destinations

We arrived in Narita City after a long day of traveling, train transfers (and re-transfers, once we realized we were at the wrong station....oh, and a very necessary stop at the Kit Kat boutique in Ikebukuro). Having spent the first portion of our trip in Tokyo, and come directly...
Our whirlwind southern road trip allowed for just under 24 hours in Charleston, South Carolina. Not nearly enough time for this captivating southern city, but we crammed in as much as we could! Here's our recommended itinerary for the time crunched: Start at the historic Charleston Market, which dates back...
Some shots from our pilgrimage to the awesome homemade UFO Welcome Center in Bowman, South Carolina! The structure was lovingly built by creative local Jody Pendarvis, who anticipates alien visitors (but has seemingly had to make do with human gawkers for now). While there was no one around to offer...
Grand Budapest Hotel Lookalikes I walked out of Wed Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel dying to take a trip to the fictional (but why?!) Grand Budapest, as it...
Housed in a sprawling three story former schoolhouse, Joe Ley Antiques in Louisville, KY is a visual feast and a tourist destination in itself. With nearly every spare inch crammed full, our hour spent there was hardly enough time to fully explore, but the parking meter (and dinner) were calling....
A Stay at the Gorgeous West Baden Springs Hotel After an hour on a two-lane state route winding through the country– accompanied by much anticipation– we rolled up to the magnificent West Baden Springs Hotel, nestled just outside a small town in the...
A Christmas Story House Did you know that the house from the A Christmas Story movie is fully restored and open for tours in Cleveland, Ohio? Just in time for Christmas, we made the trek to the original A Christmas Story house to...

Redstone, Colorado

While exploring the area on our hot springs trip, we drove past these beautiful, crumbling coke ovens in Redstone, Colorado.  Intended as "enlightened industrial paternalism", the little village of Redstone was created for employees of John Cleveland Osgood's coal mining business in the late 1800s. The original town,...

Avalanche Ranch Hot Springs

Avalanche Ranch Hot Springs and Cabins If you follow on Instagram, you’ve already gotten a preview of our trip to Avalanche Ranch Hot Springs. After months of work in Colorado Springs, it was wonderful to get out to gorgeous Western Colorado, and wow, was...

A Drive up Pikes Peak

After months of living in the Springs, we finally made it to the top of Pikes Peak...the lazy way, of course. It's a gorgeous drive up the mountain, just under an hour long, with the temperature steadily dropping until you're rewarded with blustery cold (approx 5 degrees Fahrenheit with...