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Blue Fern’s 5 Favorites- Black-Owned Food and Drink Businesses

Black History Month is a time to reflect on the contributions African Americans have made to our past and the ongoing struggle for racial justice.  Carter G. Woodson is responsible for establishing this month as a time to correct the lack of knowledge about Black contributions to our nation’s development, but ultimately, he strove to…

8 Reasons Virtual is Here to Stay

Given that it’s still January, the proverbial references to the new year still count (at least for a few more days).. Along with that comes new beginnings, trying new things and discovery.  While it may seem like your options for activities that get you off your couch are dwindling by the day, in this Covid…

DC Winter Event Roundup

Whether you’re just visiting, new to the area, or a true Washingtonian, winter in the District is such a magical time. Here’s our roundup of the must-dos during the winter season in DC. How many can you check off this winter! Use the bingo card to share your adventures with us with the hashtag #BlueFernTravelBingo….

Importance of Community, especially now..

All this pandemic chaos has got me thinking about the importance of restaurants, our local community and how vital it is they have our support in these difficult times. So we wanted to share our first (holiday themed) post on how they shape our community. To that end, we are DOUBLING OUR DONATION to Bread…

This Time Calls for Action

Learn about our COVID-19 Measures… As much as I would love to tell you we are keeping our doors open, the past few news cycles have made it abundantly clear that that is an irresponsible decision. It is with a heavy heart that we announce we are closing until further notice. We all have to…

Discover Baltimore’s Best Restaurants With Carpe DC’s Scott Gilbert

(As of July 1 , 2020, Carpe DC Food Tours has rebranded as Blue Fern Travel!) Carpe DC Food Tours kicks off March with our new Baltimore Fells Point Food Tour, giving you an inside look at the fascinating history and food culture of one of America’s most exciting food destinations. We sat down with…

Wait… who’s leading this tour? Introducing the 2019 New Guide lineup!

I can’t believe we’re already here! Five days left of the summer of ’19! It has flown by with a lot of great milestones and new developments. One thing we’ve been keeping busy with here at Carpe is adding some new members to our team.  So be on the lookout for some new faces walking…

New Year New U Street!

So can I just say how excited we are about entering YEAR FIVE!  I mean seriously, where has the time gone… Seems like just yesterday, my partner/hubby Stefan and I were leading all the tours ourselves and enjoying a half smoke or two along the way! But fast forward five years later, we have hosted…

Live like you’re traveling 365 days a year

I still remember my first solo trip abroad so vividly that it feels like I am still there. I was lucky enough to travel to Melbourne, Australia for a semester, in Spring 2006.  I can clearly remember how scared I was at first, and how it was a huge culture shock- even going from the…

No Tree Skirts Allowed

Happy December! It’s here, we’re smack in the middle of it- Holiday Season! (insert appropriate song here) Now for some of you- you thought jingle bells, some of you are hearing angels sing, and the rest of us are hearing the theme from Jaws. So, I wanted to do a quick lil holiday check in….

The Art of Tradition

Whether it’s the holidays, my adorable 2-and-a-half-year-old or just my general desire to always understand culture and society on a deeper level (raise your hand Anthropologists!), lately, I find myself thinking a lot about traditions. As a parent, I am now in the role of tradition-maker/creator, which any parent knows, is a big responsibility. Last…

That time I quit my day job

I’m bustin out! (cue Diana Ross ‘I’m coming out’ song!) It’s true! In case you haven’t been following my every post on social….I QUIT MY DAY JOB! And now am working on full time on Carpe! (insert quit scene from Jerry Maguire  here) Now, my first thought was to wax poetic about how travel has changed…