Seafood lovers rejoice in Annapolis, MD Aug27

Seafood lovers rejoice in Annapolis, MD

My other article detailed a number of attractions to enjoy while in Annapolis, and this one will keep you well fed, and housed in luxury. If you’re hungry: Naval Academy While touring the Naval Academy, if the hungers hit, you’ve got a few choices. The Naval Academy Club offers fine dining at lunchtime for all visitors (Monday through Friday only.)  For more casual (family) dining, think about the Drydock Restaurant in the lower level of Dahlgren Hall.  Good looking pizza and a host of bar food will keep the family happy until the next meal. Drydock, Restaurant; 103 Fullam Court; US Naval Academy; Annapolis, MD 20402; (410) 293-2873 ;...

Erie, PA – where fun and food abound Aug26

Erie, PA – where fun and food abound

Quick – where is Pennsylvania’s seashore?  Trying to imagine Philadelphia with some waterfront property?  Nope – that’s just the Delaware River. As big as Pennsylvania is, the only seashore is right here in Erie, Pa. Presque Isle State Park In actuality, the longest strand makes up Presque Isle State Park  in Erie. There’s over 3,200 acres on this sandy peninsula and it’s used for all types of recreation.  Open year round, more than four million visitors used the park last year. That’s more than visited Yellowstone. Riding the entire roadway loop around the peninsula means a trip of 13 miles, but there are a number of cut-through trails....

Sandusky shines again – it’s alive Aug22

Sandusky shines again – it’s alive

Going back a decade or so, I recall a rather dull drive through downtown Sandusky, Ohio.  On my latest visit, I couldn’t believe the change.  Cool looking buildings, nice parks, and great places to eat and to play. Nice going Sandusky – you’re definitely a hip place to visit once again. Sandusky is only minutes from the world famous Cedar Point, but most park goers probably pass right by on their way to the park. Whoops, your bad.  You are missing a great place to visit with some cool attractions and some great restaurants, even a speakeasy. You gotta visit Dozens of buildings, even blocks of buildings have been restored and are currently...

Harrodsburg – a must-see in Kentucky Aug21

Harrodsburg – a must-see in Kentucky

There’s something to be said for being first – sort of akin to being best. Either is good but being both is great. Harrodsburg, KY can certainly lay claim to both. Turns out that Harrodsburg was the first English settlement west of the Alleghenies when it was founded in 1774. It is also home to America’s largest restored Shaker village.  From the simple elegance of the Shaker architecture to the plethora of architectural examples in historic downtown Harrodsburg, I can honestly recommend it as a destination for anyone who appreciates great design. Photographers, woodcrafters, & history buffs are going to find this place irresistible....

Five little gems to discover on the NW coast of Ireland Aug20

Five little gems to discover on the NW coast of Ir...

The Wild Atlantic Way seems to go on forever, but it obviously has to start somewhere. That some where’s northern-most point is Malin Head where the ocean has worn deep crevices into the headlands.  Hell’s Hole, shown here, accentuates the surf as it fills and recedes, providing a constant concert with the sounds of the many birds that flock here from Iceland, Greenland and beyond. Following the Wild Atlantic Way south, you’ll drive along the eastern side of Lough Swilly, a glacial fjord that separates Inishowen Peninsula from Fanad Peninsula. At its southern tip is Letterkenny, where the road turns north again and takes you past beautiful...

Is the Illinois State Fair the “Kid Friendliest?” Aug19

Is the Illinois Stat...

The Illinois State Fair wrapped up Sunday with headliners Robin Thicke/MAGIC! performing in the grandstand.  They were preceded by Steely Dan on Friday night and Jake Owen/Parmalee/Cadillac 3 on Saturday. But, as popular as these acts were with teens and adults, the real winners of this...

Luxury Travel – Tips for the Good Life on a Budget Aug19

Luxury Travel – Tips...

by Bob Diener It’s possible to travel in a five-star style while keeping your three or four-star budget if you know the tricks to saving money and enjoying luxury. When it comes to finding a luxury hotel, you should consider boutique names. In big cities, five-star hotels can be over $600 a...

14 for 2014 – Great ...

Today wrapped up the 2014 Outdoor Retailers Show in Salt Lake City, with hundreds of new products showcased and hundreds more with updates and improvements made since last year.  Whether your love is cycling, running, water sports, hiking, camping, or just plain picnicking in the park, we...

What would you do wi...

We continue traipsing the floors of the 2014 Outdoor Retailers Show in Salt Lake City, looking for products to improve your outdoor adventures.  Today we have a wide variety of products guaranteed to put more fun in your weekends or your month long road trips. Check out this collection of new...

Nine ways to pump up...

It’s day three and we’re still wandering the floors of the 2014 Outdoor Retailers Show. We’re looking for some new products for your outdoor adventures.  Today we found some great new camping and emergency preparedness ideas as well as ideas for summer and winter sports. Stick with us...

9 Ways to improve yo...

Wandering the floors of the Salt Lake City Convention Center for the next four days, we’ll be bringing you some great new ideas for your outdoor adventures from the 2014 Outdoor Retailers Show.  Today, we seemed to be in the “shoe central” section of the building, so...

Nine gadgets for you...

Twice a year, outdoor retailers make the pilgrimage to Salt Lake City for the largest showing of new products for outdoor enthusiasts. Whether your thing is biking, hiking, fishing, camping, swimming, running, kayaking, paddle boarding…or whatever, if it can be done outside, chances are your...