6 Romantic Getaways Right Here In The Good Old USA

Summer has arrived! At least in my book ūüôā

Are you looking for a romantic getaway?

romantic couple on beach

Here’s 6 suggestions where you won’t need a passport:

  1. Hawaii –¬†I don’t even have to name an island or city, basically anywhere is paradise. Sun, sand, palm trees, ocean and volcanoes. It’s a recipe for love.¬†Romance in Hawaii
  2. Charleston, South Carolina –¬†If strolling through a historic town with plenty of art galleries and Southern cuisine is your idea of romance, then Charleston is where you should head. This southern town always puts me in mind of the Old South where gentlemen and their ladies would stroll down the street arm-in-arm in their best clothes.¬†Romantic Victorian couple
  3. St. Augustine, FL –¬†More history can be found in St. Augustine, Florida. Founded by the Spaniards in 1565, it still has cobblestone streets and historic buildings to please all. Throw in the beautiful beaches and a ghost or two and you have the perfect mix for a romantic getaway.¬†Romantic St. Augustine, FL
  4. Vail, CO –¬†Set in the White National Forest, Vail is home to the Vail Ski Resort. This resort has it all: for winter sports lovers you’ll ski or snowboard by day and snuggle by a fireplace at night or for summer sports lovers you’ll golf, hike and enjoy festivals by day and take moonlight walks at night. All year round this is the place for romance!¬†Romantic Vail, Colorado
  5. Niagara Falls, NY –¬†Niagara Falls is still a very popular honeymoon destination. If you stay on the US side you won’t need a passport and believe me, there is plenty to do on “our side.” There are hikes, gardens, shopping and of course the Falls to explore to fill your day then conclude it by watching the Falls at night lit-up with colors and fireworks. Even in winter, the Falls are something to see and wonder.¬†Romance at Niagara Falls
  6. Biltmore Estate in Ashville, NC –¬†This 8,000 acre estate nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina has romance written all over it. Tour the house of George and Edith Vanderbilt with its Banquet Hall with 70′ ceiling, library with 10,000 books (my dream library), an indoor pool and bowling alley. Hike the grounds with numerous gardens, both formal and in-formal, visit the historic winery, travel back in time at the Antler Hill Village & Farm then check out the activities at the Outdoor Adventure Center. You can even bring your horses and explore the 80 miles of trails!¬†Romantic Biltmore Estate

Romance can be found anywhere you look.

This list could be endless…what places would you add?

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Love Dance

For poetry with passion and romance, try Hector…

Of Love and Passion

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Love Dance

~

In a dance of colors a feathery display

in this a game of attraction,

words seeking a favorable reaction

to a glimpse of possibilities-

And what I seek but a loving woman

to fill my nights with passion,

 if not love then a warm body,

to carelessly fall

 into my heated arms

for a thousand and one nights

of seductive schemes-

I want to get lost in the charms

of a beautiful woman,

for this dance I will play

all my favorite games

with the brightest colors of all,

hoping love would somehow

find its way to my dreams-

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H.O


‚ÄúI wondered what happened when you offered yourself to someone, and they opened you, only to discover you were not the gift they expected and they had to smile and nod and say thank you all the same.‚ÄĚ

‚Äē Jodi Picoult, My Sister‚Äôs Keeper

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8 Romance Subgenres To Find Your Next Love

It’s March so that means it’s time for Spring and Romance.

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The trees are budding and the first flowers are blooming…turns a female heart to her next Romance read.

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With so many Romance subgenres, there truly is a Romance for everyone!

Here is a list of the Romance subgenres and a few authors to try within that subgenre:

  • Historical Romance¬†– That’s right, it’s romance that takes place in the past, most often in the American West, Medieval England and Regency England. Here are some authors to try¬†Mary Jo Putney, Amanda Quick, Beatrice Small.
  • Contemporary Romance – These take place in the present and tend toward humorous and often suspenseful. (This is my favorite romance subgenre and the type of books I like to write.) Some authors to try would be Jennifer Crusie, Elizabeth Bevarly, Susan Elizabeth Phillips.
  • Category Romance –¬†These romances are often shorter and written in series. Some authors to try would be¬†Suzanne Brockmann, Elizabeth Lowell.
  • Futuristic and Fantasy Romance¬†– These romances are obviously written in the future or in an imaginary world. Some authors to try would be Dara Joy, Susan Grant.
  • Paranormal Romance¬†– You guessed it. These romances contain vampires, ghosts or other creatures. Some authors to try would be¬†Susan Krinard, Christine Feehan.
  • Time Travel Romance¬†– Just like the name implies, these romances involve traveling in time. Some authors to try would be¬† Lynn Kurland, Sandra Hill.
  • Gothic Romance¬†– These are mostly romances of the past with authors such as Victoria Holt and Mary Stewart (I love these old ones!).
  • Romantic Suspense¬†– These books generally involve plots dealing with drug dealers, smugglers and stalkers. Some authors to try would be¬†Susan Anderson, Tammy Hoag, Melinda Leigh.

So go out and try new subgenres, you’re bound to find your next Romance love. And never be afraid to try a new author, hundreds come out each month.

