Hotel Spotlight: The Crane Resort, Barbados

The luxurious gem that is The Crane Resort located on the East Coast of Barbados has long been regarded as one of the Caribbean’s most iconic and truly treasured luxury properties. With sprawling ocean views, lush gardens and the most courteous staff on the island, a stay here will encourage rest and relaxation in its highest form.

Blogger in bathing suit at the beach

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Once you check into your suite, unpack your bags and let the sounds of the ocean and island birds transport you to paradise. Better yet, take a stroll and grab a seat at one of the properties award-winning restaurants.

If your stay happens to fall on a Sunday, enjoy a brunch at L’Azure for a generous serving of gospel music and a side of quintessential Caribbean delicacies.

Crane Beach Barbados

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After you’ve serviced your appetite, get lost in an open air market that emphasizes the best of Caribbean culture at every turn.

With a coconut in one hand and a camera in the other, walk down the colourful streets of Barbados and immerse yourself in everything that the island has to offer. And for a few moments of sensory overload, run, not walk to Cutters of Barbados for the best flying fish and rum punch your tongue will ever taste.

Crane Beach Barados

Photo: @cranebarbados

When all is said and done, relax by the waves or make your way to the Serenity Spa for a holistic approach to wellness.

This truly unique experience evokes both elegance and adventure in one package. So trust us when we say that no trip to Barbados is complete without The Crane.

A Chic Instagram Guide To Manhattan

Spotted: You, roaming around the Upper East Side, looking utterly confused if I do say so myself. Need a little help finding the hotspots around the chicest parts of Manhattan? No problem. That’s a secret I’ll definitely tell. We know you’ll love these Instagram-worthy spots in the Big Apple.

XOXO, Siren.

The MET

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Metropolitan Museum of Art

Start your journey at the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The gorgeous Beaux-Arts building is only the beginning of the masterpieces found within. Once you’ve snapped a picture on the iconic Met steps or by the fountains, head on inside and take in all the incredible collections the museum has to offer.

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Lotte New York Palace

Take a cab to 455 Madison Avenue, the famous Lotte New York Palace. Head into Villard for one of the best brunches you’ll ever have or book a treatment at the hotel’s world-class spa. Maybe your very own Chuck Bass is waiting for you with a dirty martini at the hotel lobby bar, Trouble’s Trust.

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Shops on Madison Ave

Once you’re nice and relaxed, take a stroll down Madison Avenue for a window shopping session or pop into Céline and finally buy that bag you’ve been dreaming of. Commemorate the moment with a photo of the picturesque street lined with luxury stores and delicate building facades.

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NoMo Soho

Ready for dinner? NoMo SoHo has you covered. Take your photo under the leafy arc before enjoying a delicious meal. We recommend the Kale Salad and Pappardelle pasta.

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Top of the Rock

Nothing says chic like Rockafeller and there is no better place to catch the sunset than at the Top of the Rock. The whole city is laid out in front of you, a concrete playground waiting for you to explore.

Central Park

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Central Park

Lunch at the Boathouse, a stroll through the tree-lined path, feeding the ducks at The Pond in Central Park. A day in the life of Blair Waldorf and the perfect place to capture an enviable Instagram photo.

Sarabeth's New York

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Sarabeth’s

You can’t spell chic without b-r-u-n-c-h. Head to Sarabeth’s Central Park South for a mouthwatering late Sunday morning meal. Indulge in the Lemon & Ricotta Pancakes or the Toasted Coconut Waffles. More of a savoury person? How does Classic Eggs Benedict or Vegetable Frittata sound?

How To Spend 48 Hours In New York City

You’ve arrived in New York City with your luggage in hand and your hopes in store. With only 48 hours in the big city, where do you start? As the city that never sleeps, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the hundreds of things to do and see.

Lucky for you, New York has something for everyone. Your 48 hours starts now!

