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Rustic Weekend Getaway to Virginia

A major perk to living in Washington, DC is its proximity to beautiful countryside in surrounding Maryland and Virginia. This always makes for perfect weekend getaways! At the tail-end of summer, we were in search of a getaway to round off the season and what better way to do that than with a couples trip into the Virginia countryside.

Best Places to Drink Craft Beer in Nashville

When you think of Nashville you immediately think of music, bachelorette parties, and hot chicken, but it’s also known for something else that you might not be aware of, craft beer. As supporters of local businesses, especially those connected to travel and tourism (we saw bachelorette parties stream through some of Nashville’s most popular breweries) we often check out the local craft beer scene when we travel. It’s a great way to meet locals, take a break from walking around, and support local businesses.

What to do on a Quick Day Trip to Berkeley

As I wrote in our guide to San Francisco, I went to undergrad in the Bay Area, so we couldn’t take a trip to San Francisco without visiting my alma mater-UC Berkeley.  After nearly ten years of talking about Berkeley to Albert, I finally got the chance to show him the campus and some, unfortunately not all, of my favorite parts of the city.

Our First Airbnb Experience

 Surprisingly, Carrie and I only recently stayed in our first Airbnb. Our first stay happened to be in the home of Airbnb, San Francisco. On a recent work/leisure trip to San Francisco I had the chance to experience both accommodation options in the city-a hotel in Union Square, which I won’t name and an Airbnb in the Mission, which I will happily promote. 

Weekend in NYC for The NY Times Travel Show

At the end of January, Carrie and I traveled to New York City to attend The New York Times Travel Show!  The travel show is a full 3 days, with sessions for travel professionals on the first day, followed by two days of sessions for the public and access to the exhibit hall where hundreds of destinations market themselves to would-be travelers. It’s the event for anyone interested in travel.

What to do in Gulfport, Mississippi

When I was in New Orleans in October I decided to take a short day-trip to Mississippi while Albert was working.  I had done some research leading up to the trip but couldn’t make up my mind on where to go so I decided to just drive along the Gulf Coast until I found a place I liked. After a scenic hour and a half drive, the white sandy beaches of Gulfport beckoned me to stay. Mississippi’s second largest city was the perfect place to stop for the day.

Kansas City

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Kansas City? The World Series Champions, the Kansas City Royals? The fact that it's a major city that straddles two states? Or perhaps that it's home to some of the best barbecue in America?  Kansas City, was a perfect place to stop after our first day of driving from Colorado Springs to Washington, DC.  This gave us the opportunity to try some of that famous Kansas City-style barbecue.

How to Plan an Impactful Cross Country Drive

What is the first thing you do when you plan a road trip?  Most of the time you decide where you want to begin and end.  Then, you probably decide on what route you are going to take. While simultaneously considering what places you want to visit. Followed by how many stops you want to make.  And how long you want to drive for.  There are undoubtedly lots of questions to ask ourselves when planning a road trip.

Charming Salisbury, North Carolina

In search of a place to stay the night on our way to Atlanta, Georgia from Washington, DC we happened upon an advertisement in the Washington Post Magazine for Salisbury, North Carolina. The historic town, set in the North Carolina wine-country just off of interstate 85, turned out to be the perfect stop.  The walk-able town is full of beautiful, well-preserved historic homes, some of which have been converted into bed and breakfasts, like Across the Pond.