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Thursday Thoughts

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Did you see my post on Tuesday? It’s not too late to get your corned beef and cabbage in the slow cooker!

Well, after St. Patrick’s Day, all I can think about is Spring Break. After Spring Break, all I can think about is summer 😉

With the weather feeling warmer and the sun shining most days, I’m really thinking about vacations.

Today, I’m sharing my Top 3 vacations. I’ve written more detailed posts on two of them, but today I’m also sharing some of the places on my TT (to travel) list.

Top 3 Vacays

1. Lake Tahoe

We went to Lake Tahoe for our tenth wedding anniversary in 2015. Our anniversary is in June, but we waited until my Fall Break in October to go.

The views were amazing, there was lots to do, and the weather was perfection. I would definitely go back there for sure!

2. Grand Canyon to Cali

A few years ago, Hayden mentioned wanting to visit the Grand Canyon. We thought that was a great idea because neither Travis nor I had been to the Grand Canyon as well. We also figured if the kids were wanting to go, we should. (rather than drag them there one day when they might not be as pumped to go.)

We spent a few days in Arizona before then driving to…

California. Travis knows I love Cali, and San Diego was an 8 hour drive. That seemed doable and a way for us to also hang out at another favorite place…the beach.

This trip meant driving from Lexington to Cincinnati, flying to Las Vegas, driving to Arizona (stayed three days), driving to San Diego (stayed four days), driving to LA (stayed two days), driving back to Las Vegas (for one night) before flying back to Cincinnati and driving home to Lex.

Shew! It was a great trip, and we were gone around 10 days, but we had such a wonderful time.

3. Napa

I’ve never blogged about this trip and could only find a few photos from our trip to Napa in 2008. This was pre-kids when we had lots of time on our hands. We were in California for about eight days. We were in Napa for most of it and then in San Francisco for a couple of days at the end of the trip.

We went to Napa with another couple and had so much fun. I will say that a week in Napa is enough. I love wine, but I swear we went to probably fifteen wineries.

One of our favorite wineries that we stumbled upon was Anomaly. It was quaint, the people were lovely and the scenery was perfection. We brought home three bottles of the wine from there from that trip. One we drank in 2009 when Hadley came home from the NICU, another we shared about six months later when we celebrated our five year wedding anniversary. Then, we took the last bottle with us to Tahoe to drink to celebrate our ten year anniversary. We’ve purchased a few more and been gifted one or two as well which we appreciate.

I couldn’t find the photo, but the next year for our anniversary Travis had one of his friends paint the Anomaly Vineyard from the photo I took. This painting still hangs above our fireplace.

I’ll cherish it always.

Fave Vacay Spots

We kind of have a rhythm with trips. For Fall break, we often head to Asheville.

Here are some posts I’ve shared:

Asheville is close to us and perfect for a quick getaway.

We’ve glamped…

We’ve hiked…

…and we’ve seen all the sights.

We went to Asheville for Spring break in 2018 (I think) with Hayden’s main requirement being we visit the Biltmore. It was a great trip as well.

For Spring break, we usually go somewhere pretty close. Last year, we went to Nashville to visit the Gaylord Opryland hotel.

We’ve also gone to South Carolina, Indianapolis, and Knoxville for Spring break.

The summer is our bigger vacation of the year. I always wish we could go somewhere warm in the winter, but it’s too hectic with the holidays and often going out of town to see family.

For summer vacation we often go to South Carolina or Siesta Key, Florida.

We’ve been to SC for Fall Break once, Spring Break once, and then summer vacay many times. Hands down the best time to visit SC is in the fall…as long as there isn’t a hurricane happening 😉

Siesta Key is another favorite vacation spot. We are lucky because Trav’s aunt and uncle own a house there. They are generous enough to share it with the family.

As my kids have gotten older and their schedules are busier, it’s hard to plan a vacation too far in advance. So, it’s great to have this option as our “go to” whenever the schedule allows.

on our 10th wedding anniversary in 2015

Bucket List:

We definitely have a list of places we’d like to travel either as a couple or with the kids.

