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A Swanky Birthday Staycation in the Colonial Zone

When you’re a mom celebrating a milestone birthday I can’t think of anything you’d want more than for your husband to surprise you with a short weekend getaway … away from him and the kids. I kid, I kid. But… an uninterrupted evening with girlfriends? With no curfew? And all the amount of sleeping in, your sleep-deprived body could want? Where do I sign up for that kind of birthday surprise? Apparently, here. For about a month, our new friend Greg...

beach vacation checklist for a weekend trip

Beach Vacation Checklist: A Wishlist for a Weekend Trip

Here’s a riddle: What do island people do after a hurricane? We go to the beach…  which is what I’ll be doing this weekend and at my favorite beach town on the island, nonetheless. You don’t need much to happy in Las Terrenas, just a few things: swimsuit, flip flops, and a drink in hand – but here’s my beach vacation checklist – some things on my wishlist for this weekend’s beach vac-heeeey. BEACH VACATION CHECKLIST ✅ WEAR ✅ BEACH COVER-UP Getting something that is...

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SnapShots: Weekend Getaway at Cadaqués Caribe Resort

As promised last week (and then reminded by a Facebook friend), I’m reporting back with the scoop on our family weekend at Cadaqués Caribe Resort & Villas in Bayahibe, Dominican Republic. With online promises of mediterranean life meeting relaxed island vibes, I was thrilled to check this place out but wary. Was this place too good to be true? Swim the Caribbean and stroll Europe? Sand between my toes and cobblestone streets? Was this place really going to be able to deliver? Well, as you probably guessed,...

Bayahibe

Friday Roundup: A Seriously Good Belly Laugh & Beautiful Beach Pics

Daily life in the Dominican Republic is hardly as easy as daily life in New Jersey. It doesn’t have all of the “luxuries” and more dangers (aka driving) but it does have its benefits. Take, for example, this weekend. This weekend we’re going here: This is Bayahibe, a fishing town 10 miles east of La Romana. We are staying at an AirBnb in Cadaqués. Inspired and named after a town in Northern Spain, it is “the unique combination of daily...

at the Romeo Santos Concert in Punta Cana

At the Romeo Santos Concert in Punta Cana: My Proudest Dominican Moment

Alllllllllll the feels. Standing on the lawn of the vast space that is the Hard Rock Punta Cana Resort’s concert venue, drinking a Presidente, and swaying to DR’s *King of Bachata, Romeo, gave me all the feels. It was not lost on me that I was at the Romeo Santos concert in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. There was a feeling among the audience that would be impossible to create anywhere else in the world. A certain sense of ownership floated about for this...

Multi-Generation Family Vacation

SnapShots: A Multi-Generation Family Vacation

We often plan for family vacations but what about a multi-generation family vacation – a family vacation with not just your nuclear family but also your parents or in-laws? No. I’m not drunk or crazy talking. I’m serious. I know, I know. Planning a multi-generation family vacation could be tricky for many reasons: blending personalities, combining interests, limiting your thoughts of karate chops to the throat to once a day, and finding a place to go that works for kids, parents, and grandparents....

Spring Street Cocktail Cruise

Truth be told, I planned our whole 3 generation family vacation around visiting Charleston. Scheduling my parents’ time share at Myrtle Beach this year instead of Orlando was to get me closer to the historic city that I’ve wanted to check out for over a decade. We were expecting lots of charm and grandiose southern homes. We were expecting a big history lesson as Charleston’s history is long and diverse, being the biggest player in the South from the colonial era to...

a tour of Spring Street in Charleston

MicroAdventure: A Tour of Spring Street, Charleston

It used to be that when you were looking into where to stay on a trip, you would look at the more “popular” spots, thinking for some reason that these places have the most to offer. But with the rise of boutique hotels, personal apartments*, and search for authenticity, traveling accommodations have become as widespread and boundless as ever. This is how I came to find our accommodations on Spring Street in Charleston. I was looking for a place that fit our...