1. Getting married at Crystals in Soufriere, Saint Lucia: This is obviously the first on my list because it is indeed the most memorable and so many amazing things have come from our union on this beautiful island. The air was warm and thick, the rum punch was sweet and strong, and the hospitality remains unmatched from anywhere else we have traveled to since.
2. San Francisco: I loved this for all the amazing joints to sit down and enjoy a craft beer. Being a Right Coast girl, it was nice enjoying all the Left Coast brews that I typically don’t find around here. Check out my reviews of places like The Monk’s Kettle, Toronado Pub, and Magnolia Pub and Brewery.
3. Bar Harbor, ME: Growing up, we used to take road trips to Bar Harbor often. I loved Acadia National Park and as I got older I appreciated the town as well. Favorite memory is having a ‘photo shoot’ with a photographer as I sat on a stoop with a friendly local dog. I remember several couples walking by and taking pictures of the photographer taking pictures of me. They must have thought I was somebody important. Ha!
4. Nova Scotia: I’m in love with entire province, literally. This was also a family road trip, right before I was a junior in high school. I actually have three favorites within Nova Scotia … so on to #5.
5. Halifax, Nova Scotia: The only city I have ever been in where cars stopped because they thought I wanted to cross the street – even though I wasn’t even at a crosswalk! Friendly, hip, and clean. Clean, as in, no litter and rubbish blowing about in the breeze.
6. Cape Breton, Nova Scotia: Oh, the beauty. Oh, the lush green. Named by original settlers because it reminded them so much of their Scottish homeland, this portion of Cape Breton brought many tears to my teenage eyes simply for its beauty. Gaelic is widely spoken here, how about that for romance!
7. Joggins Fossil Cliffs, Nova Scotia: I’ve always been intrigued by history, archaeology, and paleontology. Put me at Joggins Fossil Cliffs where I can search around an area rife with fossils and I’m in heaven. (cue: angels singing)
8. Corolla, Outer Banks, NC: I love everything about OBX. I’m not sure I’d want to live there since it’s basically just a giant sand bar and, what with hurricanes and all, would just make me nervous. But to visit? Beautiful. Corolla is a short drive from the 4×4 beaches, which I highly recommend. There is something special about driving to wherever you want on a beach and piling out of your vehicle and running right into the surf. If you have a dog along, make sure they don’t drink ocean water. Ours did and she got the runs. That was not fun. We stayed at Dawg Days, a great option if you’re traveling with your furry friend and kids!
9. Ricketts Glen State Park, PA: My now-husband and I went on a hike here in March. It ended up being an ice hike because although it had warmed up outside there were still huge ice formations on the trail in spots. Yes, on the trail. We took our boxer, Bruce, and it was a challenge hiking the ice, but such an amazing memory. Dangerous in spots, I almost slipped over the cliff edge in several places and had to crawl through an ice tunnel (which was a brilliant blue when inside) while trying to coax a reluctant dog to follow me.
10. Ireland and the Netherlands: This trip hasn’t happened yet but I just know there will be tons of great travel memories to be had. We’re going to the Roadburn Festival in Tilburg, NL and staying with a friend in Dublin afterwards. Just me and the husband. It’s going to be great!
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