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Smoothie bowls, Fresh Fruit + Juices, Oh My!

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Smoothie bowls, Fresh Fruit + Juices, Oh My!

There is no doubt that smoothie bowls are having their moment  🍓🥝🍉🍌🍒🍏

Equally famous for their inherent instagrammability + healthful qualities, these dishes are poppin’ up in cities all over the country!

We did the research + found delicious some great options for you to enjoy all over the U.S. - hopefully, you find this guide as sweet as we did!

 

Denver

Who: Berriegood Co.

Where: 681 E. Louisiana Ave., #102, Denver, CO, 80210

Style: Berriegood Co. is Denver’s first açaí superfruit café serving nutritious + delicious handcrafted açaí bowls and smoothies! This locally + female-owned business was founded to share the fun (and deliciousness!) of plant-based bowls in an effort to transform ideas about health and happiness in the community. They focus on responsible sourcing of ingredients, purchasing as many non-GMO and organic ingredients as possible to ensure that customers receive the best taste and nutritional experience around.

 

New Orleans

Who: Raw Republic Juice 

 

Where: 4528 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

Style: Specializing in açaí berry bowls, smoothies + fresh juices, Raw Republic represents a movement of people who approach each day with an unwavering commitment to a cleaner lifestyle. They say “we eat organic + we juice often!”

Seattle

Who:Jars Juice

Where: 1099 Stewart St #101, Seattle, WA 98101, USA

Style: It is the goal of Jars Juice to help people solidify their foundation to change their lives. They make it their mission to serve the local community with tasty drinks that satisfy cravings, as well as providing nutritionist resources + healthy snacks fit for busy, everyday life. Jars Juice commits itself to assisting customers in building a well-balanced diet for a change that will impact their lives in a positive way!

Chicago

 

Who: Graze Chicago

Where: 125 S. Clark St. Chicago, Illinois 60603

Style: Graze takes pride in crafting high quality, energy-boosting superfood smoothies + creamy acai bowls. Inspired by warm weather + sunny skies, Graze serves a fresh and nutritious on-the-go menu to be enjoyed year-round. Mindfully prepared, all ingredients are naturally vegan, gluten-free, and thoughtfully sourced. Immerse yourself in one of two of their Chicago locations! 

 

San Diego

Who: Vitality Tap

Where: 650 1st Ave San Diego, California 92101

Style: Vitality Tap offers their customers a distinct level of confidence that they’re receiving only the very best when visiting our establishments. They pride themselves on the exclusive use of organic produce that is fresh, raw + locally-sourced. They are innovative health seekers that constantly educate themselves on the latest research about the health benefits of juice cleansing and to keep product rotation original! #DoYouEvenJuice?

 

Did we miss your favorite juice or smoothie bar? Let us know which “can’t miss” stops should be added to our list!

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Irish Mule Recipe

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Irish Mule Recipe

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with this refreshing, Leprechaun approved recipe! 

We put a spin on the classic vodka mule recipe by adding Wigle Rye Whiskey to compliment the holiday. Adding lime, simple syrup + sage with Natrona ginger beer puts a unique, flavorful twist on this cocktail. 

 
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Recipe:

  • 2 oz. Irish whiskey

  • 6 oz. ginger beer (or more!)

  • ½ - ¾ oz. of simple syrup

  • Juice of half a lime (about 1 ounce)

  • Lime slices (optional, for garnish)

  • Sage sprig (optional, for garnish)

  • Ice (crushed if possible)

 
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  1. Fill a Moscow Mule mug (or rocks glass if you don’t have a mug!) with crushed ice

  2. Squeeze in lime juice

  3. Pour in the whiskey - we used a local Pittsburgh company, Wigle Whiskey, for our brand of choice, but your favorite whiskey is a perfect addition!

  4. Fill with cold ginger beer - we used the local Natrona Bottling Company’s classic variation for our ginger beer brand of choice!

  5. Serve with a stirring rod.

  6. Add sage + muddle (*optional*)

  7. Add a lime wedge for garnish (*optional*)

 
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Note:

Ginger beer is to taste! If you like more of a whiskey taste, add less ginger beer. For a milder drink, add more! 