What are your favs when it comes to Romance reading?

What’s More Romantic Than a Wedding?

Spring is in the air (or will be shortly for my northern friends & followers) so my romantic mind turns to weddings.

  • Big church weddings
  • Small chapel weddings
  • Beach weddings
  • Garden weddings
  • Large society weddings
  • Intimate family weddings

I love all kinds of weddings because they involve two people pledging their love for each other.

Through the years, wedding venues, receptions, color schemes, etc., may branch out but there are still some things that stay the same.

Roses are still the most used flower followed by tulips then canna lilies.

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Black & White is the most popular color scheme followed by reds then whites.

Black & White Weddings

Churches are still the most popular venue for weddings followed by ballroom/banquet hall then beaches.

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June is still the most popular month to get married followed by September then October.

summer beach wedding

So, let’s hear about your wedding? Did you stick with the time-honored traditions or branch out to show your uniqueness?

Mine was a traditional summer church wedding with a full dress and train, roses in my bouquet and my bridesmaids in coral.

wedding gown

 

Love Is In The Air!

Valentine’s Day is tomorrow and love is definitely in the air.

couple dancing

Love of spouses, children & pets:

Love Comes in All Shapes & Sizes

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If there is a wedding in your future…

Let Feng Shue Make Your Wedding Lucky

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Beautiful Beach Wedding Attire

Also check out my Wedding page on Pinterest…

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Want to attract love into your life…

10 Feng Shui Tips for Love & Romance

Spice Up Your Love Life

 

And if you need some last-minute Valentine’s Day gifts…

Check out my Valentine’s Day page on Pinterest

Or for 5 Fun and Frugal Last Minute Valentine Gifts try this site

 

I wish everyone a fun and loving Valentine’s Day!

I’m Surviving Empty Nesting and You Can Too!

My younger son is in college, so here we go with¬†the dreaded Empty Nest Syndrome. After twenty-five years of diapers, Legos, birthday parties, soccer games, band concerts, family vacations then proms, suddenly all that activity grinds to a halt. No more last-minute cookie requests. No more hearing the night before an assignment is due, “Mom, I need a poster board.” And no more sweaty, soccer socks and cleats taken off in the car making my eyes water.

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My alma mater, Mercyhurst University, Erie, PA.

I admit, I was the typical mother dropping off the child at college then crying all the way home. I cried whenever I walked past their empty rooms and waited every day for their call or text to make sure they were eating and getting their sleep. But by the time they were home for Christmas and I could see they were healthy, getting good grades and making mature decisions РI forced myself to relax. My husband and I raised two wonderful sons who are confident and will make good lives for themselves.

I don’t have to ‘hover’ over them constantly anymore. I can sit back and enjoy hearing their news and accomplishments and be there whenever they have questions or need a pep talk after a bad day or disappointment.

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I’m so proud of them that I can enjoy this¬†time for myself without guilt.

Here are 6 things I would recommend:

  1. Get a pet or two – If you are feeling unneeded, the best thing to do is to get yourself a pet buddy. Be sure to select the best pet for your lifestyle and that you can commit yourself to the life of that pet.

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    A couple of weeks ago we adopted these two adorable kitten sisters.

  2. Take up a hobby –¬†usually with work and all the activities that come with children prevent you from too many hobbies. We’ve all said, ‘That’s something I’d like to try when I have more time.’ Well, now is the time. I have my puzzles, books to write and creating miniatures. I may even get out my cross stitch projects again.

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    This is my mini beach house I’m currently working on.

  3. Rediscover your love life –¬†Use this¬†time to rekindle or increase your love life. Weekend trips can feel like mini-honeymoons without all the kids jumping on the beds and demanding supper.

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    Our romantic weekend home.

  4. Volunteer or get involved with a charity –¬†find a worthy cause that interests you and then get involved. Volunteer hours at a thrift store, use your accounting talents to help children organizations or serve on the board of a nonprofit cause. Being involved with people and/or children can fill some lonely hours.
  5. Read more books –¬†With an empty nest, you will have some extra time to read more books. Read in the bathtub without kids yelling outside the door, read in the evening since there is no more homework to do and read on a rainy afternoon before taking a snooze on the couch. ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†beach-reading
  6. Go naked whenever you want ūüôā¬†– That’s right, you can now lounge around and do housework totally nude, if you want. As long as you don’t answer the door or dance in front of a large living room window no one will know but you. Revel in your new-found freedom.

So, let’s hear from other empty nesters. What keeps you sane during this adjustment period?

 

Flower to Genre Matching¬†Game! ‚ÄĒ Mysteristas

I love flowers. So when I came across this fun post, I had to share it with you.

 

The word blossom brings to mind a rosebud slowing unfurling, one tender petal at a time, until it turns to face the sun as a glorious, fragrant bloom. Of course, not all blooms are roses. The top ten ugly plants, according to the Daily Telegraph, include ‚Äúthe stinky squid‚ÄĚ (first discovered in Pittsburgh), the corpse¬†[‚Ķ]

via Flower to Genre Matching¬†Game! ‚ÄĒ Mysteristas