Friday, July 28, 2017

What To Do During & After A Boating Accident | Nautical Gift Ideas For The Boater In Your Life

It's summer time and for some people, it’s synonymous with boating season. Recreational boating can be fun, as you can do several activities in various places of the water. You can go fishing in the deepest area of the lake, dock in some city to do some shopping or go to a good spot and go swimming. As good as it may seem having a vessel out in the water can be dangerous if come unprepared.

According to the United States Coast Guard report, 4,158 accidents were reported in 2015 which resulted in 2,618 injuries. The total damage reaches to a staggering estimated amount about  $41 million. In all of those boating accidents, motorboats are the most common comprising 45%; personal watercraft is about 19% and cabin motorboats 17%.    

When you are involved in an accident it's a terrifying experience. Boating accidents almost doubled the danger being out in the open water. There are big chances of injury, damage to the boat, capsizing and drowning. However, there are several things that you can do to prevent more injuries, wherein the slightest decision can save lives.

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When accident strikes, put on life jackets first

As soon as an accident happens, think safety first. Even if there are no threats of capsizing put a life jacket first and make sure everyone does. You might thing donning a life jacket is just a waste of time or you don’t need one, put it on anyway. It does not matter if you are a good swimmer. Remember, you might be miles away from shore and have to stay afloat for several hours battling with the current and waves. A life jacket can save your lives keeping you afloat before rescue arrives.

While the vessel is still afloat, check if someone needs medical attention.

Check if everyone is okay, if not give them first aid while waiting for rescuers. It would be helpful to place everyone in a common room to avoid any further accidents. If anyone has fallen overboard, get them out of the water carefully and attend to their injuries if any.

Move your boat out of incoming vessels.

If the boat still has some motor power, move it out of incoming vessels to avoid collisions and contact the Coast Guard immediately.  Cell phone signals are not that reliable on seas, so it is best to have a marine VHF radio on-board the boat.

70% of deaths in boating accidents are from drowning, according to the US Coast Guard. If the boat has broken in half and not enough life vests for everyone look for floating debris. Clinging to floating objects can prevent someone from drowning while you call for help.

Call the Coast Guard as soon as possible.

After checking that everyone is safe, call the Coast Guard immediately. Tell them about the emergency, your location and the physical description of your boat.  Giving them all this information can help them what to expect and bring necessary tools to save lives.

Also, while waiting for rescuers, get help as much as you can. Passing vessels can help you in these dire circumstances. Make yourself visible can really help in attracting attentions of nearby vessels.

Have a medical practitioner check your well-being.

When rescuers arrive, and everything is under control have yourself check. Even if you did not receive any injuries from the accident, have a medical practitioner to assess you better.

After a boating accident

Once everything seems under control and everyone is safe. There are certain things that also need immediate attention. You might need to fully document the incident. Here are the things you need to fill out:
•    Name of vessel

•    Names of the passengers including their addresses and telephone/cell phone numbers.

•    Names of eyewitnesses either from another vessel or from the shore who can attest to the incident.

•    Registration number or the vessel identification number.

•    Name of the insurance company for the vessel.

•    Insurance policy number.

When everything is settled file a report with the Coast Guard.

For worst case scenarios, like someone was injured, required medical attention and dies, you need to file a formal report. This is particularly true if someone disappears from the vessel which may indicate injury or death. Under federal regulations, you need to file a report with Coast Guard.


Depending on the state where you live, you may need to file about the boating accident with the appropriate state agency.

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Inform Insurance Carrier

Lastly, you need to notify your insurance carrier as soon as you can. Provide them with necessary documents or any reference numbers. Filling about the incident with the Coast Guard and other state agencies can help you a lot. You may also need to fill out any other forms.


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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The Most Luxurious Yacht Ever Made | Showcasing Fine Art Gift Ideas

While most of us are still dreaming of a perfect vacation, there are some who are privileged enough to enjoy it whenever they want. Back in the days, boats serve as a necessity for anglers and bringing home an abundance of the daily catch. It’s a simple vessel built with basic provisions. But within the past decades, it evolves into something more valuable. People seek more engine power, speed, and latest designs to showcase their wealth.

