I’m going to Portland, OR!

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Hi Travel Friends!

My birthday is in May and I’ve been thinking of something fun to do to celebrate. I always love taking trips but wasn’t quite sure where I wanted to go. I was debating between a 5-7 day trip or something a little shorter. For some reason, I like to save longer trips for the summer time. I have no idea why I like it that way, but I do. I guess it’s part of my Type A personality.

Anyway, my boyfriend & I decided Portland, Oregon would be a great place! We wanted to go when we took our trip to Seattle but didn’t want to rent a car and make the drive. So now’s our chance 🙂

I am super excited! We are going May 12-16th and I believe there is a whiskey festival that weekend. I’ve never been to Portland so that adds more excitement. We’re both really into nature and hiking so I bought myself new hiking shoes in preparation.

Who’s been to Portland? Or lives in Portland? Comment below or use my contact form to give me some tips on where I should go or what I should do! Do they have an underground tour? I love those. Let me know!

Safe Travels! & Til’ Next Time,

Lyss

Cincinnati, OH

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In December of 2015, my boyfriend & I packed our bags again. Instead of going somewhere as a couple, which we usually do, this trip included his dad & brother. We went from LA/OC to Ohio! None of us had ever been to OH and we were all excited to visit.

Above being excited to explore a new place, we were excited because this trip was not only for pleasure. We were actually going to watch my boyfriend graduate from the University of Cincinnati with a Masters in Criminal Justice! Both myself and his family were so glad to be able to see him walk and make an entire trip out of it.

We flew out of LAX on a Wednesday night / Thursday morning (red eye). Red eye flights always sound great in theory because of the fact that you’re not wasting so much day time flying, but you’re also so freakin’ tired once you finally land. I can’t sleep on planes for long and I hate sitting for a long period of time.

As soon as we landed in Cincinnati we picked up our rental car and could feel just how different it is from California. The first place we stopped at was a Waffle House outside of the city and it seemed like all the patrons were locals who knew each other. Very different than the feel we get in Orange County.

Some of the highlights of the trip included exploring the University of Cincinnati, strolling through the downtown area, bar hopping, mural viewing, eating lots of delicious food, taking an underground brewery tour, and of course – watching my bf graduate with a Masters!

The University of Cincinnati is beautiful! The architecture around the entire city is so different. The majority of Cincinnati is covered in old buildings with a modern twist on it or modern buildings surrounding them. It’s very interesting and diverse looking!

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The bar hopping was the best in Cincinnati! We went out on a Thursday night and the bars were open later than the ones in Orange County so that was a definite plus. “Dive Bar” in the University area is a go-to. The one bartender there was so chill and it was, without a doubt, a dive bar.

The skyline was so beautiful and the muruals are in a prime location. Also, the brewery tour was very interesting. People in Cincinnati were once pretty heavy drinkers; at least that’s what I learned from the tour.

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IMG_6273.JPGOverall, Cincinnati was an amazing place to see and I’m so glad we were able to make a trip out of it! Each of us had a great time. I’d definitely go back to drink some more craft beer, take more tours, and live it up!

Safe Travels! & Til’ Next Time,

Lyss

 

Seattle, WA

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Whenever I can take a few days off of work, I love to travel! I love being able to see new places, learn some of their history, and experience something fresh. In March of 2015 I went to Seattle, Washington for the first time. My boyfriend and I planned the trip extremely last minute. We purchased a getaway package from Jet Blue on a Tuesday and flew out Saturday of that same week!

We planned most of our activities / things we really wanted to do beforehand. When we first arrived, we took the Link Light Rail from the SeaTac airport to the Sorrento Hotel which is a little east of downtown. The hotel was old fashioned but so cool! The staff was very sweet and they had the cutest bar inside the hotel.

After getting settled, we decided to start exploring the Seattle Waterfront which houses the Seattle Great Wheel. If you’re not afraid of heights, the Great Wheel is a must.

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That night, we went out to the Capitol Hill area for bar hopping. The Unicorn was my favorite bar out of all of them! They had circus themed decor and games in the basement area. Very different from any bar I’ve visited in Orange County.

Over the next couple of days we explored Seattle and all of the marvelous activities / sights it has to offer. The Colombia Center is a corporate building that is extremely tall, so they offer one of the highest floors as an ‘observation floor,’ similar to the Space Needle. I actually liked the views more than the Space Needle view, with the only downside being that the Colombia Center is indoors only.

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My boyfriend is a big soccer fan and we were lucky enough for opening day to occur the week we were there! I’m not too into soccer but seeing Century Link Field was a great experience and being apart of a vibrant crowd was a very exciting addition to our trip!

We also took an underground tour which was extremely informative in terms of the history of Seattle. It’s great to learn about the places you’re going rather than just seeing it’s beautiful sights. Ever since that underground tour it’s become an unspoken rule that we try to take one on each city-like vacation we embark on.

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Then, we visited the Space Needle! Because it’s a must in Seattle, right?! Views were amazing.

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Other things we did included eat delicious food, visit Pike’s Place Market, take a peek at the first Starbucks, visit Seattle University & University of Washington, and some other walking trips. Public transportation is pretty easy to use and actually walked for most of our trip and took the occasional uber/lyft. Overall, Seattle was an amazing place to visit and I hope to return soon!

Happy Travels & Til’ Next Time,

Lyss.