Thousands of people are drawn to the mountain state every summer… and it isn’t just to see the picture-perfect views of West Virginia…it’s to enjoy the outdoor adventures that no other state in the country can offer – all in one weekend!
Whether it’s rock climbing, white-water rafting, zip lining, canoeing, or kayaking… it’s time to lace up your shoes, pick up your paddle, and put on your helmet to join the adventures on the gorge!
This week on The City Slicker, I’m taking you to a place where wine enthusiasts have plenty to toast to… Daniel Vineyards looks like a piece of Napa Valley, but in the mountain state valley. And It tastes that way too!
This week on The City Slicker, I’m taking you to… The New River Gorge Bridge Walk!
While every resident and visitor of West Virginia has driven over the famous New River Gorge Bridge…. How many of you have dared to walk right under it?!
You’ll experience the walk of your life on the catwalk, underneath the bridge that’s 851 feet high.
This week on The City Slicker… I’m taking you to Exhibition Coal Mine!
Here, visitors ride through the dark passages of a vintage coal mine that is one of four underground mines that could be toured in the United States.
It’s offered to give people a sense of what Coal Mining is like, and the coolest part about it… the guides are retired miners that provide firsthand accounts of the daily life of a Coal Miner!
You know that vacation spot your family goes to every year? That one place that you look forward to for weeks? And no matter how many years pass, it will always have a significant place in your life? Well, my special spot is Bimini. What started as a small island that only fishermen knew about, has now turned into one of the most popular vacation spots for all Miamians.
DISCLAIMER – I do miss the good old Bimini days when no one knew about the island, and there were only 10 of us there playing “catch the crabs” with the Bahamian locals. But hey – I cant’ be selfish forever.
I can go on and on bout how beautiful the island is forever, but since I know most of you reading this already know that, I’m going to let you in on even more little secrets that aren’t on all the resort itineraries or website.
This beach is the real one. There’s about a mile of white, soft sand with no tourists, no chairs, no partying. This is what the original Bimini was all about.
Make a right onto the street right after the straw market in town, and go up the road until you see the beach right in front of you.
Homemade pizza made by the one and only, Edith, is not made like your average pizza. The dough is actually Bimini Bread (THE BEST!!!) and the toppings are out of this world.
My personal fav: Lobster Pizza
If you haven’t had Bimini Bread, you haven’t been to Bimini.
Something amazing about the Bahamas? Being able to watch the locals catch the conch and make you salad or fritters right in front of you. Joe has had his little shack for about 20 years, and it’s still the best conch on the island.
Make sure to leave your mark on the wall! Ask them for the permanent marker!
I can give you a “touristy view” of the city, but… what fun is that?!
See everything New York City offers while enjoying the exhilaration of riding the waves! New York Harbor Jetski is only a short train ride away from the NYC, and you leave to explore Manhattan- from the water- at Pier 13 in Hoboken.
Because I have written a lot on the topic of once-in-a-lifetime vacations, adventures, and “Bucket List” experiences, I’ve been blessed to be able to visit some of the most interesting places in the world, from Ibiza to Dublin to skydiving and skiing in the Swiss Alps, and thinking about all of the places I’ve been, I realize how hard it is to top South Africa.
The main reason people tend to go on vacation to Africa is to go on safaris and see all the wild animals the massive content offers. But, South Africa offers far more to see and do than “just” safaris. In South Africa, you really can have it all – and with the favorable exchange rate and cost of living, it is a bargain, especially for food, drinks, and shopping! What was even better than all of this? The impeccable service. We stayed at the 12 Apostles Hotel and Spa during our time in Cape Town, and were treated like nothing less than royalty.
While the quality of wildlife might be equaled in other places, the quality of the experience is not: South Africa has by far the best collection of luxury safari lodges. We stayed at the private game reserve of Kapama Karula. We had our own personal waiter for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as our own game ranger and tracker for all 5 days!
Going to Africa was most definitely the best experience – and trip, I’ve ever had. There are not enough words to explain how incredible our two weeks in South Africa were, but here’s a recap video of our trip that could give you just a little glimpse. As well as the day by day itinerary we had!
Dinner at The Harbour House in the V&A Waterfront
Table Top Mountain
Abseiling 130 meters then hiked back up
Long Street & Kloof Street
Dinner at Azure
Breakfast at Old Biscuit Mill
The Winelands, Stellenbosch region
-Rust en Vrede vineyeard
Great White Shark Cage Diving
12 Apostles Spa
Dinner at The Butcher Shop & Grill
Cape of Good Hope
Boulder’s Beach- Penguin Colony
Dinner at The Test Kitchen
(7-course tasting menu and a wine pairing, #28 restaurant in the world)
Wednesday through Saturday:
Kapama Karula Private Game Reserve
Former Miami Heat player Ray Allen, and his wife Shannon, opened Grown, a new fast-food concept in South Miami. Developed by the couple, Grown is said to be “real food, cooked slow, for fast people,” meaning it fuses a farm-to-table concept using organic, local, and nutritious ingredients with the essence of a fast-food locale.