San Francisco Bridge 2 Bridge Cruise

Posted by on Sep 1, 2015 in Travel Reviews

San Francisco Bridge 2 Bridge Cruise

Raijean and I had an awesome time during our most recent trip together visiting the Bay Area in August. We got to do a lot of things in and around San Francisco thanks to the people over at San Francisco Travel, who hooked us up with some awe-worthy adventures. I’ve always wanted to see the Golden Gate Bridge in person, so I was especially elated to participate in the Bridge 2 Bridge Cruise by Red and White Fleet. The hour and a half tour covers San Francisco Bay and many notable sightseeing musts like Alcatraz, The Presidio, Palace of Fine Arts, and so much more. We ventured out during an early evening cruise, and I must admit it was rather chilly. Thankfully, we were able to buy some fleece hoodies before we set sail, since the bay can be a little cooler than it is on land. Once we got on board, we were able to secure some treats on the boat’s concession stand, and then we headed up top to take in the scenic views. There is no official tour guide on this cruise, but each customer receives a talking unit and headphones so you can listen in to historical facts about the landmarks and locations of things you pass along the way. The cruise allows you to take amazing photos of some of San Francisco’s hottest attractions without actually going to them. I was able to take several awesome photos of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and the San Francisco-Oakland Bridge (thus the name of the tour, Bridge 2 Bridge Cruise because it takes you from the Golden Gate Bridge to the San Francisco-Oakland Bridge and back). The cruise is family friendly and children of all ages can participate. It departs from Fisherman’s Wharf, Pier 43 1/2. For the last Bridge 2 Bridge Cruise of the day, there’s a Happy Hour with drink specials. Here are the details: WINTER 2014/14 (Nov 4 – Mar 27, 2015): Noon; Thurs – Mon @ 4:15 PM SPRING (Mar 28 – May 17, 2015): 12:30 PM, 2:15 PM, 4:15 PM SUMMER (May 18 – Sept 7, 2015): 12:30 PM, 2:15 PM, 4:00 PM, 5:45 PM FALL (Sept 8– Oct 31, 2015): 12:30 PM, 2:15 PM, 4:15 PM WINTER 2015/16 (Nov 1 – Mar 25, 2016): Noon; Thurs – Mon @ 4:15 PM And pricing: Adults (ages 18+): $38.00 Youth (ages 5-17): $26.00 Kids (under age 5): Free Group rates are also available for parties of 15 or more. For more information about the Bridge 2 Bridge Cruise, click here. If you want to read more about our San Francisco trip, check out my Girlfriend Getaway post on...

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My Times Square Style: Bright Lights Big City Fashion

Posted by on Aug 18, 2015 in Fashion, Travel

My Times Square Style: Bright Lights Big City Fashion

Over the course of the last eight months, I have visited The Big Apple three times with no signs of stopping. During each visit, I’ve stayed near Times Square in order to soak in the sights and sounds and wonderfulness of it all. Of course I am showing my tourist colors since Times Square isn’t a place city dwellers and locals like to inhabit. But, I don’t mind looking a little green. I can never pass up the chance to spend some time in one of the busiest places on earth, while taking in all that it has to offer. I am not ashamed to say that I absolutely love Times Square. The lights, energy, and massive crowds always have me coming back for more. My travel style has certainly evolved over time, and when I visit New York City, I often opt for pieces that are comfy. Rompers, skirts, leotards, and simple dresses are usually my wardrobe of choice. And when hitting Times Square, I want to look fabulous but also need to be functional too. So I am sharing a bit of my Times Square style in order to get you thinking of simple yet appealing pieces that are perfect to walk in, and are photo shoot fresh just in case you plan on taking a selfie or three. Dress for Success. Dresses are perfect for travel and are easy to roll and pack. And because it’s one piece, it doesn’t require too much in your luggage, so that is a win/win. For a recent trek to Times Square, I wore a cute black and white pattern number that made me feel cute, but also comfortable. I added some gladiator flats to complete the look and presto—I was able to walk around Times Square looking every bit of the fashionista. Maxi’s Baby. I blogged about maxis being a #1 travel style option before, so it comes as no secret that wearing one in Times Square isn’t only smart, but a must! You can dress them up or down, too. In this look, I tied around a plaid shirt just in case it got chilly after the sun went down. And it also added a little “urban-ness” to my overall attire. Color. A little color won’t hurt nobody. And even though there are plenty of lights in Times Square, showing off some color is the way to go. In this look, I paired an electric blue leotard with a simple black skirt. The police officers are sold separately. 🙂 Romper Room. I am a huge fan of rompers. And they make excellent travel wear, too. For my most recent trip to New York, I decided on this black and white romper to do some Times Square people watching in. Rompers can be an awesome travel staple.   So if you are hitting Times Square in warmer climate months,...

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Living that South Beach Life at Lord Balfour Hotel Ocean Drive

