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A Weekend Getaway in Glacier Country, Montana

Gorgeous vistas, adorable towns, plentiful activities, and delicious food: This is Montana’s Glacier Country, situated in and around Glacier National Park. It’s perfect for a weekend getaway — although you may find yourself wanting to stay longer! This was my first trip to Montana, and I admit that I expected lots of country music, cowboy […]

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Race or Relax: A Weekend Getaway in Historic Saratoga Springs

Saratoga Springs, New York is an often underrated little town several hours north of the big city. The town is nestled into the countryside on the border of the Adirondacks, the largest National Historic Landmark in the U.S., as well as one of the largest state protected parks. The town itself boasts a number of […]

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America’s Happiest Town: Wining and Dining In San Luis Obispo

How does a visit to a quaint college town nestled between the rolling hills and beaches of California sound? A place where average winter temperatures are in the 60s and boutique shops, wineries, and restaurants are plentiful? Today, San Luis Obispo looks and feels a lot different than it did back in the early 90s […]

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A Relaxing Weekend Getaway: Manzanita Beach, Oregon

There is no hiding my love for the Oregon Coast, one of my favorite places on Earth. Previously I’ve highlighted the best experiences to enjoy on the Oregon Coast as well as a specific trip, a weekend getaway to Pacific City, Oregon. Pacific City is on the south Tillamook Coast; today, let’s explore some of […]

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Portlandia with a Local: A Weekend Getaway to Portland, Oregon

One of the most popular requests I get is for tips and suggestions on what to do here in Portland, Oregon. I’m very grateful to live in the heart of the city, on the east side of the Willamette River, within walking and biking distance of superb restaurants, drinks of all varieties, and lots of […]

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A Weekend Getaway in Dallas, Texas

“Hello old friend,” I whisper to the cityscape looming closer through the thick glass of my airplane window. I’ve never lived in Dallas, Texas, but I’ve spent dozens of weekends there enjoying time with family, or friends, or friends I consider family. So, I’ve done all the things Dallas is known for: Six Flags over […]

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Storming Savannah: Letting Loose On a Weekend Getaway

No husbands, no kids, and lots of planning were all it took to get my five sisters and I off on our first ever “sisters only” getaway. After two days in Charleston, where sweetgrass baskets, Rainbow Row, and other delights charmed us, our rented van then sped us along towards Savannah. As we traveled east […]

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S’mores, Forts, & Relaxation: A Weekend in Amelia Island, Florida

Every year for our wedding anniversary, my husband and I travel somewhere that neither one of us has been; the last six years have taken us to Chicago, Seattle, Shenandoah, Montreal, Toronto, and New York City. But this year was an especially busy year and, rather than conquer a new city, we wanted somewhere to […]

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Culinary Adventure: A Weekend Getaway to Baja California, Mexico

Visiting Mexico — to drink wine? That’s probably not the first thing that comes to mind when you think of our neighbor to the south, but if you appreciate good food and wine, consider a visit to Baja California’s Valle de Guadalupe. This scenic agricultural valley, just inland from the city of Ensenada, is known […]

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A Gourmand’s Weekend Getaway to Seattle

Typical media coverage of Seattle has always seemed warped to me — the inevitable mentions of Boeing, Amazon, and the rain. How depressing. The reality of Seattle is something altogether different. I’ve written about Seattle’s amazing neighborhoods, the art, the wine — it’s a city with many charms. Today, we’re going to talk about food. […]

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An ‘Art’-ful Weekend on Whidbey Island, Washington

If you enjoy art, talking to artists, eating delicious food, and seeing gorgeous sights, then Whidbey Island in beautiful western Washington is the perfect place to enjoy a weekend getaway. But take care to make it a three-day weekend by heading over on the first ferry Friday morning. Trust me, you are going to want […]

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“World’s Longest Beach:” A Weekend Getaway in Long Beach, Washington

Hanging out on a narrow peninsula off the southwestern coast of Washington State, Long Beach is indeed very long — 28 miles to be exact. It is one of many tourism destinations that claims a stake at the “world’s longest beach.” Regardless of whether the claim is true or not, Long Beach offers a quiet […]

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History, Hooch, and Hospitality: A Weekend Getaway to Shepherdstown, WV

Theater, music, craft distilleries, boutique shopping, delicious food, and gorgeous views of nature wrapped up in Southern hospitality: Sounds like refinement, right? Yet those usually aren’t the things that come to my mind when considering West Virginia. If you think this Appalachian state has nothing but rednecks and country music, well, the village of Shepherdstown […]

