We chose to change it up this year and drive to Alabama to visit our friends for Christmas and made a pit stop in Nash Vegas on the way back! Nashville is only 7 hours (and a few extra minutes) from downtown, Chicago and is a great place for a night, or couple of nights, getaway!
This trip we discovered a newer Fairfield Inn located in The Gulch, a trendy, up and coming area near all of the must sees downtown! They have a MASSIVE hot tub (the size of a small pool) and a stellar rooftop patio and lounge!
Check out our stay in my photo journal:
We had the pleasure of visiting Montréal over Labor Day Weekend and we were not disappointed! We ate and drank our way through this amazing culinary city with no regrets!
Every single bite of food and swish of wine was more than spectacular. There is no wonder why Montréal is named one of the top gastronomic cities, boasting over 3,000 restaurants!
From markets, cafe's and bistros to high end dining in the hippest and laid back settings, we were surprised left and right!
We highly recommend these restaurants on your next visit to Montréal:
SeaSalt & Ceviche
We recently had the pleasure of visiting the beautiful island of Curaçao, a true gem tucked away in the south-western Caribbean.
One of my best friend's turned 30 on our trip and we were looking for a unique, fun experience on the island. The waters surrounding Curaçao beg for you to partake and partake we did! Smallfield Adventures took us for a day of exploring, snorkeling, drinking local beer, snacking on fresh caught Ahi and what an experience it was!
Captain Derek is a skilled fisherman who loves the open water and will make sure that you and your guests do too! With a warm welcome he guided us throughout the Spanish Waters, telling us historical and humorous stories about the island and it’s sea life.
We enjoyed fishing right off of the boat, snorkeling together, sharing stories, laughing and more! What an amazing, memorable experience!
Captain Derek is also a brilliant chef, preparing fresh Ahi two ways for us to enjoy with an ice cold brew; delish!
We had an amazing time with Captain Derek and Smallfield Adventures, learning much about the sea life and history of the island. We didn't feel like we were on a guided tour, we felt like we were with friends!
Spending the day together in the sun without a care in the world was truly rhe best gift! We absolutely love Curaçao!
Have you ever wanted to get a group of girls together to go on a fun trip but it seems you can never get everyone to commit?! Two weeks ago i was able to gather a group of 12 HITC women to head to VEGAS for a social media and influencer conference (ConnectHer17)! How awesome!! 12 of us Housewives in the City chapters representing the sisterhood under one roof!
We received VIP treatment courtesy of Giordano's, Johnny Rockets, Got Milk? and Deutsch Family Wines, met awesome, strong boss babes from around the united states and were inspired to keep doing what we are doing and make it great!
Of course, whatever the reason that brings you to Vegas one must PLAY and there was LOTS of it!
Until next time Vegas!
Of course it is always a bonus when your husband comes with you and you get to see old friends!
We had an AMAZING experience in Curacao last month. I have to say, I have been to over 30 countries and normally do not want to revisit places, but Curacao WILL be a repeat destination for years to come!
This island has one of the most beautiful ocean habitats I have ever seen. The water temperatures, sea life, reef variations and quality of the water itself are absolutely mesmerizing!
We snorkeled all day, every day for 8 days! It never grew old, every beach had something different to offer and the water became only more inviting with each meeting.
As if the beautiful waters were not reason enough, this island is packed with endless amounts of diversity. Boasting culture from Europe, Africa, South America, the Caribbean and more. The endless offerings of delicious foods, friendly people, colorful and unique architecture and constant sun combine to make a truly wonderful environment.
There are areas with high population, city life, casinos and traffic as much as there are areas with nothing but cacti and open spaces for miles. There is something for all ages and personalities on the island. Relaxing beaches to cliff diving, literally everyone will find something they enjoy.
My personal highlight was hiking a mile on the coast, in the desert to find the Blue Hole; a cave located on the edge of the coast. I never thought I would be brave enough to jump into open water and swim into a cave in search of the unknown….I am SO glad I did! A truly amazing, memorable experience!
We rented a house on Air B&B - BEST IDEA EVER! I highly recommend it! You will not be disappointed!