Gansevoort Meatpacking District

Photo: @gansevoort

For the shopaholic:

Among the Big Four fashion capitals of the world, New York coined the phrase “shop till you drop.” The optimal day for the shopaholic starts in SoHo – one of the city’s most eclectic shopping regions. From designer boutiques to bargain emporiums, SoHo seems to have it all. After a morning in SoHo, make your way to Greenwich Village, stopping at Washington Square Park to refuel and recharge. The Bleeker Street shopping scene entirely plays tribute to the village’s rich musical history. On the weekends, your likely to catch local musicians and vintage street markets. Next on the shopping tour is the modish Meatpacking District. Don’t be misled by the cobblestone streets – this trendy district defines high-end shopping. Cap off a long day of shopping with a cocktail at the Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC rooftop.

Wake up the next morning and do it all over. Spend the day with Tiffany, Cartier, and Prada on the famous Fifth Avenue.

Best food in NYC

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For the foodie:

Whatever your taste, New York is home to hundreds of Michelin-star restaurants and authentic dives for locals and tourists alike. We recommend beginning the day with brunch on the Lower East Side. From Sadelles to Stanton Social, this progressive neighbourhood has quickly become an NYC brunch hotspot. Walk off that boozy brunch on the High-Line in Meatpacking District, taking in picturesque views of the city. Still hungry? Check out Chelsea Market for a range of delectable bites and snacks. Time for happy hour. Head over to the Standard Biergarten for a well-deserved beer and a game of ping-pong. We promise your food coma is well worth it and is sure to give you a good nights sleep.

Cross over to Brooklyn on day two for the infamous Smorgasburg food market. As the largest open-air food market in America, Smorgasburg is sure to be a foodie fan favourite.

Top of the Rock

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For the tourist:

Spend your morning surrounded by the history of Ellis Island, accompanied by the Statue of Liberty herself. Catch the ferry back to the city and head over to the Rockefeller Center. Tour Radio City Music Hall and take the elevator up to the Top of the Rock Observation Deck for exquisite views of the city skyline. More views? Spend sunset at the Empire State Building, ending off the night with a visit to Times Square. The day may be over, but the action never sleeps.

No trip to New York is complete without Central Park. Wake up the next morning and embrace your inner New Yorker. Grab a coffee and bagel to enjoy throughout your stroll down Central Park. Make sure to visit the John Lennon Memorial, if you’re lucky you may stumble across a private concert!

Best of New York City

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For the culture vulture:

As a cultural capital of the world, New York boasts a variety of galleries, museums, and theatres. Visit the world famous Guggenheim Museum and the Museum of Modern Art. Spend the afternoon at a Broadway Matinee, and cap off the night laughing at the Comedy Cellar. You never know who will show up and surprise you.

Spend day two in hipster-haven Brooklyn. Explore Williamsburg, grab a book from Mermaids and pass the afternoon reading in McCarren Park. You’re sure to enjoy some peace and quiet away from the bustling city. While in Brooklyn, make your way to Dumbo. Often overlooked, this waterfront neighbourhood boasts breathtaking views of the Manhatten skyline. Ride your bike around town and embrace the culture.

Bali, Indonesia Travel Diary: Uluwatu

I’m back with my Bali travel guide. Today, I’ll be sharing everything you need to know about Uluwatu. Uluwatu was my first stop in Bali, and was the reason I fell in love with the island so quickly. Located on the southern end of Bali, right on the coastline, it is famous for its beautiful beaches. It is full of eco resorts, concept cafes, beautiful beach clubs, and everything in between. Here’s my little black book:

Bali Indonesia

Food in Bali, Indonesia

Beach in Bali Indonesia

As a part of my collaboration with The Asia Collective, I stayed in La Joya Balangan. The property is comprised of several villas and is the definition of shabby-chic. I highly recommend this hotel to those who are looking to be immersed in nature but be warned, it is not for those who are looking for the comforts of a luxury resort. The villas are essentially large huts which have gorgeous interiors, but also have a portion between the wall and the roof that is open. La Joya Balangan is located right next to its sister hotel, La Joya Biu-Biu, which boasts the most incredible view of the ocean. You will most definitely need to hire a driver to get around from here as Uluwatu is quite expansive.

