#CIJVacation – Florida Keys, Florida, USA With 3DesignDimensions

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Let’s take a vacation with Deborah Ruggiero from 3DesignDimensions

Florida Keys, Florida, USA

1. What is your favorite vacation destination and why? Where exactly in the world is it located?

I’m a landscape artist by trade, jewelry maker by hobby and avid, deep sea fisher “lady” enthusiast by sport! “One if by land 2 if by sea”! My favorite vacation is driving down to the Florida Keys, the southern-most part of this great country. The Keys are small islands surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean on the east and the Gulf of Mexico on the west. The quaint, laid-back atmosphere creates a year-round vacation setting, away from the hustle and bustle. The air is different and super clean thanks to the cross winds over the crystal clear waters surrounding the islands.

2.  What are several places everyone visiting this destination should see?

A ride on a glass bottom boat is a must for all visitors. It’s a fascinating view into another world with beautiful reefs, exotic looking fish and multi colored corals. The Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory is a beautiful place to visit. The evening sunset party in Key West on Duval Street happens 365 eves a year and sets the mood for the evening till dawn festivities. Throughout the Keys are intriguing little boutiques and shipwreck shops but my favorite place is the Rain Barrel, a great spot comprised of a group of local artists showing their wares. I never miss it or leave empty handed!

3. What special customs, traditions, geography, nature etc. are intriguing about this destination?

The Florida Keys are known as the fishing capital of the world and there is always a fishing tournament going on someplace. Most of the Keys are still left wild with undeveloped area landscapes of native Florida trees and plants. Bird life is abundant and two of the rarest butterflies make the Keys their home. The vistas are beautiful as you cross the countless bridges and the endless sky is a beautiful clear blue. Diving or snorkeling John Pennekamp, Coral Reef State Park in Key Largo is a perfect place to swim among the fishes, down in Tavernier, Harry Harris Park is the perfect place to explore trails and fish for the illusive Bonefish…catch and release…naturally.

4. Where are the hot spots to eat and drink?

For the foodies, there really isn’t anyplace where the freshest fish is not served. For me, breakfast begins at “Harriet’s” for the best pile of pancakes ever. Some other places to eat and enjoy are “Snappers”, “Mrs. Mac’s Kitchen” and the “LoriLei”. The best part of the Keys is there is always a party going on if that’s what you’re looking for. Personally, coming from Miami Beach…the “25 / 7” party city, I love the relaxed atmosphere, delicious food and fabulous fishing.

5. Have you been to your favorite vacation destination more than once and will you visit again?

I’m always escaping to the Keys…close enough to go fishing for just the day! It’s the favorite spot of my entire family and we head down at least once a month. The natural beauty, relaxing atmosphere, fabulous food and fun-filled days keep us all going back for more!

6. What are your social media sites?

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/deborahdd3

Twitter: twitter.com/DeborahPvi73

Instagram: www.instagram.com/ruggierodeborah/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/DebRuggiero

Facebook: www.facebook.com/DeborahDesigns3/?pnref=lhc

Polyvore: deborah-ruggiero.polyvore.com/

#CIJVacation – Estes Park, Colorado, USA With ShellysSelectSalvage

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Let’s take a vacation with Shelly from ShellysSelectSalvage

Estes Park, Colorado, USA

1. What is your favorite vacation destination and why? Where exactly in the world is it located?

My husband and I have a goal to visit all US 50 states by the time we are 50. So far we have 27 and will have over 30 by the end of this year. So far, my favorite place has been Estes Park, Colorado USA. I love the mountains, Mary’s Lake, the elk, and the beautiful night sky.

2.  What are several places everyone visiting this destination should see?

The roaming elk, lake, mountains, and the peak to peak route.

3. What special customs, traditions, geography, nature etc. are intriguing about this destination?

Beautiful mountain terrain, lots of hiking trails, lake activities, small town with quaint boutique shops.

4. Where are the hot spots to eat and drink?

We had a condo and went to the local grocery store to make all our meals and drinks.

5. Have you been to your favorite vacation destination more than once and will you visit again?

Only once, but I am excited to return.

