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”

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”

A Day in Nantucket, MA

“Nantucket!  Take out your map and look at it.  See what a real corner of the world it occupies;” – Herman Melville, Moby Dick Once a whaling village in the 19th century and then part of the then-booming whaling industry that swept the globe, Nantucket, Massachusetts is a cornerstone of early American history.  The charactersContinue reading “A Day in Nantucket, MA”

Not Just a New England Stopover – Providence, RI

Referred to as one of America’s favorite cities, we decided to explore what Providence had to offer as long as we were staying overnight on our way to other destinations on our New England Road trip.  Providence was a convenience and economical place to spend the night and recharge before heading back on the roadContinue reading “Not Just a New England Stopover – Providence, RI”

A Presidential Retreat – Martha’s Vineyard

In the 19th century Martha’s Vineyard was an epicenter of the American whaling industry, sending thousands of whalers off on their ships from the port in Edgartown (for more on the subject, see Whaling on Martha’s Vineyard by Thomas Dresser). In prior years Presidents like Ulysses S. Grant and Grover Cleveland had made trips toContinue reading “A Presidential Retreat – Martha’s Vineyard”