Scottsdale weekend getaway

I love my little weekend getaways and I love when my local friends can experience them with me. My friend Matt and I decided to have a staycation for him and getaway for me at the Firesky in Scottsdale this past weekend. Firesky is part of Kimpton hotels and the best part of Kimpton hotels is their loyalty program as well as their free wine hour. For those of you who don’t know, all Kimpton hotels have a free wine service from 5-6pm! This is a great way to meet people and a great “happy hour” to have at the hotel.

This really was just a trip to relax and visit friends and work on my tan for one last time this summer.

The next trip on the calendar is Peru and I am sure I will have a lot more to say and a lot more exciting information to share after that.

 

Reason number 281 why I love Southwest

I love the idea of having a plan and sticking to it, but when it comes to travel that does not always happen. I received a text from Southwest notifying me that my 8:15pm flight was delayed until 9:00pm. I was a little sad but there is nothing you can do about it and I was glad for the advance notice. About 30 minutes later I received another text that the flight was now delayed until 10:10pm. This was not acceptable considering I am only taking a hour flight. This is where Southwest shines.

Southwest has a policy that if a flight is more than a hour delayed, you can catch another flight and protect the fare you paid. I paid $2.50 for my flight since I used my points and I know for a fact all the other flights were more expensive (points or dollars) which is why I had the later flight. Within 5 minutes of my call with customer service I was booked on the 11:30am flight and had a new confirmation in my email.

Easy and efficient. Thank you Southwest for making my travel so easy!

A trip to the other wine country…Portland.

One of my very good friends from college decided to throw herself a 29 1/2 birthday party or early 30’s party or farewell to her 20’s party depending on how you want to look at it. Needless to say it was a reason for a trip to Portland for some great wine tasting.

First stop was Penner Ash where they had wonderful views of rolling hills a wine called Rubeo which they consider their “pizza wine.” For those who are not a fan of reds there were plenty of whites on the tasting menu to please any person.

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I should have gone for a manicure prior to this trip but I ran out of time…;(

Next stop, Torii Mor! This lovely little winery had Japanese gardens to enjoy and a port that I absolutely loved! 6 wines on the tasting menu makes this a very reasonable stop.Image

Last on the list was Archery Summit. We had a private tasting in the wine cellar and there are some amazing Pinot’s at this place. If you are at this winery, absolutely aim to taste in the cellar room rather than in the tasting room.

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Portland is best known for their Pinot and an absolute must for those who love their wine. And for those who love beer, there are plenty of breweries in the area as well.

Of course I had to take a little time to go shopping since there is no sales tax just because I could! This would be the place to buy your expensive items if you really wanted to.

I had some time to kill while flying since I was oddly early to all my flights so of course I decided to read. Whenever I travel I like to actually have a book instead of a Kindle or iPad or something like that. There is something about turning the pages and the smell of books that can’t be replaced. When I finish my books I write a little note inside them of where the book traveled with me and leave it somewhere for someone to find and hopefully pass along. It is amazing the adventure a book can go on!

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There are so many places to travel and tons of things to do in each city and this is just a small look into Portland.

Palm Springs for a night or whatever

All travel does not require a long plane flight or fancy dinner. Me and a good friend of mine went to Palm Springs for an overnight and spent 2 days and 1 night in the sun enjoying good company and good food without spending a lot of money. We brought our own wine and cheese and made a perfect little evening at our hotel. We were able to get away without taking a lot of time getting away. There are a lot of ways to travel and I hope to explore them all!

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