Traveling Together? Take a Day Off.

I’ve always loved traveling with my husband. In fact, it’s one of the reasons I married him. But still – ever heard of too much togetherness? It was on one of our early camping trips, before we ever got married, that I found myself clenching my jaw as he discussed some technical detail about his bike over our…

Acadia National Park, Maine

Acadia has a sort of insidious beauty that takes a few days to  infiltrate your psyche. So don’t cheat yourself. Plan to spend at least three days in this beautiful area. There’s more than enough to keep you busy; especially if you know where to look. Where to stay in Acadia These are the spots I’m most…

Whirlwind New England Getaway

Dear Travel Agent, Okay, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, or other areas like that – must-see places. No real direction on must haves or hopes.  We like laid back more than fancy and we are not huge seafood fans.  We are coming up on 10 years of marriage and 6 years of parenting.  Looking to have…

Burlington, Vermont

I knew I’d found my new home when I settled into an outdoor table at Radio Bean with a good local newspaper and a great cup of coffee. Those had become my only criteria for a livable town, and they’ve served me well.

Lake Placid, New York

The 1980 Olympics were held here, and in some ways the town has never moved on. By that I mean it both feels like a time warp back to the 80s and they’re still very much relying on the Olympics as their “thing”. Embrace it!

5 Ways to Stay Safe Abroad

Travel is all about charting new territory, and sometimes that can leave us vulnerable. Below are a few ways to help minimize risk so you can worry less and smile more.

Plattsburgh, New York

Take a virtual tour of beautiful Plattsburgh, complete with full-color photographs of the Champlain Center Mall and SUNY campus, recommendations for restaurant, and more.

Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, and Ubatuba, Brazil

Dear Travel Agent,

I’ll be in Brazil for three weeks at the end of May, flying in and out of Sao Paulo. The first week will be spent at my friends’ house in the Aclimacao District, then in Taubate for their wedding.

After that there’s a beach directly east of Taubate – Ubatuba. If it is bus accessible and has reasonably-priced cottages, I might stay a couple of days.

Next up: Rio.

Vermont Maple Sugaring

It’s sugaring time in Vermont, when warm(ish) days and cold nights cause the sap to run in Maple trees and cabin-fevered Vermonters to tap them. These days, the sap buckets have been replaced by blue tubes, and shiny jetson-like gizmos adorn all but the smallest of backyard operations, but visiting a sugar shack is still about the sweetest thing ever.

Five reasons I try to support local business when I travel

Chain stores are known for their consistency—specific experiences with dependable standards of hygiene, lighting, and familiar flavors and smells.

Where’s the fun in that?

Local businesses are less predictable, and a hell of a lot more fun.

San Francisco Bay Area and Yosemite in April

Dear Travel Agent,
We’re visiting my sister in Oakland in April, and I think it would be great to go to Yosemite for a few days. We could either do luxury camping (meaning everything provided because we aren’t going to lug equipment from VT) or mid range lodging.