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29 Things to do in Quebec City in Winter that are Worth Braving the Cold

on November 20, 2019

Quebec City is a magical place, no matter the season… but it’s particularly special in winter. You can trust me on that one. I just got back from my fourth trip to Quebec City and have now experienced it in all seasons! We wondered at the flutterings of the season’s first snowfall, bathed outdoors in a Nordic spa, and cuddled up inside with hot mulled cider. As I discovered, there are plenty of things  to do in Quebec City in winter. Continue reading

Gluten Free Quebec City: A Complete Guide

on November 16, 2019

This was my fourth visit to Quebec City, a place that has long had a special spot in my heart. How can I describe Quebec City to you? At the top of a steep hill, you find yourself in a pocket of fairytale French architecture, surrounded by cobbled streets and castles. But are there gluten free Quebec City options, or is this a fairytale you’ll go hungry in? Continue reading

Gluten Free Vancouver Canada Guide

on August 24, 2019

If you’re gluten free, you need to get to Vancouver, Canada stat. The gluten free Vancouver scene is on fire. (And to convince your non-gluten free travel companions, just give them promises of gorgeous sunsets overlooking the city skyline, iconic suspension bridges, perfectly roasted coffee, and mountains within 30 minutes of the city center…. ahhh, take me back to Vancouver!). Continue reading

The Most Unique Tour in Detroit: Drive a Vintage Ford Car with Antique Touring

on July 10, 2019

I love exploring my home state of Michigan, which is how I found myself sitting in a vintage Ford Model A in Detroit last November. But let’s rewind – I want to introduce you all to the absolute most unique tour in Detroit: Antique Touring. If you are headed to Detroit this summer or fall (and I hope my love for this city can convince you to!), then you seriously need to book this tour in Detroit. Continue reading

12 Best Coffee Shops in Grand Rapids, Michigan

on June 20, 2019

It’s common knowledge that Grand Rapids is Michigan’s best city for good coffee. Whether you plan your travels around coffee, or you simply want to visit a nice cafe, the Grand Rapids coffee scene won’t let you down. Over years of visiting, I’ve tested out the best coffee shops in Grand Rapids. Continue reading

Michigan Dog Sledding with Nature’s Kennel

on March 25, 2019

I grip the handle tightly in borrowed mittens. Through thick ice fishing boots I feel my feet wobble on the tire-treads of the sled runners. Breathe. In and out. Ahead of me five dogs pull their lines taut and stare intently at our guide, Kyle’s, sled in front of us — they’re waiting for his signal. My friend Mary sits as a rider in Kyle’s sled. But me, I’m driving my own sled. I didn’t expect to be this nervous for Michigan dog sledding. But here I am, quite literally shaking in my (giant) boots. The long list of Kyle’s instructions swivel through my head: Feet on the tire treads. One foot on the drag pedal to slow. Stomp on the claw brake to stop. Keep the dog’s lines tight. And whatever you do, don’t let go if (when) you fall.  Continue reading

A Winter Stay at Amway Grand Plaza Hotel Grand Rapids

on February 27, 2019
Amway Grand Plaza Hotel Grand Rapids

When in Grand Rapids, Michigan, you need to stay somewhere grand. And really, in Michigan’s second biggest city, there is no better option than the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel. This historic and luxurious riverside hotel is well known among us Michiganders. Personally, I’d wandered its halls at Art Prize festivals past, or walked the skywalk that connects the Amway Grand to neighboring buildings (it’s useful in a Michigan winter… trust). But I’d never actually stayed at the Amway Grand… until our recent visit to Grand Rapids with Experience Grand Rapids!* Continue reading

The Best Korean Spa in NYC is Not Actually in NYC

on February 10, 2019
Visit the best Korean Spa in NYC, which is actually not in NYC. Sojo Spa Club features a rooftop infinity pool with views of the NYC skyline. #NYC #wellnesstravl #sojospaclub #koreanspa #koreanspanyc #dayspanyc

It was travel that introduced me to the magic of day spas. From the baths in Bath, England, to the hammams in Marrakech, I was easily converted to this type of wellness tourism. Not only do day spas give you a respite from jet lag or travel-related stress, but you get a peek into local traditions. So when my friend Amanda, who I met up with in NYC, sent me a photo of a rooftop infinity pool with views of the Manhattan skyline… I knew we had to go! Meet Sojo Spa Club, the best Korean spa in NYC, that’s well, not actually in NYC. Continue reading

Gluten Free Restaurants NYC: A Guide to Eating Gluten Free in New York City

on February 6, 2019

Gluten free in New York City? Well, you’ve come to the right place. The gluten free restaurants NYC scene is truly a mecca. Actually, NYC is the first place I traveled to when I originally had to go gluten free back in 2012. Since then, the gluten free scene has grown exponentially, just as awareness of celiac disease and gluten intolerance has grown too.

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Cherry Tree Inn Traverse City MI: Review

on December 19, 2018

You all know by now that one of my favorite places to travel in Michigan is Traverse City, a small city located on Lake Michigan. I’ve spent years coming to Traverse City in the summer for swimming, boating, paddle boarding, farmer’s markets, and quintessential Michigan summer experiences. Turns out Traverse City is equally wonderful in the winter, though… it’s the perfect cozy destination and Cherry Tree Inn was the ideal place to escape the cold. Continue reading