High school sweethearts and married for 39 years, we fully recognize how truly blessed we are. With 4 grown children , 5 beautiful grandchildren, and an Old English Bulldog named Patch, our house is full of joy, love, and activity. A "Grand Central Station" sign hangs at our front door - and we wouldn't have it any other way. Now that our children all have homes of their own, we find ourselves at a new, exciting period in our lives. Our time to wander is here, and we want to take as many friends, old and new, with us as we can.
The travel bug made its first appearance 16 years ago when a fellow teacher and I were awarded a Fund for Teachers Grant. She loved teaching Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar" to her junior English class, and I loved incorporating travel into my computer technology classes. So, we chose Italy as our destination. From that point on, wanderlust has pulsed within my soul.
When we found ourselves in a particularly blessed period in our lives, Jeff said, "Let's take a trip!" I said, "Sure! Where to?" thinking he meant a road trip relatively close to home. Was I surprised when he answered, "Europe!" That led to a grand tour driving ourselves through Germany, France, Austria, Italy, and Switzerland. The travel bug bit, and how! Since that first adventure, we travel, near or far, every chance we get.
Velvet & Suede Travel Company, LLC, is the natural result of sharing our travels on Facebook and Instagram. Many of our friends told us that they "love" our pictures, or that they "live vicariously" through watching our posts, and even "you should be travel agents." Well, now we are! Graduates of Careers on Vacation - a top ASTA-recognized travel education program, we launched Velvet & Suede as a full-service luxury travel agency specializing in curated tours, top-tier river cruises, high-end ocean cruises and all destinations in between.