A Summer Family Road Trip from NYC to Newport

harbor in Rhode Island - summer family road trip

Why take a family road trip to Rhode Island? For me, summertime on the east coast means lobster rolls, fresh squeezed lemonade, hydrangea flowers in full bloom, and weekend escapes to the beach.  While many Manhattan-ites flock to Montauk or the Hamptons, I suggest avoiding the crowded LIE.  Instead, head to Rhode Island for your…

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An Epic Kauai Travel Guide

Nepali Coast view from helicopter

Sorry Kauaians — I’m going to let the secret out: Kauai is a can’t miss destination in the Hawaiian island experience.  Before traveling to the “Garden Isle,” I had previously visited Maui (one of the more popular picks), and could not have imagined a more mesmerizing island escape.  While Maui’s fame is well deserved, Kauai’s…

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A Fall Guide to Woodstock, Vermont

Cruising through Vermont during fall foliage season has always been at the “peak” of my bucket list.  Although I live in Connecticut and enjoy gorgeous autumn colors here as well, the allure of the reds and oranges further north, and the promise of quintessential “Gilmore Girls” type towns, has always had me itching to plan…

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The Ultimate Guide to Sedona and Scottsdale

Sedona Scottsdale

We’ve visited Arizona more than other destination -– 4 times so far!  Why do we keep returning?  Simply because we just really love it.  It has dependable weather, incredible hiking, delicious food, and all around relaxing vibes.  If it wasn’t unbearably hot in the summers, my husband might convince me to move there.  If you’re searching…

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Weekend Guide to Santa Barbara With Kids

Santa Barbara and Monterey

In the fall of 2019, we had a long weekend vacation booked in Napa with our 17 month old; however, the devastating fires at the time forced us to cancel our trip.  In just a few short days, I completely revamped our itinerary to instead visit Santa Barbara.  We ended up falling in love with…

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Luxury Hotel Review: Bernardus Lodge

luxury hotel review Bernardus Lodge

Welcome to Bernardus! First impressions and the grounds: Pulling into Bernardus Lodge and Spa, you will be instantly hit with that California-vineyard feel, that until now, you only thought existed in Napa.  Rows upon rows of vineyards border the entryway, and if you happen to vacation here in the fall, it looks as if fields of…

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Luxury Hotel Review: Lodge at Pebble Beach

hotel review pebble beach

The Lodge at Pebble Beach needs no introduction to its famous golf course, overlooking the stunning Pacific coastline.   Even knowing about the hotel before my visit, I was still blown away by the scenery, hotel grounds, and hospitality.  In full disclosure, I am not a golfer and spent my days exploring the grounds with…

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What to Pack for a Ski Trip

Ski packing guide

So you’ve booked your ski trip and now it’s time to pack? A winter trip hopefully means you’ll get to cozy up by the fire in a comfy outfit…but winter clothes aren’t exactly space efficient.  If you want to know what to pack, and some gear to help make it more efficient, check out my…

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