4 Days in Portland, Maine: Lobster + local brews

Portland Head Lighthouse at Fort Williams Park There's a quality of life in Maine which is this singular and unique. It's absolutely a world onto itself.Jamie Wyeth A trip full of beer, lobster, and epic New England views? Sign me up! When Steve and I were deciding on an anniversary trip in October, Maine seemed like the perfect four-day getaway. …

1.5 days in Paris: Boulangeries, pâtisseries, et fromageries

**I started this post before Nov. 13, when Paris was viciously attacked by ISIS. It's taken time to finish it. Coming back to it after the attacks has given me a new perspective on the city and appreciation for its people. Vous êtes belle, Paris. By day 10.5,  we'd been to London, Barcelona, and Florence. …

3 days in London: Beheadings, afternoon tea, and saying hi to Kate

I wasn't excited about London. I'm not sure why, but there was nothing that was hugely appealing to me. Spoiler alert: I loved it and cannot wait to go back. I can absolutely see why so many people make London their home, especially considering how easy it is to travel from there all over Europe …

13 days in Europe: London, Barcelona, Florence, and Paris

In less than two weeks, I'll be touching down at Heathrow, ready for 13 days of European adventures. Whoa. In an effort to not completely exhaust myself (and Steve), I've pulled some must-see places and recommended restaurants, but I'm not doing a full-out itinerary. (I'm using Stay.com to keep track of everything, which allows you …

Airbnb review (aka Why aren’t you Airbnb’ing yet?)

Airbnb (<-- $25 off your first stay!) is, in my humble opinion, by far the greatest travel invention aside from maybe the airplane. Rather than stay in a stuffy hotel, you can stay in unique spaces and connect with people who actually live where you're traveling. You get the inside scoop, a less expensive abode, and …

3 days in Pleasantville — or Charlottesville, VA

Now that I've recapped the actual race, how about a recap of our visit to Charlottesville? Steve and I had never been there but heard great things from Katharine and everything that I read on KERF. We arrive in Charlottesville on Friday afternoon and checked into our airbnb rental. (If you've never used the site, I highly recommend …