How to Plan a Road Trip Adventure on a Small Budget

Guest post by Sam Casteris.  We all need a break every now and then. Taking a trip with your favorite people in the world is a perfect way to forget about the stresses of life. We understand that not everyone can afford an off the cuff trip to an exotic island but taking a road trip…

2018 Travel Schedule

Fredericksburg, TX | April 2-6 Experience the bluebonnets, Indian paintbrushes, and red poppies with a spring visit to the Texas Hill Country in Fredericksburg! This authentic Texas-German community, just an hour’s drive northwest of San Antonio, is renowned for its upscale boutiques and art galleries, burgeoning wine industry, upscale lodging, lush wildflower landscape, world-class museums,…

Ride the Cardinal Train to Discover West Virginia by Rail

West Virginia offers up a bounty of such intimacy. There’s the sweet beauty of the Appalachian Mountains, a quiet resilience to its people, and a chance to visit the past while watching its residents move surely to the future.

Northeast by Rail: Fall Foliage Trip (Itinerary)

If you’re curious what three weeks of traveling by train looks like–or if you just want to follow along on my journey–below is the itinerary for my fall foliage trip of the northeast by train. In West Virginia, I’ll see “gently rolling horse country, the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains, the Shenandoah Valley, and the…

A Lesson in Breeding Mason Bees

It was a vibrant spring morning as Eliza, the owner of Best Kept Secret B&B in Glenwood Springs, CO, brought out containers filled with bamboo canes. Burrowed inside these canes were Mason bees, ready to be released from their cocoons.  Kept in the refrigerator all winter to protect them from predators, and so the bees wouldn’t accidentally get…

Solo Travel: The First Step is the Hardest

“I think I’m going to throw up.” It was 10 o’clock at night and we had just arrived at the train station. The nerves and excitement that got me through the days of planning and packing for this first journey of the USA by rail had turned to dread. My friend pulled into the circle…