We’re here to tell you, summer travel is the new spring break. And by that we mean, traveling year round is pretty cool in our book (wink, wink). After all, travel gets just a little bit better in some of our destinations during the summertime. Think: hiking in Denver, fishing in Anchorage, and golfing in Myrtle Beach.
“The Untapped Beer Paradise”
Must try: We’ve heard Anchorage is the classic, untapped beer paradise, right? If not, we’re here to support that! Spots like Anchorage Brewing Co. and Midnight Sun Brewing Company contain an atmosphere and unique brews you’ll certainly want to try. Anchorage Brewing Co. (a short drive from downtown) specializes in experimental barrel fermentation. We suggest trying the Anadromous, a Belgian black sour ale aged in pinot noir and bourbon barrels.
“The Un-Tourist Haven”
Must try: Myrtle Beach seems like a touristy spot (cue the neon lights and water parks) but beyond those South Carolina delightful tidbits, many hidden gems are tucked inside its beaches and local nooks. A few to highlight: The Local Grind, an old house in Murrells Inlet, and a coffee shop that feels like it was spliced straight out of a fairy tale. Or to grab some local seafood, Graham’s Landing. This spot has a breezy patio and tasty, fresh seafood.
“A Theme Park Delight”
Must try: Every destination has a theme park but Denver takes the cake in uniqueness. Let’s talk about Lakeside, a retro theme park that has been around since 1908. Or, if you’re looking for a more natural park, Confluence Park is right downtown, stock full of bike trails, a mini-beach, a river, and lots of people watching and sunshine.
“The Weekend Market Bliss”
Must try: Our kudos go to the Saturday Market! Dappled with food trucks/tents galore, local crafts and artists, live music, great shopping – this spot is sure to dazzle your experience in Portland. Open March through Christmas Eve, the market is located right along the Willamette River (hello, beautiful views). Plus you can see the famous White Stag/Portland, Oregon sign from the park nearby. Nationally recognized as the largest continuously operating open-air arts and crafts market in the country, Portland Saturday Market is proud to provide a marketplace for small businesses creating locally handmade arts, crafts, and foods from the Pacific Northwest.
“Wine Cave Nirvana”
Must try: If you want to experience a whimsical wine connoisseur version of Santa Rosa/Sonoma County, take your adventures to a wine cave. The Buena Vista Winery, the oldest commercial winery in California, was built in 1857. The caves are dark and mysterious, and paired tastings are the suggested best way to explore. The Hans Fahden Vineyards and Winery has been rumored to serve the richest Cabernet Sauvignon, so we recommend that one as well.
“The Ice Cream City”
Must try: No matter the time of year, it’s been known that Bostonians eat ice cream 24/7, 365. So, let’s talk about where to find the best scoops. Toscanini’s is the place we’ve heard all of the good and melty things. They’re specifically famous for their Micro Sundae. After one scoop of your favorite flavor, they pile the glory with whipped cream, hot fudge, nuts, and sprinkles. Simple and victorious, in our humble opinion.
“Town of Burger Envy”
Must try: Who can’t appreciate a good bun and patty? Seattle is working the burger credibility with the Mt. Fuji burger at a special little spot called Katsu Burger. This place, “Home of the Original Japanese Deep Fried Burgers” takes its expertise to next level burger goodness; they sell candy cane and gingerbread milkshakes. If you’re up for a burger tour to keep the theme going strong, hit up Katsu Burger, then Red Mill, then Uneeda Burger. And then take a nap. Our heart is suddenly beating with excitement. Or maybe we’re just super hungry.
“Takes Pizza Seriously Town”
Must try: For some beautiful reason, Austin really cares about pizza (and does it really right). Home Slice, a spot located in South Congress, has New York pizza slices the size of the personalities of those that work there. Other places to try that withhold their own special twist in pizza-making: The Backspace, East Side Pies, Cane Rosso, and Pieous.
“A Rooftop Atmosphere”
Must try: There’s nothing better in the summer than a New York City rooftop. That’s why we had to list a few we have in mind. Pod 39 Rooftop Lounge and Bar is specifically romantic with a Latin-American décor twist. Gallow Green, located in Chelsea, looks like something out of The Secret Garden. Or, if you’re more into the edgier Williamsburg/Brooklyn area, try out Night of Joy.
“The City of Laughs, Anyone?”
Must try: Anyone want to test their comedy chops? The Dallas Comedy House is a popular spot to do just that. A great way to discover any city is to find out what everyone thinks is laughable – the Dallas Comedy House also hosts a training center of comedy workshops. How about that for a unique vacation story?
Brittany is the content and communications Marketing Manager for Sun Country Airlines. Her favorite things about Sun Country are the close-knit family vibe and the passion behind the people, as if the employees and customers grew up loving the “airline next door.” Her favorite destination? The whimsical forests and rain of Seattle’s coast.