I can’t believe in all my years of travel, I have never stayed at a bed & breakfast, but it’s true. So given the opportunity to change that, I jumped at the chance.
This spring, along with warmer weather and blooms and buds, has brought so many signs of hope and return to a life of greater physical connection with each other after a long year of isolation and separation. We are just a few days away from a time when anyone 16 or older is eligible to receive the COVID vaccine here in Oregon (and throughout most of the rest of the country, if not earlier). Here, too, schools are open to at least part-time in-person instruction, and capacities at restaurants, bars and gyms have expanded. While we've been warned of a gradual increase in case numbers and hospitalizations and the spread of variants, there is nevertheless much to cheer.
Amid all of the changes and rescheduling a lot of bride and grooms had to deal with over the last 14 months, I am happy to have finally attended a wedding ... as scheduled! This past weekend, a great friend of mine said “I do” to her groom at sunset in Spring Lake, New Jersey.
The Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C., is supposed to be one of the coolest sights on the East Coast during the months of March and April, depending on when peak bloom arrives. I had always wanted to visit the area during this time and decided this was the year to go — even if the parade and other festival activities were canceled this year. I packed my bags full of new, pastel, pink-and-blue outfits and went on a little road trip down to D.C. to catch a glimpse of some stunning cherry blossoms. The weather was a bit chilly when I arrived, and as a result, the cherry blossoms were not fully bloomed. Some trees scattered around the city were brightly painted pink and white, but for the most part, the majority were closed with green buds.
Over the weekend I thought I would finally be back watching a softball game at Northwestern. Due to a paperwork snafu, I could not get my ticket. Not to be denied, I watched the game from a bit of a distance without breaking any rules. Unfortunately, the Wildcats lost a double header to the University of Minnesota.
After a recent blog I wrote about planning a trip to Indianapolis, several of my friends contacted me about also going. My two-day trip is now a four-day, long weekend.
When I was younger, every year my cousins, brothers and I would do an Easter egg hunt, whether in the house or around the yard. Normally, we would look for eggs filled with candy, change, dollars and sometimes lottery tickets. Now that we are grown up, we started looking for other ideas to switch it up.
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The Hamilton Hotel, located steps from the White House, was the perfect place for a relaxing weekend getaway. Upon arrival, the staff was extremely friendly and helpful with a quick check-in process. The lobby was immaculate with shining marble flooring, velvet couches and an arched ceiling design that brought a sense of sophistication. For added security, the elevators are only accessible to those who have a key card to a guestroom.
Luxury destinations around the country partnered with Bryte to introduce The Restorative Bed and enhanced sleep programming at their hotels. The revolutionary, AI-powered Restorative Bed uses real-time technology to intuitively adjust based on the individual’s needs and preferences. An embedded sensory network detects biometrics, like heart rate and breathing patterns, when a sleeper enters the first stage of sleep, triggering cooling features and lulling sleepers into deep sleep. Computer-controlled air cushions alleviate pressure points, and the technology also leads sleepers naturally out of sleep.
The 2021 Academy Awards are around the corner, taking place April 25. Vacasa, an international vacation rental management company, has six swoon-worthy, Oscar-inspired vacation rental homes available.
Fairmont Olympic, one of Seattle’s most iconic hotels since 1924, is preparing to introduce its new lobby and lobby bar experience, Olympic Bar. Set to be unveiled April 30, the debut will showcase a transformed main lobby, new bar and updated event spaces.
As the vaccine rolls out and travel begins to pick up, it’s time to start dreaming of your next international trip. Here’s some destination inspiration for you. Take a visual journey through Busan, South Korea, with us.