Saratoga Springs: Why You Should Visit Off-Season

welcome-saratoga-springsSaratoga Springs is a great getaway from NYC. The problem? Everyone knows it. When the annual thoroughbred racing season opens in July, the village is overrun with bonneted women and men with cigars. You can plan on two things: losing more than you win at the track and spending a good part of your summer weekend sitting in traffic.

The secret for a great weekend getaway to this historic upstate New York town? Hit it before the season begins. Continue reading

Before There Was Bernie: A Visit to FDR’s Home and Library

Eleanor-and-Franklin-Roosevelt-statuesI received a campaign ad from Bernie Sanders the other day. He compared himself to a legendary reformer, America’s one and only 4-term President, Franklin D. Roosevelt. Is Senator Sanders’ New Deal comparable to the old New Deal? I figured I’d take a ride up to Roosevelt’s home in Hyde Park, New York, and find out. Continue reading

Time to Rediscover these Popular 80’s Travel Destinations

Are you watching the new CNN series about the 1980’s? Bad hair. Sad outfits. And the music was either very, very good (The Clash, Madonna, Michael Jackson) or god awful (remember¬†Chris DeBurgh’s “Lady in Red”?).

Here’s a look at 6 destinations featured in the news or on the air during the 1980’s and why you might want to consider them for your vacation this year. Continue reading

Make Me Love Brooklyn? Go On. I Dare You

mural of two sisters in the Bushwick CollectiveBushwick? Bushwick? My inability to identify Brooklyn nabes marks me as hopelessly unhip. And I prefer to stay that way. I’ve tried to know and love this outer borough but we can’t quite seem to connect. Continue reading

South Beach: Spring Break for Boomers

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South Beach? Visions of micro bikinis rollerblading down Ocean Drive filled my head. What’s the appeal for someone who no longer parties like it’s 1983? I happily discovered that Miami’s playground is an exciting 3-day destination with plenty to do even if your raving days are through. Continue reading