12 Things You Don’t Know About Amtrak

If you’re a GypsyNester regular, you KNOW what a train nut David is!

Breakfast in bed? Wine  tastings?  Meals served on REAL dishes? And that’s just the food.

Did you know there are really nice passenger lounges in large cities, comfy coach seating, showers and National Park guides aboard many routes? … CONTINUE READING >> 

If you’re a GypsyNester regular, you KNOW what a train nut David is!

Breakfast in bed? Wine  tastings?  Meals served on REAL dishes? And that’s just the food.

Did you know there are really nice passenger lounges in large cities, comfy coach seating, showers and National Park guides aboard many routes? … CONTINUE READING >> 

The Hippest Public Bathroom in the USA

Jackpot! A flush with greatness!

Shiny and adorned in black and green art deco (including the toilets and urinals) this luxurious loo boasts a shoeshine station and a vintage phone that calls up the front desk – just in case… CONTINUE READING >>

Jackpot! A flush with greatness!

Shiny and adorned in black and green art deco (including the toilets and urinals) this luxurious loo boasts a shoeshine station and a vintage phone that calls up the front desk – just in case… CONTINUE READING >>

Check Out Where We Stayed in Amsterdam (Hint: It’s a Houseboat!)

One of many interesting aspects of Amsterdam that we noticed upon

arriving were the colorful houseboats lining the canals – there are
about 2,400 of these semi-seafaring gems docked along the walls of the
city.

We were overjoyed to have the opportunity to stay on one of them during…CONTINUE READING >>

One of many interesting aspects of Amsterdam that we noticed upon

arriving were the colorful houseboats lining the canals – there are
about 2,400 of these semi-seafaring gems docked along the walls of the
city.

We were overjoyed to have the opportunity to stay on one of them during…CONTINUE READING >>

Bling Me Back to Graceland, Home of the King

We were married on Elvis’ birthday. Hold on there big fellah, it was just a coincidence. 

I didn’t even realize it until I woke up in a champagne haze, with the TV still blaring on our wedding night.

I knew the Fates had conspired when I half-opened one eye and saw there on the news… CONTINUE READING >>

We were married on Elvis’ birthday. Hold on there big fellah, it was just a coincidence. 

I didn’t even realize it until I woke up in a champagne haze, with the TV still blaring on our wedding night.

I knew the Fates had conspired when I half-opened one eye and saw there on the news… CONTINUE READING >>

Shackin’ Up in Clarksdale


Clarksdale, Mississippi is home to one of the most unique inns we’ve ever encountered, The Shack Up Inn. This collection of sharecropper shacks on the old Hopson Plantation look like they haven’t been touched in decades, but inside… CONTINUE READING >>


Clarksdale, Mississippi is home to one of the most unique inns we’ve ever encountered, The Shack Up Inn. This collection of sharecropper shacks on the old Hopson Plantation look like they haven’t been touched in decades, but inside… CONTINUE READING >>

Pompeii & Circumstances

Rome may not have been built in a day, but Pompeii was certainly destroyed in one.

Because of the unique nature of the calamity that buried the city, we have an incredibly well preserved peek into every day life two thousand years ago in The Roman Empire.

We had an amazing amount of history and emotion to absorb, making our day at Pompeii one of the most incredible… CONTINUE READING >>

Rome may not have been built in a day, but Pompeii was certainly destroyed in one.

Because of the unique nature of the calamity that buried the city, we have an incredibly well preserved peek into every day life two thousand years ago in The Roman Empire.

We had an amazing amount of history and emotion to absorb, making our day at Pompeii one of the most incredible… CONTINUE READING >>

A Winter Wonderland Aboard Amtrak’s Empire Builder

Join your GypsyNesters aboard Amtrak’s iconic Empire Builder as we head through a winter wonderland in luxury!

See Glacier National Park out the huge windows of the Sightseer Lounge, celebrate Veronica’s visit to her 48th state over crab cakes (for breakfast!) in the dining car, share a fun-filled wine and cheese tasting, and enjoy tours of our sleeper car and all the fabulous amenities that you never knew Amtrak provided! … CONTINUE READING >> 

Join your GypsyNesters aboard Amtrak’s iconic Empire Builder as we head through a winter wonderland in luxury!

See Glacier National Park out the huge windows of the Sightseer Lounge, celebrate Veronica’s visit to her 48th state over crab cakes (for breakfast!) in the dining car, share a fun-filled wine and cheese tasting, and enjoy tours of our sleeper car and all the fabulous amenities that you never knew Amtrak provided! … CONTINUE READING >>