THE BEST LOBSTER TOUR IN PORTLAND, MAINE

THE BEST LOBSTER TOUR IN PORTLAND, MAINE

The Lucky Catch Cruises Lobster Tour to Portland Headlight

Want to go on the best lobster cruise in Portland? My favorite is the Lucky Catch Cruise. What makes this company so different is the education you receive about the lobster industry and all that goes into a lobster fishing trip.

 

Lucky Catch Cruises Information

The cruise lasts for about an hour and a half and takes you through the daily routines of a lobsterman and has been around for

more than a decade. We had the opportunity to haul in traps, measure the lobsters, and band their claws. Once our cruise was over, we could take our catch over to the Portland Lobster Company where they would cook up our delicious dinner. It is a great value and one of the best things I did during my stay in Portland Maine.

 

Booking your Lucky Catch Cruise

There are a couple ways to book your cruise. You can book a tour at luckycatch.com or you can go down to the long wharf and book at their kiosk. Make sure to book early because you don’t want to miss the opportunity and they book up fast. In summer, there are 5 cruises a day starting at 10:30 in the morning the last one leaving at 5:30 in the afternoon. Make sure when you go on the tour you ask for Captain Brian and Kate. Kate was actually a marine biology teacher, and so the information they provide is exceptional.  On this tour you don’t have to worry about being seasick, you are only in the bay. There are three possible itineraries each and every day. The first two trips to Portland Headlight, two trips seal watching, and one trip to the Whitehead Passage. Our cruise was to the Portland Headlight and it was beautiful to see this iconic lighthouse from the water. It was the first lighthouse that was commissioned by George Washington and the second lighthouse in the US to be completed, right after Boston. The cruises leave from the Long Wharf right in the center of Downtown Portland. It’s very easy to locate because it’s right next to Dimillo’s on the water.

 

All about the Lucky Catch Vessel

The vessel we were on was a 37 foot Maine built fiberglass lobster boat designed to be smooth and stable in the ocean waters. Built in 1983 for the sole purpose of commercial lobstering, this Lucky Catch didn’t carry it’s first paying customer until 1997. Not only do you have a great time on this tour, you get a huge education about the lobster industry in Maine. You get to know the conservation practices of the fisherman and you realize how sustainable they make their own industry.  I recently learned that they catch more lobsters now than they did 60 years ago. So make sure to come in the summer to the lucky catch tour. They run commercial lobstering fishing from October to May so the Lucky Catch is only open during the off-season from May until October.

 

My review of the Lucky Catch Cruise

Not quite as scary as the deadliest catch but it’s been a lot of fun, a lot of adventure and we got a ton of information from Captain Brian and Kate. Thank you Lucky – Catch it’s been a

blast!

Book a tour with Lucky Catch Cruises

WOMEN IN TRAVEL SUMMIT 2019

WOMEN IN TRAVEL SUMMIT 2019

✈ Learn How to Become a Digital Nomad in 2019!  | So I just got back from the Women in Travel Summit, a travel conference put on by Wanderful. If you want to be inspired and connect with other women travel influencers – keep watching!

 

I just returned from WITS 2019 in Portland, Maine and I’m so excited to share about my experience and the amazing women I met. The Women in Travel Summit is the premiere blogging conference for women travel creators and women travel writers. I interviewed 15 women from the conference about what they love about WITS! Some I had met at WITS 2018 in Quebec, and some are new friends, all coming together for the love of travel. If you want to learn how you can work online and travel the world or see other female travel vlogs and vloggers, keep watching! Sign up for WITS 2020 here!

Check out the amazing women and their blogs/businesses below!

Jazmin – Travel to Blank

Paige – Unquote Travel

Cat – For Two Please

Richa –  My Tickle Feet

Fadra – All Things Fadra

Melissa – Roux Roamer

Jenn-  Wanderful team

Richa –  Enricha’s Journey

Summer – Nat Park Stories

Caitlin –  Waypoint Goods

Wendy – Empty Nesters Hit the Road

Marie – Nomad Tours Quebec

Glory Ali –  Muslim Travel Rocks

Bisa –  Myles to Travel

Stacey –  Visit Beloit

 

My Favorite Tacos in Austin – TOP 5 TACOS

Today, I’m taking you on a tour of the top 5 Tacos in Austin, from a local’s perspective.

 

I’ve been in Austin for 30 years and that gave me plenty of time to try out every kind of taco you could think of. From taco trucks, to 5 star restaurants. I’ve narrowed it down and here are my five favorite tacos.

