Sioux Falls – a dozen top recommendations for visitors May01

Sioux Falls – a dozen top recommendations for visi...

Traveling east? Traveling west? If so, chances are you may be following Interstate 90. And if you are, you owe it to yourself to plan a couple days in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. I’m in Sioux Falls right now and I’d love to share some recommendations for a great two days. DAY ONE Grab a bike Sioux Falls is a wonderfully bikeable city, and with big blue skies and clean country air, this is a great place to ride. Just about my first stop in Sioux Falls was to Spoke-N-Sport (2019 South Minnesota Ave.; Sioux Falls, SD 57105; 605.275.2453), a very complete bike shop with a nice rental fleet. You could choose from comfort bikes, tandem bikes or...

Starwood’s keyless entry proves popular Apr27

Starwood’s key...

Road warriors usually look forward to getting to their rooms at the end of the day, but the part that is no fun is standing in line waiting for a room key. It’s late, and so often the one in front of you seems to be the one with so many questions, you wonder if you’ll ever see your room. Well...

Music City Loft gives you the chance to live large in Nashville Apr03

Music City Loft gives you the chance to live large...

Living like a local has a great ring to it, doesn’t it?  Immediately, thoughts come to mind of being in the center of the action, being close to the city’s vibe, being a part of all the things that make that city attractive. So when offered the opportunity to try out Nashville’s newest digs, I jumped at the chance. Music City Loft, at 162 E. 4th Street N. is truly in the center of what’s happening in downtown Nashville.  You’re just minutes away from Printer’s Alley and all the great restaurants on 2nd Avenue N.  Another block and you are down on the riverfront. Head the other direction one block and you’re at the Ryman Auditorium. Entering...

The Manor on Golden Pond – a perfect setting for getting away Mar16

The Manor on Golden Pond – a perfect setting for g...

If you ever wished to live like an oil baron, or perhaps a turn of the century real-estate developer, you might try spending a few days at the Manor on Golden Pond in Holderness, New Hampshire.  The Manor was actually built by Isaac Van Horn, a real estate developer, in 1907.  He and his beautiful debutante bride loved Shepard Hill and the vistas overlooking Squam Lake. Over the years, the estate passed through many hands, once becoming home to Howard Fowler, Life Magazine’s photography editor who ran the Holderness Photographic Colony here during the 1940’s and 50’s. It was finally purchased in 1999 by Mary Ellen & Brian Shields,...

Captain Jefferds Inn – quintessential Kennebunkport Mar06

Captain Jefferds Inn – quintessential Kennebunkpor...

When we told friends we were heading to Maine in the winter, many questioned our sanity. Turns out we weren’t the only ones. We met two other couples who had come to Captain Jefferds Inn from Massachusetts – they actually were escaping more snow than we were. Needless to say, we all thoroughly enjoyed our stay – our first, but their fourth.   Both couples echoed the same feeling, Maine is a wonderful place to distress, unwind and just relax. No matter how you try, you can’t do that in your own back yard. I’m sure the drive helps to start the process, but walking into Captain Jefferds will certainly complete the transformation. Even in...

Deerfield Inn – like visiting your favorite aunt

Comfortably situated in Franklin County, Massachusetts, you’ll find Historic Deerfield, an authentic 18th century village, lovingly restored and preserved. Just north of the town commons, you’ll encounter the beautiful Deerfield Inn. Opened in 1884 and listed as a National Historical Landmark, the inn has been pampering guests for 130 years now. Deerfield Inn Since 1987, guests have had the privilege of getting to know Jane Howard and Karl Sabo, the present-day innkeeper’s. A more personable pair you won’t find anywhere. Easy to chat with, you can see their eyes light up as they talk about the inn, their excellent staff and the town in...

Historic Deerfield – then and now Feb27

Historic Deerfield – then and now

In the late 17th century, Deerfield, Massachusetts was the northern-most town in the newly formed colonies, and was targeted in a major assault during the French and Indian wars. By late 1704, hostilities ceased and Deerfield began to flourish. Then and now, Deerfield was a combination of village and rural life. The same fields that were tilled centuries ago are still producing crops today. Historic Deerfield Deerfield library – art, architecture and ancestry Carefully preserved and authentically restored, Historic Deerfield is possibly one of the best documented towns in all of New England. Having relatives who settled in Deerfield in...

Grand Velas Riviera Maya – all-inclusive, all fantastic Nov21

Grand Velas Riviera ...

In all our travels, we’d never done the “all-inclusive” resort scene before.  That changed with our latest trip to Mexico.  We spent five luxurious days at Grand Velas Riviera Maya and couldn’t have been more impressed. Grand Velas Riviera Maya Something tells you that you are in for a treat...

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...

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...

Las Vegas – betting on resort fees Jan24

Las Vegas – betting on resort fees

When we go on vacation, we like to get the most from our dollar. Checking multiple sites online, using coupons, querying travel agents…whatever it takes to get the best deal.  What you don’t want is a budget busting surprise after you’ve already arrived. I’ve ranted before about the hidden fees airlines were instituting, and those all seem to be pretty much out in the open now. A few search engines will even add them in as you check flight costs. The latest though that still is hidden for the most part is hotel resort fees.  And I’m not just talking about the legitimate resorts on the beach, I’m taking about run of the mill hotels in Las...