Jan 242017
 
2 Great Places Near Amherst, MA to Visit With Kids

Just two hours west of Boston and three hours north of New York City, the town of Amherst, Massachusetts snuggles amid rolling hills. Are you seeking a getaway destination that’s yummy for kids and adults alike? Read on, because this region brims with delights… and donuts.

Destination 1: The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is amazing. It turns out that several high-profile children’s book illustrators have lived in Western Massachusetts, including Eric Carle, the creator of the beloved text, The [...Read More!]

Jan 142017
 
Northampton, MA: Ideal Weekend Getaway from Boston

Fun weekend getaways within two hours from Boston have become my new passion, since having two kids under 4 years old makes a simple trip out the front door of our house seem like a complex rocket expedition. How thrilled am I, therefore, to finally discover Northampton and its surrounding goodies in Hampshire County, Massachusetts!

What makes Northampton — just a two hour drive from Boston — such an ideal spot for a weekend getaway, particularly [...Read More!]

Dec 092016
 
This Block Island, RI Lighthouse Will Make Your Jaw Drop

If you swoon for curves and color of splendid old architecture, enter the Southeast Lighthouse of Block Island, RI. Built in 1874, this 150-year-old Rhode Island building beckons you with textures to take your breath away. Join me now as we open the door and climb that historic spiral staircase!

Did you know that this 2,000-ton lighthouse was picked up and moved in 1993 so it wouldn’t fall into the ocean? The Southeast Lighthouse sits on cliffs called [...Read More!]

Nov 052016
 
You Won't Believe the Architecture and Art of the UAE

My favorite country in the world for architecture is the United Arab Emirates. “Just let your creativity go wild!” seems to be the message given to UAE designers of buildings and decor, and boy, do they ever!

During the 9 days I traveled in Dubai and Abu Dhabi (yes, this was the solo trip I took while 5 months pregnant), I spent most of my days blissfully gaping at the architecture, snapping hundreds of photos. [...Read More!]

Sep 042016
 
Rockport, MA: A Seaside Getaway One Hour From Boston

Looking for a perfect short trip from Boston that feels a world away? Zip north just one hour, and the seaside haven of Rockport, Massachusetts shall embrace you with its salt air charm and fresh lobster.

As a lifelong Bostonian, I’ve happily visited Rockport every summer, and recommend it far and wide. My favorite thing to do in the town is a combination of wandering and eating. Below, feast your eyes upon the lobster roll [...Read More!]

Jul 052016
 
My Husband Crocheted These Outfits For Our Baby?!

My husband Colin crochets. Swoon! In the months leading up to the birth of our second child, Colin crocheted for hours on end, day upon day, spinning a wee wardrobe in perfect stitches, and letting the thread’s pull ease our growing nervousness about becoming DOUBLE parents.

Our sweet and chunky baby is now four months old, and we finally have our feet under us enough to do the fashion photo shoot of all Colin’s crocheted creations: Two [...Read More!]

Jun 052016
 
The Finger Lakes, NY Town of Elmira is Full of Surprises!

While planning our family’s Finger Lakes, New York summer trip, I assumed we should stay right ON one of the lakes. Upon reflection, however, Elmira, NY emerged as an affordable and strategic base for our exploration of the region, and proved to have a wealth of history and attractions to offer, itself.

Elmira, a former manufacturing and railroad hub, is located an easy 30-minute drive away from many top Finger Lakes attractions, including Watkins Glen‘s gorgeous [...Read More!]

May 062016
 
The 3 BILLION Dollar Hotel: Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi

Prepare to be amazed as we take a tour of the second most expensive hotel built in the world: Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, which cost a whopping THREE BILLION dollars to construct. So why in the world did I put article in the “Budget Travel Secrets” category?

Here’s why this 5-star luxury hotel still makes it into my Budget Travel category: It is absolutely FREE to walk through and photograph the [...Read More!]

Apr 242016
 
Delicious Food of Mont Tremblant in Quebec, Canada

Want to put a smile on your face and a growl in your tummy? Come ogle the delicious, decorative food we found in the Canadian village of Mont Tremblant, Quebec!

As you may have already seen in my previous article giving the scoop on Mont Tremblant, the town is nestled tranquilly in the mountains. Winter features skiing, and summer is about family fun, but year-round, the destination boasts a shockingly world-class culinary scene.

When our [...Read More!]

Mar 262016
 
Wandering the Gold and Spice Souks of Deira, Dubai

During my 9-day trip to Dubai, pregnant and alone, I delighted in wandering the Gold and Spice Souks: Luscious markets located in the Deira neighborhood of Dubai. Walk with me now to take in the sights!

Deira is the old-time commercial heart of Dubai, featuring winding, stall-filled streets that harken back to the early years of the city before the mega-malls were built. (You know: those malls that are so big, a ski mountain could fit [...Read More!]