Late last fall we had the opportunity to visit a brand new city and enjoy a weekend getaway in Minneapolis, MN. Lauren and I weren’t really sure what to expect and were pleasantly surprised to find a warm and inviting city that has lots to do. From lovely public art, to fine dining, to an international marketplace, there was definitely lots to do whether you are visiting during the week on business, or taking a short weekend getaway.
Burlington, Vermont is the perfect place for a romantic weekend getaway. The town is adorable and full of quaint shops and restaurants. We usually take our dog Zoe with us when we travel, even on romantic getaways. The Hilton Hotel in Burlington, VT was the perfect place for our little escape. They are conveniently located on the gorgeous Lake Champlain and two blocks from the historic Church Street Marketplace.
If you are reading this, then two things are obvious: You are a Stephen King fan and you think there is a town called Derry in Maine. Derry, ME is actually a fictitious town made up by one of my absolute favorite writers, Stephen King. This does not however, mean that you can’t take a tour of Derry. Confusing, I know, but you can! SKTours in Bangor, ME takes you to several of the creepy places mentioned in many of your favorite Stephen King novels in the town that was inspired by Bangor, Maine.
Rapid City in South Dakota is one of our favorite places to visit. We have been there a few times and always have a ton of fun. We always take our weimaraner Zoe with us when we visit because it’s also a very pet-friendly town and Zoe travels with us wherever we go. Luckily, we have found several places that allow us to vacation with our dog and the Best Western Ramkota Hotel made for amazing pet friendly fun in Rapid City.
Over the course of the past 3-years we Ramblers have discovered that slow travel has become our preferred method of travel. When you mix slow travel with housesitting you get an almost unbeatable combination. The blend of nearly free accommodations and having plenty of time to really take in a destination are both really great benefits. However, we’ve recently discovered another reason that’s even better. Over the last couple of years, we’ve had the ability to live the lives of completely different people while staying in these individual homes. The funny thing is, it took an old friend of ours coming over for a visit to point this out to us. We never really realized how much each house sit has impacted and changed our perspectives on life and the way it is lived by each individual person. We became very introspective on how geography, culture, and even gender can influence a person’s home and ultimately a person’s life.