The Best Hot Cocoa in Springfield, Missouri

The Best Hot Cocoa in Springfield, Missouri

Hot cocoa / hot chocolate often seems like the stepchild of coffee. Frequently forgotten about, cast away to the bottom of the menu in small print.

hot cocoa Springfield

Who goes to a coffee shop and orders hot cocoa? Small children, my mother, – and that’s it.

Because going to a coffee shop and ordering coffee makes the most sense… But what if I told you that some of the best hot cocoa I’ve ever had the pleasure of tasting, resides right here in the 417?

Honestly, I never even knew I liked hot cocoa and I don’t even think about it until the holidays roll around. I typically drink black coffee, maybe with a tiny bit of cream if I’m feeling really fancy. Hot cocoa just always seemed too sweet to me, probably because I ordered it at places like Mc. Donalds or iHop. Rookie mistake I tell you!

Local Springfield cocoa is different though. I can confidently say after completing this Springfield MO hot cocoa extravaganza, my tastebuds changed forever.

I’ve scoured high and low searching for the very best hot cocoa in the 417. All the way from Ozark to Commercial Street, and everywhere in between.

hot cocoa Springfield

The Average Cost of Hot Cocoa in Springfield

Expect to pay approximately $4 depending on where you go and what size you order. For me, it was an average of four dollars, and most of the time I ordered a medium-sized drink.

In no particular order, here is where you can find the best hot cocoa in Springfield, Missouri.

Coffee Ethic

The Coffee Ethic is located right in the heart of downtown at 124 Park Central Square, Springfield, MO 65806.

I frequently camp out at Coffee Ethic with my homework or a good book. It’s a wonderful quiet little spot to get work done or chat with friends. Not to mention, their drinks and pastries are delicious!

hot cocoa Springfield
photo credit: Coffee Ethic

Their hot cocoa was absolutely life-changing!

What I loved most was the thick and creamy texture. While the cocoa of course had a chocolate flavor, it was not overpowering and was the perfect amount of richness.

European Café

European Café is also located in the heart of downtown at 207 Park Central E, Springfield, MO 65806.

This is one of the most stunning coffee/pastry shops in Springfield. It has a light and airy feel, which is different in comparison to most coffee shops that have more of a darker setting. It’s the perfect place to brighten your day when it’s gloomy outside.

Their hot cocoa was so good, I had to talk myself out of getting another cup! However, I could not refrain from getting a delicious vanilla bean macaron. The perfect snack to pair with their creamy hot cocoa.

Everything at European Café is as beautiful as it is delicious. Just look at some of their adorable holiday boxes full of goodies.

The Workshop at Finley Farms

The Workshop at Finley Farms is located at 840 Finley Farms Lane, Ozark, MO 65721. It’s by the old mill, one of the most historic parts of Ozark.

hot cocoa Springfield
Photo Credit: Finley Farms

The Workshop is such a dreamy place to enjoy literally the best hot cocoa I’ve ever had in my life.

I couldn’t believe how tasty it was, I actually did order a second cup! Don’t make my mistake by ordering the small – you’ll definitely want the largest size they offer, I promise.

MudLounge

Mudlounge is located downtown at 321 E Walnut St, Springfield, MO 65806.

Offering seating both indoors and outdoors on their heated patio, MudLounge is the perfect cozy bar to enjoy a cocktail or spiked hot cocoa. Mudhouse is a coffee shop owned by the same owners, and offers a great traditional non-alcoholic hot cocoa.

hot cocoa Springfield
photo credit: MudLounge

I ordered the Mexican Hot Chocolate which consists of Kahlua, Godiva Chocolate, Rum Chata, and Steamed Milk. I would definitely recommend!

We also ordered the “Skrewed Up Hot Chocolate,” which was also delicious – but the Mexican Hot Chocolate was our favorite.

hot cocoa Springfield

Eurasia Coffee Co.

Eurasia Coffee Co. is located at 445 E Commercial St, Springfield, MO 65803

The dreamy décor makes Eurasia such a peaceful spot to enjoy a nice cup of cocoa.

hot cocoa Springfield
photo credit: Eurasia Coffee Co

This scrumptious cocoa is more of a mild flavor. So if you don’t like a rich chocolate taste and are looking for a more creamy milky flavor, this is the perfect cocoa for you.

