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Native of the North Guest Bloggers

Hello beautiful people! I’m looking for Guest Bloggers to add + share their wisdom with the world of travellers. I have two sections, 48 Hours In + The Local Lowdown which are in need of some new additions. 48 Hours In focuses on two days not-to-miss activities, places to eat and see. So far, I’ve written all my 48 Hours In pieces based on personal experience, local knowledge, and some research. However, with time constraints and extra projects on hand – I haven’t had time to add more. Which is why I’m asking for your help! The Local Lowdown is a series which focuses on locals and their Top 10 Favorite places in a city they once called home or currently do. Favorite things can include: favorite bars, parks, museums, or your friend’s moms homecooked chicken dinner. Everything goes! For anybody interested in adding their expert knowledge, please contact me via my Facebook page! Give a like and send a message. I’ll get back to you all as soon as possible! Advertisements

48 Hours In | Ogunquit

When visiting this tiny beach village, there’s no better way to start the morning with a brisk walk along the Marginal Way leading you to the neighborhood of Perkins Cove. Or simply sleep in and wake up to the sweet sounds of the seagulls floating by on the breeze. No matter how you start your day, you’ll be in Ogunquit, Maine and that alone is reason enough to wake up happy.  photo by: riversidemotel.com Day One Brisk Walk: Depending where you’re staying you can access the Marginal Way from various locations. Starting in downtown Ogunquit and ending in Perkin’s Cover this path winds its way along the rocky coast providing pristine ocean views that go on for miles and miles. Take a rest at many of the benches placed along the path or hike down into the rocky walls to hidden pebble beaches for a little more secluded pause before breakfast. photo by: meadowmere.com Eats: If you’ve come from the town center and have ended up in Perkin’s Cove – follow the one way street …

48 Hours In | Portland, Maine

Often confused for the OTHER Portland in the USA, Portland, Maine has been quickly making a name for itself in the food culture and music scene. In the past few years restaurants have been popping up left and right along with well known chefs making this small New England city their new creative outlet (as well as focusing on keeping it local!) Portland has also seen an increase in big name music groups venturing up north as the city becomes a big name in the country. So grab your Bean Boots and book by native Mainer Stephen King and venture to up to the small but eclectic city in the countries most Northeast state. Wakeup: Start your day with an exquisite coffee or tea from Arabica on Free Street in the center of town. A local and organic coffee shop that offers various pastries and various brews of coffees and teas, this is a great spot to start your morning. With brick walls and gorgeous wooden tables, you can make yourself feel at home for …

48 Hours In | Cádiz

An easy one hour drive south from Seville, this coastal city acts as a much needed escape during the hot and sticky summer months for the inland Spanish cities. Cádiz, an arm shaped peninsula on the South West coast of Spain, offers a mixture of sun, sand, and some of the oldest history in the country. If you’ve only got two days to spend hopping around the city, there’s plenty to see to keep you busy and also to relax at the same time. The locals, better known as “gaditanos”, take their time to enjoy every minute of the day. Morning coffees are thoroughly enjoyed, lunches are long, and afternoon strolls are even longer. photo by: cadizturismo.com Day One Relax: Arriving to Cadiz in the morning will allow you take your time, grab a coffee on any of the outdoor patios surrounding the city. On the surrounding streets of the Plaza de San Juan de Dios, home to the breathtaking Town Hall, you have tons of options for outdoor seating with beautiful views of the …

48 Hours In | Galway, Ireland

Split in two by the River Corrib, this small Irish city is filled with a history of destruction and rebirth. Now Europe’s fastest growing city, Galway, Ireland, offers an eclectic variety of traditional Irish culture and international flare. From restaurants and pubs to galleries and events – Galway is a must-visit cultural capital in the Europe Union. Day One –  Breakfast: Known for their food and service, Lohans Bar and Restaurant in Upper Salthill is worth the jaunt across town. Offering a full Irish breakfast along with options of the more traditional breakfast of porridge, pancakes, or eggs cooked to your liking – they are sure to help you start your day off right. And if you feel like it’s not enough, you can always add sides of sausage, potatoes, beans, eggs, etc. The Prom / Galway Bay: After the hearty breakfast, take your time walking the Promenade that runs along Galway Bay and connects Salthill to Galway City center. Just about 2.5-3 km (depending on your chosen route), the prom offers an easy walk …

