Relaxing in Virginia Wine Country: a Stay at Lansdowne Resort

Living in the Washington, DC area means the best of both travel worlds: some of the east coast’s greatest cities – NYC, Philly – are easily accessible, & yet the countryside is just a short drive away. One of my favorite places for a quick countryside stay-cation getaway is Lansdowne Resort, just outside the Beltway […]

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Hiking in Alaska

On our Alaskan cruise, we knew we wanted to do something adventurous to ring in America’s birthday during our day in Skagway. Cruise excursions can get a bad rap: seeing a destination through the windows of a coach bus or a canned taxi tour or – the worst – not at all because ‘it’s raining” […]

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Kayaking in Ketchikan, Alaska

During our July Alaskan cruise, I wanted to get out on the water & out into nature as much as possible. So kayaking Ketchikan, Alaska was a no brainer for our day in port there. Southeast Sea Kayaks took us on an amazing tour around Orcas Cove. While we didn’t see any whales & got […]

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Hotel Review: Seattle’s Inn at the Market

Seattle is one of my favorite places to visit: the people are kind & quirky, the food scene is top notch & wandering around Pike Place Market makes my heart happy. So when we booked an Alaskan cruise that left out of Seattle, I was looking forward to our pre- & post-cruise city stays almost […]

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Cruising to Alaska on the Celebrity Solstice

Despite cruising all over the Caribbean, Europe & even Canada, one trip still alluded us: the famed cruise to Alaska. Undeterred that these itineraries are traditionally loved by generations the tend to skew older, we booked our trip a mere three weeks before the July 4th holiday – shockingly late (even for us) for a […]

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9 Photos That Will Make You Want to Book a Trip to Holland Immediately

Rotterdam’s markets are amazing & definitely worth a visit! Head to Markthal hungry – there are four floors of food. The best way to visit is to try a bite from different stalls in a make-your-own foodie tour. Hanging out near the Fenix Food Factory but want a site down meal? Head across the street […]

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Kinderdijk 101: 10 Things You Need to Know About Holland’s Famous Windmills

The windmill is synonymous with Holland. Built early in the country’s history as a water management tool, these mills pumped water out to let farmland & people in. Perhaps the most famous collection of windmills anywhere in the world can be found in Kinderdijk, South Holland. The Kinderdijk windmills are one of the most popular […]

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A Fairy Tale on Water: Giethoorn

Tucked into northern Holland is a fairy tale on water: the village of Giethoorn sits idyllically on a series of canals to form Holland’s own version of Venice. As a guest of Visit Holland, I enjoyed exploring the village as part of my tour of the country. Giethoorn: a brief history There are no cars […]

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Exploring Holland’s National Parks

One of the things I love most about the U.S. is our National Park System. I don’t know if all Americans realize how lucky we are to have not only a large number of parks, but also ones that is well maintained. I’m always curious to visit other country’s national parks; Canada, for instance, has […]

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Dordrecht: South Holland’s Oldest City

One of my favorite things about traveling around Europe is exploring old small towns – we just don’t have old in the United States! A stop in Dordrecht, Holland’s oldest city, is a must for anyone who adores small towns, quirky architecture & being the only American around for miles (this is not a bad thing). […]

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