Beyond the Monuments: Washington DC Art Galleries to Check out Right Now www.casualtravelist.com

Beyond the Monuments: Washington DC Art Galleries to Check out Right Now

Washington DC is famous for its monuments but visitors are often surprised to find a vibrant art scene in the capital. Shedding it’s buttoned up reputation these Washington DC art galleries are showing off the capital’s creative side. A weekend is the perfect length of time to check out the art scene in Washington DC; I’ve highlighted a few of my favorite museums and galleries that offer a collection of exhibits that range from thought provoking and awe inspiring to fun and whimsical. Here are five Washington DC art galleries to check out right now.

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Where to Find the Best Craft Beer in Virginia Beach www.casualtravelist.com

Where to Find the Best Craft Beer in Virginia Beach

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.

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Monthly Musings: July 2017 www.casualtravelist.com

Monthly Musings: July 2017

Is it just me or is anyone else wondering how on earth it’s the end of July already? While the days are longer the summer months seem to fly by way too quickly for my liking. June found me in a bit of a funk about turning 40. Well, not so much a funk as a feeling of inaction and indecision; a feeling of suspended animation while life keeps going on around you. I knew I wanted to go somewhere for the long Independence Day weekend and I hemmed about where to go until about two weeks before I wanted to leave, and 5 minutes before going to bed one night I hit purchase on two tickets to Denver. I went into beast mode with trip planning and had an itinerary in a few days. Those first steps of action and decision were enough for me to feel like I got my mojo back.

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Horseback Riding at Rusty Spurr Ranch in Colorado www.casualtravelist.com

Cowboy Up: Horseback Riding at the Rusty Spurr Ranch in Colorado

Wide open spaces, snow capped mountains and groves of aspen trees; there’s no doubting the beauty of Colorado’s landscapes. The best way to view Colorado’s stunning scenery? By horseback of course. Seeking an authentic Colorado horse experience I made my way to the Rusty Spurr Ranch.

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The Maven Hotel: Mile High Style in Denver, Colorado

The Maven Hotel: Mile High Style in Denver, Colorado

Choosing the right city hotel  can be a bit like finding the holy grail.I like a hotel that puts me within easy walking distance to major sights and restaurants, a comfortable room, friendly staff and a touch of personality. In Denver’s LoDo district there is a hotel where style, service and comfort blend seamlessly.

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One Great Weekend: What to do for your Summer Trip to Breckenridge www.casualtravelist.com

One Great Weekend: Travel Tips for Your Summer Trip to Breckenridge, Colorado

 Breckenridge has long been known as one of the most popular ski destinations in the US, but the fun doesn’t end when the snow melts. The same peaks that make for great ski runs also offer up a ton of outdoor adventure in the summer months and this charming Colorado town rolls out the welcome mat for visitors in search of Rocky Mountain fun. Here’s why you should make Breckenridge your next summer trip.

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Monthly Musings: June 2017 Breckenridge, Colorado casualtravelist.com

Monthly Musings: June 2017

At the Casual Travelist I’ve mainly focused on inspiring destinations, as well as tips and products that make travel a little easier. I’ve been wanting to inject a little more of a personal side to this blog for a while and with turning forty recently I thought this would be as good a time as any to start. With Monthly Musings I’ll share the highs and lows of the previous month, articles of interest as well as a few deals for you guys.

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A Luxury Desert Oasis at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale

When it comes to luxurious weekend getaways it’s hard to top Scottsdale, Arizona. Red rock mountains meet azure blue skies, and the Old West meets high style. Minutes from desert adventure and home to some of the best spas in the world, it’s here that I found a luxury desert oasis at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale.

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Outdoor Adventure in Phoenix, Arizona www.casualtravelist.com

Outdoor Adventure in Phoenix, Arizona

With it’s signature red rock landscape, crystal blue skies and endless sunshine Phoenix is a city where life is best lived outside. Whether you want mountain adventures, crave a bit of culture or desire nothing more than to lounge in a poolside cabana; Phoenix has an outdoor adventure for everyone. Here are seven ways to enjoy the outdoors in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Thoughts on Turning Forty www.casualtravelist.com

Thoughts on Turning Forty

So this is 40. Over the past few years I’ve transitioned from being “Miss” and I am now squarely in “Ma’am” territory. I’m not just an a adult, I am a middle-aged adult (cringe). I have worked for the same company for 10 years, have a mortgage and a good credit score. I have been married for over a third of my life. I wear sensible shoes. Increasingly I’m the adultier adult that other adults turn to for advice when making adult decisions.

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