Our 3 Favorite Date Night Finds – July 6th, 2018

Our concierges spend tons of time researching the perfect date night activities. We figured, why not share some of our favorites? Of course, we’re always here to give you and your partner a custom date night recommendation!

  1. Nature at Night – A Magical Evening of Fireflies
    July 12, 2018 – New York City, NY
    Does anything define summer more than fireflies twinkling in a field? This delightful date night is a celebration of all things firefly – it starts with a talk by Sara Lewis, author of Silent Sparks: The Wondrous World of Fireflies, and continues with a happy hour, artistic performances, and a guided firefly tour.
  2. Murder at the Conservatory
    July 27th – San Francisco, CA
    Have you ever wanted to investigate a crime or solve a mystery? This is a great opportunity! With the beautiful Conservatory of Flowers as your backdrop, enjoy some light food, sip a glass of beer or wine, and try to solve the mystery of a mysterious manuscript that has surfaced.
  3. Culinary Competition for the Made In America Music Festival
    July 29th, 2018 – Philadelphia, PA
    This is an awesome idea for a culinary event. Vendors will be competing for spots to sell their food at the Made in America music festival. Who wouldn’t want to be able to sample tons of food, all made by vendors performing their best?

7 Post-It Love Note Prompts

Pretty much everyone agrees that love letters are romantic – but who has time to write them? And who even keeps nice stationary around the house anymore?

Never fear, post-it love notes are here! Post-it love notes are the perfect way to express yourself to your partner, while still hearkening back to the days of longer love letters. Write a few thoughts on a post-it note, and sprinkle them around the house before they get up or get home from work. Leave them on their mirror, wherever they keep their keys, etc.

Need some inspiration for what to write? Try these topics and examples!

  1. What physical trait of your partner do you love the most? – “I love the way your eyes shine when you laugh.”
  2. What personality trait or quirk of your partner do you love the most? – “I love the compassion you have for animals.”
  3. Reminisce a little about your favorite adventure together. – “Remember when we got lost in New York City and ended up at that little hole in the wall restaurant?”
  4. Talk about future plans – “I can’t wait until we go to the beach next weekend – just the two of us.”
  5. Suggest a date – “You, me, a fancy Italian restaurant, this Friday?” We can help you find some perfect date ideas, of course!
  6. Share your feelings – “Lately, I’ve been really anxious, and I’m so happy that you’re there to support me.”
  7. Share a dream for the future – “I can’t wait to celebrate our 10th anniversary!”

8 Food Festivals You Won’t Want to Miss (July 2018)

Summer is peak food festival season! Whether you’re craving key lime pie or watermelon, or would prefer something more savory like bacon, you’ll be sure to find a food festival for you! Check out some of our top picks of July food festivals below.

Key Lime Festival – Key West, Florida
June 30th – July 4th

Is there anything more quintessentially Floridian than Key Lime Pie? Early this July, you can experience all the Key Lime Pie you’ve ever wanted at the Key Lime Festival in Florida. It has all the typical festival activities, plus some creative extras, like the Key Lime Pie drop. Ever wanted to see people try to drop a Key Lime Pie from the top of a lighthouse… without damaging the pie? Then you won’t want to miss this!

National Cherry Festival – Traverse City, Michigan
June 30th – July 7th

Celebrate all things cherry at this delicious festival! Whether you’d prefer to sample some cherry pancakes or watch an air show, this festival has a little something for everyone!

Grand Bay Watermelon Festival – Grand Bay, Alabama
July 3rd & 4th

We dare you to try to find a fruit that better represents summer than watermelon! It’s the perfect subject for a July food festival. Come on July 4th to get all of the free, ice cold watermelon you can eat!

McLoud Blackberry Festival – McLoud, Oklahoma
July 6th & 7th

This blackberry themed festival features a ton of classic activities like a carnival and a car show – but there are also baking competitions throughout the day on the 7th. Don’t miss out!

Taste of Chicago – Chicago, Illinois
July 11th-15th

Experience one of the largest food festivals in the world at Taste of Chicago! There will be tons of vendors to sample from, plus live music and other typical festival activities. If you’re going to go to one food festival in your life, this is a great choice!

Bacon, Bourbon and Brew Festival – Newport, Kentucky
July 12th-15th

This festival features a ton of great ways to experience great tasting bacon and bourbon – whether you want to do a bourbon 101 class, sample some limited edition bourbons, or chow down on all the bacon themed food you can eat, you’ll love this festival!

