#LTportugal // the wines of northern portugal

When it comes to wine — and wine tourism — we’re not going to pretend we’re sommeliers-in-training. We don’t care about your tannins or your vintage, it doesn’t matter to us if you use French oak or California oak, and we certainly aren’t impressed with a bottle just because it comes with a high pricetag. Expensive wine can be lovely, sure, but as we’ve learned time and time again, so can a lower priced bottle of something small-batch and locally made. This is why, at our villa in the Douro, we weren’t concerned when our host told us his own wines were €5/bottle. As it turns out, inexpensive but delicious wines are kinda Portugal’s thing!…

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#LTgreekweek // style spotter: mykonos edition

WELL, hello, October! Fancy meeting you here! We’re back with another rousing edition of our packing dreamlilst, this time with style spotter: Mykonos edition. We must admit. We’ve been not-so-patiently waiting for this month to arrive since our planes’ wheels met the pavement post-Portugal. That’s because in just a few weeks (days, practically), we’re off on another grand adventure! That’s right… MYKONOS Yes, correct, our trip with MyGreek-Villa is just around the corner, and naturally, we’re starting to figure out what the heck we’re going to wear! As we’re going a little after peak season, we’re hoping for perfect pool weather… but nothing’s a guarantee, so we must be prepared. Unfortunately, we’re terrible at being…

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#LTportugal // four days in the douro

If you may recall, last year in Spain, we promised ourselves that no matter what, we would make a proper summer holiday happen again this August. True to our word, we picked a week, marked our calendars, and then promptly let life take over. We kept agreeing to pick a destination later, with the definite plan to go somewhere warm, and somewhere with serious pool/beach time. Later showed up in June. Do you know what it’s like to plan a sunny August beach vacation in JUNE? Practically impossible, is what. Most places are booked, and everyone you talk to is a REAL Debbie Downer about weather, crowds, etc. As per usual, we let our conscience…

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the lazy girl’s guide to choosing the perfect villa

We must admit — we feel like we’re cheating on Portugal a bit. We’re barely back from our last lazy adventure, and we’re already dreaming about our next destination. That’s right, our girls’ week in Mykonos with MyGreek-Villa is officially less than two months away! And what better way to celebrate than with a little guide to choosing the perfect villa? We’ll keep our promise to fill you in on what we got up to during our most recent Euro jaunt! But first, we wanted to address an important dilemma we often face when planning a vacation. How the eff do you choose where to stay?! Who wouldn’t trust us to give them stellar life…

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the beginner’s guide to the southern finger lakes

With the Douro Valley fresh in my mind after #LTportugal, I’m feeling super nostalgic for our time spent in other beautiful wine regions around the world. Most recently: the southern Finger Lakes. If you can remember, I surprised Sean with a three-day birthday trip to the southern Finger Lakes in April. We spent the first day blissfully exploring Corning, NY (aka eating and drinking our way through the charming little historic town), and on the second day, we drove a half-hour north to Hammondsport and Keuka Lake. The Y-shaped Keuka Lake is smack dab in the middle of the Finger Lakes’ wine country. In total, it features more than a dozen wineries and countless craft…

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