2021 was one for the books! I love spending this time of the year to reflect on the year that passed and set my intentions for the following year. I am so grateful for everything in my life, from my family to my dog, Koby, and wonderful friends. I learned so much this year; however, this post is specifically for the places I traveled to in 2021. I advise you on what to do and where to stay to help you plan your next trip.
The first trip I took in the New Year was a vacation to Florida. On December 31st Natalie and I went for a bike ride along the Hollywood Beach Boardwalk. You can rent bikes at Bike Shack. That day, we enjoyed Pina Coladas out of an actual pineapple at The Taco Spot. As we counted the seconds to 2021, we sipped champagne and celebrated in Miami! The entire week we went to different restaurants along Las Olas Blvd. There is always outdoor seating, and it feels like you are on vacation when you go out in this area. We spent a few days relaxing at different beaches.
Listed below are the eight best beaches to visit in Florida.
- Miami Beach
- Key West
- Panama City Beach
- Clearwater Beach
- Bahia Honda
- Fort Lauderdale Beach
- Sanibel Island
- Siesta Beach
Are you looking for ideas of things to do while you are in Florida? Read The Ultimate Florida Bucket List for inspiration!
After celebrating the New Year in Miami, I traveled home to New York. Home sweet home. New York was snowy and cold. I enjoyed hot coffee and hanging out with my dog, Koby! That also meant ski season was upon us. I went skiing a few times in 2021. The first trip was to Thunder Ridge. Thunder Ridge is one of the worst places I have ever gone skiing because it is a small mountain. We had a lot of fun regardless of the fact there were not many trails to ski. The second place that I went skiing was at Catamount Ski Area.
7 Best Places to Go Skiing in New York:
- Catamount Ski Area
- Bristol Mountain
- Belleayre Mountain
- Gore Mountain
- Whiteface Mountain
- Hunter Moutain
- Windham Mountain
Do you have a ski trip coming up? Read: 13 Essential Items for Skiing and Packing List.
On a cold weekend in January, my good friend Connor and I were able to go to Philadelphia. We spent the day at a few historical monuments, the German Christmas Market, and the Reading Terminal Market.
The Pottery Factory
On another lovely weekend in January, my sister and I painted pottery in Mount Kisco! Learn more: Pottery Factory
In January 2021, Allie and I went ice skating near Battery Park. Read 26 Things to Do in NYC for an idea of great things to do in New York!
I went on a few hikes with my sister Sarah and dog Koby during February.
On another fun day in February, we drank the day away and ordered margaritas at a restaurant in NYC! We were sitting outside freezing cold at the time, thanks to COVID, but we got through it with the space heaters they provided.
On the last weekend of February, Connor, Dakota, and I went to the New York Museum of Natural History. The History Museum is one of the best museums to visit for children in NYC. Read the Ultimate NYC Bucket List for inspiration on what to do in NYC!
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St. Louis, Missouri
In February, I went for a weekend getaway to visit my best friend Ariana with our friend Alex in St. Louis, Missouri. We went to the top of the Gateway Arch to see the best view of St. Louis! The best place to have brunch and mimosas in St. Louis is at EAT!
In March of 2021, I went to Florida to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with some good friends in Fort Lauderdale. We went to various beaches in Fort Lauderdale and explored Las Olas at night. It was a lot of fun!
We went on a day trip to the Florida Keys. The drive was beautiful and one I recommend. We reached Key West, where I purchased a $5.00 sweatshirt at one of their souvenir stores. Key West is one of the best places to vacation in Florida, as it has turquoise beaches, water sports to enjoy, and a selection of restaurants and bars to try. I went to Key West for thanksgiving of 2020 and around the time of St. Patrick’s Day of 2021.
In April of 2021, I was able to go kayaking and hiking in Lake Tahoe, California. I visited Lake Tahoe with a group of friends. The trip was a lot of fun. Seriously a memory that I will never forget. I enjoyed walking through the woods to hiking up Monkey Mountain. Read more about ten things you can do in Lake Tahoe here!
- Hiking- There are tons of hiking trails in Lake Tahoe.
- The Tunnel Creek Trail is a 4.7-mile hike near Incline Village on the Tahoe Flume Trail. This moderate hike has become known as the home to Monkey Rock, a rock formation in the shape of a gorilla’s head overlooking the lake.
- Emerald Point Trail is a 4.4-mile trail near South Lake Tahoe, California.
In April of 2021, we did a 5K for Autism Awareness! In this photo, we are wearing Colorband Creative 2″ wide headbands! The headbands do not slip and are super comfy!
I went to the city to celebrate my sister Talia’s birthday!
I went back to Florida, but this time to Tampa, where we went to Clearwater beach and a festival!
I celebrated my 27th birthday!
I went to Puerto Rico for my sisters’ bachelorette party! Read 20 things to do in Puerto Rico here!
I went to a Yankee game or two.
I went to Ocean City, Maryland where we were able to relax on the beach, go out to eat on the boardwalk, go out to a few bars, and wake up early enough to see the sunrise!
I went to Lake George, New York where we were able to do a bunch of outdoor activities including kayaking, white water rafting, and we even got to rent a boat for the day!
I went to St. Thomas where I was able to swim with dolphins and go illuminated kayaking. We went sailing at sunset and enjoyed the beautiful beaches. Read the best things to do in St. Thomas here!
Danielle and Pat got married in Nashville
Cadyn got married in West Virginia. We stopped in Maryland and explored Morgantown, West Virginia.
I went to a Machine Gun Kelly Concert for Halloween.
I went to Puerta Vallarta, Mexico. We went to a waterfall in Yelapa, kayaking, snorkeling, and explored a bunch of beautiful beaches. The best day trip was to Zona Romantica, as we were able to bar hop along the cobblestone streets. Read a list of things to do in Puerto Vallarta here!
We celebrated Christmas in New York. Are you looking for the best things to do in New York? Read: 26 Best Things to Do in NYC