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[13 Mar 2011 | 7 Comments | 7,236 views]
Gage Hotel: Where to Stay in Marathon, Texas

On my recent week and a half longĀ road trip, I had the wonderful opportunity to stay in Marathon for two nights — on the way out to New Mexico and also on the way home. For those unfamiliar with this tiny town of around 500 residents, it is best known for three things:

It is home to the Gage Hotel, a historic and elegant building circa 1927.
It’s close to Marfa, a popular arts and food destination for Austinites and East Coast art lovers.
It’s 40 miles north of Big Bend National Park, …

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[12 Mar 2011 | 15 Comments | 7,498 views]
Road Trip to West Texas and New Mexico

This is the first in a series of posts I’ll write about a road trip I just took from Austin to New Mexico and back. All in all, I drove a total of 2,400 miles in ten days of travel that took me from Austin –> Junction –> Marfa –> Marathon –> Roswell –> Santa Fe –> Albuquerque –> Santa Fe –> Truth or Consequences –> Hatch –> White Sands National Monument –> Marathon –> Marfa –> Austin.
A huge thank you to my love Adam, for joining me on the …

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[10 Mar 2011 | 13 Comments | 8,646 views]
A Long Weekend in Austin

Austin has become quite the tourist destination. According to a 2011 study from Brookings, Austin is the top city in the U.S. right now for recent college grads, and The Atlantic says it “could be America’s hottest city at the moment.”
Many visitors are traveling to Austin as I type this to participate in the SXSW interactive, film, and music conferences. Most of these folks are going to be attending just one conference, others will stay for longer. However, since we Americans are known for our limited vacation time, I thought …

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[9 Feb 2011 | 13 Comments | 4,252 views]
Day Trip to Leesburg, Virginia from Maryland

As readers of the blog know, I grew up in Maryland, and go back often for visits. On a trip home last November for Thanksgiving, my friend Rebecca and I decided to take a day trip together to Leesburg, Virginia.
The drive from Chevy Chase, MD to Leesburg was about an hour. And by the time we arrived, it was time for lunch. We had reservations at Tuscarora Mill, a restaurant someone had recommended to Rebecca. On the way in, we passed Wine Kitchen, a restaurant my dad mentioned to me …

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[26 Jan 2011 | 12 Comments | 3,839 views]
Maple Pride

Over the past few days, I’ve shared my motivation and some background on why I’m so passionate about maple syrup, the history of maple syrup, an overview of some other regional syrups, government regulation and grading of maple syrup, and the recent settlement between Vermont and McDonald’s over their false maple labeling.
Today, I’ll talk about the maple harvest and terminology, maple regional pride, maple tourism, maple and the environment, and the potential health benefits of maple syrup.
Maple Harvest
Maple Syrup season is one of the first signs of spring in the …

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