Lexington, Kentucky — Shaker Village

Peaceful Countryside - Shaker Village (640x480)

Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill Only 25 miles outside of Lexington, a stay at Shaker Village is the antidote to a stressed out citified life.  Though the Shakers are no longer in existence, they left behind a legacy of tranquility and simplicity. As I often do while traveling, I went for a run the morning […]

Lexington, Kentucky – Food

Shaker Lemon Pie!

Food Like many places in the South, Lexington has had its food specialties influenced through the years by what the land has to offer. Buying local produce is a consistent theme that runs through many menus you’ll find in the area — and the quality and freshness are evident. Wallace Station is no ordinary deli.  […]

Lexington, Kentucky — Bourbon

Woodford Reserve (480x640)

Woodford Distillery I came to Lexington, KY not knowing a thing about bourbon. There’s no escaping the relationship it has to the area, its people and the history of Lexington. Located in Versailles (pronounced ver-sail) approximately 14 miles outside of Lexington, the Woodford Distillery tour is informative and a cool little trip to the past. […]

The Other Mardi Gras – Lake Charles, LA – History & Culture

View from 1911 Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center

So often it’s only the obvious that comes to mind when we think of destination events and in the case of Mardi Gras, it’s New Orleans. New Orleans  is a fantastically wild and fun place any time of the year, but not the type of Mardi Gras destination most people would consider a great low-key […]

The Other Mardi Gras – Lake Charles, LA

Krewe of Illusions Ball - mix of modern and traditional

Out of the Bubble So often it’s only the obvious that comes to mind when we think of destination events and in the case of Mardi Gras, it’s New Orleans. New Orleans  is a fantastically wild and fun place any time of the year, but not the type of Mardi Gras destination most people would consider […]

Taking Kids to Jail: Eastern State Penitentiary

Main Entrance

- By Dan Lantz – As usual during the winter months, cabin fever gets the best of me, as well as my wife and three boys.  This was just the opportunity for getting out and visiting Eastern State Penitentiary, or as the locals call it “Fairmount Prison.” Its nickname came about because it’s located right […]

Cheerio From London

Cheerio from London where I’ve been three times in the last few months. I love this city and could live here (in the summer, that is) if the opportunity ever arose. I stayed at a variety of places, including a refurbished historic hotel, dined at an array of restaurants and walked a lot, especially through most of the city’s royal parks. […]

Cheerio From London

London-April-2009-14

Cheerio from London where I’ve been three times in the last few months. I love this city and could live here (in the summer, that is) if the opportunity ever arose. I stayed at a variety of places, including a refurbished historic hotel, dined at an array of restaurants and walked a lot, especially through most of the city’s royal parks. […]