Mid-September is glorious time to visit the Blue Ridge Mountains of southwestern Virginia; the leaves are hinting at change, the days are bright and sunny while the nights are crisp but without the chill of October. In short its a perfect time to visit before the crowds arrive for the maroon and orange of Virginia Tech football and the crimsons and golds of autumn. When it comes to lodging in the Christiansburg/Blackburg area you basically have three options; camping (I like a hot shower at the end of the day,thank you), generic chain hotels (ok but only if I absolutely have to), and B&Bs.
When it comes to great fall travel the United States has some stiff competition from across the Atlantic. Cooler temperatures, fewer crowds and and a little festival known as Octoberfest draw visitors across the continent. From Glasgow to Budapest a few of my fellow bloggers share their best fall travel destinations in Europe.
As far as I’m concerned fall is the best season for travel. The air is a little cooler,summer’s crowds have died down and trees are set ablaze in yellows, russets and burgundies. Fall also brings forth a bevy of festivals and seasonal culinary delights. I asked a few of my fellow travel bloggers to share their favorite fall travel destinations in the US, from New England to California this list will surely have you packing your scarf and hiking boots for your next fall trip.
Simply put, Iceland is the Earth in its most raw and primal state.Visitors flock to Iceland to take in its natural splendors and no where is better suited to take them in than South Iceland. Easily accessible as a day trip from Reykjavik or as part of a trip around Iceland’s famed Ring Road; South Iceland packs in a bounty of natural sights, each one more spectacular than the last. Fire and ice, earth and wind; in Iceland the elements have combined to create one of the most varied and breathtaking landscapes on Earth. Here’s a look at just a few of the wonders you can take in during a visit to South Iceland.
Charming cobblestone streets, a prime location on the Chesapeake Bay and centuries of history make Annapolis a great destination for a relaxing weekend trip. Located less than an hour from Washington DC, Annapolis is popular both with politicos looking to escape the Beltway hustle and with visitors to the U.S.Capital who want to experience the mid-Atlantic beyond the National Mall. While you may know Annapolis as Maryland’s state capital did you know it also briefly the capital of the United States in 1783? That is just one of the secrets I found in this captivating town by the bay.
Magnificent waterfalls, lunar lava fields and massive glaciers- Iceland is on many traveler’s bucket list for good reason. When planning my first trip to Iceland I found a few options to get a taste of the country in the four days I would be there. Plenty of people choose Reykjavik as a base and visit south Iceland’s popular sights on day trips with organized bus tours I knew I wanted to experience Iceland with the freedom that only four wheels and the open road can provide. While I am always up for a new adventure I did find the prospect of planning my Icelandic road trip a little daunting- this would be my first time driving in another country, let alone one with famously unpronounceable towns, a rugged lava-hewn landscape and the occasional volcanic eruption that will disrupt European air travel for weeks. On the recommendation of a good friend I decided to enlist the help of Icelandic Farm Holidays.
There has never been a better time to be a beer lover in Virginia. Craft beer in Virginia has exploded in recent years, growing from a handful of breweries to over 100 and counting. I’m lucky that in and around my home of Virginia Beach there is an ever-expanding roster of local breweries that are putting out some really great beer. With that in mind I wanted to highlight a few of my favorite local breweries in the Virginia Beach area.
Iceland is a captivating destination for any traveler. Volcanoes, glaciers, the wind and the sea merge to create a landscape that is like nowhere else on Earth. Whether you come for the eternal sun of summer or in search of winter’s Northern Lights nature is sure to put on a show. With a host of new low cost flight options from North America and mainland Europe there has never been a better time to visit. Here are a few tips to help you plan your first trip to the land of ice and fire.
Let’s face it,travel clothing doesn’t necessarily have the most fashionable reputation. As brilliantly lampooned here by The Everywhereist , travel clothing is typically thought of as shapeless, quick-dry nylon with zip off appendages (Basically a sleeping bag with legs). As far as I’m concerned whoever designs hiking pants that are flattering deserves a Nobel Prize.
Copenhagen is a city known for old world grandeur, sleek Nordic design and just a bit of whimsy thanks to the fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen. When looking for a place to base my Danish adventures I wanted a place that incorporated all of these elements. I’ve long been a fan boutique hotels and feel that a hotel that is characteristic of the destination always adds to the experience. If I’m staying in a larger city I also look for a hotel that’s away from the tourist fray but close enough to walk to all the major attractions. I found one hotel in Copenhagen that met all of my wishes–the Hotel Kong Arthur.