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French Polynesia Kentucky

This Post is About Pineapples

Draped around my cousin’s neck dangled a golden pineapple charm from a golden chain. Genna’s pineapple necklace, though subtle, instantly commanded all my attention. “Want to hear something cool about pineapples?” I asked.…


The Night The Hotel Lobby Came Alive

On October 20, the lobby at the Grand Traverse Resort became my favorite hotel lobby in the world. An iconic, award-winning Traverse City hotel, the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa towers above the Grand Traverse Bay. Rotating doors open…

Louisiana USA

A History of New Orleans Food Tour

A History of New Orleans Food Tour A destination bachelorette party in New Orleans to celebrate the forthcoming wedding of my dear friend Melissa reunited some of my closest companions from college. A decade of friendship, Melissa ranks among…

rays of sun shining down on Moraine Park in Rocky Mountain National Park, a stop on our Denver to Dallas road trip.
Colorado Texas USA

Denver to Dallas Road Trip

A Denver to Dallas road trip was not originally in our travel plans. But traveling for a work conference to Dallas inspired some travel creativity: what if we fly into a different city, then road trip the rest of…

The paint used at Sewah Studios can withstand the elements for decades
Ohio USA

Sewah Studios and the History of Historical Markers

How Sewah Studios Made History You may not have heard of Sewah Studios before. That’s okay; I never had either. Until my weekend trip to Marietta, Ohio. And while most people (like me) may not have heard of Sewah…

hunting for ghosts in Marietta - photo of Amanda in front of the Marietta-Williamstown Bridge.
Ohio USA

Chasing ghosts in Marietta, Ohio

Chasing ghosts in Marietta, Ohio It neared midnight when I arrived to Marietta, Ohio — still, silent, sleeping. The only sound, the wheels of my carry-on, rhythmic against the lines of the sidewalk. Bleary-eyed, I checked into The Lafayette…