Newburgh, NY

The Hudson Valley renaissance is underway, with towns like Cold Spring, Garrison, Beacon, and Peekskill attracting a lot of attention from the well-heeled looking to scoop up property, chefs opening up restaurants serving locally sourced ingredients and distillers and brewers looking for suitable spots to concoct their creations. Some liken the New York State’s Lower Hudson Valley to Germany’s Rhine River valley, with its riverside villages and towns, steep hillsides, and vineyards. Newburgh, the second largest in New York State’s […]

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Whitney Museum of American Art

Whitney Museum of American art

My wife and I visited the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York this weekend. Formerly located on the Upper East Side, the Whitney moved to its new location in the Meatpacking District in May of 2015. The museum is situated at the southern end of the High Line, a hugely popular outdoor park built atop an elevated section of abandoned  railway. This whole area of Manhattan has blown up (in a good way) over the past decade and […]

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Central Park Muppet photo shoot

My wife and I refer to our two rescue dogs, Annie and Ollie, as the Muppets. Like the beloved characters, our dogs are mismatched orphans with unique personalities and a talent for entertaining. Ollie, who is six, is a well-traveled terrier-dachsund mix with a Napoleon complex. He is a great companion dog, cute as can be. Just about everyone that passes him on the street gives him a little smile. If only we could get him to stop barking at […]

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Northwest DC’s Prettiest Streets

Swann Street row houses

Given my thirst for traveling overseas, and to off-the-wall locations like coal mining country in West Virginia, it’s not often that I write a blog post about my own city: Washington, DC. I got inspired to write this post while walking down Swann Street NW one day. The street and sidewalk were blanketed in yellow leaves, and a ceiling of tree branches hung over the street between the multicolored row houses facing each other like soldiers on a parade field. […]

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West Virginia’s National Coal Heritage Trail

Coal may not be king anymore in West Virginia but its physical imprints can still be seen all over the southern part of the state, the site of my latest road trip from Washington, DC. I traveled to this part of the country specifically to tour the National Coal Heritage Area, which covers 13 counties in the heart of Appalachia. Through this region runs the 187 mile-long Coal Heritage Trail, one of 126 distinct roads, or byways, in the United […]

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New Hope, PA

New Hope and Ivyland Rail Station

During the same weekend as my visit to Great Falls in Paterson, New Jersey I stopped for a few hours in New Hope, Pennsylvania, a little town on the Delaware River about 10 miles northwest of Trenton, New Jersey. Originally a mill town, the city became an artist’s haven in the early 20th century. With the opening of the Bucks County Playhouse in 1938, New Hope gained the reputation as a testing ground for Broadway playwrights and performers. New Hope […]

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Paterson Great Falls

Paterson Great Falls Bridge

Paterson, New Jersey, about 15 miles west of New York City, is the site of the spectacular natural feature called the Great Falls. 77 feet high and almost the length of a football field, this series of waterfalls along the Passaic River set the city of Paterson on its course in history. The hydroelectric power generated by the falls allowed the city to become an industrial powerhouse and earn the moniker “Silk City”. In the 19th century and early 20th, […]

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Couch archaeology in Western New York State

I love old geography and travel books. I bought a few on Ebay last year and enjoyed browsing through their yellowed, flimsy pages and dated writing. At Strand Bookstore in Union Square in New York City, I found a 1851 book by archaeologist and newspaper editor Ephraim George Squier with the funny title “Antiquities of the State of New York: Being the results of extensive original surveys and explorations, with a supplement on the antiquities of the West.” Taking the […]

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Front Royal, VA

Hollin Farm sunflowers in Virginia

An unintended guest The black fuzzy mark moved slowly out of the white plastic bag on my kitchen counter. Its little black legs worked in unison as it peered out across the kitchen and craned its thick neck upward to get its bearings. I noticed it in my peripheral vision at first. When I looked a little harder, I realized it was  a caterpillar that must have hitched a ride on some collared greens that had I picked myself at […]

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My go-to travel apps

Kawaikui Beach Park

I have a slight addiction to my IPhone. Without it, I feel naked and afraid. It’s sad, I know, but I don’t think I’m the only one with an electronic monkey on my back. I have 60 apps on my phone, and many have proven their worth time and again on my local trips and trips overseas. Here are some of my favorites: Yelp Description: Location-based review website, most useful for restaurants, bars, shopping, museums Why its on my phone: […]

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