For our sixth wedding anniversary we boarded a plane and touched down in beautiful Puerto Rico. We unpacked in a private balcony studio at the home of a wonderful couple and their 3 year old grandchild in San Juan. Immediately, they felt like family and we felt at home. We stayed outside on the balcony late into the night, taking in the city and stars. We were located just a block from the beach, so the next day we headed straight there. Ocean Park beach had such a cool backdrop of palm trees and cityscape. We were in walking distance from amazing food and enjoyed incredible empanadillas at Pirilo Restaurant and crazy-good rice, beans and classic Tostones (twice fried plantain slices with salt) from Kasalta Bakery.
After a day or two soaking up the sun and exploring the city, we took a drive to historic Old San Juan. It was absolutely stunning with colorful buildings, active cobblestone streets and island air. We took a walk through Liga De Arte, a non-profit art league that offers workshops in drawing, ceramics, sewing, metalwork, sculpture and more. Each classroom had a beautiful view. We then had an absolute blast flying kites with everyone at El Morro Fort, followed by trying traditional Mofongo (mashed garlic plantains) at La Danza Restaurant.
We took a stunning 2 hour drive to La Parguera, where we stayed in a very cool ocean view hotel room at the Villa Parguera. We rented a boat, provided by Gina’s at Johnny’s Boats, went snorkeling and fell in love with the crystal-clear water. It was so peaceful and a wonderful private adventure. Later on, a friendly guy at a pineapple stand told us we needed to drive to Boquerón Beach, a spectacular beach that has calm waters, perfect for jetskis and other water sports. It was so tranquil and showed us yet another beautiful side to Puerto Rico.
We couldn’t miss going to the rainforest and met a very cool woman who took us straight to her friend’s home, deep in the El Yunque Rainforest. The couple has been living there for 20 years and we can see why. Life seemed simple surrounded in the thick foliage and the sound of water continuously moving from the river was spiritual. They made us an incredible vegetarian home-cooked meal and told us to take a walk up the rocks, alongside the river, where we would find beautiful waterfalls and lagoons. About 15 minutes up we heard the sounds of happy locals enjoying the day at the lagoon. We jumped off of a swing-rope and off a cliff and felt alive.
Our trip to Puerto Rico was amazing and was such a wonderful way to celebrate our anniversary, we can’t wait to go back!
Check out our travel video to Puerto Rico below:
Many thanks to the Pirilo Restaurant, Ocean Park Beach, Acapulco Restaurant, Finders Keepers, Old San Juan, La Danza Restaurant, El Morro Fort, Rosa De Triana Tapas Bar, Liga De Arte, La Parguera, Gina’s & Johnny’s Boats, Boquerón Beach, El Yunque Rainforest, La Cueva Del Mar Restaurant and Kasalta Bakery!
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We love our job. It brings us to such beautiful places, like this authentic farm in Sylvania, Georgia. At Savannah River Farms, we stayed two nights at a beautiful cabin overlooking a lake and the farm. We woke bright and early both days to catch the sun as it peaked over the trees and illuminated the little paradise. Pigs, chickens and cows greeted us with friendly hellos and Mr. Deen, owner and operator of the farm, explained to us how his farm goes the extra mile to ensure his customers are receiving an all-natural, top-quality product. Enjoy Savannah River Farms fresh new website, photography and video at SavannahRiverFarms.com
Many thanks to the Deen Family for such a wonderful time!
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Every year, the town of Beaufort, South Carolina, gets excited around April. It means the warmth has arrived and with it, the best darn fresh, local strawberries you’ve ever had!
We made it over to Dempsey Farms on Saint Helena Island, one of the many Sea Islands in Beaufort, SC. This family farm has been growing and selling produce for over sixty years, providing visitors, locals and local restaurants with not only amazing strawberries, but a variety of other fruit and vegetables.
Take a look at our quick video of the wonderful time we had strawberry picking at Dempsey Farms!
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