On July - 6 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Vacationing in Miami may make you crave a frozen treat, so we’ve picked some of the best ice cream shops in Miami, FL. We focused on shops that are known for cooling off customers with unique flavors, all while bringing smiles to their faces. But these businesses have a story, too. Many are family-owned and -operated, and help bring their communities together. After all, there’s no better way to enjoy a hot summer day than with a waffle cone or bowl full your favorite scoops and good company.

Ice Cream, Miami, FL

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Here are our picks for the top ice cream shops in Miami:

Azucar Ice Cream Company

Using all-natural ingredients, this family-run shop offers homemade Cuban ice cream, with flavors such as Café con Leche (Cuban coffee and oreo), Willy Cherrino (double cherry), and its signature Abuela Maria®, a Cuban classic consisting of red guava, cream cheese and sweet galletas. The shop, located in Little Havana, prides itself on creating new flavors daily, and when possible, using locally sourced fruits and vegetables from south Florida farmers. In 2013, Azucar Ice Cream was voted the Best Ice Cream by the Miami Times Herald.

Chill-N Nitrogen Ice Cream

Don’t let the scientific name fool you. This may be the “coolest” ice cream spot in Miami. The menu is set up like the periodic table, with flavors like Kd for Krispy Kreme, Ce for Coffee and Cf for chocolate fudge. The company also stands out because it uses liquid nitrogen to freeze the ice cream instead of a commercial freezer. The result: no freezer burn and a reputation for some of the creamiest ice cream available. ChillN is the brainchild of creator Danny Golik, and the shop has not only been praised for its deliciousness but also its startup success.

The Frieze Ice Cream Factory

The Frieze dates back nearly 30 years, and offers dozens of flavors, ranging from classics like vanilla and chocolate chip to more adventurous tastes such as champagne sorbet and green tea. Family-owned and operated by the Warrens since 1993, the shop uses all-natural ingredients and provides a fun, energetic atmosphere. Highly rated by Yelp reviewers and Miami New Times, locals rave about Frieze, and may argue it as the best ice cream shop in the world.

Gelato, Milani Gelateria, Miami, FL

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Milani Gelateria

Gelato lovers cannot miss Milani Gelateria, which specializes in made-from-scratch gelato made fresh every day. Water-based flavors range from banana to strawberry, while milk-based selections include applemint, chocolate and nutella, to name a few. This shop doesn’t feature hundreds of flavors, but customers enjoy the “wheel of fortune,” Italian ingredients and quality. And if someone knows gelato, it’s the two native Italians, also the owners, who met on an island in Italy and brought their recipe secrets to the U.S.

Wall’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream

This family-owned and -operated shop strives to bring the old-time ice cream shop feel to its customers. Wall’s red-and-white umbrellas and large flavor selection, lure visitors to more traditional flavors including rocky road, butter pecan and fun flavors like Superman. A three-time winner as a Best Ice Cream Parlor, by the Miami New Times, Wall’s ensures even your taste buds smile. Bonus: If you want a souvenir, be sure to check out their homemade fudge selection.

Whip ‘n Dip Ice Cream

Started in 1985, Whip ‘N Dip is another long-time staple in the Miami area. Using locally sourced ingredients from partner suppliers, new flavors are made daily. Some must-trys include banana nut chip, heath bar brownie and chocolate-covered almond. This shop also caters to those calorie-watching customers with lite selections – such as salted caramel and chocolate – that are low-calorie and fat and cholesterol free. Customers also can’t get enough of the homemade cookies.

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On June - 29 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

wisconsin dells waterparks

The Wisconsin Dells are both a region in the state, and it is also a town in the midst of that region. Characterized by the scenic Dells of the Wisconsin River, which are glacially formed sandstone formations along the banks of this great river, the Dells have become a popular tourist destination year round. Part of what make the Dells a popular destination in the long winter months of the year are the numerous Wisconsin Dells waterparks found throughout the area, many of which are open all year. Whether you’re a sucker for an exhilarating waterslide and some quality time on the lazy river or want to treat your kids to some wet fun, the Wisconsin Dells waterparks are nationally renowned for being some of the best in the country.

Here are the 4 Wisconsin Dells waterparks to check out when visiting the area.

Mt. Olympus

Both a waterpark as well as a theme park, Mt. Olympus has wet and dry parks both inside and out, offering an entire world of entertainment all year round. With mazes of waterslides and epic roller coaster rides, there is no shortage of adventure to enjoy while here. If you’re toting the kids, you may even make a plan to sneak away for a round of golf at their 18-hole championship course.

Chula Vista

Also offering indoor and outdoor waterparks for maximum enjoyment throughout the year, Chula Vista is more than just wet rides to enjoy. Their Heightened Adventures attraction is an epic ropes course and zipline excursion that takes you out exploring the dense Wisconsin forests with experienced guides. After you’ve encountered nature, head to the waterpark to cool down in the lazy river or wave pool. If you’re planning on spending an entire day in the sun, consider renting a private cabana, which is a great place to relax while the little ones play, and to give them some shade during lunchtime.

