Beautiful Rothenburg Germany

Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Out of all the places we visited on our Central European Driving Vacation this was our favorite place. I know kind of crazy that we would choose a small, very small, town over some of the beautiful big cities we encountered, but the slower pace won us over. Like many places on this trip, this […]



Cesky Krumlov

Things To Do In Cesky Krumlov? Stroll through the streets and enjoy plenty of shopping. Visit the Cesky Krumlov Castle and even tour the tower Look for the bears in the Bear moat surrounding the castle. Eat Trdelnik There are a few museums, but we did everything that was free and loved that you could […]

Astoria, Oregon

12 Things To Do In Astoria

We drove down from Long Beach, Washington and arrived in Astoria on a Sunday and their Farmers Market was going on. We wandered through and decided to just stop and grab a bite to eat while we waited for our room to open up. We started with lunch at Clemente’s, which was fabulous.


Stunning day at the coast

Hiking and Eating in Long Beach Washington

For our anniversary we decided to head to Astoria, Oregon since we hadn’t been there in a few years. It’s a great little town on the Northern Oregon Coastline with great food options. There was a hotel we went to a few years back, that we loved, and decided to stay again. Once our trip […]

Mirror Lake with Mt. Hood in the background

Mirror Lake Hike

Portland!  You not only have the city, but the beach and the mountains can be reached within just over an hour. This is a great hike for those in or around Portland or even those that are visiting Portland and want a great view of Mt. Hood. You can hike up just to Mirror Lake […]

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7 Ways to Score that Hotel Upgrade

It seems like scoring that great upgrade used to be a little easier than it is nowadays, but don’t fear, it can be done with a few simple tricks. There are many travelers that say it’s just the luck of the draw, but others say there really are ways to work that upgrade.  Next time […]

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How to Road Trip Across Central Europe

  We started in Germany and made our way through Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria and Czech and finally back into Germany. Here’s how we did it. We started by planning all our hotels out in advance. It takes away some of your flexibility, but traveling with 10 people can be a bit over whelming to hotels. […]