travel

denver

Many of my friends are going through large life changes or transitions this year. Some are going to grad school, graduating from grad school, starting new jobs, getting married, having babies, or moving to new cities. I get together fairly regularly with three of my college roommates who still live in the area, and out…

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napa valley: food

Welcome to the second installment of our Napa trip: the food! In case you missed it, I shared our Napa winery experiences here. To give you a little background before we jump into the restaurants, we started each day with a great brunch and ended most of them with a DIY charcuterie board dinner complete…

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napa valley: wineries

At the beginning of June, my family took a long weekend trip to Napa Valley in celebration of both of my siblings graduating from college (and because everyone was available, which can sometimes be the biggest barrier for our family trips). Except for my mom, none of us had been to Napa before. Our goal…

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summer travel inspiration

Every year when summer rolls around, I find myself on weekend trips and with the itch to see new places. I would love to be an off-season traveler (fall and spring would be beautiful, cooler, less crowded, and less expensive in so many places), but the nature of my academic-calendar focused job and Will’s school…

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paris, part III

I’m back with the final installment of our Paris trip! In case you missed it, here is Paris: part I, with the Eiffel Tower and a few other main tourist attractions, and Paris: part II, with our art museum tours. While our whole trip was wonderful, the experiences in this post are probably my favorites….

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paris, part II: art museums

Welcome back to our week in Paris! In case you missed it, you can find our first day in Paris in this post. In this post, we’re taking a walk through our museum-filled day. The weather throughout our trip was chilly, but not freezing, with patches of rain scattered about each day. This didn’t stop…

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paris, part I

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that at the very beginning of the year my family took a trip to Paris! We left the U.S. on New Year’s Eve (our flight attendants wore party hats and crowns and blew party horns at midnight over the Atlantic!) and spent the first week of the…

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new york through an iphone

I mentioned in my November goals post that October was a busy month, both for work and in my personal life. The two biggest, and most fun, parts of the month were the trips I took: a girls weekend in the NC mountains to visit a friend who is due with her first baby any…

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charlottesville and richmond

At first, I wasn’t sure how to feel about this post. It is a reminder that our plans for this trip took a sharp turn soon after we arrived, but also a reminder of the great trip we made out of plans b, c, and d. Months ago, before any news of protests came out,…

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blacksburg girls weekend

A few weekends ago, my mom and I drove up to visit my sister in Blacksburg. Despite having three girls in the family for almost 23 years, we had never taken a trip with just the girls before this! What were we thinking?! The excitement leading up to the weekend and the absolutely wonderful time we…

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