Kalahari Waterparks

This extensive indoor and outdoor waterpark is a great place for special occasions and even has a swim up pool bar, making it a great place for more than just families with children. Kalahari is a great option for families but is also ideal for a Fourth of July celebration and other special events.

Noah’s Ark

Officially America’s Largest Waterpark, Noah’s Ark is a summertime only attraction with more exhilarating water rides than you can imagine. Cabanas are also available for rent here, making a convenient retreat from the crowded rides. Sprawling over 70 acres of the Wisconsin Dells area, this is a must-see place if you’ve got a thing for waterparks, so be sure to plan your trip to the area for sometime between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

 

The Dells have some beautiful backcountry to explore when you’re not at one of these impressive waterparks, making it an optimal summer vacation destination, especially if you are looking to get away from hotter areas of the country. Come to the Dells and cool off for a week or so to traverse its beautiful forests and lively attractions.

 




On June - 26 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS
sanibel island fishing charters

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If you’ve been looking for the perfect destination for a tropical vacation, look no farther than Sanibel Island, Florida, on the Gulf Coast and just off of Fort Meyers. Known for its miles of pristine beaches, relaxing and laid back atmosphere, and the numerous Sanibel Island fishing charters, this is a great spot for both family vacations and romantic getaways. When you’re not out exploring the wildlife, enjoying the bike paths, or a theatrical production, book one of these Sanibel Island fishing charters and get out on the water after a good sweat.

Here are some of the most popular Sanibel Island fishing charters to choose from.

  1. Sanibel Island Fishing Charters with Captain Greg Hood
    Captain Greg will take anyone out for a standard inshore or offshore fishing excursion, but what he is really well known for are his famous Tarpon fishing excursions. The Tarpon is a giant trophy fish that migrates to this region for the summer months for feeding. Captain Greg is an expert in tracking, catching, and boating these glorious and huge creatures, helping avid fisherman truly make memories.
  2. Sanibel Fishing
    Specializing in inshore fishing trips, Captain Dave Andrews is a fan of getting out on the water in the mornings before the hot sun catches up with the day. All fishing equipment will be provided for you, so you are only in charge of bringing all the clothing, food, drinks and protective gear you might want while out there. Trips are available for four, six and eight-hour increments of exciting time on the water.
  3. Endless Summer Charters
    Sending daily trips from the Royal Shell Port Sanibel Marina, Endless Summer Charters offers great private trips from Sanibel, and Fort Myers. Whether you’re looking for a backwater trip, to hunt down the epic Tarpon, or to do some offshore reef fishing, you’ll love your time with these experienced guides. From April through September you can even go out to catch sharks! For more laid back charter rides consider heading out shelling, or on other offered eco and sightseeing tours.
  4. Captain Noah
    Promising the most personalized trips among Sanibel Island fishing charters, Captain Noah and his partner Captain Ryan Butcher are experienced anglers in the area who are pros in helping their guests bring home everything from giant groupers to the coveted Tarpons, and even sharks. They’re also known to find the great manatees out at sea for eager wildlife lovers. Check out their website for great videos of their various fishing excursions.

If you’re looking for the next destination for an epic fishing vacation, make sure Sanibel Island is on your list. With endless fishing charter opportunities, beautiful scenery, and great things to do when you’re on land, you won’t be disappointed with a trip to this Gulf of Mexico island.

If you’re looking for a place to stay in the area check out this variety of vacation rentals ranging in everything from small condos to large family homes. You’ll be happy to head home with your catch after a day of hard work on the water.

 




On June - 22 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

branson mo vacation ideas

There is no shortage of things to do in Branson, Missouri, which makes it a wonderful place to visit all year round. Aside from being surrounded by the Ozark Mountains, its frontier town culture has long been attracting visitors. With theme parks, museums, water parks, and tours and cruises on the lake, there are numerous draws for both family vacations and romantic getaways. Branson MO vacation ideas range from epic outdoor adventures to leisurely outings suitable for the whole family, all set on the backdrop of the Missouri backcountry. There’s no need to hesitate in booking your dream mountain vacation for this summer!

