Stay away from the edge at Slieve League Cliffs Sep02

Stay away from the edge at Slieve League Cliffs

Continuing further down the Wild Atlantic Way, we find ourselves in southern County Donegal. This is the area known for the world’s highest sea cliffs. Okay, before I get deluged with comments from other parts of Ireland and the rest of the world, measuring the height of sea cliffs can be done a number of different ways with different results,  but suffice it to say, for this article, these are the world’s tallest! (That’s my story and I’m sticking with it.) On to the Slieve League Sea Cliffs A drive west along R263 from Killybegs will bring you to the little town of An Charraig. Turn south here, following the Wild Atlantic Way signs, and...

Bring back the old motor hotel Aug31

Bring back the old m...

As we traveled to Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons recently, we had the occasion to visit one of the remaining classic motor hotels (The Hatchet) that were so popular back in the 50’s and 60’s.  Just one night was enough to remind us why they were so great, and why in a number of cases, the...

Experience the spirit of the Wild West in Cheyenne, WY Aug31

Experience the spirit of the Wild West in Cheyenne...

Since the Wild West Days, Cheyenne has grown up into a wonderfully diverse city.  Beautiful parks and modern conveniences still rub shoulders with historic buildings and a rich historic past. Depending on your attention to detail, this is easily a multiple-day destination. Cheyenne Depot Look up from anywhere in town and chances are you’ll see the pointed tower of the Cheyenne Depot. In the main lobby area you’ll be able to buy your trolley tickets and pick up a number of good brochures. Here you’ll also find the entrance to the Cheyenne Depot Museum. If you prefer to explore Cheyenne on your own, there’s a great brochure to look for called...

Horsing around in Sheridan, WY Aug29

Horsing around in Sheridan, WY

Doing a Wild West road trip?  If so, consider adding Sheridan, WY as one of your stops along the way.  We did just that recently, stopping here between Yellowstone and Mount Rushmore.  It’s perfectly located about half-way between. Sheridan, WY Our first matter of business was to grab some lunch as we left Yellowstone early without taking time for breakfast.  Luckily, we landed in Frackelton’s Fine Food & Spirits.  It was drizzling outside but quite warm and friendly inside.  Great staff made us feel quite at home and brought some great drinks while we perused the menu. Hadn’t had corn beef for a while, so I opted for the Reuben. ...

Three amazing places to stay in northern County Donegal Aug28

Three amazing places...

In the last article we discussed a number of fun activities to be enjoyed in northern County Donegal while you are traversing the Wild Atlantic Way, but we glossed over where to eat and sleep.  We’ll rectify that right now. Rathmullan Rathmullan House is a 4-star luxury hotel that has some of...

Toughest, coldest, c...

We were heading out west for a 2-1/2 week road trip that would take us through much of Utah, Wyoming and Nebraska.  Wanting to take a lot of food for camping, we looked around for the best cooler we could find…and we found it. The Pelican 65QT Elite Cooler is unlike anything we’ve used...

Fall festivals, great wine & Indian tribal dances – ToDo Tuesday 8/27/14 edition Aug27

Fall festivals, grea...

Every few weeks, we scan our deluge 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...

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...