New England - off the beaten path

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Long Island Wine Country

For the last 30 years the North Fork of Long Island has been going through a slow transmutation. With the longest growing season on the Northeastern seaboard due to moderate coastal temperatures and climate patterns, it is said that “you can drop any seed into the ground and it will grow here.”... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Hudson River Lighthouses

We all know that the Statue of Liberty has been a beacon of freedom to nations far and wide since it was assembled in New York Harbor in 1886. But are you also aware that it was also a beacon of a different kind for mariners around the turn of the century? Once a lighthouse, albeit a faint one, it... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, May 9, 2008

Fall River, MA

The world’s largest collection of WWII Naval ships, designated a National Historic Landmark, Battleship Cove (508) 678-1100;, is a huge draw for Scouts, scholars of the Second World War, those who served on these powerful fighting vessels, and for anyone interested in... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Essex, CT

Set on the Connecticut River, one of the last great places on earth according to the Nature Conservancy - Essex is the quintisential American Eagle town. In fact, so many American eagles make their homes here, you can almost be guaranteed to see a few on a short one or two day visit. The Griswold... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Six Great Things to Do In Westchester County, NY

1. Read the original Legend of Sleepy Hollow and then visit the author's house - Sunnyside - in Tarrytown (now Sleepy Hollow) NY. Washington Irving lived there in the mid-1880's when train tracks were laid down in his back yard along the Hudson River. 2. Spend an afternoon at Pepsico's Sculpture... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, April 25, 2008

United House Wrecking

For those of you who like both antiquing AND the offbeat, try United House Wrecking ( ) in Stamford, CT. I was poking around the 2.5 acres of esoterica the other day and found, among thousands of other things; an 8 foot tall cast iron giraffe, lions and other... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, April 17, 2008


Not exactly New England, but it is in the Northeast. Here are some tips. Besides skiing Whiteface (3rd best resort in the East according to Ski Magazine), which is ending its season on Sunday, you can climb 46 peaks that are 4,000 ft.high or more. If you do, you can proudly call yourself a 46er.... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Hidden New England, Clinton, Connecticut

So, my blog header reads New England travel and all I've been giving you is my past in Houston and New Orleans. Now begins the Northeast Travel tips, as I've promised. If you find yourself between New York City and Boston on the coast of CT, pull over in Clinton, CT (exit 63 off of I95) for several... Sign in to see full entry.

New Orleans sniper

Phil was splayed on the roof of his parents house, rifle in hand. Keen to every movement, my High-School cousin was inexplicably playing SWAT pro. It was the summer of 1979, and as I drove up the short driveway of his house in the Garden District of New Orleans, I nodded hello up to him through the... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Living in Houston and Nacagdoches, TX

Evening was time for the “cockroach dance.” If you were the least bit queasy about scurrying insects, you’d just have to pack up, turn around and say goodbye to Texas. But I stayed. I never had a problem with bugs. A born and bred New England girl, I was fine with night crawlers, June Bugs,... Sign in to see full entry.

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