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Mixing Art With the Outdoors: A Weekend Getaway to Helena, Montana

You want a weekend getaway filled with art museums, theater performances, and gallery hopping. Your partner dreams about hiking, biking, and fishing in the great outdoors. How do you find a destination to make both of you happy? Plan a romantic getaway to Helena, Montana. My husband and I weren’t sure what to expect on […]

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Wine and Dine in Texas Hill Country: A Weekend Getaway in Fredericksburg

Wine tasting, fine dining, and eclectic shopping opportunities abound in the historic heart of Hill Country, just over 70 miles from both San Antonio and Austin. Fredericksburg, Texas is the definitive weekend getaway — enchanting oenophiles, food lovers, and anyone hoping to escape the everyday. Stay and Slumber You can walk back from dinner if […]

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Shoes and Martinis: A Girls’ Weekend Getaway to Toronto

Toronto is truly a city that has something for everyone. Cosmopolitan and multicultural, this beautiful city hugs the shores of Lake Ontario and offers up a side of pristine nature to complement its worldly landscape. Toronto welcomes millions of visitors each year, from convention attendees to students to big bus tours, but I think it […]

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Worth Watching: Door County Wisconsin’s Outdoor Theatre

After a day spent exploring lighthouses, hiking lakeshore trails, touring cherry orchards, tasting cheese, and sipping wine, the opportunity to enjoy live theatre with an outdoor edge is what makes Door County, Wisconsin, so special. From the rustic, completely outdoor amphitheatre setting in the woods of American Folklore Theatre, to the more refined, roofed theatre […]

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Southern and Sophisticated: A Weekend Getaway to Nashville, Tennessee

Nashville is certainly synonymous with cowboy hats and country music, but there’s so much more to Music City than honky-tonk bars; however, if that’s your thing, you won’t be disappointed. Nashville is often described as a big small town, but it’s also a well-suited destination if you only have a few days to get away. […]

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Urban Relaxation: A Weekend Getaway in the Flatiron District

If you’ve been to New York City, I bet you’ve been to the Flatiron District but probably didn’t know it. Less famous than its NYC neighbors of Greenwich Village, Midtown, and the Upper West Side, the Flatiron District runs roughly from 25th Street down to 20th between 6th Avenue and Lexington. The Flatiron District is […]

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A Romantic Weekend Escape to Québec City, Canada’s City of Love

A mixture of stunning architecture, history, delicious cuisine, and a vibrant culture, Québec City provides a romantic view of a life before digital distractions. It is here that one can unplug and escape the stresses of everyday life. Québec City exudes passion, love, excitement. On a snowy day, a walk through the old city is […]

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Low-Key California Luxury in Lake Tahoe

Californians know that Lake Tahoe is a glorious place to ski, with great weather, incredible natural beauty, and numerous resorts to choose from. It’s worth a trip from out-of-state, too, and offers many luxurious options that don’t cost a fortune. Getting to Lake Tahoe You can drive, take a train, or fly to Lake Tahoe. […]

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7 Affordable Luxury Pacific Northwest Spa Hotel Getaways

I love calling the Pacific Northwest my home, but I sometimes think we are pigeonholed in terms of a tourism destination. Have you ever thought of the region as a spa hotel getaway? It’s one of our little-known specialties. And if you plan your trip right – especially in the winter – you can get […]

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A Weekend at Death Valley’s Desert Oasis: The Inn at Furnace Creek

If I had to pick my “perfect” travel itinerary, I know one thing: it would include a lot of time outdoors in nature.  National parks are one of my favorite attractions when on the road, but let’s face it:  the further off the beaten path you go, the harder it is to find top notch […]

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A Local’s Guide to Historic Beacon Hill, Boston

Boston’s Beacon Hill is one of the most historic neighborhoods in the country, dating back to the early seventeenth century. With stoic Federal-style row houses, gas lantern-lined streets, and quaint red brick sidewalks, Beacon Hill is also one of the most stunning. It’s the perfect place for a weekend getaway: refined boutique hotels, an array […]

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Last Minute Travel Tips (for Those Who Never Do It)

Even things like passport renewals, scrambles to make reservations, and last-minute packing have that certain sheen of Plum Deluxe glamour. For most of us, indeed, the idea of last-minute travel stands in stark contrast to day-to-day existence. Often feeling just out of reach, we tend to think of it as something reserved for others. The […]

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Wine Getaway: The Okanagan Valley Wine Region