48 Hours In | Charleston, South Carolina

While looking for some more inside clues on the best of the best in the South’s charming city of Charleston, SC – I came across this incredible description in the NY Times and just couldn’t find the words to replicate it; so, I’m going to borrow it. Here’s to you, Charleston! “CHARLESTON still has its cannons aimed at Fort Sumter, where the Civil War began, and has elected the same mayor, Joseph Riley, since 1975. It even has some of the country’s most aggressive historic preservation. But that doesn’t mean this charming Southern city has nothing new to offer. There are new galleries on Broad Street, and a festoonery of restaurants, bars and boutique bakeries have transformed the once-struggling design district on upper King Street. Charlestonians, governed by laws of hospitality as incontrovertible as those of gravity, cannot help themselves from sharing their new finds, even if you are “from off,” as those who grew up on this once swampy peninsula refer to outsiders.” -36 Hours in Charleston, NYTimes Day One Breakfast: Whether breakfast is …

48 Hours In | Halifax, Nova Scotia

A thriving university city, I called this place home for four years. From late nights at the Seahorse listening to a seven piece funk band to long days studying at Just Us! Cafe (Canada’s first Fair Trade coffee roaster), Halifax offers a wide variety for its residents and visitors alike. This coastal city is a hub of international exchange and good quality Canadian culture. It’s worth the trip East. Day One Market: Start your Saturday with a walk through Halifax’s Historic Farmers Market at the Brewery Square. Gold Island Bakery to Socks Made on 88 call this waterfront market home every week. The market features coffee shops, wineries, meat and fish produce and handmade crafts. Don’t miss out on trying some of the famous waffle or crepes! Stroll: Once you’ve taken in all there is to offer at the morning market, take in the views along the waterfront. Home to Purdy’s Wharf, the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, Historic Properties, and Bishops Landing just to name a few – you’ll find a mix of shops and …

48 Hours In | Portsmouth, NH

Located just south of the Maine border on the Piscataqua River, Portsmouth, New Hampshire is a quaint little town that’s full of life and lots of restaurants. Explore the historical streets and dine at local hotspots. You won’t want to forget your camera. First 24 Hours Eat: Start your day with a pastry and coffee or tea at Breaking New Grounds (BNG). A local favorite since 1993, this locally owned cafe is located in the heart of downtown Portsmouth in Market Square. Glass windows make this coffee shop a great place to grab a seat inside while still soaking in the early morning sun. BNG offers a variety of teas and coffees from around the world available for purchase by cup or by pound so you can take it home with you! Pastries are locally made and range from savory to super sweet. Explore: You won’t need a car. The third oldest city in the USA (settled in 1623) is best seen on foot. The cities downtown starts in Market Square with main streets spider …

48 Hours In | Donostia-San Sebastian, Spain (País Vasco)

48 Hours in Donostia-San Sebastian, Spain (Basque Country) Arriving midday to the Northern corner of Spain, tucked in between the Bay of Biscay and the border to France, this small Basque city is filled with life, deep rooted culture and amazing food. The culture resonates in their day to day and any visitor will be able to feel the life of the Basque region. So join us for two days you won’t forget! This is my insiders guide to eating well and exploring Donostia-San Sebastian (with some extra summer tips as well!) First 24 Hours Eat: Find your way to the heart of La Concha where you’ll find La Perla perched along the walkway linking the cities most famous beach with the rest of the city. Here you can enjoy your first sit down meal in the city while overlooking the beautiful shell shaped bay, the Santa Clara Island, and views of both Igueldo, Urgull and the Old Town. Sit back and relax, as a typical lunch can last a couple hours on Spanish (Basque) …

48 Hours In | The Kennebunks (ME)

48 Hours in Kennebunk/Kennebunkport, Maine *Updated July 2015! Starting the day with a sunrise walk along the Kennebunk beaches has always been one of my favorites of being a local of this little fishing town. In the summer you´ll find a few more faces than usual along your morning walk – including pups chasing after sticks, the bold surfers catching the first waves, and your locals and visitors alike. But as the steam rises off your coffee and a crisp breath leaves your mouth and you watch the sun just peak above the horizon, you´ll be glad you started your day then. First 24Hours Walk: After your homemade morning cup of joe at Kennebunk Beach – take a stroll along the two adjoining beaches to take in the views before the crowds gear up for a day of baking in the sun and soaking their toes in the passing waves. There are several beaches in Kennebunk, but the three most well known are Kennebunk, Middle, and Mother´s Beach which are all connected and make for …