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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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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: Casablanca Hotel

My love of Library Hotel Collection properties is pretty well known: after falling hard for the Library Hotel, I’ve also enjoyed stays at Hotel Giraffe & one of their newest properties,  Aria Hotel in Budapest. But what about their original NYC hotel, a property consistently ranked number one or two in New York City on […]

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Hanging Out in Mission Beach, California

Every four years, America swears in a new president &, while it’s a peaceful transition, it creates a number of security headaches in the DC area. We always use the opportunity to get the heck out of town & explore somewhere new. This year, we decided to head west & rent a beach cottage in San Diego’s […]

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Hotel Review: Iris Inn

We normally head to the Finger Lakes region of New York for Labor Day weekend, but unfortunately this year our schedules didn’t allow us to take that much time off of work. B & I wanted to continue our tradition of doing a combo hiking-relaxing weekend, so we headed two hours south of D.C. to Shenandoah […]

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