A Little Windy City Love

I am one of the lucky few. The person lucky enough to have a great relationship with cities that I have never lived in but been to, often. Often enough, that it has a familiar feeling of home. That is how I felt on my last trip to Chicago. When I need a “city fix” that is the place I like to be. For those of you who have never been . . . go. Go and enjoy a Midwest feeling wrapped in a city package.

My sister was the lucky one that got to live in the city for a number of years (and I think she secretly wants to go back). I kind of wish she would since where she used to live in the city was as ideal as you could get. That would save me a LOT of money when visiting.

In the meantime, here are a couple of my favorite places.

  1. Believe me when I say that you’ll want to stand outside and admire the building before ever going inside. 
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Lazy Drive From Seattle

So I had another work conference and it took me to Seattle. It was nice to have it closer to me so I didn’t have to be at the mercy of the airlines and flight delays like my last trip. I also get the added benefit of taking my time coming home and doing a little “off-the-beaten-path” exploring. Here are 5 new finds.

  1. Lake Sacajawea Park in Longview, WA 
  2. Officers Row in Vancouver, WA 
  3. Museum of Glass including the Chihuly Bridge of Glass in Tacoma, WA 
  4. Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge in Nisqually, WA 
  5. Tumwater Falls Park in Tumwater, WA 

2 days in Medford

A couple girlfriends and I decided to take a last-minute trip to Medford. I have only been to Medford once before and that was just a drive-by. I was intrigued to try something new on for size and have already decided to start planning another trip down for some summer fun.

Here are 5 things to try when you find yourself in the area.

  1. Central Point Perk for breakfast 
  2. Rouge Creamery 
  3. Applegate River 
  4. Rouge River 
  5. Crater Lake 

Have You Used Airbnb?

I was thinking about how I travel differently today then say 15 years ago and one of the biggest differences is not staying in a hotel anymore. Don’t get me wrong—some hotel chains are great and in some areas you really want to stay in a hotel but aside from business trips—I really try to not stay in hotels anymore.

I am (and always have been) the type of traveler that loves to get into the local culture. I take walks in the local neighborhood, shop at the grocery store, and try to make new friends with the locals. So when Airbnb started, I thought it was the best thing on the planet.

Airbnb offers better rates than hotel chains, it gives you the opportunity to stay with locals and you will always be staying somewhere unique. Your experience with Airbnb will be as unique as you want it to be.

Now I do have to say that not all of my Airbnb stays have been exceptional. My experiences have run the spectrum of rating but nothing has been horrible. I also have to add the disclaimer that this isn’t for everyone and that is okay too. Luckily, there are tons of places and types that you can choose from anywhere in the world.

Here are 5 places that I am currently looking at for a trip I hope to make before the end of the year.

  1. 4.5.