Where to eat

Uluwatu, like Seminyak, is full of gorgeous cafes, these were my favourites:

Drifter Surf Shop & Cafe: An Australian concept shop and cafe which has delicious avocado toast, acai bowls, and basically all things delicious.

Food in Bali Indonesia

Nalu Bowls: Hands down, the best acai bowl I have ever had in my life. Order the Maverick, it’s incredible. Nalu Bowls has several locations around Bali, but the one in Uluwatu is at Single Fin Beach Club, which boasts a spectacular view of the ocean.

Food in Bali

Restaurants in Bali

Coco & Poke: Also located at Single Fin Beach Club, Coco & Poke offers fresh and flavourful poke bowls.

Food in Bali

Restaurants in Bali

Bukit Cafe: This joint serves all-day breakfast. We ended up going for dinner where I ordered their shakshuka and my brother ordered the burger – delicious.

Hamburgers and French Fries in Bali

What to do

Uluwatu Temple: Located on top of a cliff on the ocean, the Uluwatu Temple offers a view that will literally take your breath away.

Uluwatu Temple

Uluwatu Temple

Uluwatu Temple

Sundays Beach Club: Since it is on the coastline, Uluwatu is known for its beach clubs. With limited time in hand, I decided to check out Sundays Beach Club. I’m happy to report that I could not have been more pleased with my decision. It is located inside the Ungasan Clifftop Hotel, where, upon entering the property, you are greeted by a hanging infinity pool. After this, you take a cable car down a cliff to go to the beach. I’ll never forget the jaw-dropping view of the beach and jungle on the cable car ride down; I had goosebumps. The beach club itself is phenomenal. The water is pristine, the music is upbeat, the service is spectacular, and the food is to die for. During sunset, there is a bonfire where you can make smores and admire the view. The entrance fee is IDR 300,000.

Sundays Beach Club Bali

Sundays Beach Club Bali

Food at Sundays Beach Club Bali

Bukit Sari Agro Coffee Luwak: Luwak coffee, the most expensive coffee in the world, is made from poop. No joke. The Luwak is a mongoose that picks out the best coffee beans, eats it, and then poops it out. The beans are then cleaned, roasted, ground for consumption. At Bukit Sari Agro Luwak Coffee, we were offered 12 variations of teas and coffees are grown at their farm for free and charged IDR 50,000 for a cup of Luwak coffee. I wasn’t brave enough to try the coffee, but my brothers really enjoyed it!

Coffee in Bali

Waterfalls in Bali

The Top 5 Most Brag-Worthy Locations In Bali

Bali is a land which welcomes dreamers and wanderers, in search of impossible natural beauty and incredible adventure. Bloggers are have long been drawn to Bali and its picture-perfect views. Here are just a few of the most geotagged locales in Bali.

Cliff Edge Resort

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La Joya Villa & Bungalows

For a picture on the edge of the world, stay at the breathtaking La Joya Villa & Bungalows.  Sit on the ledge of their frequently photographed hot tub and capture the panoramic ocean view behind you.

Photo: @world.vacations

Kamandalu Resort, Ubud 

This five-star resort provides the perfect backdrop for many inspiring Bali shots. Whether it’s a fun photo in the infinity pool or a meditative pose in front of the lush palms, Kamandalu Resort is hard to ignore when scrolling through a newsfeed!

Hideout Treehouse AirBNB

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AirBnB

There are plenty of available AirBnB’s in Bali that can get you incredible shots like this. Take a browse through their website and see if you stumble upon this secret bamboo glass-enclosed hut in the rainforest.

Sacred Monkey Forest

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Monkey Forest, Ubud

Get your photo taken with a friend – a monkey friend that is. A walk through the Monkey Forest allows you to immerse yourself in nature and get acquainted with the local wildlife. This certainly is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for those living in countries where common wildlife tends to be squirrels.

Waterfalls

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Banyumala Waterfalls

Do go chasing waterfalls. The Banyumala Twin Waterfalls is a dreamy locale to spend some time decompressing and taking in the natural beauty of Bali. Capture a photo in front of the falls to make the moment last forever.