Their cocoa is actually sourced from another Springfield Commercial Street business, Askinosie Chocolate.

hot cocoa Springfield

Dunkin’ Donuts

The Dunkin’ Donuts in Springfield is located at 4020 S Campbell Ave, Springfield, MO 65807.

Dunkin’ is not a small business, but they do have a drive-thru which makes it a quick and easy option to snag a cup of hot cocoa if you’re on the run.

The cocoa was very, VERY sweet. Truthfully, I didn’t think it even compared to any of the local cocoa served at the coffee shops. However if you love a super sweet hot drink, Dunkin’s cocoa may be the drink for you!

This holiday season, I would recommend venturing to your favorite Springfield coffee shop and treat yourself to a cup of gourmet hot cocoa!

If you don’t feel like getting out of the house for a cup of hot cocoa, here are my Hot Cocoa Essentials that you can use at home!

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The Best Hot Cocoa in Springfield, Missouri

The Best Hot Cocoa in Springfield, Missouri

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The Halloween Home With Over 500 Pumpkins

The Halloween Home With Over 500 Pumpkins

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The Best Hot Cocoa in Springfield, Missouri

The Best Hot Cocoa in Springfield, Missouri

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Fall Photoshoot Ideas if You’re Single as Hell

Fall Photoshoot Ideas if You’re Single as Hell

Okay, I’ll say it – I am sick of seeing “Fall Photoshoot Ideas for Couples” all over my Pinterest! I am OVER IT. Where are the Fall Photoshoot ideas for the people flyin’ solo? Even if you aren’t single, you deserve a solo photoshoot of you looking spectacular while…

Fall Photoshoot Ideas if You’re Single as Hell

Fall Photoshoot Ideas if You’re Single as Hell

Okay, I’ll say it – I am sick of seeing “Fall Photoshoot Ideas for Couples” all over my Pinterest! I am OVER IT.

Where are the Fall Photoshoot ideas for the people flyin’ solo? Even if you aren’t single, you deserve a solo photoshoot of you looking spectacular while wearing a fancy hat surrounded by the fall foliage.

Not sure where to start? Don’t overthink it!

Start by putting on a cute outfit with dark or neutral tones – think deep reds, tans, blacks, or even cream-colored could work as well. If you have an accent colored coat or hat, they can add a nice pop of color.

My bright red coat is one of my favorite accent pieces for photos. I’ve had this coat for probably five years now and although my mother begs me to get rid of it, I just can’t part with it!

Here are some simple ideas that almost anyone can do for a successful Fall Photoshoot.

1. Find a Pretty Street

Finding a pretty street covered in fall foliage can make for a stunning backdrop for your fall photoshoot. Strike a pose or add some motion like walking or running to really make your photo interesting!

Fall photoshoot
photo by Marc Noorman

2. Pose in Front of a Beautiful House

Fall photoshoot

Some of the homes in my town are decorated so beautifully for fall. Be sure not to invade the owner’s property for the photo or ask them permission before doing so!

Fall photoshoot

3. The “Big Leaf”

What I like to call, “The Big Leaf” is a total Fall Photoshoot classic! A large colorful leaf makes for a perfect and easy prop. There’s really no wrong way to do it!

4. Get Down & Dirty

You won’t get that dirty, I promise! Choose a nice spot on the ground that’s covered in leaves and take a selfie.

Fall photoshoot

5. Focus on the Fit

Fall photoshoot

Making your fall outfit the focus of the photo is always a great idea! Style your fit with a fall colored coat and scarf along with a trendy hat if you have one.

Taking gorgeous fall photos can be simple and so much fun! I hope some of these photos inspire you for photo ideas as a single person, and that you DON’T need a romantic partner for a photoshoot.

If you want to shop for a new outfit for your fall photoshoot, here are some of my favorites.

