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A Guide to the Oregon Country Fair: Everything to Know Before You Go

A guide to the Oregon Country Fair in Veneta

A complete guide to the Oregon Country Fair so you know what to expect, what to enjoy, and where to stay during this hippie festival in Veneta, Oregon.

The Oregon Country Fair has become a staple in Oregon since its start in 1969. I heard about it enough times before I moved to Oregon – mainly from my hippie parents – and I knew I wanted to check it out for myself once I was living in the Pacific Northwest.

The Oregon Country Fair is a three-day festival in Veneta, just outside of Eugene, Oregon.

The fair usually happens at the beginning to middle of July and is something between a renaissance fair, music festival, and an acid trip from the 60s. They continue to expand the festival every year because it has become such a big deal in the community over the past 50 years.

In 2019, the fair had a record attendance with over 50,000 attendees. You could say it has kind of become a big deal in the US festival scene.

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The Best Time to Visit Montreal (And What to do Based on the Season)


Whether you're more of a summer or winter person, Montreal has something for everyone no matter what season it is. This is the best time to visit Montreal depending on what you want to experience in the city.

Whether it's your first time to Montreal and you want to take in all the sights, or you're more interested in attending one of the city's popular festivals, there's something for everyone when visiting Montreal. 

It's no secret that the winter months in Canada are not the most hospitable. That's why during the summer, Canadian cities like Montreal take advantage of the longer days and comfortable weather. If you're into much more temperate weather, this time of the year becomes the best time to visit Montreal. 

Montreal summers are known as festival season in the city, and locals and visitors spend a great deal of time outdoors in urban parks around Montreal. This French-inspired city feels like a little slice of Europe, especially when summer is in full swing. 

During the winter, much of Montreal retreats to its Underground City. Local residents and tourists can often spend the majority of their time in this underground web of shops, restaurants, businesses and public transportation. It is a sight to see on its own and a unique experience.

However, once summer comes around everyone wants to be outdoors and with good reason with Montreal's long winters. Not only is it a great time to visit Montreal, but summer is also arguably the best time to visit Canada. 

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The Ultimate Guide for Where to Stay in Toronto for Every Budget

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Where to stay in Toronto! The ultimate guide to the best neighborhoods, top attractions, and accommodation options for any budget.

Toronto is one of Canada's biggest metropolitan areas. It is the capital city of Ontario and home to nearly three million people. Over 43 million visit Toronto annually.

Where to stay in Toronto all depends on the kind of experience you want. There are plenty of distinct neighborhoods to choose from. Whether you want to stay in the heart of downtown or experience life for a few days in the heart of Chinatown, Toronto truly has it all.

I personally have a soft spot for Toronto. I spent four years of college in Buffalo, New York and often drove up to Toronto for a day or for a weekend. No matter how many times I visited, I kept going back.

And, I'm not alone with being a repeat visitor. It's easy to see why so many people keep making trips to Toronto. It hugs the coast of Lake Ontario and has awesome waterfront views. It's culturally diverse and one of the most important cities in Canada.

Toronto is filled with tons of character and charm. Accommodations in the city reflect that. No matter what kind of vacation you are looking for, Toronto has a number of attractions and hotels to choose from. Let's check out the best ones!

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The Best Time to Visit Zion National Park (And What to do Based on the Season)

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The best time to visit Zion National Park depends on the type of outdoor experience you want. Luckily, there's something for everyone based on your budget and type of adventure you're looking for.

There's a perfect season for everyone to visit Zion National Park, depending on if you enjoy winter activities or warmer summer adventures. Let's dive in!

Most people think the best time to visit Zion National Park is in the summer. In reality, there's so much to see and do in Zion National Park that finding the best time to go really depends on what kind of experience you're after. There is no shortage of things to do in Zion National Park year round.

It is important to understand Zion National Park weather by month and by season to decide when to visit.

Although summer is technically part of the park's peak season, the national park is open 365 days a year and recreational activities vary depending on the season. 

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101 Things to do in Sacramento | The Ultimate Bucket List

101 things to do in Sacramento, California | The Ultimate Bucket List

The best things to do in Sacramento! From popular attractions to historic sights, craft beer, and where to stay and eat, there’s a lot more to California’s capital than just politics and cows.

When deciding where to stop on a California road trip, it’s easy to pass over the state capital. Sacramento might not be as popular as San Francisco or Los Angeles with tourists, but that’s where its charm lies. You would be amiss to think there aren’t enough things to do in Sacramento, just because of its focus on politics and farming (weird combo, I know).

If you’re having a mental tug-of-war about whether it’s worth going so far inland for a visit, do it. There is so much to explore and experience in Sacramento, and it’s well worth the journey inland from the coast to check out everything that this sleepy big city has to offer.

