Monday, August 22, 2016

Quick Getaways Make a Vacation-less Summer Exciting

I tend to be a homebody with wanderlust; a bit of a contradiction in terms, I admit, but as a woman, I reserve my right to be complicated. By my very nature, I enjoy being in my own home. I'm one of those once in the house, I stay in the house types of girls. While difficult with two children, I do my best to get things done while out the first time. It isn't uncommon for me to change into something relaxing (i.e. pajama pants and over-sized tee shirt) in the late afternoon. Of course, I can plant myself on the sofa with my laptop or spiral notebook and write for hours, so it's not laziness. It is the comfort of being in the home I've made, knowing where everything is and being perfectly content surrounded by my family.

At the same time, I love to travel and see new places. I am frequently searching the Internet for deals on last minute getaways, my favorite being beach destinations. I am happiest with my feet buried in soft sand and the sound of waves crashing filling my head. Last month, I discussed my treasured Beach Thursdays and the once-a-week mini vacation they provide.

Last year we took a big trip to Disney World, which meant there would be no big, extended vacation this summer. However, there is no way that the wanderlust inside me will sit still for an entire summer, so quick getaways were the answer.

And We're Off! 

Our first getaway was to Cleveland, OH over Memorial Day weekend. We'd never been there and living in upstate, it was a short distance away that we could drive for a weekend. We visited the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, toured the house from A Christmas Story (my husband's all-time favorite movie), went to the Cleveland Zoo and found some of the most amazing eateries a city could offer. Thanks to Groupon (which I swear by) the trip was very inexpensive and a lot of fun.

Our next journey was to Saco, in southern Maine for the weekend before the Fourth of July. My husband has family there, so we were able to stay with them. A very relaxing weekend included trips to Old Orchard Beach, 360-degree fireworks on a jetty on the Maine coast, and outlet shopping in Kittery.

Still to Come...

My final getaway of the summer is yet to come, next week actually. My daughter and I along with my very good friend, will be taking a trip to Atlantic City where we are staying at a beautiful hotel on the boardwalk and plan to enjoy the beach, great food and outlet shopping. My daughter and I went a few years back and this year she proposed the girls' getaway. Definitely looking forward to relaxing before getting back into the chaos of school, sports, clubs and this applications.

How did you spend your summer?

Monday, August 8, 2016

Summer Vacations: On the Road Again

Happy August, everyone! I feel like we’re on the final countdown of the summer. I’m trying to enjoy every minute of it, even as I’m looking forward to the long, crisp autumn days. Traveling is definitely on our list of things to do this month!

We started the month off with a trip to Hershey Park in Hershey, Pennsylvania. This was a family reunion where my kiddos and their cousins got to ride roller coasters, splash down water slides and gorge themselves on chocolate. What more could they ask for?

Up next, a day trip to New York City. This is an all girls trip that we’ve been planning for the better part of the year. We’ll be heading into Manhattan early to window shop, have lunch, and catch the matinee of Wicked on Broadway.

And then, the trip I’ve been looking forward to all year long…the beach! Nothing but sea, sand, and surf. We’ll be staying right near the Long Island Sound, getting to visit with family and hopefully have our fill of seafood. I think a trip to the Mystic Aquarium in New London, CT is on the agenda, too. This week is all about relaxation and reconnecting. I can’t wait! 

How about you guys? Are you traveling this summer? Or maybe planning a weekend staycation? I’d love to hear about it!


Traveling isn't all I have to look forward to this month. I also have a new release coming up! 

Bear to Love: Kodiak Den #3 will be out in late August! In the meantime, have you had a chance to read the second book in my Alaskan Den Men series? 

Bear to Need: Kodiak Den #2 is now available on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited!

Grab it here: 

Happy Reading! 
Amy Lamont

Monday, August 1, 2016

August at WVRA = Favorite Summer Vacations. #Romance

Each week, all month, we will be sharing our favorite vacations, staycations, daytrips, or weekend getaways!


I've been fortunate to go on a few really nice vacations in my life, but I must say the very best one was surprising our son with a trip to Disney in Florida.

We were there for a week, yet we could have stayed for a month and still not have seen everything.

It's truly an amazing place. Even when it rained, we still had a good time. :)

Did I mention the food? Every meal was SO good!

[Bonus: I didn't have to cook or clean-up.]

We would love to go back, and I'm sure we will someday, but we'd also like to visit a few other places...especially...Hogwarts!


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