6. What are your social media sites?

Facebook: www.facebook.com/shellysselectsalvages

Instagram: instagram.com/shellyssalvages

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/shellyssalvages/

Twitter: twitter.com/ShellysSalvages

#CIJVacation – Corfu, Greece With DorothyLollipopKnits

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Let’s take a vacation with Dorothy Lollipop from DorothyLollipopKnits

Corfu Greece

Corfu Greece

1. What is your favorite vacation destination and why? Where exactly in the world is it located?

My best & most recent holiday destination was Corfu. We visited in May, at the very beginning of the holiday season. We had a beautifully quiet and gorgeously sunny holiday. Lots of lazing around the pool, peaceful walks along the beach and plenty of time for knitting!

2.  What are several places everyone visiting this destination should see?

Amazing scenery, great beach-side restaurants & Corfu Town, itself for the markets and night-life.

3. What special customs, traditions, geography, nature etc. are intriguing about this destination?

The coastline is lovely and the mountains are very dramatic too.

4. Where are the hot spots to eat and drink?

Best fish restaurants are right on the edge of the beach.

5. Have you been to your favorite vacation destination more than once and will you visit again?

We have been to Corfu twice and will definitely go again!

6. What are your social media sites?

Facebook: www.facebook.com/DorothyLollipopKnits
Etsy: www.etsy.com/shop/DorothyLollipopKnits
Twitter: twitter.com/DorothyLollipop
Instagram: www.instagram.com/dorothylollipop
Email: www.dorothy.lollipop@yahoo.co.uk

#CIJVacation – New Orleans, Louisiana, USA With WiReDBoutique

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Let’s take a vacation with Pam from WiReDBoutique

Louisiana, USA

Louisiana, USA

1. What is your favorite vacation destination and why? Where exactly in the world is it located?

Traveling is my weakness, and I love finding new places. While I’ve been to Mexico, Germany and France along with lots and lots of places in the U.S., I’m still a southern girl at heart and Louisiana trips always stand out. Recently I took a bicycling trip just northwest of New Orleans. I was able to visit my aunt and cousins who live in New Orleans, too.

After we left the Garden District in New Orleans, we bicycled through White Castle, Donaldsonville, Darrow and Napoleonville. We stayed in beautiful and majestic plantations. We traveled on small roads through gorgeous scenery and historic cemeteries. Right before our trip, Louisiana had experienced some flooding due to heavy rains. While this didn’t interfere with our biking, it did make some of the countryside even more interesting.

2.  What are several places everyone visiting this destination should see?

Besides the above-ground cemeteries that are rich with history, the plantations in this region are numerous. Some have been abandoned and those bring their own sense of wonder. We bicycled along the Mississippi River for a stretch and I loved watching the gigantic container ships and barges.

3. What special customs, traditions, geography, nature etc. are intriguing about this destination?

I wish I could set out just one or even two customs, traditions or geography but there are so many. Since this part of the state is below sea level, a lot of the back roads have swampy areas on the sides. The bayous that we visited were amazing. At one point, we rode on a boat and saw several alligators.

The customs of the locals we encountered along the way were long and plentiful, and unbelievably amazing. Many of the plantations we stayed overnight with had museums or local museums were nearby. We were there early in the sugar cane season, so these plants were only about 1 feet high.

4. Where are the hot spots to eat and drink?

Eating and drinking in Louisiana is not just something you do; it’s part of the culture. We never ate better than we did during our trip. Everywhere we ventured, the food was incredible – spicy, textured, and usually involved shrimp. One of our favorites was Stella’s Kitchen in Napoleonville, Louisiana. We would order variations of gumbo, crab cakes and Etoufee to share because it was all so good.

5. Have you been to your favorite vacation destination more than once and will you visit again?

I have been to New Orleans lots of times to visit my aunt and cousins that live there. But this was my first time bicycling across Louisiana. I would definitely want to do something like this again. Time seemed to slow down during this trip. I loved that we were out of the big city and rubbing shoulders with small-town locals.

