive Chef Mathias Gervais serves up a brunch inspired by the traditional qualities of Mediterranean countries such as Spain, Italy, southern France and Provence. Enjoy authentic Italian pastas, fresh seafood, succulent lamb and Indian curries. The Setai is located just a block away from South Beach in a neighborhood full of shopping, popular cultural events and exciting nightlife. Included in the $85 price tag is complimentary Champagne, Mimosas, Bloody Mary’s, and even live jazz music!          

Tongue & Cheek

Tongue & Cheek embodies a sophisticated and whimsical restaurant. It has a very relaxed atmosphere where good food is the prime objective and modern décor with a classic essence resides. No doubt these are the reasons they were featured on Bravo TV’s culinary showBest New Restaurant. Some of the more unique and popular offerings of the menu are the fried chicken and cheddar waffles, the lemon ricotta pancakes with lemon curd, or the Key West pink shrimp n’ grits with pickled peppers. Tongue & Cheek is located right off Highway A1A near Ocean Drive, famous for its Art Deco hotels and Versace Mansion. Bottomless Bloody Mary’s, Bellinis and Mimosas are yours for only an additional $25.

Yardbird Southern Kitchen and Bar

If you’re in the mood for good ole southern comfort food, Yardbird should be at the top of your list. This gourmet modern restaurant is located just a half block away from bustling Lincoln Road and would be a great place to hit before a day of shopping or lounging at the beach. One of the newer additions to this touristy area, Yardbird has received high praise for its fried chicken, in-house infused bourbons and impeccable customer service. You won’t have to pick between a sweet or savory brunch as this place has it all. Try the Chicken N’ Watermelon’ Waffles for an adventurous twist on a southern classic. It is highly recommended that you make a reservation, as Yardbird tends to fill up quickly on the weekends (aka brunch time!)

The Local House

The Local House is a modern, airy restaurant located on Ocean Drive with indoor and outdoor seating available. With four unique egg’s benedict options, and several other classic American brunch offerings this place is an easy winner. Whether you’re on vacation, or just enjoying a relaxing afternoon, The Local House invites you to imbibe with one of their signature sunrise cocktails. Mimosas, Bellinis, and Bloody Mary’s among others are available to quench your thirst. If alcohol isn’t your thing, coffee and assorted teas are also offered at The Local House.  Expect to pay between $10-16 for your main dish, and $4-12 per drink.

What’s your favorite brunch food? Have you been to any of these spots on Miami Beach? Let us know in the comments below!

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Jimmie & Shelly

Weekend Getaway: A Guide to Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Welcome to our Weekend Getaway series! While it’s our preference to discover a country slowly and thoroughly, realistically time often only allows for a long weekend of exploring. Each week we’ll focus on a different city and highlight how to get the most out of a 2-4 day stay. Sometimes we write about the city ourselves, while other times we’ll have awesome guest bloggers giving us the low-down.

If you’re interested in guest blogging on this series, shoot us an email!  

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Best Places to Stay in Boston

Boston is one of America’s oldest cities and is teeming with charm and history. The city’s gorgeous old world architecture is bound to capture your attention from the start. You’ll find the locals display an enormous amount of pride for their city and it’s hard not to fall in love with Boston’s spirit.

Being one of the more expensive places to visit in the U.S, expect to pay quite a bit even for “budget” hotels here! Because there is such a wide range of accommodation possibilities, we broke it down into four categories. 

Weekend Getaway: A Guide to Austin, Texas

Welcome to our Weekend Getaway series! While it’s our preference to discover a country slowly and thoroughly, realistically time often only allows for a long weekend of exploring. Each week we’ll focus on a different city and highlight how to get the most out of a 2-4 day stay. Sometimes we write about the city ourselves, while other times we’ll have awesome guest bloggers giving us the low-down.

If you’re interested in guest blogging on this series, shoot us an email!