Luxury yachts began to stride the waters during the early 20th century. The art of building a luxury yacht was a status symbol to unparalleled wealth. It’s a floating vessel of magnificent indulgence which only the richest of the rich can afford. With all its sophisticated state of the art technology not to mention lavish designs, it’s meant to roam the open waters with pride.  

Two of the super yachts, the Savarona and the Christina O were built during the growing popularity of building luxury yachts. That may seem too far back, but today most the luxury yachts are made with only the finest materials. Here are the top five most luxurious yacht ever made:

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# 5 Superyacht A (estimated market value of $323 million)

Blohm and Voss of Hamburg designed the Superyacht A. Why A? It was named after its wealthy owners Andrey and Aleksandra Melnichenko, both are Russian billionaires. Standing at 400-feet long and measuring up to 24,000 square feet, it looks like a crossover of a submarine and a stealth warship. However, it does have luxurious facilities most of us only dreamed of. It has a 2,500 square feet master bedroom, six guest suites, and a disco. The tableware and glassware are made of the finest French crystal. It also has a helicopter hanger and a speed boat. Three swimming pools are built to enjoy 14 guests which served by 42 crew members.

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#4 Dubai (estimated market value: $350 million)

Initially Prince Jefri Bolkiah of Brunei custom-made Dubai with the help of Blohm and Voss and Lürssen shipyards. The prince commissioned building the luxury yacht 10 years before its launch in 2006. However, Platinum Yachts was later bought the yacht for the King of Dubai, (thus the name) Sheik Mohammed Rashid al-Maktoum. His Highness designed the interior of the yacht with handmade mosaics and an accent of circular glass steps. The steps even change its color as the light reflects on it above the top deck.

The King intentionally designed the yacht with bold colors with large common area and lounge. There are also several guest suites and VIP rooms all lavishly designed. In a yacht as big as Dubai, it needs more than several people to serve its passengers. The crew area alone can accommodate 115 people.

The Dubai also has a big swimming pool, several Jacuzzis, and a spacious sunbathing area. To top it off, it has a helipad which can hold a 9.5-ton helicopter.

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#3 Azzam  (estimated market value: $650 million)

Lürssen Yachts do know their thing, as another one of their creations created waves of awesomeness. They recently built a $650 million luxury yacht christened as Azzam to the President of the United Arab Emirates and Emir of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nayan.

Christophe Leoni, a French interior decorator known for his luxurious and extravagant creations designed Azzam. What makes Azzam even more amazing is its immense size and top speed. Even at 590 feet long, this does not stop the super yacht in reaching top speeds of 30 knots or 35mph, one of the fastest yachts created. Unfortunately, the outside world knew little about Azzam.


# 2 Eclipse (estimated market value: $1.5 billion)

Another Russian billionaire owns the world’s second most expensive yacht. Roman Abramovich bought Eclipse worth from $800,000 to $1.5 billion. The builders? No other than Blohm and Voss of Hamburg and they outdid themselves in doing so. Measuring around 536 feet, Eclipse has the state-of-the-art defense technology while enjoying the world’s most luxurious facilitates.


It has two swimming pools, two helicopter pads, a number of hot tubs, a disco hall and 24 cabins for guests. A surprising take on the luxury line? Eclipse can hold a mini-submarine, three launch boats and capable of going 50 meters underwater.

The super luxurious yacht has a missile defense system, bulletproof windows, and intruder detection systems. No paparazzi can even take pictures of anyone onboard Eclipse, as laser beams will block their professional cameras. Now, that’s security to its highest level.

# 1 History Supreme (estimated market value: $4.5 billion)

And the number one spot goes to the History Supreme. A UK based luxury designer Stuart Huges took three years to complete its extravagant design. An unnamed uber rich Malaysian businessman purchased History Supreme for $4.5 billion. The most expensive yacht in the world has solid gold and platinum designs with 220,000 lbs of other precious metals.

