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Every year I take a trip with my girlfriends to some place we’ve never been before in the USA. This fall we traveled to the Pacific Northwest to Portland, Oregon to explore the quirky city the and the famous wine country.  

When we travel Ms. Carolyn Stine is our official tour guide planning a creative and detailed itinerary. Check it out below and for more inspiration on travel, dining and cooking check out her new blog at  CarosCity and book your next trip to Portland stat! 

Living in NYC can be daunting, stifling and at times frustrating. Some people find solace in weekends in the Hamptons, others travel further to Nantucket or Cape Cod. However, only a few hours north of the city are some charming places to rejuvenate. Whether you’re looking for a foodie’s paradise, a challenging hike or a leisure canoe trip the Hudson Valley has a little bit for everyone. I’ve consulted Carolyn Stine for the best things to see, experience and eat in the Hudson Valley. Want more of her pics? Check out her instagram at @Carobaker1

Back in April 2016 I launched the New Orleans chapter of Six Degrees Society. While in NOLA I was struck by the European influence that was seen throughout the city, the incredibly delicious seafood selection and the kindness of the natives. I enlisted the help of one of my favorite NOLA foodie natives to write her guide to New Orleans. Enjoy reading about NOLA through the eyes of Sarena Teng, a pediatric anesthesiologist and native. 

My first time in Cartagena was in January 2016 for our annual January girls trip. I went with several girl friends including Carolyn Stine, our official itinerary planner. To me Cartagena felt like you stumbled onto a movie set. The buildings are brightly colored with balconies adorning them and giving off a New Orleans type feel. My favorite part of the trip were the amazing street vendor offerings. The mochilla bags illuminated the street with their vibrant colors and affordable prices. In addition to doing some serious shopping we did some serious eating. The food was heavy on seafood to reflect its coastal positioning. Check out our itinerary and snaps from the pic, all courtesy of Carolyn Stine. To see more travel and food inspiration follow her @Carobaker1.

Not quite sure how to spend the rest of your summer? Look no further than Portland, Maine. This charming vacation spot is the perfect escape from the confines of a city and offers something for the foodie and the adventure seekers. Check out our City Guide written by our resident food and travel expert Carolyn Stine. You can also follow her adventures on Instagram @Carobaker1

I haven’t been to Lisbon in years and when I did I was a vegetarian and didn’t have the same foodie tendencies I have now. But now, when I go back I’m fully prepared with a jam packed itinerary written by the wonderful Carolyn Stine, owner of the FOMO inducing instagram handle @carobaker1.