It’s been a good year for travel…felt like an endless summer starting from around March and still going strong. I live in Huntington Beach, so we’re still in flip-flops over here! Whether you’ve had the chance to do any gallivanting this year or are planning to do some gallivanting in the fall, I’m sharing my favorite quick getaways that you should put on your list!

Travel in the fall is ideal if you’re looking to get a little relaxation in before the craze of the holidays. It’s also a nice time for the weather as most tropical locales offer sun and milder temps while metropolitan destinations are experiencing a cool down. What you’ll find below are some of the places I had the opportunity to visit this year that I think are worth planning a trip to for the fall.

CABO SAN LUCAS

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Girl’s trip, group trip, or romantic trip, Cabo has something for everyone. But, it’s always just a little more fun with your ladies! I was in Cabo over the summer for a 4-day weekend with one of my bestie’s, and had the best time. This coastal town, located on the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula, is a two and a half hour plane ride from Los Angeles, making it one of my favorite places to escape on the fly.

In my search for places to stay, I stumbled on a little gem (or budding conglomerate rather) called the Riu Santa Fe, an all-inclusive hotel that sits on El Médano beach. This hotel is only 10 minutes from the Marina Cabo San Lucas and downtown area where you’ll find all the restaurants, bars, and shopping. It offers lots to do without really having to leave the grounds…like hanging out in the pool for 9 hours just drinking and laughing with new friends. Yes, guilty. I just can’t say enough about this place, so if you’re looking for someplace to go and can’t find a buddy – call me!

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Riu Santa Fe – Cabo San Lucas, B.C.S., Mexico

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You really don’t need to leave the hotel…it’s got restaurants, pools, and even night time pool parties (of which I attended two!). I spent my time swimming in the infinity pool overlooking the ocean and ordering Bloody Mary’s at the swim up bar. We also squeezed in a jet ski, which is offered on the beach outside our hotel.

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You have to make a visit to the marina and check out their restaurants overlooking the water. The marina is also where the day-trips take off. But, no matter what you do, you have to do a booze cruise! We hoped aboard the Cabo Escape for an afternoon snorkel that gave us a cruise of the Sea of Cortez (with a party on the side). This half day trip costs $60/person and includes a relaxing ride atop a double deck open-air catamaran, lunch, unlimited drinks, snorkeling, and a dance competition – which I won, taking home first place and a bottle of tequila. Ya heard!

To learn more about boat activities in Cabo, visit: wildcabotours.com

VANCOUVER

Want to go international, but don’t have tons of stored vacay time? No problem, Canada has all the flavor of being outside the US, without all the hassle of learning a new language. Vancouver is a cool town just over the border with tons of charm and lots of places to explore; and it’s just a 3-hour plane ride from LA.

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Pinnacle Hotel, Harbourfront | 1133 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC, V6E 3T3

The Pinnacle Hotel worked out fabulously. It’s centrally located to downtown, all the shops, and restaurants. And, it’s got a great view as it sits right on the harbor. Through Expedia, we were able to snatch a smoking deal; flight and hotel for 3-days/2-nights was just $350/person. Not bad for an international getaway.

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Rent a car and head up to Whistler for some serious skiing. It’s only a 3-hour ride from downtown Vancouver and offers an incredible view the whole way going and coming.

Not to miss

  • Gastown Vancouver Steam Clock
  • Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
  • Gastown eateries

DENVER

Now, if you’re like me, you’re not really itching to go to Denver, but heard it’s a cool place to visit so it’s somewhere on your bucket list, not necessarily at the top. Well, that should soon change!

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I visited Denver in June and only intended to go to see Odessa play at Red Rock, but what I found in Denver was so much more than a concert, this place has tons to explore. From the unique neighborhood offerings, so the expansive mountains and land, Colorado is a destination you need to put on your list sooner rather than later. Did I mention pot is legal? You can just walk into a store in downtown and buy some like you’re shopping for shoes. Total hoot!

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While there are a plethora of hotels to choose from, I’d recommend getting an AirBnB in the LoHi neighborhood. It’s affordable and within walking distance to the fantastic restaurants and bars in that area.

 

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There’s a lot to do in Denver! But, some of the really fun stuff is just a car ride away. If you’re into the outdoors (and I sure hope you are), rent a car and head on out of Denver for some serious nature exploration.

