Caribbean, Disney Cruise Line, East Coast, USA, Family Travel, Most Recent Travel

The Disney Dream, June 2022

Atrium Lobby on the Disney Dream, June 2022 Inside the Disney Dream Our port arrival window at Miami Cruise Terminal was 11:15am, and within an hour we had boarded the ship through the Atrium Lobby. We were required to check in on deck four and watch a video about emergency procedures. A few locations were… Continue reading The Disney Dream, June 2022

East Coast, USA, Family Travel, Most Recent Travel, Uncategorized, Virginia

Camping in Cape Charles, Virginia May, 2022

Eastern Shore of Virginia Barrier Islands Center Barrier Islands Center in Machipango The trek to the Eastern Shore from Norfolk includes traveling over the 17.6-mile Chesapeake-Bay Bridge Tunnel. Nearly every Memorial Day weekend since 2015 we’ve traveled just north of Cape Charles to attend Art and Music on the Farm at the Barrier Islands Center… Continue reading Camping in Cape Charles, Virginia May, 2022

East Coast, USA, Family Travel, Most Recent Travel, Outer Banks, North Carolina

Okracoke Island, OBX, North Carolina

2020 & 2021 Ocracoke Island is at the southern tip of the Outer Banks of North Carolina and can only accessed by ferry. Ocracoke Island became our home away from home in 2020 & 2021. Our goal was to find a vacation destination that provided opportunities to be mostly outdoors and stay in somewhat private… Continue reading Okracoke Island, OBX, North Carolina

Art Museums, Botanical Gardens & Zoos, East Coast, USA, Forida, Major US Cities, Most Recent Travel, Museums, Uncategorized

Spring Break 2022- East Coast from Tampa, Florida to NYC

Spring Break 2022- Day 2 Savannah, GA 2022 Savannah, Georgia to Fernandina Beach, Florida Juliette Gordon Low Historic DistrictForsyth Park Spring Break 2022- Day 3 The Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida, 2022 St. Petersburg to Treasure Island, Florida Imagine MuseumDali MuseumFort Desoto Park https://videopress.com/v/dmM0aGpT?resizeToParent=true&cover=true&preloadContent=metadata&useAverageColor=true Spring Break 2022- Day 4 Sand Key Beach, Clearwater Clearwater,… Continue reading Spring Break 2022- East Coast from Tampa, Florida to NYC

East Coast, USA, Family Travel, Major US Cities, Most Recent Travel, Uncategorized

Manhattan, NYC, Spring Break 2022

Rockefeller CenterWashington Square ParkBryant ParkGrand Central TerminalSt. Patrick's CathedralLittle Italy Rockefeller Center, NYC 2022 Rockefeller Center Our hotel, the Hilton Club West was beyond perfect for our purpose of exploring the top tourist sites in midtown Manhattan.  On the corner of 57th street and Sixth Ave. we were equal walking distance to Central Park and… Continue reading Manhattan, NYC, Spring Break 2022

Art Museums, Botanical Gardens & Zoos, East Coast, USA, Family Travel, Major US Cities, Most Recent Travel, Museums, Uncategorized

Spring Break 2022: Central Park in NYC

Central Park CarouselBelvedere CastleBethesda TerraceCentral Park ZooThe Metropolitan Museum of Art Central Park, NYC, 2022 Sites Around Central Park We knocked out a few of the major sites on our first visit to Central Park in August of 2021, including the Central Park Lake. In spring of 2022 our hotel, the Hilton Club West, was… Continue reading Spring Break 2022: Central Park in NYC

East Coast, USA, Family Travel, Forida, Most Recent Travel

Spring Break 2022- Clearwater, Florida

When working out what we would see in the Tampa Bay area we decided that City Pass would be the most affordable option. For $129 per adult I was able to visit ZooTampa at Lowry Park, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, the Tropics Boat tour, and The Florida Aquarium. From St. Petersburg… Continue reading Spring Break 2022- Clearwater, Florida

Botanical Gardens & Zoos, East Coast, USA, Family Travel, Forida, Most Recent Travel, Museums

