Nathan planned this entire trip to Austin for our 1 year anniversary. We stayed at the South Congress Hotel which was so amazing. The hotel is super eclectic and totally gives you the whole “Austin” vibe. We ate at several of Austin’s top rated restaurants, which we highly recommend Magnolia Cafe & South Congress Cafe for breakfast and brunch. For lunch, Guero’s Taco Bar for the best ritas and fajitas in town, or Hopdoddy if you’re feeling burgers and a nutella & pretzel milkshake (yea.. that’s a real thing). For a late night dinner we went to Searsucker which was a little more pricey and upscale but totally worth it. If you go, you have to try the duck fat fries, trust us! Besides stuffing our faces with delicious food, we also walked up and down South Congress Street and visited a ton of cool little stores and antique shops. The great thing about our hotel was how much we were surrounded by.
On our last day there we took a drive to Fredericksburg, Texas to visit a couple wineries. Surprisingly Texas has some of the United States top rated wineries. We stopped at Becker Vineyard first for a tasting and had an amazing experience. The staff was extremely knowledgeable and taught us a lot about the different kinds of wine and blends. Our next stop was about 10 minutes up the road at Kuhlman Cellars. Nathan and I were able to get a last minute reservation for a wine and food pairing within 20 minutes of leaving Becker, talk about luck! The pairing was one of the coolest experiences. They gave us 6 bite sized gourmet appetizers to pair with 6 different wine tastings, it was so amazing and unlike anything we had ever tried. If you’re interested in taking a trip to Austin, we both highly recommend all the places linked and listed. If you try any of them out we’d love it if you’d comment and let us know how you liked it.
Hey guys! My husband Nathan and I had an amazing time in Jamaica for our honeymoon and wanted to share some advice we learned a long to the way to hopefully make your vacation as nice as ours. If you’re a couple looking for a romantic getaway than Sandals Resorts are definitely the way to go, and they have many locations to choose from if you’re not into Jamaica. After literally weeks of going back and forth, we decided on Montego Bay Royal Caribbean Resort . We did a lot of research before hand and this resort seemed to suit us best.
Montego Bay has 3 different resorts which all give a different vibe: Montego Bay Carlyle is the smallest resort which to me looked more like a regular hotel, still nice of course just much smaller. Montego Bay Resort seemed nice, but it is extremely close to the airport and we were told by a Sandals Resort expert that the planes flying over are so close and so loud you can’t even hear yourself talk at times (that was a definite turn off for us). This resort is also known to be more lively and loud, with late night events and dj’s. Lastly, Montego Bay Royal Caribbean, which we chose! It was a the perfect distance from the airport, and also has it’s own private island on the resort with an awesome thai restaurant.
The staff, resort, and rooms were everything we could have hoped for. We did upgrade our room to a butler suite which made us feel like complete royalty for 7 days. Our butlers Flo and Andre went above and beyond! Almost every night we came back to our room, they had some sort of surprise waiting for us when we returned. One night it was a bubble bath and scattered rose petals throughout the room, another night a sweet note and dessert. Their services definitely exceeded our expectations. They gave us a cell phone to contact them at anytime while at the resort and even brought us a cooler full of cold drinks and fresh towels while we were catching some rays on the beach.
There are 8 different restaurants on the resort, two of which are right on the beach and a few others were reservations only. The only thing negative thing I can say is that we were hoping for was a little more spice in the food at the resort. I’m sure they were just trying to accommodate most people, but being in Jamaica I expected a little more flavor in the food.
Each Sandals resort includes a ton of activities from snorkeling, kayaking (which is WAY harder than it looks), beach volleyball, waterskiing, scuba diving, and more. We only ventured off the resort one day to a 3 part excursion to Mystic Mountain. It started with an island tour, then took us to the rainforest where we did a sky lift up a mountain and then we got to ride a bobsled. After that we ate and our last stop was at Dunns River Falls where we got to walk up a water fall. I know it sounds crazy, just check out there website.
Nathan and I had such an amazing time on this cruise. This was the first one I have ever been on and I must say I felt completely spoiled. We went one Royal Caribbean’s Voyager of the Seas for 7 days and stopped at Belize, Honduras, and Cozumel! The ship was insanely big and had pretty much everything you could ever need. The food was probably one of my favorite parts, along with all of the fun shows. This was one of the most memorable trips Nathan & I have ever been on and I already can’t wait for our next one!