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Have you ever had an itch to do something different with your weekend? Something just a little out of the ordinary and a little bit of a stretch? I’ve been feeling that a lot lately. I’m finding myself kind of bored in my everyday and actively searching for mini adventures to keep me charged up and creative. It was in this spirit that I somehow ended up on an unplanned 20 mile C&O Canal bike ride with friends. It was a totally last minute decision. I mean, the hubby and I have bikes but they’ve been in our garage for…

The Poconos is as perfect a getaway for a group of your gal pals as it is for you and your significant other.

  This was a hosted trip covered by Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau. I don’t know about you, but when I think of the Poconos, I think heart-shaped beds and champagne flute bathtubs. It is like the quintessential couples weekend getaway destination, with all of the mirrored ceiling clichés one can think of. But, in reality, there is more to it than that. Nestled in the Pennsylvania mountains, visitors can enjoy outdoor adventures year-round while also partaking in delicious culinary experiences, antique shopping trips, or a relaxing day at the spa, making as perfect a getaway for a group of your…

5 Lessons I Learned While Traveling To London And Paris

  When I was a little girl I used to dream of traveling abroad. An avid reader, I quickly discovered literature that would let me vicariously experience lands that I hoped to one day visit. Summer after summer I would lay in the hammock in our front yard and read all the Jane Austen and Bronte sisters books I could get my hands on. I was obsessed. My hope was to graduate college, save some money and spend a year traveling and experiencing the world. Alas, life happened and the dream was delayed. It wasn’t until I almost lost my…

Visiting the New England Shore: so many memories to be made!

  I grew up spending three weeks at my grandparents’ shore house in Groton Long Point (GLP), Conn., with my mother’s side of the family. GLP was exactly what people picture out of a New England beach town: lots of cedar shake, plenty of Izod golf shirts, and so. much. seafood. I treasure those memories of visiting the New England shore, with the historic cedar shake cottages (big and small) that lined the beaches and lagoon, the sound of distant fog horns from offshore boats, and the crisp, pale, comfortable decor in which the interior of every house was dressed. GLP felt…

Truth be told, I was secretly dreading this upcoming 10 day cruise to Alaska, even though I knew once we embarked I’d enjoy it. I don’t take long vacations, I was worried about being away for so long from work, I didn’t do any research ahead of time AND I didn’t look at the available excursions. At first glance some may think I was procrastinating … dragging my feet, if you will. Those who know me well will understand there’s more to the story. The simple purpose of visiting Alaska was to spend time with my parents. That’s it. No intensive planning required to enjoy each others’ company…