Spring Break 2022- Tampa, Florida

Tampa Zoo at Lowry Park, Florida, 2022 ZooTampa at Lowry Park Our animal-filled Tampa day started at the 9:30am opening of the Tampa Zoo in Lowry Park. We had watched season one of The Secrets of the Zoo Tampa, so we were familiar with many of the animals. The zoo has a strong breeding program… Continue reading Spring Break 2022- Tampa, Florida

East Coast, USA, Family Travel, Most Recent Travel, Outer Banks, North Carolina

5 Reasons We Chose OBX for a Beach Spring Break Vacation

There are benefits to visiting OBX in any season, but when choosing between busy touristy beaches and the much quieter towns from Corolla to Manteo, we have often opted for OBX. In 2017 we chose a long weekend for our OBX Spring Break and in 2021 we opted for an entire week during the public… Continue reading 5 Reasons We Chose OBX for a Beach Spring Break Vacation

East Coast, USA, Family Travel, Most Recent Travel, Orlando Theme Parks, Walt Disney World

Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World, January 2022

The Ervings Return to WDW Day 4- Animal Kingdom Lightning Lane & Park Opening Park opening still had a line for Flight of Passage snaked all the way to the land’s entrance, and we were glad we had secured the paid Lighting Lane for later that day. We used our first Genie+ reservation for a… Continue reading Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World, January 2022

East Coast, USA, Family Travel, Most Recent Travel, Orlando Theme Parks, Walt Disney World

Epcot at Walt Disney World, January 2022

The Ervings Return to WDW- Epcot Epcot was divided over two days using our Park Hopper tickets. The first day was a short visit hop between Hollywood Studios via the Skyliner, with the main destination being Space 220. After dining we took some time to walk through the World Showcase. On this busy Saturday night… Continue reading Epcot at Walt Disney World, January 2022

East Coast, USA, Family Travel, Museums

CHILDREN’S GARDENS OF THE US- THE NORTHEAST

I have been visiting Children's Garden up the East Coast since 2008, when my co-worker Emily Clack and I presented in Delaware at the Annual American Horticultural Society's Youth Gardening Symposium. Since then family trips have take us from Winterthur Garden & Museum in Delaware up to Coastal Maine Botanic Garden.Find More Children’s Gardens:Children’s Gardens… Continue reading CHILDREN’S GARDENS OF THE US- THE NORTHEAST

East Coast, USA, Family Travel, Most Recent Travel, National Parks, Outer Banks, North Carolina

Roanoke Island, North Carolina

North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island North Carolina Aquariums have three campuses; Roanoke Island, Pine Knoll Shores, and Fort Fisher. The Roanoke Island museum features indoor exhibits and a large outdoor nature trail. The museum hosts the Sea Turtle Assistance and Rehabilitation Center, with each rescued turtle's information displayed. In the next space, children learn… Continue reading Roanoke Island, North Carolina

East Coast, USA, Family Travel, Maine, USA, Most Recent Travel, New England, USA, Uncategorized

1750 Miles, 14 Days, FROM Virginia to Maine- Summer 2021

, Day 1- Norfolk, VA TO Philadelphia, PA via EAstern Shore Day 2- Philadelphia, PA TO Waterbury, CT via Winterthur Museum & Gardens, Philadelphia Botanical Garden & Cold Springs, NY Enchanted Woods, Winterthur Museum, Garden & LibraryEnchanted Woods, Winterthur Museum, Garden & LibraryEnchanted Woods, Winterthur Museum, Garden & LibraryEnchanted Woods, Winterthur Museum, Garden & LibraryEnchanted… Continue reading 1750 Miles, 14 Days, FROM Virginia to Maine- Summer 2021

East Coast, USA, Uncategorized, Washington DC

Washington DC- Smithsonian History & Culture museums

Take some time to visit the Smithsonian Museums to learn about the many stories that come together to create the American experience (spoiler alert: it's ain't all apple pie and baseball games). Not all of the Smithsonian Museums have fully reopened in 2021. Please check the Smithsonian website for the most up to date information.… Continue reading Washington DC- Smithsonian History & Culture museums

East Coast, USA, Family Travel, National Parks, Uncategorized, Washington DC

Washington DC- Memorials & places For Remembrance and reflection

All off the National Memorials are free to visit (the only place on this blog that requires a fee to tour is the Washington National Cathedral), and most are easy to see in less than a full day. The circulator bus is $1/person/ride and provides easy access to all of the monuments around the Tidal… Continue reading Washington DC- Memorials & places For Remembrance and reflection

