Connecticut’s Tourism Regions

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CENTRAL : Central Regional Tourism District – Connecticut’s Heritage River Valley 31 Pratt Street, 4th Floor, Hartford, CT 06103 Representing: Andover, Avon, Berlin, Bloomfield, Bolton, Canton, Chester, Cromwell, Deep River, East Granby, East Haddam, East Hampton, East Hartford, East Windsor, Ellington, Enfield, Essex, Farmington, Glastonbury, Granby, Haddam, Hartford, Hebron, Manchester, Marlborough, Meriden, Middletown, New … [Read more...]

Ski Down or Across

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Wax your boards and head for the hills. Mount Southington, I-84 Exit 30 in Southington, Powder Ridge, I-91 Exits 17S/18N in Middlefield, and Mohawk Mountain, off Rte 4 in Cornwall, are great for learning to ski and feature night skiing. Ski Sundown in New Hartford also offers a short but extremely challenging mogul run. Warm up by the fire in Sundown’s base lodge or sip hot cider in Mount Southington’s lounge. Snowboard at Woodbury … [Read more...]

Light the Way

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Start in Norwalk and board the ferry for a tour of the Sheffield Island Lighthouse. Enjoy a picnic lunch from Jimmy’s of Savin Rock (order in advance) at Lighthouse Point in New Haven and savor the history of maritime Connecticut with a visit to Black Rock Fort and Fort Nathan Hale. Following U.S. 1 north to Branford, and head down to the water to ride the mail boat and learn the history of the Thimble Islands. I-95 north will lead you to … [Read more...]

Science, Nature & Exploration

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Hammonasset Beach State Park, Madison, I-95 Exit 62, is a great place for kids. Swim, camp out and take a hike out to Meig’s Point and explore tidal pools. The Children’s Museum, I-95 Exit 72N/74S, Niantic, offers hands-on fun, rain or shine! Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration, I-95 Exit 90, has the only exhibit in New England to feature beluga whales. Get to know these fascinating creatures up close through the special … [Read more...]

Head for the Hills

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Saddle up and ride horseback at Lee’s Riding Stable, Litchfield, off Rte. 118. Jump into a cool refreshing lake. Head to Goshen for the Action Wildlife Foundation sanctuary, Rte. 4 with more than 350 exotic animals, a petting zoo and hay rides. Camp overnight in the Litchfield Hills. Hike the Iron Heritage Trail at the Beckley Iron Furnace in East Canaan or visit the Sloane-Stanley Museum and Kent Furnace in Kent. Explore the Institute for … [Read more...]

Veritas Yoga Retreat Experience

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2017 has been the year of yoga retreating for me. Granted, I only went on two yoga retreats, but given that I’d never been on a yoga retreat until this year, I’m calling it the year of yoga retreats. My trip to Tulum in March was absolutely incredible and completely reignited my yoga practice so when I was offered to chance to attend The Retreat at Veritas this fall, I immediately said yes. To give you a little background, Veritas is a family … [Read more...]

Introducing Jerry to the Pacific Northwest: Portland

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After spending two days in Seattle with Laurel and Dan, Jerry and I drove down to Portland on Saturday morning. We were looking forward to taking our time getting there, and maybe making a stop or two along the way. I was dying for Jerry to see some of the mossy trees that I love so much, so I decided to take him to Multnomah Falls, one of the stops that Thomas and I made when we went hiking earlier this year. It was SO pretty, and I thought it … [Read more...]

Introducing Jerry to the Pacific Northwest: Seattle

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I know today is supposed to be Mental Health Monday, but since I'm in Portland right now, I thought I'd write a post about Jerry's and my trip to the Pacific Northwest--particularly Seattle and Portland. As you probably know from my blog, I am in love with Portland. It is my very favorite city I've ever visited, and I have been visiting pretty frequently ever since my first time a few years ago. Thomas, my best friend, lives in Portland, so I … [Read more...]