The Perfect Prince Edward County Weekend

Lover of quaint cafes? Small town enthusiast? Wine Connoisseur? Then the weekend should find you in the loveliest county there ever was. Prince Edward County. Situated just a two and a half hour drive from Toronto, Prince Edward County is a gem that transcends your weekend into the perfect escape.

Where to Stay: 

All the hipsters are staying at Drake Devonshire Inn. Situated on the banks of Lake Ontario in the small town of Wellington, this quirky boutique hotel will make you feel as if you are starring in a Wes Anderson movie. 

Right at the heart of Picton, The Ferg is the perfect choice for anyone that is looking for comfort, entertaining friends, and a pet-friendly environment. Inspired by minimal Scandinavian design, this heritage home will leave you breathless with its historic elegance and quaint charm. 

What To Do: 

Sandbanks Provincial Park

Baymouth sandbars and sandy dunes, Sandbanks Provincial Park has something to offer to everyone. Whether you want to stroll down the white sandy beach, go on a scenic drive if you do not feel like getting sand in your shoes, or for a quick swim, this Provincial Park is a must see spot when visiting Prince Edward County.  

Coriander Girl

A girl loves her flowers, and Coriander Girl is the cutest flower shop in the town of Picton. Grab a freshly made bouquet of flowers or chat with the owner who is just a lovely as her creations.   

Wine Tasting in Prince Edward County: 

Not only are wineries in Prince Edward County pet-friendly, they are also the most picturesque wineries I have ever seen. It may prove to be merely impossible to visit all 33 wineries in just one weekend, so thankfully I did the scouting for you. Here are my top 6.

Closson Chase Vineyards: This winery not only has amazing wine, but its purple barn walls make it a very Instagramable destination.

County Cider Company: Those that are not big wine drinkers will appreciate the mouth-watering ciders offered. 

Karlo Estates: Apart from the fact that this is the first certified vegan winery in the world, Karlo Estates also offer a large variety of wines with the most delicious food pairings.

Norman Hardie Winery: If you are looking to pair your wine with a slice of wood-fired pizza, you have come to the right place. 

The Grange of Prince Edward County Winery: Rustic and submerged in nature, nothing makes you feel as if you are sipping wine in an enchanted forest like the Grange does. 

Waupoos Estates Winery: Offering a stunning lake view and great lunch choices at their Gazebo Restaurant.

Where to Eat: 

The Courage: Casual and fun, this is another quirky spot in the County that will leave your taste buds and coffee cravings 100% satisfied. 

Drake Devonshire: From brunch to dinner to cocktails, you will be definitely coming back for more. Make sure to try their Devonshire Burger and rhubarb cake.

The Hubb Eatery & Lounge: Located in Bloomfield, this farm to table restaurant is a favourite for locals and tourists.

Vic Café: The Vic Cafe puts Parisian cafes to shame with its perfect decor. Whether you want to catch up on your daily news by drinking a cup of chai latte or have a light lunch, Vic Café is my go to choice in Picton.

Whatever the reason that brings you to Prince Edward County, you will not want to leave. 

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A Virtual Guide To The 15 Best National Parks In Canada

Get your Parks Canada Discovery Pass and explore all the nature Canada has to offer.

From wildlife to glaciers and white sand beaches, Canada’s diverse fauna and flora will have something to satisfy your type of adventure.  

Here are our top 15 national parks to explore this year.

Get To These 5 Incredible Destinations On Your Tax Return

It’s that time of year – little brown envelopes are appearing in mailboxes everywhere with a long-awaited piece of paper tucked inside. No, not your Hogwarts acceptance letter – arguably better, it’s tax return time.

If you’re feeling the itch to travel but don’t know where you’re going to come up with the money to get to your dream destination, look no further than your tax return.

Even if you only see $800 staring back at you, these five incredible places are not out of reach!

