Santa Cruz Craft Beer Scene

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For spring break this year, A and I decided to head south and spend a few days camping in Santa Cruz. Once I knew where we would be going, I instantly started doing research on where the nearest sources of craft beer would be. I was surprised at how many breweries were located in the Santa Cruz area! Santa Cruz has its own, Beer Trail with 14 breweries spread throughout Santa Cruz area. Unfortunately, even after three days, we weren’t able to visit all of the breweries on the Santa Cruz Beer Trail. Guess it’s just another excuse to come back. Continue reading

A Year of Travel and Beer (Year Two)

year of travel and craft beerThese last few weeks have been extremely busy, but luckily it all ended with me finally turning in the paper about craft beer I had been working for the last six months. I was so busy, I forgot that it was my two year blogiversary! So, I thought I would celebrate by recapping my year of travel and beer, round two. Continue reading

Austin Bucket List (for first time visitors)

Austin Bucket List texas craft beer travelI love Austin. It’s one of my favorite cities in the world. There is so much to see, do, eat and drink. But all of that can be a bit overwhelming, especially if it’s your first time visiting. That’s why I compiled this bucket list for first time visitors, so you can stop stressing out about what you to do when you visit and instead enjoy your time in the Live Music Capitol of the World.

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The Best Day Trips from D.C.

Best Day Trips from D.CWhen I was living in D.C., most of my weekends were spent visiting all of the monuments and museums in the city. After seeing everything on my D.C. bucket list, I decided to expand and explore other cities along the east coast. All of these trips were day trips since I was working during the week and couldn’t afford to to stay at a hotel.

The great thing about living on the east coast is being able to visit a different state, even if it’s just for a day. That rarely happens in SoCal! Most of these day trips are accessible by bus such as Greyhound and Megabus, which is great because it alleviates you from having to deal with the traffic leaving the city and a ticket is usually much cheaper than gas. Taking a bus allows you to kick back and read a book, listen to music or even watch TV on your phone and allows you to sleep on the day home after a long day of exploring!

I had a lot of fun living on the east coast and visiting new cities. It allowed me to see  much of our country’s history up close and personal and see many new places that I would’ve never thought to visit if I hadn’t been living in D.C. While I was able to visit many new places, here are some of my favorite, and some of the best, day trips from D.C. (in no particular order). Continue reading

5 Things to Do on Your First Trip to Burlington, Vermont

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I’ll be honest, I never thought about visiting Vermont until last summer. Maybe it’s  because I’m from Southern California and Vermont is literally one of the furthest states from California, or maybe because before moving to Oregon I refused to acknowledge anywhere that didn’t have 70 degree weather year round. Regardless of why I never thought about visiting Vermont, I had the opportunity to spend a day in Burlington, Vermont last summer. I didn’t have high expectations for this town but by the end of the day I was blown away at how much there is to do! One day is not enough to get the full Burlington experience.  But if you every get the chance to visit, even if it’s only for a day, check out my list of 5 things you have to do on your first visit to Burlington, Vermont  Continue reading

How to Spend a Weekend in Memphis

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Memphis. Home of the Blues and The Birthplace of Rock n’ Roll. This city located near the Tennessee/Mississippi state line is perfect for music and history lovers alike. With multiple museums dedicated to its musical and cultural history, great southern food and a kick ass live music scene, Memphis makes for a perfect Southern weekend getaway.  Continue reading

10 Things I Learned in Europe

europe travel tipsA few years ago, I spent a few weeks traveling throughout England, France and Ireland. During my travels, I quickly learned some things I wish I had known before coming to Europe, things that would’ve made my trip a little smoother and things that would’ve helped me not stress and freak out. I figured I would share 10 of the things I learned in Europe and hope that they help you plan a smooth and stress free European vacation.  Continue reading

9 destinations for your next beercation

beercation San Diego, Portland, Bend, Denver, Fort Collins, Asheville, San Francisco and Portland (Maine). What do all of these have in common? They’re all great beercation destinations. But what if you’ve already visited all of these destinations or can’t afford to fly across the country and visit some of these places? Are you doomed to repeat the same trips? Or do you never go on another beercation again? Absolutely Not! Continue reading

6 Best Brewery Tours in the U.S.

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Brewery tours. Once you’ve been on one, you’ve been on them all right? Well…..not really. While the  structure of a brewery tour is usually the same as others tours and the info on the beer process is the same, every now and then a brewery will put on a tour that is so unique and memorable tour that you stop and think “Wow, that was a freaking awesome tour” and makes you wish the tour didn’t have to end so quickly. Here are 6 brewery tours that made me fee just like that and hopefully if you’re lucky enough to ever visit, make you feel that way too! Continue reading