Virginia Travel

The State of Virginia
Officially the Commonwealth of Virginia, is known in the United States as the “Mother of Presidents” because eight U.S. presidents were born there.

The capital of the Commonwealth is Richmond; Virginia Beach is the most populous city.

Virginia’s estimated population as of 2017, is over 8.4 million.

Virginia is divided into 95 counties and 38 independent cities.

Virginia has 11 Metropolitan Statistical Areas; Northern Virginia, Hampton Roads, and Richmond-Petersburg are the three most populous.

Richmond, Capitol of Virginia
Richmond is the capital of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

As of the 2010 census, the city’s population was 204,214.

The Richmond Metropolitan Area has a population of 1,260,029, the third-most populous metro in the state.

Major suburbs include Midlothian, Chesterfield, Varina, Sandston, Glen Allen, Short Pump, and Mechanicsville.

Richmond was founded in 1737. It became the capital of the Colony and Dominion of Virginia in 1780, replacing Williamsburg.

 

“Give me liberty or give me death” originated in Virginia back in 1775 it was  said by Patrick Henry’s in a speech in he held in St. John’s Church.

Richmond’s economy is primarily driven by law, finance, and government.

Virginia State Capitol
The Virginia State Capitol was designed by Thomas Jefferson and Charles-Louis Clérisseau in France.

Its construction began in the year 1785, and was completed in 1788.

In 1960 it was designated a National Historic Landmark.

The Pentagon
The Pentagon is located in Arlington County, Virginia, its the headquarter of the United States Department of Defense.

The Pentagon is the world’s largest office building.

Over twenty three thousand  (23,000) military and civilian people work there.

The five-acre pentagonal plaza is nicknamed “ground zero” on the presumption that it would be a prime target in a nuclear war.

On September 11, 2001, American Airlines Flight 77 was hijacked and flown into the side of the building, killing 189 people.

 

The Pentagon is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a National Historic Landmark.

Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington National Cemetery is a United States Military cemetery in Arlington County, Virginia. It was established on May 13th, 1864.

The national cemetery was established during the Civil War on the grounds of the Arlington House, which had been the estate of Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s wife, Mary Anna Custis Lee.

Mary Anna Custis Lee was one of Martha Washington’s great-granddaughters.

The Cemetery, along with the Arlington House, are listed on the National Register of Historic Places as of April 2014.

Alexandria
Alexandria, Virginia is nationally recognized for its rich history and beautifully preserved 18th- and 19th-century architecture.

Named the #1 Best Value U.S. Travel Destination 2018 by Money Magazine.

Alexandria is the relaxed and refined place to start your Virginia vacation.

Alexandria is home to Mount Vernon.

Mount Vernon
Mount Vernon was the home of the first President of the United States, George Washington.

His wife’s name was Martha Dandridge Custis Washington.

Their former plantation is located in Fairfax County, Virginia.

The mansion was built of wood in a loose Palladian style, the original house was built by George Washington’s father Augustine, around 1734.

 

Mount Vernon was Washington’s home until he passed away in 1799.

In 1858, the house’s historical importance was recognized and the plantation was restored, it was bought by The Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association.

Today the plantation is still owned and maintained in trust by the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association, and it’s open every day of the year, including Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. George would have wanted it that way.

In 1960 Mount Vernon was designated a National Historic Landmark , and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

No doubt, Virginia sounds like a great place to visit, if you decide to go – don’t forget your safety tips.

Wear shirts outside your pants if you can, preferably those that cover your pockets, turns off pick pockets.

If you must carry a over the shoulder bags – with long straps – strap it across your chest, not over your shoulder – that’s too easy to pull.

Avoid dark and solitary places – this includes – bus stops.

Have a good time, let me know about your trip.

 

Maryland Travel



Maryland is a state in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern region of the United States, bordering Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia.

The state’s largest city is Baltimore, and its capital is Annapolis.

Among its occasional nicknames are Old Line State, the Free State, and the Chesapeake Bay State.

It is named after the English queen Henrietta Maria, known in England as Queen Mary.

Sixteen of Maryland’s twenty-three counties border the tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay, totally more than 4,000 miles of shoreline.

Maryland has been ranked as one of the best governed states in the country.

Maryland’s Eastern Shore and Western Shore embrace the Chesapeake Bay, and the many estuaries and rivers create one of the longest waterfronts of any state.

Important agricultural products from Maryland are greenhouse and nursery products, chickens, dairy products, eggs, and soybeans.

Stone, coal, sand, gravel, cement, and clay are among their chief mineral products.

Baltimore is Maryland’s largest city, and home of the Johns Hopkins University and Hospital.

Annapolis is Maryland’s capital and the site of the United States Naval Academy.

Assateague Island National Park Seashore; is currently one of Maryland’s most favorite vacation destinations.

Known for its sightseeing cruises, bird watching, fishing, hunting, swimming, sunbathing and kayaking.

Fort McHenry is located in Baltimore and one of the things it has become best known for is its defense of the harbor in the War of 1812.