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Miami, Florida

Soak up the sun in sizzling Miami, where the beach is hot and the nightlife is hotter. With roundtrip flights out of Toronto starting at CAD $366, you’ll be on the golden sands and trendy streets of South Beach before you know it! A perfect spot for a girls trip or Bachelorette party.

Photo: @tayseesnyc

New York City, New York

In the famous words of Frank Sinatra, if you can make it to NYC, you can make it anywhere. The good news is, you can absolutely make it here! Round trip, non-stop flights out of Toronto are only CAD$472. To further cut costs and enjoy all the city has to offer, don’t stay in Manhattan – try Williamsburg! It’s trendy and fun with a lot of great brunch spots. Spend some of your days exploring vintage shops and getting lost in the Brooklyn burrow.

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Tulum, Mexico

From Toronto, fly roundtrip, non-stop into Cancun for CAD$421 and take a 2-hour transfer along the jaw-dropping coastline to gorgeous Tulum. Relaxing on the beach or by the pool of a chic AirBnB, it’ll be hard to believe you got here on your tax return.

Photo: @whole.being

Quebec City, Quebec

Take the VIA Rail Canada for a sweet CAD$150 this year and visit a city close to home. Quebec City has all the old-world, European charm one could ask for without breaking the bank. If trains aren’t your thing, a non-stop, roundtrip flight from Toronto will get you there in a little under two hours for CAD$345.

Photo: @elenacanostyle

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

If you’re in the mood for a bit of a splurge all while keeping within a reasonable budget, the Dominican Republic is the place for you. Santo Domingo, the colonial capital city of the DR, has recently been revamped and is having a major moment. Merengue dancing in the square, dinners on a quaint restaurant patio during the sunset – Santo Domingo has romance down to an art. Fly roundtrip, non-stop into Punta Cana from Toronto for CAD$1,740 and find yourself in Santo Domingo in a mere two and half hours via airport transfer!

A Local’s Guide To Exploring Austin, Texas

We fell in love with Austin, Texas and all of its weirdness. The state’s capital has adopted the slogan “Keep Austin Weird” and intends to maintain the city’s fun and unique identity. Austin is unlike any other city in the South. It’s a little bit hipster and a lot of that unmistakable southern charm.

Music lovers can rejoice as Austin is also known for its world-class live music, playing host to famous music festivals including South x Southwest and Austin City Limits. People flock to Austin to be a part of something different, something special. The consistent warmth of the people matches the year-round warm weather and the city’s energy is always at an all-time high. Siren wants to help you navigate this one-of-a-kind city that has gorgeous sunshine, delicious food, amazing music and Matthew McConaughey.

So get ready, y’all – we’re going to Austin.

EAT

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The OasisFamily-oriented

Situated on the stunning Lake Travis hills and known as the “sunset capital of Texas”, this restaurant is the definition of “dinner with a view.” The hilltop scenery is unbelievable – it feels like being in a villa overlooking Lake Como. This favourite Austin locale serves up some delicious Mexican fare along with incredible live music Thursday through Sunday. We know you’ll go for the food and music. We bet you stay for the sunset.

Torchy’s Tacos (the original truck)- Road less travelled

Torchy’s queso tastes heavenly so no wonder it has been voted the best in Texas several years running. The secret? Guacamole mixed into the middle of the creamy cheese dip. Any local you ask where to get the best tacos will rave about Torchy’s. They are also likely to tell you the story of the legendary taco joint, which started out as a food truck and has now expanded to cities all over Texas. A true Austin must-try. You can even buy a bottle of Torchy’s hot sauce to take home with you but good luck trying to savour it until your next trip to Texas.

Green Pastures RestaurantStylish/cultured

Nestled on the lush pastures of a 19th-century estate is a restaurant that transports its patrons back in time – a feeling that can only be described as nostalgia for the era of true southern belles and debutante balls. This is the best place to enjoy a mouth-watering Sunday brunch or gourmet dinner while watching the resident colourful peacocks stroll by. Must-tries at this famous brunch are the sweet and salty confection: chocolate-covered bacon and the Southern milk punch: a concoction of bourbon, rum, brandy and ice cream.