 
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Life Is Good

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Life Is Good

With tons of happy travelers, more trips leaving every day + endless adventure - Pack Up + Go has much to appreciate!  Sit back, relax + say “life is good” with us on this Thankful Thursday 🦋

With tons of happy travelers, more trips leaving every day + endless adventure - Pack Up + Go has much to appreciate!

Sit back, relax + say “life is good” with us on this Thankful Thursday 🦋

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Love Is In The Air

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Love Is In The Air

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Happy Valentines Day! 😍

Traveling helps us to reconnect with the ones we love, grow together + sometimes even have a proposal like in these gorgeous photos from Larry + Sarah on their trip to Philadelphia! Congratulations!

Plan to getaway with your sweetheart: http://bit.ly/2018_ValentinesDay

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Holiday-ing the Right Way

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Holiday-ing the Right Way

Freelance writer Jane Sandwood shares her tips on how to get the most out of your surprise vacations!

Packing Your Bags for the Unexpected:

Packing up + going off to an unknown destination can be exciting, but it can also make packing extremely difficult. If you’re heading out soon on a surprise vacation, here are some tips on what you should bring along for the ride!

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Pack Light:

Feeling in control of your holiday plans is a big part of being able to enjoy yourself, but this may seem like a near-impossible feat on a mystery vacation, particularly when it comes to trying to pack light. With so many possibilities at hand, you may be tempted to pack your entire wardrobe. It’s important to remember, however, that you may have to pay an extra fee for any checked baggage. Most airlines allow for a free carry-on bag, so it’s best to pack with space constraints in mind. If you have more items than you can fit in your luggage, you may want to bring a personal item as well, such as a purse, tote, or briefcase to store any extra clothing or electronics.

Bring Different Outfits:

While it might seem obvious to bring different styles of clothing, there are some ways that you can cut down on space usage without packing any extra pants. It’s a good idea to pack clothing with multiple functions, such as multi-function sarongs and zip-off shorts. You should ensure that you have a couple of clothing choices that are suitable for either warm or cold weather.

Carry a Smartphone:

Most of us want to bring a camera with us on holiday to capture memories and mementos, but camera equipment can be bulky. Luckily, though, these days most smartphones are equipped with a high definition camera that allows you to take photos wherever you go. You can even find portable attachments for smartphone cameras, such as filters and telephoto lenses. If you’re concerned about roaming charges, be sure to speak with your carrier before traveling.

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Hold Some Cash:

No matter where you’re going, it’s a good idea to carry some spare cash with you in the event of an emergency. You can find specially designed fanny packs designed to keep your money safe, or you can opt to keep cash in a closed section of your purse. If you plan to use a credit card, make sure to inform your bank before you travel so that your accounts won’t get frozen.

Each year, Americans take more than 2 billion trips to domestic destinations and abroad. A surprise vacation takes all of the stress out of planning, but you still have to ensure that you pack your bags accordingly. 

No matter where your next holiday might be, with proper planning, you’ll find yourself ready for all the spontaneous fun life has to throw at you!

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Testimonial Tuesday: Ashley + Benjamin

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Testimonial Tuesday: Ashley + Benjamin

Q: Why did you sign up for your trip? What were you looking to get out of it?

A: We were looking for a 3-day getaway where we didn’t have to do any of the planning! We both travel for work + to see our families, so we wanted a weekend away where we didn’t have to worry about the planning! With our 1 year wedding anniversary coming up, we thought this would be the perfect “paper” gift!

Q: Did you have hesitations about taking a surprise trip? Were you nervous?

A: Having a Type A personality, and doing so much planning I was anxious about the trip. It was a good learning experience for me to let it go and know that someone else could handle everything for me. Lillian + her team did a fantastic job with communication and updates so I was not worried. It was just hard to not be in control ;)

Q: Where did you guess you were going to travel? Were you surprised by the destination?

A: We guesses the southeast area of the country. We were totally surprised to hear we were going to San Francisco!! (Although a co-worker of my guessed right). Neither of us had been to California so we were very excited!

Q: What made the trip feel unique and tailored to you?

A: Having the maps + recommended agenda/itinerary available in paper and electronic forms was great!! Having it on paper allowed us to learn a bit about the city while flying. Having it all electronically allowed us to check things while we were exploring!

Q: What was your favorite experience that we recommended for you?