  • New York: We actually had our 2020 Spring Break trip planned to take the kids to NYC, but had to cancel it once the reality of the pandemic was setting in. I’d still like to take them there.
  • DC: This is definitely on our short list for Fall or Spring Break.
  • Hawaii: Of course, that will be a trip we need to plan for…but I also just can’t get over how long it will take us to actually get there…which means I’ll feel like we definitely need to stay for a good stretch of time.
  • Nantucket: I don’t know if any of my family is interested in visiting Nantucket, but I sure am.
  • Pacific NW: This would be another great family vacation.
  • London, Paris, Ireland: In high school, I went on a ten day (I think) tour of Europe, but I’d love to go back. Hadley would love to go to Paris.
  • Virgin Islands: I’ve heard such great things about BVI, and I’d love to go.
  • Mexico

The last time we were in Mexico was 2005 on our honeymoon.

We look like babies!

I like that we’ve taken our kids to both familiar and new places through the years. While we aren’t world travelers, they’ve certainly seen many parts of the U.S., and maybe we’ll get abroad one day. That being said, when we go to Asheville, Isle of Palms, and especially Siesta Key, they are very familiar with those places and have some favorite restaurants and activities that “we have to do” when visiting.

What places should I add to our “to travel” list?

If only we had more time, energy, and, oh yeah — money (haha!), we’d be able to cross some of these places off our list a little sooner.

See you back here tomorrow for Friday Favorites.

14 thoughts on “Thursday Thoughts

  1. LOVED this post! Thanks for sharing the details of your trips. We’ve been wanting to visit Asheville forever. This has motivated me to make it happen! 😊

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  2. You all might really like Kiawah Island too. Lots of biking trails, good food and the ocean, of course 🙂 And close enough to Charleston to run in for a day or two.


  3. Did you ever blog about your visit to Indianapolis? I live in Indiana, so I’m curious what you all did here. 😀


  4. My crockpot is full! I’m so excited! I did Kroger pick up yesterday with the ingredients! Go me! I don’t think the bread will happen until the weekend.
    I love this post. It will get harder and harder to make these trips happen. I wish we had done more but we did a lot. I have a list and should do a post but it would require lots of digging for printed photos! Lol! Maybe a summer project. I want to explore Nantucket, Boston, Maine, and so many other places in the northeast.


  5. We went to Honolulu when my daughter was a senior in HS and although I definitely recommend it, the flights and jet lag are brutal, especially since the return is almost always a red eye. I would go again except for the flight:)
    We didn’t go really fancy with the trip, but even doing a few excursions, surf lessons, etc. it wasn’t too expensive for the 3 of us.

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  6. Hayden has made some good suggestions! You definitely should take the kids to DC sometime. I can remember going there as a kid. And I recommend Cape Cod and Nantucket. I think you all would enjoy it. Fun post.

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  7. I am really itching to travel right now! I got a great deal for train tickets to NYC last month so we are taking the boys for their first trip in July. I have a few DC day trips planned for this summer – museums, Mount Vernon(VA), FBI building, Bureau of Printing & Engraving, monuments/memorial. I am trying to schedule a trip to Williamsburg with my mom and the boys to get back to our annual summer trip. I am hoping to go somewhere tropical this summer, but I need to nail down some work things first.
    I always try to plan any trip my guys request. Like you, I think it will always be better if they really want to.
    Right now, the top places on my list are Iceland, back to Alaska with my parents/family, California (I’ve never been), Niagara Falls (both sides), Hawaii, and France. Thanks for sharing! I’m off to start looking up flights. 🙂


    1. Love all these ideas. Alaska would be amazing too! You do such a great job with travel. We never seem to be able to do multiple trips in the summer. Just too busy + we usually get to kc to see my family.


  8. I see so many familiar places on here and I LOVE it!! Siesta Key is one of those places that feels like home to me too. My parents go every spring and we join them when we are able to. That place gives me all the happy memories!

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