Portland, Maine Advice Needed!

Every time I finish up a trip, I have another one already booked and in need of planning! We’ll be heading to Portland, Maine in the next coming weeks and would love any tips from someone who has been there!

Looking for ideas on things to see, unique spots as well as landmarks. Looking for places to eat (big fans of brunch if you have any suggestions there). And looking for some low key bars to visit at night. Any and all advice is welcome!

Thanks in advance!

xoxo

Rosie

The Hookup On: My Trip To Montreal!

Over Memorial Day Weekend, I took the 7 hour drive up through the border to Montreal. Last year, I did the same thing but went to Toronto. Both times were for an early birthday celebration and both times didn’t disappoint!

We were sort of in Montreal during the off season, so some places weren’t serving brunch yet and the Olympic Tower was closed. But the city was beautiful and there were still plenty of things to do!

Things we did:

  1. Mount Royal – ummmmmm no one told me this was a legitimate uphill hike so we attempted it the first day and then just drove to the top on the last day because I was not having it lol. The view of the city from the top is totally worth it though.
  2. Olympic Park and the Biodome – the park was kind of empty and creepy, but I had never been to a biodome before and thought it was awesome.
  3. Bonseccours Market – didn’t think this was super impressive, just an indoor market.
  4. Visited the Port – which is in the coolest and most European looking part of the city, the views were beautiful!
  5. Notre Dame Basilica – very beautiful! One of the coolest things about Montreal is that there will be an amazing cathedral and sky scraper next to each other.
  6. Underground city – which is just a mall really.

Places we ate (I would recommend all of them!):

  1. Thursday’s
  2. Deville Diner – omg the food and drinks here are amazing
  3. Allo Mon Coco
  4. 3 Amigos
  5. Tim Horton’s for coffee and a donut because duh!
  6. Le Bistro Magasin General du VIeux-Montreal – yummiest brunch and cronuts!!

Tours we went on:

  1. We went on a very low key bar crawl, but met some awesome people and had a great time: click here for the tour.

Where we stayed:

  1. AirBnB in downtown

Montreal was really cool because you could get every aspect of a city. There’s a Times Square/shopping NYC feel on St. Catherine’s Street, a Central Park kind of feel on Mont Royal, and then you can be transported into Rome where there are cobble stone streets and bistros on every corner!

Seriously, you can see an amazing sky scraper and right next door will be a historic cathedral. It’s amazing!

The primary language is French, but everyone speaks English. And money-wise, using my American credit card was the best bet but we had some American money and Canadian money in our pockets just in case. Montreal was a great little getaway, I would highly recommend going if you are looking for a little bit of history, fun, Europe, Canada, and modern city all rolled into one! 🙂

Headed To Montreal!

Hey guys!

I’m headed to Montreal for the weekend – so excited! Thanks to everyone who gave me some tips of what to see and do.

I will be going live on Instagram during the 7ish hour long drive, probably around 1:00 pm EST. If you don’t follow me you can check me out at @rosieculture.

ALSO! While I’m away, you should check out these blogs that I’m currently loving! 🙂

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Happy weekend!

xoxo

Rosie

Montreal Advice Needed!

Hi guys!

At the end of the month I will be heading to Montreal and seriously can’t wait!! I have a loose itinerary of what we will be doing, but I’d love to get some suggestions from anyone who has ever been there or lives there!

We will be staying in downtown Montreal. I would love suggestions for things to do as well as your favorite bars and restaurants.

Thanks in advance for all of your help!

xoxo

Rosie

My 8 Favorite Places In New Jersey

I’ve lived in New Jersey for basically my whole life. I really really hated it at one point, then learned to love its beauty. Yes, it really is beautiful for those who call it the armpit of America! Here are 8 places I love in New Jersey that you should visit if you ever get the opportunity to stop in!

