Charleston Hotel and Restaurants

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Charleston South Carolina Restaurants Although we have long been drawn to Charleston’s beauty and history, we have been equally enchanted by many of the city’s restaurants. Slightly North of Broad (SNOB). SNOB remains one of our favorite restaurants in Charleston. In 2021, we both had 3-course meals so that we could get a wide range [Read more …]

Charlottesville Virginia (Updated 2021)

McGuffey Art Center

Charlottesville Virginia is surrounded by beautiful rolling hills, gracious horse farms, historical buildings, and wineries. It was the home of Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe. And it is also the home of the beautiful University of Virginia campus. Exploring Charlottesville Charlottesville’s city life is focused around the downtown area: Charlottesville Historic Downtown Mall is an [Read more …]

The Berkshire Mountains

The Berkshire region is an area in the western parts of Massachusetts and northwest Connecticut. It is a beautiful area of rolling hills and includes part of the Green Mountains. We arrived in the northwest corner of Massachusetts’ Upper Berkshires via Vermont’s Route 100, the state’s unofficial Foliage Highway. The drive took us through [Read more …]

The Mid-Maine Coast: Camden, Rockland and Rockport

Canden Harbor

Although the Mid-Maine coast encompassed more than Camden, Rockland and Rockport, they are very close to each other and one of our favorite areas. Partly because they are charming towns in and of themselves (with the best restaurants and galleries east of Portland). Each has its own beauty, personality and offer lots of activities. Camden [Read more …]

What To Do in Portland Maine

Portland

Portland Maine is a lovely small city with a nice museum and great restaurants. We love walking through the lovely historic (and much gentrified) Old Port historic area that is filled with restored brick buildings or down Commercial Street, which was built on old piers in the 1850s. While some of the old (but mostly [Read more …]

Portsmouth New Hampshire

The Hill

Portsmouth New Hampshire is a 20,000-person city on New Hampshire’s coast. It was founded in 1630, seven years after the first settlers bypassed the site in favor of one that was two miles to the east. Initially, Portsmouth was a fishing and farming community. It soon capitalized on its abundant timber to become a shipbuilding [Read more …]

Exploring Santa Cruz California

Santa Cruz boardwalk merry go round

Santa Cruz Santa Cruz is a town located at the northern edge of Monterey Bay, about an hour south of San Jose. It is known primarily for its beach, its surfing, and its university. It has plenty of places to stroll, relax and people watch. The Beach Boardwalk is home to an amusement area with [Read more …]

Seattle Washington Hotels

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This post is a compilation of the hotels we have stayed at in Seattle Washington over the years. W Seattle 2021: We used our points to stay at the W Hotel in downtown Seattle for our 5-night stay (when you use points, you get the 5th night free). The hotel is very conveniently located 1 [Read more …]

Port Townsend Washington

Jefferson County Courthouse

The Olympic Peninsula is a scenic peninsula just 2 hours east of Seattle Washington. It is filled with steep, glacier-clad mountains, a conifer rain forest, rushing streams, and waterfalls. Most of its area is wilderness and is devoted to Olympic National Park. We began our trip to the area with a stop to one of [Read more …]

Sitka Alaska

Sitka Saint Michael

This is our third trip to Alaska. We first visited Alaska in 1980. As budget-minded tourists, we used the Alaskan ferry system to travel around to the various areas we wanted to visit. Our second visit was in 2011 where we revisited some favorite spots as well as some new ones. Travel Itinerary: The Alaskan [Read more …]