Admittedly, it’s been a hot minute since I last shared a favorite Seattle spot. Moving tends to do that, huh? Now that I’m a bit more settled in, I’ve been taking time to explore my new neighborhood of Ballard more and more. As I stroll down the main thoroughfare (aptly named Ballard Ave), I always notice one thing: a long queue outside of one bakery. Meet Hot Cakes, a molten chocolate cakery!
Happy weekend, you guys! I’m writing this from the plane cuz I’m on my way to Miami. It’s my bff’s bachelorette party, meaning that 8 of us are convening in Miami for some sun, drinks, and girl time. It’s kinda crazy to admit it, but this is my first bachelorette party and my first time visiting Miami… and I’ve never traveling with 7 other women before. Adventures all around! I’ve been mentally preparing myself by watching this. Juuuust kidding.
Ok, you guys, it’s the final recap of my amazing trip to Costa Rica! Last we left off, Sean and I had just arrived on the Pacific Coast and were eating and drinking out way through super cute beach towns and hanging out on an amazing catamaran. From Tamarindo, we traveled south to Nosara where we checked into my favorite hotel of the trip, The Harmony Hotel.
Who’s ready to go to the beach?? Part 2 of my Costa Rica recap is alllll about the Pacific Coast and some gorgeous beaches. During the planning stages of the trip, Anywhere asked us if we wanted to explore the coastal areas of Costa Rica road trip style. The answer was a resounding YES. Sean and I absolutely love taking road trips, even if it’s just for a short climbing trip (remember our road trip with the Volt?), so this was beyond perfect for us.
ps — in case you missed it, here’s part 1.
We left the misty, damp jungle for the coast in the morning and stopped along the way at Café Y Macadamia. This spot will always be in my heart because it is the scheme of the best sandwich I’ve ever eaten in my life. I consider myself a bit of a sandwich conneseuir, to be totally honest, and this one was so incredible. They make their own bread loaded with tons of macadamia nuts. The one I had featured fresh white fish and lots of veggies and greens. It came served with a size of plantain chips and a mango smoothie. Total perfection. The restaurant also boasts a fantastic view of the Laguna de Arenal which was an awesome backdrop for lunch.
Ok, who’s ready to talk about where you should go on your next vacation?? If you follow me on Instagram, you probably know that last month I had the opportunity to travel to Costa Rica thanks to an amazing travel company called Anywhere. The trip itself (and working with Anywhere) was so spectacular that today we’re kicking off a 3 part series allll about my travels to this amazing Central American country.
Since 2006, Anywhere has made traveling super easy by taking care of all the planning. And when I say ‘all of the planning,’ I mean it! Basically, when Anywhere reached out to me, they asked me and Sean to fill out a super-fast survey on their site to give them a bit of an idea of what we’re looking for. For example, we could select whether we wanted the trip to be romantic, relaxing and spa-like, full of adventure… or a mix of everything!
I’ve never traveled to Costa Rica before, or to Central America for that matter, so I really loved that Anywhere was able to show me the best of the best and curate it to my own tastes.
p.s. how cute is the ‘sloth money’ as I came to call it?? Costa Rica gets an A+ in the currency design department.
We started by booking our flights (duh). If you’re located in Seattle, Delta recently expanded their offering so that you connect through LAX and then fly directly into San Jose, Costa Rica. It was super easy. We chose to take the red eye flight in order to maximize the amount of time we could see, smell, and EAT.
Once we’d booked flights, I handed over those dates to the team at Anywhere and they custom tailored a trip to include all of our favorites.
Keeping reading to check out all of our outdoors adventures, gorgeous views, and way too many photos of the beautiful flora of Costa Rica.
You guys… I’m going on vacation to Costa Rica!
It’s been entirely too long since I took some time off and recently this amazing start up called Anywhere reached out to me about a trip. I’ve always wanted to travel through Costa Rica, but had no idea where to even start when it came down to the planning stages. Thankfully, Anywhere is has taken the helm and is doing the planning for me and my boyfriend. We chatted a bit about the types of activities that would interest both of us (um, hello hot springs and snorkeling), plus they’ve also got a few surprises up their sleeves. I’ll be sharing allllll the details of my trip once I get back, but for now I need to figure out what to pack because I leave in less than 2 weeks!
Prepping for this trip feels like a bit of a weird shift in my mind — I’m wrapped in fleece and sweaters and thermal socks, but will be in a gorgeous tropical climate soon.
I. Cannot. Freaking. Wait.
I’m definitely planning to pack light and spend as much time as possible in my bikini. I’m thinking that I’ll toss in a pair of comfortable walking shoes, some breezy dresses, and my trusty cut-offs. Plus, tons of books.
Have you guys ever been to Costa Rica? I’d love any tips!
Photography from Anywhere.
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With Thanksgiving a little over 2 weeks away, I know a lot of you have one thing on your minds: travel. I consider myself a bit of a travel aficionado at this point, especially given my jetsetting days of flying from Philly to Seattle and back every two weeks out of homesickness! That being said, I figured now is the perfect time to partner up with one of my favorite brands, prAna, to share some of my favorite pieces to wear while traveling.
The first tip is pretty obvious: dress comfortably. For me, this means wearing pants that don’t restrict my movement (for that last-minute spring to the gate) and a top with a built-in bra.
I absolutely hate wearing a bra. Really, I only do it when I absolutely must. When traveling, I often wear one of my climbing tops, like this Marley top. The fabric is nice and stretchy, while the shelf bra doesn’t pinch or poke. And I absolutely love the back detail.
I also tend to get really cold on airplanes, so I always bring a cozy fleece with me… something that’s similar to a blanket! The Arka Jacket from prAna is absurdly comfortable, but also really cute thanks to a button detail at the neck.
Lately, I’ve fallen into a really bad habit of saving up work to do while on a flight. I used to reallllly look forward to that uninterrupted time for reading and even feel like it’s a time when I can actually relax. I’m trying to focus more and more on not opting to purchase wifi and instead, packing reading material that’s been sitting on my nightstand for ages (like the latest issue of Collective Quarterly).
Lastly, I always pack a cozy beanie to wear on the plane. This is my final step in making sure I stay warm enough… but I have been known to pull the hat down over my eyes to catch a quick nap, too!
For this post I received products to review from prAna. All opinions are my own and always will be! Thanks for supporting content that keeps Jojotastic going.