Become a Whiskey Expert at The Jameson Experience in Cork, Ireland

I’m not much of a whiskey drinker, but when in Ireland, right? I visited the old Jameson distillery for a tour during my recent trip to Cork and it was more fun than I originally expected. Set on 15 acres with buildings dating back to 1795, it’s a beautiful spot to visit (as is pretty much anything in Ireland). Continue Reading…

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Packing Tips For a Trip to Morocco (And What To Wear)

Packing Tips For a Trip to Morocco (And What To Wear)

Before leaving for Morocco, I agonized over what to pack. Since I live in fear of airlines losing my luggage, I was packing light and only bringing a carry on bag. But I had to pack for multiple climates – from chilly to 80 degrees fahrenheit! If you’re heading to Morocco and are unsure what to pack or what to wear during your trip, read on for my packing tips… Continue Reading…

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Exploring New York: Tarrytown and Nyack

Exploring New York: Tarrytown and Nyack

This weekend I took a short trip outside of the city to explore the river villages of Tarrytown and Nyack. Although I’ve lived in NYC for almost two years, I’ve never explored much of the state outside the five boroughs. One of my 2013 travel resolutions was to explore New York more, and this quick trip on the Metro North Railroad was the perfect start. Continue Reading…

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Weekend Getaway: Philadelphia on a Budget

Philadelphia Skyling

Philadelphia is a short escape from NYC by bus, and you can also easily get there from Washington D.C., Boston, etc. for a weekend. While still a major city, Philly is much calmer and less crowded than New York – a nice change once in a while!

There are plenty of museums and historical sites to visit in Philadelphia. I also love to shop on Chestnut Street at stores like South Moon Under, which is a contemporary boutique carrying brands like Rebecca Minkoff and Trina Turk. And of course don’t miss the Anthropologie here – since the company is based in Philly their home store is AMAZING!

For dinner I love Continental, which is trendy but still yummy with tapas-sized offerings. Perfect for food + drinks to begin a night out. Another restaurant favorite is Cuba Libre Restaurant + Rum Bar, which has a very fun vibe and delicious mojitos.

Continental Mid-Town, Philadelphia

Continental Mid-Town

Cuba Libre Restaurant in Philadelphia

Mojito at Cuba Libre in Philadelphia

Mojito at Cuba Libre

If you’re brunching the next morning or stopping somewhere for lunch, head to Rouge (super cute spot!) or Parc Brasserie, which are both located in Rittenhouse Square.

Chicken Salad at Rouge in Philadelphia

The salad I ate at Rouge was ahh-mazing.

Parc Brasserie, Dessert, Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia

Afternoon coffee + treats at Parc Brasserie

Get There:

Megabus buses depart almost every hour for $15-20 each way.

Stay:

A 2-night stay at Hotel Monaco the weekend of April 12, 2013 will run you $413. Since transportation was so super affordable, you can afford to splurge on a hotel, right?

Hotel Monaco, Philadelphia Hotel Monaco, Philadelphia Hotel Monaco, Philadelphia Rooftop Lounge

Another more affordable option is the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel, which will cost a total of $307 via Priceline.

Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel

Total Cost (Bus + Accomodations): $337 to $453 for one, $169 to $227 each for two

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New York to Boston: the BEST place to eat along the way

Frank Pepe's Pizza - New Haven, Connecticut

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If you ever find yourself in New Haven, Connecticut, or making the trip between Boston and New York, you absolutely must stop at Frank Pepe’s for a pizza.   Continue Reading…

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