Where to Stay in Panama City, Panama: A Review of The JW Marriott Panama

When deciding on a Christmas vacation this year, we were torn between another Europe trip or something a little different. My husband wasn’t too keen on another cold location, but I’ll never grow tired of the coziness of Europe during the holidays. 🙂 After a bit of research we settled on Panama City, Panama; something warm, filled with nature activities, and unlike other locations we’ve visited for Christmas.

We stayed at the JW Marriott Panama, a beautiful 5-star hotel located in the heart of the city. The location was convenient and the amenities were perfect for a relaxing and enjoyable holiday stay. Click through for a review and pics of our stay! Continue reading “Where to Stay in Panama City, Panama: A Review of The JW Marriott Panama”

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Exploring California Wine Country: A Day in Sonoma

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When you hear “California wine country” you probably think of Napa Valley, which is located in Napa County, but the valleys located in Sonoma County are also included in the category of “California wine country.” These areas include Sonoma Valley, Alexander Valley, Dry Creek Valley, Bennett Valley, and Russian River Valley.  During our last trip to California we decided to visit wine country, but we opted for Sonoma County instead of Napa County. While Napa is stunning and has lots of wineries to explore, there are many areas in Sonoma County that are just as nice and are usually less crowded — which is a plus in my book!

Our trip to Sonoma was pretty quick, but we were able to visit two beautiful wineries — Jacuzzi and Cline. Below are a few pictures of our drive to Sonoma, the wineries that we visited, and Sonoma’s downtown plaza, which is a really cute place to dine, shop, and (of course) enjoy more wine. 🙂  Continue reading “Exploring California Wine Country: A Day in Sonoma”

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Off the Beaten Path: A Day in Bodega Bay

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During our most recent vacation to California, we decided to spend one night in the quiet, small town, of Bodega Bay.
Before our visit, I researched the history of the city and found out that it was actually a location used in the filming of the Alfred Hitchcock film The Birds back in the early 60s. The coastal atmosphere and history intrigued me, so we booked an Airbnb and decided to take a drive down highway 1 to see what the area had to offer! Continue reading “Off the Beaten Path: A Day in Bodega Bay”

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