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Inspiration Tag

Growing up, I visited Maryland's Calvert County beaches just one time each summer. My great-Uncle Tip and great-Aunt Ann would host dozens of guests to celebrate summer in a most traditional Maryland way: a crab feast! It was so long ago that my memories are hazy. Images float to mind, of picnic

On a warm spring evening, I left DC and headed 3 hours north to the historic town of Wayne, Pennsylvania. I had plans to spend just one night there before venturing further south to explore the expansive gardens of the Brandywine Valley. I knew that Wayne was developed as part

Last week, I met a man on the train between Toronto and Ottawa. We exchanged the normal how-do-you-do's, bonded over the unparalleled perks of VIA Rail business-class train travel and started to chat about our journey. When he discovered I was a travel blogger headed to Canada's capital city, he furtively looked

  Trip Overview: This DC Road Trip takes you into the heart of Virginia's picturesque Rappahannock County. Farm-fresh produce stands, artisans, wineries, taverns and hidden-gem natural wonders are along every mile of the route as you drive out of the city and towards the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Total Mileage: Around 180

In just a few days, I embark on a week-long trip to Ontario, Canada. I've got ambitious plans for such a quick trip, with stops in both Toronto and Ottawa on the agenda. Ontario's slogan is "Yours to Discover" and I have no doubt that I will be discovering a ton

As a devout reader of the Washingtonian’s annual “100 Very Best Restaurants” edition, it’s safe to say that I’m a bit of a foodie-in-training. After 10+ years of living, working and playing in DC, I’ve eaten at my fair share of notable places. Rather than compile a list of my top

I've done some crazy things over the course of my life. I've jumped out of a tiny pink plane at 15,000 feet in New Zealand. I've climbed to the top of Mayan pyramids and (inadvertently) swam with a shark. But, sometimes life is all about knowing your limits... and recently, my

I am fresh back from my trip to Mexico. I had an awesome time... but am in the midst of some serious Cancun-withdrawal. To help me transition back to the real world, I wanted to share one of the experiences I had on my trip. One day during the week, I visited

Fall in St. Michaels, Maryland is something else! All along the historic streets, fall was in full swing with carved pumpkins, stacks of hay bundles and other Halloween-y decorations. And, Mother Nature contributed by adding a delightful display of brightly colored autumn leaves to the tree-lined streets.   And, one bonus shot!  

Southern Delaware offers a number of cultural and gourmand experiences... you just need to know where to look! Luckily, as part of my "digging deeper" exploration of the region, I searched for the best lesser known experiences to share. And the best part about it was that I didn't have

I've been spending my summers down at Southern Delaware's beach towns for as long as I can remember. The memories I have there are some of my childhood favorites... lazy days playing in the ocean, riding bikes on Rehoboth's boardwalk, watching salt water taffy being pulled at Dolly's, checking the crab

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