Oheka Castle

Photo credit:  Old Friends at Oheka Castle

When I am not traveling or writing, I can usually have a book in my hand.  I love to read, and often I try to combine my passions by visiting a location from one of my favorite books.  My book club recently selected two books, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald and Z, A […]

Mill Neck Manor


Keeping up with the elegance and luxury of the Gilded Age that now may be assigned to the Great Gatsby, Mill Neck Manor is one of the remaining historic estates on the North Shore of Long Island.  Once known as Sefton Manor, this granite Tudor Revival mansion overlooks the water of the Long Island Sound on […]

Atlantic City’s Miss America


This past summer on our road trip down the east coast we spent some time in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  When we arrived, we didn’t have a plan and figured we would just stroll down America’s first and longest boardwalk.  I was excited to enjoy some saltwater taffy, and my son was excited to play […]

Coe Hall Mansion at Planting Fields State Historic Park


Last week while roaming Barnes and Nobel, I stumbled upon what many people consider to be the “Great American Novel” on the summer reading table, The Great Gatsby.  I ended up purchasing The Great Gatsby wanting to re-read it from my high school days before the new movie comes out May 2013.  Reading through F. […]

Step back into the 16th Century at the New York Renaissance Faire


An hour north of NYC you can spend the day as if you were living in the 16th Century at the New York Renaissance Faire.  My son and I had a great time a couple of years ago in the woodlands of Sterling Forest in Tuxedo Park, New York.  We spent a full day enjoying […]

The National Baseball Hall of Fame – Cooperstown, New York


For any baseball fans out there, a trip to Cooperstown, New York should be in your future.  My son LOVES baseball, so there was no better way to honor one of his favorite sports than with a visit to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.  When we visited last summer, we started our day early […]

Celebrating the 4th of July at Old Bethpage Village Restoration


One of my favorite things to do is celebrate real meanings of holidays.  The Old Bethpage Village Restoration, located on Long Island, NY is a recreation of a 19th-century village.  This living museum is a smaller scale Colonial Williamsburg or Old Sturbridge Village.   Visitors came experience live demonstrations, which offer individualized attention since the […]

Fun Times at the Crayola Factory


  Do you have children who love to color and be creative?  Well if you do, I highly recommend making a trip to the Crayola Factory in Easton, Pennsylvania.  My son and his cousins had such a great time here!  They were able to create sculptures with the modeling materials, draw with chalk on the […]

Birthplace of the National Anthem: Fort McHenry


I have a whole new appreciation for our national anthem when I sing along at a baseball game since visiting Fort McHenry a year ago.  Not wanting to miss a history lesson opportunity, I took my son and his friend to Fort McHenry when we had visited Baltimore for an Oriole and Yankee game. When […]

Sleepy Hollow…Where the Legend Comes Alive


Every year in Sleepy Hollow, New York,  Washington Irving’s classic tale, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow comes alive.  The event takes place the last four weekends of October and quite popular, so it is helpful to purchase tickets ahead of time online at  www.hudsonvalley.org. There are several events in Sleepy Hollow that makes celebrating Halloween spooky and […]