We’re already 2 weeks into 2015, which means that my annual “Year in Review” post is admittedly a little overdue. But even a little delayed, 2014 is still worth taking a moment to recognize and reflect upon.
After all, 2014 was the year where….
- I went on dozens of day and weekend trips all throughout the mid-Atlantic
- I had an article published for the very first time in a print publication (Edible DC)
- Thanks to all your support, Packed Suitcase got voted as one of Elliot.com’s Best Travel Blogs of 2015
- I even got nominated for an Emmy! (For my real-world job, not my blog job 🙂 )
So, yeah… 2014 was pretty incredible.
Before delving into “where to go in 2015” (stay tuned next week for that!), I wanted to share some of my absolutely favorite spots that I discovered through last year’s travels. If you want more information about any of the trips, just click on the photos and you’ll be taken to the trip’s blog post.
Favorite Small Town: Marion, Virginia
Favorite Urban Escape: Richmond, Virginia
Favorite Rural-esque Escape: The Brandywine Valley, Pennsylvania/ Delaware
Favorite Afternoon Trip from Washington DC: Occoquan, Virginia
Favorite Place to Go Again (and Again): Middleburg, Virginia
Favorite Place to Listen to Live Music: Southwestern Virginia
Favorite Brewery: Tröegs Brewing Company in Hershey, Pennsylvania
Favorite Cidery: Blue Bee Cidery in Richmond, Virginia
Favorite Winery: Bluemont Vineyard in Loudoun County, Virginia
Favorite Farm to Table Experience: The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm
Favorite Perk I Got Because I’m A Blogger: Getting to attend Lambstock
Favorite Hotel: Skyland Resort, Shenandoah Valley, Virginia
Favorite Pool: The Infinity Pool at Keswick Hall in Charlottesville, Virginia
Favorite Spa: Omni Grove Park Inn, Asheville, North Carolina
Favorite Outdoorsy Experience: Biking on the Creeper Trail, Abingdon, Virginia
My top 5 most popular Instagram photos of 2014. (And follow me here!):
So, here’s saying ‘goodbye‘ to a truly phenomenal year. 2015, you’ve got some big shoes to fill!