Small City Charm in Marietta, Ohio

Marietta, Ohio is the kind of place that once you’ve been, you’ll wonder why you didn’t make it there sooner. Named as one of “Ohio’s Best Hometowns” by Ohio Magazine, Marietta is the kind of place where you come for the charm but stay for the community. Continue reading “Small City Charm in Marietta, Ohio”

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Noelle’s Monthly Recap: November 2017

As was October, November was filled with travel: two trips to California and a road trip to Ohio – although strangely the month didn’t feel that busy. It seems that its only taken four trips to California in the past few months for me to start getting over jet lag of traveling west (and not getting it at all when I return east!). I also hit another “travel to-do” of visiting my 26th state, Ohio! Not knowing what to expect with a trip to Ohio, it was a pleasant surprise to find the town of Marietta, where my family and I visited, to be a vibrant place and that there was plenty to do, even in winter. It also rekindled my enjoyment of road trips, as we passed through areas of Maryland and West Virginia that I hadn’t previously driven through.
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Historic Charm at The Hackett Hotel in Marietta, Ohio

Never having been to the state of Ohio before, it became one of my goals this year to cross the state off my traveled list. The town of Marietta, Ohio came under my radar because of its historical past as the first permanent settlement in the Northwest Terrority and its waterfront location along the Ohio River. In modern days, Marietta has a charming downtown filled with shops, cafes, and restaurants. And thus, with a destination in mind, arrangements were made with the boutique Hackett Hotel for a stay over a long weekend. Here is my experience at the hotel.
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5 Wonderful European Winter Destinations

There’s something about winter – the holidays, crisp and snowy weather, comfort food, and warm beverages – that simply make it a wonderful time of the year. And thus, there are some destinations that really stand out as a place to celebrate the season, whether to escape the cold, or embrace the Christmas season. Here are five of my top picks for wonderful European winter destinations. Continue reading “5 Wonderful European Winter Destinations”

The Bear Truth of Sequoia National Park, California

Sequoia National Park is known to many as the home of California’s large, giant sequoia trees. That’s at least what I went looking for when I had some free time during a work trip and made my way to the Ash Mountain entrance of the park. Although I never made it to the trees themselves (more on that below), the massive park has a lot to offer for nature enthusiasts like myself.

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