Welcome to the Windy City! | 10 Attractions in Chicago, Illinois

Welcome to the Windy City! My first visit to Chicago, Illinois involved, like a lot of my early trips, a band bus. My high school band played in the annual Thanksgiving parade in Chicago so we headed up in chilly November to participate. Despite being in the city for the …

Good Food, Giant Wheels and the Georgia National Fair | A Farewell to Georgia…

The Georgia National Fair opens every year for two weeks in small town Perry, GA (about 90 minutes south of downtown Atlanta) during the first week in October. I’ve gone nearly every year for as long as I can remember…a tradition of sorts. As a kid, my parents would take …

Carriage Stones, Cast Iron, and Fancy Maids | The Walking Tours of New Orleans, Louisiana

Quick Advice? Do not schedule two walking tours within the same day. Especially when both tours are over 2 hours long. BUT, do schedule a walking tour when entering a new city. Especially if that city is New Orleans, Louisiana. I first visited the Big Easy as a sophomore in …

Real Gumbo is Made in Nawlins… | Eating My Way Through New Orleans, Louisiana

Let the good FOOD roll… New Orleans, Louisiana. One of the most popular cities in the US, drawing some of the largest crowds all year ’round. Nawlins packs a punch in her city streets: deep historical roots, wild and crazy energy (Bourbon Street calls…), and of course, the most amazing …

36 Hours in Charleston, SC | 10 Things You MUST See and Do!

I only had 36 hours in Charleston, South Carolina. I’m upset that it took me 30 years to finally discover the beauty, history, and love of this city. I naively thought, well, I’ve seen Savannah, so Charleston can’t be much different… Ha. Ha. Ignorance is not bliss in this case. …

“You Get Served” | Hotel Review and Photo Tour, Courtyard Indianapolis Downtown

Indianapolis, Indiana provides no shortage of excellent hotels for your stay in the city. Big, small, quaint, or luxurious, Indy knows how to serve her visitors. For my stay, I elected the Courtyard by Marriott hotel, in downtown Indy. The hotel stands right behind the giant blue tower, JW Marriott. …

“Dirty Little Secret” | 3 Things You Never Knew You Could Do in Indianapolis

Let me start by clarifying my title. The secret? I know three of the best kept places in Indianapolis, IN that most don’t know exist. Unless you live there. Why dirty though? Well, two of them actually involve dirt, sweat, and grime. But in the absolute BEST way, I promise! …