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”

Where to Stay in St. Lucia – Sandals Grande Review

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Who doesn’t love the idea of an all-inclusive resort? When we were researching places to stay in St. Lucia we learned that there are basically two hotel options to choose from on the island: Secluded and quiet or all inclusive with numerous activities. We went back and forth with both, but in the end we chose the all-inclusive route and stayed at the Sandals Grande St. Lucian Resort, which was definitely the right choice! Below I go over our stay and show you why I am officially in love with this Sandals location. 🙂 Continue reading “Where to Stay in St. Lucia – Sandals Grande Review”

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”

That Time My Wedding Dress Got Lost..And Our Photo Shoot In Rome

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My husband and I met in 2010 and were engaged in 2013.  Not to get too corny, but since being with him I can say that I now understand the term “you complete me”.  I love our life together and would not want to spend my years with anyone else!  That being said, neither of us wanted a large wedding when we got married.  We wanted something more personal, so we decided that an elopement was more our style.  I love Europe and Travis had never been, so we decided to take a few weeks and travel around to different cities before having a private ceremony and photo shoot in Rome, the last city that we would be visiting.  Continue reading “That Time My Wedding Dress Got Lost..And Our Photo Shoot In Rome”

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”