What’s hot in Home & Housewares?

The 2017 International Home + Housewares Show just wrapped up, and innovation still reigns supreme in home technology.  Here are some of the favorite things I saw at the show. [If you check the links, don’t be surprised if these aren’t available yet – many are due to be released soon, but the specific products should all be available later this year.] You can also watch this blog, as we hope to be actually testing all of these as they become available. Brother’s Scan N Cut is the perfect cutter for all your crafty projects.  Now, with the ability to scan your own artwork, Brother enables you to precisely cut or emboss some fantastic pieces...

Tasty tour of Talbot County, Maryland Mar23

Tasty tour of Talbot County, Maryland

As an area with such rich history, Eastern Maryland is a not-to-be-missed destination for young and old alike.  From the Revolutionary War to the War of 1812 to the Civil War, you can’t get any closer to the pulse of these events. Home to monuments, museums and battlefields, if you want to relive the events, this is where you want to come. Oh yeah, and when you’ve had your fill of scholarly research, there are great places to eat and have fun besides. C’mon down to the eastern shores of Maryland Coming east across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, you’ll want to follow the signs east towards Ocean City.  After the split with Route 301, look for...

Spring 2017 Issue is available Mar22

Spring 2017 Issue is...

Ready for a big dose of travel inspiration? The spring issue of our free news magazine is now available. We continue our review of the various style RV’s available, focusing this time on the big, classy Class A which we took to Key West and the Everglades. See page 34.  Delaware is our...

Quick getaways in Maryland Mar13

Quick getaways in Maryland

  A trip to the nation’s capital is something everyone should do, but get stuck in gridlock on the beltway for an hour or two, and you’ll be looking for an escape. A weekend getaway to Eastern Maryland is in order. Head east from Washington, DC – follow Route 50 – drive for less than 90 minutes and you’ve escaped to the Chesapeake Heritage Area.  If eastern seaboard history is your interest, you’ve landed in Nirvana.   Top things to do in Maryland The eastern side of the Chesapeake Bay is alive with history, not to mention my favorite seafood – crabs. The three counties surrounding Route 50 (Kent County to the north, Queen Anne’s...

Delaware Beer Wine & Spirits Trail – you’ve reached the end Mar02

Delaware Beer Wine & Spirits Trail – yo...

This is the final segment of our 19 Places you’ll want to visit in Delaware.  Links to the previous suggestions occur below or start here for our first in the series of 19 Places you’ll want to see in Delaware. Lewes, DE 17)  Zwaanendael Museum  Dare you to say that three times fast.  Seriously though, the Zwaanendael Museum (102 Kings Highway; Lewes, DE 19958 (302) 645-1148) commemorates the first Dutch settlement in Delaware in 1631. This three-story museum presents artifacts and exhibits that showcase the maritime, social and military history of this part of the eastern shore. A large exhibit focuses on the His Majesty’s DeBraak, a ship...

Goldhorn Brewery comes to Ohio Beergarden Feb23

Goldhorn Brewery comes to Ohio Beergarden

Just when you thought beer couldn’t get any better Discovering new beers is always fun; but, discovering fabulous new beers is awesome.  Last night we discovered both a great new beer hall, the Ohio Beergarden (402 Great Northern Blvd. North Olmsted, Ohio (440) 979-1001),  as well as a great new local brewery. Ohio Beergarden The Beergarden has overhead roll up doors, and it was almost warm enough last night to roll them up.  Come spring, we’ll definitely be back to enjoy the warmer breezes with the best of Ohio’s brews, served with awesome appetizers and meals. The Ohio Beergarden is in the Great Northern Mall, located right next door to...

Destination Dover, DE – history surrounds you Feb23

Destination Dover, DE – history surrounds you

This is the fourth segment of our 19 Places you’ll want to visit in Delaware.  Links to the previous suggestions (1 through 12) occur below. Dover, DE 13)  First State Heritage Park   Delaware’s first urban “park without boundaries” is where cultural and historic sites come together for a delightful, walkable days’ worth of activities.  The buildings are all beautiful to look at from outside, but your first stop should be the Visitor Center (121 Martin Luther King Blvd. North (a.k.a.  121 Duke of York Street) ; Dover, DE 19901 (302) 739-9194) where you can pick up a map that explains not only what each building contains, but also various...

Savor Wilmington – there’s something for everyone Feb16

Savor Wilmington – there’s something for everyone...

Continuing our series on 19 delightful places to visit in Delaware. If you missed the first suggestions you’ll find a link below for more great vacation destinations in Delaware. Wilmington, DE 8)  Wilmington’s annual festivals   There’s plenty to keep you coming back to Wilmington.  Here are just a couple of the more popular festivals you might want to catch on your next trip. Brandywine Festival of the Arts For over a half-century, Wilmington has been bringing together the best of both local and national artists in a show that now tops 250 artists. Last year, more than 20,000 visitors were enthralled by the talent shown by these...

Nemours – a must-see destination in Delaware Feb09

Nemours – a must-see destination in Delaware

This is part two of our “Discovering Delaware in 19 delightful places” series. Wilmington, DE If there’s an area that is over-endowed with fabulous gardens and magnificent mansions, it would have to be the Brandywine Valley and Scenic Byway. Just north of Wilmington, the area and its visual riches will take your breath away. It did ours. For more information, visit visitwilmingtonde.com. 7)  Nemours Mansion and Garden  You’ll only be minutes away from downtown Wilmington, but you’ll feel like you are in another part of the world here at Nemours Estate (850 Alapocas Dr, Wilmington, DE 19803; (302) 651-6913.)  This is the home of inventor,...

Discovering Delaware in 19 delightful places Feb02

Discovering Delaware in 19 delightful places

19 Amazing reasons to visit our first state What’s the top thing to do in Delaware?  Mostly, prepare to be amazed.  With attractions, so diverse and so much fun, the state’s small footprint belies its potential. Don’t know much about Delaware?  Follow along as we illustrate 19 great Delaware discoveries we made last fall. Rehoboth Beach, DE 1) Rehoboth Beach   For my money, Rehoboth Beach is one of the best beaches on the eastern seaboard. Wide and clean, this beach offers something for everyone.  Plenty of room for sunbathers, book readers, or for building sand castles.  The sand warms and comforts each footstep as you are drawn to the...

Unlocking the practi...

Nobody would argue that cooking food on your barbeque grill imparts a little something extra that makes the food irresistible. But with winter hanging on, it takes a special breed of hero to bundle up and go stand in the freezing cold to barbeque dinner….until now. Smoke-less Indoor Grill The...

Lenovo Miix510 is the 2-in-1 tablet that thinks it...

Truth be known, I think so to. The Lenovo Miix510 is a really compact machine that delivers for work or for play.  I’ve got Adobe’s Creative Suite loaded on its 500GB PCIe solid-state drive (SSD), and with 8GB of RAM, I’m doing serious photo and video editing without breaking a sweat. First, the disclosure:  Lenovo sent me the Miix510 as part of the Lenovo INsiders program and did not provide additional compensation. All opinions are my own. Lenovo Miix510 Let me assure you that this is a machine you can actually use to get big jobs done.  I’ve had 2-in-1, “wannabe a tablet / wannabe a laptop’s” that I’ve tried out before, but they just...