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Gems of Florida

When I was in high school and college, my family took me to Florida for just about every school break.  By Florida, I mean Orlando.  More specifically, Disney World and all the massive theme parks ever created.  I also remember visiting the beaches in the Destin / Fort Walton area once or twice.  We absolutely … Continue reading

Accidental Tourists in Buffalo, NY

Crazy ideas can sometimes lead to fun adventures, such as that time last year when Johnny and I decided to buy an electric hybrid car 900 miles away from home.  I guess that only shows that we are willing to do anything to get what we want, right?  New York is one of a handful … Continue reading

Tips for planning a romantic getaway in New Orleans

Now that the holiday season is behind us, it’s that time of the year when a lot of couples are looking for ideas of how to spend Valentine’s Day together.  For the past few years, Johnny and I have treated ourselves to short weekend getaways to celebrate the month of love.  Last year was no … Continue reading

Holiday Cheer in Asheville, NC

I started planning our pre-Thanksgiving trip to Asheville, NC when I found out that IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) was slashing the number of points required to book a stay at Hotel Indigo in Downtown Asheville.  We had not been back to Asheville since we got engaged in the fall of 2007.  This lovely city in … Continue reading

Seven days of fun and sun in New England

Our summer trip to New England came as a little bit of a surprise, as we had originally planned on a road trip to Ohio.  But Johnny had some Marriott Rewards points to burn, and we ended up using them for a week-long stay at the Renaissance Providence Downtown Hotel, Rhode Island.  Below are highlights of … Continue reading

Tips for planning a trip to Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

Update:  Providenciales took the #1 spot of Trip Advisor 2015 Travelers’ Choice Top 10 Islands in the World.  Yay! It’s been a few months since we returned from our week-long vacation in Providenciales.  However, we have not stopped talking about this island paradise, and look forward to the day we will be able to go back … Continue reading

Bourbon Peach Cobbler

Last weekend Johnny and his dad attended our cousin Tim’s retirement ceremony from the Air Force.  It was held in Warner Robbins, just south of Macon, GA.  On their way home, they stopped by the town of Fort Valley so that Johnny could show his dad around Lane Southern Orchards.  Two years ago, Johnny and I … Continue reading

Sunflower Farm Festival

The recent summer rains that we have been having in Georgia and the Carolinas got me thinking about visiting one of the area’s waterfalls.  However, when we woke up to another overcast day this past Sunday, I turned to my husband and said, “Guess what today is?  It’s Sunflower Farm Festival day!” An hour later … Continue reading

Best of: Miami and Miami Beach

Miami and Miami Beach Florida 11.03.2011 – 11.07.2011 Delta Airlines . The Mutiny Hotel & Edgewater South Beach Our love affair with Miami and its beaches began during our honeymoon in October of 2008.  We are fortunate that there is a destination as exotic as Miami within 1.5-hour flight from our hometown of Atlanta.  Everything from its … Continue reading

Best of: Savannah, Georgia

Savannah and Tybee Island Georgia 02.16.12 – 02.19.12 Residence Inn Savannah Downtown/Historic District We first stepped foot in Savannah in July of 2008.  We arrived late at night, and spent a few hours the next morning wandering around River Street and visiting The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist.  We continued on to Hilton Head … Continue reading

Best of: Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

Click this link for tips that we have compiled for planning a trip to Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Providenciales Turks and Caicos, British West Indies 10.20.2012 – 10.27.2012 Delta Airlines . Villa del Mar To celebrate our four-year wedding anniversary, we took a week-long trip to Providenciales, a Caribbean island that is a part of … Continue reading

Best of: Southern Nevada

Southern Nevada 04.06.2012 – 04.11.2012 Delta Airlines Red Rock Casino, Resort, and Spa & The Signature at MGM Grand The deserts of Nevada are anything but dull.  While the bright lights of Las Vegas casinos draw millions of visitors each year, lesser known are the colorful Red Rock Canyon and Valley of Fire State Park.  For … Continue reading

Toccoa, GA and Jaemor Farms: a weekend of waterfalls and peaches

Which college / university can boast having a 186 ft waterfall on their campus?  Well, Toccoa Falls College can! Last Saturday, Johnny and I drove 1.5 hours northeast from Atlanta to Toccoa, a small town on the border of Georgia and South Carolina.  The Cherokee Indians were definitely spot on for naming this region “Toccoa,” which … Continue reading

Nevada’s Precious Blue Diamond

Just 15 miles west of Las Vegas lies the small town of Blue Diamond.  It is so idyllic that standing there makes you feel as if you have been photo-shopped into a picture.  Burros roam around freely in open fields, while the surrounding mountain range forms a natural frame.  This is where we spent the first half … Continue reading

Hotel Review: Hammock Beach Resort

Some of the best decisions are made on a whim.  And that’s the case when we bid for a vacation package to Hammock Beach Resort in Palm Coast, Florida using the travel website Luxury Link.  After winning the auction, we waited for a few days for our dates to be confirmed, and voila!  We were … Continue reading

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