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The Best Hot Cocoa in Springfield, Missouri

The Best Hot Cocoa in Springfield, Missouri

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The Halloween Home With Over 500 Pumpkins

The Halloween Home With Over 500 Pumpkins

Located in Nixa, Missouri, the home known as “The Nixa Pumpkin Haunt,” is decorated with spectacular spooky details that will put you right in the Halloween spirit. Every year, hundreds of pumpkins and skeletons are carefully placed to create the most magical…

New From the Blog

The Best Hot Cocoa in Springfield, Missouri

The Best Hot Cocoa in Springfield, Missouri

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Fall Photoshoot Ideas if You’re Single as Hell

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10 of the Most Haunted Places in the World

10 of the Most Haunted Places in the World

Do you find yourself searching for mysterious and haunted places to travel to that will make the hair on the back of your neck stand up? I know I can’t be the only one! I’ve rounded up 10 Haunted Places in the World to add to your travel list.

1. The Island of the Dead Dolls (Isla de las Muñecas)

Haunted Places in the World
photo credit: orvananosphoto

First on our list of Haunted Places in the World, is an entire island taken over by dolls… yikes!

The Island of the Dead Dolls is located in between the canals of Xochimilco, just south of Mexico City.

The story is grim: The caretaker of the island, Don Julian Santana Barrera, reportedly found a little girl who had drowned in the water. Days later, he found a doll floating in the water, which he assumed belonged to the little girl.

Barrera hung the doll up on a tree as a sign of respect for the girl. Haunted by her death, he continued to collect dolls and hang them from the trees in an attempt to please her spirit. 50 years later, Barrera drowned in the same spot the girl was said to be found.

Reports claim that Barrera was driven mad due to his solitude on the island, and hallucinated the death of the little girl.

Haunted Places in the World
photo credit: orvananosphoto

2. Beelitz-Heilstätten Hospital

Haunted Places in the World
photo credit: ajjathar

The Beelitz-Heilstätten Hospital was built in 1898 and is located in Beelitz, Germany. It was used as a care facility until 1930 mainly for those who suffered from tuberculosis or other severe lung diseases.

During the first world war, it shifted to serve as a field hospital. It’s notorious for treating a young soldier by the name of Adolf Hitler who was wounded in the leg at the Battle of Somme.

Most of the hospital has been completely abandoned since 1994, with the exception of a small section that is continued to be used for Parkinson’s Research.

The hospital was also a filming location for Roman Polanski’s film The Pianist (2002).

Haunted Places in the World
Photo credit: Jürgen Glüe

3. Hallstatt, Austria

Day trip to Hallstatt

Ironically, number three on our Haunted Places in the World list is deemed one of the most “Instagrammable Places in the World.”

However, I couldn’t help but notice an eerie vibe and feel totally haunted by the town’s history. Perhaps it’s because I visited during fall (which I totally recommend!) but I think the photos speak for the spooky feels.

Day trip to Hallstatt Austria

The Skulls of Hallstatt

Long ago, old burial grounds were discovered. They were dug up, cleaned out, and replaced with new remains. Unfortunately, Hallstatt is so small, there just isn’t enough room to bury everyone.

A thousand remains are on display in this cave and decoratively painted with dates and names. Although creepy and even questionable depending on your own culture, I loved the thought of remains decorated as a tribute to one’s life.

Day trip to Hallstatt Austria

I’m not going to lie, we walked past a house on a hill and when we peeked inside the window, there were skulls just sitting on a table… We were totally freaked! Hallstatt is beautiful and spooky.

4. Hoia-Baciu Forest

“The Bermuda Triangle of Romania”

Haunted Places in the World
Photo Credit: Ioan Pan

Ghosts, missing people, and UFO’s – Oh my! The Hoia-Baciu Forest in Cluj-Napoca, Romania is labeled “the most haunted forest in the world.”

Reports have been made of green glowing eyes, little girls screaming, and silver disks flying in the sky. Some believe that the forest is haunted by those who lived in the forest long ago. There is evidence of people who lived in the forest dating back to 6500 B.C. which makes it the oldest settlement in Romania.

One of the many legends is, a young girl entered the forest and reemerged from the woods five years later unable to remember anything. Some tourists claim when they feel as if they are being watched or followed. Others report that they leave the forest with unexplained bruises and marks on their body.

