North Beach Fish Camp in Neptune Beach

The Best Places to Eat in Neptune Beach

Last month was the one year anniversary of our New Orleans dream wedding. As we recently shared, we honored the event with a romantic weekend trip to sunny Atlantic Beach Florida. Atlantic Beach is just steps away from Neptune Beach. While researching our trip, a quick visit to Yelp revealed there were a wide variety of excellent restaurants in Neptune Beach. The number of 4+ star restaurants seemed rare for a beach location. However, the rave reviews fortunately proved correct.

Our Favorite Neptune Beach Restaurants

Poe’s Tavern

On the first day of our stay, we had lunch at Poe’s Tavern. Poe’s is named, of course, after Edgar Allan Poe, who spent some time in the area. The restaurant is large and funky, with the writer’s memorabilia displayed throughout. Do not miss the retro bathroom, where you can listen to one of Poe’s stories while you freshen up. We visited on a beautiful day and chose to sit outside beside a lovely garden. At night, there are fairy lights on the trees, and I imagine the experience is quite magical.

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Foxwoods Poker Room Review

Foxwoods Poker Room Review

The Foxwoods poker room was my first regular live poker venue (outside free pub poker). Thus it holds a special place in my own poker journey. Like many poker forays, my experience started with “Wow, I’m doing really well! This is easier than I thought!” Eventually that became “Guess I’m not as good as I thought I was.”  But I have spent many fun evenings at Foxwoods as well. Both the poker room and the casino complex at large have much to offer.

Setting and Non-Poker Amenities

The approach to the Foxwoods complex elicits a common reaction: “There is no way there a large casino in the middle of these sparsely populated woods.” Then the vast structure appears like a mirage. The sight never fails to invoke awe.  Foxwoods’ long-term, and much maligned, ad campaign “The Wonder of it All” actually has some merit.

Built on Mashantucket Pequot tribal grounds, Foxwoods started in 1986 as a bingo hall. In the early 1990s it added table games and slots, and evolved into a full blown casino. The poker room followed in 1995. The Grand Pequot Tower hotel opened in 1997 and the luxurious MGM Grand (now Fox Towers) followed in 2008. Various casino rooms surround and link the hotels along with numerous restaurants, and a large concert venue. The inevitable outlet mall (an 85-store Tanger) joined the complex in 2015.

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Best Side Hustles for Making Extra Money on the Side

Best Side Hustles: Our Secret to Micro-Hustle Profits

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We spend a lot of time looking for the best side hustles to help us move toward our grand plan to travel the country for a year. We have also put a lot of energy into thinking about how we will save for the trip. Our overarching plan is something of a three-legged stool.

The first leg would be our ongoing income stream. We are very fortunate that our main hustle is location independent. We currently both work from home as data scientists and could do so as easily from Malibu as from Massachusetts. While we hope to reduce our data analytic hours during our journey, they will remain a significant source of income. We also have a primary side hustle writing and working for a poker training site that we hope to continue as we travel.

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Throwdown Thursday: Long Flight to Australia

Throwdown Thursday: Can She Handle the Long Flight to Australia?

Paul and I both would really love to visit Australia some day. We would love to tour wineries in the Shiraz valley, snorkel the Great Barrier reef, get up close to a kangaroo or a koala, and visit the vast Australian Outback. And, of course, we would love to play poker in some of Australia’s best poker rooms. If we ever manage this trip, we would probably wrap in a visit to New Zealand along the way. Unfortunately, I do not handle a long flight well. I feel a panic attack coming on at the mere idea of being stuck in a coach class seat for the 23 hours it would take to fly from Boston to Sydney.

Paul: One word….medication. OK, two words…heavy medication. This is why Xanax was given to human kind by the lab gods. You’ll be fine and likely remember very little.

Heather: You know that’s not going to happen. It’s not like I can’t fly normal distances. I’m not flight phobic.  It’s just that the idea of being trapped in a metal box for a 23 hour long flight makes my skin crawl. I mean, can you imagine THE BOREDOM?

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Blue Hall Atlantic Beach Florida

Our Romantic Weekend Getaway in Atlantic Beach Florida

Last weekend was the one year anniversary of our amazing New Orleans dream wedding. It also marked the third week of punishing New England winter weather. Our kids actually had four and a half days off school in the past two weeks due to snowstorms. Let’s be honest, it’s been brutal. So when it came time to plan for our first anniversary trip, we knew that it had to be a weekend getaway in the South. Between my worsening Vitamin D deficiency and a mild case of Seasonal Affective Disorder, I knew that I had to see the sun. Fortunately, we planned a romantic weekend trip to sunny Atlantic Beach Florida.

Atlantic Beach is on the Atlantic coast of Florida about half an hour from Jacksonville. We were extremely fortunate that the weather was in the upper 70s and sunny for most of our stay. We were able to walk the white sand beaches, explore Neptune Beach, Amelia Island, and St. Augustine, sit by the hotel pool, and walk extensively around the area near our hotel. Atlantic Beach Florida turned out to be ideally situated for a wide variety of activities.

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