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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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 [...]
I’ve done some crazy things over the course of my life. I’ve jumped out of a tiny pink plane at 15,000 feet in New Zealand. I’ve climbed to the top of Mayan pyramids and (inadvertently) swam with a shark. But, sometimes life is all about knowing your limits… and recently, my threshold was put to [...]
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 [...]
Just remember: Only eat oysters in months that end with “R.” – Captain Ed Farley A couple weeks ago, I traveled to St. Michaels, Maryland for the weekend. Despite being a Maryland girl, born and bred, this was my very first visit to this charming waterfront town. It was arranged to be the grand finale [...]
Just shy of 1,500 square miles, Olympic National Park is the 13th largest National Park in the US. Olympic’s unique because it contains 3 distinct eco-systems within its borders. At lower elevations, it’s home to temperate rain forests with moss-drapped trees and ferns aplenty. Then, there’s the 73 miles of coastline with rugged sea stacks, [...]
I was going through my old videos, and found this one from my Tongariro Crossing hike in 2009. You can see the volcanic activity that I mentioned earlier this week was evident.
In college, I studied abroad in the city that started the Renaissance: the magnificent Florence, Italy. I spent my time there living the good life: wandering the cobblestone streets, visiting markets and museums, sampling gelato from every notable place in town and eating enough pizza and pasta to feed a small village… balanced amongst my [...]
This week, PackedSuitcase.com reached 100 posts. Hurray! It’s a huge milestone and I’ve been planning a celebration of sorts to look back at a few of my favorite posts. Serendipitously, Katie at Tripbase has recently initiated a fun challenge called My 7 Links. The gist is that nominated bloggers pick out worthy posts from our archives [...]
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...