East Coast, USA, Family Travel, Jen Stays Home, Most Recent Travel, Virginia

Historic Jamestown, Virginia

I have an extremely long history of visiting the Historic Triangle of Jamestown, Williamsburg and Yorktown, dating back to a "field trip" from Ohio in 1992. (I remember I was reading Silence of the Lambs at the time, as every "normal" sixth grader was at the time.) My second trip was as a high school… Continue reading Historic Jamestown, Virginia

East Coast, USA, Family Travel, Jen Stays Home, Most Recent Travel, Virginia

The Virginia Living Museum, May 2021

Indoor Animal Exhibits The bulk of The Living Museum's collection is made of of live animals (hence the name), highlighting the animals that live in Virginia (and its coast and waterways). Galleries are divided into ocean, nocturnal, western piedmont, and underground habitats. The exhibits all connect to atriums that each have a canopy walkaway and… Continue reading The Virginia Living Museum, May 2021

East Coast, USA, Family Travel, Most Recent Travel, National Parks, Outer Banks, North Carolina

OBX, May 2021

The Salt Box Cafe, Colington in Kill Devil Hills Salt Box Cafe & Dessert Salt Box Cafe, hidden in the Colington section of Kill Devil Hills has been our take-out option for the last year. This trip we dined in person. The restaurant is small, so reservations fill quickly, but the screened in patio takes… Continue reading OBX, May 2021

Art Museums, Family Travel, Jen Stays Home, Museums, Norfolk, Virginia

Barry Art Museum, May, 2021

The Barry Art Museum is on the campus of Old Dominion University in Norfolk. Admittedly, despite living within walking distance, this was our first visit as a family. With just an hour we only had time to dive into three of the four galleries. Orchids: Attraction & Deception ODU and Norfolk Botanical Garden partner to… Continue reading Barry Art Museum, May, 2021

Family Travel, Jen Stays Home, Most Recent Travel, Norfolk, Virginia

The Chrysler Museum of Art, May 2021

The Chrysler Museum of Art offers free admission with timed tickets. I've always considered the collection at the museum to be disproportionally large for a city the size of Norfolk. It wouldn't do it much justice to cover in just one post. The glass collection is the most prominent, so we will start there with… Continue reading The Chrysler Museum of Art, May 2021

East Coast, USA, Family Travel, Most Recent Travel, National Parks, Outer Banks, North Carolina

Walking OBX, April 2021

Hatteras Village- Frisco Our jumping off point for Hatteras has always been Hatteras Landing by Kees Vacations. The small "resort" is a series of small condos, each individually owned and decorated. Our most recent accommodation was completely updated. The resort is a quick walk across the road to a public access beach. If you have… Continue reading Walking OBX, April 2021

East Coast, USA, Family Travel, Most Recent Travel, National Parks, Outer Banks, North Carolina

Portsmouth Island, North Carolina

Portsmouth Village Portsmouth Village has been abandoned since 1971, and the remaining buildings are managed by the National Park Service. There were no volunteers or staff during our visit, but many of the the structures have been turned into museums and were open to tour. The Theodore and Annie Salter House and Visitor Center features… Continue reading Portsmouth Island, North Carolina

Family Travel, Most Recent Travel, National Parks, Virginia

Appalachian Foothills, Virginia- March, 2021

airbnb Prior to 2020, we stayed almost exclusively in hotels and at resorts. With social distancing we began using AirBNB. This weekend, severe storms thwarted our trip to OBX, so we decided to look elsewhere. Phenix, Virginia, in the Blue Ridge foothills, would never have been on our travel list if it weren’t for AirBNB.… Continue reading Appalachian Foothills, Virginia- March, 2021

East Coast, USA, Family Travel, Most Recent Travel

Okracoke Island for the Holidays

November & December, 2020 & 2021 Ocracoke Island is at the southern tip of the Outer Banks of North Carolina and can only accessed by ferry. A Beach (Mostly) to Yourself In 2020, I set the lofty goal of walking 20.20 miles in one day by the end of the year. I accomplished my goal… Continue reading Okracoke Island for the Holidays