Jody Vandergriff


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  • Most Instagrammable Spots in Bellingham and Whatcom County

    Bellingham and Whatcom County are a photographer’s dream! From small boutiques and local restaurants to waterfront parks and catching mountain views while on breathtaking hikes. Just 90 miles north of Seattle and 55 miles south of Vancouver B.C., Bellingham is the perfect destination for a photogenic vacation, worthy of sharing across all of social media. Now start capturing some memories!
  • Top sights for the history buff in Carson City

    If you're a history buff and find yourself in Carson City, you're in luck! This charming city has a treasure trove of fascinating attractions that will transport you back in time. Whether you're interested in the wild west, territorial politics, or the silver mining boom, Carson City has got you covered. From historic state buildings to intriguing museums and even the occasional ghost tour, there's something here to pique the interest of all history enthusiasts. So, grab your walking shoes and get ready to dive into the rich history that Carson City has to offer!
  • Outdoor activities near Mesa, Arizona

    Mesa and its surrounding areas are a playground for nature lovers, offering a plethora of outdoor activities to satisfy every adventurer's craving. Whether you're into heart-pumping hikes, serene lakeside retreats, or supercharged adrenaline rushes, there's something for everyone in this desert paradise. So, lace up your hiking boots, grab your sunscreen, and let's dive into the exciting world of outdoor activities near Mesa, Arizona!
  • Best things to do in Carson City

    Carson City, the vibrant capital of Nevada, offers a wide range of activities and attractions that will captivate locals and tourists alike. From exploring the city's fascinating history to indulging in adrenaline-pumping outdoor adventures, this list compiles the very best things to do and see in Carson City. Whether you're a history buff, an outdoor enthusiast, or simply someone in search of a memorable experience, this guide has it all. So, fasten your seatbelts and get ready to discover the hidden gems and must-visit spots that make Carson City a true gem of the Silver State.
  • Family-friendly things to do in Mesa, Arizona

    Whether you're a local or just visiting, Mesa, Arizona has plenty of family-friendly activities to keep everyone entertained. From exploring fabulous outdoor spaces to discovering interactive attractions, Mesa has it all. Get ready to embark on unforgettable adventures, making lasting memories with your loved ones. So, grab your camera, put on your walking shoes, and let's dive into this exciting list of family-friendly things to do in Mesa, Arizona!
  • Best stadiums to visit in Mesa, Arizona for the sports enthusiast

    Welcome to Mesa, Arizona, a sports enthusiast's paradise! Whether you're a die-hard fan of baseball, soccer, or even BMX racing, Mesa has got you covered with its incredible stadiums. Here, you can experience the thrill of being in the midst of the action while cheering on your favorite teams. From the beloved Sloan Park, the spring training home of the Chicago Cubs, to the electrifying atmosphere of the Mesa Amphitheatre, where BMX riders defy gravity with their mind-blowing stunts, Mesa offers a variety of amazing sports venues that are sure to make your heart race. So, grab your jersey, put on your game face, and get ready to dive into the pulse-pounding world of sports in Mesa, Arizona!
  • Best pumpkin patches to visit this October in Mesa, Arizona

    October in Mesa, Arizona means the arrival of cool breezes, vibrant foliage, and of course, the search for the perfect pumpkin. Whether you're on a mission to find the most beautifully shaped pumpkin for carving, or you're simply in search of a fun and festive fall experience, Mesa has got you covered. From family-friendly farms with petting zoos and hayrides to pumpkin patches with breathtaking mountain views, there's no shortage of options to choose from. So grab your flannels, put on your boots, and get ready to explore the best pumpkin patches Mesa has to offer this October.
  • The ultimate romantic weekend in Coronado

    So, you're in desperate need of a romantic getaway, huh? Well, look no further than the charming coastal town of Coronado. Nestled just across the glittering waters of San Diego Bay, this little slice of paradise is the perfect destination for a memorable weekend with your special someone. From strolling hand in hand along the pristine beaches to savoring delectable candlelit dinners overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Coronado has it all. So buckle up, lovebirds, as we embark on a journey to discover the ultimate romantic experiences on this enchanting island. Ready? Let's dive into pure romance!
  • Oregon Trail Historic Byway

