Our Exciting US road trip plans for the next six weeks

We’re off on a six week road trip adventure. We haven’t been on a trip this long for some time. It’s the most excited I’ve felt about road tripping and travel for a long time as well. So much of the past year has been spent getting ourselves settled into life in the US, …

Point Reyes Schoolhouse – Point Reyes Station Gay Friendly Cottages

Three residences on this historic family compound on the top of the hill just above the village of Point Reyes Station – 5 minute walk to town and a 5 minute drive to the headquarters of the National Seashore. Beautiful gardens, views and cozy fireplaces with naturalist libraries in each place See the Point Reyes Schoolhouse Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here Marin County Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation

22 Fun Things to Do in Jackson MS to Discover the City With Soul

What does it mean to be the City With Soul? This is what was on my mind when planning our trip with Visit Jackson to the capital of the State of Mississippi. Capitol Building I only knew of Jackson MS because of its Deep South Blues history and complicated slavery and Civil Rights history. And I knew I…

15 Exciting Things to Do in NYC with Kids (or without)

Planning a trip to NYC with kids? I’m here to help. Deciding what to do in New York can be overwhelming at first. There’s so many things to do in NYC with kids, and it feels like there’s never enough time. We spent two weeks visiting NYC in December with our kids, taking in the sights, the sounds, the food and the most popular New York attractions. But it still feels like we only scratched the surface. Central Park horse and carriage ride Whilst two …

A hotel to remember: Belmond El Encanto, Santa Barbara, California

To this day, I haven’t had a Belmond experience that wasn’t really unique – from the British Pullman to the Venice Simplon-Orient Express trains, the iconic Reids Palace in Madeira, or the stunning La Residencia in Mallorca. This time around, I went stateside and explored my first Belmond property in the Americas: Belmond El Encanto, located in Santa Barbara in California. This is how my stay went. Getting…

Mel’s Hole: Fact or Fiction?

Let’s talk about Mel’s Hole, shall we? Before February 21st, 1997, Ellensburg, Washington was pretty much Nowheresville, USA. Apart from being home to Central Washington University and peaceful scenery provided by the foothills of the Cascades, this town wasn’t known for much nationally. On that night, though, a call …

Helping the Homeless – Small Acts of Kindness Matter

On Saturday, the 23rd of December, my family and I took a visit to the Oak City Outreach Center in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina. I first noticed a homelessness problem in Nashville and it made me very sad to see people with no homes or people to care for them. It was especially upsetting in New York when it started snowing and was so cold. I couldn’t stop thinking of how cold the homeless people would be and hoping they could sneak into the subway to get warm. I …

My adventure at Great Wolf Lodge, Charlotte, NC!

We only stayed at Great Wolf Lodge in Charlotte, North Carolina for one night, as Mum and Dad were on a work trip with Travel Media Showcase. We came here after the Dirty Dancing Festival in Lake Lure. Even though it was only one night, it still was amazing! There are so many things to do, for all ages! I loved our stay at…

Sports Themed California Vacations

Sometimes you want to spend your vacation casually strolling the streets and exploring a city like a native. This is a great way to better understand the cultural diversity and history of an area but sometimes you want something more physically challenging. There are some vacations that are all about the adrenaline rush. Professional Sports If you love all types of professional sports, then the southernmost part of the state …

7 Great Photo Spots in New York

New York can be a tricky topic for me. I know the Big Apple well and yet I’ve not seen her in years. I travelled there regularly, know corners of her intimately and yet the world and his wife/husband/civil partner/dog thinks they know her even if they have never been. And of course, I no longer know her quite as well as I used to. It is, perhaps, a glimpse into what it must be like to be related …

The Great River Road Louisiana

Walking along the most famous tree-lined walkway in Louisiana at the Oak Alley Plantation, Louisiana’s Great River Road A drive along the Great River Road in Louisiana left me with three distinct images and a haunting river of thought. Driving Louisiana’s Great River Road When I close my eyes and think of Louisiana’s Great River Road, there are three…

The Beignets of Cafe du Monde New Orleans

Above green and white stripes, the fans spin around. And around. Faster and faster, round and around. Frantic, fizzing, furious above the speckled sugar, they spin and spin, the hot air hugging them with a stubbornness that’s almost chic. Cafe du Monde New Orleans This is Cafe du Monde in New Orleans, an icon for visitors to this port city on the Mississippi, the place where the river forms a crescent before it wriggles on through the…

A Cades Cove bike ride in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park – we saw bears!

We saw bears. Lots of them. I thought that when, or if, that moment would ever arrive, I’d freeze, terrified. Instead, I was the opposite, squealing with glee and doing my best to stop myself from running over to cuddle them. I felt safe. There was an energy of permission for us to watch in open wonder as Momma taught her two babies how…

Events: Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor DreamCoat

Events: Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor DreamCoat! http://glynnhouse.com/events/ The biblical story of Joseph and his coat of many colors comes alive in the musical retelling. Joseph — the favorite son of Jacob — is blessed with vivid dreams that foretell the future. Sold into slavery by his jealous brothers, Joseph endures a series of adventures which challenge him to his core. Soon he finds himself belonging to Potiphar, whose wife makes advances toward Joseph and ultimately land him behind bars. However, news…