Monday, August 20, 2012

Catching Up!

Well, well, well.  It is somehow already the middle of August and I admit that the last week seemed to get away from me.  While some people spread out their summer activities over the course of the whole season, the last few weeks of summer seem to be our busiest.  Instead of apologizing for being so MIA, I thought I'd do a quick recap of how I have been spending my time.

Last weekend, Dan and I met friends for dinner in Union Square, but stopped for a drink or two at my favorite bar in the history of bars, Raines Law Room.

I joined my parents on their trip to see the Terracotta Warriors at the Discovery Center in Times Square.  If you're thinking of stopping by, now is the time.  The exhibit closes on August 26th. 

Just this past weekend, my friend and I took a road trip to Hershey, PA for Mixtape Festival, a two day music festival headlined by the NKOTBSB.  The perfect combination for the weekend - chocolate and boy bands!

Hey there, Donnie.
The next two weekends will be just as busy, as my friend is coming up to NYC this weekend to see our favorite theater production while Dan is at a bachelor party.  Then for Labor Day, we're packing up and visiting Chicago and Milwaukee.  Busy bees!  How are you spending the last weeks of summer?

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Cross Country

Conceived in 1912 and dedicated in 1913, the Lincoln Highway was one of our nation’s earliest transcontinental roads and America’s first memorial to President Lincoln. The Lincoln Highway spanned coast-to-coast, starting off in Times Square in NYC, ending at Lincoln Park in San Francisco. This highway originally passed through 13 states - New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Nevada, and California. In 1915, the "Colorado Loop" was removed and in 1928, realignment relocated the Lincoln Highway through the northern tip of West Virginia. Thus, there are a total of 14 states, 128 counties, and over 700 cities, towns and villages through which the highway passed at some time in its history. To see a map of the Lincoln Highway, please click here.

If you have been though Times Square at any point during your lifetime, chances are that you have missed the sign marking the point of origin of the Lincoln Highway. It took me years to see it myself and that was only after my mom told me it was there! If you stand on the Southwest corner of 42nd and Broadway and look up, you’ll see it. 

We also ran into this marker of the Lincoln Highway in Cheyenne, WY. It’s a bit hard to read with the shadows hiding some of the text but it says: 1928 Lincoln Highway Marker, Dedicated to the Citizens of Cheyenne, May 2000 by the Cheyenne Historic Preservation Board. With Special Thanks to the Finder - Delmar Stone.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Dangerous Cargo

I'll take "things I do not want to see in the lane next to me" for $500, Alex.

Seen on I-95

Friday, August 3, 2012

Friday Favorites: American History

It seems that in every city I visit, I fixate on one subject to obsessively photograph.  In Washington DC, that place was the U.S. Capitol building.  It is just so majestic and beautiful that my lens was naturally drawn to it.  

Happy Friday!

I love the natural effect that the sun caused in this photo.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

List: Top Ten Quirky U.S. Properties

Today, published their top ten quirky lodgings in the U.S. and of course, I wanted to share this list with you all!  Dan and I had the pleasure of visiting one of the hotels on this list - The Peabody in Memphis. (Disclaimer: I still prefer The Peabody in Little Rock, Arkansas a million times more.)

Which hotel would you want to visit?

1. Jailer’s Inn Bed and Breakfast, Bardstown, Kentucky – Average Nightly Rate: $105
For nearly 200 years, this establishment served as the Old Nelson County Jail but now offers a more enjoyable way of “doing time”. Travelers can stay in one of seven guest rooms in this sturdy structure composed of limestone walls 30 inches thick. Each guest room boasts fashionable antiques and heirlooms, while one room still resembles an actual cell and includes two of the original bunk beds. One TripAdvisor traveler noted, “Just spent two nights in the jail cell room and loved it. This really is a jail cell, don’t think it isn’t!”

2. Earthship Biotecture, Taos, New Mexico – Average Nightly Rate: $120
Part accommodation, piece of art and science project, these unique desert dwellings are made from recycled and sustainable materials and utilize natural elements to provide a comfortable experience for guests. Although each pod is powered solely by the sun, wind, and rain, guests still have access to modern amenities including Wi-Fi, television, and on-demand movies in their rented pod. A TripAdvisor traveler said, “The structure itself is just beautiful, the creativity combined with science is truly amazing.”

