The Best of 2013

Best of 2013

Last year may have had it’s serious dips, but it was also the year the hubster and I learned how to get out of town on a budget. And fortunately we got to rope Steph and her husband into the action most of the time. We might be halfway through January, but it’s never too late to take a look at the top moments of 2013.

Huntington Beach State Park

Huntington Beach State Park, South Carolina
March 2013

Yes, this picture happened on segways. On a beach. In a state park in South Carolina. And it was amazing. We met up for a small family reunion in Southport, North Carolina and ventured from there to Wilmington, North Carolina, where we visited Airlie Gardens, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and Huntington Beach State Park, South Carolina, where we splurged for an amazing segway tour through the park. This pic should have been on our Christmas card, and there’s more where this came from.

Carolina Collage


Niagara Falls, Canada
June, 2013

In June we joined friends in Niagara-On-The-Lake, Canada for their gorgeous wedding. They hosted us at the beautiful Beamer Falls Bed and Breakfast in Canada’s wine country, where we ate like royalty thanks to the B&B’s amazing managers, and visited Niagara Falls before heading back to the states.

canada collage

Hudson River Valley

Hudson River Valley, New York
July, August, and September, 2013

The Hudson River Valley has our hearts for life. We spent two short weekend trips and two more short day trips soaking in as much of the nature, boutiques, and amazing farm to table restaurants as we could. And then I wrote about how we spent three days for under $300. Hudson River, take us awayyyy….

Hudson Collage

crabs chesapeake bay

Kent Island, Maryland
July, 2013

When we asked our younger brother how he wanted to celebrate his 29th birthday, he said sitting on the Chesapeake Bay eating crabs. So Steph made that happen. If you’re looking for a true Chesapeake experience, there’s no place like Fisherman’s Inn and Market on Kent Island, Maryland. We sat on the bay, fed ducks from the palms of our hands, and ate crabs and salmon until we had our fill. And we survived the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, one of the world’s longest bridges, to get there.

Chesapeake Collage

Boca Beach

Boca Raton, Florida
October, 2013

In October, we toasted two good friends as they tied the knot in Boca Raton, Florida, and then celebrated their big day under a tent on a private beach. I don’t know if there’s anything more amazing than a big tent, good friends, a few tiki torches, a huge full moon, and the ocean right at your feet.

Boca Raton Collage

Virginia Collage

Northern Virginia
August, November, and December, 2013

And of course we squeezed in more than a few escapes to Northern Virginia to celebrate another wedding with good friends and later to squeeze in as much Thanksgiving and Christmas fun as we could over several long weekends. By the way… if you want to know what the blind leading the blind looks like, watch the hubster and me on ice. Steph and her husband on the other hand? I’m pretty sure the Oh stands for Oh-mazing.

What about you? Tell us your highlights of 2013.



  1. WOW! You guys hardly had time to be home! So many great trips…so many adventures….We had a great time visiting our kids in their homes and going on our big trip to the East coast. Two weeks of an amazing adventure. A year of so much joy whether at home or on the road!


  2. Oh, I’m so jealous of all the beautiful things you’ve seen this last year–and the fun people you got to hang out with, of course! Thanks for sharing all these fabulous pictures. Traveling is hard for me, for so many reasons, but I do love seeing new beautiful places and hope someday I will get to travel more. So thankful you’ve been able to make great memories in spite of the difficulties in 2013. Can’t wait to hang out with you for reals!!


  3. Just noticed that you were in Huntington Island, SC. I love that place! My family owns a condo a few miles away on Harbor Island. We definitely should go some time nothing says budget like a free place to stay 😉


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