These days, river cruises are all the rage and a Danube River cruise is, perhaps, one of the most popular. But for a magical day trip, visitors can take a river cruise to Kloster Weltenburg, the oldest monastic brewery in the world, from Kelheim, Germany. Although brief, the cruise takes travelers through the Danube Gorge (or Donaudurchbruch), a stunning nature reserve lined with remarkable rock formations, to the tip of a peninsula where the famous Weltenburg Abbey offers solace and award-winning beer.
Visitors to Germany, and the southern state of Bavaria, in particular, could easily spend months seeing all of the beer breweries that cover the picturesque landscape. But Klosterbrauerei Andechs is special. Less than an hour outside of Munich, Kloster Andechs sits on a hill overlooking the surrounding countryside of small towns, farms and, to the west, a lake. The brewery is still run by the monks of the Benedictine abbey. While the brewery exports Andechs beer around the world, you can try it for yourself by visiting Kloster Andechs. And while you could easily drive or take the bus to reach the monastery, Andechs is a popular pilgrimage — that is, you can reach Andechs on foot from nearby Herrsching. I only had to experience it once. Now the hike to Andechs is a favorite Munich day trip!
Alexandria, Virginia, at less than a half-hour’s drive from Washington, DC, is a breath of fresh air. The city boasts a historic old town that charms with buildings dating as far back as the colonial era. Add to that its setting along the Potomac River waterfront, its easy walkability, and the fact that this small town is dog-friendly. Alexandria makes for the perfect spot for families or couples looking to relax, recharge, and set their own pace. I recently headed to Alexandria with my husband and George, our miniature schnauzer, for a weekend visit to take in the sights and the sounds of this popular Southern small town.
Many visitors to Washington, DC will stick to the National Mall and the area around it. They’ll gaze up at the national monuments, maybe visit one of the Smithsonian museums, peer through the fence at the White House, and, if it’s springtime, soak in the delicate cherry blossoms. But only a quick walk from the National Mall and Tidal Basin is the District Wharf, or Wharf DC as it is also known. A recent revitalization project has put new life into the Washington waterfront. Escape the urban jungle for the Washington, DC wharf!
Spring is in the air and summer travel plans are quickly coming together! So, of course, I turned to the new spring/summer line of Waldlaufer shoes to find some comfortable walking shoes that also have personality and style. I was lucky enough that Waldlaufer sent me a pair of their knit India sneakers to try. For their first spin, I took the sneakers out to a tulip festival.
New Jersey is famous for many things. But tulips isn’t one of them. But the Holland Ridge Farms Tulip Festival is changing all that. Where a trip to the Netherlands to stroll through tulip fields crowded with other tulip fans may not be an option for some of us, a drive to the Garden State is a possibility. Here’s why you’ll want to head to central New Jersey for this beautiful and fun festival!