Long Weekend

Following airlines on social media pays off sometimes. Like when a major airline has a giant sale on round-trip tickets and you spontaneously purchase a ticket to explore a new city. Thanks, Southwest! Last weekend the boyfriend and I jump aboard a 90-minute flight to St. Louis and hung out in the city for three wonderful days. Here’s some St. Louis attractions we found to fill our 72 hours.

Schlafly Brewery Tour

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Every Saturday and Sunday Schlafly hosts free guided tours from 12 to 5 p.m. at the Schlafly Tap Room. Reservations for tours aren’t required and are booked on a first-come basis. Best part – besides the hilarious brewery guides – each tour goer gets a free brew afterwards.

If you find yourself in Toronto for only a brief 24-hour period, you can still see some sites and take in some of the vibe that defines Toronto (or Tdot to the locals). It won’t be hard to make the most of your time and maximize your experience. We’ve compiled a list of must-see Toronto attractions to help guide you along the way.

Coffee stops:

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Flickr photo via Roland Tanglao

First thing, if you want to fit in with the locals, you’ll need coffee and you’ll need it by the bucket full! Torontonians love their coffee and you can find them on the run with it on the way to work, during breaks, even on the way home. Tim Horton’s is a Canadian institution when it comes to coffee, donuts and breakfast food on the go- plus Timmies is cheap so it’s perfect if you’re on a tight budget. If you’ve got some time, and wouldn’t mind spending a little more than a toonie (that’s $2.00CAN), then there are a ton of unique coffee houses dotted all over the city where you can spend your morning reading the paper and doing some quality people watching. Dark Horse Espresso Bar is always a favorite, and Jimmy’s is also quite popular among the locals.

*If you’re in the city on the weekend, do brunch! It’s a great chance to get boozy and enjoy one of the most popular weekend activities in Toronto. Try Aunties and Uncles or the Beaver.

I love a good mini-vacation. You grab your best friend, a handful of clothes, a few road snacks and sneak out of town for a few days.

My boyfriend and I are all about mini-vacations. Colorado, St. Louis, the great outdoors, Boise – you name it. This weekend we snuck out to Kansas City to see my favorite redhead and explore this wonderful area. We packed a lot into just a few days – here are five suggestions to do the same.

Roasterie Coffee Tour 

 

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Flickr photo via Jeff Fudge

The Roasterie Air Roasted Coffee is the coffee house of coffee houses. With a giant airplane hovering above their main location in Kansas City, MO, the Roasterie offers two free tours (10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.) daily. If you ever wanted to learn about the cupping, roasting and blending process of coffee, I’d highly recommend reserving a spot online and heading over to the Roasterie.

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