    Before roads were paved, before railroad tracks were set, and before most people knew exactly what lay beyond the Rocky Mountains, if you wanted to head west, you boarded a wagon and took the Oregon Trail. Stretching 1,932 miles from Missouri to Oregon, it took up to five months to travel in its entirety, on a route that did not make for an easy journey. Food was scarce, weather was unpredictable, and the terrain was bumpy, wet, mountainous, and often dangerous. But despite these harsh conditions, in just the three years between 1849 and 1852, over 150,000 intrepid pioneers went “westernizing” on the trail. By the time the Transcontinental Railroad was completed in 1869, nearly half a million settlers, farmers, miners, ranchers, and families had traveled west in search of fertile land, better jobs, and a new life. Today, there is no better way to experience the lasting pioneer spirit of America’s westward expansion than by following the original trail, a 57-mile route paralleling the North Platte River through southeast Wyoming. Deep gouges from thousands of wagon wheels are still visible, along with the names of travelers inscribed into landmark rocks along the way. Walk in the footsteps of history while following this iconic route of American pioneers.
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  • Country Western Things to Do in Aurora, Colorado

    Explore the geography, history, and tall tales of the American frontier that began in Colorado and beyond. From authentic western wear to bison viewing, plan your western-inspired visit with these stops along the way.
  • Jordan in 2 days

    There is so much beauty in Jordan and 2 days is not nearly enough, but if you are looking for a taste of this magical country, here is our 2 day itinerary. I highly recommend staying at a Bedouin Camp as the experience is magical.
  • A Brew with a View: The Best Scenic Breweries in the San Francisco Bay Area

    The San Francisco Bay Area is known for its scenic views around every corner and there is no better way to experience it, than with a cold brew. From Oakland to Santa Cruz, breweries in the Bay Area boast panoramic views of the Bay Bridge, Golden Gate Bridge, and even the Pacific Ocean. Whether you prefer a rooftop patio, outdoor beer garden, or scenic deck, you'll find plenty of options to choose from. So, grab a pint and soak up the beauty of the Bay Area at one of these top breweries with views. Cheers!
  • Grab a pint or a cocktail in Oceanside

    Whether you're looking to sip on a craft beer while overlooking the ocean or indulge in a creative cocktail at a trendy lounge, Oceanside offers a vibrant and diverse drinking scene that caters to all tastes.
  • First Timer's Guide to NYC

    New York is known as the city that never sleeps, and for good reason! There is no other city quite like it in the world. NYC is a cultural melting pot, filled with some of the world's most famous landmarks, restaurants galore, and attractions to keep you busy for weeks. As a first-timer to the city, it can be super overwhelming to decide what to see and where to go. This guide is here to help you navigate the city and get the most out of your first visit. And trust me... you will be back! Welcome to NYC!
  • The best brewery patios to soak up the sun in California

    California is well-known for its craft beer scene and breathtaking outdoor spaces. Combine the two, and you get some of the best brewery patios in the country. From San Diego to San Francisco, there are numerous breweries in California that offer an unforgettable outdoor experience. Whether you're looking for a spot to catch some rays with a cold pint or a place to enjoy a beer with friends in a picturesque setting, California's brewery patios have got you covered.
  • Magical Mexico City: The best things to eat, see and do

    Mexico City is a magical place! From the stunning architecture of the Palacio de Bellas Artes to the fascinating exhibits at the National Museum of Anthropology, there is no shortage of cultural experiences. As if that's not enough, the food scene in Mexico City is RIDICULOUS! From $1 street tacos to out of this world fine dining, you will be eating from the moment you arrive until your last bite of fresh guacamole on the way to the airport. Here are my favorite spots for a first timer in Mexico City.
  • Hearst Castle and the Central California Coast: The Perfect 2 Day Itinerary

    Hearst Castle is a must see attraction on the Central California Coast. I had seen the photos, heard the hype, but nothing prepared me for just how magnificent this architectural wonder really is. Only a 3 hour drive from the SF Bay Area and a 4 hour drive from Los Angeles, it is very do-able for a quick weekend getaway. Hearst Castle itself can be toured in 3 hours, leaving plenty of time to see some of the surrounding area. Here, I share some of my favorite spots in the area for a perfect 2 day getaway.
  • World-class Walla Walla Wineries

    Known as one of the nation’s finest wine regions, this lush valley offers more than 120 wineries consisting of 2,900 acres of grapes. A unique combination of climate, character, and culture makes the wine born in the Walla Walla Valley something to write home about. Wineries and tasting rooms are spread throughout six key districts, so taking a Walla Walla wine tour is a fun, easy way to hit all the stops. From downtown to Southside and Westside, then over to the Airport and Eastside districts—each has an experience full of individual flavor.
  • 2023 Paso Robles Travel Guide

    Paso Robles is a charming wine country destination on the Central California Coast and the perfect spot for a romantic weekend away. From top rated restaurants to stylish tasting rooms, boutique shopping and beautiful hikes, there’s something for everyone. In this guide, you’ll find some of the best things to do in Paso Robles, California.

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