The RAIL comes to Strongsville Aug08

The RAIL comes to St...

It was only back in March that we first discovered The RAIL in Canton.  We became immediate raving fans, and even more exciting was the prospect of them opening one in Strongsville, just minutes from our house. Well, the wait is over, and we got to preview the new Strongsville location for...

You’ll flip for the best burgers and beer in Canton – The RAIL Mar01

You’ll flip fo...

Burgers and beer just go together, and there’s no better place to make this match-up than The RAIL in Canton;  (4347 Belden Village Mall Canton, OH 44718). We were invited there recently and had a blast – great food, cool atmosphere, comfortable seating, and fabulous drinks.  Oh, and before...

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. ...

Harrodsburg’s sweet little secret – the Kentucky Fudge Company Jul25

Harrodsburg’s sweet ...

If you are too young to remember ordering Cherry Coke’s or phosphates from the local drug store soda fountain, sorry, you missed a great part of the “growing up in America” tradition. You’ve now got two choices: a) ask your grandparents to explain or b) get to Harrodsburg, Kentucky and visit...

S.H.W. – Simply Heavenly Walking or Sheep’s Head Way – you choose Jul22

S.H.W. – Simply Heavenly Walking or Sheep’s Head W...

It may be named for the sheep, but the people and the trails make this a fabulous destination. Ireland’s southwest coast is a series of finger-like peninsulas extending into the wild Atlantic Ocean. One of the slimmest is Sheepshead Peninsula – extending from Bantry on the north, past Ballymoor Mountain, to a lighthouse that sits precariously on a cliff at the very southernmost tip. While it’s a beautiful sight, you’ll only be able to see it from land if you take a walk…a long walk. The Sheep’s Head Way was named the Best Walk in Ireland shortly after it was opened. It’s easy to see why.  No matter what your ability level, you’ll find...

Franks Diner – Be Nice or Leave Sep13

Franks Diner – Be Ni...

You want fresh – you got it. The staff and the food are both fresh…which lends to the experience that you won’t find anywhere else. Tucked away at 59th and 5th in Kenosha, Wisconsin, this diner is a can’t miss destination in itself. Almost ninety years ago, Anthony Franks wanted to be a...

Top Cleveland Restaurants – a city guide for foodies Jul05

Top Cleveland Restau...

For the first time visitor, here’s a quick list of the best restaurants in Cleveland, OH.  Cleveland is now well known for their fine dining, with great restaurants in Cleveland and its surrounding suburbs.  The Cleveland dining scene is quickly becoming a destination for foodies and...

Enjoy Sun Moon Lake by land, bike, boat or from the air May30

Enjoy Sun Moon Lake by land, bike, boat or from th...

Sun Moon Lake has been drawing tourists since 1999, when it was reconstructed into a National Scenic Area after a major earthquake. It is now a 9,000 hectare vacation mecca for Taiwanese and international tourists alike. The largest alpine mountain lake in all of Taiwan, it’s perfectly located at almost the geographical center of the island. Surrounded by mountains on all sides, every direction you look can be a photo opportunity. Rising from 600 meters to 2,000 meters, the hills offer hiking and biking opportunities as well as wonderful overlooks. Approximately a dozen hiking trails of short to moderate distances offer something for...

Hualien is the gateway to eastern shore attractions May28

Hualien is the gateway to eastern shore attraction...

Cisingtan Scenic Bike Trail Midway down the eastern shoreline of Taiwan is the city of Hualien.  It’s just a short, under-an-hour flight from Taipei and you’ll find yourself next to lush green hills that parallel the seashore. This makes a perfect setting for the Cisingtan Scenic Bike Trail. The trail isn’t very long. It can be ridden one-way in about an hour. To the north is a fishing operation where people come to watch large fishing boats transfer their catch to smaller Zodiacs who then rush their loads to the beach. A waiting construction road grader catches their ropes and pulls them up onto the beach. From here, the fish are loaded on...

Take in the sights and tastes of Taiwan’s north coast May25

Take in the sights and tastes of Taiwan’s no...

YEHLIU GEOLOGICAL PARK Far up on the northeastern tip of Taiwan sits a fragile peninsula dotted with geological formations unique throughout the world. Mushroom-shaped rocks sit perched on pedestals looking like they have been set on display in an outdoor museum. But, in this case it was Mother Nature that formed these pitted artifacts and then through wind and erosion separately shaped their pedestals. Where the monsoons batter this thin sliver of natural wilderness, the limestone has taken on recognizable forms and 180 formations have been given names to represent their shapes. Wandering the length of the 1,700-meter-long cape you may...

Biking around Taiwan May23

Biking around Taiwan

Back in Taiwan, in search of some of their most beautiful biking and sightseeing areas. Hit the subscribe button (on the right) and get all the posts for the next week with slideshows of all the sights.   Our first stop was Taipei City where a network of bike paths ply all corners of the...