The Vacationers

The Vacationers

This title is misleading. This morning, I realized my husband and I haven’t taken a full week off of work together in six years. Oh for lots of reasons. And for the most part, we are "long-weekend" people.

Some of these vacation moments are at the crux of what I love about my husband. When I think about our life together, it's this list that stands out the most. Whether it's the new experience of an unknown city or our lazy tradition of coffee and reading no matter where we are in the world, this is how we reconnect and refocus. 

Okay, sometimes there is sea sicknesses and fighting, but we always heal.

  • New York: Our very first trip together a few weeks into our relationship. There’s nothing like NYC with someone who shows you the city in a totally different light. And sometimes that light isn't so bright. My first experience in a hostel, my first Chinatown bus ride, and the last time I tried to wear heels in the city.

  • Cape May: The first time I said I love you. He said “I think I could love you too someday.” (Note: we ended up getting married in Cape May three years later.)

  • York Harbor, Maine: One of my favorite trips. We explored lots of great small towns like Portsmouth, NH and Mystic, CT along the way. And when we realized how much we both like to ramble through small towns in search of two things: good books and strong coffee.

  • Annapolis: The trip where I thought I’d get engaged. I did not.    

  • Paris: The honeymoon. When you have a very, very small wedding, you can splurge on 12 amazing days in Paris. A dream realized.

  • Martha’s Vineyard & Nantucket: 10 days in heaven. We just went back this May. It’s a pain in the ass to get there, but so worth it.

  • Hudson River Valley: We just missed Katy Perry when we arrived at our amazing B&B in town. But the innkeeper let me check out her suite. One of the most beautiful places I’ve visited. If I could quit my job and write a book, I know where I’m moving.

  • Montauk, NY: My 40th birthday trip. I had wanted to go to the Hamptons forever. Loved every minute of this trip. But I still won’t spend $14 on a smoothie.

  • The Fingerlakes: Great wine. Good food. Rustic landscapes. What more can you ask for? We’ve visited twice in the past two years. Apparently, we're going to own a vineyard there someday. Stay tuned.

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