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Inspiration Tag

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

I'm halfway through October's Local Travel Month, and last week I shared why you should travel local. Today, I wanted to let you in on a few ways that will help you get in on the Local Travel movement, too. Here are my top tips... * Visit your local tourism office and grab

This August, I spent a few days camping right outside Olympic National Park. We'd spend dawn to dusk exploring the park as much as possible. One night, we returned so late that we were even locked out of our campground! On our last night, we made sure to come back early enough

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

This week's #FriFotos theme on Twitter is Harbors! I've always been drawn to the water, and harbors are particularly alluring since they often appear unexpectedly in the midst of urban activity. Here are some of my favorites from my various travels... [caption id="attachment_2749" align="aligncenter" width="552"] The Sydney Harbor... perhaps one of the most

August 21, 2012. My plane lands and I practically stumble off, exhausted from a very early DC departure. The moment I enter the bustling airport, I am immediately invigorated by the glorious, rich smell of coffee. Lots and lots of coffee. I have arrived. My 2 days in Seattle have begun! The next

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

On my recent trip to Seattle, I pretty much spent my first day eating my way through the city. Everything that I sampled that day was fresh, delicious and distinctly local. From the spongy yet inexplicably crunchy crumpet with creamy, homemade ricotta and tart lemon curd from The Crumpet Shop to

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

Montreal. How I’ve lived in Washington, DC, a mere 10 drive hours away, for 31 years without taking the time to visit this gem of a city is beyond me. It is, for lack of a more exciting or descriptive word... lovely. A true remedy for any American’s wanderlust. I wasn’t

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,

When most people think of Walt Disney World in Florida, visions of Cinderella’s Castle, mouse ears, fast roller coasters and a hearty dose of Disney magic immediately rush to mind. But much more than theme park fun, I recommend taking some time during your trip to explore some of the official