Overlooking the Crooked River in Smith Rock State Park, Oregon

Smith Rock State Park: Oregon’s Rock climbing Mecca & Dreamy Day hike destination

A legendary rock climbing destination, Smith Rock State Park is a paradise for hikers as well. We made a (not-long-enough) stop here for a few hours on our way south to Bend. What our 4-mile-hiked lacked in length, it made up for with a challenging workout and spectacular scenery.

Optimist Pram Sailboats Optis at St. Petersburg Sailing Center, downtown St. Pete Florida

St. Pete and Dunedin, Florida: Toasting Clark Mills – Father of the Optimist Pram Sailboat

Little did we know that a couple of planned stops in the St. Pete metro area would evolve into a celebration of a man whom I never knew… A man whose contributions to the sailing world cannot be understated. Two days after our arrival on the Pinellas Peninsula, we will come to believe that kismet that led us this particular place, on this particular weekend.

Mid Century Paintings at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Northwest Arkansas (Part 3): Seven reasons to visit the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art has been on my vacation wish-list from the moment I first read about its opening in 2011.  Far more than just an important collection of American Art, the Moshe Safdie-designed building and 120-acre woodland park surrounding the site are almost as spectacular as the museum’s contents. Here are seven reasons you should plan a trip to Crystal Bridges Museum.

Northwest Arkansas (Part 2): Big fun in Bentonville

Bentonville, Arkansas may be best known as the home of Walmart and for its booming job market. However it is the Crystal Bridges Museum, bike paths, bustling downtown, brews, and burgeoning foodie scene that make it such an interesting place to visit.

Bentonville will appeal to the bourgie traveler and dirtbagger alike. There really is something for everyone here. When our trip came to an end, I really didn’t want to leave this cool southern city.

Eureka Springs Pride Rainbow Bike Sculpture

Northwest Arkansas (Part I): Eureka Springs – A Funky Ozark Mountain Town

Far from the average tacky tourist town, Eureka Springs is a real-deal Victorian era city that quickly drew us in. Through a thousand feats of engineering, the beautiful historic town was built right into the limestone bluffs.

Even more impressive than the architecture is Eureka Springs’ welcoming, inclusive attitude. In these divisive times, this small Southern city sets a great example for how American cities could (and should) be.