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 [...]
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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 [...]
All throughout the mid-Atlantic, a change is taking place. Yes, friends, it’s time to say goodbye to summer and celebrate fall once again! Fall is arguably my favorite time to plan a weekend trip in this part of the U.S. The weather’s consistently temperate and mild, the natural scenery is at its peak beauty and [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
A few weeks ago, I waxed poetic about the wonders of Ottawa after my very first visit to Canada’s capital city. Today, the sheen still hasn’t worn off. I dream of returning and revisiting some of the places that I discovered on my trip. Thankfully, Ottawa’s just a brief plan ride from many North American cities, [...]
I’ve just returned home after a food-and-music-fueled weekend away in New Orleans. This was not my first visit to the Big Easy, but this trip marked my first time at one of this city’s biggest draws: the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Jazz Fest, as it’s colloquially called, has been around for over 40 [...]
St. Michaels, Maryland (the “Hamptons of the Chesapeake”) is where the elite goes to spend the weekend. Located right along the Old Line State’s craggy coastline, it’s an idyllic waterfront retreat where all roads lead to the water. With a deep history and a familiar, small-town feel, it’s the perfect spot for a weekend getaway. Here are the top things [...]
If you’ve been reading my blog of late, you probably have noticed a number of “2 days in ______” itineraries. It’s not that I wouldn’t love to have longer to explore world-famous destinations like Montreal, Seattle or Sydney, but I share the plight of so many other Americans in today’s economy… I only have two weeks [...]
You may or may not already know that Delaware’s nickname is the “First State.” That’s because Delaware was the very first state to ratify the US Constitution in 1787. But did you know that for a short period of time, Delaware was the only state in the United States? The next state to sign was Pennsylvania, 5 days [...]
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...