Sometime around six months into the quarantine life, I decided I need something that looked a little different. I zoned in on Solvang, a Danish-American city in Santa Barbara County. I had no real idea what to do in Solvang or whether there were actually people of Danish descent who lived there, but it intrigued… Read More 15 Things You Can’t Miss in Solvang, the Danish Capital of America
Lake Tahoe is one of California’s outdoor gems, full of opportunities for escape year-round. While skiing and snowboarding are the predominant draws for the snowy months, there are plenty of other things to do in Lake Tahoe in the winter for those who aren’t as inclined to hit the slopes. We visit Lake Tahoe almost… Read More Winter in Lake Tahoe: There’s More Than Skiing!
Along California’s famous Highway 1, Monterey, Carmel, and Big Sur are well-known, and then people often skip down to Morro Bay and Pismo Beach. In between those popular spots though, there is a string of charming seaside towns. If you put together all the things to do in Cambria, Harmony, and San Simeon, you’ve got… Read More A Day Trip to the Magical Seaside Towns of San Simeon, Cambria & Harmony
Yellowstone National Park was part of my most memorable vacation as a child: a camping road trip from California to Wyoming, weaving through Nevada, Arizona, and Utah in between. Besides the bison and Old Faithful though, I don’t remember much about that Yellowstone itinerary. So when it came time to revisit the United States’ oldest… Read More A Quintessential Summertime Yellowstone Road Trip
When I first mentioned to friends and coworkers that we were temporarily moving to Bend, Oregon, the common response was a two-parter: 1) Ooh, Bend is really popular these days. My XYZ just moved there, too, and 2) But why? Are there a lot of things to do in Bend? We fell in love with… Read More A Guide to the Big Little City of Bend
Yosemite National Park is one of the United States’ most well-known national parks, and certainly the most iconic in California. There are so many things to do in Yosemite, one or two trips is not enough. I’d visited Yosemite before as a youngster, but it was my partner’s first time when we visited this summer.… Read More A 3-Day Itinerary for Yosemite National Park
Over the past two months, I’ve drunk more craft beer than ever. After all, Bend, Oregon, is one of the top craft beer cities in the U.S., with one of the highest numbers of craft breweries per capita. Visiting Bend breweries became, well, research, shall we say? There are more than two dozen breweries in… Read More The Best Breweries in Bend: A Research Project 😉
If I’m honest, Corvallis was never on a “must visit” list of mine. But 2020 is full of twists and turns, and so there we were in Corvallis near the end of September. Despite some uncooperative weather on our first day, we got to discover and enjoy some of the best things to do in… Read More Hikes, Brews & Wines: A Dog-Friendly Weekend in Corvallis
Three years ago, when I got laid off after more than four years at my job, I packed up my bags and went off to explore. It was the most fantastic adventure as I hit up Peru, China, Thailand, Nepal, Bhutan, Vietnam, and Hong Kong. This year, when COVID hit and halted the world in… Read More We’ve Gone Slo-madic — With a Pup!
Known as the oldest city in the United States, St. Augustine is a mix of colonial Spanish roots and northern Florida charm. It’s perfect for a day trip from Jacksonville, Orlando, and Daytona — or, stay a whole weekend there! If you’re limited on time, here are the best things to do in St. Augustine… Read More The Best Things to Do in St. Augustine in One Day