Hudson Valley Spotlight: Kingston, New York

Al Smith Election Poster Hudson Valley Kingston brick wallTurn a corner in Kingston and you’ll find a surprise. For example, walking down Fair Street, I saw a campaign poster for Al Smith, Prohibition opponent, and 4-time governor of New York State. It was unusual because Mr. Smith died in 1944. Was this an omen? Will the Republican Party try to posthumously nominate Richard Nixon? The one thing to remember about surprises is that they come at you in two ways – good and bad. Continue reading

Bucket List Hack: New England Fall Foliage

Autumn view of Lake Placid NY, one of the best places to see the leaves change.New England puts on its FMPs every October. Catching sight of a mountainside draped in fall colors will make you rear-end another car and you won’t even care.

That’s why a trip to view the autumn foliage show is on many bucket lists.

But what if you can’t get there or don’t want to contend with busloads of leaf peepers? Continue reading

Shoulder Season: The Most Wonderful Time of Year for Sports Fans

Michigan Wolverines

On every sports fan’s bucket list? Attending a major college football game.

Shoulder season. The time of year when it’s okay to wear a wool dress and thong sandals to work.
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And a Great Tourism Site Shall Guide Them

Tourist and statue

I wanted to love New York. I mean, I do love it – the state. But the recently updated I Love New York website? It’s lovely to look at and has a tremendous amount of information about places to visit, things to do, and stuff to eat and drink.

Why, then, do I think it’s just meh?

Because It didn’t make it any easier for me to plan a getaway. And that’s what a good tourism site should do. Continue reading

Oh No! Oh No! I Can’t Drive in the Snow! Or Can I?

The road trip is a beloved American phenomenon and something Europeans simply don’t understand. They muse, “Why, for the love of God, would you want to drive yourself around when you can hop on a high-speed train?” And they’re right. I’d never wedge my family, the dog and suitcases into a Citroën and then negotiate a stick shift. Continue reading