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A Taste of Mexico with La Villa Bonita Culinary Vacations

It’s no secret that I travel to eat, I find that food is one of the best ways to experience a destination. For my first trip to Mexico I wanted to immerse myself in it’s cuisine, from vibrant salsas to smokey moles and everything in between, I wanted to experience Mexico’s diverse food culture on a deeper level. This is what led me to La Villa Bonita, a hands-on cooking school and boutique hacienda in Central Mexico’s highlands.

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The Oaks Victorian Inn- A historic B&B in Southwest Virginia

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.

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The Iris Inn, a luxury Shenandoah bed and breakfast

The Iris Inn – A Welcoming Shenandoah Hideaway

Two of my favorite ways to unwind are spending a bit of time outside reconnecting with nature and enjoying a good glass of wine. Luckily for me Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, a short 3 hour drive from my home in Virginia Beach, has both in spades making the area an obvious choice for a weekend getaway.

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