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I love going away for the weekend and I really love when it’s a spontaneous trip! Well this past weekend I headed up to Portland, Maine for a little beer and some good eats. (ok a lot of beer) Portland is one of those cities that I’ve been to so many times yet find something new to do everytime I am there. If you love to eat and drink, Portland is the place for you.
So where should you stay? I was fortunate enough to stay at The Westin Portland Harborview hotel. Gorgeous views and mouth-watering food is what keeps this place at the top of my list for future places to stay. A small room with a king size bed is just what was needed to get my min-vacation off to a good start. A view of the harbor on the 7th floor was just what I needed after a long week of work.
Not only does The Westin have spectacular views but it also houses TWO bars, one of them being rooftop. Upstairs you will find a fantastic drink menu, an awesome bartender Diana, and appetizers for that late night snacking. Downstairs in C2 is home to a great drink menu, but an even better cuisine across the board. I was lucky enough to enjoy an amazing breakfast, complete with a mimosa and stuffed french toast!
Lets talk about food! My favorite!! There are some great places to eat and drink in Portland. One of them being The Great Lost Bear. I’ve been there before, many years ago, this time was a tad different, I only drank there BUT their food is out of this world. This bar features a great bar food selection and also 69 taps with over 50 craft beers! This girl LOVES craft beer.
Another place to eat, which wasn’t one of my favorites BUT they did have something on the menu I thoroughly enjoyed, Buck’s Naked BBQ. If you like poutine then stopping here is a must. The other items on the menu were subpar at best but drinks and poutine, you’ll be alright.
Another restaurant that I visited was DiMillio’s on the Water. If you like great views and good seafood, I would recommend it. There were two other restaurants that I wanted to try but desperately needed reservations for were Street & Co. and Fore Street. If you plan on visiting Portland I highly recommend making reservations.
Overall it was a really great mini-vacation in Portland, Maine. I always have such a great time, eating, drinking and exploring the city. I hope your weekend was great too!
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So you want to go on a safari? Hey, so don’t we! As this year starts to come to a close (yes we realize it’s only October) it has us thinking what we are saving our money for next year. Going on safari is still at the near top of our bucket list so we decided to do a little digging to see what EXACTLY we should be saving up and potentially needing for this trip.
How much money will we need?
Flights from this part of the world (east coast) to South Africa are not exactly cheap. You will be looking at roughly $2000 a person for a flight and a hotel. If you decide to go with a safari package you will most likely be able to combine to include that in your price. We’ve been figuring around $5000 for the two of us.
What part of South Africa should we visit?
Cape Town is pretty popular and it is what we used as a destination in our South African savings fund. There are plenty of safaris that you can go on when in Cape Town. Not to mention trips to wine country, shark cage diving, bike tours, and mountain climbing. As we write this, Cape Town is definitely going to be our destination.
When should we go?
After doing a bit of research, it seems like the summer months are a great time to visit, especially Cape Town. Which is perfect considering someone here has the whole summer off!
What should we pack?
This we really need to pay close attention too. After a slight debacle on an Alaskan cruise (we had to buy water proof pants) this fashionista is going to be ready for South Africa! So what I hear and read from fellow travelers is to pack:
- Valid passport
- Valid visa – if required
- One other picture identification (e.g. driver’s licence)
- Photocopy of passport page to carry in wallet
- Air tickets
- Expense money
- Comprehensive Travel Insurance Policy
- cotton pants
- long sleeved shirts/ blouses (for sun protection as well as warmth)
- light sweater or sweatshirt
- lightweight, waterproof windbreaker
- Sturdy walking or hiking boots
- short-sleeved shirts or T-shirts
- hat with a brim (baseball caps might cover your nose but not your ears and neck)
- gloves (if you really feel the cold)
- down vest or jacket (if you really feel the cold)
- a sarong or kikoi type garment
So it looks like we’ve got the when to go, where to go, what we will need and how much it will cost. The next thing we will be doing is figuring out which safari is right for us and or day trips. There is so much that goes into planning any vacation but planning a safari seems to be even harder.
There is a lot to coordindate. Luckily for us we know plenty of travelers who have visited this region that we will be reaching out too in the coming months. Crossing this off our bucket list would be a dream come true! It’s time to start saving money pronto. We would love to hear your tips and stories from visits to South Africa in the comment section below. We can use all the help we can get!