At the very least, you’ll be able to see Arnold’s smiling portrait in the capitol building and look back on the time when California decided to elect the terminator to public office. 👀

In Sacramento, there are politicians everywhere and suits walking the streets as you would expect, but the city is edgier than most people think. There is endless street art, a delicious local craft beer scene, and history around every corner.

These are my picks for the top things to do in Sacramento, whether it’s your first time to the city or you’re a regular visitor.

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The Ultimate Guide for Where to Stay in Vancouver for Every Budget

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Where to stay in Vancouver! The ultimate guide to Vancouver’s best neighborhoods, top attractions, and accommodation options no matter your budget.

Vancouver is one of the main cultural hubs in Canada with people from all over the world calling Van City home. It is the biggest metropolitan city in Western Canada. Because of its size and diversity, deciding where to stay in Vancouver can feel overwhelming. There are just so many unique neighborhoods and hotels to choose from.

Vancouver has a little bit of everything for everyone. There’s a good mix of upbeat progressive lifestyles with easy access to spectacular outdoor activities.

Choosing where to stay in Vancouver BC depends on your ideal type of vacation. There are neighborhoods full of local charm, delicious international cuisine, and plenty of outdoorsy options.

Let’s dive into my recommendations for the best places to stay in Vancouver!

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101 Things to do in San Diego (From a Local)

101 things to do in San Diego (from a Local) | The Ultimate Bucket List

From trying the world-renowned microbrewery scene to finding the best beaches and tacos, these are the best things to do in San Diego at least once.

San Diaaago, Ron Burgandy’s place of work and considered to be the sunniest place in America – okay I made that last one up, but it’s still a remarkable place, and very sunny. Plus, there are a ton of things to do in San Diego. Seriously, you will never be bored no matter how many times you visit.

I spent five years living in San Diego, going to school, working at internships and a myriad of jobs to stay afloat during my time at university. Over the half decade I lived there, I grew to love San Diego in all of its perfect weather, beaches, tequila, and delicious Mexican food glory.

San Diego will always have a soft spot for me, so I wanted to share that love with anyone else who plans to visit this amazing seaside city. I made this bucket list so all of my favorite local spots and hangouts can continue to be enjoyed, even when I’m not there.

From tourist attractions, to unique local experiences, the best tacos, and where to indulge in the microbrewery scene, these are my top 101 things to do in San Diego!

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The Ultimate Guide for Where to Stay in Montreal for Every Budget

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Where to stay in Montreal! A guide to the best neighborhoods, things to do, and accommodation options no matter what your budget is.

It’s easy to get lost in the vast mixture of cultures in Montreal. With a a French-infused way of life, Montreal has a European flavor while remaining true to its Canadian heritage.

Montreal is the largest city in Quebec province and the second largest city in Canada. There are tons of things to do in Montreal, Canada that aren't available in other Canadian cities, especially when it comes to tasting its local flavors and restaurants.

There is no shortage of options when deciding where to stay in Montreal. From classic French hotels in Old Montreal to trendy hotels in Le Plateau, Montreal has accommodation choices to fit anyone’s vacation style and budget.

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The Complete Guide for Where to Stay in Chicago for Every Budget

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Where to stay in Chicago! A guide to the best neighborhoods, things to do, and the best accommodation options at any price point.

The Windy City might have a reputation for being undeniably brutal during its winters. On the other hand, it blossoms into any city lover’s haven during the warmer months. Luckily, no matter what time of the year you visit, there is a large selection of options when it comes to where to stay in Chicago.

This metropolitan hub of the Midwest is one of the most visited cities in the United States, with over 57 million visitors in 2018. It is also the third most populated city in the country, with 2.7 million people calling it home.

Staying in Chicago, just like any other major city in the US, comes with a variety of activities and accommodations to choose from. There are hotels for any price point located in the heart of the city or in more local neighborhoods. Let's dive into the best ones!

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20 Things to Do in Richmond, VA (From a Local)

20 things to do in Richmond VA

The best things to do in Richmond, VA from a local! Find out the best attractions and areas of the city to explore for your upcoming trip, all in one post.

We are Samantha and Chris and we run Boozing Abroad! We help connect travelers with local cultures through booze, which is why our mantra is always to “Drink Locally. Travel Globally”.  

While we love tasting and exploring all of the interesting local libations and cultures that this great world has to offer, our hometown of Richmond, Virginia has its fair share of local experiences (and drinks, of course) to keep us busy all by itself. 

Samantha was born and raised in Richmond and has lived here her whole life (except for college), while Chris has lived here since graduating college in 2010. 

We have literally watched Richmond evolve and grow up before our eyes, offering visitors many things to do, see, eat, and drink, and making it an ideal weekend (or longer) getaway. 

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