With love… for Curacao.
Panama City, Panama is exploding since the return of the canal and being on the American Dollar. Banks from all over the world are setting up shop, building sky-scrapers with their name on it, attracting big names like Trump and Waldorf Astoria.
We were pleasantly surprised by not only the size of the city, but the height as well! Panama City is becoming quite the contender in the concrete jungle!
We were also blown away by the price; everything in Panama is much cheaper than the States so it is very easy to have a luxurious vaca while maintaining your budget. We stayed at Trump tower for under $200 a night, played $5 blackjack on a Saturday night and drank $4.50 mixed drinks... and that is the norm! We had such a warm welcome and amazing experience, the people were extremely friendly and the food was outstanding!
While I don’t think you need more than a few days in this city, it was a pleasure to explore and should be a must on your bucket list.
**Note that though Panama City has come along way, there are still many areas that are heavily crime stricken and not safe for solo travel. We recommend booking a driver with your hotel and being very intentional about what sections of the city you see, especially after the sun goes down.
Their endearing love for all things under the sea was not only compelling, but also created a genuine need to return to Curacao; it is without a doubt one of the most (if not the most) incredible places we have ever been.
Myronchi Trip has two important goals:
THESE PHOTOS ARE PROPERTY OF MYRONCHI TRIP, AT SEA CURAÇAO + CHICAGO HOUSEWIVES
Edwin, our amazing captain from At Sea Curaçao, ensured our experience was safe and fun! His boat, Dí Luca, was originally a lifeboat from a large ship and cannot be capsized.
Dí Luca's generous width makes room for a relaxing seating area, communal table and shade, topped off with a grill to boot! His grilled pita sandwiches are the perfect ending to a morning or afternoon of snorkeling! Delish!
When your baby cousin gets married in Tennessee, that only means one thing; road trip!!!
Nashville is only 8 ½ hours from Chicago and can be a pretty scenic drive once you pass Louisville so we decided why not? Road trips are the best way to see the country and anything under 9 hours is easily done in a day.
On our trip we went to Nashville, Dayton & Chattanooga. We had a blast! Each area was completely unique to itself. Of course our standing favorite was Nashville. Nash Vegas not only lived up to it’s name but also charmed the socks right off of us. We were able to see most of the main areas and sites in one day and left with a heavy desire to be back soon.
If you ever get the chance, check out Tennessee, it is a beautiful state!
Yesterday it finally hit 80 degrees and it was a beautiful day! We decided to explore new areas and found ourselves in Twin Lakes, WI.
Twin Lakes is 1.5 hours NW of Chicago but worth every minute of the drive. Made up of 2 lakes, rolling hills, plush tree lines and gorgeous lake homes; we found ourselves completely relaxed from the the hustle and bustle of our city lives.
Our new found favorite spot is the Sandbar & Island Grill, located on Lake Elizabeth. This hidden, local gem boasts caribbean color schemes, all things seafood and fun vibes only. Perched next to a boat launch where you can rent kayaks and paddle boards, complete with a tiki bar and outdoor seating area that will be amazing during the summer. A must add to your weekend bucket list!
Recently I had the pleasure of experiencing Meat Market Miami Beach. Hidden deep inside Lincoln Road Mall, blocks away from the beach, it boasts all things that are right in this world.
Elegantly designed, from the inside out, Meat Market subtly sends a subconscious invitation to explore what awaits inside. Meat Market has spacious outdoor seating area and a bountiful bar/dining room fit for a King... or modern Reality TV star. Deep toned leather and ice cold metal accents preach to the carnivorous lust. The perfect display for the coveted meal that lies ahead. As for the main course itself, I will leave you to discover it yourself; one word is needed, delectable.
Next time you are in Miami, do yourself this one favor, treat yourself to Meat Market Miami Beach, you will not be disappointed!
Hi, I'm Ally!
I am a transplanted Chicagonlander who absolutely loves experiencing life! Many years of traveling, living all over the world, experiencing many hard and equally as wonderful things have led me to where I am today and I am so happy to share that with you through our GNO events, on our sites and by connecting with all of you!
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