CRAVE! Taste the Northwest – Spokane, Wisconsin
July 12th-15th

Celebrate the foods of the Pacific Northwest with this fantastic festival! There are tons of delightful culinary events throughout the weekend, including a Global Street Foods Carnivale, a Seafood Bash and more. You won’t want to miss out on this delicious festival!

42nd Annual J.M. Tawes Crab & Clam Bake – Crisfield, Maryland
July 18th

Who can say no to an all you can eat crab and clam bake? This annual festival features crabs, clams, fish, corn on the cob, watermelon and more! It promises to be a great – and delicious – time!

Book Club: Hold Me Tight, Seventh Conversation

Over the next few weeks, we will be reading the book Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love by Dr. Sue Johnson, the developer of Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy. Want to go back to the beginning of the series? Just click here.

So far, Hold Me Tight has been full of tips and instructions on how to handle conflict in the moment or right after. However, you may have had one burning question throughout – how do we keep ourselves from slipping back into these toxic routines? Never fear, Conversation 7 tackles this question thoroughly!

As Dr. Sue Johnson puts it: “Love is like a language, if you speak it, it flows more easily.” The best way to ensure that you and your partner don’t slip into your previous worrisome behaviors is to consciously practice love. Conversation 7 provides many examples on the best way to do this, but we’ll just go over a couple in this post. Make sure to grab the book if you want to learn more!

One of the first ways to keep your love alive suggested in this chapter is to create routines. This one is near and dear to us here at Crescent – many of the suggested routines involve coming up with consistent date nights, maybe once a week or maybe once a month. Need some ideas? Let us help!

Of course, not all your routines should be larger date night activities – you should try to blend in some smaller, daily or weekly activities – perhaps something like always having a glass of wine together after the kids go to bed, or making sure to text each other throughout the day – about things other than chores and children!

Another thing that Dr. Sue Johnson recommends is avoiding danger points – issues in a relationship that may trigger your demon dialogues. If you sense a sensitive spot beginning to form in your communication, call it out and discuss it in the open. Don’t let it fester, because soon you’ll find yourself slipping back into undesirable bad habits.

The last tip we’ll discuss today is creating a Future Love Story. It starts by thinking about where you want to be in 5 or 10 years, perhaps in your career or personal goals. Once you’ve decided on that, discuss your dreams with your partner. Let them know where they fit in, and how they can help you achieve your goals. Once both of you have shared, you’re ready to craft and stick to a plan for how to back your goals come true – the perfect way to make sure you continue to work together as a team!

Next week, we’ll be discussing part one of the final section of Hold Me Tight: The Power of Hold Me Tight. Stay tuned!

5 Awesome Arizona Events (July 2018)

Whether you’re looking to beat the heat or get out in the sun, Arizona has the event for you this July. Check out some of our favorites below!

None of these catching your eye? Don’t worry – we have plenty of other ideas!

Winter in July, Phoenix Zoo – Phoenix, Arizona
July 14th

Is the summer heat getting to you? Then Winter In July at the Phoenix Zoo is the event for you! There will be 48 tons of snow, lots of snow-related activities and more. It’s the perfect way to beat the heat in July!

Real Wild and Woody Beer Festival – Phoenix, Arizona
July 28th

This indoor beer festival is huge – more than 65 breweries will be represented, serving over 350 varieties of beer. Plus, enjoy a variety of food, live music and even a rock climbing wall!

Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival: Titus Andronicus – Flagstaff, Arizona
July 20th-29th

The Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival isn’t exactly your typical festival – it’s more of a season at a theater. However, if you love watching live theater, you won’t want to miss out on their products! This July, they’ll be doing Titus Andronicus, one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays during his life.

Summer of Sharks, the OdySea Aquarium – Scottsdale, Arizona
July 1st-31st

July is a great time to visit the OdySea Aquarium – they’re having shark-related celebrations and activities all month long, many of them free with admission! Check their website on the day you’re looking to visit to find out more!

Happy Hour History Tours, The Arizona Biltmore – Phoenix, Arizona
Through August 31st

Enjoy two of the hotel’s most iconic cocktails – the Calalina Spritz and the Tequila Sunrise – and learn all about the history of The Arizona Biltmore, including learning about the Frank Lloyd Wright architecture, and famous celebritites that have passed through.