A Day in Montauk, NY

Happily one sunny Labor Day weekend we decided to spend the day exploring Montauk, NY. The furthest point out on Long Island, most consider it a weekend getaway but hotel prices can skyrocket during the summer and holidays. We decided to be brave souls and take public transportation out from New York City and justContinue reading “A Day in Montauk, NY”

Coopers Beach, NY

The highlight of our trip to the village of Southampton in the summer was an afternoon on Coopers beach. With public access to the Southampton shore, it has views of sparkling ocean waters and an expansive sandy beach against a backdrop of multi-million dollar beach homes. Southampton was established in 1640 making it the oldestContinue reading “Coopers Beach, NY”

Jones Beach, NY

Over six miles of white sand can be found on Long Island’s Jones Beach, one of New York’s largest beaches with over six million visitors in an average summer season. Part of Jones Beach State Park, it is considered “the people’s beach”, and there really is something here for everyone. We came here one busyContinue reading “Jones Beach, NY”

Little Island at Hudson River Park, NYC

On a cloudy Labor Day weekend we decided to check out Little Island, a newly developed park on Pier 55 in New York City. It’s open from 6am every day and is free to the public. It can be reached by either 13th or 14th street on the West Side. The vision of philanthropist familiesContinue reading “Little Island at Hudson River Park, NYC”

Liberty State Park, NJ – a Nice Day on the Way to the Statue of Liberty

Liberty State Park is almost two square miles in size, located in Jersey City, NJ,, with outstanding city views and lots to do.  You can catch a ferry to the Statue of Liberty from here and will probably spend less time waiting in line and experience smaller crowds than if you had departed from BatteryContinue reading “Liberty State Park, NJ – a Nice Day on the Way to the Statue of Liberty”

Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA

On our last trip to San Francisco we took a detour south to charming Carmel-by-the-Sea to visit and stay with a friend.  Known as a European-style village where celebrities lived and where Clint Eastwood was once the mayor, it did not disappoint as a pleasant two-day place to rest and relax.  It was a two-hourContinue reading “Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA”

San Francisco, CA

On a cool, foggy September morning we embarked on our three-day exploration of one of the most iconic cities in the United States.  San Francisco, California has seen its share of destructive forces, but it has always built back.  In the 19th century gold and silver booms expanded the city along with corruption, but theContinue reading “San Francisco, CA”

Old City, New City – the Sites of Philadelphia, PA

The sights, sounds and tastes of Philly swirl around me as I try to capture everything we did in our 4 day weekend getaway to Philadelphia, PA. We were there in March for the annual Love Run, a 5K and Half-Marathon. This trip contained a lot of firsts for me – first time running aContinue reading “Old City, New City – the Sites of Philadelphia, PA”

Christmas in San Antonio, TX

With only a few days off over the Christmas break, San Antonio turned out to be a pleasant holiday weekend getaway.  With so many hotels in the downtown area, and everything to see mostly downtown, it was easy to plan a stay.  San Antonio lights up during the Christmas season, especially all over the RiverContinue reading “Christmas in San Antonio, TX”