The forest is only about a 20-minute taxi ride from the city of Cluj-Napoca. There are guided tours of the forest or paths that visitors can walk …at their own risk, of course. It is heavily advised that tourists only stick to the paths that have been paved and not venture off into the wooded areas.

photo credit: Dennis Eads

5. The Clown Motel

photo credit: R. Miller

The Clown Motel is located in the historic town of Tonopah, Nevada. Awarded as “America’s Scariest Hotel,” this place will surely give you the heebie-jeebies! Since the Old Tonopah Cemetery is practically located in the parking lot of this hotel, clowns aren’t the only ones keeping you company…

The hotel was built in 1985 in honor of the owner’s father, who died in the Belmont Mine Fire and is now buried in the Tonopah cemetery located next door. After the owner’s father passed, over 100 clowns were found in his basement. The Clown Motel was built in his honor.

Haunted Places in the World
photo credit: Keith P

The hotel features over two thousand clowns perfectly places throughout the thirty-one rooms on the property. Would you stay in a room filled with clowns AND ghosts!?

6. Hill of Crosses

The Hill of Crosses is located in northern Lithuania. Since the 14th century, crosses have been placed on this hill as a symbol of Lithuania’s independence and to remember the rebels who died after the peasant uprising of 1831.

There are over 100,000 crosses! Many legends are associated with this hill – one being, a church that once stood here was struck by lightning and completely buried under sand in a terrible storm (along with everyone in it).

7. The Cecil Hotel

Number seven on our list of Haunted Places in the World is The Cecil Hotel – The Deadliest Hotel in Los Angeles.

The Cecil Hotel is located in Los Angeles, California, and has now rebranded as a hostel called The Stay on Main Hotel. The Cecil has a very long extensively dreadful history that will chill you to the bone.

photo credit: @itzalexjay

The Cecil was built by William Banks Hanner in 1924 as a snazzy Beaux Arts-style hotel aimed to attract tourists, businessmen, and social elites. Unfortunately, it’s bumpy beginning was hit heavily by The Great Depression that followed in 1925, just shortly after the grand opening. The area the hotel stands quickly became known as Skid Row.

At least sixteen known murders have taken place at this hotel, and even more suicides and unexplained mysteries have followed. The Cecil also unknowingly has housed serial killers such as Richard Ramirez (the “Night Stalker”) and Jack Unterweger.

One of the most infamous murders that took place at this hotel is the mysterious and gruesome death of young actress Elizabeth Short, also known as The Black Dahlia.

8. Mont Saint-Michel

Mont Saint-Michel is a tidal island and mainland commune in France on the border of Brittany and Normandy.

The structure is haunted by Lord Louis d’Estouville, who commanded the slaughter of two thousand Englishmen during the Hundred Years War. The legend has it that the sand was red, stained with the blood of the Englishmen.

I had the opportunity to tour Mont-Saint Michel and I can vouch for the eerie feeling you experience while walking about the island and the Abbey. I couldn’t help but shake the feeling that someone was always watching me, even when I was completely alone!

9. St. Augustine Lighthouse

photo credit: @plur_ninja_

Located in St. Augustine, Florida this lighthouse has been guiding ships to shore since 1874.

One of the many stories that haunt this lighthouse is the chilling true story of a man, who was overseeing construction, lost two of his children in a drowning incident that occurred when the lighthouse was being built.

Another spooky tale that haunts this structure, is a worker who fell 60ft to his death while painting the lighthouse.

Haunted Places in the World
photo credit: ronaldgarciabendamio

10. The Stanley Hotel

Haunted Places in the World

Last on our list of 10 Most Haunted Places in the World, is the iconic Stanley Hotel – Located in Estes Park, Colorado, USA.

Do you recognize this famous hotel from one of your favorite classic horror movies? That’s right, The Stanley Hotel is the inspiration and filming location for the iconic movie starring Jack Nicholson, The Shining.

Author Stephen King and his wife checked into the hotel one cold winter night as the only guests just as it was preparing to close down for the season. He had a dream of his young running down the hallway in terror, which was the initial spark for the wildly successful novel.

photo credit: abbeylucas_

It’s said that co-founder F.O. Stanley haunts the hotel and has been seen checking in guests at the front desk. Pianist Flora Stanley also makes an occasional ghostly appearance along with her haunting tunes.

Other strange occurrences have been reported such as items moving around with no explanation, eerie laughter, and strange shadowy figures lurking about.

Haunted Places in the World

Which one of these Haunted Places are you adding to the top of your travel list? Let me know in the comments!

