Category Archives: Trips + Travels

Glen Arm, Maryland

We started off our trip visiting family in Maryland. I love our trips to Maryland because they are usually filled with family, laughs and lots of crab! We celebrated Cameron’s birthday with a typical crab feast and pool party.

Family get togethers are always a blast and this one was no exception. You can never go wrong being surrounded by family and good food. The weather was perfect for an outdoor party, apparently the weather hadn’t been to kind the days previous to our arrival; fortunately we had luck on our side.

With endless platters of fresh fruits, cheeses, veggies and seafood paired with what felt like bottomless bottles of champagne, we relaxed with bushels ofMaryland’s finest blue crab.

After hours of soaking up the East Coast sun in the pool we embarrassed the birthday boy with cake, singing and gifts. Believe it or not, he hates having attention drawn to him. But this personal issue gets ignored on his special day.

Even though our visit was short, it was fun and we felt fortunate enough to spend some quality time with our cross country family. We’re looking forward to returning in the winter.

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August 24, 2011 - 12:18 pm

Kitchen Belleicious - Oh those shrimp and berries are just beautiful and making me hungry wishing I was outside right now sipping tea and enjoying the “hot” weather! Your pictures really made me want to sit out in the hot weather- that should tell you something! It looks like a great time and as always amazing pictures

Savannah, Georgia

Savannah, Georgia is one of the most beautiful towns I have ever been to. Once your step on to it’s cobblestone streets you almost cannot believe you are still in the States. After begging to stop here along our Tour of the South, the well worth trip took us through the streets of a town that rival’sEurope’s beauty.

The shops and parks along the waterfront village almost made you forget that you were walking around in 115° heat. The amount of culture packed into this town amazes me.

Of course, being the home to Paula Deen’s first restaurant, we had to stop for a bite to eat. Her restaurant is just one ofSavannah’s many authentic Southern eateries.

 All along downtown Savanna there things to see and do. Many of the local jewelers and silversmiths set up shop and amaze their customers with one-of-a-kind pieces.

Even though the heat was borderline unbearable, the quaint delis and soda shops helped us keep our cool. If it weren’t for the shaded parks every couple of blocks and the beautiful scenery, I do not think I could have handled temperatures like that. Remember, I was born and raised inSouthern California; what’s with this thing called humidity!?

Savannah is a place I cannot wait to return to. There are still so many things and places I want to do there. I do think the next time I visit – it will not be smack dab in the middle of summer.

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August 23, 2011 - 3:17 pm

KimberHills - Yes, we did eat at The Lady and Sons … it was packed! We put our name in and had to wait almost 2 hours! It was good food, just about everything was fried or cooked in butter! Haha!

August 23, 2011 - 3:01 pm

Rachel @ My Naturally Frugal Family - I would LOVE to go to Savannah. Your pictures are stunning…oh and humidity here in the south is just a way of life we don’t know what it is like without it (I live in NC).

August 23, 2011 - 3:36 am

Christine - Great post! Love the photos. Did you eat at The Lady and Sons restaurant?

Washington DC

I’m back! We had a wonderful time on our trip; I have been calling it our “Tour of the South” and it was nothing short of amazing! We basically ate our way from Maryland all the way down to Orlando. I have so many great recipes that I learned from many of the locals (and friends!) along our adventure and cannot wait to share them with you!

Starting in D.C., we made an overnight stop in Washington D.C. and were able to munch our way around town. Union Station was absolutely breath taking with all the ornate details and stunning marble floors.

We dined at an amazing restaurant, Old Ebbit Grill, and were highly impressed with it’s deep mahogany and velvet interior. This place had been frequented by many past presidents and still to this day is a place where many politicians will dine. The restaurant itself has so much history that the decor alone is worth the visit. The food was absolutely delicious and the flavor balance of each dish was right on the mark; they obviously know what they are doing!


We hailed a cab and took a short ride over to Georgetown. After about the fourth or fifth time of me begging Cameron (my boyfriend) if we could move here, we popped into Serendipity where I shoved my face with a slice (more like chunk) of their peanut butter “Humble Pie”.

I was immensely impressed with D.C. and Georgetown; this history behind this town is unbelievable. We just do not have this kind of past here in Los Angeles. It is unbelievable that a building that D.C.’s Urban Outfitters shop is located in is much older and rich in history than many of LA’s libraries!


I would definitely revisit D.C. again; but perhaps in the fall when the weather is a little cooler. Us Los Angeles folk can’t quite hang with the skin melting temperatures that the South has to offer. Nevertheless, I am so grateful for our brief visit to the our nation’s capital, it was a treat to say the least.
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August 22, 2011 - 5:13 pm

Debi Duenkel - Your photos are AMAZING! I love your blog Kimber!

(Amanda’s mom)

August 8, 2011 - 4:22 am

hamburgereatsme - your photos are truly awe-inspiring and full of thought. love the colors and composition! makes me want to visit DC :)