Sunday, February 27, 2011

21.2 Miles

That's how long is takes to get from our house now in North Springfield to our new townhouse in Reston. Yes - it's official.  Jason and I are homeowners!

While it may not be the prettiest thing on the outside, be assured there is a lot of love on the inside!

After traveling home from Phoenix, AZ this past Thursday, I joined Jason on a rainy evening as we met with our closer and signed our lives away.  But it was well worth it.  While living in Reston will add to the work commute, we absolutely love the area and are sure to share our neighborhood discoveries soon.  Besides, we're all about the miles!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Honeymoon Help

As the knowledgeable travelers Jason and I consider ourselves to be, we thought planning our honeymoon trip would be a piece of cake.  But after countless hours researching the Internet and getting absolutely nowhere, we realized that couldn't have been more wrong! We knew we wanted a place that was, in Jason's words, "all about maxin' and relaxin'."  Yet, we had no idea where to go or how to get there!

So, after the gracious recommendation of our newliest-wedded friends, The Beales, we decided to meet with Jim of Perfect Honeymoons, a travel consultant who specializes in romantic getaways.  As we sat in the waiting room, completing our "honeymoon quiz," we were admittedly a bit skeptical.  But two hours later, we left feeling excited and full of recommendations for our post-nuptial vacation!  Perfect Honeymoons' advice was just that - perfect, which was going to make it really hard to decide.  Still, we managed to narrow it down to two...

Peter Island, British Virgin Islands
A private paradise, Peter Island has won countless awards and rankings from the top travel publications in the world, including Travel & Leisure and Conde Nast.  The retreat is all about serenity and catering to classic desert-isle fantasies.  Its five isolated beaches, lush green backdrop and outlet names like Deadman's and Tradewinds, make it right up our secluded-alley!

Cap Juluca, Anguilla
After recently undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation, Cap Juluca embodies the essence of Anguilla, which has also received many accolades from the travel community, making it one of the trendiest exclusive spots around.  With its expansive white sand beach, dramatic Moorish architecture and plentiful Caribbean heritage, it's no wonder we're completely torn!

I think Jason and I are going to "sleep on it" - I mean, can you blame us?  Who doesn't want to go to bed dreaming of pristine beaches, turquoise water and 5 straight days of relaxing bliss?!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Simply Sunny

In ode to my bestie's blog, here are three simple pleasures from this week's trip to Florida...

1.  Going for a morning jog outside in February at the Fairmont Turnberry.

2.  Dining on pan seared scallops prepared by Hell's Kitchen runner-up, Executive Chef Paula DaSilva, at Eden Roc's 1500 Degrees.

3.  Flying home on Delta with only 20 people on board and lots of empty seats!

Let's just say it was hard to leave the sun behind and return home to 28 degrees.  Stay tuned next week for the recap of the amazing properties I toured... Palm Beach to Miami, there's something for everyone!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

These boots are made for walkin'

...or flyin' or drivin'.  This time of year, I am always surrounded by one of my favorite travel accessories -- boots!  Whether you're going through airport security, riding shot gun across state lines, or just sight-seeing in your local city, boots are the quintessential easy-going footwear.  They pull on and off with one swift motion.  They protect in all sorts of weather.  And you can really give people a laugh if you sport some funky socks underneath!

Here are my top 3 brands:
I'm more of an Ultimate Tall girl myself, but the Classic Short Sparkles were featured on Oprah's 2010 Favorite Things.  These sheepskin-lined boots go everywhere with me!

Legendary for comfort and fit, the Original Tall comes in many colors, perfect for coordinating with luggage!  Pair them with the Fleece Welly Sock (said in your best British accent) for an added look.

I've had my eye on these, which are perfect for transitioning into spring.  And the brand is known to have "A Passion for the Sea" which precedes many good things to come this year! 

What boots do you like to globe trot in???