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As soon as the location for 2013 Wine Bloggers’ Conference, the Okanagan Valley, was officially announced ten months in advance, I registered. To this day, I’m not sure what inspired me to jump at visiting a destination about which I knew nothing, but I am very glad I did. The conference, which began for me […]

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The Kohler Resort: A Midwest Foodie Paradise

I had heard about The Kohler Resort, just about an hour north of Milwaukee. I knew the Forbes Five Star Resort Hotel that was also AAA Five Diamond rated had one of the nicest spas in the country and was on every golf lover’s bucket list. But one thing that I was pleasantly surprised to […]

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A Wine Weekend Getaway in Walla Walla, Washington

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It is no secret that I am a huge fan of Washington wine, in my opinion one of the best wine regions in the United States. A town that is rising to be the epicenter of Washington state’s wine revolution is Walla Walla, a town so nice, they named it twice, they say. Recently we roadtripped […]

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Wine Weekend Getaway: Lake Chelan Wine Valley, Washington

As part of the 2013 North American Wine Bloggers’ Conference, I had the opportunity to travel inbound to Penticton, British Columbia as part of a pre-conference excursion to Lake Chelan, Washington. I spent about 24 hours there and discovered what an untapped gem of an area it is for wine tasting and other activities. It’s […]

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Seaside Views, Sunsets and Seafood in Montauk: A Weekend at “The End”

My husband and I were looking for a quick weekend getaway and I tend to gravitate toward seaside destinations. The sounds of the crashing waves, sea and salt air, and long walks on the beach always leave me feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. Wanting to avoid all the Hamptons’ hoopla in favor of a more low-key, […]

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Pacific City: A Perfect Little Getaway on the Oregon Coast

It is no secret how dearly I love the Oregon coast.  I’m not sure whether it is the peaceful beaches, the lighthouses, or the hospitality, but I can’t get enough. I’ve highlighted all of the best places on the Oregon Coast; today, I’d like to go in the details of a weekend getaway to one […]

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6 Essential Experiences in Cleveland, Ohio

“The mistake by the lake” is just one of the nicknames of my birthplace of Cleveland, Ohio. Believe it or not, a weekend in “the 216” might just be what your travel plans need. This resurging city is home to a world-class market and orchestra, a fantastic ethnic food scene (pierogi, anyone?), a top-notch brewery, […]

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Sunshine and Charm: A Warm Weekend in Santa Barbara

I took another sip of wine. Shadows of orange and banana trees stretched across the Spanish Garden Inn’s courtyard. Far above, doves cooed and rustled in the palm thatch. In search of an anniversary destination out from under the hem of Seattle’s blanket of clouds, my husband and I had swiped down a map of […]

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Blueberries, Lobster, and Ice Cream, Oh My! A Weekend in Mid-Coast Maine

Mid-coast Maine (roughly Brunswick to Belfast) is a relaxed, casual, laid-back place that’s just perfect for a weekend trip. Leave your suit jacket at home, and stroll from lobster shack to lobster shack in your boat shoes, with Maine’s always cool coastal breezes blowing through your hair. Cute Camden One of the larger towns in […]

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Beaver Creek, Colorado: The Perfect Ski/Spa/Wine Weekend Getaway

Every winter I plan for at least one ski/snowshoeing trip. I am thankful that here in the Pacific Northwest, we do not get much snow. I don’t want it. I prefer to go to the snow, enjoy it, and then leave it behind for the next person. Last year’s trip was to the quirky town […]

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5 Steps to Planning the Perfect Surprise Getaway

Surprising a significant other with a romantic getaway can be quite fun and poignant. If you happen to be the one doing all the planning, you should expect to have a deliberate plan of action. To pull off such a tremendous feat without getting caught, you need to keep quiet and have a very low […]

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Wine Weekend Getaway: First Impressions of Finger Lakes, New York

Recently, I traveled to Finger Lakes wine country for the first time. In two days, I visited 11 wineries and restaurants in the Keuka and Seneca Lake areas, all of which I highly recommend. Below are my first impressions of the people, the countryside, the food, and the wine, so you know what to expect […]

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The Painted Lady: Oregon’s Wonderful Food-and-Wine Weekend

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When it comes to affordable luxury weekend getaways, Oregon tops the list. Recently, I had the opportunity to experience what must be one of the best food-and-wine weekends I have ever experienced: The Painted Lady. This affordable luxury find is located in Newberg – a small town in the heart of Oregon’s wine-growing Willamette Valley. […]

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Quiet Luxury: A Weekend in Amish Country, Pennsylvania

