For me fun is often outdoors, whether it’s hiking, gardening, wineries or outdoor festivals and markets I love them all. Here you’ll find my favorite DC area hikes, my top choices when I travel for seeing the city, fitting in a workout and taking photos, my favorite plants for patio gardens and DC area outings and activities.

The Grand Canyon in 24 hours

Labor Day weekend 2015 I was traveling to Phoenix for a high school friend’s wedding. I immediately decided this was my opportunity to hike in the Grand Canyon. It was a surreal experience and one I would do again in a heartbeat, next time hopefully with more time to hike to the bottom. Here is … Continue reading The Grand Canyon in 24 hours

Rehoboth Recommendations

Our favorite summer destination since we were kids. There’s something for everyone in the family. Our Shaw family favorites include: Downtown Browseabout Books, Rehoboth Ave: Find your new beach read! Browseabout has a huge selection as well as a gift shop Bella Luna, Rehoboth Ave: Our absolute favorite spot for unique jewelry, gifts and home … Continue reading Rehoboth Recommendations

NYC guide

“I am Eloise. I am six. I am a city child. I live at The Plaza.” My favorite childhood book and an apt description of me. I am most certainly a city child, from my first months in Manhattan to most of my life just outside DC. I always look forward to my spring trips … Continue reading NYC guide