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Stay tuned for a new blog post with all of our favorite restaurants from New Orleans.  We’ve been three times now, and we can’t get enough of this delicious city.  We will tell you all about the places we keep returning to, and we’ll fill you in on some new places that we’ve fallen in love with.  It doesn’t get any better than New Orlean’s cuisine.  Until then, enjoy the photos.  Paul had… Read More

Before we traveled across the United States and back with a Jeep Wrangler and a tent, more than a few people expressed their opinions about our plans.  Many of them were shocked that we even had it in us to do such a thing.  After all, during the previous summer we had rented an apartment in Paris, living  a month of the sweet life, indulging daily on cheese, wine, and baguettes.  Some… Read More

The most common question we got when people asked us where we were headed for Spring Break was: Why Austin, Texas?  Our question was: Why not? Austin is an easy direct flight (about 3 and a half hours) on Southwest Airlines from Newark Airport.  But hold it cowboy!  This isn’t quite like the Texas most people imagine.  That’s not to say you can’t buy yourself some high quality kicks at Allens Boots,… Read More

A few years ago we took the ultimate sampler tour of the United States, adding 9,000 miles to our new Jeep Wrangler in 30 days.  Our coast-to-coast adventure included mostly sleepless nights in the great outdoors, with glorious hotel stays in the big cities in between.  Since it was impossible to fight the ultimate collapse into the lush linens and fluffy pillows of a comfy hotel bed, fatigue often limited our sightseeing…. Read More

We are thrilled to announce that we are now officially Starwood Preferred Platinum guests!  We reached our goal on December 31st, and we are looking forward to our first year of shiny, platinum SPG benefits. So where did we get our final stays in the Countdown to SPG Platinum?  The answer is: New York City and New Orleans.  Two incredibly unique cities.  Two separate blog posts. It is not unusual for us to… Read More

It’s an annual thing now.  Every fall we head down to Carolina to see a Gamecock football game.  Sometimes we fly into Charlotte, other times, Greenville, depending on how convenient Southwest Airlines can make it for us.  Then we rent a car and make the hour or so drive to Columbia.  But this year, we changed it up a little. This time we flew into Charleston to meet up with one of our… Read More

We are well on our way to Platinum!  We made a road trip out of stays 8, 7, and 6 by heading to Philadelphia, Alexandria, and Washington, D.C.! Our first stop was at the Le Meridien Philadelphia, a hotel we love for its unique design and history. Since this hotel used to be a YMCA, it has a character all its own which makes it stand out from other SPG properties. This hotel… Read More

Aviation is an amazing thing.  In the span of about seven hours, I went from having this very expensive $12 glass of fine Newark airport wine… to this… Here, you can buy two bottles of wine at the local supermarket for about 4 Euros a bottle.  With the current exchange rate, that equals less than $5 a bottle, which makes that aforementioned glass of Newark airport wine a huge rip off.  Plus, the 4… Read More

Washington, D.C. is one of those cities that just keeps us coming back for more.  Perhaps we have Pierre Charles L’Enfant to thank for this.  After all, George Washington put him in charge of designing our capital city, and coincidentally, there is quite a strong resemblance between a stroll towards the Capitol and a stroll towards the Eiffel Tower.  The National Mall and the Champs de Mars, both with their wide expanse of green… Read More

There’s just something about being a Jersey Girl that keeps me grounded.  Perhaps everybody feels this way about their home state.  Maybe being a Wyoming Girl is just as cool, just as delicious, just as fabulous.  What I do know is this: living in Maryland during my early adult years, I quickly realized being a crab cake eating, Old Bay spicing, Natty Boh drinking girl ranks just as high as Jersey Girl… Read More