Wild, wonderful, wood carved ducks and more at the Ward Museum Apr20

Wild, wonderful, wood carved ducks and more at the...

Off to see the birds From Oxford, we are heading for Salisbury, MD., home of the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, (909 S. Schumacher Drive; Salisbury, MD 21804 (410) 742-4988). It was one of the biggest oh-wow moments during my entire road trip. The artwork represents some of the absolute finest modern-day wood carved ducks and waterfowl you will find anywhere in the world, in my opinion at least. From the original hand-carved wooden duck decoys crafted by the Ward brothers, to fantastic owls, eagles and other birds of prey, the museum holds dozens and dozens of intricately carved examples of hand carving and finishing. So off we go to...

What seniors want to know about Moon Palace Jamaica Grande Apr20

What seniors want to know about Moon Palace Jamaic...

You enjoy luxury travel and you’re thinking of a tropical vacation at a Jamaica resort. While you’ve entertained the thought of an all-inclusive Caribbean resort, you’re not sure if it’s for you.  Let’s explore what your all-inclusive vacation would be like if you were to travel to Moon Palace Jamaica Grande resort and spa in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. Arriving in Jamaica There are three major airports in Jamaica, but you want to fly into Montego Bay.  The Jamaica Grande offers free shuttle service to and from this airport only.  You could also arrive at Kingston, but that would entail an additional charge for transportation. You’ll receive a...

How are the rooms at Moon Palace Jamaica Grande Apr20

How are the rooms at Moon Palace Jamaica Grande

Entering our room Once again, it’s time to hold your breath as you view your spacious room and the beautiful view outside. Rooms vary, but ours had one king-sized bed and faced the beach.  We stayed in room 20916. (Decoding the room number, we stayed in building 2 of 3, on floor 09, and in room 16.) Across the bay, we could watch large cruise ships sailing in and out of port each day. We also had a splendid view of the many pools available, the dolphin habitat and the water activities area. There was so much to see and the colors of the water in the Caribbean are to die for all by themselves. Contrasting with the orange deck chairs, the...

Moon Palace Jamaica Grande – what’s on the lower level? Apr20

Moon Palace Jamaica Grande – what’s on...

Heading to the lower level Taking the elevator to the lower level, you are faced with more dining choices.  Here you’ll find the Buccaneers Reef grand buffet, decorated with beautiful hanging “basket” style light fixtures and a food line that never ends.  Food was always fresh, warm and inviting.  Timid or daring, you’ll find food to suit.   I was dying to try the Ackee and Salt Fish, a native favorite for breakfast. After that, it was a job to temper my desire to try a little of everything. There was so much there, from custom made eggs, to waffles (a favorite of mine), to homemade breads, to meats, pastas, pizza, health food like...

Outdoor activities at the Moon Palace Jamaica Grande Apr20

Outdoor activities at the Moon Palace Jamaica Gran...

Outdoor areas In addition to the ever present palm trees, you could make an afternoon just wandering and looking at the flora and fauna around the resort.  Everything seems to thrive here. Outside the Playroom is the water playground for kids and the young at heart.  Water slides and dumping buckets of water are all safely located in this fenced area.   Outdoor, beach volleyball courts are available and if you don’t have enough people to play, the activity staff are happy to join in. Three large outdoor pools for swimming are spaced across the resort and a few have limited seating for Elite club members only. There’s also a good sized...

Concluding our tour of Moon Palace Jamaica Grande Apr20

Concluding our tour of Moon Palace Jamaica Grande

Concluding our tour Well, that concludes our “walking” tour of the property.  In a nutshell, is the property suitable for seniors? Yes, with some caveats.  Most of the property is handicapped accessible, but like any outdoor area, you’ll find areas like the beach which can be tricky.  There are also many steps going from one area to another, but in most cases, if you look, you can find ramps or elevators nearby. For relaxation, for good dining and for helpfulness from staff – it rates a big YES. So, c’mon down and enjoy. What you can’t “see” however, is the “spirit” of the property.  But, trust me, it lives in each of the people we met...

The Edge Desk System...

The Edge Desk With the Edge Desk System, your office can now be anywhere. And when I say anywhere,  I don’t just mean a great desk for the office or the basement, I mean you can set up an office in the park, across from your favorite waterfall, at your cabin, where ever. I can even set it up...

Gourmia GWT230 Motor...

Gourmia GWT230 2 Slice Motorized Toaster Welcome to the newest in toasting technology – the Gourmia GWT-230 ToastView Mototoast Toaster. So, what does that mean?  Well, Gourmia has come up with a number of innovations to make sure your bread or bagels are toasted just how you like them…in a...

Awe Spa at Moon Palace Jamaica Grande in Ocho Rios Apr13

Awe Spa at Moon Pala...

If an all-inclusive resort is the King of resorts, then certainly a fabulous spa is the Queen of amenities.  Taking up a full 38,000 square feet of space, the largest spa on the island, the Awe Spa at the Jamaica Grande promises calming, stress relief and relaxation to mind, body and spirit....

Maryland’s historic seaports blend history and luxury Apr11

Maryland’s historic seaports blend history and lux...

Checking out of the Lincoln Inn in Easton, we are heading off today to two of Maryland’s historic seaports – St. Michael’s and Oxford, MD.  Head north on 565 for a couple blocks and turn left (west) on Bay Street (Route 33) for about ten miles. We’re heading to The Inn at Perry Cabin (236 Perry Cabin Dr.; St. Michaels, MD 21663 (410) 745 2200). This would be an excellent spot for you to stay while enjoying the surrounding area. St. Michael’s, MD Pulling in to the Inn at Perry Cabin, you are immediately impressed with the beautiful architecture of this inn and spa alongside the Miles River. St. Michael’s has been a haven for boaters since...

Moon Palace Jamaica Grande – the perfect vacation for seniors Apr06

Moon Palace Jamaica ...

An ideal, all-inclusive resort where you’ll enjoy the best weather, music and food in the Caribbean If you are looking for perfect weather, flavorful cuisine, smells of salt air, pristine white beaches and flowers everywhere, you’ll find it in Ocho Rios, Jamaica at the Moon Palace Jamaica...

Historic Easton, MD lauded as one of America’s Best Small Towns Apr04

Historic Easton, MD lauded as one of America’s Bes...

Proceeding south on US-50 from Cordova, turn right (west) on Dover Street to enter downtown Easton. Prepare to enjoy the rich history and architecture of the county seat of Talbot County. Pull into one of nine free public parking lots and get ready to explore. Do you have your free Talbot County Guide? Best Small Towns in America Easton was recently named 8th Best Small Town in America, and a short stroll around town confirms their selection.  Brick is the color of choice, most often punctuated with authentic early American accent colors.  From banners and flowers on the light poles to inviting park benches, this is a small town that’s easy...