  1. Grounds for Sculpture
    A large garden filled with sculptures, art, and surprises around every corner. The collections are constantly evolving. You can see me at it here.
  2. Schooley’s Mountain
    I’m not great at hiking, so a small park where I can still see waterfalls is great for me! I’ve been visiting Schooley’s Mountain since I was in high school.
  3. Jenny Jump
    I haven’t been to Jenny Jump in a while, but from the top of this little mountain you can see a lot of New Jersey. It’s very peaceful.
  4. Sea Isle City
    Everyone in New Jersey has their preferred shore town, mine is Sea Isle City. You ca catch me here most summers.
  5. Collingswood
    I’m weirdly obsessed with South Jersey and Collingswood epitomizes that for me. Check out the Pop Shop if you ever want some reallyyy good food.
  6. Asbury Park
    Asbury Park is like magical to me. I didn’t even discover it until this year, but the murals and the boardwalk are just so special and artsy.
  7. Rowan University
    This is where I went to college! Rowan is a home for me.
  8. Viaducts
    So, it’s illegal to go here and I dropped a picture of it below. The viaducts are a Weird NJ spot, it is tunnels and tunnels of graffiti and it’s amazing!

Have you ever been to New Jersey? Would love to hear your thoughts and favorite places in the comments 🙂

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The Hookup On: Why I Want To Visit Sicily

I visited Italy when I was 16, it seems so long ago now. I’ve put it back on my list of places to go because I think it’s hard to appreciate culture and history when you’re young. At least it was for me. When we were there, we saw Rome and Pompeii, but I was really hoping to see Sicily. I’m half Italian and apparently half of that is Roman and the other half is Sicilian. Visiting the place my family originated from would be incredible.

Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. The island is known for having a rich and unique culture, especially in the arts, music, literature, cuisine, and architecture. The richness of the Sicilian territory in terms of history, art, nature and traditions seems unmatched. It has been ruled by many different oppressors from a wide variety of countries in the past.

Italy itself is known for amazing food, art, culture, and history – but to be surrounded by sparkling water on the island of Sicily just seems like a whole new adventure!

There are so many amazing places to explore in Sicily. I was really inspired to visit after seeing this infographic of the sights to see. Places like:

  1. Ancient Theatre of Taormina
    An open air museum, Greek theater that has been renovated to fit Roman style. It is located in a town often referred to as the “pearl of the Mediterannean.”
  2. Etna Park
    Beautiful trails and views that surround one of the largest active volcanoes in Europe.
  3. Valley of Temples
    This is a fascinating Greek sit that expores the incredible history of the Hellenic Civilization.
  4. Scala Dei Turchi
    A beautiful white-rocked cliff looking over the turquoise sea.
  5. Zingaro Natural Reserve
    A paradise for nature lovers, you can see so many different shades of blue in the ocean here.

Sicily is a beautiful island and easy to get to if you’re making a trip to Italy. You can easily take a ferry to any of the locations above. I didn’t know about all of the historical views Sicily had to offer. I was also surprised to learn that Sicily hosts one of the largest active volcanoes in Europe!

Sicily seems like a dream, but I’m hoping to make that dream a reality some day by hopping on a ferry and visiting those beautiful places. Do you want to visit Sicily?

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The Hookup On: My Spring Bucket List!

It’s FINALLY spring. I don’t want to see any more snow, just sunshine. I completed basically everything on my winter bucket list, so I’m aiming high for spring!

  1. Visit 3 out of state/country locations
  2. Go to a NYCFC soccer game
  3. Visit wolf preserve
  4. Hit over 7,000 Instagram followers
  5. Go blonder
  6. Completely furnish my apartment
  7. Make more time for friends
  8. Learn to knit baby booties
  9. Turn 24
  10. Go to the gym at least 3 times a week
  11. Host a game night
  12. Treat myself to the list of lush items and clothing items I’ve been wanting
  13. Stop eating donuts every week
  14. Hit over 2,000 WordPress followers
  15. Feel healthier overall
  16. Go hiking in 3 different locations
  17. Be my best self
  18. Read 5 books

What’s on your list for Spring?