 

1. Migas with Poblano

The first stop is Veracruz Naturale. This is not the original location on the East side; This is in South Austin and the Radio Coffee shop. We are starting here because this is our only breakfast tacos. The Migas are a must but make sure to get them with poblanos on top. It’s 50 cents extra but it’s so worth it. What makes Veracruz Natural so delicious is their handmade tortillas which are thick and juicy. In your first bite you’ll find that the eggs are perfectly cooked. The poblanos give a little bit of texture a little bit of spice to it and a little bit of smokiness.  Trust me – this is a winner!

2. Tortas De Coliflor

We’re staying in South Austin for my second favorite taco. It’s only about a mile and ahalf away from Radio, our last stop. Papalote is a more traditional restaurant located at South Lamar and Manchaca. This is the only vegetarian option on my list with cauliflower, cabbage, queso fresco and avocado. It has this red ajo sauce which is so delicious gives a little bit of spice. Papalote has three locations in Austin and they offer various animal parts like Tongue on their menu! They also have hongas and huitlacoche.

 

3. El Picocito

For the third stop, we are still in South Austin but we’re headed a little bit further west just past Zilker Park to my absolute favorite taco restaurant called Taco Deli. The El Picocito has beef tenderloin and a chipotle sesame, with avocado and queso fresco. As far as sauces go, Taco Delis is very famous for the Dona salsa which is made with jalapenos. People will fly into Austin
specifically for this Dona sauce! Taco Deli is only open for breakfast and lunch so make sure to stop by before 3 p.m. Every day they have different special tacos so make sure you’re looking at not just a regular menu but the special menu as well. Taco Deli has several locations but the original on Spyglass is the most iconic with the old-school Austin picnic tables. A great thing to do at the Spyglass location is to get your tacos to-go and then go down to the green belt and eat the tacos by the water.

4. Wild Boar Chorizo with Grilled Shrimp

Now we’re leaving the old hippie side of South Austin and we are headed to the urban oasis to the heart of downtown at 2nd and Congress. On the ground floor of the Wells Fargo building, there is a group of local restaurants that have
small satellites with limited menus. This special place is called Fareground. This is my favorite place to come for tacos at night for dinner because it’s a bit fancier (perfect for date night!) The wild boar chorizo at Dai Due is one of the best tacos I’ve ever tried. If you’ve never tried wild boar, it’s a little bit richer than pork with more of a herbacious flavor.

5. Al Pastor

Now we’re leaving downtown before the five o’clock traffic starts and we’re headed over to the east side to Rosita’s
Al Pastor, located on East Riverside in a parking lot. They have the most delicious al pastor tacos and some days they have carnitas. The tacos are traditional al pastor that is marinated overnight. The only things they add to them are onion and fresh
cilantro. I like to add a little bit of lime on top.

 

 

If you love street food in Austin like all the tacos I’ve shown you today,

make sure to check out my video

about the farmers markets all over Central Austin.

 

I hope you enjoyed my video of my five favorite tacos in Austin!

AUSTIN MURALS & STREET ART

One of the most underrated things to do in Austin, Texas is to go on a tour of the best street art. In this video I share the top 15 Austin murals. Subscribe to my channel for more laid back luxury travel and inspiring travel vlogs.

If you’re visiting Austin, Texas and have never checked out the gorgeous murals, you’re missing out! As an Austin local and travel guide, I’m thrilled about taking you on this austin art tour, whether you’re looking to instagram Austin murals or just enjoy them in person. There’s more than just the I love you so much mural (though that will be covered here as well). We will be heading to South Congress Austin, Texas to see the Willie Nelson austin mural, over to the Beto O’Rourke mural in East Austin, You’re my butter half, Greetings from Austin and more! I have included a map of this street art tour. Want to see the most iconic murals in Austin? Here are the best Austin murals in 2019, according to yours truly.

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GRAND CANYON TOUR

I spent one day in the Grand Canyon, Arizona and loved it!  Watch to see all the places I visited and top sights to see at the Grand Canyon.

So, I just got back from traveling to the Grand Canyon. If you’ve never been to the Grand Canyon in Arizona, you need to see it! I loved the Grand Canyon sightseeing and it held up its name as being as grand in person as it is on paper. In this video, I cover some Grand Canyon travel tips, take you on a Grand Canyon guided tour to all the hot spots we visited, and help you decide what to see in Grand Canyon in one day, if you ever decide to visit. You’ll see beautiful footage of the Arizona lava fields, Wukoki Pueblo, Mather Point in Arizona, and several other sights at the Grand Canyon National Park. I hope you enjoy the video and will be able to tell all your friends and family how to visit Grand Canyon, Arizona and have an amazing time enjoying the beautiful scenery at one of the top #NationalParks in the world.

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