Hiking to the Golden Gate Bridge

The Golden Gate Bridge, an American Landmark

As you know since my last post I have been “California Dreaming.”  Of course, you can’t think of California without thinking about the Bay City’s landmark, the Golden Gate Bridge. I have been to San Francisco several times for business meetings, but I only had viewed the famous bridge from afar.  My last trip to […]

10 Reasons Santa Cruz is So Dreamy

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This morning I woke up at my leisure and decided to start working off those extra pounds from the holiday indulging I took part in over the last week.  As I hit my iPod on shuffle, Katy Perry’s California Gurls started to play, so I decided to select the 60 minute Monterey Coastal Trail on […]

The Pacific Coast Highway & Big Sur

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The Pacific Coast Highway is known to be one of America’s iconic drives, so we knew it was the only road to travel to San Francisco from Los Angeles during our week-long vacation in California.  Who knew driving could be so much fun?  Breathtaking scenery combined with hairpin turns and treacherous cliffs made this the […]

Honoring All Those Who Served

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Today is Veteran’s Day, and I would like to honor all those who have served for we would not be the great nation we are without them.   My son has learned quite a bit about the American Revolution and the Civil War in school and through our travels.  He still has a lot to […]

Moonshine, Southern Food & the Breeze Kings

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On my recent trip to Atlanta, I was looking to dine out at an authentic southern restaurant.  I asked a local for a recommendation, and he advised me to check out Sweet Georgia’s Juke Joint.  My first thought was what the heck is a Juke Joint?  Thanks to Google and my smartphone, I quickly discovered […]

30 Reasons to Vacation in Riverhead – Part Three

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So have I enticed you to visit Riverhead yet?  With a few more weeks of summer and fall upon us, it is the perfect time to head east of  NYC to this busy town on Long Island.  I mean seriously, the kids just started school this past week, but anyone in the New York tri-state […]

30 Reasons to Vacation in Riverhead – Part One

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Riverhead, New York is a small town on the east end of Long Island sitting at the mouth of Peconic River.  Many people associate Riverhead with the Aquarium, the water park Splish Splash, and the Tanger Outlets.  These might be the most popular attractions, but Riverhead has so much more to offer.  Affordable hotels (that […]

The Unexpected Gift of Travel

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When my son was little we occasionally took vacations.  Often times we made day trips to places like Sesame Place or riding “Thomas the Train” in Essex, Connecticut.  Outside of quick day trips we would once in a while head down south to visit family. It wasn’t until my son entered the third grade that […]

12 Long Island Family Day Trips to Experience in 2012

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Just east of New York City is the eleventh largest island in the United States.  It is beautiful Long Island, and it has been my home for the last ten years.  Known for its gold coast and gorgeous beaches, Long Island also offers many cultural, historical and science-based attractions for families.  Proximity to Manhattan makes Long Island […]

Discovering America through the National Park Service

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Earlier this week I attended parent-teacher conference at my son’s Junior High School.  I experienced a “proud parenting” moment,  when the social studies teacher, Ms. Quinn referred to my son and said “sometimes he raises his hand and shares facts that I learned in college!”  I smiled and told her that we traveled frequently and […]