As we drove the Blue Ridge Parkway deeper and deeper into the heart of south-western Virginia, we passed regional landmarks like Round Meadow Creek and the Mayberry Trading Post before turning onto Squirrel Spur Road, which snaked through the mountains on a scenic and serpentine path. Then, a sign: It’s a blink-or-you’ll-miss-it moment, but [...]
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The first weekend of November, I packed up my car and headed out to discover the “Old School” side of Virginia. Found all over the state — from the largest city to the smallest town– Old School Virginia shares glimpses of a simpler time. A nostalgic blast from the past where the traditions of years [...]
I’ve always considered Harrisonburg, Virginia to be the quintessential college town. Well, I guess I should clarify… From 1999 to 2003, it was my quintessential college town. I loved calling it my home during those few fleeting years that I attended James Madison University. It was a really affordable and fun place to live, energized by [...]
Hello, friends! I’ve taken a little blog breather since I have so many upcoming travels that I’ll be writing about over the next few months. But a new “Ask Chris” question has me back in action once again! This question comes from Facebook. And, here we go! Dear Chris, I’m going to be in DC [...]
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 [...]
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, [...]
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.
My Most Popular Post
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...