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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 I…

Fun Fall Activities To Try Nearby - East Coast Fall

  Although California will always be home that holds a special place in my heart, fall is the best on the East Coast – the colors are popping out all over and the weather is perfect for outdoor activities. As long as you bring your sweater. I love getting out from under the oppression of summer humidity before the winter snow and ice make an appearance. Looking for some fun, affordable ways to get out and soak up the last vestiges of the sunshine with the backdrop of beautiful fall colors? Fun Fall Activities To Try Nearby 1. Go to…

20 Things To Know About The Maryland Renaissance Festival

  We have been going to the Renaissance Festival in Maryland for ages. I guess it’s the whole knights in shining armor thing that attracts my boys to it. And for me, if I’m honest, I go for the food. They offer stacks on stacks on stacks of amazing edibles to pour into your waiting gullet. Never mind that they aren’t accurate for the period, all that matters is that they are delicious, period! I am a one track mind when it comes to good food, but truly, the Renaissance Fest provides so many more wonderful things to enjoy aside from the food…

  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…