STAY

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Omni Barton Creek Resort and SpaFamily-oriented

Omni Barton Creek Resort and Spa offers a wide range of activities that caters to all family needs. This cozy family resort offers golf and mini golf, children’s day camp and activities and a relaxing spa for day-end wind-down. Truly something for everyone.

The Fairview B&BRoad less travelled 

Stay in this opulent, white plantation home and get a real taste of southern hospitality. This B&B is pretty, tranquil and a little off the beaten path. It also happens to be dog-friendly so if you want to bring your pup to Austin, this is the place to do it!  Staying here also offers a unique juxtaposition of modern-day Austin because it allows for a look into the city’s past.  The grandeur of the southern plantation homes with their tall columns and expansive porches offer a small glimpse of what once was. Mint julep and a rocking chair, anyone?

The Driskill HotelStylish/cultured 

Our jaws dropped when entering the marble grand lobby of this historic hotel. Located in the heart of the city on bustling 6th Street, The Driskill is Texan comfort at its finest. We love this hotel for its rich history and classy atmosphere. Luxury is dripping in every detail of the decor, from the crystal chandeliers to the immaculate, plush leather sofas in the cigar lounge. The rich oak panels and stained-glass ceiling make this a must-stay for those looking for lavish accommodations in Austin.

PLAY

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The Broken SpokeFamily-oriented

We couldn’t come to the south and not learn how to cut-a-rug, so we headed over to The Broken Spoke to watch some classic country artists and learn how to two-step with the best of them at the “last true Texas dance hall.” A tip from one novice two-stepper to another: the faster the song, the smaller the steps. Enjoying live music with your loved ones and learning how to dance is one of the best ways to make the most of your trip in this music-centric city.

Burnside’s TavernRoad less travelled

We couldn’t write about Austin without suggesting a bar on infamous 6th Street. Located on downtown Austin’s liveliest street sits Burnside’s Tavern. We can’t get enough of the “Civil War chic” decor with glamorous crystal chandeliers hanging in a row above the bar and oil paintings of historical figures hung on the exposed brick walls. The bar is frequented by locals, rarely visited by tourists. The drinks are cheap, the music is good and we love the young, energetic atmosphere.

CU29 Cocktail BarStylish/cultured 

A little removed from the youthful, party crowd on 6th Street, it’s all about the specialty drinks at this upscale cocktail lounge. Each drink takes five to 10 minutes to make but is totally worth the wait.  For those with a sweet tooth, the Samoa Girl Scout Cookie martini is a must-try. It’s basically dessert in a martini glass. The atmosphere is welcoming and the decor is incredible – exposed brick and floor-to-ceiling shelves full of the best local and imported liqueurs. This is by far the best place to mingle with the Austin-elite and sip on the most unique, hand-crafted drinks.

SPEND

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Toy JoyFamily-oriented

With the slogan “Keeping Austin Fun since 1987″ families cannot resist a stop into Toy Joy, located in the heart of downtown Austin, right across from City Hall. This local toy shop’s shelves are lined with thousands of toys to entertain all families. Not to mention every board game imaginable lives here.

Shops on South Congress Street – Road less travelled 

This street is lined on both sides with funky shops where the locals spend their hard earned money. We found everything here, from hand-crafted jewellery to homemade toffee at Susie’s South Forty Confections. South Congress has it all, and quite unexpectedly too.

The DomainStylish/cultured

One word: Nordstrom. This upscale shopping mall offers high-end shopping in a contemporary setting. Nothing says luxury shopping trip like ending the day with a nice gourmet meal, so we suggest Flemming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar, located right on The Domain property.

DO

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The Lantern FestFamily-oriented

The Lantern Fest is something that you must see to believe. Thousands of lanterns being lit and let out into the night sky on a warm evening in October is pure magic. But the lanterns are only one small part of the spectacular festival, which includes a day full of live music (of course), dancing and some of the most delicious smores we’ve ever tasted. This is the perfect event to make family memories to last a lifetime.

