Ultimate Guide to Whale Watching in Tadoussac, Quebec – Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park

Marine Mammal Interpretive Centre, Tadoussac, Quebec, Canada @DownshiftingPRO

Where to Start Your Whale-Watching Tour?

It’s that magical time of year between May and October when you can see plenty of whales in Cote Nord and Quebec Maritime! Located just three hours from Quebec City, it is an easy and very enjoyable drive on to Baie St. Catherine’s where you will cross over to Tadoussac on a ferry.

The first place to stop is to the Marine Mammal Interpretation Centre (CIMM) in Tadoussac.  If you are going to look for whales in the ocean, you may need a little guidance and the CIMM keeps track of whale sightings on a daily basis.

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A Secret no Longer – The Walter Anderson Museum of Art, Ocean Springs Mississippi @SeeCoastalMS #CoastalMS

Walter Anderson Museum of Art Ocean Springs Mississippi @DownshiftingPRO

An artist, naturalist and mystic, Walter Inglis Anderson was also a great American Modernist who lived in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. A recluse in is later years, he was a prolific artist and writer. Plagued by mental illness, he produce not just paintings but elaborate murals. The Walter Anderson Museum of Art is not-to-be-missed in Coastal Mississippi.

Take a Cooking Class in New Orleans – #NOLA

Apron from the New Orleans School of Cooking @DownshiftingPRO Margarita Ibbott
Take a cooking class in New Orleans. Learn how to cook gumbo and maque choux at the New Orleans Cooking School @DownshiftingPRO
Taking a cooking class in New Orleans was the best activity.
I recommend you work it into your New Orleans itinerary

It’s very likely there is one dish or one ingredient or even one cocktail made famous in a city or state. When you are in the United States of America, you will find many regional dishes and takes on local favourites. Just thinking about the countless ways to make barbeque sauce, a lobster roll or a delectable hamburger boggles the mind. By taking a cooking class in New Orleans you learn how to make dishes like gumbo, étoufée, maque choux and so much more.

Savouring regional foods helps you to get to know a destination. The dining experience brings us together, whether it’s in a restaurant or at a cooking class, we love to eat and socialize. Having a chef walk you through a recipe while discussing the historical origins of the meal, make for a happier foodie experience. I learned this lesson the first time I took a cooking class when traveling to Spain.

Take a cooking Class when you travel New Orleans School of Cooking @DownshiftingPRO scaled

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Why buy the Coastal Mississippi Attractions Pass – for the savings! #MSCoastLife #SecretCoast

Coastal Mississippi Attractions Pass @DownshiftingPRO 2
Coastal Mississippi Attractions Pass @DownshiftingPRO 2

Coastal Mississippi Attractions Pass

Known as the secret coast, Coastal Mississippi is beautiful. The sunrises and sunsets alone are spectacular! It is all beaches in small towns, with quaint shops and fancy casinos.  You’ll find luxury accommodations alongside family-friendly activities.  Linked for 62 miles along the Gulf of Mexico and overlooking the Mississippi Sound, Coastal MS spans three counties with 12 cities.  Everything you are looking for in a Girl’s Getaway, couples retreat or family vacation. All reason enough to buy a Coastal Mississippi Attractions Pass so you save on planning time and money!

Coastal Mississippi - Counties and Cities - Evacuation Map at the Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum in Biloxi, MS_ @DownshiftingPRO -
Coastal Mississippi

Within Hancock, Harrison and Jackson counties, you will find a variety of activities from outdoor adventure, nature walks, a science/space museum and a very impressive art museum focused on one very interesting artist.  Since there are so many choices, you may want to consider buying a Coastal Mississippi Attractions Pass so you can cover the whole region for a fraction of the price.  At $45 you can see eight outstanding attractions and visit every county. 

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