Pinnacles National Park

Originally designated as a monument, Pinnacles was upgraded to national park status under President Obama in 2013. It’s the closest national park from where I live and yet it took many years before I finally decided I wasn’t going to wait another minute to go. It didn’t hurt that entrance fees (normally $30) are currently…

Apple Hill

It’s been a whole year since I’ve ventured more than half an hour away from home. With the arrival of a baby, followed by a pandemic, traveling has never been more difficult to do. Still, I managed to plan a quick getaway for my birthday. This year we decided to visit Apple Hill for the…

My First Mother’s Day

One year ago, I found out I was going to be a mama. I was a little excited but mostly terrified. And as I expected, motherhood has been one hell of a roller coaster ride. A steep learning curve, long days spent in a haze of boredom and exhaustion, some nights in an overwhelming dark…

Nursery Tour

During my second week of maternity leave I was in full nesting mode. We just put the finishing touches on the nursery after about six months of very slow progress, and I had to share the results with you. Presenting our Disney/fairy tale/woodland themed nursery! I was inspired by this Eyvind Earle concept painting for…

Intercontinental New York Barclay Review

This year we used our IHG Free Night at the Intercontinental New York Barclay. It’s an older hotel rich in history. The location is convenient, in Midtown East Manhattan just a few blocks from Grand Central Station and Rockefeller Center. The decor is classic and traditional, fixtures and carpet in need of updating, but the…