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Portugal Road Trip: 1 Day Itinerary to Sintra and Cascais

Sintra and Cascais: The Gorgeous Outskirts of Lisbon, Portugal With spring finally here, most people start planning their summer getaways to exotic places near and far. One location that is gaining widespread popularity around the world as a top vacation destination is the southern European country of Portugal. Bordering Spain on the Atlantic Ocean, Portugal […]

Where to Find the Best Flamenco Show in Barcelona

A Passionate Artform: Tablao Flamenco The neon lights slowly build up out of the pitch dark and over the historic stage at Barcelona’s Tablao Flamenco Cordobes. The lights cast silhouettes of cejillas and the flowing fabrics of trajes de faraleas on the walls and ceilings. The room, which resembles a beautifully gilded cave, seats only […]

Book This Charming AirBnB in San Fran

With nearly two dozen neighborhoods to choose from within its 7-by-7 mile span, San Francisco boasts an endless opportunity to find the perfect lodging spot. The great thing about San Francisco, is that every hill, street, and cliff provides a beautiful view and an unforgettable experience. We wanted to be close to the action without […]

Why Philly is the Most Underrated City in America

As the season’s change and fall turns to winter, there’s no place in the U.S. more beautiful than the east coast, which is why we chose to stay close to home and venture to Philadelphia for our end-of-the-year stateside trip. 2017 was of significant importance as we marked two years since launching East Coast Contessas […]

Highlights from 36 Hours in the Imperial City: Vienna

In his 1977 hit album The Stranger, Billy Joel asks fans a simple question that sparked far-reaching inquisition: “When you realize, Vienna waits for you?” Of course, he was referring to the popular central European capitol city of Vienna, Austria, which was and has remained the pinnacle city of luxury travel, fashion, and cuisine. The […]

A Weekend Getaway Guide to Orlando, FL

As travel bloggers, we have ventured to cities and towns far and wide. From the beaches of Southern California to the rolling hills of Central Europe, we have witnessed unimaginable beauty and experienced the magic that only traveling to new locations can provide. However, none can compare to the magical memories we made during our […]

Aria Hotel Budapest

It’s completely possible to be in love with cities you’ve never been to before and people you have yet to meet. It’s exactly how we felt as we flipped through countless photos of “The Pearl of the Danube,” the “Heart of Europe,” – the pristine city of Budapest. Widely framed as one of the most […]

DC Staycation: Puttin’ On the Ritz-Carlton (Pentagon City)

Fred Astaire said it best in his 1930’s hit song: If you’re blue and you don’t know where to go to Why don’t you go where fashion sits: Puttin’ on the Ritz. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company empire, originally founded in the early 1900’s but officially established in 1983 with the purchase of The Ritz-Carlton, Boston, has remained […]

48 Hours in Miami Beach – Day 2

It’s been said that the Miami/South Beach culinary scene is on the brink of a cultural revolution – one that integrates the burgeoning urban farm phenomenon known as “farm-to-table,” the  authenticity of the city’s Cuban and Haitian cuisine, and the emergence of new cooking styles such as “Floribbean,” and “Nuevo Latin” that combine signature flavors and ingredients of surrounding […]

48 Hours in Miami Beach – Day 1

When the darkness and chill of winter descends on the north east coast, it’s usually time for these Contessas to seek out the warm sun and soft, sandy beaches. So at the first sign of snowfall (ok, it was more like the first time temps hit below 45 degrees) we logged onto Google Flights, packed […]

The Perfect Airbnb in Philly!

Visiting Philly soon and in search of the perfect place to stay? We’ve got you covered! We recently started utilizing an alternative lodging service when we travel to a new city – AirBNB! It’s the perfect platform for travelers to use when jetting on a budget. Not only is Airbnb easy on the wallet, but travelers get to experience the cities they visit just like […]

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

We’ve experienced the cultures of many different cities throughout our time as travel bloggers, but there’s one city in particular that officially stole our hearts – and for good reason. Philadelphia, with its seemingly scruffy and rugged exterior is, at it’s core, an extremely eccentric and charming city (and in our humble opinion, one of […]