3. Out ‘n’ About Treesort, Cave Junction, Oregon – Average Nightly Rate: $90
Travelers can branch out during their stay in one of 14 tree houses located among southwestern Oregon’s Siskiyou Mountains. With some of the structures soaring to heights nearly 40 feet off the ground, a sense of adventure is required to sleep among the woodland canopy. Travelers can enjoy al fresco adventures, as they can traipse across swinging bridges and zip line courses and later cool off in the property’s freshwater swimming pool. One TripAdvisor traveler commented, “This is something you must experience for yourself, keep in mind that these are real and true tree houses.”

4. Saugerties Lighthouse, Saugerties, New York – Average Nightly Rate: $132
Located on a serene shoal along the Hudson River, this lighthouse once served as a landmark and home for the building’s keeper until its closure in 1954. Decades later, the lighthouse reopened as an inn with the purpose of hosting travelers passing through the Catskill Mountains. Open Thursday-Sunday year-round, travelers are able to enjoy the lighthouse’s two rustic guestrooms and stunning views of the river and surrounding mountains. One TripAdvisor traveler commented, “Had a wonderful weekend staying in the lighthouse. Breathtaking views and great hosts.”

5. Shack Up Inn, Clarksdale, Mississippi – Average Nightly Rate: $65
Boasting the slogan “The Ritz we ain’t,” the Shack Up Inn provides a laid-back and rustic setting. Each shack offers a touch of comfort while maintaining the authenticity of the former Hopson plantation, located near the Mississippi Delta – and travelers can soak up the site’s history as they walk among sharecropper shacks, the original cotton gin and seed houses located on the property. “The rooms may not have a high-def TV, but they do have vintage musical instruments and more character than I could accumulate in a lifetime,” said one TripAdvisor traveler.

6. Northern Rail Traincar B&B, Two Harbors, Minnesota – Average Nightly Rate: $87
Seated on 160 acres on the North Shore of Lake Superior, this B&B offers travelers the opportunity to stay off the beaten track in one of 17 train cars outfitted in diverse décor. Upon arrival, travelers collect their room key at the depot-style check-in, before making their way to their train car suite equipped with central air, television, and in some rooms, even a fireplace. One TripAdvisor traveler commented, “The rail cars create such a unique atmosphere that you won’t find anywhere else.”

7. Treebones Resort, Big Sur, California – Average Nightly Rate: $189
Atop a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, travelers can enjoy the sound of waves crashing on the shore during a stay in one of 16 yurts. Inspired by Mongolian architecture, the tent-like structures offer travelers a luxurious alternative to traditional camping. Each domed-dwelling is furnished with polished pine wood floors, French doors, electric lighting, and a waterfront porch where guests can enjoy spectacular seaside sunsets. A TripAdvisor traveler said, “Overall, this place is truly unique and so amazing! It is a great place to escape the business of your life and will allow you to truly relax.”

8. Palm Springs Rendezvous, Palm Springs, California – Average Nightly Rate: $139
Travelers yearning for a retro stay can step back in time at this Californian retreat. Each of the ten guest rooms features mid-century décor, with themes ranging fromPretty in Pink, to Route 66, to Hawaiian Surf. Throughout the day, travelers can splash in the pool surrounded by blue artificial turf and pink lawn flamingos, or even borrow one of the property’s vintage bikes and go for a desert ride. At sunset, complimentary cocktails and savory appetizers are served by the vinyl lounge. One TripAdvisor traveler remarked, “Kitschy, cool, quaint, comfy – this is where you want to stay in Palm Springs.”

9. The Peabody Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee – Average Nightly Rate: $240
This opulent hotel located in the heart of “Blues City” is known for more than its southern hospitality and lavish guest rooms. Since the 1930s, the marble fountain located in the hotel lobby has hosted flocks of feathered travelers. Staying for three months at a time, the resident ducks certainly earn their keep; at 11 a.m. daily, “The Peabody Ducks” march along a red carpet from their rooftop Royal Duck Palace to the fountain in the Grand Lobby, where they splash and play until 5 p.m. “The marching of the ducks was so fun and the hype matched the actual show,” commented a TripAdvisor traveler.

10. Kate’s Lazy Meadow Motel, Mount Tremper, New York – Average Nightly Rate: $200
Located on nine magnificent acres in the Catskill Mountains, travelers can stay among nine cozy cabins adorned with dazzlingly retro décor. With each one boasting a multi-colored kitchen equipped with a Frigidaire, stove and restored cabinets, together with an array of vintage finds from across America, guests may feel like they stepped back into the 1950s. A TripAdvisor traveler said, “The room was so cozy and comfortable, with great furnishings.”