How to Create the Perfect Multnomah Falls Day

Multnomah Falls, OR
A beautiful spring day at Multnomah Falls, OR

It was a sunny spring day in the great PNW (Pacific Northwest). Our adventure to Multnomah Falls, OR was about to begin. We had stayed the night in a lovely hotel near by to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Getting away at least once a year in the crazy first years of marriage was always one of our priorities. We never went far or for long but just far enough away and long enough to refill our relationship bucket. So that year we decided to go to Oregon, a short 3 hr drive for us. As we contemplated things to do the next day we were encouraged to explore Multnomah Falls. It wasn’t very far from where we were and it sounded just perfect.

The falls are just a 30 min drive from Portland. They cascade down from a drop of 611 feet. The water is icy cold. The whole experience is powerful as well as enchanting.

Multnomah Falls, OR
Lush and green in the dense woods of the area

To create the perfect Multnomah Falls day here are a few suggestions:

  • The falls are spectacular during all 4 seasons, but it is a cooler climate at the falls. During the summer bring a light jacket or sweater, in the winter bring a coat.
  • Pets are allowed but must be kept on a leash.
  • During the summer months vendors offer quick snacks, but otherwise you can bring in your own
  • Treat yourself to a wonderful PNW meal at the historic Multnomah Falls Lodge restaurant.
  • You can get a few more ideas by exploring HERE
View from the Multnomah Falls trail
View from the trail

A perfect day at the falls for us included a mellow drive, a leisurely pace up the trail, lot’s of stops for pics and yummy food at the restaurant which included more fantastic views.

Views from Multomah Falls trail
Scenic view from the trail

A perfect day anywhere is being with your loved ones and sharing the memories later. One place we like to make memories is while visiting the Vidanta resorts in Mexico. Soon we’ll be able to travel the world again so start planning your next trip now! We would love to share our incredible resort with you and your family. Click HERE to get started!

Fast Get Away From New York-Bermuda (when it’s safe to travel again!)

Bermuda Island
Bermuda Island

Bermuda was never on my “bucket list”, I’ll just say that right off the bat! But when your husband says, “I want to take you away to a warm island in the middle of blue, blue waters”, you don’t say no!

Now for us, this was not a “quick trip” as the title of this post implies, because we happen to live on the West Coast. However, if you live on the East Coast, this is a very short 2hr plane ride for you!

From JFK and LaGuardia airports it is a 2hr and 15 min plane ride. Your plane lands at Bermuda LF Wade International Airport. From there you have lots of transportation options to get you around the island. You can go by bus, ferry, bikes, scooters, taxi or electric cars! Read more about transportation options HERE.

Accommodations on the island are plentiful as well! So setting up a fast weekend trip is so easy, why wouldn’t you! Start your accommodation search HERE

Why would you want to go to Bermuda you ask? Well let me tell you what I liked about it.

  1. The Pink Beaches! Did you know there was such a thing as a pink beach? Well there is! And I was able to enjoy it on our last day there. We visited one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, called Horseshoe Bay. The pink sand, turquoise waters and blue skies that never end is one reason to jump on a plane right now!
Pink sand beaches of Bermuda
Pink sand beach of Bermuda

2. The People– Bermuda is one of the friendliest places on the planet. And this is no tall tale. An instant welcome as soon as you arrive on the island, Bermudians sure know how to make you feel like you’re visiting your home away from home. No wonder the island has so many repeat visitors.

Friendly Bermudians
Some of the friendliest people on Earth!

3. The Culture– While most islands find their influence from the British, French, Spanish, and even Dutch who were squabbling over territories in the West Indies, Bermuda was left to its own devices as a British colony. And if you know anything about Bermuda, then you know its culture is almost an exact replication of British culture. Everything from language to sports is done the British way on Bermuda. Even driving! We surly enjoyed learning how to drive on the “wrong side of the road”! We also loved the pink-and-yellow Bermudian beach houses. I found myself wishing I could have a house that color!

Colorful homes of Bermuda
Colorful homes of Bermuda

4. The Local Flavors– Thanks to its mid-Atlantic location, Bermudian cuisine blends flavors and culinary techniques from England, the Caribbean, the U.S. and South America into a delicious mixture. What better combination of delectable cuisine could you ever want? And if you haven’t heard about its island staple, then you’ve officially been living under a rock. No trip to the island is complete without trying the Bermuda fish sandwich. Often time’s tourists are on the hunt for the best fish sandwich the island has to offer. If you want a head start, head to: Art Mels Spicey Dicy, Rosa’s, Seaside Grill, Swizzle Inn, Tribe Road Kitchen and The Black Horse Tavern.  Our favorite was at Art Mels. I have never had a fish sandwich quite like it! I tried to duplicate it when I got home, but wasn’t even close!

