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America’s Best St. Patrick’s Day Destinations

St. Patrick’s Day celebrates the Roman Catholic feast day of the patron saint of Ireland. Falling at the end of the long winter, March 17th always manages to brighten things up. To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin would be the ultimate way to spend…

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St. Patrick’s Day celebrates the Roman Catholic feast day of the patron saint of Ireland. Falling at the end of the long winter, March 17th always manages to brighten things up. To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin would be the ultimate way to spend the day, but you can find plenty of destinations here in America to revel in the festivities. With 11% of the country’s population being able to claim Irish ancestry, Americans have embraced the holiday with gusto. From green dyed rivers and beer, to annual St. Patrick’s Day parades these cities are some of the best destinations in America to spend the holiday. 

 

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

With it’s large Irish Catholic population Chicago has many St. Patrick’s Day celebrations throughout the city. At the end of the parade, established in 1843, thousands of people gather to watch the spectacle of the river being dyed green. The tradition is more than forty years old, and don’t worry the substance used is safe for the environment. At the Irish American Heritage Center you will find the family friendly St. Patrick’s Festival, which features a craft fair, food, music and dancing. 

 

PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA

Hosting the second largest St. Patrick’s Day parade in the country, established in 1869, the city of Pittsburgh holds an entire week of festivities. The parade boasts over 20,000 participants, and 18 marching bands. With easy access to restaurants and bars, and hundreds of thousands of people dressed in green partying from dawn to dusk, you can’t help but have fun.   

 

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS

Boston is known as the greenest city in the country, with 20.4% of it’s population being able to claim Irish ancestry. Their St. Patrick’s Day parade, established in 1737, is the longest running parade in the country. The celebration of St. Patrick’s Day in Boston is steeped in tradition and you will find all the green beer you can drink. 

 

CLEVELAND, OHIO

Unlike other cities, Cleveland will always hold their St. Patrick’s day celebrations on March 17th no matter what day of the week it falls on. The parade, established in 1867, is one of the oldest and largest in Ohio. With up to 500,000 people spreading their Irish cheer this is one of the largest St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in America. Make sure to visit Slyman’s Deli for a glass of green beer, and the best corned beef in the country. 

 

SAVANNAH, GEORGIA

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah is a different experience, with the temperature in March averaging a balmy 70 degrees. Every year hundreds of thousands enjoy the annual parade, established in 1824. After enjoying the parade, visit the River Street St. Patrick’s Day Celebration to enjoy a full line up of performances and other activities. 

 

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON

The Irish Heritage Club of Seattle hosts Irish Week every year, but the events go on much longer than a week. After enjoying the St. Patrick’s Day parade, established in 1971, head over to the Seattle Center and enjoy Irish music, dance, workshops, food and more. This year Seattle’s Best Damn Happy Hour falls during the St. Patrick’s Day month of festivities. 

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The Most Ethical Tourist Destinations in 2017

There are spectacular destinations that are still doing their part to make the world a better place through their amazing ethical guidelines.

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When you travel you want to make sure that you are traveling responsibly. That is a very noble concern that a lot of people don’t really take all that seriously. However, traveling can indeed be very wasteful if you don’t pay attention. What you bring to travel as well as your destination can make a big difference in how environmental you are being while you travel. It is important to pack the right things but it is also important to try and support places that are doing their part to make a difference in the world. By giving these helpful places your money, you will help them exist and keep them moving forward. A lot of people think they have to sacrifice in order to travel somewhere that is ethically groovy, but that is just not the case. There are spectacular destinations filled with eye-catching delights and 5-star amenities that are still doing their part to make the world a better place through their amazing ethical guidelines.

 

Belize
Belize has recently been making huge leaps to switch over to renewable energy. There was a 10-island challenge made to the Carribean to try and get these islands switched off of using regular electricity and to explore renewable sources. Belize took this challenge and met it head on with their goal to ultimately become 100% renewable. THat is a lofty goal, but definitely an admirable one. Also, who doesn’t want to visit Belize?

 

Cape Verde
Cape Verde or Cabo Verde is a small island off the coast of West Africa. This place uses about 50% renewable energy and has been applauded for its work in the realm of gender equality. Cape Verde has become a goto for how to treat your nation and Planet Earth.

 

Chile
Chile is one of the best countries to visit in all of South America. It is beautiful and fun as well as being incredibly ethical. This country rocks an astounding 98% literacy rate. This country is also known for going above and beyond when it comes to taking care of their farm animals which is very admirable. There are so many reasons to visit this incredible country and now there are even more.

 

Costa Rica
Costa Rica is a popular tourist destination already and now it should become even more popular thanks to its amazing environmental protection. This awesome country goes above-and-beyond to make sure that the beauty of the nature around these parts is here to stay for a very long time. It is really no wonder why Costa Rica was recently named the happiest country on Earth.

 

Dominica
Dominica is breathtakingly beautiful and amazingly ethical as well. The Carribean island does a big part to take a stand against the whaling industry and continues to wow with its ability to produce hydropower. Sustainable tourism is a big industry in Dominica, so you can travel here without adding much to your carbon footprint. Now that’s what I call an awesome vacation.

