Jacksonville, FL is one of those cities that is often ignored by those visiting the state of Florida. Perched in the Northeastern corner of the state, it’s easy to miss, or worse, blow it off as just another city to go speeding by. This is especially true when travelers have their sites set on the theme park Mecca that is Orlando, the decadence of Miami, or the tranquility of the Gulf Coast. Well I’m here to tell you that Jacksonville is definitely a city not to be missed. What makes it special is the fact that it has a little bit of something to offer every traveler making Jacksonville Florida’s “Jax of all trades”
Ambrosia thy name is coffee! Coffee is necessary for ramblin’ and we take our coffee very, very seriously. We even travel with many devices to brew our own and we always have a bag of beans in the car. That being said, we love nothing more than finding a great local coffee shop to savor the flavors of a perfect morning brew without us having to do the work. Little Amps in Harrisburg, PA saved us from having to brew our own and put the pep in our step with their caffeinated concoctions.
On our last visit to Louisiana we did something we never ever do…we ventured out of New Orleans! If you are anything like us, the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Louisiana is Bourbon Street. Well, we decided we needed to branch out and see what the rest of the state had to offer. We decided to Ramble On through Louisiana and our first stop was a little town called Bush. Our stay here was at a wonderful pet-friendly B&B called Splendor Farms.
When most people think of Florida images of art deco and scantily clad women run through their head. The truth though, is that this isn’t really representative of Florida at all. There’s a whole other part of Florida that’s still made up of pristine coastline and natural beauty. Fort George Island off the coast of Jacksonville is one of those places.
New Orleans is one of those cities that sticks to my ribs like a good gumbo. We ramble through this city a few times a year and it never disappoints. On our last visit we stayed at the Loews Hotel in downtown NOLA. Why? Because Loews Loves Pets and everyone knows that we do too!
While the Wright Brothers clearly own the title for successfully completing the first controlled flight, there are quite a few other pioneers in the aviation space that arguably deserve as much, if not more recognition, for their efforts in making flight a human possibility. Glenn H. Curtiss is one of those men, and a trip to the Curtiss Museum in Hammondsport, NY is all it takes to see why he was one of the most influential men in aviation.
Everyone knows that I’ve recently come to terms with my inner hippie. I’m all “Peace, Love, and Flowers” now. On our recent trip to the Finger Lakes we had the chance to visit a unique winery that embodies all that is “Peace, Love, and Happiness”. Inspire Moore winery in Naples, NY made us feel right at home. We even let Zoe come along for the ride.
The Finger Lakes region of Upstate, NY is most famous for its wineries that produce a wide variety of mostly sweet white wines. A visit to the area is typically associated with weekends spent indulging in too much of the sweet stuff while trying to visit as many of the wineries as possible. Much to our surprise, it turns out that the area has a lot more to offer, especially if you love the outdoors. So when we were fortunate enough to be invited to take a trip kayaking the Chemung River in Elmira, NY with Southern Tier Kayaking Tours, you can bet we jumped at the chance to take in some beautiful scenery and clean fresh air.
Nothing says summer like a trip to the beach – am I right? And Bethany Beach is one of the best resort towns on the Eastern Shore for families to travel to for some relaxation. But who wants to pop out of town without the family pup?
It can be a struggle for us travelers who are also pet lovers plagued by a lack of quality places that allow Fido (or Barkdale… or Chew Barca… or Miss Sugarpants… we’re not judging names here!) to join in the fun. However, the newly remodeled Meris Gardens in Bethany Beach solves the problem altogether, with top notch digs that are dog friendly.
For as long as I’ve known Lauren she has been obsessed with the sea. Most likely stemming from growing up on a small island, she’s always been interested in any kind of water related activity. While she’s an expert swimmer, enjoys boating, and is an expert at beach napping; there has been one activity that has always eluded her: Sailing. I decided to finally help her cross that item off her lifelong bucket list while we were in Baltimore for her birthday and enlisted the help of the team over at the Annapolis Sailing School.