Key West, FL

As you may have seen in a recent travel post, this summer I was fortunate enough to take a trip with my family to The Florida Keys. One of my favorite parts of the vacation was our day trip to Key West, which was so much fun! To start, the actual drive down is gorgeous. I have seen it on many “things to do in your lifetime” lists and would recommend that you add it to yours. The famous Overseas Highway is how you actually get down to Key West. From our hotel in Key Largo, which is the northernmost Key, it took a little over two hours by car… and you need to do it by car. I promise that you won’t regret it. It’s a one road in and one road out kind of deal and the scenery will take your breath away. It literally feels like you are driving on water because the ocean surrounds the road. Amazing!

Since most of the family members we were with had been to Key West before, we first stopped at a few of their go-to’s including El Mason De Pepe, a Cuban bar and cigar shop, and Hogs Breath, a famous bar that has the yummiest drinks and a fun atmosphere. From there, we visited The Southernmost Point in the US and Mallory Square… two essentials on the island.

We spent most of our day sight-seeing and exploring what Key West has to offer, a lot of which is located on Duval Street. Downtown is filled with unique shops, bars, and restaurants. We went to Flying Monkey’s Saloon for frozen drinks, the original Margaritaville for lunch, and Sloppy Joe’s for a live band. Needless to say it was a good day on Duval!

Other notables from our Key West trip included US 1 Mile Marker 0 and the Key West Lighthouse, both historic and must-sees in their own special way. We ended the day with a beautiful sunset on the island as we drove away. Sunsets in Key West are a nightly celebration and likely the biggest must-see of them all.

Key West is truly one of those places you have got to see and experience for yourself. There is a rich history to tell about the island… everything from pirate ships to famous poets and lots of things in between. I know I will be back again to see some things that didn’t quite make our day trip itinerary. There is so much to do and see that you won’t be able to get to everything in one day, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try! If you get the chance to go, GO!!!

Have you ever been to Key West? Anything I missed? XOXO

St. Louis – Day 2

As you may have read in my first post about my recent trip, I really enjoyed a weekend getaway with my husband to St Louis last weekend. Day two brought us a whole new set of adventures!

We woke up early and made our first stop at Gateway Arch, which was more incredible than I thought it would be. I knew it would be a staple for the trip, but didn’t know just how much I would love it. The size, the view, the history… everything about The Arch blew me away.

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Our next stop was only a few blocks away, Ballpark Village and Busch Stadium. We aren’t huge baseball fans, yet on road trips we seem to always stop at the nearest ballpark. It’s a great way to experience the raw feel of a city. St Louis wasn’t lacking in fun in this area by any means. Ballpark Village is a FREE area just outside the stadium that is perfect for grabbing a bite, sipping a drink, or just hanging out with other fans. If we ever go back, my husband and I decided we would opt out of actual tickets and just explore more of the village area. Don’t get me wrong, the stadium itself was also really cool. My favorite part was the incredible city view we saw right from our seats.

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Day two ended with one last outdoor adventure to City Garden. It reminded me of a tiny Central Park, an outdoor oasis in the middle of the city. Last was lunch at The Flying Saucer and drinks at the best rooftop bar I have ever been to, Three Sixty. The view was incredible and the bar so unique.

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That wraps up the highlights of our time spent in St Louis. Overall the trip was so fun!!! It was great to experience a new city for a special occasion, get out and do something a little bit different. There was enough to do that we may consider going back in the future, XOXO.

Have you ever been to St Louis? What was the best thing you did there?

The Starlite Lounge – La Crosse, WI

This weekend my husband, his sister, and I took a mini road trip to La Crosse to visit my sister-in-law and her boyfriend. We spent the majority of our time walking around downtown trying out different bars and restaurants.

My favorite stop was The Starlite Lounge. You have to check out their website to get the full effect. It was like walking back in time to just about the cutest martini bar ever straight up out of the 1970’s. They even offer a weekend happy hour so the drinks were both cute and cheap!

It was a super fun weekend filled with great company, perfect weather, and yummy drinks. I would definitely recommend making this stop if you ever get the chance, XOXO.