Favorite Places: Fort Collins, Colorado

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Today’s favorite place is from Valerie Miller

Valerie’s Favorite Place: Fort Collins, Colorado

Clydesdales in Fort Collins Colorado

Why She Loves Fort Collins

“Fort Collins is a quiet town located roughly 50 miles north of Denver, CO. Fort Collins has may trails and parks located throughout the city as well as near Horsetooth reservoir (just West of the city). The weather in Fort Collins has four seasons, with summer temperatures averaging in the low 80′s, foliage in the fall is absolutely beautiful with yellows, reds, and oranges. Winter is quite mild.”

Valerie’s Favorite Things to Do and See in Fort Collins

About Valerie

Valerie MillerHi! My name is Valerie and I am a 32 year old female who is originally from northwest Iowa, but now lives in Fort Collins, CO. I love being outdoors, whether it be running, walking with my 2 year old cocker spaniel, hiking, snowboarding or biking. When I’m indoors, you’ll find me baking cookies!


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Favorite Places: Delhi, India

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Today’s favorite place is from Darcey Wunker of Adventures in India

Darcey’s Favorite Place: Delhi India

Delhi India

Why She Loves Delhi

“Delhi has been around for centuries in various forms, from Indraprastha to Lutyens’ Delhi, and there is something for everyone. If you are interested in religion, there are Catholic churches and Baha’i houses of worship; if you are love food, you can sample Mughal cuisine and Old Delhi’s famous sweets. History, architecture, culture, and shopping experiences abound. There’s no place like Delhi!”

Darcey’s Favorite Things to Do and See in Delhi

About Darcey

DarceyAn American expat currently in India with a background in linguistics, languages (yes, they’re different!) and history, Darcey currently lives in northern India with her husband where she studies Hindi and dabbles in other languages, and has recently begun to blog about travel as an expat.

Find Darcey at http://pahariyommem.wordpress.com/  and @justseenaplace

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Favorite Places: Hatteras, North Carolina

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Today’s favorite place is from Dawn Chitwood of http://ashevillevas.com

Dawn’s Favorite Place: Hatteras, North Carolina

Hatteras Beach North Carolina

Why She Loves Hatteras

“Cape Hatteras offers beautiful uncrowded beaches with a rich history and a quaint fisherman’s village atmosphere. Also known as the Graveyard of the Atlantic, this little spit of land 20 some odd miles off the coast of NC is the most unique beach resort area I have had the privilege of getting to know. It is well known for its many water activities including surfing, kite boarding, diving & more.”

Dawn’s Favorite Things to Do and See in Hatteras, NC

About Dawn


dawn-profile-picI currently reside in Asheville, NC with my 2 precocious young children (3 if you count my husband). I recently sold my restaurant in the Outer Banks & now run my own marketing business offering web design, email marketing services, and social media mgmt. I’m looking forward to what’s to come!

Find Dawn at http://ashevillevas.com/ and @dawnchit

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Favorite Places: Moorea, French Polynesia

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Today’s favorite place is from Andrea Travillian of http://www.takeasmartstep.com/

Andrea’s Favorite Place: Moorea, French Polynesia

Moorea French Polynesia

Why She Loves Moorea, French Polynesia

“This amazingly beautiful place is in the middle of nowhere! The beach is fantastic, the weather is fabulous, the food was great (though a bit pricey since it is in the middle of nowhere) and overall relaxation is your number one concern. If you can pay extra for the over the water rooms – makes the trip even more amazing and beautiful!”

Andrea’s Favorite Things to Do and See in Moorea

  • Stay in the Over Water Rooms
  • Breakfast in Your Room Delivered by Boat
  • Rent a bike/car and circle the island

About Andrea

Andrea TravillianAndrea Travillian has a passion for personal development, based on a belief that if we are all our best selves then we can all make the world a better place. Andrea runs a personal finance blog, and two health and fitness blogs that try and help others be better. She also loves travel coffee & family.