The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Museum has one of the most important railroad collection in the United States.

The Strathmore Music Center offers audiences a wide variety of musical shows that suits just about anybody’s taste.

In 1902, Maryland opened the Ocean City Boardwalk is recognized as one of the best boardwalks in America.

It’s filled with novelty shops, and restaurants. It’s nightlife is full of music and dancing.

Maryland is also known for it’s Six Flags America theme park located in Woodmore CDP, Prince George’s County, Maryland, near Upper Marlboro.

Six Flags America is divided into six themed areas inspired by the different extremes of the United States

Main Street 1776, Chesapeake, Looney Tunes Movie Town, Mardi Gras, Gotham City, and Coyote Creek

Main Street 1776, also known as Liberty Street, is inspired by Colonial America set during the American Revolution

Chesapeake embodies life on the water. This area was split into two sections, Skull Island, and Olde Boston.

Skull Island, focused heavily on the inclusion of pirates. Olde Boston focused on the colonial era.

Looney Tunes Movie Town is inspired by the Looney Tunes cartoons of the 1930s and 1940s.

Mardi Gras is an all year Mardi Gras celebration.

Gotham City is a land that allows guests the experience Comics Strips most notorious city.

Ride The Joker’s carnival coaster, or soar to the skies with Superman, on the Ride of Steel.

Or take an unforgettable trip down the river with the Penguin, you decide.

Coyote Creek includes Renegade Rapids – a white water rafting ride down the river – inspired by the Colorado River.

Coyote Creek is home to the Crazy Horse Saloon, were cowboys use to drink and relax.

Deep Creek Lake is the largest inland body of water in Maryland.

The park offers activities like fishing, hiking, swimming, water skiing and wakeboarding.

During the winter, it becomes a great place for cross-country skiing and snowmobiling.

Among other popular Maryland attractions are the following:

National Aquarium, USS Constellation, and Maryland Science Center at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor; Historic St. Mary’s City; Jefferson Patterson Historical Park and Museum at St. Leonard; Goddard Space Flight Center at Greenbelt; Assateague Island National Park Seashore; Ocean City beach resort; and Catoctin Mountain, Fort Frederick, and Piscataway parks.

Baltimore is the most popular tourist destination in Maryland.

Baltimore is known as the city where Francis Scott Key wrote the lyrics for the Star Spangled Banner in 1812.

Local highlights include excellent seafood crabs, oysters, crab cakes, and crab soup.

Baltimore lies on the juncture of the Chesapeake Bay.

The Inner Harbour is one of Baltimore’s most upscale neighborhoods known for its museums, hotels and magnificent National Aquarium.

Midtown is home to the performing arts district, Penn Station, Walters Art Museum, Charles St restaurants, and the University of Baltimore.

South Baltimore is home to Federal Hill, Locust Point, Pigtown, and Fort McHenry.

North Baltimore is home to Charles Village, Station North Arts District, Hampden, Loyola, Johns Hopkins, and Mount Washington.

Southeast Baltimore is home to Canton, Patterson Park, Highlandtown, and Greektown.

West Baltimore is home to Druid Hill Park, Gwynns Falls/Leakin Park, Pimlico, Maryland Zoo in druid Hill ParK, Pimlico Race course, and Edgar Allen Poe’s house.

East Baltimore is home to Johns Hopkins Hospital, Clifton Park Golf Course, and Herring Run Park.

Maryland is a seasonal wonderland, so full of activities. Did you know that in the winter you can go skiing there.

WISP Resort  is one of Maryland’s top ski and snowboarding location.

The area provides a winter playground for snow sports with 172 acres of skiing, over 100 inches of annual natural snow plus snowmaking.

Situated in the mountains of Western Maryland, Wisp Resort is Maryland’s only 4-season ski, golf and recreational destination resort.

Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall Maryland is the place to go, book your trip now and have a great time there.


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Delaware Travel



Delaware was the first of the original 13 states to ratify the Federal Constitution.

It’s the second smallest state in the United States of America.

In 1682 it established three counties New Castle, Kent and Sussex.

Most state government operations are located in Dover, the capitol.

Delaware has one of the oldest churches in the nation that is still in use, the Old Swedes Church also referred to as the Holy Trinity Church which was constructed from 1698-1699.

The church is considered part of First State National Historical Park.

Because of seaside location Thomas Jefferson nicknamed it The Diamond State.

In 1880, in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware the first Miss USA contest was held, Thomas Edison was one of the judges.

The Delaware Legislative Hall is the State Capitol Building of Delaware located in Dover.

Dover International Speedway is a race track in Dover, Delaware, it hosts NASCAR races each year, in addition to the USAC and Verizon IndyCar Series.

Daniel S. Frawley Stadium is a stadium in Wilmington, Delaware; primarily used for baseball.

Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library is an American estate and museum in Winterthur, Delaware; it houses one of the most important collections of Americana in the United States of America.

