I love planning trips. Gone are the days when I buy a guidebook in advance of booking a flight. Nowadays I scour the internet to read travel blogs and websites for hotel recommendations, must-do activities and inside tips. To that end, I’ve found others’ itineraries and recommendations so helpful so I wanted to share a great long weekend Matt and I spent in Maine last summer in an easy-to-copy format.

Who should go on this trip: Active east coasters who want to go to a national park without flying west
When to go: Maine gets cold and windy, so this depends on your personal constitution. We went in July and I thought that was perfect
Is it expensive?: It doesn’t have to be. JetBlue offers relatively low fare flights from JFK to Portland. You could stay in a luxury hotel/B&B right in Bar Harbor or find something smaller further afield.

Here’s a 5 day/4 night plan for enjoying Acadia National Park.

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Next week, I’m participating in Cycle for Survival for the first time.

As you probably already know, Cycle for Survival is spinning event that raises funds to help cure rare cancers. Each biker (spinster?) fundraises to earn their spot on a bike. What you may not know is every dollar goes to actual research (for instance, no money is spent on say, maintaining their website or paying their Time Warner cable bill). I donated last year and the organization actually followed up with me and told me where my money went.  It made me feel even better about my modest contribution.
cycle for survival

 

I’m riding with the The Cycle-Angelos, a team started by my friends Blake and Timmy after Timmy’s dad was diagnosed and later passed away from cancer. Over the past 3 years, they’ve raised over $150,000 in support of pioneering research led by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK). I am so excited to be a part of the team.

If you’d like to donate, any amount helps.  (Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!)

Hi friends!  Happy New Year!

I want to thank everyone for all of the love that was delivered around the Bravo post. I was so excited and surprised to be included in their list fitness gurus to follow. Definitely check out the other four bloggers on that list, there are some pros on there.

I am back from a 12 day trip to Colombia. We hopped around the country, visiting cities, small towns and beaches. Unsurprisingly, Matt and I had an active trip, and I’ll fill you in on some of the fitness highlights over the next few days. But first, for our regularly scheduled week – well two weeks- in review.

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