 

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The New Luxury Hotel In Iceland’s Blue Lagoon

Now the Blue Lagoon is about to get even better thanks to a luxury hotel that is planning on opening directly next to the awesome warm bathing waters.

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The Blue Lagoon in Iceland is a tourist destination that has been growing in popularity each and every year. People flock from all over the world to visit this incredible geothermal spa. Located amongst a lava field these incredible mineral-rich waters that are so deep blue have to be seen to be believed. Now the Blue Lagoon is about to get even better thanks to a luxury hotel that is planning on opening directly next to the awesome warm bathing waters.

 

 

The Moss Hotel has 62 rooms, a delectable restaurant, appropriately named the Moss Restaurant, and a spa named Lava Cove. The goal of this town is to combine nature with luxury and hospitality. Not only is this place incredibly luxurious, and beautifully scenic, but it is environmentally responsible as well. The hotel will incredibly make use a geothermal power station that runs on waste seawater. So you can feel good about your stay and you can feel good at your stay as well when you take advantage of some awesome spa treatments.

 

 

This hotel looks seriously sick and it is so decadent that you will hate to check out. The location of this place leaves you right next to Iceland’s international airport so tourists can pop in just for a couple hours if they have a layover. Experiencing the beautiful rooms that look out onto the lagoon is something that will stick with you for the rest of your life.

 

 

Laid upon the volcanic rock, the setting for the Moss Hotel is truly awe-inspiring. No matter what side you’re looking out at, you will be blown away by Iceland’s stunning beauty. The restaurant celebrates Icelandic cuisine by bringing flavors from all the different parts that make Iceland so special. You will have food that literally comes from all over this amazing island. Your taste buds will take you on an adventure from the mountains, down to the farmlands, then all the way to the oceans. Experience the finest food that the country of Iceland has to offer and you will be blown away by just how fantastic all the fresh flavors really are.

 

 

The spa is actually carved into the 800-year-old lava flow which is something simply to marvel at. You can’t have a hotel here with a spa that does not take advantage of the Blue Lagoon, that would be a complete waste and the Moss Hotel’s spa does not drop the ball. You will feel like you’re on an alien planet when you hit this spa. Now, that is how it’s done.

A visit to Iceland is not complete without a trip to the Blue Lagoon so might as well stay there in style at one of the 62 rooms inside the Moss Hotel. You will never be treated as well as you are inside this unbelievable luxury hotel and the sites to see are unparalleled. This place knows how to do a luxurious hotel stay.

 

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Oh, My Gourd! The Best Pumpkin Events Across The United States.

Some places around this great country take celebrating the pumpkin to new levels with these unbelievable pumpkin related events.

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It’s Halloween season which means it is time to celebrate all things pumpkin. Pumpkin spiced products of all shapes and sizes are being pumped out in every direction. Jack-o-lanterns are being carved and pumpkin pies are being doled out left and right. The pumpkin is a magical gourd that really gives off the feeling of fall. You will celebrate the season every time you see a jack-o’-lantern and when it comes to pumpkins there really is so much to enjoy. Some places around this great country take celebrating the orange gourd to new levels with these unbelievable pumpkin related events.

 

The Great Jack-O’-Lantern Blaze
This fantastic event is held at the Van Cortlandt Manor, a historic place in New York. Here you will find thousands of jack-o’-lanterns made up into some absolutely breathtaking figures. Each jack-o’-lantern has its own face but is also a part of something much bigger. Here you will find a statue of liberty made out of jack-o’-lanterns, dinosaurs and even a carousel that somehow spins. You can enjoy a walk across a pumpkin bridge and hang out in a planetarium that will seriously flip you out.

 

World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off
The beautiful Half Moon Bay is the scene of this insane competition. The Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off brings farmers from around the country together to show off who can grow the biggest gourd in the world. The only way they can move these giant gourds around is with forklifts and special straps and you will be astounded by just how big these things can get. Last year’s winner was a pumpkin that weighed 2,363 lbs. Now that is a lot of pumpkin pies!

 

The Pumpkin Festival
Now, this festival might not have the most creative name, but that doesn’t mean it’s not an unbelievable site worth seeing. This fest has set the record 8 different times for having the most jack-o’-lanterns lit at one time. That is pretty unbelievable. ONce you check out all of the jack-o-lanterns then be sure to give the children’s costume parade a look. There is nothing cuter than a bunch of children marching around in their little costumes. You can also see some super fun dance performances that are dedicated to the awesome season of Autumn.

 

Damariscotta Pumpkinfest & Regatta
If you’ve ever seen a pumpkin catapult then you know it is something that has to be seen to be believed. You get to see these giant gourds launched high into the air only to come slamming down onto the ground and breaking into a million slimy pieces. There is also a pumpkin derby as well which is definitely a crackup. The last event is the best though, it is called the Pumpkin Regatta. In this race, competitors make boats out of giant pumpkins and race around an obstacle course. There is one race for paddleboats and one for powerboats. Both races are a true crackup to witness.

 

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