The Nemours Mansion and Gardens is a 300-acre country estate with jardin à la française formal gardens and a classical French mansion in Wilmington, Delaware. Built to resemble a French château.

The Hagley Museum and Library is a nonprofit educational institution in Wilmington, Delaware.

The Grand Opera House is a four story building with a 1,208 seat theater that was built in 1871 that seats 1,208 people.

It was built in 1871 by the Delaware Grand Lodge of Masons to serve as a temple and auditorium.

The Zwaanendael Museum was created to honor the 300th anniversary of Delaware’s first European settlement, Zwaanendael, founded 1631.

The museum models the former City Hall in Hoorn, The Netherlands.




Fenwick Island Lighthouse is a lighthouse on the Delaware/Maryland border.

The structure dates back to 1858 making it the oldest lighthouse in the state of Delaware.

Delaware is the place where you can touch history and see it come to life, for example Fort Delaware.

Fort Delaware is a harbor defense facility, during the American Civil War, the Union used Fort Delaware as a prison for Confederate prisoners of war, political prisoners, federal convicts, and privateer officers.

The fort and the island currently belong to the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control.

There’s no doubt that Delaware served as a foundation to what America is today.

Delaware may be a small state, that made a huge impact on history. Definitely, a good place to travel to.

Visit Delaware and re-discover America.

Write me all about your trip!

Pennsylvania Travel

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, is a state located in the north eastern region of the United States of America.

Pennsylvania is one of the 13 original founding states.

It was the second state to ratify the United States Constitution, on December 12, 1787.

The Declaration of Independence and United States Constitution were written in Independence Hall, Philadelphia. Pennsylvania’s largest  city.

Up to the year 1600; Pennsylvania was known for it’s many Indian Tribes among which were:

The Algonquian Lenape, The Trockwae Tribe, The Tutelo Tribe, The Saponi Tribe, The Shawnee Tribe, The Nanticoke Tribe, The Conoy Piscataway, The Iroquois Tribe and The Erie Tribe among others.

Pennsylvania is divided into 60 judicial districts. The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania is the final appellate court.

Harrisburg is the capital city of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Harrisburg played a notable role in the American Civil War, and the Industrial Revolution.

The U.S. Navy ship USS Harrisburg, which served from 1918 to 1919 at the end of World War I, was named in honor of the city.

The Pennsylvania Farm Show, is the largest indoor agriculture exposition in the USA.
It was first held in Harrisburg in 1917, and has been held there since then.

Harrisburg is also the hosts to the annual outdoor sports show, a two-day event consisting of a car show, motocross racing, and remote control – car racing; among other things.  

In the year 2010,  Forbes rated Harrisburg as the second best place in the U.S. to raise a family.

Some of the most interesting sites in Pennsylvania are:

The Philadelphia Museum of Art, which is an art museum originally chartered in 1876; for the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia.

The museum has thousands of artworks from European, American and Asian origin which include sculptures, paintings, prints, drawings, and photographs.

Fallingwater is a house built partly over a waterfall on Bear Run in the Mill Run section of  the Stewart Township, Fayette County, of Pennsylvania.

The house was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1966.

In 1991, the American Institute of Architects named Fallingwater the “best all-time work of American architecture”.




Hershey Park is a family theme park situated in Hershey, Pennsylvania, Founded in 1906 by Milton S. Hershey, as a leisure park for the employees of the Hershey Chocolate Company.

The park opened its first roller coaster ride in 1923, by 2016 Hershey Park was 110 acres, containing 70 rides and tons of attractions.

Adjacent to the park  is Hershey’s Chocolate World – a visitors’ center that is open to the public and contains shops, restaurants, and a chocolate factory-themed tour ride.

The Philadelphia Zoo, was the first zoo in the United States, it opened on July 1, 1874 with 1,000 animals and the admission price of 25 cents.

Today the zoo is 42 acres long and the home to 1,300 animals.

Some of the zoo’s special features include a children’s petting zoo, a paddle boat lake, a rain forest themed carousel, and a  balloon ride.

The Carnegie Science Center is a  four floor museum in Pittsburgh.

The Buhl Planetarium, the Rangos Omnimax Theater, Sports Works, the Miniature Railroad & Village, the USS Requin and Roboworld, are some of the museums permanent exhibitions.

Sesame Place is a theme park, based on the Sesame Street Television Series.

It includes a variety of rides, shows, and water attractions suited for young children.

Philadelphia is one of Pennsylvania most populous cities and a major tourist attraction. It’s home to the Liberty Bell.

Located in The Liberty Bell, is the following scripture:


“Proclaim LIBERTY Throughout all the Land unto all the Inhabitants Thereof”,

which is a Biblical reference from the Book of Leviticus (25:10).

Deep isn’t it, makes you think. There’s something sad in there.

he liberty bell has a crack; it is said to have cracked when it was rung sometime after its arrival in Philadelphia.

In its early years, the bell was used to summon lawmakers to legislative sessions and to alert citizens about public gatherings.

