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Best Mountain Bike Trails Near Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon might be better known for its unique and quirky aesthetic than its proximity to great mountain biking, but whether you’re looking for a gluten free donut with a bird on it, or miles of world-class singletrack, Portland delivers. Although Portland has all the amenities of a big city, it’s surrounded by great riding areas, close enough to the city center to sneak an afternoon ride in, but with enough variety to spend an adventurous weekend exploring. It’s also home to great bike shops that can handle any gear,…

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An Escape on Captiva Island, Florida

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Winds threw the ocean around while we tried to have a conversation over the noise. It was the first day of the Sanibel and Captiva Islands trip off the gulf coast of Florida, and I’m being hit with a storm. There’s a riptide advisory against swimming, but it went ignored as my husband was determined to get in the water. We has endured months of freezing London weather, then an additional two snowy weeks in Boston. It was time to vacation no matter what. Growing up, my family often migrated…

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Fresh baked goods in London and Boston: Better than Paris?

Bread and bakery items from Pan D'Avignon in Hyannis, Massachusetts

Sweets. It’s a horrible habit, but give me a bowl of ice cream or a just baked pastry any day over a big savory meal. I practically judge new destinations based just on how good the desserts are in the area. This is why France wasn’t always my favorite place in the world, but it made up for a little stuffiness with incredible eats. Although I haven’t made it back to Paris since we moved over to London, I hope to visit as soon as the weather changes. In fact,…

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Seattle’s Stranger Side: Unusual Things to Do

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As soon as I stepped foot in Seattle, I could sense something special. There are not a lot of cities I feel at home immediately in, but this west coast oasis surrounded by dense forest is magic. It’s full of people who have landed in a space that’s wonderfully welcome to everything that’s just a little weird. When hot entertainment consists of talented drag queens and art translates to a wall covered in gum, you know you’re in for a wild treat of a trip. Someday I’d love to go…

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Brooklyn’s Best Brunches: The Top 5 in New York City

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The stack of pancakes, avocado toast, and fluffy scrambled eggs I had in New York City was a game changer. Not only was the food unforgettable, but every bite also came with a bottomless glass of prosecco mimosas or cocktails. What was this sorcery?! In Boston, there are laws against offering unlimited drinks, happy hour specials, and any other deal that has to do with alcohol. So when I hopped over to NYC for a long weekend, it all felt like a revelation. Everywhere I looked were happy hours, wine…

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Cajun vs. Creole Foodie Showdown in NOLA & Beyond 

My dreams are filled with beignets and etouffeé. The impact Louisiana left on me in a culinary sense was magic. I had no idea there was such a rich and diverse scene that dates back centuries. The way locals have blended together various influences of food from around the globe is unique to this state, and one I was happy to indulge. Super simply put, you can find Cajun cuisine more out in the suburb or country, while Creole has caught on more in the cities. But these days you…

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A Night Out in South Carolina’s Best Cities

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Sunshine during the day and vibrant nightlife when the evening sets in. What more could you want in a destination? South Carolina is one of those states on the east coast that might be overlooked, but is well worth the time spent there for all it has to offer. As a vacation spot in itself or simply a pit-stop on your road from north to south (like mine!) it’s a blast to explore along the beach-y coast and its eclectic cities. With ample places to stay overnight in Columbia, Myrtle…

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Door County, Wisconsin: Much More Than All The Cheese You Can Eat

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With so much to experience in this plucky peninsula of Wisconsin, I barely that time to squeeze in all the highlights. It was such a fun, sunny and delicious trip – my first time in the Midwest, really. I tried to have zero expectations of what I might find there, and was pleasantly surprised around every corner. I’d certainly go back for the lakeside activities, hearty cuisine and thriving creative scene. Let’s get right to it! Door County Highlights Country House Resort Hands down the best place to stay in…

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My Top 5 Perfect Island Properties Worldwide

I think islands are so fascinating. I’ve built a life where I can be as connected as possible, located near a large airport or big city at all times. This proves well for having friends and family across the globe and a career that takes me frequently to new destinations. But funnily enough I find myself going to islands more than anything else, feeling the tight-knit community and island vibe immediately soothes me. Jade Mountain, St. Lucia Most likely you’ve seen shots of this iconic hotel on a travel booking…

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East Coast Florida After Dark: Best Hot Spots

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Florida is the state I visit the most outside my home state of Massachusetts. If I was ever to say I was some sort of American travel connoisseur, it would certainly be about the Sunshine State. There’s great parts and gnarly bits too, but that’s what I love about it. I especially revel in places to explore when everyone leaves the beach and head out for the night to discover the debaucherously delicious and fun. I have some ideas from the obscure to the unmissable in a few of Florida’s…

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