One thing that became abundantly clear on my trip to southern California is just how varied the United States is. I didn’t expect to like Los Angeles — after all, I dislike San Francisco — but even within a single state, there’s so much diversity that it felt like different worlds. I stand corrected on my take of California and have proved to myself yet again
I really wanted 2013 to be an epic year for travel and it absolutely was! It turned out to be nothing at all like I expected, but it was amazing just the same. I started the year with some local travel (plus much-needed rest and relaxation) at Primland Resort here in Virginia. I beat my winter slump by heading to Asheville, a funky town in North Carolina
If you’ve been following along with my Oregon trip report, you already know this hasn’t matched my travel interests well. That doesn’t mean I didn’t have a good time — I can’t stress that enough — just that in my very privileged travel life, it wasn’t one of my favorites. Since this is already a topic of debate, I’m going to take it one step further and
My husband and I have a habit of choosing spring vacations in destinations that are still in the process of thawing out. Memorial Day may seem like the beginning of summer to a lot of people, but in mountainous outdoor areas, it’s still a very likely possibility that snow will still be covering trails. This year’s visit to the Mount Hood was no exception. Every
As part of my trip to Portland, I wanted to experiment a little with trip styles. I normally plan circular routes for my travels with as little backtracking as possible, but that means I end up switching hotels every night or two. This time, we specifically wanted to try basing ourselves in one place for maximum flexibility in where we wanted to go for the
If you’ve ever spent time in the Pacific Northwest in the springtime, you might be familiar with how dreary the weather can be. Coming from Virginia, I had spent the past month enjoying mostly warm, sunny days. Portland and the surrounding area, though, was forecasted to be a high of 60 with cloudy, rainy skies the entire time. Since we’re hikers, cool temperatures don’t bother
For the first time ever, I’ve gone somewhere without actually seeing the city. I’m guessing some business travelers may be used to this feeling, but as a leisure traveler, it’s a first for me. I spent five nights at the Courtyard Marriott Portland City Center, which has a really convenient location for seeing Portland (Oregon), and yet I saw very little of the city itself.