The City of Philadelphia, which owns the bell, allowed it to go to various expositions and patriotic gatherings, during those trips the bell chipped in various places.  

After World War II, the city allowed the National Park Service to take custody of the bell, while retaining ownership.

In 1976, the bell was moved from Independence Hall to a  glass pavilion in the Independence Mall. 

In 2003, he bell was moved to Liberty Bell Center.

The image of the Liberty Bell has been featured in united states stamps and coins.

There’s no doubt Pennsylvania is a place with a rich history, and interesting sites.

Sounds like a great place to travel to, doesn’t it. When you do let me know all about it.

Don’t forget to have one of those Phillie Sub-Sandwiches.

Connecticut Travel

When someone mentions the state of Connecticut, the first thing that comes to mind is colleges and universities. That’s because Connecticut reputation for having the nation’s most prestigious universities circles the globe.

Let’s see there’s Yale University, Fairfield University, the University of Connecticut, Wesleyan University and the United States Coast Guard Academy.

Connecticut is one of the original 13 colonies; it played a big role in the development of the Federal Government of The United States.

In modern times the emergence of digital media had a huge impact on Connecticut’s economy, today it has more than 1,200 media businesses located in the state, including thee Sports Media Giant – ESPN.

Several Fortune 500 companies have their headquarters in Connecticut; among which United Technologies – the parent company of – Carrier and Otis Elevator.

Connecticut is a small state with a dense population; it has over 3.6 million residents.

The most populous cities are Bridgeport, New Haven, Stamford, Waterbury and it’s capital; the city of Hartford.

Hamburg, New York; Athens, Texas, and Seymour, Wisconsin all have one thing in common, they have legends that claim to be the birthplace of the hamburger.

New Haven, Connecticut has a restaurant known as Louis Lunch that claims that they served that first hamburger. They are still open, and guess what they still serve hamburgers as they did in 1900.

Louis Lassen is said to have made and sold his first hamburger in 1900. He had no Ketchup, so the hamburgers sold at Louis Lunch have – no Ketchup.

He did not have hamburger rolls either, so at Louis Lunch hamburgers are served on two slices of toasted white bread.

They’re still cooked on the 1898 cast iron grills that cooked – Burger Number One.

Louis Lunch is a family owned restaurant; it’s currently managed by one of Louis’ great-grandsons.

After a great burger where is there to go in Connecticut;  Dinosaur State Park and Arboretum – a state-owned natural history preserve occupying 80 acres in the town of Rocky Hill, Connecticut.

The state park protects one of the largest dinosaur track sites in North America, it’s embedded fossil tracks date back some 200 million years.

Worldwide and thru time, children have been delighted by books such as:

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Prince and the Pauper, Life on the Mississippi, and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

These books have been translated into various languages and a countless amount of people have either seen the movie or read one of those tales. Some both.

The author of those books was Mark Twain.




The house where Mark Twain lived from 1874 to 1891 in Hartford, Connecticut has been preserved and it’s now a museum.

It’s known as The Mark Twain House and Museum.

Mark Twain birth name was Samuel Langhorne Clemens.

The Mystic Seaport is the largest maritime museum in the United States.

Known for its ships and re-creation of a 19th-century seaside village.

The United States Navy Submarine Force Library and Museum, is located on the Thames River near Groton, Connecticut.

It’s the only submarine museum managed by the Naval History and Heritage Command division of the United States Navy.

The museum has 33,000 artifacts, including the first nuclear-powered submarine in the world, the USS Nautilus.

Connecticut has some interesting national parks and trails like the The Appalachian Trail which is 2,180 miles long. It’s trail starts in Maine and ends in Georgia.
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The New England Trail is more compact it covers 215 miles from Long Island Sound across long ridges and mountains of Connecticut and Massachusetts.

The New England trail consists of: trap-rock ridges, historic village centers, and farmlands, silent streams, steep river valleys and waterfalls.

The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor is in 35 towns from northeastern Connecticut to south-central Massachusetts.

1,100 of it’s miles are forests and farms with rivers.

As we can now appreciate Connecticut is more than just a state with prestigious universities is a piece of history, at it’s best.

Rhode Island Travel

Rhode Island, is a state in the New England region of the United States. Geographically it’s a very small state; it’s official name is:

The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.

Rhode Island’s official nickname is “The Ocean State”, because of its large bays.

The capital of Rhode Island is Providence.

Providence is the capital and most populous city of Rhode Island it was founded in 1636.

Rhode Island is filled with Historic landmarks, here are just a few of them:

The John Brown House Museum, whose architecture is preserved from the 18th century.

The Governor Henry Lippitt House Museum, which is an American National Historic Landmark.

Newport’s Gilded Age Mansions and Touro Synagogue, which is the oldest synagogue in The United States of America.

The Woonsocket’s Museum of Work and Culture.

The Casey Farm from the 18th century.

And near Bristol – The Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum.

