Day Trips

Malmaison Oxford

Inside Malmaison Oxford

From Castle to Prison to Hotel


Following the Norman invasion of England and the Battle of Hastings, William the Conqueror was crowned King of England on Christmas Day, 1066. The Norman aristocrats who fought for William expected a little something for the effort, and so William handed out land. This proved unpopular with the subjugated natives, so they did what oppressed people do: rebel.… Continue Reading →

Full Sail Brewing Company

Full Sail Brewery

Hood River, Oregon’s Finest Beer

When the Temperance Movement convinced enough people in enough states that prohibiting alcohol would be a good idea, America got the 18th Amendment. With its passage, breweries, wineries, distilleries, saloons, pubs, bars, lounges, clubs and taverns shuttered their doors and turned their employees into the unemployed.… Continue Reading →

Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood

The Timberline Lodge

All Work And No Play…

Just kidding. A trip to the Timberline Lodge is actually not a lot of work, and once there, there is plenty of opportunity to play. The outside of the building was used for the exterior shots of the Overlook Hotel in Stanley Kubrick’s film The Shining.… Continue Reading →

Multnomah Falls and the Columbia River Gorge

columbia river gorge

Gorge-ous Views of the Columbia River Gorge from Multnomah Falls

Just beyond the city limits of Portland lies some pretty amazing natural beauty. The Columbia River Gorge is just minutes from downtown, yet it feels like you are in the middle of nowhere. The Columbia River starts in Canada and winds its way southwest to the Pacific Ocean, forming some of the northern border between Oregon and Washington.… Continue Reading →

Goonies Tour of Astoria, OR

goonies house

Goonies never say die!

When I was a kid, my family and I went to stay with some of my parents’ friends for a weekend. These friends also had kids about our age, and one night, all of the kids watched The Goonies in the basement while the parents played cards upstairs.… Continue Reading →

Nara

daibutsu

Daytrip From Kyoto

Kyoto is filled with so much to see and do that you could easily spend your entire trip there visiting the many gardens, temples, shrines and shops. But there are two things Kyoto doesn’t have: the world’s largest bronze Buddha and hundreds of tame deer roaming the city.… Continue Reading →

Fushimi-Inari Shinto Shrine

fushimi-inari shrine

Tunnel of 10,000 Torii Gates

L&A has been to their fair share of places of worship, from cathedrals and country churches to synagogues and Buddhist temples, but there is just something mystical about the Fushimi-Inari Shinto shrine in Kyoto. With its seemingly endless tunnel made of Torii gates and countless stone foxes watching your every move, it’s something you just experience yourself. … Continue Reading →

Leiden

windmill

Recharge on This Daytrip From Amsterdam

Leiden is steeped in history. It is home to Rembrandt Van Rijn, one of Europe’s oldest universities and the site of the first tulips in Europe. The tulip reached the Netherlands having come from Persia and Turkey through Vienna – all part of the Ottoman Empire – in 1594. … Continue Reading →

Biking to Edam

edam

The Namesake of the Cheese in  Noord Holland

 L&A HQ is located in America’s Dairyland, and we eat our (more than) fair share of cheese. As the old saying goes, “It’s not a meal without cheese.” Wait, that’s not an old saying? Must be something we just say. Maybe it’s on our license plates.… Continue Reading →

Highway 18 Outdoor Theater

Old-Fashioned Drive-In Movie Theater In Jefferson

Thirty miles east of Madison, just outside of Jefferson, lies a place that will take you back to a time before multiplexes and stadium seating. The Highway 18 Outdoor Theater shows first-run movies as part of a double (or triple!) feature on summer nights between Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends.… Continue Reading →