cities with up-and-coming downtowns

ALL cities are number one in our book. But we’d like to thank our friends at Fortune for recognizing a few for their up-and-coming downtowns and overall “urban coolness,” including:

Cincinnati, Ohio: Home to one of the most historic urban districts in the country. 

Louisville, Kentucky: Loved for many reasons, including food trucks, flea markets and a happening  Inde music scene

Kansas City, Missouri: You had us at “rooftop pool party.”

Des Moines, Iowa: Topping the list with it’s cool music festivals and award-worthy restaurants. 

Check out the video here!

Beach Towns for Singles

No plus one? No problem. There are plenty of sandy cities chalk full of legendary nightlife and happening singles scenes!

Case in point: Miami.

South Beach is the quintessential playground for adults. It’s got beautiful beaches and people from all over the world along with some seriously upscale nightlife.

If you like one-stop shopping, check into the Fontainebleau, a massive hotel resort with huge pools full of hard bodies and an ultra club on the premises: Liv. Just remember to leave your flip flops at home and dress your best after dark because unlike some beachy towns, casual attire won’t cut it here at night. During the day, stroll Lincoln Road for serious shopping and people watching before hitting the beach. Miami nights start later and go longer than most places so feel free to take a midday siesta and save your stamina for the dance floor. 


5 free things to do in Des Moines, Iowa


Our ears kind of sort of perk up when we hear the word “free;” which is why we’re loving this AP article on free things to do in Iowa’s capital city of Des Moines.

East Village is home to the gold-domed Capitol building, free tours and dozens of quirky shops for browsing.

If you don’t love fresh produce, live bands, delicious pastries and people-watching, the Downtown Farmers’ Market is not for you.

The Sculpture Park is home to more than two dozen works of art and a great destination for out-of-state visitors. 

Waterworks Park spans across 1,500 acres of green space, bike paths and border of the Raccoon River. 

Check out the free events at the Des Moines Social Club’s art gallery or black-box theater if you’re looking for an artsy entertainment scene. 

Travel Trip 5 Free Things Des Moines


The Best BBQ Joints in America

If you’re new around here, there are a couple things you need to know: We love travel and good deals. We also love food, so saving money on traveling means you get to indulge more when you get to where you’re going. 

Case in point: The Best BBQ Joints in America. Check out these photos of where to grab the best ribs in the West, brisket in the South, burnt ends in the Midwest and food-truck grub in the Northeast. Then grab a wet nap because you will be drooling. 


A Texas-sized “barbecue nirvana.”


Kansas City’s Arthur Bryant’s has been considered “the single best restaurant in the world.” Yeah, we’re sold.


Meet the luckiest man in Chicago.

New England

These smokey Boston dishes are served up on tables made of recycled bowling lanes.


Your “Golden Ticket” to the World’s Sweetest Candy Shops

Let’s be honest, there have been times where we all wished we had a golden ticket to the Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory…or maybe that we OWNED the Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory.

But you really can act like a kid in a candy store with these top sweet shops in a city near you!

Sweet! Hollywood, Los Angeles


Economy CandyNew York


Shane Confectionery, Philadelphia


Big Top Candy Shop, Austin


Have a golden day, friends. 

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Major League Monday

So, you’ve got the post-biggest-soccer-tournament-in-the-world blues; we feel ya. Eat your feelings and fill that sports void with a trip to the ballpark! The Best Baseball Stadium Foods could be closer than you think:

Bratwurst (Kramarszuk Sausage Company, Target Field, Minneapolis)

Bratwurst (Kramarczuk Sausage Company, Target Field, Minneapolis)

Burnt Ends (Royal All-Stars BBQ, Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City)

Burnt Ends (Royal All-Stars BBQ, Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City)

Tailgate Dog (Extreme Loaded Dogs, Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles)

Tailgate Dog (Extreme Loaded Dogs, Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles)

Prime Beef Sandwich (Lobel’s, Yankee Stadium, New York)

Prime Beef Sandwich (Lobel's, Yankee Stadium, New York)

(Pass the peanuts, Cracker Jack and prime beef sandwich, please. Source)