Category Archives: Family Vacations

You, the Stars, and Vasquez Rocks

With the Covid virus keeping us housebound for a year, and judging by the huge increase in streaming TV subscribers, we have all viewed more than our share of TV shows and movies. It’s time to get active. We know from past correspondence that many of our readers are interested in the locations where movies …

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Getting Back Into Travel Adventures Post Covid-19

When you decide you are again ready for a new travel adventure, and you have already tried sky diving, hot air ballooning, and maybe white water rafting – look to the sea, and consider swimming with the sharks. After you read our story and are raring to go, check out the new entry protocols required …

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A Tour of Pearl Harbor: Remembering December 7, 1941

The USS Arizona Memorial is a national monument honoring those who served in the Pacific Theatre during and after the Japanese naval assault on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. The memorial structure is built on and directly over the rusted remains of the sunken battleship USS Arizona. This is the final resting place of …

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How to Plan a Storybook “Christmas in Connecticut” 2020 Style

We originally researched and published this article in 2012, and it has proven to be a winter holiday favorite among our readers ever since. We believe there is magic in the air in the small towns of Connecticut at Christmas time. See if you agree. Here is our story: Note: We check every year to …

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The Future of the Hagia Sophia

The Hagia Sophia shrine in Istanbul is a breath-taking religious and cultural icon that has stood the ravages of time, disease, and conflicts for over 1500 years. It is venerated and visited by millions of tourists each year – but that may change. If you haven’t seen the Hagia Sophia, it is truly inspirational and worthy …

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Another Great Inn Reopens: The Inn at Longshore in Westport, Connecticut

The Inn at Longshore reopened for business on July 22, 2020. Another great American inn adds its prestigious name to the fight against COVID-19 and the economic hardship it has caused the travel industry. Originally built in 1890 as a private residence, by the early 20th century The Inn at Longshore had become “the in …

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Batty? You Have Company

Hanging around the house all day during the pandemic getting you down? There are those whose daily routine is to always hang around – upside down. When you write for internet travel magazines and you don’t travel, you have to get creative with your topics. So we dug into our travel archives to find subjects …

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The Queen Mary Hotel is Open for Business

The Queen Mary has faced many challenges since her keel was laid in 1930. Now she is part of a new effort to beat an unprecedented enemy as she helps the world get back to business. Here’s a little more of her inspiring story: The great ship Queen Mary has been part of Southern California’s …

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How to Find the Perfect 19th Century Connecticut Inn

The scenic Litchfield Hills in northwest Connecticut is home to several historic inns and restaurants. One of the very best is the Hopkins Inn. Overlooking the northern shore of beautiful Lake Waramaug and the Berkshire Mountain foothills, the Inn was opened as the Hopkins Place, a summer boarding house, in 1847. It operated as such …

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How to Plan a Storybook “Christmas in Connecticut”

We originally researched and published this article in 2012, and it has proven to be a winter holiday favorite among our readers ever since. We believe there is magic in the air in the small towns of Connecticut at Christmas time. See if you agree. Here is our story: In 1945, Hollywood coined the phrase …

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