Dogwood Manor B&B

Do you love B&Bs? Me, too! There is something so homey about being in a unique room, in a house with character, in a place that has a story. Those are things a sterile hotel with beige wall paint and impersonal service cannot give you. I was headed to Huntsville for a few days and needed a greatContinue reading “Dogwood Manor B&B”

Kyoto: First Glimpse

Originally published on 2 June 2006. This post is part of a series of e-mails home from my first ever solo trip abroad, Japan! Next up: Kyoto! Yoko and I went to Kyoto to see a big temple.We took two trains and walked a loooooong way up hill (but it was a wonderful workout!) to getContinue reading “Kyoto: First Glimpse”

The Beauty of a Weekender

Today I’m letting you in on some of the reasons why weekend trips are so awesome. Steve and I frequently take quick trips to places we’ve never been, and inevitably we get looks of shock and the exclamation, “But that’s not enough time to really know a city!” Or the ever-popular, “But why would you spend all that money and time on a plane to only spend such a short time there?”

Monterey Birthday Extravaganza

Originally published on 28 August 2015. Just when you thought Steve and I were going to be hanging up our traveling gear for a while, we packed it all up again! This time we took a domestic trip to beautiful Monterey, California! My friend Valarie’s birthday is the day after mine, so we like toContinue reading “Monterey Birthday Extravaganza”

Gettysburg Explorations

Originally published on 19 August 2014. Today Lydia and I are rounding out our Gettysburg stay by exploring the sights and scenes of this small town’s big history! First up today: Exploring the Fairfield Inn B&B: Since it is so historic, they have a self-guided walking tour you can take and get to know the place. SinceContinue reading “Gettysburg Explorations”

Taking on Gettysburg

Originally published on 17 August 2014. And we’re off again! This time it’s with my newly-engaged friend, Lydia! We decided we needed a little girlfriend getaway, and after weighing some options, we decided on Gettysburg. Reasons: 1. We’ve never been before; 2. It’s only 80 miles away, much shorter than we thought! First stop: checking intoContinue reading “Taking on Gettysburg”

Walkin’ in Memphis

Originally published on 13 August 2014. “Walkin’ in Memphis! Walkin’ with my feet 10 feet off a Beale! Walkin’ in Memphis! And do I really feel the way I feel!” –Marc Cohn. Love the song! Carol and I had the greatest time! First up: The Mighty Mississippi! Big Mud! The Nile of North America! WeContinue reading “Walkin’ in Memphis”

Coastin’ in Collierville

Originally published on 9 August 2014. Where to now? To visit my friend Carol in Memphis! I found a deal on a plane ticket to visit my friend Carol, but the reason it was a deal was that it required a layover in Newark. Happily, Carol was waiting for me in the Memphis airport, and aContinue reading “Coastin’ in Collierville”

5 of My Favorite Things: Alexandria, VA

It’s my birthday! So today I’m highlighting my most favorite city in the world, the city I chose to live in for four beautiful years, Alexandria, Virginia. If you love fantastic food, beautiful views, farmers’ markets, or romance, Alexandria might be the place for you! Here’s a quick list of my top 5 favorite thingsContinue reading “5 of My Favorite Things: Alexandria, VA”