  • Capitol Hill – check out this hip little neighborhood where you’ll find lots of cool restaurants and bars.
  • White water rafting – Royal Gorge Rafting tours
  • Garden of the Gods – in West Colorado Springs, about one hour south of Denver. Worth the drive!

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If you’re not a huge fan of the outdoors, and Denver just doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, I get it. But, even if you don’t want to explore the boundless nature of Colorado, you’re going to want to see your favorite band play at the coolest venue in America. Enter: Red Rock Amphitheatre, a rock structure near Morrison, Colorado, 10 miles west of Denver, where you can watch concerts in the open-air. What makes this venue so amazing is that you literally need to hike to get up to it, and the stage sits in the midst of this gorgeous rock formation. At night, the 9,525-person outdoors stadium feels like something out of a movie, with it’s unique ambiance of lit up rock surroundings and the seemingly endless starry sky above. Put it on your bucket list, you’ll thank me for it later!

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DALLAS

I’ve got a serious crush on Dallas kids! This modern metropolis in north Texas has captured my heart. I’ve been twice now in the last year and every time I go I find new gems to uncover. Dallas has shopping, dining, culture, and all the BBQ your heart (and stomach) yearn for. It’s the perfect destination for a 3-day getaway and it’s got a little something for everyone.

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The Westin Galleria Dallas, located in North Dallas, is the perfect place to stay if you’re visiting for the first time. This hotel is also home to an incredible shopping mall and offers amazing dining options.

Because Dallas is so big, you’ll need to narrow down the sites of interests for your first trip. Below I’ve outlined some of my favorite places to visit that are not-to-miss. 

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  • Dallas Farmers Market | 920 S Harwood St, Dallas, TX 75201

Super cool food vendors and amazing artisan shopping. I bought a bunch of jewelry and home goods here, and it didn’t cost an arm and a leg.

  • Fort Worth Stockyards | 2501 Rodeo Plaza, Fort Worth, TX 76164

Go back in time where you’ll find the original brick walkways, wooden corrals, and the Stockyards that tell the true history of Texas’s famous livestock industry. For $5 you can sit on a real bull – I did it and I’m still a little shaky! This cute little town offers the experience of a truly preserved piece of American history where you’ll find real cowboys and cattle along side cute little shops and dining establishments. A true Texas gem you will love!

  • Truck yard | 5624 Sears St, Dallas, TX 75206

I haven’t seen anything like this…think treehouse meets honky tonk. This 13,000 sq foot outdoor/indoor space is a gathering of food trucks with a Peter Pan vibe. Grab a beer and tri-tip sandwich and enjoy it from the tree tops.

  • Oceanaire | 13340 Dallas Pkwy, Dallas, TX 75240

Do yourself a favor and make sure to grab dinner at this restaurant during your stay at the Galleria. They have an amazing offering of seafood among other things! 

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As you may already know, Dallas is home to some of the most affluent people in the country. Naturally, like most nosey’s, I’m excited to explore the part of town that multi-millionaires call home. This part of town is called Highland Park, an upscale neighborhood where you’ll find mansions worth upwards of $5 million and a shopping plaza that rivals Rodeo Drive. Located at the southwest corner of Mockingbird Lane and Preston Road in Highland Park, Highland Park Village is the first self-contained shopping center in America and was declared a National Historic Landmark in 2000. It’s got a ton of charm and all the high-price stores you want to window shop (or go in and drool).

And, last but not least, I offer you Waco, Texas…home of Dr. Pepper and Magnolia Market Silos among other cool places to visit. On my last trip to Dallas in September, I made a special point to get out to Waco since I’m in a huge fan of the show Fixer Upper. I just love me the Gaines family and support everything they create, including their Magnolia brand which has become a giant success nationally. Waco has lots of sites and places to see aside from the Silos, so I highly suggest renting a car and getting out there if you’re ever in Dallas.

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Not sure where your next destination will take you, but if you’re looking for a fun, quick place to getaway, you’ll do well to visit one these spots. I hope you have travel in the near future and I hope you’ll share it with me. Please feel free to reach out on my Insta or via email to give me a tip for my own travels!

Love,

J



 

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