European Spring 2024: 30 hours in Chicago

European Spring 2024: 30 hours in Chicago

Our flight to Spain left Chicago O'Hare on Monday, so we decided to position ourselves in the city on Sunday just in case of travel delays. Unfortunately, Southwest only had an early Sunday morning flight or a later evening flight to Chicago, so we grudgingly accepted...

Florida’s Sun Coast: overnight in Savannah

Florida’s Sun Coast: overnight in Savannah

For our trip back to NC we decided to spend a night in Savannah - it would break up the trip into two easier driving days, plus we had a free night certificate at an IHG hotel that we needed to use. On the way we stopped outside of Gainesville at Daft Cow Brewing. I...

Florida’s Sun Coast: Sarasota sights

Florida’s Sun Coast: Sarasota sights

During our two weeks in Sarasota we were a 10 minute walk from Crescent Beach so we visited multiple evenings. Even when the color wasn't great we were entertained watching the pelicans and terns diving into the water. While exploring Siesta Key, Eric spotted a small...

Florida’s Sun Coast: restaurants

Florida’s Sun Coast: restaurants

During our two week stay we tried lots of restaurants, ranging from classic breakfasts to a beach cocktail spot, and from in-restaurant to take-away. Breakfast Original Word of Mouth - Quite busy on a weekend morning, we had to wait about 15 minutes for a table. I got...

Florida’s Sun Coast: breweries

Florida’s Sun Coast: breweries

With two weeks on the west coast of Florida we had multiple opportunities to explore local breweries. First up was Corporate Ladder, our favorite brewery in central Florida - we stopped by three times during out stay! Our first visit was the afternoon we rolled into...

Florida’s Sun Coast: stop in Greenville, SC

Florida’s Sun Coast: stop in Greenville, SC

The first day of our trip took us from Durham to Atlanta, and along the way we stopped in Greenville, SC for lunch at a brewery and photos of an urban waterfall. Parking was surprisingly hard to find mid-day on a Friday! Thankfully, Eighth State Brewing has a large...

San Diego 2024: food & drink

San Diego 2024: food & drink

Thursday This year we arrived in San Diego in the early evening, so after checking in to the hotel {link to hotel blog post} we drove to Hillcrest Brewing to check out what they had on offer. Originally I was interested in their sour (partially hidden as it is kept...

San Diego 2024: where we stayed

San Diego 2024: where we stayed

Where We Stayed Much like in 2023 and other years past, we divided our week-long stay between Hotel Circle and Pacific Beach. Holiday Inn Express - Mission Valley Located within a few minutes walk of the Town and Country conference center, the Holiday Inn Express was...

2023 Year in Review

2023 Year in Review

Previous years-in-review – 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009 In 2023 we focused on longer, slower trips. That led to less total flying than in pre-Covid years, but given our points build up, let us book premium economy...

Oregon Wine Tasting, a weekend with friends in Willamette Valley

Oregon Wine Tasting, a weekend with friends in Willamette Valley

A Southwest airfare sale spurred us to look at some options for a quick weekend trip in December, and much like 2019, we choose a weekend of wine tasting in Oregon's Willamette Valley. On this trip we brought some friends from NC, and we also met up with some friends...

Seychelles: snorkel excursions

Seychelles: snorkel excursions

Snorkel Trip with Geoli Charters (Praslin) There was 100% chance of rain according to Google but we awoke to sunshine, yay! We were picked up by van a little after 9am at our hotel, the driver was running late because the first couple wasn't ready. Total of six of us...

Seychelles: La Digue restaurants and takeaway

Seychelles: La Digue restaurants and takeaway

Glorious Bakery We stopped in for take-away pizza (margarita) on our first day. Better than the Lobster Bay pizza on Praslin and priced fine at 150scr ($10.50). Enough for us to split with two pieces leftover. Not memorable but we took notes of a bunch of other savory...

2023 Trips

San Diego (Jan)
Orlando (Feb)
Richmond, VA (Apr)
Italy (Apr)
NC Mountains (May)
Wisconsin + Chicago
Rugby World Cup (Sept)
Seychelles (Nov)

2022 Trips

Florida (Feb)
NC Mountains (Apr)
Washington DC (Apr)
Valencia, Spain (May)
Hilton Head, SC (May)
Pacific NW (Jun)
Long Island (Jul)
Florida (Sept)
Chicago (Sept)
Poland (Sept)
NC Mountains (Nov)
Euro Xmas Markets (Dec)