Rehoboth Beach for a great family beach getaway Jan28

Rehoboth Beach for a great family beach getaway

One of the best ways to cope with the winter vortex is to pull out photos of last year’s summer getaways and to start planning for another one this year. I just pulled out some from a getaway weekend to Rehoboth Beach, Delaware and wanted to share some of the places we really enjoyed. We stayed at the historic and beautiful Boardwalk Plaza Hotel right on the beach. Open 365 days a year, this place is a classic. You’ll appreciate its Victorian charm the instant you enter the reception area. They offer a range of rooms to fit most budgets and the staff is super friendly and attentive. Victoria’s is their in-house restaurant that offers a nice...

Kelley’s Island – the secret is out Jan24

Kelley’s Island – the secret is out

Now’s the time to make your plans for a summer getaway to Kelley’s Island, Ohio.  Largest of the American islands in Lake Erie, this destination is about to get even more popular. Nominated as one of the 15 finalists in the Budget Travel “2014 Coolest Small Towns” contest, thousands of readers are about to discover one of the best kept secrets of Ohio’s North Coast. Previously, northern Ohioian’s would slip over to the island easily on a 20-minute ferry ride and enjoy swimming, fishing, biking and shopping. With a half-dozen cute shops and the same number of restaurants, it was a great place to spend a day, a weekend or longer. Trust me,...

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...

Blockade Runner, a beach resort for all four seasons May01

Blockade Runner, a beach resort for all four seaso...

Pounding surf or placid inland waters? Wandering on miles of beach or paddling for hours on smooth, clear waters? These are the type decisions one needs to make before picking an East Coast vacation destination. Well, they used to be. Head for Wrightsville Beach in North Carolina and if you stay at Blockade Runners, you don’t need to decide. Unique to Wrightsville Beach and just about everywhere else I can think of, this resort has both Atlantic Ocean beach frontage as well as their own inland beach and docks on the sound. A historic past Since 1897, vacationers have been coming to this address at the southern end of North Carolina’s coast....

Island and Shore Fun near Cleveland, Ohio Mar10

Island and Shore Fun near Cleveland, Ohio

Less than two hours from Cleveland or Detroit, there’s an area on the southern shores of Lake Erie that has been attracting vacationers from around the world for two centuries. With a series of islands and lakefront locations, recreation opportunities abound.  Families come to experience the world-renowned amusement park, and then discover there’s so much more nearby. Cedar Point Sitting at the end of a slender peninsula, Cedar Point amusement park has been thrilling families since 1870 and is the second oldest amusement park in the country.  2013 will feature their newest roller coaster, The GateKeeper, bringing their total coaster count...

A hidden gem on Lake Erie’s southern shore Oct30

A hidden gem on Lake...

Lakeside, Ohio is one of only four remaining Chautauqua communities in the United States. Tucked into the Marblehead Peninsula, in northwestern Ohio, this small community offers a perfect get-away location for young families, active couples or golden-agers. Arriving at this gated community,...

Three ways to enjoy vacation with your pet Aug16

Three ways to enjoy ...

Vacation fun for everyone – even Fido This Labor Day, people are trying to squeeze in one more vacation before the summer is officially over. So what do you do with your pet? Here are a few quick ideas to make this a pet friendly vacation. Three ideas to make pet owners purr…or...

Spring is coming and so are the fishermen Mar14

Spring is coming and...

As spring approaches, I’ve seen more and more customers in the local fishing stores here in Cleveland. People buying new gear, getting reels repaired and generally just itching to start fishing again. Once the gear is ready, the question is – where is the best place to fish this spring?...

Grand Lake Colorado is unexpected pleasure Nov09

Grand Lake Colorado ...

Perfect winter getaway near Rocky Mountain Nat’l Park – Grand Lake, Colorado – the unexpected surprise destination httPublish Postp://ping.fm/YsYdy Please share this article with your social...

Top 5 reasons to visit Lakeside, OH Apr20

Top 5 reasons to vis...

There are many hidden gems that sparkle along the north coast of Ohio, but none more delightful than the small town of Lakeside.  Nestled along the northern shore of the Marblehead peninsula, Lakeside is 80 miles west of Cleveland and 60 miles east of Toledo. Founded over 135 years ago,...