As a fledging “mid-Atlantic travel expert,” I’ve been road-tripping around the region practically every weekend for the past year in an effort to find the best and most unique experiences the mid-Atlantic has to offer. As a result, I frequently receive emails from people looking for help planning specific travels of their own. I’ve been [...]
For the past 30-some years, minstrels-in training, ladies, lasses and squires, beggars, wenches, knaves and even kings have been conveying on a 27 acre bit of forested land in Crownsville, Maryland each fall. No, it’s not a time machine. It’s the Maryland Renaissance Festival! Here, people come to step back in time, to partake in historical merriment [...]
It’s September. The leaves aren’t turning– yet– but the yellow busses filled with chattering school children are just the first indication that summer is coming to an end. After trips to far-away places like Toronto, Ottawa and Alaska, and local travels to the Shenandoah Valley, Hot Springs, Hampton, Solomons Island, Dewey Beach and more, all [...]
A few weeks ago, I had a hankering for my mom’s famous peach pound cake. Baking it was no problem — I’ve been making it annually for the past few years — but I had a dilemma. I needed peaches. It’s the peak of summer and ordinary grocery store peaches just wouldn’t do. Only peaches [...]
Today, I’m unveiling a new feature on Packed Suitcase: My “IT” List– a snappy roundup of my absolute favorite things about places I’ve been. First to get the “IT” List treatment… Dewey Beach, Delaware! This tiny .3 square mile stretch along Delaware’s Route 1 is found right between Rehoboth Beach and Bethany Beach. While the aforementioned [...]
As soon as I open the car door, it hits me. A delightfully humid whiff of briny ocean air. The man in front of me’s unloading his car and I see a boogie board and black mesh bag filled with neon-colored shovels and buckets. It becomes obvious to me: people come to Hampton, Virginia for [...]
Last weekend, my Godmother asked me a question. She said, “I see all of those photos you post on Instagram of fabulous food you eat on your travels. You just take a bite or two and then stop… right?” I looked at her sheepishly. “No. I eat the whole thing…” After seeing her shocked face, [...]
It’s no secret that I love the beach. I love everything about it: from the salt-laden air to picking crabs to the natural symphony of lapping waves. But my home, located right outside of Washington, D.C., makes it a little hard to easily get to a beach. To get my fix, I usually have to [...]
After my time with the bears in Katmai National Park, I wasn’t sure how anything else could possibly come close to topping that experience. But Alaska kept showing me her best, and the second half of my trip was filled with stunning scenery, diverse wildlife and amazing experiences. A real highlight was the Kenai Fjords [...]
Every July, the largest sockeye salmon migration in the entire world occurs on the Brooks River in Alaska’s Katmai National Park and Preserve. The guarantee of a bountiful food source draws many of the park’s 2,300 brown bears– which are like grizzlies, but 100-150 pounds heavier!– and around 10,000 tourists annually, eager to observe and [...]
Welcome to Packed Suitcase!
Packed Suitcase is a travel blog featuring quick, satisfying trips that can easily be done in a weekend from a mid-Atlantic home base.
All throughout the site, you'll find inspiration, tips, gorgeous photography and itineraries for the best quick-trip destinations, with special emphasis on showing the awesome side of lesser-known places and experiences.
Have weekend travels worthy of the Monday morning water cooler… without having to take a lot of time off of work.
My name is Chris and I'm a National Geographic Channel producer by day and a freelance travel blogger and photographer by night.
I’m passionate about empowering and enabling readers to find accessible ways to travel within their time-off constraints to become weekend warriors.
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The Day I Drank 282 Year-Old Rum
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On a recent trip to Southern Delaware, I was given a shot of rum from a 282 year-old bottle recovered from a 1733 Spanish shipwreck. Whoa...