Rhode Island is small but definitely a trend setter and a leader in many respect.
Here are some of the facts:
On May 4, 1776, the Colony of Rhode Island became the first of the Thirteen Colonies to renounce its allegiance to the British Crown.




Rhode Island abolished capital punishment, making it one of 19 states that have done so.

In the year 2009, Rhode Island was listed as the 9th safest state in the USA.

In 2011, Rhode Island became the third state in the United States to pass legislation to allow the use of medical marijuana.

Rhode Island became the eighth state to fully recognize either same-sex marriage or civil unions.
On May 2nd, 2013 same-sex marriage became legal in Rhode Island, and took effect on August 1st.

Rhode Island, like the rest of New England, has a tradition of clam chowder.
Although, it’s famous for it’s clear broth clam chowder, you have to try it.

The official drink of Rhode Island is coffee milk.

Coffee Milk is a beverage created by mixing milk with special coffee syrup.

This coffee syrup is widely sold in the shops.

Johnnycakes have been a Rhode Island staple since Colonial times, made with corn meal and water then pan-fried much like pancakes.

If you like bread you have to try a sub sandwich in Rhode Island, also known as Grinders.

One of Rhode Island most popular Grinders is made with ham, prosciutto, capicola, salami, and Provolone cheese, have one with coffee milk.

The state capitol building is made of white Georgian marble.

The First Baptist Church of Providence was founded by Roger Williams in 1638.

Newport is a seaside city with many historic mansions including The Breakers, Marble House, and Belcourt Castle.

Also located there is the Touro Synagogue, dedicated on December 2, 1763.

The Newport Casino is a National Historic Landmark building complex that presently houses the International Tennis Hall of Fame and features an active grass-court tennis club.

If you like to drive Route 1A is the Scenic Route – it’s a Ocean Road in Narragansett.

Located in Narragansett are “The Towers” a large stone arch. It was once the entrance to a famous Narragansett casino that burned down in 1900.

The Towers now serve as an event venue and host the local Chamber of Commerce, which operates a tourist information center.

The Newport Tower has a two side history – some say is was the Viking origin, others say it was a Colonial-era windmill, once you see it, you’ll know which one applies.

One of the great things to do in Rhode Island is to take a Boat Tour. There are various companies in the Harbor to choose from.

Some cruises go past 10 Rhode Island Lighthouses in Narragansett Bay along with a complete Newport Harbor Tour.

Some pass islands, the Newport Bridge, mansions, Fort Adams and many other famous Rhode Island sights.

You can even go the other New England States by boat from Rhode Island.

There are fast and normal rate cruises to choose from.

Experience the coast, experience Rhode Island.

Vermont Travel

Vermont is a state in the New England region of the United States. Montpelier is the capital of Vermont.

Montpelier is the smallest state capital in the United States.

It’s a small town with big city attractions – such as arts, music, restaurants, schools, recreational facilities, government facilities and churches.

Vermont is a Green Mountain State, great for outdoor activities.

The Killington Resort is one of those great outdoor places to visit; the terrain provides skiers different levels of excitement with a host of unique runs.

It’s serviced by 22 lifts and two express gondolas.

The resort also has six terrain parks which include snowboarders, free skiers snowmobile tours, sleigh rides, and snowshoeing.

One of these terrains is called The Stash: the stash is an all-natural terrain park with more than 50 features, as well as a 500-foot long Superpipe with 18-foot walls.

Killington is an all year around place – during the changing of the seasons Killington is known for being the hosts of festivals, competitions from Rails 2 Riches and Dirty Girl Mud Runs – these of course these are accompanied by great bands.

During the Spring and Fall after the snow melts, Killington features an 18-hole championship golf course as well as 35 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails.

Vermont also has other great places of interest which include, Shelburne, Wilson Castle, Bunker Hill Monument, Walden Pond State Reservation, Hildene Farm, Deerfield, The Champlain Islands, Grafton, Stowe, Manchester, the Quechee Gorge and of course Burlington.

Shelburne is a town in Chittenden County, Vermont located along the shores of Lake Champlain.
Shelburne is a suburb of Burlington, the largest city in the state of Vermont.

Wilson Castle is a nineteenth-century estate built in 1867 in a mix of nineteenth-century architectural styles including Dutch Neo-Renaissance, Scottish Baronial, Queen Anne, and Romanesque Revival, it is now a museum.

The Bunker Hill Monument was built to commemorate The Battle of Bunker Hill, which was one of the first major battles between British and Patriot forces in the American Revolutionary War, fought June 17, 1775.

The 221-foot granite obelisk was erected between 1825 and 1843, there are 294 steps to the top.

Walden Pond is part of the Massachusetts Forests and Parks system. Walden Pond State Reservation consists of 335 acres of protected open space.




In summer the Reservation is a popular swimming destination. In the spring and fall, it’s a popular hiking trail that leads you to a replica of Thoreau’s one-room cabin.

Hildene Farm is in Manchester in the heart of The Shires of Vermont on the 412-acre estate of Robert Lincoln, son of President Abraham Lincoln and wife, Mary.

