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My Favorite Travel Moments of 2019

My goal for 2020 is to say yes to new adventures or I should say, yes to MORE new adventures. I had plenty in 2019. I visited two new countries and revisited some other favorites. Driving almost 20k miles in road trips, I crisscrossed the country several times, road tripped Baja and camped solo for the first time. I had lots of the good moments that either didn’t make into a post or I just haven’t written about yet. I’m...

2019 Favorite Travel Destination & Year End Wrap Up

Rossio Square

What a difference a year makes. Last year at this time, I was just a few months into my blogging journey. I had moved to a new town at the first of 2018 and we were deep into a home remodel. My daughter was still away at college. I had the best travel year ever, checking off some longtime bucketlist destinations like Iceland and Cuba. This year, while the travel has been very good everything else has been, to put...

9 Amazing Things To Do Off the Vegas Strip

I love a Vegas vacation but I’ll be the first to admit that after a few days, I start to crave a change of scenery. The good news is, you don’t have to go very far to find it. Southern Nevada is full of natural beauty and really some cute towns. All within a few miles of the Vegas strip. Even if you didn’t pack your hiking boots, most of the areas have scenic drives or some paved walkways. Here’s...

The Lowdown on Where to Eat in Little Rock

Who would have thought that cheese dip would be the reason I’d finally get to spend some time in Arkansas? Definitely not me. You see, I had no idea that Little Rock was the birth place of cheese dip. Nor did I know they had a whole festival to celebrate it. But when the the Little Rock Convention & Visitor’s Bureau asked me to come and check out the festival as part of a Savor Arkansas food tour, I said...

5 Reasons to Visit Chicago in the Spring

Chicago is one of my favorite cities. Fortunately having friends there and a place to stay has meant getting to know the city pretty well and visiting year round. While I don’t think there’s a bad time to visit Chicago, there are some months that are better than others. Spring is one of my favorite times to visit. There’s something a little extra special as the city is waking up from the cold. The snow that has been piled up...

Searching for the Best Donuts in St Louis

The outside of World's Fair Donuts in St Louis

In 1904, St Louis hosted the World’s Fair. Who would have thought the donut would still be paying homage to that event now? But that’s exactly what World’s Fair Donuts, located at 1904 (see what they did there?) South Vandeventer Ave is doing all these years later. No they weren’t selling donuts then but they have been baking up glazed buttermilk cake donuts, long john’s and blueberry chip cake conuts, their specialty, for around forty years. The majority of those...

5 Great Reasons to Visit Bentonville, Arkansas

Street Art Downtown Bentonville,a great reason to visit Bentonville

-Updated Dec 2019- As a self proclaimed Southern Ambassador, I’m embarrassed to admit I knew very little about the state of Arkansas. Any first hand knowledge, was from driving across I-40 on a road trip to California, with unfortunately, no real stops in the actual state. Arkansas is considered a Southern state but for us Deep South Southerners, it’s kind of like the cousin you only hear from occasionally. So when I was invited to visit Bentonville for a “Savor...

Unique Things To Do in St Louis

I spent a couple of weeks exploring St Louis and ate way too much BBQ and sampled more donuts than I should have but I came away loving this city. In addition to the things I already knew about St Louis, like Gateway Arch National Park and the Mississippi River, I was pleasantly surprised to find there are so many other fun unique things to do. From restaurants that have been around for ages, to re-purposed buildings and street art,...