A: My husband is a big tea drinker so he LOVED the Japanese Tea garden. I very much enjoyed it as well. My favorite was the Golden Gate Bridge and Painted Ladies. We actually took a boat tour around the bridge + Alcatraz which was fantastic! We try to do boat tours when we visit new cities.

Q: What did you like most about your travel accommodations?

A: Centrally located! We could walk almost anywhere. And when we were tired of walking, Lyft + Uber were available to help us out.

Q: What did you discover on your own (not on your itinerary) in your destination that you feel is shareworthy?

A: Corny as it is, I was dying to see the “Full House” House. We found it, took a few pics + helped other tourists do the same!! From there, we walked to Lombard Street, which was quite a bit harder than it looked, but totally worth it!

Q: What was your favorite part of your trip?

A: The whole experience!! From the suspense of not knowing where we were going, to having travel + lodging taken care of, to fantastic food and sites. We saw SO MUCH in our short amount of time in San Francisco. With the maps and suggestions provided, we were able to plan a jammed pack trip while still finding time to relax and take it in. It was a wonderful way to celebrate our 1 year anniversary. In our vows we promised “to go on adventures with one another” and when we heard of Pack Up + Go we thought this would be the PERFECT way to do that!

Q: If you could do the trip over again what would you do differently?

A: Make dinner reservations at restaurants.

Q: How would you describe Pack Up + Go and your experience to Family + Friends?

A: I have described it to our families, friends, and co-workers as a must try experience! It is a lot to process, especially if you are controlling, but well worth the experience!! The thrill alone is incredible! And then the ease of navigating makes it simple to jump right in and explore.

Q: What did you learn on your trip, or from your trip?

A: That we want to continue to explore other cities!

Q: What would you say to someone who is hesitant to go on a surprise getaway?

A: Give it a try! Well worth the investment + adventure. You will have memories that will last a lifetime!

Celebrate love, life and adventure like Ashley + Benjamin! 

Give your Valentine “memories that will last a lifetime” with a stress-free, mystery vacation: http://bit.ly/SurpriseForYourSweetheart_2018

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Hot Breakfast

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Hot Breakfast

February is Hot Breakfast Month, which encourages us to break the cycle of boring breakfast + start the day with a hot dish!  Amanda, Kaitlin, Rebecca, Colleen, Victoria, Kerry + Christina enjoyed this delicious spread on Pack Up + Go’s first surprise trip to Atlanta!  What is your favorite hot breakfast food?

February is Hot Breakfast Month, which encourages us to break the cycle of boring breakfast + start the day with a hot dish!

Amanda, Kaitlin, Rebecca, Colleen, Victoria, Kerry + Christina enjoyed this delicious spread on Pack Up + Go’s first surprise trip to Atlanta!

What is your favorite hot breakfast food?

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Superbowl Sunday

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Superbowl Sunday

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It’s Superbowl Sunday! 

Today many fans across the country will watch the Philadelphia Eagles take on the defending champs, the Patriots!

For those of you going to the Big Game in Minneapolis, we don’t think you’ll have quite the same weather as Todd + Brandy, but try to have as much fun! 

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Denver, CO

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Denver, CO

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The First Transcontinental railroad helped to revolutionize the settlement + economy of the American West

Did You Know: In 1875, the city of Denver had 4 different train stations, causing passenger transfer issues. To remedy this problem, it was determined to create onecentral Union Station to combine the various operations. It was decided to build this famous station in February 1880!

Bonus Photo: a real conductor!

Happy February!

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Saturday Stroll

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Saturday Stroll

What a perfect day for a Saturday-Stroll in this Portland, ME shot from Matt + Mary!  How are you spending your adventurous weekend?

What a perfect day for a Saturday-Stroll in this Portland, ME shot from Matt + Mary!

How are you spending your adventurous weekend?

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Monday Motivation

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Monday Motivation

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Your Monday Motivation comes from Kody + Lindsey who showed how fun having many different interests can be!

From exploring the city to a baseball game, the aquarium + hiking, this couple knows how to really get to know a city!

What is your favorite activity to seek out in a new place?