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The Best Hot Cocoa in Springfield, Missouri

The Best Hot Cocoa in Springfield, Missouri

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The Halloween Home With Over 500 Pumpkins

The Halloween Home With Over 500 Pumpkins

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The Best Hot Cocoa in Springfield, Missouri

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Fall Photoshoot Ideas if You’re Single as Hell

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The Halloween Home With Over 500 Pumpkins

The Halloween Home With Over 500 Pumpkins

Located in Nixa, Missouri, the home known as “The Nixa Pumpkin Haunt,” is decorated with spectacular spooky details that will put you right in the Halloween spirit. Every year, hundreds of pumpkins and skeletons are carefully placed to create the most magical Halloween display.

Halloween Home
Halloween Home
Halloween Home

The Inspiration

Eric Delzell is the man behind the magic, with the help of his friend, Dané Wallace. Eric and Dané visited the now closed, Rombach Pumpkin Farm, which first sparked the inspiration to set up an elaborate Halloween display in the years to come. Within the first year, they acquired 100 pumpkins and 7 skeletons. Now going on year four, the collection has grown to nearly 600 hundred pumpkins and 67 skeletons!

Halloween Home

“My favorite parts of the display are building it, the orange glow of the lights, and the excitement it sparks. I love overhearing people guess how many pumpkins there are. I live to see families taking a walk together, just to come over and look. The other day, the kids on the school bus were chanting “skeletons!” All of it is just so happy and fun” said Delzell.

Friend, roommate, and expert skeleton placer, Dané Wallace, said she loves to climb on the roof and arrange the small skeletons. “Overall though, I really just love to watch Eric work his magic. It’s a beautiful thing to experience.”

One of her favorite set pieces is the 12 foot skeleton with glowing iron eyes!

Halloween Home

Dané also loves how the display brings the community together. “It is such a fantastic way to meet people in the area. We have met so many kind people and it is a great feeling to spread joy for children of all ages. This is an amazing old house in an old part of town and yet, with Eric’s spectacular creative genius and a lot of hard, there is a warm and welcoming vitality re-emerging and I think the whole town appreciates and celebrates it with us every year.”

Halloween Home

“Halloween was forbidden in my childhood”

“Halloween was forbidden in my childhood,” Eric explained. “I suppose I have lost time to make up for. I also think it’s sad that trick or treaters are a dying tradition. These days, there are other forms of trick or treating, like trunk or treats, etc. I wish people would decorate for Halloween again… not many do and if they did, trick or treating would surely return.”

Halloween Home

Eric’s mission is to #bringbackhalloween.

Follow The Nixa Pumpkin Haunt on Facebook here and join the HAUNTING THE OZARKS group!

Do you decorate for Halloween? Let me know in the comments!

Check out this video of the stunning Halloween Home, The Nixa Pumpkin Haunt.

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The Best Hot Cocoa in Springfield, Missouri

The Best Hot Cocoa in Springfield, Missouri

Hot cocoa / hot chocolate often seems like the stepchild of coffee. Frequently forgotten about, cast away to the bottom of the menu in small print. Who goes to a coffee shop and orders hot cocoa? Small children, my mother, – and that’s it. Because going to a coffee…

The Halloween Home With Over 500 Pumpkins

The Halloween Home With Over 500 Pumpkins

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The Best Hot Cocoa in Springfield, Missouri

The Best Hot Cocoa in Springfield, Missouri

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Fall Photoshoot Ideas if You’re Single as Hell

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The Perfect Chic Hotel Getaway in Tulum, Mexico

The Perfect Chic Hotel Getaway in Tulum, Mexico

Are you looking for a beautiful and chic hotel in Tulum, Mexico? Look no further! Coco Tulum Boutique Hotel was perfect for a chill and budget-friendly vacay in beautiful Tulum.

How to get to Tulum from Cancun

There are a couple of options for transportation from Cancun airport to Tulum. There is a bus you can take or other shared-ride options. For the bus, you can find more info here.

We decided to get a taxi to save us some time and peace of mind. If you end up booking a Coco Tulum hotel (they have four) they *should* offer you a taxi service for an additional fee around $100 each way. Really, any hotel you book likely has some sort of transport service you can book. Just be sure to contact them ahead of time. The ride to Tulum from Cancun is around 2 hours.

