Visiting Castle Farms

Click any of the images in this post to enlarge. In 1918 Albert Loeb, president of Sears, Roebuck and Company constructed his very own castle in Charlevoix, Michigan. The enormous structure, modeled after castles in Normandy, France, was originally known as Loeb Farms and existed as a dairy farm, model farm for Sears farming equipment and a lavish summer estate for the Chicago-based Loeb family. … Continue reading Visiting Castle Farms

Confessions of a Place Dropper

Place Dropper? Guilty. I love the World Hum blog. The pieces speak to real, gritty, Therouxian travelers. Earlier I came across a brilliant and hysterical piece by Spud Hilton, discussing the “fine art” of place dropping. It’s like name dropping but instead of making yourself cool by association to a person, you subtly (or not so subtly) make yourself cool by association to far off places. For instance, … Continue reading Confessions of a Place Dropper

Hello from TBEX in Toronto!

This has been a very exciting week for A Lady Away! I thought it only appropriate that I officially launched the site while sitting at O’Hare airport on Thursday morning, en route to Toronto for the TBEX (Travel Blog Exchange) bi-annual conference and meet up. I’ve been so encouraged by the feedback I’ve received thus far and have been collecting ideas on how to better … Continue reading Hello from TBEX in Toronto!

Lamu Island, Kenya

*In order to get A Lady Away populated with a few posts to start out I will be sharing a few stories and images I originally posted on my Jenn Winter blog. Original posts are coming soon but, in the meantime, enjoy some of my favorite archived travel stories! When I journeyed to Lamu with Karen, Emma and Tessa in October of 2006 I was … Continue reading Lamu Island, Kenya