Hildene Farm also connects the family’s legacy to the sustainable and green practices. It utilizes renewable energy resources from solar panels and wood fuel.

The barn is designed specifically to house Hilden’s herd of Nubian goats.

They have a public viewing of cheese production from milking to small batch processing, pasteurization, aging and packaging of Hildene Farm Artisanal Cheeses.

Deerfield is a museum with historic houses, villages and countryside. It has been designated a National Historic Landmark District.

Deerfield is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Champlain Islands of Vermont are five breath-taking lakeside communities, nestled into Lake Champlain between Vermont and New York.

The Town of Grafton is one of the smallest and most scenic towns of Windham County.

Grafton is one of New England’s prettiest villages, with many historic buildings.
It is wonderful town that still holds traditional Town Meetings.

Grafton is a great place to walk thru the forests, swim in the river, mountain bike, visit shops, galleries and museums.

Grafton is also known for having very friendly people. Great hospitality, place to just sit and relax in a comfortable atmosphere.

Stowe Mountain is a resort surrounded by Mount Mansfield; the highest peak in Vermont and Spruce Peak.

Stowe Mountain is known for good skiing, snowboarding, and ice skating.

Manchester is in the heart of the Green Mountains, this former iron-mining town today is an all-season destination.

In Manchester you can ski down the slopes, hike thru the mountains, fish in the river, canoe, ride bicycle thru scenic trails, go shopping, and enjoy great restaurants.

The Quechee gorge is home to the Quechee Lakes.

Quechee is known for a picturesque covered bridge at the site of the old Quechee Mill, which now houses the Simon Pearce glass-blowing facility and restaurant.

Woodstock is a town in Windsor County, Vermont. Some of the great tourist attractions in Woodstock are The Farmhouse; owned by Laurence Rockefeller and his wife Mary French Rockefeller, The Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park , and the Appalachian Trail.

Burlington is the most populous city in the state of Vermont. It’s Church Street Marketplace – has a four-block pedestrian mall in the heart of the city, is the site of festivals year round.

Burlington is known for such events as the South End Art Hop, the Pine Street Art Works, the Festival of Fools, The Vermont Brewers Festival, the Giant Pumpkin Regatta and Festival, and for having the largest all year-round farmers markets in the state of Vermont.

Vermont is no doubt a great place to visit no matter what time of year you travel. Let me know if you decide to visit, have a safe flight.

New Hampshire Travel

New Hampshire is the 5th smallest state in the United States. It’s one of the original 13 states that founded the nation.

In June 1788 it became the ninth state to ratify the Constitution.

Concord is New Hampshire’s state capital, and Manchester is its largest city.

Concord is a interesting place to visit, among the most popular sights are the Millbrook Gallery and Sculpture Garden.

The McGowan Fine Art, and the Capitol Center for the Arts are also must see places.

Concord is not heavily populated, it has a population of approximately 42,695 as of 2010.

Penacook, East Concord, and West Concord are the villages that make up Concord.

One of New Hampshire major attractions is that it has no general sales tax.

It also does not have a state or local personal income tax.

The New Hampshire primary, is the first primary in the U.S. Presidential Election cycle.

New Hampshire license plates carry the motto, “Live Free or Die“.

The state’s nickname is, “The Granite State”, referring to its large granite formations and quarries.

New Hampshire has some of the largest ski mountains on the East Coast.

Some of their major recreational attractions include skiing, snowmobiling, and other winter sports.

The Attitash Mountain Resort, located in New Hampshire’s White Mountains, is a popular ski destination.

Attitash consists of a variety of terrain on 67 trails – spread out over two connected mountain peaks that cater to skiers and snowboarders.

Attitash Mountain Resort has a ski and snowboard school, that can help beginners learn the fundamentals of skiing or riding.

New Hampshire has the shortest ocean coastline of any state in the United States, approximately 18 miles.

Hampton Beach is a popular local summer destination.

The Sunapee, Winslow, Rollins, and Wadleigh State Parks are joined by The Sunapee-Ragged-Kearsarge Greenway.

The trail also links three New Hampshire State Forests: Gile, Kearsarge and Shadow Hill.

It also links Wildlife Management Area: Bog Mountain.




Kingston State Park is approximately 44 acres in size and has picnic areas, a playground, softball field, and three game areas for horseshoes, and volleyball.

If you want to tie the knot in New Hampshire – Kingston State Park is a good place for a wedding reception or business party.

Kingston State Park is close to Canobie Lake Park, and The Fox Run Mall.

The Flume Gorge is a natural gorge at the base of Mount Liberty in Franconia Notch State Park, New Hampshire.

The Flume Brook, features walls of Conway granite that rise to a height of 70 to 90 feet.

Nearly 200 million years ago the Conway Granite that forms the walls of the Flume was – buried molten rock.

Sometime after the fractures were formed, small dikes of basalt were forced up along the fractures.

Making it the mysterious beautiful place that it is today.