South x SouthWest Music Festival (SXSW)– Road less travelled

If you find yourself in Austin in March, you’re in luck. We highly recommend attending SXSW festival. Over 50 performers come to town to share their music and their art. SXSW, although attended by people from all over the world, is a local tradition and thousands of Austinites gather each year to enjoy the beautiful sounds of the city.

Austin Museums & Arts Scene– Stylish/cultured

Austin is brimming with creativity. The city is home to world-class museums such as the Blanton Museum of Art and Harry Ransom Center which houses rare books and historical literature collections. There are plenty of art galleries to roam and theatres to duck into. Check out the Austin Ballet and its prima ballerinas. The most amazing thing about Austin, perhaps, is that even when you’re not in a building dedicated to art, you are surrounded by art even when walking the city’s streets.

DONT MISS

Everyone visiting Austin must head down to South Congress Street and have their picture taken by the “I love you so much” wall. Located on the right side of Jo’s Coffee Shop, this iconic mint-green wall, spray-painted with those five meaningful words in red swirling letters has served as the backdrop for hundreds of thousands of photos. Stand with your significant other, mother, father, brother, sister…whomever, and take what is sure to be your next profile picture. Caption it: I love you so much!

GET AROUND

While Austin does have the Capital Metro public transportation with several bus routes and schedules, it is important to note that the best way to get around the city is by car, taxi or Uber. The roads are not overly congested with traffic so getting around by car is the easiest and most time effective mode of transportation.

5 Special Getaways To Treat Her This Mother’s Day

Spring has sprung and Mother’s Day is right around the corner.

On May 14, 2017, consider forgoing the traditional bouquet of flowers and dinner and try something different. From Merengue dancing in the Dominican Republic to getting pampered on a catamaran cruise, treat Mom to an exciting and unique experience she will never forget with these five special destinations that are sure to make her feel appreciated this Mother’s Day. 

palace in dominican republic capital santo domingo

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic: The capital city of the Dominican Republic has recently been revamped and is now quickly being recognized as a cultural hub for the country. Take Mom to the sizzling Caribbean heat where she can indulge in Dominican cuisine, local shopping and traditional Merengue dancing. A quick getaway to Santo Domingo is perfect for all Moms looking to soak up the sun and let loose! For more information, please visit: www.godominicanrepublic.com

The spectacular Crane Beach on the island of Barbados in the Caribbean. Named one of the 10 best beaches in the world.

The Crane Resort, Barbados: Relax and unwind on the smooth pink sands of the famous Crane Beach in Barbados and enjoy every amenity The Crane Resort has to offer. A light lunch at Serenity Bar followed by an afternoon being doted on at The Crane’s Serenity Spa and adult-only pool lends themselves to some much-deserved relaxation for Mom. For more information, please visit: www.thecrane.com 

Auberge Saint-Antoine, Quebec City: Spend a luxuriously quaint weekend with Mom in Quebec City at the historic and charming hotel of Auberge Saint-Antoine. Get pampered at the spa and indulge in a well-deserved, five-star meal at the on-site, fine dining restaurant, Panache. For more information, please visit: www.saint-antoine.com

New York City - November 8, 2015: Aerial view of Central Park South and residential skyscrapers in New York City, New York by Columbus Circle.

Gansevoort Park Avenue, New York City: The Big Apple is calling all Moms in search of a chic getaway this Mother’s Day. Take in all the sights and shopping the dazzling city has to offer and retire to the swanky Gansevoort Park Avenue. Head on up to the Rooftop Lounge to sip on delicious cocktails and talk Mom’s ear off about how much you love her. For more information, please visit: www.gansevoorthotelgroup.com

Cool shot from up on the mast by http://www.stephanemailion.com @bellosound

TradeWinds Catamaran Cruise: Dare to do something different this Mother’s day and get off the grid with a TradeWinds catamaran cruise. Secure a berth and enjoy the luxurious simplicity of being on the water with someone you love most. Be taken care of all day by the full-service staff and get that much-needed quality time with Mom. For more information, please visit: www.trade-winds.com