24 hours in Menorca, Spain {Sweet Travels}

‘This is my version of a perfect 24 hours on a Spanish Island. This post was written as an entry for 24 hours on The Balearics contest sponsored by OnTheBeach.com. The prize is £500 in Amazon Vouchers and the contest runs until August 3, 2012. Please visit BeersandBeans.com to learn more about the contest and how you can also enter.”

My boyfriend Corey and I are very much alike…and very much different. I’d say we are a pretty fantastic ying and yang.

When it comes to travel, I want to explore and Corey wants to relax. In other words, I’m like a kid on candy crack while Corey is sipping on a beer with his feet up. Yet somehow, we usually find a happy medium, and 24 hours in Menorca would be that perfect balance.

We like places that are a little less touristy: diamonds in the rough.  Menorca, often called the jewel of the Balearics, would be the ideal place for a mixture of adventure and relaxation. So here we go!


8:00am: Breakfast! Sweet Tooth Tootsie would, of course, be coming along, and it would be some of the island’s famous Ensaimadas to wake us up. I’ll need to get a local recipe for these… Meanwhile, three cups of coffee for Corey.

10:00am: Our day would begin with sea kayaking. Some say this is the best way to explore the island. While we would love to call ourselves the “outdoorsy types”, we are still fairly new to kayaking. As shown below, we are better at taking pictures on kayaks than actually kayaking.




We would probably do well with a beginner/intermediate tour like “Paddle in Spain’s” kayak and snorkel tour out of Fornells. They paddle through Fornell’s Bay and the cliffs of la Mola de Fornells(see below), snorkel in La cueva del inglés, swim at Cala Sala and take a break for a snack (ahem, more ensaimadas) in s’Arenelet beach which is only accessible from the sea! Perfect!


2:00pm: Our afternoon would be spent on one of Menorca’s beautiful beaches, sipping frozen drinks, swimming, and napping in the sunshine. Perhaps Son Bou, Cala Turqueta if we feel up to the hike, or Cala Galdana, where we can have lunch by the sea. I’ve also read that there is a beautiful neighboring beach, Cala Mitjana, that you can hike to and take a romantic swim among rocks and pine trees. Poetic.

Cala Turqueta


7:00pm: Time for a kick-ass dinner and drinks.

We LOVE to eat (see photo).

Perhaps we stop at the cave top bar at Cala en Porter for a sunset drink, or head to Ciutadella for some famous lobster stew, a walk along the cobblestone streets, and a stay at the Hotel Tres Sants. Or we could head to the highly recommended Bar Sa Mesquida for dinner and find a agrotourismo or other untraditional housing along the coast near Mahon. Regardless: local fresh food, drink, and a luxurious comfy bed.

Dusk in Menorca

A full 24 hours with adventure, relaxation, and good food. Smelling of fresh air and sea salt, our bellies full, we would end our day with a walk by the water and of course a cheesey self-taken photo to remember our amazing day in Menorca.

Oh and… 8:00am: Full circle. More of these. Footnote: This is how you gain weight on vacation.


We’re all a little Old Fashioned {Sweet Travels}

{Savannah in 24 hours}

…I have this crazy, spooky, romantic vision of Savannah. Yes, this is based solely off of the book midnight in the garden of good and evil. Stop judging. So my unique insider’s perspective is actually a cliched tourist staple. So what. I still want to see the Mercer house and be haunted by some ghosts dangit! Less than 24 hours in Savannah is a challenge if you’re a typical tourist, but I do tourism like a kid on a constant sugar high. I’m notorious for getting a lot of sightseeing done in a small amount of time. It’s all about walking fast.

Needless to say, by 11am Corey was ready to slow it down. Enter: Tootsie. We got a great recommendation from our new-found friends at Kitchens on the Square (a must visit if you’re the quirky baking/cooking type) and settled into some sweets at Back in the Day Bakery. If you’ve got less than 24 hours in Savannah it’s best just to get a coffee and go straight here.

THE GOODS: As seen below, seconds before being devoured, the Old Fashioned Cupcake and Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookie.

THE SPOT: Back in the Day Bakery. Savannah, GA . I loved everything about this place: the bare bones and exposed brick of an old building, handmade paper decor hanging from the beams, wallpaper made out of old cookbook pages and music sheets, antique kitchen tools, lots of natural light, and colorful mixed plates for serving.

THE SCOOP: Quality local ingredients. Small batches of delectable treats made in-house. This place and everything in it has that homemade feel, and taste, to it. Started by a husband and wife team, the bakery serves sweets and lunches and clearly caters to every taste bud. There’s a reason they are award-winning. AND, they have a new cookbook, check it out!

MORSEL: Before you leave this sweet-smelling oasis, take a scenic stroll to the bathroom and pass right through Cheryl and Griffith’s baking area, where all the magic happens. You may just catch them baking!

I must say, this place provided a whole lot of inspiration for Tootsie’s future plans….and will be one the most remembered parts of our road-runner morning tour. See you again soon, Savannah!