Trust me, anything you book in advance from your hotel in Tulum will be cheaper than the rip off-airport options. Don’t pay more than $102 each way! Don’t forget to tip around $10-$20 as well.

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Let’s Talk About All-Inclusive Resorts in Tulum

Originally, I was looking to stay at an all-inclusive resort for my time in Tulum, simply because I just thought that was the “thing” to do in Mexico. Throughout my research, I discovered that all-inclusive isn’t all the rage in Tulum like it is in Cancun. If this is a deal-breaker for you, I would suggest looking elsewhere than Tulum, or to venture outside of your comfort zone.

Most of the hotels in Tulum are boutique hotels that focus on eco-friendly operations and implement a chic minimalist style. In short, Tulum absolutely caters to the millennial and gen z – but hey they totally know their market! I am all about this style and ethics, so I really enjoyed it all.

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Boutique Hotel Stays in Tulum, Mexico

There are an overwhelming amount of really nice options for lodging in Tulum. It was such a difficult choice for me to choose! Ultimately my choices were narrowed down to Papaya Playa Project ($$$), Mezzanine Colibri Boutique Hotel ($$), and Coco Tulum ($$). We chose Coco Tulum and we had a fantastic stay.

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Our Experience at Coco Limited Tulum

Overall, our stay at the Coco Limited property out of the four Coco Tulum hotels was amazing. There was one major hiccup that occurred that I do feel is worth mentioning.

hotel in Tulum Mexico

In the middle of the night, our room completely flooded during a storm. This was extremely frightening at first. We had to move our belongings to the only dry corner of the room and sleep on the couch, as the water was leaking from the roof onto the bed and water also came through all the doors of the room. There also was no 24-hour reception (which we already knew upon booking) so there was nothing that could be done in the middle of the night.

This is a totally unexpected occurrence that I understand can happen anywhere. Unfortunately what was even more unexpected, is when we told the front desk the next morning they were not able to move us rooms or do anything about the issue. There was no room compensation, no reassurance that this wouldn’t happen again, and no help whatsoever other than room service mopping up our room.

Other than that situation, our stay was honestly fabulous and I would recommend this hotel to anyone, I would just say don’t stay in room #20 to avoid a possible flooding situation 🙂

That was the only real con with this hotel, now let’s move onto all the great highlights this hotel has to offer!

Coco Limited – The Rooms

We stayed in The Jungle View Private Bath and really enjoyed the stunning minimalistic chic décor. The room is gloriously basic and has everything you need to for a relaxing beach vacation. Less really is more!

hotel in Tulum Mexico
hotel in Tulum Mexico
hotel in Tulum Mexico

Coco Tulum Beach Club & Bar

Coco Tulum’s private beach truly blew me away. Out of all the hotels and beaches I’ve ever been to, their beach setup is my all-time favorite. The beach was extremely clean and well taken care of. The cozy beach beds were plentiful and complete with umbrellas and side tables free for anyone.

It was quiet, relaxing, totally beachfront, and has a tasty beach bar and bedside service. Just take a look at how dreamy their private beach is!

hotel in Tulum Mexico

Talk about lunch with a view!

We ate at the beach bar every day for breakfast and lunch, and the food and drinks were outstanding. This guacamole was my favorite dish at the Coco Tulum Beach Bar. The guac was insanely fresh and the tomatoes and chips were to die for. I highly recommend getting a bottle of crisp white wine to compliment your dish.

hotel in Tulum Mexico

Breakfast is complimentary (unless you upgrade) but the complimentary choices were fantastic, we had no desire for anything else.

Nearby Restaurants

Although the food at Coco Tulum was delicious, we did want to venture out to some nearby restaurants. There are some AMAZING dining experiences just within walking distance from the hotel.

Posada Margherita – CASH ONLY!

Everything about this place is stunning; The atmosphere, the food, the view. It’s one of my favorite dining experiences I’ve indulged in. While some of their dishes (mainly the homemade pasta) can be a bit pricey, it’s very much worth it if you can splurge. However, there are cheaper dishes as well like their pizza!

