Airport Pictures: Back to Reality

It’s always nice being brought back to reality after an extremely enjoyable getaway.  This one is from our trip to Sanibel Island last year.  We were able to escape our frigid winter and enjoy our days on the beach, biking around, kayaking, etc.  The good times came to a screeching halt peering out of our window after landing back home.  However, dealing with frigid conditions for what (sometimes) seems like most of the year makes you really appreciate a warm getaway.  Here’s to winter vacations!

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4 Days Walking Around Savannah

We spent 4 relaxing days in the historic district of Savannah.  We stayed at two different hotels during our trip and walked the whole area daily.  The 24 town squares, great restaurants/cafes, historic buildings, and charm of the city made for an incredibly enjoyable visit.  This was all kicked off with our traditional pre-trip dinner of course.

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Rental Apartments in Reykjavik

Have you ever stayed somewhere that has won your loyalty?  In Reykjavik it is the Embassy Luxury Apartments for us.  Both times we visited Iceland we stayed in the Embassy Luxury Apartments for at least part of our time.  These full sized apartments are some of Reykavik’s most comfortable lodging at a very affordable cost.  We stumbled across them on the internet when planning our first trip and after walking in the door we fell in love.

100LivingRoomDuring our first trip to Iceland in 2011 we booked apartment 100 for one week.  Apartment 100 is a spacious one bedroom unit on the second floor featuring a private balcony.  The bedroom featured a king size bed.  The living room had a comfortable leather couch, a desk, and 4 person dining table.  The fully equipped kitchen offers a small table for two.  We paid a little bit extra to have them do some grocery shopping for us and have some basic food on hand upon arrival.

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Our second trip to Iceland in 2013 was for two weeks, bookended with stays in Reykjavik.  Our final days in the city were spent based out of apartment 110.  This incredibly spacious one bedroom unit is what dreams are made of when it comes to affordable lodging.  Walking in to the ground level entrance you enter the front hall of the apartment, which is centrally located in the unit.  Straight ahead is a living room comfortably furnished with two couches and a plush chair.  To the left is the bedroom with a king size bed and plenty of closets.  A spacious bathroom and large kitchen are a real treat in this unit.

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For our 2011 trip we were able to book under $100/night as we were able to get a weekly discount.  The 2013 trip wasn’t much more expensive being around $130/night, only for a couple nights.  Both times being in May it was easier to get a great rate for such accommodations.  June through August are going to have higher rates and weekly discounts may not be available.  Regardless of what you pay for any hotel in the area you are not going to get accommodations as great as these.  Next 110livingroomtime we find ourselves in Reykjavik we will certainly be checking for availability here first.

The building blends in with other apartments and homes in the Embassy District.  We really got used to living on Garðastræti, tucked quietly away just blocks from central Reykjavik/Tjörnin Pond.  Walking the streets is quite fascinating with so many great homes and numerous countries embassies being contained within a couple of blocks.   Castle House Luxury Apartments is their second building, on the other side of Tjörnin pond,  also offering apartment accommodations.  Both are blocks away from being right in the action of Reykjavik but in more residential parts of the city.

Simply put everything is ideal when it comes to staying in the apartments.  The price, location, space, comfort, and ability to feel at home while traveling make for a fantastic stay in downtown Reykjavik.

View official pictures of the units we stayed in: 100 & 110

Mink River Estuary – Untouched Wisconsin

The Mink River Estuary is one of my favorite places in Door County.  This State Natural Area  showcases some of Wisconsin’s most pristine and untouched land.  There are trails in the area that all lead to various points of the Mink River, a short spring fed river that mixes with the waters of Lake Michigan. Continue reading Mink River Estuary – Untouched Wisconsin

Random Goodies: Dune Climb at Sleeping Bear

This past summer we spent one week doing the Lake Michigan Circle Tour.  One of our most anticipated spots was Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.  We knew all about the massive dunes right on Lake Michigan and were eager to romp around.

Driving through the park you can easily park right at the top of some of the dunes directly on Lake Michigan.  While very beautiful, it’s too easy.  Head a bit north of the popular Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive and visit the Dune Climb.  Turn around after doing the slow trek to the top of the Dune Climb and take in the scenic view of Glen Lake.  Here you will find plenty of trails offering great [but exhausting] hiking opportunities.

If there is any rule in the park it is that you have to run down the big dune back to the parking lot.  It’s guaranteed that you will instantly feel like a kid for a few brief moments.  No one can do it without a grin from ear to ear and bubbling with exhilaration.

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Airport Pictures: General Mitchell International

Departing out of Milwaukee  is always easy.  The airport is rarely crowded and security is a breeze to get through.  Compared to some other airport experiences we’ve had Milwaukee’s can be mighty nice simply for ease of travel.  However, a lot of flights from Milwaukee connect in Chicago so there are a lot of tiny commuter plane routes.  I hate those.

This photo was taken on our way to Iceland in in 2013.  We were the first ones in this concourse area, plenty of seats to chose from!

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Wyalusing State Park

Wyalusing State Park is perfectly situated near the southwest corner of the state.  The heavily wooded rolling topography offers many great trails showcasing limestone formations, camping, and fantastic views of the Wisconsin River meeting the Mississippi River.  Within the park you will also find old Indian Mounds, which are 750+ years old. Continue reading Wyalusing State Park

Upcoming Trip: Savannah, GA

Next month we will find ourselves visiting Savannah, GA.  Originally our trip was planned for San Jose del Cabo in Mexico, however Hurricane Odile changed that.  With flight credits that needed to be used we took the opportunity to check Savannah off our list.

We look forward to visiting the oldest city in Georgia.  This trip will be our first time spending any time in this part of the country.  We are excited to walk around the city known for rich history, beautiful architecture, and it’s numerous parks/squares.  Dining options look great for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and everything in between!  We look forward to sharing our experience with you.

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