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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

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

I’ve just returned home after a food-and-music-fueled weekend away in New Orleans. This was not my first visit to the Big Easy, but this trip marked my first time at one of this city's biggest draws: the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Jazz Fest, as it’s colloquially called, has been

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

This week, I'm co-hosting the #FriFotos Twitter Event with @EpsteinTravels, @CharlesYap, @TravelDesigned and @lindsey_epperly. The theme? TREES! Here are my favorite tree photos... enjoy! [caption id="attachment_3478" align="aligncenter" width="450"] A giant Kapok tree in West Palm Beach[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_3480" align="aligncenter" width="600"] The 2010 Snowpocalypse at Sunset[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_3481" align="aligncenter" width="450"] A single tree dots the

St. Michaels, Maryland (the "Hamptons of the Chesapeake") is where the elite goes to spend the weekend. Located right along the Old Line State's craggy coastline, it's an idyllic waterfront retreat where all roads lead to the water. With a deep history and a familiar, small-town feel, it's the perfect spot for a weekend getaway. Here

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

Just remember: Only eat oysters in months that end with "R." - Captain Ed Farley A couple weeks ago, I traveled to St. Michaels, Maryland for the weekend. Despite being a Maryland girl, born and bred, this was my very first visit to this charming waterfront town. It was arranged to

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...

Starting a campfire is one of the most primal things a person can do. Too bad it can also be incredibly difficult! On this past weekend's camping trip, part of my Local Travel extravaganza, after many failed attempts, I learned how to start a fire. Here's what worked for me: Essential supplies: Fire