Wow, that view!

hotel in Tulum Mexico
hotel in Tulum Mexico

Unfortunately, it started pouring down rain so we moved inside to dine. But the inside was beautifully detailed and decorated, I was happy to enjoy both atmospheres the restaurant had to offer.

hotel in Tulum Mexico

Parole Tulum

Parole Tulum was another delicious and charming dining experience. How gorgeous is their entrance??

hotel in Tulum Mexico
hotel in Tulum Mexico

We enjoyed caprese salads, pasta, and of course a birdcage of desserts! The service at this restaurant was absolutely incredible. The servers were very attentive.

The Perfect Relaxing Trip we Needed.

Overall, we had a fantastic time lounging on the beach and staying at Coco Tulum Limited! We were looking for a hotel that was affordable, relaxing, and delicious and it completely exceeded our expectations. If anyone is looking for a hotel for their trip to Tulum, Mexico I would highly recommend the Coco Tulum boutique hotels.

hotel in Tulum Mexico

Thanks for reading, and I hope this post will help you find some budget-friendly quality options for a hotel in Tulum, Mexico!

The Best Time to Visit Budapest – St. Stephen’s Day

The Best Time to Visit Budapest – St. Stephen’s Day

The best time to visit Budapest is hands down St. Stephen’s Day, August 20th.

If you are planning a trip to Budapest and have some flexibility on when you go, I would urge you to consider spending your time celebrating Hungary’s National Holiday.

Looking for the highlights of Budapest for your trip? Check out my post The Best of Budapest.

best time Budapest

What is St. Stephen’s Day in Budapest?

St. Stephen’s Day is to celebrate the foundation of the Hungarian State, and is held on August 20th every year.

About a thousand years ago in the year 1038, St. Stephan was declared the first Christian King of Hungary. St. Stephan turned Hungary into a Christian state after a century of Paganism, therefore he is considered the state-founder of the country,

St Stephen's Day Budapest

Why is this the best day to visit Budapest?

There’s no better time to visit a capital city than it’s country’s own National Holiday.

St. Stephen’s day is the best day of the year to visit Budapest because it provides the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in Hungary’s culture. St. Stephen’s Day will introduce you to Hungary’s music, art, history, and most importantly – food, all in one day!

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How to keep up with the festivities.

The festivities largely are the same year after year, but the times may vary. The best resource for updated times are locations is here.

Várkert Bazaar in Buda – Music & The Street of Hungarian Flavors

This is one of my most favorite parts of St.Stephen’s Day! Food stalls full of authentic traditional Hungarian dishes like specialty stews or chimney cake line the Danube along the Buda side.

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Of course, you are in Budapest, so there is music and plenty of beer to drink in addition to the ample food choices. I had a fantastic strawberry cider that I still think about to this day!

Listening to Hungarian music makes everything more fun.

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Take advantage of the free museums

On St. Stephen’s Day, all the museums are free! However, beware – the lines are LONG. I would recommend choosing 1 museum that you’d like to go to on this day.

Here are some of my favorite museums that I would recommend visiting.

Hungarian National Parliament

This stunning Neo-Gothic style building is undoubtedly the most famous landmark of Budapest.

With it being the most famous building in Budapest, getting here early on St. Stephen’s day for a free tour is a must! Expect to wait a few hours if you are not there bright and early in the morning.

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The Hungarian National Gallery

The Hungarian National Gallery is a fantastic art museum to view. The gallery is located in the Buda Castle.

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When I went, they actually had a traveling Frida Kahlo exhibit that was quite expensive to view, so that was my “freebie” museum choice for St. Stephen’s day.

House of Terror

The House of Terror is a very emotional museum, and I would only recommend if you are interested in history.

This museum contains exhibits about the fascist and communist regimes that occurred in Budapest during the 20th century. The exact building was the site of countless murders and abuse and acts as a memorial to the victims.

Festival of folk arts

The Festival of Folk Arts takes place in Budapest’s castle district. It typically takes place over the course of a few days leading up to St. Stephen’s day.

Local artists from all around Budapest showcase their skills and crafts at this folk festival. It’s a great way to get an authentic sense of Budapest’s artistic roots.

Honestly doesn’t it look like an awesome time!? Someone get me one of those outfits!

Fireworks at the Parliament

End the night with stunning fireworks along the Danube in front of the parliament. Fireworks typically begin around 9pm (21:00.)

I hope you can see why St. Stephen’s Day is the best time of the year to visit Budapest.

You won’t find any other time of the year to experience Hungary’s culture all in one day!

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