Posts in TRAVEL
12 Hours in Newport, RI

A handful of years ago when I was living in New York City, my mom came to visit and we went on a road trip up through New England. I have such fond memories of that week exploring quaint seaside towns, taking in the beautiful coastline and stopping at what felt like every Dunkin Donuts along I-95 for iced coffee and a box of Munchkins. Aside from quality time with her, the highlight of that trip was experiencing Newport for the first time, and I knew I'd make it a priority to one day return. During our trip to Rhode Island over Memorial Day Weekend, Greg and I…

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24 Hours in Chattanooga, TN

I thrive on a frequent change of scenery and while it's been nice to be home the past month, I was getting antsy for an adventure! With the goal of staying close to home yet visiting someplace new, Greg and I hit the road and drove two hours southeast to Chattanooga. This vibrant town on the Tennessee River, with a beautiful backdrop of the Appalachian Mountains, was the perfect solution for a 24-hour trip. Like most of my travels, the thing that sold me on…

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5 Favorite Travel Apps

I travel frequently and love having good resources for advice and recommendations, both while planning and during my trips. If you're going to travel, why not travel smarter? The right apps can be great tools for discovering hidden gems, experiencing a city like the locals, or providing tips for travel ease, but with the overwhelming amount to choose from, it can be intimidating and confusing to find…

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Sailing in Barbados

Over Thanksgiving we packed our swimsuits and sandals and headed south to the Caribbean. Greg and I started the trip by taking a few days just the two of us to celebrate our one year wedding anniversary on the beautiful island of St. Lucia (more here and here) and then island hopped over to Barbados to spend the holiday with family. It was our second Thanksgiving in a row in the Caribbean, as the year before we were…

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Golden Hour: Sunsets in St. Lucia

If there's one thing I know I'll never forget about St. Lucia, it's the sunsets. Nestled between the dramatic twin Pitons with incredible views of the Caribbean Sea, Sugar Beach makes for the perfect spot to watch the sun dip below the horizon. We celebrated our one year wedding anniversary with a stay at the Viceroy Resort (more about our visit here) and our days of fun in the sun ended in quiet moments of gratitude and reflection on the past year.  Each night was equally…

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Hotel Spotlight: Sugar Beach Resort in Saint Lucia

Every once in a while you visit a resort or location that's so magical and unforgettable you know it's a destination you'll make a point to return to one day. For me, Sugar Beach Resort on the beautiful island of St. Lucia is one of those places. This past November Greg and I celebrated our one year wedding anniversary, and leading up to the milestone we knew we wanted to do something special. With Thanksgiving just a few days later and plans to spend the holiday in Barbados, we decided to head to…

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Need for Speed: The Porsche Driving Experience

If the guy in your life is anything like mine, to say new and unique gift ideas for him are hard to come by is an understatement. So when even the slightest mention of an idea comes out of Greg's mouth, I'm thrilled and make a mental note! Not long ago one of those mentions was a day at the Porsche Experience Center in Atlanta. He knew very little about it but was intrigued by the concept, and since we love the idea of gifting experiences, I did a little research, thought it sounded…

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Mermaid Tears: Barbados Beach Day

With this being our first visit to Barbados, Greg and I spent most of the trip sightseeing and getting a lay of the land. We encountered unusual rainy weather the first two days, but took full advantage of the sunshine once it peeked out from behind the clouds Monday morning by hitting the beach. We took a boat from our resort to a nearby private beach at Saint Peter's Bay, which allowed us time on the water and a great vantage point of the colorful coastline…

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St. Nicholas Abbey

Over Labor Day weekend, Greg and I made the journey to Barbados to visit his parents who became Caribbean residents earlier this year. Neither of us had been before, but with Caribbean memories in mind, coupled with the fantastic things we’d been hearing the last 8 months, we were eager to experience the island for ourselves. Whenever I visit a new place, one of the first things I like to do is get my bearings and a sense of the land and culture. We hit the ground running and spent our first full day exploring. Our first stop was St. Nicholas Abbey, a surviving plantation built…

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My Guide to Whitefish, Montana


While August days are typically hot and sunny, the temperatures in Montana are known to run a wide range and can drastically change from day to day (like 40 or 50 degree swings!), so when the temperature drops in the Flathead Valley I enjoy to get off the lake and spend a day exploring. Aside from Bigfork, my favorite town in the region is Whitefish, so on a cool Thursday afternoon we swapped our swimsuits for sweaters and made the short drive up. Situated thirty miles north of Flathead Lake and thirty miles west of Glacier National Park, Whitefish is a western…

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Montana Cherry Picking

Every summer the east shore of Flathead Lake in Northwest Montana blooms to life with a ruby-red hue. If you take the scenic drive along the lake via Route 35 from Bigfork to Polson, you'll pass cherry orchard after cherry orchard, most with charming, weathered, roadside stands advertising their seasonal business is open. The scene is a piece of Americana at its finest. From mid-July to mid-August, height of the short Montana cherry season, rows of vehicles hug the side of the narrow road while passengers exit to load up on…

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