Top 5 reasons to drive Minnesota’s North Shore All-American Scenic Drive

If you know me, you know that I love a good road trip. Writing about the North Shore All-American Scenic Drive for Travelocity was the cherry on top. For as short as this drive is, it sure did pack a lot of fun. So, if you’ve been looking to take a family road trip this … Continue reading Top 5 reasons to drive Minnesota’s North Shore All-American Scenic Drive

7 of America’s most unique state parks

My latest story for Orbitz is out so state park lovers take note! From the land of giants and bison herds to retro fun, shipwrecks, and desert art, here are 7 of America’s best and most unique State Parks. 7 of America’s most unique state parks Badlands American Bison Bull (Bison bison)

Bird’s Eye View of Steamer Lane

Steamer Lane in Santa Cruz, California, offers good swells and a perfect vantage point from above for photographers and students of surfing. Last September, I was fortunate enough to drive from Seattle, Washington, to San Diego, California, hugging the spectacular coastline along both Highway 101 and 1, a.k.a, the mighty Pacific Coast Highway. I even … Continue reading Bird’s Eye View of Steamer Lane

Legacy and Tradition in Paso Robles

A few sips of Pierini Family wine and a visit with winemaker Jan Pierini shows how embracing family legacy and a minimalist approach makes her one of the best in Paso Robles. Jan Pierini's eyes sparkled to life as she walked down a well-manicured corridor of vines, talking to them in a soft, motherly tone. … Continue reading Legacy and Tradition in Paso Robles

Three Hours in St. Augustine

December is one of the coldest months to visit Florida and the weather can change seemingly every 20 minutes. It'll be sunny and clear, then the dark clouds will drift over, rain will fall, then it'll be sunny, then one more time, the rain will fall, this time as a heavy downpour. I'll take it … Continue reading Three Hours in St. Augustine

Where to Next? Try Playa Flamingo, Costa Rica.

I've had the opportunity to travel to many wonderful destinations over the years. I can't say that I have a favorite spot because knowing me, that list would likely change every week and because there's so much still to see and experience. What I can do is recommend travel-worthy destinations you should visit, though. And … Continue reading Where to Next? Try Playa Flamingo, Costa Rica.

Boulder to Idaho Springs via CO-119

Explore waterfalls, Himalayan cuisine, and laid-back mountain town life. Miles: 48.2 | State Park Sidetrip: Golden Gate Canyon State Park  Back in 2017, National Geographic named Boulder, Colorado, "happiest city in the U.S." thanks to "breathtaking scenery, a pleasant climate, a charming downtown, and enough outdoor activities to keep even the most active person busy." And … Continue reading Boulder to Idaho Springs via CO-119

Barney: The Story Behind the Image

  Motorcycle fanatics ride into Sturgis like a roaring thunderstorm sweeping across the South Dakota prairie, their bikes streaking down Main Street in bright flashes of metallic blue, candy apple red, sun yellow, and every other hue of the spectrum. For seven summer days, Sturgis is transformed from a quiet little town along I-90 into … Continue reading Barney: The Story Behind the Image

History, Beer, Food & Live Music: Billy’s Tap Room and Grill Is A Must Try

The place couldn't have been open for more than 20 minutes before I walked through the front door yet most of the seats at the bar were already taken except for one near the end. I quickly bellied up to the bar and was immediately greeted by two couples and the bartender as if they had … Continue reading History, Beer, Food & Live Music: Billy’s Tap Room and Grill Is A Must Try

Sun Sand and Surf: Why You Must Chow Down at Crabby Chris Beachside BBQ

I'm usually quite content with an ice-cold Corona, the warm sun overhead, and a nice view of the ocean right in front of me. Add some tasty barbecue to that and it's just a little slice of heaven, which is exactly what I got at Crabby Chris Beachside Barbecue and Sweets. Well, after waiting three … Continue reading Sun Sand and Surf: Why You Must Chow Down at Crabby Chris Beachside BBQ