A Perfect Midweek Finger Lakes Wine Vacation

My travel plans have looked very different during the Covid-19 pandemic. Gone for now are my overseas trips to Europe each spring. Instead, I’ve been taking short, socially distant trips to places within driving distance, staying in cabins or remote Airbnb apartments, cooking instead of going to restaurants, and enjoying activities that don’t require a … More A Perfect Midweek Finger Lakes Wine Vacation

A Long Weekend in Red River Gorge, Kentucky

Instead of cooking at home as I usually do, my family decided, for the first time ever, to get away for the Thanksgiving weekend, spending the holiday hiking, cooking and enjoying the outdoors. To comply with Covid-19 safety guidelines, we searched for an area we could explore, choosing activities that don’t involve crowds and lodging … More A Long Weekend in Red River Gorge, Kentucky

Planning the Perfect Week in Torch Lake, Michigan

Beautiful Torch Lake, located in Northern Michigan just off Lake Michigan, is famous for its Caribbean-like clear turquoise blue water and large party sandbar. It’s considered one of the jewels of Michigan’s Chain of Lakes, and with its near-perfect summer weather with temperatures average 75 – 80 degrees, is a great destination for summer travelers … More Planning the Perfect Week in Torch Lake, Michigan

A Perfect Weekend at Hocking Hills, Ohio – Covid-19 Style

Travel looks a little different in 2020 because of the Covid-19 pandemic. If you are venturing out, many are choosing locations within driving distance, staying at lodging that allows appropriate social distancing, and choosing activities that don’t involve crowds and have proper safety precautions in place. With all these things in mind in June 2020, … More A Perfect Weekend at Hocking Hills, Ohio – Covid-19 Style

Alaska Cruise Review: Holland America Cruise Line

For my 50th birthday I wanted to see Alaska, choosing this time to travel by cruise ship, something I’d never done. We chose Holland America Cruise Lines and booked the 7 day Alaskan Explorer cruise, which departs from Seattle, then ports in Juneau, Sitka, Ketchikan and Victoria, BC, returning to Seattle with one day at … More Alaska Cruise Review: Holland America Cruise Line

A Perfect Three-Day Weekend in Lousiville, KY

Louisville, KY is a short, 2 to 3-hour drive from our home and, we discovered, a great weekend getaway. If you love history, bourbon, horses and hiking, here’s how to spend a perfect three-day weekend in Louisville, KY. Mammoth Cave, Kentucky Tours Before heading to Louisville we drove on to Mammoth Cave National Park. It … More A Perfect Three-Day Weekend in Lousiville, KY

Germany, Switzerland and Austria | EF Tours Review

In 2017 I once again embarked with my son on an EF Tour organized through Wilmington College, this time to Germany, Switzerland, and Austria. I’ve shared in past blogs about my Irish heritage, being raised Irish Catholic with a mother whose maiden name is Sweeney. Read about that trip in my EF Tour review of … More Germany, Switzerland and Austria | EF Tours Review

Airbnb and Beyond | A Weekend in Nashville, Tennessee

First, you should know, I hate country music. Three chords and the truth is what they say, but since the lyrics annoy me so much I’ve never really noticed. Nevertheless, country music is America’s most favorite genre, according to a CBS News poll, and it seems like a country singer is picked, by America, almost … More Airbnb and Beyond | A Weekend in Nashville, Tennessee