Find Andrea at http://www.takeasmartstep.com/ and @smartstep

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Line Camp Cabin: How a One Room Cabin in the Ozarks with No Electricity or Running Water Stole My Heart

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I don’t know how to write this post.  I truly don’t.  I want to tell you about my trip to Rock Eddy Bluff Farm in a way that will make you want to pack your bags and hit the road right now.  Because you should go there, you really should.  It will awaken something inside of you that you have long forgotten about and  show you  all the things we miss as we rush around in this ever busy world of ours.

Line Camp Cabin

But how am I going to express the beauty that is walking away from the modern world for a while, letting go of modern conveniences like electricity and running water in exchange for a peace that comes with being somewhere where you can hear the sound of your own heartbeat if you dare to listen closely enough?  How can I describe how the glow of a kerosene lamp makes everything feel warm and safe and how peaceful it is to fall asleep smelling the sweet scent of wood burning in an iron stove, wafting it’s way into your dreams?

I’m not sure I can, but I will try.

Inside of Line Camp CabinKitchen Items in Line Camp Cabin

My trip to Rock Eddy began many years ago.  I can’t remember how I stumbled across their website, but I do remember how I felt when I saw the pictures of Line Camp Cabin.  The pictures of the one room cabin seemed so familiar (probably originating from my obsession with Laura Ingalls Wilder and reading of Little House in the Big Woods over and over again as a child  – but that is a story for another day).

Kitchen of Line Camp Cabin

Well at Line Camp CabinI held off on taking the trip for years, but every year I thought about going.  I finally did, and it was amazing.  There is something about rural Missouri that I just love.  I don’t know if it is the down to earth nature of the people, the rugged yet beautiful landscapes or simply the midwest sensibilities – whatever it is, it is magic.

Wood chopping at Line Camp CabinI’ll leave the particulars of our trip for another day.  For now, I want to tell you about what it means to get away from everything in a place like Rock Eddy.

When you first arrive, you feel a calmness come over you.  There will be no phone calls, no late nights working, no city noises…you can just be, simply be.  You start to notice little things, the sound of the leaves being rustled by the wind, the weight of the axe you use to chop wood, the way the light plays amongst the trees in the forest and the sounds of the river in the background of it all lulling you with the sweetness of this place.  

Hammock at Line Camp CabinThe first night is a little intimidating. You don’t know exactly how to light a kerosene lamp, you are not sure how much wood you need to add to the stove and yes, it can be a tad bit scary making the walk to the outhouse when darkness surrounds you and things rustle in the woods.

But you get brave, and you go outside to look at the stars, so many stars, a world of stars, more than you have ever seen before.  And you feel connected, to the earth, to the sky, to the world, and you begin to wonder why you didn’t do this earlier, why you don’t just live like this.  It feels so much better.

CampfireThe next day passes amazingly fast.  It is spent exploring the woods, hanging out in the hammock, canoeing the Gasconade River and filling the cabin with wonderful smells of simple food cooked with patience and love. 

Kerosene Lamp
 Night becomes more significant to you than it ever has been. It is tangible.  You know it is coming and there are repercussions (cooking by kerosene lamp may be fun, but it’s much easier done in daylight).

While day is a time of activity and exploration, night is a time to relax by the lights of kerosene lamps, read stories out loud and cook Smores over the campfire.  It is also a time of wonder.  A time to sit on the front porch, late late at night and listen as the howls of coyotes echo in the valleys below, ghostly and magical.  The stars again weave their beauty above you and the sounds of strange animals continue to inspire questions like  ’what type of animal is that’ and ‘how close is it anyway’. 

And when you finally leave, it is with a sense of sorrow but also a sense of gratefulness for the knowledge that there is a little one room cabin tucked away in the hills of the Missouri Ozarks where you can go to be reminded that there is still magic in the world and a million stars in the night sky if we only slow down and take the time to look.