26 Hours on a Train — Would I Do it Again?

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YES! I’m not even going to beat around the bush. This isn’t link bait. I’m not going to change my mind by the end of the post. I loved — LOVED — traveling by train and honestly, I didn’t think I would, especially considering how I feel about cruises. Let me start at the beginning as I know I’m getting ahead of myself. The Husband and I embarked on our annual anniversary vacation last Wednesday night. We had a date with

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The Golden Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge

Reminiscing about my weeklong road trip in California with the 8-Year-Old brings nothing but a smile to my face. Actually, there is a song that will forever bring me straight back to our CA road trip. It was not only the first song we heard in our rented Mustang convertible but the radio seemed to have it on repeat all week. The 8-Year-Old and I now can’t hear that song without looking at each other with a big toothy grin, and

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Ruby Princess Excursion: Grand Cayman – Atlantis Submarine

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Part of my Cruise for a Cause on Princess Cruises with the American Heart Association included 2 shore excursions on both our stops: Grand Cayman and Cozumel. As a virgin cruiser I had no idea what to expect with these excursions. Quite frankly, I didn’t even know they existed! I just assumed you docked at stops along the cruise and then fended for yourself. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Princess Cruises has dozens of shore excursion options available. Everything

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The Smallest. Bathroom. Ever.

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My unsolicited advice to anyone who is building or designing a bathroom in a hotel suite … MAKE IT LARGE ENOUGH FOR TWO PEOPLE! Really. This was by far the worst hotel bathroom I have ever been in. And it was a suite! Recently, Roni and I went to Denver to scope out two hotels for Fitbloggin’15. The second hotel we stayed at was the Sheraton in downtown Denver. It’s important for the hotel to be nice because we will be bringing

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Our Chicago Pizza Party

Our Small Half "Lou" half The Malnati Chicago Classic

Jen: Pizza. The. Best. Food. Ever I thought I knew what good pizza tastes like.  I have had the best in many cities, but this pizza in Chicago was the best I have ever had.  Honestly, I don’t think they should even call it a pizza because it was more than a pizza. I don’t even have words for how to explain it. It was THAT good. Roni: Whoa, Nelly. I totally agree pizza is the best food ever, but

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Thai, Toothpicks, and The Tower in Toronto

Mango Salad from Hungary Thai

As I lay on the bed in a tiny hostel room in Toronto, my head is spinning with tidbits of information I learned during the TBEX conference and memories of another amazing trip I’ve taken solo. Don’t get me wrong, I love to travel with friends and family, but boy is there something about spending a few days alone, in a strange city with no one to please  but yourself. There’s a rejuvenation that comes with doing what you want, when you

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Reviewing The Essex

Two weeks ago The Husband and I embarked for The Essex in Vermont not knowing what to expect. Neither of us has traveled to New England nor stayed at a culinary resort. It really was an anniversary adventure. At least as adventurous as we wanted it to be. Pulling into The Essex we were excited. Besides renting a house at the beach every year we never stay at anything but standard hotels. This made the pleasant surprise of being upgraded

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Celebrating 12 Years at Clementine

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Today is my 12th wedding anniversary. I keep saying it over and over because I honestly can’t believe it. This was us a few days before our wedding in 2001. We’re so young and “huggy.” This is us Friday night. We’re so happy and “smiley.” Oh and full! We just finished dinner at a new-to-us restaurant called Clementine. I found it online while researching restaurants that focus on local, seasonal foods. We were excited not only to try a new

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Playing at Pechanga

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This past weekend I had a chance to stay and play at Pechanga Resort and Casino while in Temecula CA for a running event. I had NO idea what to expect. The hotel was one of a dozen or so listed on the event’s site and when I saw “casino” in the name I was sold. I’m not a big gambler by any means, but I enjoy playing Poker and maybe a few hands of BlackJack at the tables. It

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Four Courses at Woodberry

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Last Friday the husband and I had dinner reservation at the Woodberry Kitchen with friends. This is one of those Baltimore restaurants I hear everyone talk about, but getting there is a bit of a chore. So much so, most people I know that do go regularly rarely do dinner but enjoy their famous Sunday brunch. It’s hard to get a reservation quickly for a party over 2. Our Friday night diner for 4 was reserved 2 months ago! Was

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