Builders coated History Supreme with a thin layer of solid gold from top to bottom. If that is not enough precious metal, the master bedroom is adorned with meteorite rock and a sculpture made from real Tyrannosaurus bones. The Aquavista Panoramic Wall Aquarium is lined with 68 kg of 24-caret gold. And if that is not enough, designer included a liquor bottle decorated with a rare 18.5-carat diamond, it’s worth alone amounts to $45 million. To keep connection inland, there’s an iPhone with 500 cut diamonds. Another fancy feature includes two interchangeable diamonds over its home button, a 7.4-carat pink and an 8-carat rare diamond.


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Monday, July 24, 2017

New York: The Best Pizza in Town | Heirloom Quality Art HERE!

Most people associate New York in the most popular pizza in the world, the New York-style Pizza.  Hand-tossed, thin-crust dough characterized the region’s best pizza. So soft but with a distinct crisp along its edge, it is good enough to be folded in half to eat it.

The New York-style pizza is very much like the original Italian take on the communal food. But, every state in the country has its own take on pizza.  Back in the days, the pizza was just an inexpensive peasant food made by southern Italian immigrants who came in the country. Now, it becomes a staple food in most American homes.

The average Joe eats about 46 slices or 23 pounds of pizza in a year. That’s about 100 acres of pizza a day or 350 slices of pizza being eaten per second. There are about 61, 269 pizzerias in the country, with growing numbers each year.

And with all sorts of pizzerias exist in NY; it is like finding a needle in a haystack to get the best-tasting pizza in the city. Here are some of the best pizzerias to try whenever you are in NY.

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Juliana’s Pizza

Location:  19 Old Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY

One of the few coal-fired pizzerias left in New York, locals flock Juliana’s Pizza. The line outside the place says it all but is worth the wait. The staffs are all professional and very efficient keeping the line going. They seat people as soon as a table becomes available. They serve astounding pizzas with a perfect balance bread, sauce, and cheese. Their margarita stands out from the rest, so it is always good to start there. They close early though, so it is best to come before 10 pm.

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Paulie Gee’s

Location: 60 Greenpoint Ave (between Franklin St & West St), Brooklyn, NY

Paulie Gee’s served incredible pizza in a 19th-century theme bar. The ambiance makes it even more authentic, with fresh ingredients that everything you could ask for. They serve Napoli-style pizzas right from the oven that’s why they don’t take any delivery order or any reservations. Paulie Gee’s lived by first come first serve. Another great thing about the place is that they offer vegan cheese pizzas for health buff but still taste great. In some days, Paulie will even come to one of the tables and asks how their patrons are doing, which is always nice considering how popular the place is.

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Lucali

Location: 575 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY

Want to know another hidden gem in New York? Lucali pizzeria is one of the best-kept pizza places in Brooklyn. What makes it so special? Aside from their blockbuster pizzas, they also serve great calzone which is the best in the city. Lucali only uses the highest quality cheeses and homemade sauces on their pizzas. The combination of both main ingredients gives their food a unique taste that makes everyone falls in love.

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Emmy Squared

Location: 364 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY

Tired of the usual NY-style pizza? Emmy Squared got you covered, they take to bring out something unique to the table. People are raving about their soft crust and their unique topping flavors. They make toppings with almost every flavor ranging from sweet to spicy, some with honey drizzle on top or even ranch dressings. They also serve burgers on pretzels buns. Beer taps are another bonus going to this place.

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Saraghina

Location: 435 Halsey St, Brooklyn, NY

Saraghina place is unique for its rustic ambiance which serves wood-fired pizza in a coffee bar. It is that hangout that everyone in the group will love. They offer great menu options all throughout the day. The star of the show is, of course, their pizza but they also serve great paninis, salads, and a wide selection of wines. Feeling overwhelmed with their menu, do not fret, their friendly staff will help you pairing everything.

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Sottocasa Pizzeria

Location: 298 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY (between Smith & Hoyt St.)

Craving for just a slice of pizza? Sottocasa Pizzeria is just right for you; they serve single size thing crust pizza from the wood-fired oven.  Their creations are authentic Italian made pizza at a reasonable price. You can also pair your pizza with one of their salads and crafty Italian beers. There is a lot to admire and love about this place including their friendly staffs.


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Friday, July 21, 2017

Beach Destinations at Hilton Head | Awesome Topographic Maps Here

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Hilton Head made it again as the number two for the most beautiful beaches in the world. Number one spot goes to Palawan in the Philippines. But hey, you don’t need a passport to go to one of the most pristine beaches. It is best to pack your bags and put your vacation mode on for these Hilton Head beaches.

