Monthly Musings: August 2017 www.casualtravelist.com

Monthly Musings: August 2017

Well, it’s the end of August and another summer is just about in the books. I don’t know about you but this summer went by way too fast for my liking. I’ve got a few more beach days up my sleeve (never enough though) and pumpkin spice season is on the horizon (I refused to acknowledge the PSL anytime before October 1).

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My Gold Level Experience at the Fairmont Washington DC www.casualtravelist.com

My Gold Level Experience at the Fairmont Washington DC

With history around every corner, a growing arts community and one of the most exciting culinary scenes in the country it’s little surprise that Washington DC is one of my favorite stops for a city break. The Capitol is spoiled for choice when it comes to great hotels but I couldn’t pass up a chance to return for a stay at the Fairmont Washington DC. The Fairmont’s location is one of the best in the city, within easy reach of the restaurants and shops of Georgetown and Dupont Circle as well as being convenient to the monuments and museums of the National Mall while being an oasis from the tourist fray.

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25 Things to do in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia www.casualtravelist.com

25 Things to do in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia

With American roots and European flair it’s no surprise that Alexandria, Virginia has become one of my favorite weekend getaways. Located minutes from Washington DC it feels worlds away with an independent streak inspiring the creative spirits behind the art galleries, boutiques and chef-driven restaurants that call Old Town home. Whether your looking to explore Alexandria’s revolutionary roots with your family or taking a romantic trip with your sweetheart you’re sure to love your time in this charming riverside city. Here are my recommendations for things to do in Alexandria.

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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 there is an ever-expanding roster of local Virginia Beach 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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