Best of 2017

Well, 2017 is almost over. And I don’t think I’m alone in saying good riddance! But, despite this dumpster fire of a year, there were some positives our the travel world. We kicked off the year spending a week escaping life in San Diego. In February, I flew to Ohio & surprised my Dad for […]

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Europe’s Festive Christmas Markets via Instagram

Christmas market season is in full swing across Europe & these festive, Instagram-ableevents are seemingly everywhere. Our trip up the Danube last year to visit the Hungarian, Austrian & German Christmas markets will go down as one of the best we’ve ever taken. Added bonus: every inch of holiday festivity is just begging for a […]

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31 Tips for a Great Trip to Rome

1. Book your Vatican tour in advance – way in advance if it’s important to you. Our super early in the morning Pristine Sistine tour with Walks of Italy got us into the Sistine Chapel with only about 100 other people, which was so much more special than our previous visit when the Chapel was […]

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Testaccio Supper Stroll – Eating Our Way Through Rome

One of my favorite ways to hit the ground running in a new city is to go on a food tour the first day. It’s not only a good way to combat jet lag (since you’re forced to stay up & get outside), tours led by locals who can give you a glimpse into all […]

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48 Hours in Richmond, Virginia

Despite living only 100 miles away, I’m more likely to jump on a plane to Europe than to visit the capital of the state commonwealth I’ve called home for over a decade. A visit to Richmond, Virginia was long overdue, so when the historic Jefferson Hotel asked if B & I would like to come […]

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I Got a Hernia in Italy and I’m Really Angry About It

Update! I’m having surgery on November 30! I can’t wait to get back on my feet & put this all behind me. I appreciate all the notes of support & good vibes. I’ve been thinking about how to write this post for over a week. The second day of our much anticipated anniversary trip to […]

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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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