This weekend was my husband’s birthday and our 1 year wedding anniversary. We decided to bypass the plane rides and the one-week vacation plan and do a getaway to Virginia. The plan was to visit Shenandoah National Park in Virginia and find a place to stay around there and have the park be our main attraction. I leave vacation planning to my husband because he’s really great at finding awesome places and vacation planning. It is one thing I do not like. I’d rather pick a place, then you tell me when and where to be there. In the last 11 years we’ve been together, he’s always been able to find beautiful places. This time was no exception.


We stayed at the Wayside Inn which is the oldest continuously operating Inn in the country, opened in 1797! A beautiful place full of American Civil War history and charm. They say it is haunted, but I can’t say I had any experiences.


Hotel Registry Going back to 1910s!


First up was the National Park.

We got engaged at the Acadia National Park in Maine so going back to another for our one year anniversary was like coming full circle.


 What did I pack?

Most women travel with a massive load of outfits, make-up, and “what if” items. I’m much simpler than that. The odds of me needed a ballgown, more than 1 pair of shoes, or a cosmetic counter full of make up possibilities is beyond slim. I manged to get everything I needed into a single Jansport backpack that I’ve owned since High School. (still going strong!)


Cosmetics & Toiletries:


From left: Toothpaste, tooth brush, floss, Caudalie night moisturizer, Caudalie Cleansing Water, Vasseur Skincare Day Moisturizer, Deoderant, Blow Dryer, Hair clamp and tie, Peter Thomas Roth travel shampoo and conditioner, Wet Hair Brush (This thing is magic), Real Techniques brush (for bronzer), IT Cosmetics foundation brush, No.7 mascara, eye lash curler, Anastasia brow definer and Too Faced Chocolate Bronzer.



The far left is what I wore on the ride down and the first night/day.

Two shirts, One pair of Sketches (these are the most comfortable walking shoes), a tank top for sleeping and a pair of sleep shorts and pants as I was not sure what would be more comfortable.

I also took 1 book which I won’t list because I did not like it at all. It started off good enough but then just went no where. Having a disappointing book is one thing, but having it as your only read on a vacation is quite another…