Beautiful Bantry Bay for food, fun and flora Jul28

Beautiful Bantry Bay for food, fun and flora

Bantry Bay is the area of West Cork between the Sheep’s Head Peninsula and the Beara Peninsula.  Sitting just offshore is Whiddy Island and connecting the two is Tim O’Leary and his Whiddy Ferry.  As we sailed out to the island, I couldn’t help but notice the two kegs of beer aboard (one Guinness and one Carlsberg.) I almost hoped we’d break down and have to tap into the kegs for something to drink.   As you debark onto the island, the first thing you see is a pub. Still off to a good start.  Stop in the Bank House Bar & Restaurant for food or beverage before you take off for a walk around the island. Look for interesting ruins...

Where to stay in Southern Delaware? Jul28

Where to stay in Sou...

Still looking for that perfect summer getaway?  If you want ocean waves, clean beaches, clean air, great food and family friendly destinations; Southern Delaware should be on your radar. For a short refresher course: Top 15 ways to play in Southern Delaware Food adventure in Southern Delaware...

Guess what the lates...

Peak Design is at it again and has another amazing Kickstarter campaign underway.  You know the routine…get your order in while it’s still in the fundraising stage and you a) help an entrepreneur and b) get rewarded with the best prices going. This one’s surely worth a look. Some time ago,...

Harrodsburg’s sweet little secret – the Kentucky Fudge Company Jul25

Harrodsburg’s sweet ...

If you are too young to remember ordering Cherry Coke’s or phosphates from the local drug store soda fountain, sorry, you missed a great part of the “growing up in America” tradition. You’ve now got two choices: a) ask your grandparents to explain or b) get to Harrodsburg, Kentucky and visit...

D-Link DAP-1650 stre...

Wi-Fi in a home or office is great when you are close to the access point…but get too far away and oops, no Wi-Fi.  Bummer.  Relocating your access point isn’t necessarily the answer, as most likely some other place that worked before is going to stop working. What you need my friend is a...

S.H.W. – Simply Heavenly Walking or Sheep’s Head Way – you choose Jul22

S.H.W. – Simply Heavenly Walking or Sheep’s Head W...

It may be named for the sheep, but the people and the trails make this a fabulous destination. Ireland’s southwest coast is a series of finger-like peninsulas extending into the wild Atlantic Ocean. One of the slimmest is Sheepshead Peninsula – extending from Bantry on the north, past Ballymoor Mountain, to a lighthouse that sits precariously on a cliff at the very southernmost tip. While it’s a beautiful sight, you’ll only be able to see it from land if you take a walk…a long walk. The Sheep’s Head Way was named the Best Walk in Ireland shortly after it was opened. It’s easy to see why.  No matter what your ability level, you’ll find...

Amish, Art, Classics & the State Fair – ToDo Tuesdays 7/22/14 edition Jul22

Amish, Art, Classics...

Every few weeks, we scan our slew of press releases and look for great travel opportunities, around Cleveland, around the country and around the world.  ToDo Tuesday’s wraps up some of the best reasons we’ve found this week to get off the couch, grab the camera and get outside to have some...

TomTom GO 600 GPS su...

When you buy a GPS – you want a smart GPS.  Not one that was smart a year ago. You want one that is smart this minute.  Before you pull out of your drive, wouldn’t it be nice to know about the traffic jam at the north end of your street or that darn backup ¼ mile after you enter the freeway....

Don’t make my mistake when visiting West Cork, Ireland Jul17

Don’t make my mistake when visiting West Cork, Ire...

Today our Wild Atlantic Way journey takes us slightly afield, about 16km from Bantry to the little town of Drimoleague, where we meet up at the Top of the Rock Pod Pairc and spend the day exploring West Cork with David Ross. This was one of my best days in Ireland and I hope you have the time to read about the entire trip. If not, this is the short version: The Pod Pairc is the most unique place to stay in the center of what is Ireland’s best walking area. Pick from 300km of trails nearby. Here’s a short video about Top of the Rock. If you have limited time or just want to try an easy walk – the Alpaca Walk is fun, easy to do and has...

Groovy, furry stones with Irish tales – it’s all here Jul17

Groovy, furry stones with Irish tales – it&#...

(Continued from page one of two) If you landed here without reading page one, please go back to here to start.   What kind of animal is that? Up another hill we found our way to the most enchanting of all the walks I did in Ireland this year – the Waterfall Farm and its Alpaca Walk. We couldn’t start the walk without first meeting Emma & Markus Bird, owners of this little bit of heaven. They are still developing this as an attraction for individual walkers as well as school groups. Waterfall Farm has a variety of animals from Flemish Giant and French Lop rabbits to goats to the ungainly but loveable looking alpacas. Cautious but...

Three kitchen gadget...

Here’s a trio of cooking/drinking products we found at the International Home & Housewares Show earlier this year.  After months of testing each, we are happy to recommend all three. Cookina Cooking Sheets This is one of those products you wished had been created years ago.  Cook,...

5 Bed and Breakfasts to Avoid – Warning Signs of a Bad B & B Jul13

5 Bed and Breakfasts...

There’s nothing as wonderful as the charm and personal service of a great B & B or small boutique hotel.  By the same token, there’s nothing quite as bad as a shoddy one. Given that there so many bed and breakfasts out there, pure probability tells us that some of them surely must be...