Summer is coming! That can only mean one thing: ICE CREAM!
Last year, my family and I decided to explore farms in the area that make ice cream. There is actually a whole program dedicated to this called the Maryland Ice Cream Trail! I had no idea but Maryland is home to nine dairy farms that offer freshly made ice cream.
The first farm we visited, Rock Hill Orchard, was one of the closest farms to our home. What really sets Rock Hill Orchard apart is that they use the milk of Golden Guernsey cows. The cows are grass-fed and their milk contains double the amount of Omega 3 and a higher amount of beta carotene, which gives the milk a golden color. I am actually Lactose intolerant but since this ice cream is a cow to cone I decided to not take my lactose pill as a test. The Results? I didn’t have any stomach pains or bloating!
The creamery has original flavors such as vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry but they also have seasonal flavors depending on the fresh ingredients available on the farm. After sampling almost every flavor available, I opted for a scoop of dark chocolate and one of strawberry. Since strawberries are in season, the strawberry flavor had huge chunks of fresh strawberries which complimented the dark chocolate flavor! Sprinkles, hot fudge and whipped cream are all complimentary!
After enjoying our ice cream, we decided to take a walk to see the cows. The cows have tons of land and grass to graze on. You can also bottle feed the calves every day at 4 pm!
If you are in the mood to try one of the best ice creams I’ve ever had, make sure to visit Rock Hill Orchard to see everything it has to offer.
My husband and I both have family living in Guatemala so we usually don’t have to stay at hotels but since Antigua is a bit far we had to look for a hotel. We were in Antigua, Guatemala for a wedding at Casa Santo Domingo. The block of rooms was sold out, but we were able to find occupancy an a nearby hotel called San Rafael Hotel Antigua
The hotel is a colonial style newly restored hotel that only has 7 rooms. The rooms are all located in the hotel courtyard and are surrounded by beautiful plants and water fountains.The hotel is located two blocks away from Antigua Guatemala Central Park. The rooms came included with a breakfast for two and each hotel room had a small outdoor dining area.
The entrance to the hotel had a gate that was opened by one of the receptionists. The staff was really friendly they helped us carry our luggage to our rooms and greeted us with a welcome cocktail. The room was absolutely breathtaking. The bathrooms featured a large rainfall shower. The room also had a beautiful fireplace that can be lit by request at night. I highly recommend this hotel.
We met with the owner of the hotel and he took us to his house which is located in the hotel as well. He took us on the roof of his home and we got to enjoy the spectacular view. We could see the Water Volcano and the famous Antigua Arch!
See below for the video of how amazing it was.
For a full hotel room tour watch my video by clicking here—-> youtube
If you follow me on Instagram, you know I just got back from my trip to Guatemala. Guatemala is a Beautiful Country that is rich with culture, Volcanoes and colorful cities.
Here are some useful things to know before traveling to Guatemala, based on my observations from my trip.
Bring Snacks on the plane
We traveled from Washington DC to IAH to GUA
Our plane took off at 5:45AM and we were not hungry at all. I made sure to pack some Gogo Squeeze applesauce and RX bars. We landed in IAH at 9 AM and at that point we were starving and those snacks came in handy.
Upgrade if it’s a good price
Bub and I checked into our flight 24 hours before our flight was set to take off. During the check-in process, it asked if we wanted to upgrade to $65 per person for one leg of the flight. We decided to upgrade and it was the best decision we made. If you have 1 leg of first class your bags fly priority and it includes 2 checked bags. This really helped because they charge 50 for checked bags round trip. We got Champagne, unlimited alcoholic drinks, and a full lunch.
Do not drink tap Water
Every time I travel to Guatemala I always make sure to make a pit stop at a grocery store or Walmart. I have gotten sick drinking their bottled water so I always make sure to buy a pack of Evian water or Fiji.
Shop for Souvenirs at Local Markets
When visiting Guatemala we always make sure to get souvenirs at the Mercado Central Located in Guatemala City. The central market in Guatemala is filled with vendors selling Tablecloths, bags, wood carved items and lots more. I was able to get table cloths and matching place mats for my house for about 30 USD. Also make sure you carry money in your pocket instead of a purse due to a lot of pick pockets in the area.
Here is a picture of my aunt and I purchasing our tablecloths.
I will be updating this post as needed