We love eating unique foods, going to Vintage shops + stopping in art museums! 🍽️👒🏛️

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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

The Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is a 2-hour drive from San Diego + is the largest state park in California!   The park is named for Spanish explorer Juan Bautista de Anza + the Spanish word  borrego , or bighorn sheep.   500 miles of dirt roads, wilderness areas + many miles of hiking trails provide visitors with an unparalleled opportunity to explore the wonders of the California Desert!   Travelers are given the opportunity to see wildflowers, palm groves, cacti and sweeping vistas, as well as golden eagles, foxes + roadrunners!   This is one natural spectacle not to miss on your next West Coast adventure! 

The Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is a 2-hour drive from San Diego + is the largest state park in California! 

The park is named for Spanish explorer Juan Bautista de Anza + the Spanish word borrego, or bighorn sheep. 

500 miles of dirt roads, wilderness areas + many miles of hiking trails provide visitors with an unparalleled opportunity to explore the wonders of the California Desert! 

Travelers are given the opportunity to see wildflowers, palm groves, cacti and sweeping vistas, as well as golden eagles, foxes + roadrunners! 

This is one natural spectacle not to miss on your next West Coast adventure! 

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Alcatraz

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Alcatraz

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Alcatraz is located in the San Francisco Bay, offshore from downtown.

The small island was developed with a lighthouse, a military fortification + jail and became a federal prison from 1934 until 1963 - housing famous criminals such as Al Capone + Machine Gun Kelly!

On January 17, 1986, 32 years ago, this iconic penitentiary became a National Historic Landmark so that future travelers can continue to learn about its unique history!

*BONUS*: The friendly welcome committee, the Pier 39 Sea Lions!

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Testimonial Tuesday: Lindsey, Karen, Libby + Jennifer

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Testimonial Tuesday: Lindsey, Karen, Libby + Jennifer

Q: Why did you sign up for your trip? What were you looking to get out of it?

A: A friend of mine posted on facebook about her trip and it looked like fun. So I visited with the ladies in the family + decided we needed to do this.

Q: Did you have hesitations about taking a surprise trip? Were you nervous?

A: No. I was not nervous one bit.

Q: Where did you guess you were going to travel? Were you surprised by the destination?

A: We thought we were going to east coast. Yes, because we never thought of California!

Q: Upon discovery of your destination, what were some perceptions about your city prior to the trip?

A: We were excited to experience the downtown life, visit the beaches, and eat seafood!!  

Q: What made the trip feel unique and tailored to you?

A: We had massages scheduled for us since we were wanting a relaxing weekend. Suggestions were right up our alley. Fit us great!

Q: What did you like most about your travel accommodations?

A: Since we live in a remote area we said we would drive to another city for an airport. We left early in morning and had a nice layover for breakfast and arrived in San Diego early in the afternoon so we could start exploring.

Q: What was your favorite experience that we recommended for you?

A: Oyster bar + massages.

Q: If you could do the trip over again what would you do differently?

A: Nothing!

Q: What did you discover on your own (not on your itinerary) in your destination that you feel is shareworthy?

A: We loved hanging out downtown at little pubs/bars. We stick to the recommendations minus one restaurant

Q: What was your favorite part of your trip?

A: All of it. But the surprise of finding out tops it.

Q: How would you describe Pack Up + Go and your experience to Family + Friends?

A: A MUST-DO!!! I recommend you guys all the time! I can’t wait to do this again!

Q: What did you learn on your trip, or from your trip?

A: Culture.

Q: What would you say to someone who is hesitant to go on a surprise getaway?

A: Don’t be. They tell you how to pack with the hints. Try it. If you decide you don’t like the unknown at least you can say is you tried. This is great for those who always want to travel but don’t know where to go or what to see and do.

Want to get away with your friends to a new place full of culture + fun?!

Sign up with Pack Up + Go and let us do the planning so you can spend more time enjoying the adventure!

Sign Up today: http://bit.ly/FriendsInTheSun

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Portland, OR

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Portland, OR

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With record-breaking lows all over the #country this week, we hope you stay warm!
Here are some Wayback Wednesday photos from Portland, OR that will have you dreaming of summer with Alvin + Andrea!

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Best Nine

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Best Nine

Pack Up + Go was able to share a lot of #amazing #experiences with you over 2017! Here are our #2017bestnine!  Thank you for joining + we can’t wait to share more in 2018!

Pack Up + Go was able to share a lot of #amazing #experiences with you over 2017! Here are our #2017bestnine!

Thank you for joining + we can’t wait to share more in 2018!

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