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Episode 26: Planes, Trains, and Automobiles: Where To Go, What To Do, and Who To Go With

Episode 26: Planes, Trains, and Automobiles: Where To Go, What To Do, and Who To Go With

Summer may be starting to slowly wrap up, but that doesn’t mean your travel schedule has to. Whether you’re looking to squeeze in one more big trip before going back to school, are already planning for an upcoming break, or want a quick weekend getaway, this week’s episode is dedicated to giving our best travel recommendations so that you can get the most bang for your buck. We’ve got you covered when it comes to where to go, who to go with, why each destination is worth your time, and what to do when you’re in town.

  1. Canada (Vancouver, if we’re being specific): Who it’s good for: couples who have varied interests (KB’s honeymoon destination of choice, in fact) Why it’s great: As previously mentioned, Vancouver has a little bit of everything for everyone, and it’s cheap to boot! Whether you’re craving the attractions of a big city, or to be one with nature, this is the perfect location for you. What to do: plays, swanky dinners, hikes ( The Grouse Grind), Granville Island, brewery tours, day trips to Whistler, and observing the foliage are just a few of KB’s top recommendations.

  2. Denver: Who it’s good for: couples in the winter, but you can’t go wrong anytime of year with any group of people Why it’s great: so many fun things to do, not just in Denver, but in the surrounding areas, so it’s perfect for renting a car and taking short day trips What to do: walk around downtown, visit Union Station, pop into one of the millions of microbreweries, eat breakfast at Snooze or Denver Biscuit Company and dinner at Racca’s Pizzeria, spend the day in Golden doing the Coors tour and drive up to the mountain peak for the view, take another trip to Estes park for either a scenic hike or drive, and lastly, check out Boulder and walk around the town square planning how to make your move to this delightful town.

  3. Hawaii: Who it’s good for: great for families (but it’s Hawaii, so really it’s good for anyone) Why it’s great: Again, this doesn’t need much explanation because, hello, Hawaii. What to do: spearfishing, beach laying, waterfall hiking, city strolling, really you can’t go wrong.

  4. Seaside: Who it’s great for: great for groups of friends, families with small children Why it’s great: small cute community with everything within walking or driving distance What to do: obvi post up on the beach, Spikeball was a big hit on KA’s trip (Cupshe swimsuits are not  great Spikeball uniforms, KA is afraid to report), eat lunch at the food trucks in the square, window shop in the cute boutiques, hang out on the wine bar patio, eat at one of the tons of great restaurants, Bud and Alley’s has a great rooftop deck with a view of the ocean, Pop Stop has fantastic key lime pie popsicles.

  5. San Francisco: Who it’s great for: great trip for girlfriends or couples Why it’s great: lots of talk time with lots of things to keep you busy, plus, the WEATHER IS TO DIE FOR What to do: visit Ghirardelli Square and do all the touristy things, grab some coffee and sit with a view of The Golden Gate Bridge, master the BART system, take a bike tour of The Golden Gate Bridge, explore Sausalido or Napa (more on that later), night tour of Alcatraz (but take it from KA, buy your tickets for the correct date and time), and make sure to get your Full House picture in front of The Painted Ladies

  6. Napa: Who it’s great for: couples, couple friends, girls trips (bachelorette party anyone?), families with grown children Why it’s great: sunny + 75 degrees + wine= you can’t go wrong. What to do: wineries pretty much speak for themselves, but some of KA’s favorites are Domaine Carneros (sparkling house with a stellar view), Castello di Amorosa (built like a castle, very touristy, but it’s so cool you won’t care), William Hill is quiet with a great view (are you sensing a theme?), stop for a quick snack or lunch at Dry Creek General Store, The Girl and The Fig is great for dinner in Sonoma, both Sonoma and Napa have super cute downtown shopping, but the creme de la creme is Staglin Family Vineyard where The Parent Trap was filmed and has been on KA’s bucket list forever.

  7. State Parks: Who it’s great for: couples or friends (only if you have a knowledgeable camping friend) Why it’s great: first, s’mores. Second, it’s cheap. We’re talking $5.00 cheap. What to do: hiking, fishing, stargazing, bird watching, sitting around a campfire making hobo packets for dinner, plus Garner State Park has an old town dance every Saturday night, how fun is that?!

  8. Texas hill country: Who it’s great for: literally everyone- girls trips, families with kids of all ages, couples get away Why it’s great: so many outdoorsy things to do, plus, air conditioning. It’s a quick weekend getaway for Texas residents and now that Austin and Fredericksburg are gaining national notoriety, it would make a great longer trip with so many short day trip destinations near by What to do: float The Comal or Guadalupe Rivers, go to one of the many natural swimming holes, whether you’re staying in downtown Austin or a small town, walk around and shop, hit the outlet malls in San Marcos, venture over to wine country and check out the wineries, head to Gruene to eat at The Gristmill, or eat at one of the thousands of delicious restaurants in Austin
Episode 27: Girls Just Wanna Have Fun (Presents): Gift Guide For Your Girlfriends

Episode 27: Girls Just Wanna Have Fun (Presents): Gift Guide For Your Girlfriends

Episode 25: Why Don't You Like This Comforter: And Other Surprising Things About Marriage

Episode 25: Why Don't You Like This Comforter: And Other Surprising Things About Marriage