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The Scottish Christmas Walk

The Scottish Christmas Walk

Our love for all things Old Town Alexandria is no secret, but one of our favorite events so far has been the Scottish Christmas Walk put on by the Campagna Center. Scott and I both have strong Scottish lineage {Clan MacPhae on my side, Clan Morrison on his}, so part of the fun is learning…

10 Christmas Decorators We Love

10 Christmas Decorators We Love

Tomorrow is December! It’s hard to say whether December or October is my favorite month here in Virginia, but right now, I’m craving warm colors, pine everything everywhere, and some holiday cheer. The capital region is insane right now to say the least, but the holidays always seem to dampen the nuttiness down and bring…

In Search of Koselig

In Search of Koselig

It’s funny to me, as a Scandinavian only two generations removed from a life of farms and fjords, to see certain Scandinavian terms permeate both American culture and design – funny mainly because they’re all concepts I grew up with but never put a name to. My grandfather might have stopped speaking his native language…

I’m a 2018 Destination Races Ambassador!

I’m a 2018 Destination Races Ambassador!

This past weekend, I received my offer to be a Destination Races Ambassador! The Destination Races brand was looking for a few passionate, fun-loving {and wine-loving} runners to help promote running and wine events, and overall running enthusiasm – and yours truly fit the bill! Because of that, I’ll get to offer you some special…

Hiking Woodmarsh Trail

Hiking Woodmarsh Trail

I think we’ve all been told, at one point or another, to “bloom where we’re planted.” I wrote a post not too long ago about how that’s not always easy. What if you’re a sun-loving plant and someone sticks you in the shade, or vice verse? Not so easy to bloom. So when you’re looking…

Alexandria :: La Fromagerie

Alexandria :: La Fromagerie

With Scott working in Old Town Alexandria these days, we’ve had a lot of fun exploring the area around where he works. I could seriously get lost all day just poking around in the various antique and specialty item stores or tasting amazing things in the various gourmet shops. There’s a fudge shop that’s to…

Apple Tartlets with Maple + Gorgonzola

Apple Tartlets with Maple + Gorgonzola

One of the many hiking trails off our neighborhood is called the “Apple Orchard Loop.” And until my sister and I hiked it and I saw the trees laden with gorgeous fresh apples, I didn’t realize that there was really an apple orchard on Apple Orchard Loop. What can I say? Two master’s degrees in math and…

Best Places to See Fall Colors in Virginia

Best Places to See Fall Colors in Virginia

Despite the warm temperatures we’ve had in Virginia lately, fall is definitely settling in! The humidity is dying back and the American sweetgum and liquid amber and the occasional maple are starting to show some of their early golden fall plumage. Travelers are starting to plan their trips to catch peak leaf season in some…

Summer :: Great Falls Revisited

Summer :: Great Falls Revisited

“Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting, and autumn a mosaic of them all.” – Stanley Horowitz I’ve used that quote a few times when I’ve talked about the fun of exploring nature through different seasons, but the more we explore Virginia through the seasons, the more truth it’s had for us….

Exploring the Annapolis Waterfront

Exploring the Annapolis Waterfront

We recently met up with friends to explore a little bit of Annapolis, Maryland. It’s only about an hour away from us, but we just hadn’t gotten around to making the trek {I blame the wretched D.C. traffic}. And yet, even though it’s only an hour away, it might as well be a whole other…

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