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  As a D.C. Metro resident, I’ve become one of those people who avoids the city as much as possible. It’s not that I don’t enjoy it, it’s just that I, um, kinda don’t enjoy it. The traffic, and the tourists, and the waiting, and the driving. It’s just more than I feel like investing in most days. And it’s so easy to put off—we can go after the Cherry Blossom Festival people leave, or when summer comes, or just before fall, or always some other time in the future because it’s just “right there.” That’s silly and lazy of…

Backpacking the Dolly Sods Wilderness in West Virginia

  A couple years ago, my husband and I joined my sister, my brother-in-law, and a couple other friends for a backpacking trip in the Dolly Sods Wilderness in the Monongahela National Forest. I’m not usually the backpacker type, though I’ve done my share of camping over the years — mostly in my teens and 20s. Not in my mid-30s after having two kids. But, it was a trip planned for my sister’s 30th birthday, and I’m typically game for anything (and in fairly decent shape at the time, running regularly). So I figured, why not? How difficult can it be? When…

  This summer I had the opportunity to enjoy a complimentary girls’ night in with a few of my local blogging buds (and some really cool new peeps too). Thanks to the lovely Loews Annapolis, I got to experience their wonderful location, partake in some delicious food and beer pairings, and soak up some fun and relaxation away from home for an evening. I stuffed my belly with all of the delicious items Chef Teddy Folkman graciously provided us. I learned a few things about Belgian beer (like that there is this one maple flavored one that is, real talk, SO good).…

  I grew up spending lots of vacation time in sleepy little beach towns over summer break. We’d stay a week in Litchfield, SC, just south of Myrtle Beach, with my dad’s side of the family every June. “The Timmons” cottage slept 10 of us comfortably, but without any frills or fanciness. It sat right on the beach—we had our own walkway across the dunes and right out to the soft, white sand—and the entire inside of the house was filled with knotty pine (walls and all). Its furniture could’ve lived just as easily outside as it did inside, and yet…

Glamping: Luxury Camping Near Washington, DC

  A few years ago I was working with a brand that had me shipped out to California to go camping. When I first read the itinerary, I recall breaking immediately into a mad sweat, because HOLY CRAP ON A CRACKER I DO NOT CAMP. Sleeping under the stars in the open air with the nighttime sounds and the creepy crawlies and the unregulated temperatures is SO not my jam. I like a nice skylight to peer through as I snuggle on a for real bed in a room with running water, flushing toilets, hot showers, window screens, and central…