Must we trade brunch dates and Bloody Mary’s for barely edible pancakes and sippy cups once we have kids? Hardly. Chicago restaurateurs, many of whom now claim the title of parents themselves, know how to host a good brunch which welcomes us and our progeny.
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For those living in the middle of Missouri, there are only a few options for hitting the "big city" -- St. Louis, Mo., or Memphis, Tenn. Last spring, my gal pal Jessie and I chose to visit Memphis for the first time.
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I’m a sucker for an old-fashioned candy shop. I just love the candy-filled bins, the drugstore-feel complete with a bar and soda jerk…it makes everyone feel like a kid. With unique treats like Elvis Bark and chocolate-covered bacon, the Big Top Candy Shop in Austin, Texas is a fun treat for any [ ... ]
When planning out your summer road trip don't overlook Devil's Tower, Wyoming. It is one of my favorite side trips and possibly one of the most overlooked National Parks.
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You could visit South Florida without paying homage to the Everglades, but why would you want to? And paying proper homage to the Florida Everglades requires an airboat ride.
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With over 110 volcanoes some have to be active? For sure, but thankfully only 5 and they are of no major threat. Plus, you can actually see them in full action!
The most popular and easily accessible volcano in Costa Rica!
1. Being only 45 minutes from San Jose, it's become a fun day trip.
2. You can walk right up to the tip of the crater and look in.
3. The hiking trail is an extra easy level so it's perfect for everyone. Poas Volcano is actually three craters, but the main one is active. As you stand at the rim looking down at the crater you'll come face to face with one of the most active bubbling volcanic lakes in the world.
Note: The best time to visit is early in the morning, usually by midday the clouds have rolled in and you'll be lucky to see your hand in front of your face.
The second most popular volcano in Costa Rica and one of the ten most active volcanoes in the world!
To get to Arenal is about a 4 hour drive from San Jose and it is highly recommended to spend anywhere between 1-4 nights here to get the full enjoyment of this amazing place. With non-stop lava flowing show, you'll be awe-struck with its beauty. But the best part, you can enjoy watching this magical scene while soaking in natural hot springs warmed up by the volcano itself.
So what else is interesting about Irazu, besides being active? For one, it's the tallest volcano in the country and on a clear day you can see both oceans at once. Two, you can walk right on over to the tip of the crater and look down on the blue-green, sometimes red, mineral lake inside the active volcano. The volcano is also about 45 minutes from San Jose. Plus, you can add a stop over in Cartago and see the famous Basilica where millions of people make a religious pilgrimage each year, in August, and have some of the miracle working magic rub off on you too!
This volcano's name literally means 'Corner of the old lady'. As a matter of fact, if you listen to the locals talking about it, they treat the volcano as though it is a live old lady. This is the third most active volcano in Costa Rica and is surrounded by a freshwater lake, waterfalls, hot springs, geysers and boiling mud pools. This is the only place where you can dip your body in a mud pool warmed up by the volcano rich with minerals.
What's great about this volcano is that it's one of those adventure-get-aways. There are no paved roads to the top, so the nature lodges surrounding it have horseback excursions to take you up to the top and have a peak inside.
Marina has been living in Central America for over 7 years and her site Travel Experta is all about traveling in Central America. Marina loves to help people plan the perfect vacation to this amazing part of the world! You can sign up for her RSS feed and join the fun on her facebook fan page and follow her on Twitter at @MarinaVillatoro.