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Comfort and Convenience at The Windsor Suites, Philadelphia

For most DC folks, a weekend away to another city means a trip to NYC. We’ve done that numerous times so decided to change things up and head to Philadelphia instead.We stayed at The Windsor Suites, which is part of the Modus group of hotels. I have previously confessed my love for Modus Hotels when The Quincy in DC, which has since been sold, was a part of the Modus family. Further cementing that love was my recent experience at The Windsor Suites.

Cusco, Peru - Things to do while falling in love with the city

We spent a few days in Cusco acclimatizing before our Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu. I absolutely LOVED the city – the ancient Inca capital is steeped in history and culture, and is filled to the brim with Inca and Spanish history, churches, beautiful architecture, artisanal markets, local Peruvian culture, and fantastic restaurants and bars. Yes, it is also filled with tourists who use it as a base before exploring the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu, but it is a truly breathtaking experience. The city is nestled in the mountains and has spectacular views all around. There are many ways to explore the city and many things to see and do.


“Pachamama” – Mother Earth is worshipped by Peruvians. 5 minutes in the Sacred Valley, and you can see why...

The Sacred Valley is the stretch of the Andes that lies between Cusco and Machu Picchu – a stretch of villages and ruins, and picture perfect panoramas as you drive through mountains, quinoa, potato, and corn fields, agricultural terraces and beautiful Inca ruins. During our recent trip to Peru, we spent a day exploring this gorgeous valley, and highly recommend you spend some time there.

Cava Codorniu is the oldest cava producer in Spain, and one of the biggest sellers too. Located in the town of Sant Sadurni just a few minutes outside Barcelona, it is very well known for its modernist architecture and sprawling grounds.

How to get there: As I mentioned in my earlier post, you can take the train and then stroll over or take a cab to the winery. Codorniu also has a bus service from Barcelona, that picks up at a couple of stops and bring you to the winery – a good option for larger groups, or if the train is too much hassle.

Albuquerque is mostly known for its International Balloon Fiesta, which takes place early October, or for the TV show Breaking Bad, which has a cult following. Whether or not you happen to be in ABQ during the fiesta, or are a Breaking Bad fan, there’s still a lot to do in the city.

We did a lot in 3 days in Albuquerque, and really got a taste for the city. I had no idea what to expect before I went there, and came away with a great impression of the eclectic mix of activities, food, drink and culture that the city provides

The Albuquerque (ABQ) beer scene has really thrived in recent years, something I realized only when we started planning our trip. There’s a growing list of local emerging breweries, and on our visit there, we chose 4 breweries to try.  

Tractor Brewing

Tractor was one of our first stops. It’s a great place in the Nob Hill neighborhood to sit back and enjoy a few beers. It has a tractor out front so you won’t miss it, and the inside bar and patio is a good size. They did not have any food, but there were a couple of food trucks outside (turns out there usually are a few there), and many restaurants also deliver directly to their patio! Decent beer selection, nice patio, food trucks…what more can a girl ask for? Oh, and their tagline – Get Plowed!