When we see a map of the United States the first thing you notice is that Northern Peak and Florida.




New Hampshire is more than just a beautiful sight it’s a place with a wonderful history and a place with an important ecological contribution to the planet.

Definitely a place worth visiting. If you want to ski – visit it in the winter – but if you want to see the granite and ecological contributions to the planet – go in the summer and enjoy some of natures’ most fascinating secrets.

I was just thinking – if you are there in the spring or fall you can probably catch it all and catch enjoy the beauty of the woods and parks during the changing of the seasons.

Their leafs are famous for their array and burst of colors.

Let me know what you decided, have a safe trip, Let me know how your trip went.

Enjoy….

Maine Travel

When you see a map of the United States the first thing you notice is the coastline, and the two distictive trademarks that stand out – Maine and Florida.

Maine is the largest of the six New England States, it became the 23rd U.S. State on March 15, 1820, as part of the Missouri Compromise.

Maine is known for its coastline, and for being a producer of lobsters and blueberries.

Portland is the largest city in Maine, it consists of old and new historic landmarks.

Founded in the seventeenth century Portland is known for it’s Old Port Exchange.

Among the most historical sites in Portland is the former residence of renown writer, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

The Portland Art Museum, is full of breathtaking works of arts and artifacts from Maine’s history.

The view from Casco Bay is breathtaking; a great place to go whale watching.

In the western region of Maine there is a large mountainous region that is a skiable area.

In the North East, it’s the Sugarloaf Resort which offers an above tree line lift-service.

The Sugarloaf Mountain in the Carrabassett Valley of western Maine has a vertical drop of over 2,820 feet.

The Monhegan Plantation in Lincoln County, Maine – is about 12 nautical miles off the mainland.
It has a population of approximately 69 residents.

It’s accessible by boat from The Boothbay Harbor.

It was designated a National Natural Landmark, for its coastal and island flora in 1966.

World wide the Lobster imported from Maine – is known as “American Lobster”. Lobster from Maine is also distinguished for it’s Red shell.
Red Shell = Maine Lobster.

Maine is the largest lobster producing state in the United States.

Located in the heart of Portland on the historic waterfront, there is a superb clear cold water Fishing Community.
Known for it’s guaranteed high quality lobster – Maine Lobster.




All Lobsters from Maine come from clear cold waters.

When in Maine I strongly recommend that you find yourself a fishing Harbor; and catch the best lobster there is.

Don’t worry about preparing it, you’ll find a place – just go catch it. A big Red Shell one would be nice.

The Boothbay Harbor is a great place to Lodge, it has a coastal resort right on the water.

Great views- makes you appreciate nature and the beauty of the sea. Have you noticed that the ocean and the sea seem to meet at some point.

And it’s an ideal place for a family holiday. Stay in a cabin or lodge on the waterfront.

You can then relax on the bay, enjoy resort activities or just enjoy the local area attractions.

In Maine people eat well, so check out their restaurants and friendly atmosphere.

Old Orchard Beach is known for it’s low surf – the perfect place to take the children – let them play in the sand and build a magnificent sand castle – with minimal worries about the tie – is usually low – child friendly. But always check the local news to be sure.

Orchard Beach is also a nice place to walk the boardwalk – then sunbathe and stroll along the beach.

If you like to play golf, Maine the place – to go to – a few comfortable fields for you to tea off – afterwards you can enjoy an auto race in the Old Orchard Beach area.

Maine by no doubt is bigger than it seems, with so much to do all year round.

Start your next winter aventure skiing in Maine then come back in the summer and catch that lobster.

Year round Maine is full of history, festivals, fairs, concerts, street dances, and fireworks.

Have a great time there ……. let me know how your trip went.

Toronto, Canada Travel

The City of Toronto, is the capital of the Canadian province of Ontario. It’s the largest city in Canada and fourth-largest city in North America by population.

Toronto is a centre of business, finance, arts, and culture, and is recognized as one of the most multicultural and cosmopolitan cities in the world.

Toronto is home to a prominent centre of music, theatre, museums, historic sites, sports, cinema and television production sites.
Toronto is also the home of many skyscrapers.

Toronto’s economy is highly diversified; featuring great advances in technology, design, financial services, sciences, education, arts, and fashion.

Some of Toronto most impressive sites include: The Royal Ontario Museum, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and The historic Distillery District.

Toronto consists od small and large neighborhoods each with a distinct architectural design like East York, Etobicoke, Forest Hill, Mimico, North York, Parkdale, Scarborough, Swansea, Weston and York.

Victorian-era Bay-and-gable houses are a dominant architectural style in roughout the older neighborhoods of Toronto.

The most elaborate Victorian and Edwardian-era designed neighborhoods include Rosedale, Cabbagetown, The Annex, and Yorkville.

The Wychwood Park neighbourhood, is one of Toronto’s first planned communities, re-designated in 1985 as an Ontario Heritage Conservation District.