Art Mel's fish sandwich
Art Mel’s Fish Sandwich

To sum up our stay in Bermuda in one word-“perfection”! We had a wonderful time and would highly recommend it. But how we got there is a topic for another time!

We loved Bermuda!

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The Essential Guide to Visiting Merchants Millpond In Eastern North Carolina

Merchants Mill Pond, NC
Merchants Millpond, North Carolina

We have some deep roots in North Carolina. My husbands family has lived in North Carolina for many generations, dating back to before the civil war! They were farmers and some of them are still farming today!

When I married my husband the furthest east I had ever been was Rock Springs, Wyoming! What an adventure for me to travel across the United States by car and live in North Carolina for a time.

As the years have gone by we still enjoy visiting the area and one of the places we love to visit is Merchants Millpond State Park. This park is located in Gates County and is open year round. It’s a great place to take the family.

Merchants Millpond was essentially built by some early settlers who wanted a place of commerce for the area. They dammed up a portion of the creek so they could create a grist mill and a sawmill among other businesses. There is not much commerce happening around the area now but what it has become is a wonderful place to get a away, slow down and view life through a different lens. To read more about the history click HERE

This areas most popular way to be viewed is by canoe. You can rent them or bring your own. While paddling through the murky waters, make sure you keep your eyes peeled for turtles, alligators, and wading birds such as herons and egrets. Also notice the beautiful trees, the towering bald cypress and the tupelo gum trees, decorated with wispy Spanish moss. You’ll notice the base of the trees are much thicker. That’s to give the trees more space as their roots are mostly covered in water.

Merchants Mill Pond, NC
The family pushing off into the waters of Merchants Millpond in our rented canoes

There are other ways to enjoy the park too. If you want to view the area on foot there are 9 miles of hiking trails to explore. A couple of the trails are even open to bicyclists. Trekking tip: there are ticks in the area so wear long pants, long sleeve shirts and tuck pants into socks. Check for ticks often. More tips can be found HERE

Thinking of camping? You can do that too! They offer tent and trailer camping, group camping, backpack camping, and paddle in camping. There is a variety of settings that should please just about everybody! You can find all camping details HERE. Trekking tip: remember what you bring in must be taken back out!

Picnic Time at Merchants Millpond
After several hours of paddling we were ready for lunch!

There are no food vendors on site so remember to pack plenty of water, snacks and maybe even a picnic!

Hope this was helpful in determining if your next adventure includes a trip to Merchants Millpond in North Carolina. But wait, maybe your next adventure you want to take is in Mexico! We have access to 6 beautiful Vidanta resorts that can be rented out 1 week at a time. To start your planning CLICK HERE! And thanks for reading!

How to create the perfect Horchata

A Delicious drink from Mexico
I fell in love with this delicious drink!

While eating at one of the many taquerias in Cabo, I was introduced to a wonderful refreshing drink called the Horchata (pronounced or-CHAH-tah, with a silent ‘h”). I loved it so much I wanted to learn how to make it myself. There are a variety of recipes. My favorite place to go to look for recipes of course is Pinterest!

Horchata drink on a menu
Horchata drink on the menu

I found a couple of different recipes. This first one if from The House of Nash blog. She describes the drink perfectly and gives a very authentic recipe. Give it a try! Click here!

Trying new foods is one of our favorite things about traveling! What is the most unique food you have tried? Let us know!

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Spa at Vidanta
One of the spas at Vidanta resorts

Like Looking Through Ruins? Then You’ll Love This Tour!

Tulum Ruins
Ruins found in Tulum, Mexico

Generally speaking, we like to do self-guided tours. However, the Tulum, Mexico ruins tour came highly recommended so we gave it a try! The tour company we used was Alma Tours and we caught the tour in Cozumel. There is so much history there and the ruins are pretty well preserved. To read more about the history of the sight click here.

One of the favorite spots for us was the beautiful beach under the ruins. Remember your swimming gear so you can enjoy this secluded beach! I’m glad we did! Trecky tip: the climb down to the beach is along some narrow stairs and that is the only way back up! Not for the faint of heart!

Beach at the Tulum Ruins
Mike and I enjoying the beach under the ruins of Tulum
The ruins are home to lots of iguana's
Iguana’s love sunning themselves in the ruins of Tulum

We had a wonderful day exploring the Tulum ruins and I hope you will too!

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Crystal blue waters
Relax by the pool!