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...

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...

Not so well kept secrets of a Lake Erie island Sep05

Not so well kept secrets of a Lake Erie island

It’s home to the 3rd tallest monument in the world.  Any guesses? It’s home to the 2nd tallest monument in the United States.  Any ideas? It’s home to the tallest Doric column in the world.  Give up yet? It’s located on South Bass Island in Lake Erie, near Cedar Point. Hint!!! It’s pictured right here. It’s the Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial – the only peace memorial in any of our National Parks. The Visitors Center has an excellent display that explains just how Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry was able to encircle the British and win the Battle of Lake Erie in 1813. A park ranger expanded on the story with some very...

Yep, still more to see in Donegal Sep03

Yep, still more to s...

Leaving the Slieve League Cliffs and heading east, we found our way back around River Glen and on to a place that still maintains the old art of hand-weaving. Studio Donegal Studio Donegal was our next stop in the little town of Kilcar. Preserving the old traditions, here you’ll be able to...

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. ...

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 ;...

Some people actually talk to their kids – do you? Jul06

Some people actually...

Excitement and relaxation at the same time from a  vacation resort It’s a balancing act.  Have lots of fun activities that the kids will enjoy; but also have some down time to relax and actually reflect on the day’s activities. Believe it or not, Sawmill Creek Resort may have actually come up...

Erie, PA’s little purple secret Jul05

Erie, PA’s little purple secret

Grapevines don’t want you to discover this secret about Erie, PA For sixty miles or so, along the southeastern shores of Lake Erie, you’ll notice the air smells a little different. Not the typical fresh lake air that you get driving along the coast of the Great Lakes. No….once you are around Erie, Pennsylvania the air takes on a fragrant, grapey, soda-popish aroma that comes from the Concord grape. Welcome to the Lake Erie Concord Grape Belt – with 30-40,000 acres of vineyards in the region, this is the largest Concord grape region in the world. Better yet, in this one stretch along I-90, there are twenty-four wineries specializing in not...

Ten things to do in Bowling Green KY May08

Ten things to do in Bowling Green KY

South Central Kentucky has a lot of attractions worthy of a long weekend or a week-long trip this summer.  From caving, to zip-lining, to Corvettes to dinosaurs; there’s bound to be something of interest to the entire family. Situated right smack in the center of the country, Bowling Green is easy get to. Take any of nine exits off I-65 (Exits 20-28) or fly into Nashville and it’s just a one hour drive north. There’s no lack of good food and fun places to see, so let’s take a look at some that we recently enjoyed on our last trip to Bowling Green. Ten places to go in Bowling Green: Lost River Cave is Kentucky’s only underground boat tour. ...

Country Inn & Suites launches complete new design Jan22

Country Inn & Suites launches complete new de...

Country Inn & Suites is no longer the “rocking chair on the front porch” brand that you’ve known since 1989. With the ribbon cutting of the newest Country Inn & Suites in Springfield, Illinois, the brand has made a significant leap into the future with a new look and new logo mark. “It’s a fresh look for a new generation of travelers” says Scott Meyer, Senior Vice-President, Midscale Brands, Americas. “You have to remember that when Country Inn & Suites started back in 1987, we didn’t know about the Internet or iPods. Back then, no one would have ever considered putting electrical outlets on headboards. Yet, today’s...

FlyBorgata lets you travel like a rockstar Dec09

FlyBorgata lets you travel like a rockstar

When I first heard about the FlyBorgata program, I almost dismissed it as something only the rich and famous would do. Glad I decided to look into it a bit more. It may be the closest you’ll ever come to getting treated like royalty, without having to endure a blue-blood transfusion.   FlyBorgata is a program available in fifteen cities across the US, where you’ll take a small private jet charter to Atlantic City, spend Friday and Saturday nights in the luxurious Borgata Hotel and then fly home again on Sunday. All for one affordable price. Catch your jet near home We drove to Atlantic Aviation, a private jet terminal near Cleveland...