The amber sunlight came streaming through the waning trees, hitting my face with a staccato rhythm. As we drove a 60-odd mile stretch of the Blue Ridge Parkway between Roanoke and Meadows of Dan, Virginia, the sun felt closer than normal, the shadows more defined… a reminder that autumn has nearly come to a close. This [...]
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Today’s #FriFotos theme is “WINGS.” It brought back fond memories of my summer trip to Alaska… and my flight in a float plane! It was terrifying at first – made even scarier by the fact that I witnessed a similar plane CRASH INTO A BOAT right as I was set to board. Everyone was miraculously [...]
This 4th of July, I was lucky enough to have a 4 day weekend. That meant there was plenty of time for local travel adventuring! Here are a few photo highlights from my holiday… THURSDAY, JULY 4 FRIDAY, JULY 5 SATURDAY, JULY 6 SUNDAY, JULY [...]
Last Saturday night, I had the opportunity to take a cruise from Alexandria out on the Potomac to enjoy the DC sights. It was a balmy, June night and the breeze from the boat’s movement kept me cool despite the seemingly inescapable DC humidity. The night was special for another reason: the Supermoon! On the [...]
Solomons Island is one of my favorite spots in Maryland to see the sun set. You’re sure to get an amazing view pretty much wherever you can see the water, but I recommend finding a spot along the wooden boardwalk that separates the town’s main street (Solomons Island Road) and the Patuxent River. Snag one [...]
This week, I’m co-hosting the #FriFotos Twitter Event with @EpsteinTravels, @CharlesYap, @TravelDesigned and @lindsey_epperly. The theme? TREES! Here are my favorite tree photos… enjoy!
I am fresh back from my trip to Mexico. I had an awesome time… but am in the midst of some serious Cancun-withdrawal. To help me transition back to the real world, I wanted to share one of the experiences I had on my trip. One day during the week, I visited the Mayan ruins [...]
Fall in St. Michaels, Maryland is something else! All along the historic streets, fall was in full swing with carved pumpkins, stacks of hay bundles and other Halloween-y decorations. And, Mother Nature contributed by adding a delightful display of brightly colored autumn leaves to the tree-lined streets. And, one bonus shot!
With 2,500 lavender plants and 35 different varieties, the Lavender Fields Farm is a peaceful and picturesque retreat, located less than 10 miles inland from the beach towns in Southern Delaware. Lavender is often used in aromatherapy to assist relaxation, and as you walk the grounds, gentle wafts of lavender float by, instantly wiping away [...]
This week’s #FriFotos theme on Twitter is Harbors! I’ve always been drawn to the water, and harbors are particularly alluring since they often appear unexpectedly in the midst of urban activity. Here are some of my favorites from my various travels…
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...