The Casa Loma neighbourhood is named after “Casa Loma”, a castle built in 1911 by Sir Henry Pellat, complete with gardens, turrets, stables, an elevator, secret passages, and a bowling alley.

The Spadina House is a 19th-century manor that is now a museum.




Victorian-era Bay-and-gable houses are a dominant architectural style in roughout the older neighborhoods of Toronto.

Old Toronto is also home to many historically wealthy residential territories whose inhabitants are culturally or ethnically distinct such as Yorkville, Rosedale, The Annex, Forest Hill, Lawrence Park, Lytton Park, Deer Park, Moore Park, and Casa Loma.

East and west of downtown, neighbourhoods such as Kensington Market, Chinatown, Leslieville, Cabbagetown and Riverdale are home to bustling commercial and cultural areas as well as communities of artists with studio lofts, with many middle- and upper-class professionals.

Other neighbourhoods in the central city retain an ethnic identity, including two smaller Chinatowns, the Greektown area, Little Italy, Portugal Village, and Little India, along with others.

Toronto also has alot parks like The Allan Gardens, Christie Pits, Grange Park, Little Norway Park, Moss Park, Queen’s Park, Riverdale Park and Trinity Bellwoods Park.

The large parks in the outer areas include High Park, Humber Bay Park, Centennial Park, Downsview Park, Guild Park and Gardens, and Morningside Park.

Toronto also operates several public golf courses.

The Royal Alexandra Theatre opened it’s doors in 1907, making it the oldest continuously operating theatre in North America.
Toronto is the third largest centre for English-language theatre, behind only London, and New York.

Toronto theatre and performing arts scene has more than fifty ballet and dance companies, six opera companies, two symphony orchestras and a host of theatres.

The city is home to the National Ballet of Canada, the Canadian Opera Company, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Canadian Electronic Ensemble, Canadian Stage Company.

The Royal Ontario Museum is a museum of world culture and natural history.

The Toronto Zoo, is home to over 5,000 animals representing over 460 distinct species.

The Art Gallery of Ontario contains a large collection of Canadian, European, African and contemporary artwork, and also plays host to exhibits from museums and galleries all over the world.

The Gardiner Museum of ceramic art is the only museum in Canada entirely devoted to ceramics, and the Museum’s collection contains more than 2,900 ceramic works from Asia, the Americas, and Europe.

The Ontario Science Centre, the Bata Shoe Museum, and Textile Museum of Canada.

The Hockey Hall of Fame is a museum dedicated to ice hockey, as well as a Hall of Fame.

City shopping areas include the Yorkville neighbourhood, Queen West, Harbourfront, the Entertainment District, the Financial District, and the St. Lawrence Market neighborhood.

Toronto is represented in six major league sports, with teams in the National Hockey League, Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, Canadian Football League, Major League Soccer and Canadian Women’s Hockey League.

Toronto is home to the Toronto Maple Leafs, one of the National Hockey League’s Original Six clubs, and has also served as home to the Hockey Hall of Fame since 1958. The city had a rich history of ice hockey championships.

The city is represented in the Canadian Football League by the Toronto Argonauts, who have won 16 Grey Cup titles.

Toronto is represented in Major League Soccer by the Toronto FC, who have won four Canadian Championship titles.

University College at the University of Toronto. University College is one of eleven colleges at the University of Toronto.

The Canadian Film Centre is a film, television and new media training institute.

Public transportation in Toronto
Toronto’s main public transportation system is operated by the TTC (Toronto Transit Commission).

The backbone of its public transport network is the Toronto subway system, which includes three heavy-rail rapid transit lines spanning the city, including the U-shaped Line 1 and east-west Line 2.

The Toronto Transit Commission operates largest and busiest streetcar system in North America.

TTC buses and streetcars use the same fare system as the subway, and many subway stations offer a fare-paid area for transfers between rail and surface vehicles.

Safety Tip
Everywhere in the world tourist are targets for pick pockets, so whether you are male or female don’t forget to take shirts that you can wear outside your pants or skirt – and long T-shirts or Polo shirts – that cover your pockets – at least the entrance of your back pockets.

Pick pockets are not looking for someone they have to pull up their shirt to get their wallet.

Avoid being easy prey. You are already attractive, because you are a tourist.

If you use your wallet in your back pocket – insert it the wide way – not the long way – the long way is easy to pull out – one bump and your wallet goes up and is easily taken away.

Placing your wallet in your pocket the wide way makes it hard to get in your pocket and even harder to pull out. Remember is all about time – having your wallet the wide way in your back pocket is time consuming. Time they do not want to count on.

If you must carry a bag make sure you have a long strap – place the strap across your chest – / – that is – if the strap is on your right shoulder – the bag is hanging below your left arm.

That makes it hard to pull – your chest gets in the way.

So take a few minutes before you go out, check for these things and go out and enjoy yourself,

Take comfortable shoes – do some walking – is a great way to discover a country, and stay fit while on vacation.

But don’t forget to take some tours, so you don’t miss any of the important sites.

Have a safe journey,

Till soon …….