Spring Break forever!
That is the attitude all of us on staff have returning to classes after break. This spring break we sent girls across the country and abroad for some unforgettable adventures.
Whether you are ready for a weekend getaway or already planning next year’s spring break, take a look at our breakdown of our vacays!
Destination: Barcelona and Paris!
Where she stayed:
In Barcelona I stayed with friends who are abroad.
In Paris I stayed in the Latin/St. Germain Quarter!
My favorite thing I did in Barcelona was go to this beach club CDLC. It’s right on the beach and they have the best food and drinks. They also have people that will come to your table and give you a back massage!
My favorite thing I did in Paris was picnic in front of the Eiffel Tower. Even though it was so cold we got a bunch of pastries and wine and just sat there people watching.
Pack warm for Paris in March. It’s still freezing! I had to buy a coat and gloves while I was there.
Where she stayed:
Rented a yacht for the day and it was so worth it!
Bright n’ tight!
Where she stayed:
The Sagamore Hotel! It wasn’t the most glamorous hotel, but the lobby and pool area were both very nice! Every room in the hotel is a suite, so they’re huge and also pretty nice. I don’t know if I would stay there again, but a great price point for a college spring break!
On the last night we were in Miami, we ate dinner at the Versace mansion, and it was so cool! It’s just such a beautiful house with so much history. I love the whole experience! I thought it was especially cool to be there because I had just finished watching The Assassination of Gianni Versace on Netflix right before the trip. Totally worth it!
Stay away from:
As fun as South Beach can be, it is a little like being in the tourist-y parts of NYC. A lot of people are pretty aggressive and will shout at you which isn’t fun. I think if I go back to Miami that I’d like to stay more on the northside of Miami Beach or maybe even in Downtown Miami! That being said, South Beach is still a must-see at some point when you go to Miami!
I am SUCH an over-packer! To fix that, I try really hard to outfit plan before the trip. Going somewhere like Miami, LA, and NYC, it’s super important to make reservations and plan out what you will most likely be doing which ends up being very helpful when packing because you know what to pack, how many outfits you need, etc.
Destination: Chicago—Her hometown!
Where she stayed: At home.
Shopping on Oak Street and Michigan Ave., walk along the lake, tea at the peninsula, froyo at forty carrots, and trying the legendary deep-dish PIZZA (pequods>everything).
Chicago has AMAZING eats so there is never a shortage of places to go when I’m home. My faves are Big Star for the best tacos, Cindy’s rooftop for drinks and an amazing view of the city, Stan’s donuts or Doughnut vault for the literal best donuts of your life, Monteverde for Italian yumminess, and Au Cheuval for the burger of your DREAMS.
St. Patty’s best:
If you’re lucky enough for SB to fall on St. Patrick’s Day Chicago is THE place to be. Aside from the endless drink deals and general rowdiness that overtakes the city the historic river gets dyed green making you forget just how gross it really is.
Destination: San Diego—my hometown!
Where she stayed: Mi casa!
Almost too many to narrow down! Great weather means there is so many things to do outside: rollerblade down the boardwalk in Pacific Beach, jet ski in the bay or kayak in La Jolla. Almost every day, you can find my friends and me hiking at Torrey Pines State Park. Take the beach trail at low tide to get in a good workout and test your luck spotting whales or dolphins in the water. Sports fans can take a trip down to the gorgeous Petco Park stadium or catch a hockey game to cheer on the Gulls with other rowdy fans.
San Diego is one of the greatest places to find fresh produce and clean eats. Stop by the farmer’s market in Little Italy or pick your own berries at the strawberry fields to maximize freshness! Being so close to the international border means unbelievable Mexican options—my current favorite is the Filet Mignon taco at Puesto. YUM!
Check the weather first! While San Diego will more than likely be sunny, it could still drop to sweater-weather temps. Second, trade in your bikini for some workout clothes. The ocean water will be too cold for a swim until about July—but a walk, run, yoga or even a sunset picnic in the sand will still give you your necessary beach fix!