Trip Overview: The quaint, riverside town of Occoquan, Virginia in Prince William County is a quintessential day trip that has it all– rich colonial history dating back to the 1700s, some serious small town charm, boutique shops, great dining and a relaxed, waterfront vibe. And the best part? It’s all a mere 35 minutes drive from downtown […]
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Over the past 18 months, the small town of Marion, Virginia has experienced an incredible revitalization. Prompted by a community-wide determination to stimulate the local economy, new entrepreneurs and small businesses are flooding the historic downtown district to show that in terms of tourism, Marion means business. Located about a mile off route I-81 in Southwestern Virginia […]
Let it be known that I am not a camper. So, what could possibly possess me – a unabashed city girl – to pack up my car and drive five hours south to camp out in a field filled with ticks, spiders and sheep poo (oh my!) in the middle of rural Virginia? The answer […]
Located in the scenic foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Charlottesville, Virginia is a city that really celebrates its historic roots. The area in and around Charlottesville was once home to 3 of our nation’s earliest presidents— Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and James Monroe— and today over 200 years later, their legacy can still be […]
Before last weekend, I had never stayed at one of Shenandoah National Park’s lodges, opting instead to “rough it” and camp outside with friends. After one glorious night at the historic Skyland Resort… well— sorry, friends— I don’t think I could ever go back to camping again! Here in the heart of Shenandoah National Park, honestly it’s a luxury […]
Recently, I’ve felt like I’ve been moving at over 100 miles per hour. Work, travel, this blog and just… life has been moving at a rapid-fire pace, with no signs of slowing down in sight. Last Friday, as I drove down Route US-211 West, towards the small town of Sperryville, Virginia and the mountains of Shenandoah […]
Ah, summer! With the season’s long days and warm nights comes ample opportunities for fun in the sun throughout the whole mid-Atlantic region. Whether you’re aching to paddle down a river, hike to a waterfall, sit on a beach, roast s’mores over a campfire, chase lightening bugs, hit up a historical hot-spot or just kick […]
When I was a kid, I absolutely loved reading Choose Your Own Adventure books. I always thought they were so whimsical and creative, and got a kick out of getting to choose each decision step by step to see where the story would take me. A few weeks ago, when it came time to celebrate my boyfriend […]
Trip Overview: To say that a weekend in Hershey is a sweet escape is quite the understatement. There’s literally chocolate everywhere. The streetlights are topped with jumbo Hershey’s kisses, the coffee’s roasted with cocoa beans, the people are all as nice as can be and — heck — in certain places even the air smells like chocolate. This small, central […]
Last Thursday, I woke up at 5:30 a.m. Unable to sleep as morning’s light began to steadily peek through the slats in my Venetian blinds, I tossed and turned for another hour before I realized the source of my restlessness: Flowers. Specifically, I was being kept awake by the tempting thoughts of the cherry blossoms […]
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...