6. What are your social media sites?

Etsy: www.wiredboutique.etsy.com
Website: www.wiredboutique.com
Instagram: www.instagram.com/wiredboutique
Facebook: www.facebook.com/wiredboutique
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/wiredboutique

#CIJVacation – Valais, Switzerland With saxdsign

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Let’s take a vacation with Lisajoy from saxdsign

Valais, Switzerland

Valais, Switzerland

1. What is your favorite vacation destination and why? Where exactly in the world is it located?

Oh! vacations are my most favorite thing in the world!! I think European Vacations are amazing, and it is hard for me to just pick one place. If I could choose, my top two spots in the world are Valais, Switzerland and London, England…. So I flipped a coin, and Valais, CH wins this time. Where else in the world can you eat breakfast in Switzerland, lunch in France and dinner in Italy?

saxdsign

saxdsign

2. What are several places everyone visiting this destination should see?

If you were going to visit Valais, I would recommend trying to make it there the first week of October because that is when the “Foire du Valais” is taking place in Martingy (pronounced Martini). Here, is where all the best restaurants, vintners and distillers join in one giant week long party to promote and share all their new recipes, wines and aperitifs. This is something Not to miss, it closes at 9:00 pm so get there early!

3. What special customs, traditions, geography, nature etc. are intriguing about this destination?

Every weekend there is some kind of festival, where you can try all the local eats, pastries and Chocolates! This is also where you can see traditional Swiss dancers or the Alphorn blowers. These are the famous long wooden horns that the Swiss blow in the mountains. The geography is unlike any other place in the world you are High up in the mountains and sometimes you are high up above the clouds. Nature is incredible and one of the only places in the world to see the illusive Bouquetin, or Alpine Ibex, a long horned species of mountain goat that lives in very steep, rough terrain above the snow line at very high altitudes. A really adorable and cute custom of the Swiss is that they LOVE to wear red shoes, just check it out when you get to the airport, every 5th person will have red shoes.

4. Where are the hot spots to eat and drink?

My favorite restaurant to visit in Valais is Croix de Coeur in Verbier. (address and phone number below) Resting at the top of a lovely peak overlooking the glacial alps and looking in to the valley of Valais. One of their specialties is the Hunting meat which comes on a sizzling stone, yes it is exotic Venison cooking on a rock. OMG… my mouth is watering right now. This is where all the celebrities come by helicopter just to have lunch, and it is not a hoity toity dress up place to go, dress is completely casual, and mostly hikers, mountain bikers, and families. It is a cute place where people bring their dogs and have a hot chocolate while watching parasailers fly through the wind gusts coming up from the valley.

Croix de coeur,
Verbier 1936, Switzerland
+41 27 775 25 36

5. Have you been to your favorite vacation destination more than once and will you visit again?

Yes, I have been to this destination several times, and Yes, I would completely go back, there is so much to do and see here, but is not for the couch potato, the Swiss are famous for their hiking, biking, skiing, and chocolate. The castles are all open to the public as well as dams, and museums. Switzerland is rich with deep history and the people are incredible. Tips: brush up on your french, wear layers as the temperature changes rapidly, and make sure to bring really comfortable shoes, red ones if you have them, you’ll fit right in.

6. What are your social media sites?

Etsy: Saxdsign

Facebook: Saxdsign

Pinterest: Saxdsign

Twitter: Saxdsign

Instagram: Saxdsign

Etsy Trade Team: EtsyTradeTeam

Website: sachsdesign.com

#CIJVacation – Tomorrow The Christmas In July Vacation Begins

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

We are getting excited for the first Christmas In July vacation! Since the CIJ team is worldwide we are going to hold a virtual #CIJVacation right here on our blog!

The vacation begins on Friday – August 4th, 2017. As I mentioned the team is international and we are going to visit many favorite vacation spots along the way!

As a member of the CIJ team there is a way for you to get involved today before the fun begins on Tuesday. Please go to the CIJ forums and there is a thread that explains all the specifics! We want to include as many of our talented team members as possible! So far the vacation spots we are going to visit are in Greece, Canada, United States Of America, Switzerland and Australia! Where will we go next?

If you are not a member of the team please feel free to join the team today! Otherwise you will have to wait until Friday to see what we have planned!

Please use #CIJVacation on social media as you vacation with us!

Etsy Christmas In July Team

Etsy Christmas In July Team

Want a sneak peek of one of the vacation spots we will be visiting?

Melody from OnSiletzBay will be sharing her favorite vacation spot – Crater Lake, Oregon, USA! Come meet Melody in August and learn about her favorite vacation. Thank you Melody for participating!

Crater Lake, Oregon, USA

Crater Lake, Oregon, USA

So mark your calendars, invite your friends, and get ready to go on vacation! A #CIJVacation!