Luxury may not be the first word that comes to mind when you consider a trip to Amish country. But the area surrounding Lancaster, Pennsylvania can offer far more than just a chance to see a very different way of life – and yes, there will be Wifi and your smartphone will still work while […]

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City Sanctuaries: 10 Great Urban Getaways

When you hear the words “city” or “urban,” you probably don’t think about a relaxing getaway.  I’d beg to differ, as there are lots of cities that make for fantastic destinations to put your feet up and relax.  Lots of value luxury hoteliers have gotten smart about this trend, and are rolling out amenities and […]

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Weekend Getaway: All Aboard for a Grand Canyon Train Tour

Few attractions in the world have left me speechless, and even fewer have brought tears. But the beauty of the first sight of the Grand Canyon did exactly that. It is so big that its depth and width can hardly be understood; so gracious and yet full of danger. The Grand Canyon has been on […]

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Beat the Summer Heat: 9 Great Mountain Getaways in North America

The summer heat can get to even those of us (like me) who revel in a good dousing of sun. If you live in a sunny summer spot, or just like keeping things cool, both Canada and the US offer fantastic mountain town getaways that are terrific to visit in the summer. A bit of […]

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A Weekend Getaway on the Columbia River Gorge: Skamania Lodge

America’s Pacific Northwest is truly a beautiful place to visit (and live!), and I could list hundreds of special places that you should visit. One that would top the list? The Columbia River Gorge, which doesn’t need much of an introduction after you see our previous photo essay. The gorge serves as a border between […]

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A Weekend Getaway in Kentucky’s Bourbon Country

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If you’re a bourbon drinker, then at some point you’re going to want to make the trek out to Bardstown, Kentucky, epicenter for Bourbon Country, where over 90% of the world’s bourbon is made. Bourbon is a type of whisky made in fresh oak barrels using corn as a primary ingredient. While a drink doesn’t […]

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Providence, Rhode Island: A Weekend in America’s Most Creative City

In case you hadn’t heard the news, here it is: Providence, Rhode Island is on the way up. It’s a city with a storied past, and in the past 20 years, has changed dramatically. The city literally ripped out a freeway downtown, replaced it with parks and gardens, spurring a building spree of hotels, shops, […]

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Photo Essay: Charleston, SC Through the Centuries

Huge props goes out to Joyce from Charleston Photo Tours, without a doubt the best tour of Charleston, and one of the funniest tour guides in town. Joyce’s photography tour of Charleston really turned my perspective around on this town. Where I once saw stuffy old buildings, I saw a layered mosaic of history. Beautiful […]

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A Quirky Weekend in Asheville, NC

Asheville is just one of those places you keep hearing about over and over again until finally you say !enough! – I’ll go and check it out.  Thankfully one of my wonderful friends lives in Asheville and invited me to visit, giving me zero excuses to come and check out this famously funky city.   […]

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Fun in the Sun: A Weekend Getaway to Pasadena, California

Many of you will have heard of sunny Pasadena, California – it is a suburb of Los Angeles, to the northeast of downtown, home to the world famous Rose Parade. Every year millions come to see this famous parade, with its floats and marching bands that saunter down historic Colorado Boulevard. But my question was […]

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3 Cooking Retreats Across America

Have you ever wanted to take a cooking class?  I have.  And although hardly an expert, I am a good cook.  Yet I yearn to up my game with instruction from a professional instructor.  While many good cooking schools exist, the idea of taking one at a B&B, Ranch, or Farm piqued my interest enough […]

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Tasting the Finger Lakes Lifestyle in Canandaigua

Canandaigua is a pretty interesting place once you start to look underneath the surface.  My good friend Marci lives there, who you may remember introduced us to Canandaigua’s Sonnenberg Gardens last year.  I was looking forward to meeting her and seeing the gardens for myself, and I’d been to the Finger Lakes before, near Corning, […]

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A Weekend Getaway in Rochester: New York’s Other Culture Capital

My travels take me far and wide, to places large and small.  So it was no small surprise to find myself in Rochester New York, the state’s third largest city.  Just south of Lake Ontario, I’d heard lots of great things about Rochester and was lucky enough to find out what’s hot and what’s not. […]

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Chicago’s Six Amazing Avenues

Chicago is one of America’s landmark cities, and there are endless fun places to go in Chicago.  They call it the windy city (mostly because of the blast coming in off Lake Michigan) but it’s also known as the Second City and also the City of Broad Shoulders. One look at the skyline explains the […]

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