Monday, November 24, 2014

NYC Dessert Crawl

New York is known for some epic pub crawls, but have you heard of an NYC dessert crawl ? Neither had I, so when Brian and I found ourselves in the West Village on a cold Saturday afternoon with a few hours to kill, I decided to invent our own. The West Village is much quieter section of New York than Times Square, and the streets are lined with tiny cafes, bakeries, and restaurants.  

A quick google search revealed some famous desserts as well as a few lesser known  small cafes whose main focus was dessert. In no time, I had mapped out some select locations and the dessert crawl NYC was officially born!

NYC Dessert Crawl Map
NYC Dessert Crawl route - locations explained below

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

5 Unique, Odd, Insane half marathons for your bucket list

Recently, after being inspired by some fellow running bloggers, the genius idea came to me to marry my love of travel and running into one hobby - running the states! Since I am only half crazy, the goal is to run a half marathon in each of the 50 states over the next few years.

Many people have already embarked on this adventure, so I am aware that this is not a new concept. However, since I am not under the delusion that I will PR at every race, I am going to make it a point to find some of the lesser known, most unique, and maybe even some insane races to run to keep things interesting along the way. Here are a few that are going on my race bucket list!

Most Unique aid stations

unique half marathon
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Mud and Chocolate half marathon - Redmond Watershed, Washington

Forget the GU packs and Powerade gels! At this trail half marathon, you have the option of refueling with chocolate! Reward yourself after crossing the finish line with the Chocomania party. Even the medals are chocolate...This race is every running chocoholics dream!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Cape May Wine Trail

We were already going to be in Cape May overnight for the New Jersey Lighthouse Challenge, so it seemed like a great idea to also hit up the Cape May wine trial while we were there!

We arrived at Cape May Winery a little after 5pm on a Saturday after making 9 stops for the challenge and climbing 789 stairs. We sure earned that wine! They were starting to close up for the night so they weren't doing wine tastings anymore, but they did let us purchase a glass of wine to enjoy out back on their patio. I, of course, couldn't pass up the opportunity to have a glass of their ironically named Lighthouse Blush, which was delicious. The winery had a nice little set up with a fire pit, and people brought in their own cheese assortments to enjoy with their wine. Be sure to try and arrive earlier than we did to get the full experience!

Cape May Wine Trail - Cape May Winery
The wine tasting list

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Run the Vineyards 5k: Hawk Haven Winery race recap

I love 5ks and I love wine. So, when I found the Run the Vineyards 5k which combined both these things, of course I had to sign up!  Plus, it was in Cape May the same weekend we were doing the New Jersey Lighthouse Challenge, so it was obviously fate!

run the vineyards 5k wine glass
Run the Vineyards 5k race swag - love this tumbler glass!
At $40 per entry, the race fee was a little steep for a 5k. But, this included a custom run the vineyards wine glass and a free glass of wine or wine tasting which would normally run you $10, so with that considered I think the race was a good value.