Why I Decided to Cycle from France to China

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It’s Monday morning. Or Thursday, I’m not sure. The first rays of sunlight pierce through the net of my tent. I wake up three thousand kilometers away from home, a place I left with my bicycle three months ago. A quick look out of the tent reassures me: My bike is still there. I’m going to need it – it’s a long way to China. But I prefer not to think about that distant goal which will take almost a year to reach. … [Read more...]

Iran: Generation Gap Widening As Conservatives Try To Enforce Islamic Social Codes

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By Golnaz Esfandiari, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty It’s hard to have fun in Iran — that is, if you’re one the more than 45 million people under the age of 35 looking for casual ways to socialize with members of the opposite sex. Conservative authorities in the Islamic Republic are taking steps to shut down Western-style establishments that proved popular gathering places for young Iranians. But social experts say such moves … [Read more...]

Lifestyle changes

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Hey friends! My writing has been so sporadic lately, but I'm not even apologizing for it (not that I ever needed to, but I used to put pressure on myself to write frequently). I didn't even post my Wednesday Weigh-in yesterday (although I did weigh in, so I'll post it below).I've been pretty busy, but not with the usual stuff. My lifestyle has changed quite a bit over the last few months, and it's actually for the better. For … [Read more...]

Hiking in central Oregon

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(...continued from previous post)Okay, despite what happened on my first day there, the rest of the weekend was spent hiking and appreciating a different type of gorgeous scenery that Oregon has to offer. In this post, I'll just share a ton of photos and caption some of them as needed.Pictures never do scenery justice, particularly when taken from an iPhone, but this was the best I could do.This was my view of Mt. Hood from the airplane--I … [Read more...]

Popcorn with the Boston Documentary and Eating Sriracha Made of Squirrels

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Hello! How are you? I’m finally back home and catching up on everything  – blogging, race recovery, sleep, text messages from my mom who thinks I moved to Mexico to start a new life, grocery shopping… Here is all the random goings on in Run Eat Repeat land… I was sad to walk around Boston on my last day and see all the race stuff being torn down. I didn’t want it to be over (well, I wanted it to be over around mile 19 of the race but I … [Read more...]

Plans for the year

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Okay, so now that I am back home from California and I've had a few days to settle in, I need to make a plan for this year. Going on the trip made me feel excited about things again--and I haven't felt excited in a long time. I'm not saying that the trip totally cured my depression (I've done a fair share of crying the last couple of days), but it gave me hope and that's what I needed more than anything.Read more » (c) Runs … [Read more...]

Understanding Oneself Through Traveling

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The Self Improvement Blog It is possible to come to understanding oneself through traveling. To travel alone can be a daunting idea for many people. The very thought, while intriguing, raises questions and concerns. Understanding Oneself Through Traveling Thoughts about loneliness, safety, competence hit you from all sides as you begin the process of deciding … [Read more...]

Want Your Car to Smell Like Dunkin Donuts?

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Hello! Happy Black Friday! Are you shopping your lil day away? I had a great Thanksgiving! Did you? It’s my favorite day of the year!!!! And I had such a great day that I spent most of it running, eating and spending time with people who don’t mind that I run and eat so much. I was so busy with all of that I didn’t take many food pictures. I actually didn’t even get a finished picture of the Cornbread Casserole I made! I took a ‘Before’ picture … [Read more...]

Dried Star Fruit Addiction

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Hello! This morning I hit the sidewalk for a 10 mile run. It is surprisingly cold here!! I’m outside Sarasota on the Gulf side of Florida and it’s usually warmer than home (in SoCal). But today I was super freezing for the first mile and a half. And yeah, I realize cold for me is not cold for everyone. I can’t handle ‘real’ cold! Luckily, as long as I’m running I warm up fast. It was a really good run and I listened to the In the Dark podcast … [Read more...]

A Fall Weekend in Portland, Maine

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Sharing our weekend visit to Portland, Maine in the fall — things to do, places to eat and drink, where to shop and more!  We spent Halloween weekend this year in Portland, Maine. Isaac needed to go to pick up beer from Oxbow Brewing Co. for distribution back home in Richmond and I decided to tag along for the trip. Yes, this meant that I voluntarily agreed to ride over 24 hours in a 14-foot box truck. Sounds crazy, I know but Isaac promised me … [Read more...]