There are many places in Europe that feel like a fairytale. However, few of them compare to the car-free village of Giethoorn. Here narrow waterways surround historic thatch-roof houses, and visitors can tour the charming (albeit compact) village by boat or bike, as walking paths and canals replace streets. READ MORE
The colorful vines lining the hills of J. Wrigley vineyards combat the dark and rainy gloom that embodies Oregon in October. Perched atop one of the larger hills in the Willamette Valley, I have a birds-eye view of the surrounding vineyards and forests from the tasting room’s patio. During the summer the area would buzz with tourists and traffic noise, but today it’s silent. Harvest has come and gone, school is back in session, and the rainy fall weather deters most area oenophiles from venturing out for a day of wine tasting. I have this winery (and seemingly the entire AVA) to myself. READ MORE
When thinking of Boise, Idaho what’s the first thing that comes to mind…Blue turf? Maybe. Potatoes? Probably. Though Boise’s thriving downtown scene may not be high on Idaho’s claim to fame list, it’s (in my opinion) the gem of the gem state. Boasting a variety of bars and breweries, great local restaurants, luxury accommodations and a constantly changing skyline, downtown Boise is becoming a destination all its own. READ MORE
Every year, herds of vacationers flock to Hawaii’s islands, like moths to the flame of white sand beaches, turquoise waters, and nightly luau’s. Trading business suits for Tommy Bahama shirts, they view Hawaii as a resort destination. Somewhere to unwind by a man-made pool or beach, with a ridiculously expensive Mai Tai in-hand, feasting on pig and poke in its numerous forms. READ MORE
I’m one hour in to a six hour flight from Seattle to Hawaii, and all I can think is “are we there yet?” The usual comfort and satisfaction associated with obtaining a first-class seat are overshadowed by my furry, stress-inducing, travel companion who’s yammering in a carrier by my feet. READ MORE
On a recent trip to Chicago, I learned some fun facts about the Windy City that totally blew my mind (I’m so punny, I know). Since I have a weird talent for retaining useless information, below are 13 things you probably didn’t know about Chicago.