Jersey Shore Throwdown! Ocean Grove vs. Asbury Park

Tent City Ocean Grove

No room at the inn. That was the answer I received from every hotel I called when I tried to book last-minute weekend rooms at the Jersey Shore. I had tickets for a Steely Dan/Elvis Costello concert at the PNC Bank Arts Center for Saturday night and, with American Pharoah running in the Haskell on Sunday at Monmouth Park, I thought a weekend at the Shore was a good idea.

So did everyone else on the East Coast. Continue reading

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

Why You Should Vacation in a College Town This Summer

Ithaca gorge waterfall

I discovered a new waterfall each day during my morning walks in Ithaca.

America has many beautiful college campuses. Featuring ivy-draped academic buildings clustered on a quad and a community dedicated to learning, thinking, and drinking, they are outstanding places to visit with your teenage son or daughter who is immersed in the college application process.

But what if you’re a senior without a junior? Don’t let that stop you. America’s college towns are terrific vacation destinations. Continue reading

Won’t Get Fooled Again

 
But I did. When the alarm clock rang at 5:30 a.m. the first morning in Brussels, I made a mental note to turn it off. Then, in the wake of a full day touring the Ardennes, including stops for strawberries, the obligatory cathedral, cows, caves, a tank, and dinner in Luxembourg, I forgot. Ugh. So today’s reminder? When you check in to your hotel room, before you unwrap the Godiva chocolate, reset the alarm clock.