Posted by on Aug 11, 2015 in Travel Reviews

Living that South Beach Life at Lord Balfour Hotel Ocean Drive

The more unique the hotel, the more I expect an amazing experience. As a lover of boutique hotels that are stylish and trendy, yet quaint and chic, I was immediately drawn to Lord Balfour Hotel located on Ocean Drive in the iconic South Beach area of Miami. I first saw Lord Balfour in passing while staying at another SOBE hotel in 2013. At that time, Lord Balfour was the newest property on Ocean, and had only been opened maybe a month or two. I peeked inside and took in the lobby and bar area, which had me at hello. And I vowed that I would stay there during my next trip to MIA. Fast forward to May 2015, and I kept my personal promise by staying at Lord Balfour for three fun filled days in Miami Nice. I was looking forward to not only luxuriating in the hotel, but experiencing its charm and charisma that awaited me. Upon first look, the room I was given was a splashy little number. Complete with a painted tattoo woman on the wall, it’s everything that you’d expect in Miami. Art deco nuances and bright colored fixtures and decor made the room inviting and fun. But, that is where the fun disconnected with the functional. For starters, the bathroom was itsy bitsy. You’d expect a tight bathroom space, say in a city like New York, but not on South Beach. It was way too small for the updated room. And speaking of updates, there was a lack of outlets to charge all of my technology. It was struggle trying to get everything charged. And while the staff was hospitable and friendly, there were times that they were simply MIA—and I am not talking about the airport code for Miami. On several occasions, I needed to call the front desk for something and I was met with no answer. I had the feeling that Lord Balfour was under-staffed, or everyone was calling off. Lord Balfour did have some pros, however. The free breakfast each morning was wonderful, and offered a huge assortment of items—this is definitely a few steps up from your continental breakfast fare. The property is also located across the street from Miami Beach, so it was awesome being close by. All-in-all, Lord Balfour served up flyness, but failed to deliver in other areas. For an area that is all about keeping visitors happy, Lord Balfour almost missed the mark. Getting ready to hit the beach & soak up some rays. ☀️ #beach #beach #sobe #SouthBeach #Saturday #Miami #travel #travelista #awiptravel #awipMIA A photo posted by Danyelle Little (@thecubiclechick) on May 16, 2015 at 11:18am PDT Pros: Location, free breakfast. Cons: small bathroom, not enough electrical sockets, staff MIA a lot of times. I would like to give Lord Balfour another shot to see if thy can redeem themselves. Hoping the 2nd...

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Beauty and the Beast Be Our Guest Restaurant at The Magic Kingdom

Posted by on Jul 28, 2015 in Disney, Food, Travel

Beauty and the Beast Be Our Guest Restaurant at The Magic Kingdom

“Tale that’s old as time…” During our most recent trip to Walt Disney World and The Magic Kingdom, we were finally able to secure dinner reservations at Be Our Guest Restaurant located in Beast’s Castle. Be Our Guest Restaurant is one of the newer sit-down style dining options at Walt Disney World, and is also one of their most popular. It remains one of the hardest places to get reservations for (just behind Cinderella’s Castle), and thanks to Disney Dining Buddy, I was able to secure a table for me and my daughter alongside my best friend and her daughter. Be Our Guest takes you inside the story of Beauty and the Beast, the tale of a would-be handsome Prince who is turned into a beast after being arrogant and cruel to a woman in need who turned out to be an enchantress . He then entraps Belle in this castle, and despite their disdain for one another, they both begin to fall in love. The only way to break the spell is for Beast to find his true love, which he does in Belle, and they live happily ever after. Inside the restaurant, you have three options to on where to dine during dinner. There’s the Ballroom (where we ate) that looks just as it did in the movie complete with opulent chandeliers and draped balconies and snow falling to the ground outside it’s gallery windows. There’s also the West Wing where The Beast often hid away in the movie. It’s dark and mysterious with lightening and thunderclaps, but features the glass jar in which the rose that holds his fate is stored. The Rose Gallery is more of Belle’s style featuring a music box centerpiece where she and The Beast dance atop. Disney’s Imagineers really brought this fairytale to life at Be Our Guest, and nothing has been left to chance. Everything from the music to the sound effects to the rolling carts of French inspired cuisine is just as it was in the film. We had a wonderful experience eating there, and I plan to eating at Be Our Guest once again for lunch when I visit in December. I was able to snag reservations again since I am 100 days out from my actual visit. It is pricey for dinner compared to other dining options at The Magic Kingdom, but well worth it. For dinner, plan to spend about $85 for two people including an appetizer and dessert. Once you are done with your food, you can take photos with The Beast. During lunch, I am told that you get a chance to see Belle and The Beast dance together, just as they did in the movie. For true Disney fans, Be Our Guest is a must-visit. Are you looking for more 4-1-1 on Be Our Guest Restaurant? Visit the Disney Food...

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Family Time at Eckert’s Farm in Belleville

Posted by on Jul 14, 2015 in Family Travel, Food, Travel

Family Time at Eckert’s Farm in Belleville

I come from a small family, and we don’t get an opportunity to see one another as much as we’d like. Add to that my 21 year old son now lives in Los Angeles, it is always a joyous occasion when he comes to visit. We wanted to do something extra special to celebrate him coming home for a week and also get my grandmother out of the house and away from St. Louis for awhile. My Aunt organized a family caravan to Eckert’s Farm in Belleville, Illinois, about a forty five minute drive from the city, and we all met up there to eat lunch at their delicious family style restaurant. We also did a little shopping in their store for some fresh fruit, produce, and goodies. I’ve written about Eckert’s Farm before on TheCubicleChick.com. My daughter and I go almost every Fall on a day trip to pick pumpkins and apples and eat in the restaurant. I love having a place that is nearby where we can bond as a family and get fresh fruit and veggies to cook with, and it is an awesome place to visit around the holiday season. And as many times as me and my daughter have went to Eckert’s to spend our day, this is the first time that we have visited Eckert’s together as a family—and I have a feeling it won’t be the last. Eckert’s Farm in Belleville is comprised of a store, a restaurant, a custard shop, and also gives you the opportunity to pick your own fruit. Depending on the season, you can go out on the farm and pick your own berries, peaches, apples, pumpkins, and more. While we didn’t do any picking this go ’round, we did enjoy a great meal and raided the Eckert’s Country Store. Here’s a few photos from our visit: Inside Eckert’s Country Store Eckert’s Belleville Country Restaurant For more information on Eckert’s in Belleville, visit their website. I am so thankful for my family and I cherish these moments. They are the best! And I see more visits to Eckert’s Belleville in the future. What are your family travel plans this...

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