My 3 best kept travel secrets

Julie Schwietert Collazo recently “tagged” me to participate in the Tripbase Best Kept Travel Secrets Project. So here we go:

1. Erice


I don’t know of too many places where you can eat gelato next to medieval castles on a cliff overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Erice is a  stone fortress high above the city of Trapani, where you can take a cable car ride to the top of the mountain. It’s got a bit of a touristy feel, with souvenir shops and a self-guided walking tour map, but I thought it was worth the ride.

2. New Belgium Brewery

Ft. Collins, Colorado

Not only does New Belgium have great beer, but they’ve also got a free brewery tour (with free samples!) and an environmentally-friendly business. They encourage bike commuting, use wind power, offer spent wheat for feed, and even have compostable cups. Plus, their office has a slide.

3. Ballard Farmer’s Market

Seattle, Washington

Everyone goes to the Pike Place Market when they visit Seattle, and I’m here to tell you they’re wrong. Pike Place is horrendously crowded; even though they sell a fascinating array of regional produce and other staples like king crab, you can find the same things at many of the neighborhood markets–and you can usually get a much more reasonable price. In Ballard, a fishing neighborhood of exposed brick and cold beer, you’ll find a festive market: folk music, families with dogs, wood-fired pizza. It’s often crowded, but much less so than Pike Place. And it’s so much more authentic.

I’m nominating these 5 bloggers to share their top 3 travel secrets on their blog:

Alexis Grant: Aspiring Author
Todd Wassel: Todd’s Wanderings
Suzzanne Westover: Own Up to Being Grown-Up
Catherine Ryan Howard: Catherine, Caffeinated
Michael Hodson: The Mobile Lawyer



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3 responses to “My 3 best kept travel secrets

  1. “I don’t know of too many places where you can eat gelato next to medieval castles on a cliff overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. ”

    Ha! Me neither. Thanks for these picks and for tagging writers who I don’t know (except Alexis).

  2. Samantha

    I’ve been to Erice, it’s incredible. When I went it was overcast, so we were literally in a castle in the clouds.

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