Posted on Jul 24, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

“Once the travel bug bites there is no known antidote, and I know that I shall be happily infected for the rest of my life.” Michael Palin

Oh, the joys of summertime! At the Tri-Cities Center for Cosmetic Dentistry, we love summertime.  Why?  Because summer travel tops the list of our favorite summertime activities.

Dr. Sanders and her husband, Brian, enjoying the US Virgin Islands.

Dr. Sanders and her husband, Brian, enjoying the US Virgin Islands.

As Michael Palin so cleverly states, we’ve been “happily infected” and are thankful for the opportunity summer travel provides for much needed relaxation and time well spent with family and friends.

As we return to our office from most of our summer vacations, we thought we’d share some of our very favorite vacation spots with you.  In fact, you may have already visited some of these places, but if you haven’t, you’ll know they come highly recommended and one of them may wind up being your next vacation destination!

Kelly bicycling in Hilton Head.

Kelly bicycling in Hilton Head.


I love Hilton Head Island! It’s my “happy place.” We enjoy riding bikes, and having dinner at our favorite restaurant, Skull Creek Marina, while watching the sunset.


One of our favorite vacations was the trip we took with the kids to Disney World. Abbey enjoyed having “Breakfast with the Princesses” and Noah loved the roller coasters and Tower of Terror. He begged to ride them even before he was old enough and big enough to ride them.


We usually visit family in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan where we spend a lot of time outdoors. In the winter, we hit the slopes for downhill skiing or snowshoeing and in the summer, we go hiking, swimming and fishing. We love it there, but the very best vacation I ever took was a cruise to San Juan, San Martin and St. Thomas when I was 19.

Dr. Sanders 

We enjoy going to the US Virgin Islands. Brian and I go as often as we can because of the beautiful location and because it gives us a chance to relax. I can snorkel any time I want! The beaches, like Maho Bay, Cruz Bay, and Hawksnest, are all unique, so exploring the island never gets boring.


I’ve lived across the United States, from Alaska to Florida as well as abroad in Portugal. My husband retired from the Air Force before we were married but enjoys travel as much as I do! We have traveled together to China, Scotland, and the Caribbean as well many destinations within the US. Each vacation has been wonderful but there is something special about the Caribbean – we try to go on a cruise annually. It is almost impossible to pick my “favorite” because each destination has been so unique. Our next destination will be 6 days in Venice followed by a 12 day Mediterranean Romance Cruise on Holland America Line this October.


My favorite vacation destination may be the most recent! We visited Tybee Island early this summer with the family to celebrate our 35th wedding anniversary. We spent the week with our two daughters, our sons-in-law and our two grandsons, making lots of memories.  We played in the surf and sand, toured Savannah, and ate delicious dinners at the local seafood restaurants.

Yvonne's grandson Jack on their recent family vacation at Tybee Island.

Yvonne’s grandson Jack on their recent family vacation at Tybee Island.

Where is your favorite vacation destination? We’d love to know! Maybe one of us will wind up there next year.

If you are still traveling this summer, don’t forget to send us a postcard from your vacation – whether it’s just around the corner or far, far away.

Vacation Contest

We want to hear from you! Our contest runs through the end of August and our winners will win a set of movie tickets.  Mail your post card to us at:

4623 Fort Henry Drive

Kingsport, TN 37663