All posts tagged: USA

Buckeye Lake Winery: A Hidden Wine Oasis in Ohio!

Originally posted on The Guinea Pig Traveler:
A lake and wine tasting? Sign me up! I snagged a Groupon to go to the Buckeye Lake Winery outside of Columbus, Ohio and invited a couple of friends to join Marc and me. The tasting was delicious, beautiful, and I found a new favorite food! ¬† Our GPS lasted the whole drive, but I will warn all those seeking the winery (and lake) that we thought we were lost several times before spotting the tiny wooden winery sign. For the wine tasting, we were seated in a large tasting room with a gorgeous view of Buckeye Lake. The room was airy and light, and we relaxed to enjoy the alcohol ūüėä We enjoyed our tasting director and my favorite wine was the Sweet Lake View white wine. The wines were fantastic, I liked more than I normally do (Marc and I are big fans of generally just white and sweet). We found some reds we really enjoyed as well! But the unexpected part of this wine tasting…

Why I Must be a Better Citizen

Originally posted on Travel Bugg :
? It happened. The thing we all laughed about, but no one took seriously. The thing that was too tinted by a surreal, orange haze to be considered a true threat. We elected a candidate whose rhetoric is openly misogynistic, racist and xenophobic, who is largely unfit to be president. What were we thinking? This isn‚Äôt the America we all know and love. Except it is. The current rhetoric is not new. It is not special to this election and it negatively affects millions of neighbors around the world in their day-to-day lives. We are all joking about moving to Canada to sing kumbaya with Justin Trudeau and the mounties, but the thing is, we can make those jokes. In most parts of the world, if your leader sucks, you can‚Äôt just leave. You don‚Äôt have a universal passport to get you to a safer, less stressful place. You have to go through miles of desert or years of legal paperwork. You have to get on an overcrowded boat, even…

Surprise Trip to San Francisco

Originally posted on for the love of nike:
My husband surprised me with a trip to San Francisco last weekend to celebrate our first wedding anniversary. What better gift could a girl ask for?! Over the course of the weekend we ate, drank, and walked (51 miles) to our hearts’ content. We stayed at the Hotel Adagio. This little boutique feeling hotel is owned by Marriott. They were so sweet–giving us a room with a view and a bottle of wine on the house. (Note the giant tiger mural by Nychos. You’ve got a great view of it from there.) Our first stop was Lombard Street. You know, that bizarre crooked street that people actually drive down (amazingly without hitting the gaggles of tourists)? You have to love (and hate) the typography¬†of San Francisco. It creates the most beautiful architectural reactions (and gives you hella blisters). Get a load of those giant wheels spinning cables below. That’s how the famous SF cable cars work. We hopped on (each trip costs $7) and made our way…

Exploring Connecticut: Kent Falls

Originally posted on The Picky Eater Travels:
I recently went to Kent Falls located in Kent, Connecticut with my friend, and I visit here about 2 times a year in the warmer months. However, with all the nice weather recently I decided to be daring and visit during February. Looking back at it, that might have been a bit of a mistake. First of all, there was ice all around where the falls was so you couldn’t walk directly to the bottom of the falls unless you want to look like a penguin sliding on your stomach all the way to the falls. Even some of the stone steps were covered in ice, but it made it a little easier with a hand rail there to hold on to. And lastly, I almost got lost in the woods because of all the rain recently there was mud everywhere on the other side of the trail so it made it difficult to spot the trail or to even cross it. However, this seems like something that…

16 Places to Visit in 2016

Originally posted on The Wanderlust Times:
Struggling to decide where to go next or where to pop on your never ending bucket list? Then here are some places that deserve some attention this year. 2016 is set to be a big year for many¬†countries across the globe¬†with world events such as the Olympic Games, new and exciting infrastructure being built and special anniversaries to be celebrated. Here, I’ve listed the ‘go-to’ places for the coming year and why this year will be a special time to visit them. Havana, Cuba Source Traveling to Cuba – especially to the capital of Havana – is like stepping back in time. Old architecture, antique looking¬†shops, colourful homes and classic cars from the 50’s make this city rare and unique.¬†Thanks to the tumultuous relationship between Cuba and the USA, Cuba has yet to be introduced to much¬†Americanisation, keeping its unique culture very much alive. Since the countries have since restored¬†ties in 2015 that is likely to change, so get there quick while it’s still stuck in a time warp.…

Nothing To Wine About: Napa Valley

Originally posted on Erin Leigh Ever After:
Visiting California was easily one of the best decisions I ever made. I have to admit, coming back to the East Coast was a little disappointing after being surrounded by¬†vineyards for as far as the eye can see for five days. While in California I visited a few places, but I’ll start with my adventures in Napa and St. Helena. My two¬†friends and I visited our other friend who is currently living in Napa while attending The Culinary Institute of America (CIA). Thanks to her and her roommate’s hospitality plus great Labor Day Deals on flights, we were able to book a cheap trip with relatively short notice. Napa was one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen. For as far as you could see there were vineyards for miles and miles. When you rolled down the windows on certain stretches of the road you could actually smell the grapes. In Napa, our main priority was wine tastings. I mean really, can¬†you blame us? CIA students can…