Roosevelts and Fine Dining in Hyde Park, New York

FDR and Eleanor Roosevelt's grave site in the Rose Garden

The recent Ken Burns series on the Roosevelts, which aired on PBS in September, called to memory a trip up the Hudson I’d planned a few years ago—but didn’t finish. It started in lower Westchester County, New York, where I went to the best dog show ever at the Westchester Kennel Club, and was supposed to end […]

Taylor Swift’s New Video Blank Space Was Filmed Where?

taylor-swift-feature

Listen, the whole thing took me by surprise. I was driving to work recently and suddenly found my toes tapping to a tune on the radio. The tune stayed with me throughout the day. It was only a few days before I knew all the words. To a Taylor Swift song. When I downloaded the […]

Niagara Falls: A Canadian-American wonder, finally checked off

From the Journey Behind the Falls (Canada)

I was asked to participate in the #DoMoreCountry program, sponsored by Country Inns & Suites. Although I have been compensated, all opinions are my own. I’d just landed in Buffalo, and was, in a modest black car, en route to my hotel on the other side of the US-Canadian border: the Country Inns & Suites By Carlson, […]

What to do, eat and see in Port Jefferson, NY

The Port Jefferson Ferry

I tend to be skeptical I’m going to find anything of interest in most quaint tourist towns. So many frozen yogurt and knick knack shops. With only a quick glance down the beginning of Main Street, Port Jefferson may appear to be just that. But on my second trip to Port Jefferson (known simply as […]

Travel Contests: Week of September 17, 2014

Hawaiian Airlines

This week’s travel contests include: Win 140,000 HawaiianMiles plus two-night stays at The Royal Hawaiian AND Moana Surfrider! (JohnnyJet.com contest) Win a copy of Chris Guillebeau’s “The Happiness of Pursuit” (JohnnyJet.com contest) Win a 4-night trip for two to Paris from AMC Theatres Win the 7-day Norway cruise of your choice from Hurigruten Win a cruise for four […]

New York’s Finger Lakes, Part 2 — Corning and Hammondsport

Keuka Lake's beautiful wine country

This is part 2 of Georgie Jet’s three-part series on New York’s Finger Lakes. Check out part 1 and part 3 for the rest of the adventure. When I first happened upon this part of the country, I was driving west on I-90 during mid-summer traffic and had to get off. Heading south off Exit 42 and onto Route […]

New York’s Finger Lakes, Part 1 — Seneca Lake and Watkins Glen

Georgie Jet and Farm Sanctuary's "Thunder"

This is part 1 of Georgie Jet’s three-part series on New York’s Finger Lakes. Check out part 2 and part 3 for the rest of the adventure. Watkins Glen is a charming town situated at the southern tip of Seneca Lake—the deepest of the 11 Finger Lakes at 600 feet. It’s well known for its racetrack, and is […]

7 Surprising Things to See and Do in Buffalo

IMG_4436

If you thought you knew the Buffalo/Niagara Falls area, well think again. New York state’s second largest metropolitan area has been undergoing somewhat of a renaissance that’s given it a new urban vibe in both its downtown core and throughout its system of outdoor parks and growing-in-stature art galleries. Plus, 3.1 million Canadians cross the […]