Thursday, November 3, 2016

NYC Christmas Windows - an Illustrated Guide

Around the holidays, people flood to New York City's department stores. Some come in search of the perfect gift while others choose to window shop. As befits the Greatest City in the World, New York's Christmas windows are a magical pageant of light, color, and design. Here, I'll share my favorite way to see them in a day.

I like to start at 34th Street and work my way uptown, avoiding the worst of the crowds at Macy's (there are lines just to see the windows by mid-morning) and giving me options of how I'd like to extend my day once I hit Central Park. This twenty-three block stretch of Manhattan contains some of the most famous shops in the world and in December, you'll get to experience them at their most iconic.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Denver Destination Wedding

Destination weddings are so much fun. What's a better combination than travel, food, a party, and spending time with friends? 

Monday, October 17, 2016

Things to Do Outside Denver

If I'm going to be honest, this post should be called, 'Four Things to Do Outside Denver, Only Two of Which I Personally Experienced Due to Time Constraints'. Denver is a great travel hub for a road trip, especially with Rocky Mountain National Park close by. But if you're short on time, as I was, here are a few options closer to town.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Downtown Denver

The whole point of going to Denver for the weekend was to attend my dear friend Stacie's wedding, but since I'd never been there before, I decided to spend a little time getting to know the city. After a morning flight, I spent a leisurely afternoon shopping and dining on the 16th Street Mall. The following day, my friend Meaghan and I passed a couple of pleasant hours on a walk a few blocks south of our hotel. Here are a few spots I enjoyed in Downtown Denver.

Monday, October 3, 2016

A Stay at the Brown Palace


Flashback to October of 2009 - one of my BFFs was getting married in Denver, so I flew out for an extended weekend.  Our group of six had been pretty tight in high school and by some miracle, all of us were able to make it to the wedding.  My friend Meaghan rented a car, while I took care of accommodations for the two of us in Denver. And while Denver has lots of options, I knew exactly where I wanted to stay.

Monday, September 5, 2016

I Found a Pikachu in Charlottetown

2016 will probably always be remembered as the summer of Pokémon Go. The gaming app was released a few days before my birthday, and that week saw me and my coworkers joining, texting one another when we found a new Pokémon, becoming part of the Red Team (Valor!), and then spending my birthday evening walking around the Mosaic District, "catching them all".

Monday, August 29, 2016

Brudenell Kayaking and Panmure Island Lighthouse


I'm ashamed to admit, in the past two years I have not gotten in the canoe my parents trucked all the way up to Prince Edward Island. So maybe it's surprising that I suddenly decided we should try kayaking. Outside Expeditions offers group kayaking and lessons at two spots on the island - one at Cavendish, near Anee's land, and one on the Eastern side of the island, on the Brudenell River.