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With 2,500 lavender plants and 35 different varieties, the Lavender Fields Farm is a peaceful and picturesque retreat, located less than 10 miles inland from the beach towns in Southern Delaware. Lavender is often used in aromatherapy to assist relaxation, and as you walk the grounds, gentle wafts of lavender

I grasped the small shot of rum that was handed to me with delicate care. I took a whiff and listened, transfixed, to the instructions that I was being told: Now, here’s what I want you to do… I want you to take the whole shot into your mouth, but do not swallow

It's Day 10 of Local Travel Month, and I sure have been busy!! Here's a round-up of what I've been up to so far! Brunch at the historic Gadsby's Tavern in Alexandria, Virginia -- 24.3 miles away [caption id="attachment_2997" align="aligncenter" width="480"] George Washington ate here![/caption]   Dinner at Oyamel -- 10.9 miles away (One of José Andrés' restaurants...

I've been talking about doing a Philadelphia Cheesesteak Taste Test for years. Living right outside of Washington, DC (a mere 2 1/2 hours away) it should have been an easy weekend activity to do. But year after year has gone by, and no Philly cheesesteaks. Until now! As part of October's Local

Today I hereby proclaim that October is "Local Travel Month" here at Packed Suitcase. For the entire month of October, I will be answering the question “Why Travel Local?” by traveling to places within a few hours driving from my hometown. I'll share my experiences along the way while providing local-travel

I've always loved photographing windows. The structure, the architecture... the promise of what view lies outside it. Something about them always has enticed me to whip out my camera and snap a quick shot. And sometimes, it isn't even the actual window itself, per se, but the way a reflection bounces off

Earlier this summer, I visited Thomas Jefferson's house, Monticello. I went to college just over an hour from the 5,000 acre plantation and, would you believe that this was my first visit? (Sidenote: I'd traveled to Charlottesville just once during my tenure at JMU, and that was to go to

Living right outside DC, I see the Washington Monument all the time! Despite the relative normalcy of it, whenever I pass it by I always bring out my phone to snap a quick picture. Except, one day about a month ago, I was walking by the stone obelisk. It was ridiculously,

The Consitution, the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights... Many people come to visit DC's National Archives to see some of the United States' most valuable documents. But outside the massive building (on the less-traversed back side) are two gigantic statues that yield a surprisingly profound message for passerbys

The weekly "Jazz in the Garden" event is one of the most popular summer activities in Washington, DC. Centrally located right off the Mall at the National Gallery of Art's picturesque Sculpture Garden, people pack in each Friday to enjoy the night's jazz act (everything from Brazilian jazz to Afro Funk to

Washington, DC is unquestionably beautiful during the day, with its vast marble monuments and powerful landmarks. But if you really want to see DC at its finest, stick around until after sunset... At night, a quiet beauty envelops the city, and it's hard not to feel humbled by the beauty,

For as long as I can remember, I've yearned to visit Frank Lloyd Wright's architectural masterpiece Fallingwater. I remember first hearing about it on a children's show as a kid (Sesame Street, perhaps?) and the concept of a house built over a stream, perfectly integrated with the surrounding environment has intrigued me ever since. It