Posted by: travelmom64 | August 12, 2016

Hiking Amorgos

Despite the rugged terrain the views are magnificent.

Despite the rugged terrain the views are magnificent.

Posted by: travelmom64 | November 16, 2012

Walking Tour of the Cote d’Azur

Several weeks ago I was lucky enough to take a walking tour of the Cote d’Azur, based in Nice for a week I walked over 60 miles along gorgeous sentiers (coastal walkways).    One of my favorite little towns was Villefranche-sur-Mer with its seaside location, quaint terrace cafes, small alleys, beautiful churches and kind people.

Posted by: travelmom64 | September 21, 2010

Greenbrier River Trail

The Greenbrier River Trail is 78 miles and traverses one of the most remote areas in WV, it lies adjacent to Watoga State Park, Seneca State Forest and Monongahela National Forest.  While we biked, the trail is used for backpacking, horseback riding and winter time cross-country skiing.  The trail for much of the ride follows the Greenbrier River allowing for swimming and fishing.   Our ride was from Renick to Caldwell, which took us three hours at a leisurely pace.    The leaves were just beginning to fall, and the trail was covered in many areas, but for the most part it was well-groomed with a packed crusher-run surface.   Reminder, no cell service on the trail.   We reserved our shuttle service to Renick with WV Outdoor Adventures.

Later in the day, we  had a fabulous dinner at the General Lewis Inn, which is also a convenient B&B to the Trail. 

First come first serve camping is available  along the trail at Mile Post 20.5, 12.9, and 4.7 along the route we biked.

Posted by: travelmom64 | August 23, 2010

Douthat State Park

Once again we took advantage of the great outdoors here in VA.  Just a stones throw from Roanoke is one of VA’s Award winning state parks.    Spacious wooded campsites, cabins tucked in the woods overlooking the lake,  beach with snack bar, playground, amphitheater with entertainment, fishing, miles of great hiking and mountain biking.   

After all the outdoor fun, nothing like preparing a little camp cuisine, foil packets of tilapia and fresh veggies over whole wheat pasta!

Posted by: travelmom64 | August 12, 2010

Houseboating Smith Mountain Lake

There are plenty places to cool down during a VA summer heatwave, but one of our personal favorites is Smith Mountain Lake.    Just an hour from Roanoke, SML offers 500 miles of shoreline, endless water activities, vacation rentals for every budget, fine dining, shopping and much more.    For a really unique vacation experience, Houseboating offers a sense of freedom, no other accommodation can.   Check-out Parrot Cove Marina for all your rental needs!

Posted by: travelmom64 | August 11, 2010

Biking in the Roanoke Valley


My husband and I recently took a Sunday afternoon to bike Carvin’s Cove, my first trip to the Reserve.   While there are miles of trails, we stuck to the “Happy Trail” which was plenty challenging on a very hot VA day.  Most of the trail was clear, however we covered parts which were overgrown with long grass and weeds.   About five miles into our trip a snake crossed the path just under my bike pedal, making me somewhat scream, after which I heard rustling in the bushes only to see a bear cub scampering up a tree.  Needless to say, at this point I was pedaling pretty fast.   While I have a real quest to stay healthy and fit, I quickly realized one could easily suffer a coronary while venturing out into the woods!

Posted by: travelmom64 | August 11, 2010

Myrtle Beach, SC

We have the great fortune of a fractional ownership at Ocean Creek Resort, located just across the street from Barefoot Landing.  This Myrtle Beach landmark never disappoints.   Built in the eighties, on a prime piece of real estate boarding the private community of Briarcliffe Acres, it is truly an oasis in the heart of it all.    A “gated” community, it provides 24 hour security for its owners and guests, lots of different accommodation options, plenty of pools throughout the complex plus a Beach Club pool, beach snack bar and onsite restaurant.    Location is key, after exiting the complex you are within minutes of the areas best restaurants, entertainment and shopping.   Ocean Creek remains a consistent family vacation.

Posted by: travelmom64 | July 23, 2010

Two weeks in Hawaii

Our family of five spent two weeks in Hawaii over spring break, visiting the islands of Oahu, Maui and the Big Island.    Our adventures included a helicopter ride over the volcano (lava not flowing), Volcano National Park, day at Hapuna Beach, snorkeling at Molokini and a little whale watching, Luau, zipling, black sand beaches, the road to Hana, Diamond Head, surf lessons on Waikiki, outrigger canoe ride, the Lost Tour, lots of sunshine and beautiful sunsets.  

 We stayed at the Aston Waikoloa Shores on the Big Island, Aston Kanaapali Shores on Maui and the Waikiki Beach Tower on Oahu.  My resort reviews can be found on Trip Advisor under Travelmom29.

Posted by: travelmom64 | July 23, 2010

Virginia Beach Boardwalk

For those of you who have not visited Virginia Beach in several years you are missing a great destination.   The revitalization of the Boardwalk is magnificent.  Southern Living Magazine featured the beach in a June 2008 article touching on all the improvements.   It’s only gotten better.    The latest addition of Grommet Island, a beach park and playground for everyone.

On a recent visit with a girlfriend, we never moved our car,  biking or walking everywhere.   Wonderful restaurants and super entertainment.  Check out Beach Street USA for upcoming events.   And if the week between Christmas and New Year’s has you feeling a little blue, a trip to the beach to view the Boardwalk lights display will bring a smile. 

Posted by: travelmom64 | July 23, 2010

Canoeing the James River

A great way to spend an afternoon is canoeing the James River.   We had great service from Twin River Outfitters where we put in at their location and canoed to Arcadia, water levels were a little low and we brushed bottom several times.   A few Class II rapids made it exciting enough.   Another good family outing on a HOT Virginia day!

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