Branson MO Vacation Ideas

  1. Silver Dollar City
    This 1880s theme park is modeled after a frontier mining city and is known as the Home of American Craftsmanship. This park is a hit among children and adults alike with a variety of rides, craftsmen demonstrations, and a slew of live shows. This summer the Harlem Globetrotters will be doing regular performances at Silver Dollar City! You can also see the original attraction that started the whole thing, Marvel Cave.
  2. Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Drama
    If you’re looking for open air nighttime entertainment, this is a historic show based on Harold Bell Wright’s legendary novel, Shepherd of the Hills. This Great American Cowboy story is full of comedy, romance, and great music. The open air theater means that you will literally get to enjoy this classic performance under the stars. You can also take a Homestead Tour and see what life on the ranch used to be like.
  3. White Water
    This is the perfect place to spend a hot Missouri afternoon. Full of rides and slides, this local water park can be both an exhilarating and relaxing way to spend a day in the Ozarks. New this season are weekend Night Water events, which you can enjoy alongside the favorite Dive-In movie nights.
  4. White River
    There are many businesses in the area that are perfect for getting out for a day on the beautiful river that snakes not only through the center of Branson, but also through the gorgeous wilderness that surrounds it. White River Kayaking & Outdoors has kayak, canoe, and paddleboard rentals on which you can explore the river, and enjoy easy access to Lake Taneycomo.
  5. Branson Scenic Railway
    The Branson Scenic Railway is not only a great way to see the countryside, it is also a fun way to learn about the area’s natural history and see some of the most remote and abandoned mining towns. 

This is just the beginning of Branson MO vacation ideas, but will be a helpful start to planning your trip to this intriguing area. There are even more things to enjoy in the area from live shows to outdoor adventures that you don’t want to miss while here. If you’re still looking for a place to stay while visiting the area, check out these great vacation rentals, which will give you the perfect home base for all your Branson activities.

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On June - 16 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

FortMyersRiverBoat

Located in the Caloosahatchee River delta, there are many opportunities in the area for different varieties of Fort Myers boat tours. Explore these beautiful brackish and sea waters aboard one of the many boats devoted to safely chartering locals and guests throughout the area, be it at sunset, first thing in the morning, or for a romantic dinner cruise. This is one of the most majestic ways to explore the area’s wildlife, much of which is in the water, and to experience the serenity of life at sea. Whether your priority is luxury or scenery, romance or family fun, you’ll find the perfect ride among the many different Fort Myers boat tours.

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On June - 15 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

palm springs restaurantsAs with many Californian destinations, a trip to the Palm Springs area is sure to be as much a culinary adventure as an outdoorsy one. A place known for its many cultural attractions, and midcentury designs, the Palm Desert restaurants are of similar intrigue to the area’s many annual visitors. Whether you’re looking for a casual lunch with scenery as delicious as its food or a romantic evening out with your sweetheart, there are no shortage of restaurants to choose from.

Here is a good assortment of Palm Desert restaurants worth checking out while in the area.

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On June - 11 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

isle of palms activities

The beach town of Isle of Palms has long been a retreat from the heat and hustle of Charleston, South Carolina. Before there were roads and bridges out to this pristine destination, city folk would escape via ferry and rail car for beach days or camping on the island. There weren’t even permanent residents on Isle of Palms until 1906 when the first resort hotel was built, and finally the Grace Memorial Bridge connected it to the mainland after being finished in 1929. Since, the island has become both a getaway from the city, as well as a residential neighborhood. Isle of Palms activities now include much more than beach sitting, but a spectrum of fun family pastimes.

Here are four ways to enjoy the Isle of Palms.

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On June - 10 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

best restaurants in park city

Park City, Utah is the perfect place to mingle epic outdoor adventures with classy cuisine from around the globe. This diverse corner of the Rocky Mountains serves up fresh and locally sourced meals alongside sweeping mountain vista views. There’s no better way to refuel after a day of romping around the great outdoors then at one of the best restaurants in Park City. Whether you’re looking for an ethnic treat, a fancy night out, or just someplace to unwind with a plate of warm comfort food, you’ll find exactly what you’re craving at one of these fine establishments.

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On June - 9 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

anna maria island beaches

Anna Maria Island prides itself on offering year round visitors a taste of Old Florida. This Sun Coast destination on the Gulf of Mexico offers numerous pristine beaches found amid the rare remaining coastal forests. Beyond the beach, you’ll find challenging golf courses and the perfect setting from which the catch breathtaking sunsets. You can easily spend an entire day exploring the Anna Maria Island beaches, and when it’s time for a break, hop on your bicycle and head into one of the island’s small towns, or to your nearby vacation rental to cool down from the ever-present sunshine.

Here are the Anna Maria Island beaches you’ll get to explore on your trip to the area.

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On June - 4 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

destin fl golf courses

If you’re an avid golfer headed to the Gulf Coast, you’ll be elated to learn that there is no shortage of Destin, Florida golf courses for you to explore. Whether you’re looking for links along the ocean, the marshes or something that feels urban, you’ll find it all in this lovely destination, which offers options for every day of the week. Not only do these Destin, Florida golf courses offer a diversity of scenery, but they are also world renowned gems that alone attract people to the area all year round.

Here are five of the Destin, Florida golf courses that are definitely worth checking out on your visit to the area.

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