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My Favorite Places of 2014

My Favorite Places of 2014

We’re already 2 weeks into 2015, which means that my annual “Year in Review” post is admittedly a little overdue. But even a little delayed, 2014 is still worth taking a moment to recognize and reflect upon.

After all, 2014 was the year where….

  • I went on dozens of day and weekend trips all throughout the mid-Atlantic

2014 Trip Montage


  • I had an article published for the very first time in a print publication (Edible DC)

Edible DC Article


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  • I even got nominated for an Emmy! (For my real-world job, not my blog job 🙂 )

Emmy Montage 2


So, yeah… 2014 was pretty incredible.

Before delving into “where to go in 2015” (stay tuned next week for that!), I wanted to share some of my absolutely favorite spots that I discovered through last year’s travels. If you want more information about any of the trips, just click on the photos and you’ll be taken to the trip’s blog post.

Favorite Small Town: Marion, Virginia

Marion- main street 2


Favorite Urban Escape: Richmond, Virginia

me and the Richmond skyline


Favorite Rural-esque Escape: The Brandywine Valley, Pennsylvania/ Delaware

Holidays in the Brandywine Valley- Hagley- Eleutherian mils 3


Favorite Afternoon Trip from Washington DC: Occoquan, Virginia

Occoquan- cute street view 2


Favorite Place to Go Again (and Again): Middleburg, Virginia



Favorite Place to Listen to Live Music: Southwestern Virginia

Carter Family Fold- full house


Favorite Brewery: Tröegs Brewing Company in Hershey, Pennsylvania

Troegs- sampler


Favorite Cidery: Blue Bee Cidery in Richmond, Virginia

Blue Bee Cider


Favorite Winery: Bluemont Vineyard in Loudoun County, Virginia

Bluemont Vineyard- view


Favorite Farm to Table Experience: The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm

Patowmack Farm- Curds and Whey


Favorite Perk I Got Because I’m A Blogger: Getting to attend Lambstock

Lambstock-- Bloody Mary for breakfast


Favorite Hotel: Skyland Resort, Shenandoah Valley, Virginia

Skyland- morning clouds 2


Favorite Pool: The Infinity Pool at Keswick Hall in Charlottesville, Virginia

Keswick Hall - Horizon Pool- me and mom


Favorite Spa: Omni Grove Park Inn, Asheville, North Carolina

Grove Park Inn- spa


Favorite Outdoorsy Experience: Biking on the Creeper Trail, Abingdon, Virginia

Damascus- Creeper Trail- biking


My top 5 most popular Instagram photos of 2014. (And follow me here!):


So, here’s saying ‘goodbye‘ to a truly phenomenal year. 2015, you’ve got some big shoes to fill!



  • Ken Heath
    Posted at 03:32h, 16 January

    And we loved having you visit us here in Marion! Thank you so much for your kind words, and we are looking forward to having you back soon . . . and often!

  • Unterkunft Frankfurt-Oder
    Posted at 03:41h, 14 February

    Nice Blog! Germany Destinations Have the most beautiful tourist places…