2022 was such a wonderful year. I traveled a lot domestically and abroad, attended numerous weddings of some of my favorite friends and family, and spent more time than ever doing the things I love, like gardening, hiking, biking, swimming, gardening, reading, and writing. My husband and I spent a little more than a month in Europe, and we road-tripped all around New England, traveled to the southwest, took our first trip into Canada since the borders closed years ago, and spent time exploring our own backyard. Here’s a look back on all the fun things we saw and did. I haven’t had much time to write about some of them yet, but I will catch up this winter before getting into even more travel adventures this spring, summer, and autumn!
Boston, Massachusetts & Museum of Fine Arts Boston (January)
We visited Boston for the first time and spent a long weekend exploring this historic city. The food was excellent, the people were kind and welcoming, and the trip’s highlight was our visit to the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, which houses a massive collection of Monet’s art. Since Monet is my favorite painter, seeing this beautiful museum collection was the highlight of an already incredible trip. I have yet to write much about this trip because I got sick soon afterward, but it was still an incredible experience nonetheless, and I’ll get caught up on this soon. I hope we’ll go back soon to see more!
Tucson, Arizona (February)
We visited Tucson to see family, which was a lovely reprieve from the cold. I love seeing the beautiful mountains, succulents, cacti, and palm trees spread over the city and the sunshine.
Grand Canyon in Page, Arizona (March)
My husband had never visited the Grand Canyon before, so we made the 5+ hour drive through the desert to see this natural wonder. Did you know the Grand Canyon is visible from space? It’s unbelievably and unfathomably huge! The gorgeous oranges, pinks, reds, and silvers of this tremendous canyon glitter so brilliantly in the sunshine it’s utterly mesmerizing. I’ll post about this adventure soon!
Northern Michigan & Tahquamenon Falls (April)
We visited our family in Northern Michigan just as the snow was beginning to melt at the end of April, but it was still rather chilly, and some snow remained in the north. We visited my family up north and headed to gorgeous Tahquamenon Falls State Park, home to one of the largest waterfalls east of the Mississippi River. Miles of undeveloped trails and more than 50,000 glorious acres of wild forests make this place one of the most gorgeous hikes in the United States. It’s so splendid that it’s well worth the drive up from as far as Detroit!
Mystic, Connecticut (May)
We visited Mystic, Connecticut, for the first time this year and had so much fun exploring the Mystic Seaport Museum. This is another thing I haven’t yet written about due to a busy schedule, but I will get this up as soon as possible because it was such a fun way to learn about our new home’s heritage. Plus, we both love sailing, so it was exciting to learn how boating, sailing, fishing, and the ocean shaped Connecticut’s history in ways that are still visible today.
New York City (June)
We spent a week in New York City exploring the many charms of this significant destination. From botanical gardens and Michelin star restaurants, we did so much I couldn’t believe it! One of our highlights was an incredible omakase meal that I plan to write about soon!
Nashville, Tennessee (June)
We visited Nashville for the first time in 2022, and it was also, incidentally, where I got covid for the first time :(. Thankfully, I didn’t have many symptoms other than being so utterly exhausted that I couldn’t stay awake and being very sore and achy, but I was fine after a week. I didn’t fully comprehend how indescribably hot it could get here. Still, we stayed at a beautiful hotel called Dream in their Guest House and ate delicious food before getting sick despite taking every precaution. I plan to go back someday and explore more of this fantastic place!
Rhode Island Road Trip (July)
We took a road trip around Rhode Island for two weeks for our anniversary. Something about this state, its beautiful beaches, and the incredible views of sailboats and lighthouses dotting the horizon makes me fall more and more in love with it each time I visit. We tried to make this trip as “unplugged” as possible, but I did snap a few photos that may or may not inspire a few upcoming blog posts. I know, but I love it too much not to share, and I love using my blog as a digital memory book!
We headed overseas to revisit Berlin and check out Potsdam for the first time. I still have SO much to write about during our European tour that I might go insane if I look at the list of blog posts; I still need to write about it for too long but know that I love visiting Germany. It’s so amazing, mainly as I speak German rather well, but even if you only speak English, most Germans do too. Hence, it’s an incredible place for Americans or other English speakers to visit and get a sense of the country’s storied history.
Potsdam, Germany (August)
Full of palaces and charming gardens, Potsdam is one of the most beautiful cities in all of Germany, and it’s only a short train ride from Berlin, making it an excellent day trip. Keep an eye out for more of my travels to Potsdam.
Prague, Czech Republic (September)
We’d never been to the Czech Republic, so we spent a little under a week exploring Prague, and it quickly became one of my all-time favorite cities. Something about this place was so charming and o welcoming that I didn’t want to leave!
Hallstatt, Austria (October)
I know I’ve said how I wanted to move to Venice, Tulum, Charleston, Kyoto, and Mackinac Island every time I visit them, but I honestly had never fallen in love with a place as quickly as I did when I got off the boat and set foot in Hallstatt. We stayed at the magical Hallstatt Hideaway with gorgeous views of the lake, mountains, and village, and I never wanted to leave. I’m not joking when I say I still dream about this place. Maybe it’s my Austrian heritage or because everyone here was so kind and welcoming, but we had such an incredible time here. I was able to speak German nearly the entirety of our stay here, which was even more fun for me (but everyone here does speak English too, as I heard them speaking it with others, and many of the signs are in English too.)
Munich, Germany (October)
We visited Munich for a few days to check out Octoberfest and to act as our home base while exploring Neuschwanstein. I should have known Oktoberfest wouldn’t be my cup of tea since I don’t drink, BUT I did have fun wearing a dirndl while my husband wore a lederhosen. There was little gluten-free food here, let alone anything vegetarian or pescatarian, so keep that in mind if you plan to visit. Still, I’m glad we checked it out, even if it was freezing cold and pouring rain all day long, haha.
Paris, France (October)
Paris was such a dream to visit, and I’m so thankful for the incredible time we spent here. We saw all of the major tourist spots, stayed in two beautiful hotels (the Raphael and Monsieur Aristide), and had soo much fun visiting Versailles, the Louvre Museum, shopping, eating at some of the world’s best restaurants, and more. Expect much more content about our time in Paris soon!
Disneyland Paris (October)
We hiked here for the second autumn in a row, and it was glorious! The colors were breathtaking! It’s just a brief drive from scenic Woodstock, VT.
Michigan for the Holidays (December)
We went home for one of my best friend’s New Year’s Eve black tie optional wedding in Michigan and had a blast! It was a beautiful evening celebrating the love of two beautiful people.