Five Fun Ways to Say Goodbye to Summer

*Words by guest writer Joanna Rentz

Though summer may be nearly over, there is still enough time for one last minute hot weather hurrah. Late summer get-togethers and excursions feel slightly more extraordinary, seeing that the long, warm days of summer will soon be getting chillier. So before the sun gives way to fog and rain - and you have to break out the sweaters and boots - say bon voyage to summer with one of these fun outdoor activities.

Take a weekend road trip.

Whether you travel hours away or stay close to home, a road trip is a fabulous way to experience different elements and explore new neighborhoods. Start planning by mapping out points of interest that you want to see, like the coast, a state park, or a museum. From there, begin to map out your route, locating various sites, hotels, or attractions along the way. Roadtrippers is a comprehensive tool for discovering unique areas or points of interest. Make a few playlists, pack some snacks, and you're ready to hit the road!

Go camping.

One of the best ways to connect with nature and to reconnect with yourself is to spend time outdoors. Go camping. Disconnect from everyday stresses and sleep under the stars. Breathe the fresh air. Take a hike. Leave your phone on airplane mode and let yourself be present in the moment. Being immersed in nature has many remarkable health benefits, so squeeze one last summer camping trip into your calendar.

Say yes to every opportunity to go swimming.

Be it a lake, ocean, or pool, take full advantage of the last few days of summer by going swimming every chance you get! Come winter you are going to wish you took that dare to swim in the ocean or had cannonballed off the dock. Summer is about having fun and being carefree, so seize every chance to feel lighthearted and joyous. I mean, have you ever been mad that you decided to go swimming? I haven't either.

Host a BBQ

A backyard BBQ is a quintessential summer activity. Hot dogs, veggie burgers, and a cooler full of drinks screams summer so invite your pals over for one last hurrah. If you have the room, set up a bocce ball court or a game of cornhole. Low on space? Break out a deck of cards. And for a fabulous cocktail recipe, check out these refreshing fruit concoctions.

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Visit a national park 

There are 58 national parks in the United States, spanning across 49 states. There is no better time to visit a national park than late summer or early fall when the crowds are smaller, and the foliage begins to turn color. The weather will be a little chillier in high altitudes, but if you pack accordingly, a late summer getaway to a national park will be undoubtedly striking and memorable. Plus, no traffic!

Where will you travel this Fall? Tell us below!

Festival-Worthy Sunnies

With festival season approaching, it’s never too early to start planning your outfit! We can all agree that festival fashion and sporting our trendiest looks is one of the best parts of this season! What better way to accessorize your outfit with some trendy sunglasses!

To help with your outfit planning, we’ve picked some fun sunnies that will help complete your outfit! 


Mirrored & Bling

These fun and flirty sunglasses will add a bold touch to any outfit!

 
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Vintage Look

If your going for a vintage look these sunnies are the perfect accessory!

 
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Patterned 

These fun patterned sunglasses are sure to make a statement!

 
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Classic Twist

You can never go wrong with the classic aviator style! Take a fun twist on classic styles with these bold sunglasses.

 

Spring Break Getaway!

Whether you are looking forward to a weekend getaway with your girlfriends, or to escape the cold weather; a Spring break getaway is a perfect opportunity to relax and unwind. We’ve made it easy for you to say ‘good-bye’ to the winter blues with some fun Spring Break destinations!

Palm Springs 

Palm Springs is the perfect Spring Break getaway! Located in the Palm Desert, Palm Springs is a small vibrant town known for its colorful doors, art museums, relaxing spas, picturesque mountain views, and mid-century modern architecture.  

 Where to Stay? 

Looking for an Instagram worthy spot? Then you need to stay at the colorful and vibrant Saguaro Hotel. This picture-perfect hotel offers; yoga-classes, poolside drinks, mountain views, and fun pool parties on weekends.

What to do? 

 A must see in Palm Springs is the Moorten Botanical Gardens. This garden houses thousands of species of cacti and succulents from all over the world. This cactus-filled wonderland is the perfect spot for any plant lover! 

Another fun attraction to visit is Salvation Mountain; a colorful man-made art installation on a mountain covered in over a million gallons of paint. This Instagram famous attraction is the perfect sunset photoshoot spot. 

Palm Spring Sunglass Inspiration

New Orleans

 If you are looking for a fun weekend filled with rich history, amazing food, and vibrant nightlife, then look no further; New Orleans is the place-to-go! After all, the city’s Motto is, ‘Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler” which translates to “Let the good times roll”; you are bound to have an amazing time!

 

What to do?

The French Quarter & Bourbon Street - Located in the heart of the French Quarter, the famous Bourbon Street is a must-see; known for its bars, live music, balconies, and restaurants. While the French Quarter is most notably known for Bourbon Street, it is also known as the epicenter of New Orleans culture.  With walking tours and bike tour, you are bound to learn all about New Orleans history dating back to the 16th century. 


What to Eat? 

 A trip to New Orleans isn’t complete without a stop at Café Du Monde to have their famous beignets. These delicious deep fired donuts topped with powdered sugar are a New Orleans staple that dates back to the city’s French Colonial past.  Another must is the famous Po’ boy sandwich! Parkway Bakery & Tavern offers this iconic sandwich in a variety of choices; fried shrimp, fried oyster, or roast beef.

New Orleans Sunglass Inspiration

Sanibel Island

If you are looking forward to a low-key, relaxing vacation, then Sanibel Island is the place for you! Sanibel is located right along the Gulf of Mexico and is known for their white sand beaches and tropical Caribbean feel.

What to do?  

If you love to collect shells this is the place to be; Sanibel Island is known as the best shelling beach in the world. With over 300 kinds of shells you are bound to spend hours collecting varieties of shells. For the more adventurous; kayaking through the mangrove swamps is a must! Tarpon Bay Explorers offers fun guided kayak tours through the J. N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge, where you may get a glimpse of some wildlife.

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What to eat?

Your trip isn’t complete without taking a visit to ‘The Island Cow’. This family-owned restaurant is one of the top 5 breakfast joints in Florida and has over 300+ items on the menu. This funky cow themed restaurant is perfect for any Sanibel Island Visitor!

Sanibel Island Sunglass Inspiration

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