Crystal blue waters and white sandy beaches besieged Hilton Head Island. The 12-mile stretch of South Carolina coastline provides breathtaking views of pristine beaches comparable to paradise. You cannot run out of ideas to do for your family in this place, you can surf, sail, ski board in the Atlantic Ocean. Your family would enjoy a trip to rolling dunes, go on a parasailing adventure, and fly a kite. Or you could just do what most people choose, relax by the beach, walk in its majestic shorelines and just enjoy the sun.

With so many beautiful beaches littered across Hilton Head Island, it is almost impossible to settle for just one.  From Alder Lane to Palmetto Dunes Beach, you can find the perfect spot for you and for your loved ones.

The official beach season in Hilton Head Island starts from the 1st of April lasting until the 30th of September. As safety goes first, public beaches in the island have lifeguards to look over beach goers.

Here are some of the Best Beaches in the Region!


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Alder Lane

Located in the southernmost part of Hilton Head Island, Alder Lane is a low-key destination perfect for an intimate time with your family. You can walk along in its sandy shoreline and have a nice dip in its pristine waters. Alder Lane is just a few minutes’ walk from Marriott Grand Ocean Resort and accessible by a bike ride from the nearest town. It has complete facilities like restrooms and fully-stocked vending machines. Parking should not be a problem as there is an hourly parking lot just across the street.


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Burke's Beach

Want to get away from the crowd? Burke’s Beach has it in for you; it’s a serene destination a perfect escapade if you want some peace and quiet vacation time. But don’t let this fool you; Burke’s Beach has the best waves in the island. Surfing enthusiasts often flock the area, its best to go early in the morning as they only have limited parking space.

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Coligny Beach

Hailed as the most popular beach in the region, Coligny Beach is also one of the most beautiful beaches in the country.  They offer splash pad for the kids and volleyball nets for adults. Aside from free beach parking space, there are sand showers, umbrellas, and water fountains. You can also rent bikes and Hobie Cats or just enjoy relaxing on the sandy beach of Coligny Beach. There are several restaurants lined at Coligny Plaza, just a few walks away from the beach.

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Driessen Beach Park

Who can resists barbecues on a beach in summer? Driessen Beach Park will let you do that, equipped with picnic tables, grills and metered parking it is a perfect weekend getaway.  The beach also offers sand showers, lifeguards, restrooms, umbrellas and vending machines. For recreational activity, you could rent one of their water crafts.

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Folly Field Beach Park

Another great destination for surfing, Folly Field Beach Park is the ideal place for surfers. Most people go here for their water activities such as boogie boarding, kite flying, and paddle boarding. The beach offers water fountains, restrooms, and sand showers. You might want to come early as they only have limited parking space.

Islander's Beach Club

Most locals, on the other hand, choose Islander's Beach Club in the northern part of Hilton Head Island. The beach offers a playground for kids a diversion to get them out of the water. If you need to grab a quick drink vending machines are strategically placed within the beach area so does sand showers, restrooms, and changing rooms. It is best to bring your bike or rent one as they allow annual parking permits.

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Sea Pines Beach Club

As one of the best beach facilities in Hilton Head Island, Sea Pines Beach Club offers food service, picnic tables, and a bar. They also have lifeguards to look for your little ones. The beach also has seasonal activities for children and entertainment for adults. A day in Sea Pines Beach Club may not be enough; luckily you can stay in Sea Pines and get your parking for free.

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Palmetto Dunes Beach

For a full family beach vacation head on to Palmetto Dunes Beach to enjoy water activities or relax in a lounge lined up in the shores. It has the very best beach vibe and accessible to anyone staying in the Palmetto Dunes plantation. The lovely beach is located near Marriott Beach and Golf Resort.

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Fun Facts About Traveling to Delaware Bay | Custom Laser Cut Wood Art Here

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Thomas Jefferson once referred Delaware as the “Jewel” because of its idyllic location. Delaware Bay is known as the “Diamond State”, because of its economic, political, and ecological value in the US. There are more to Delaware than meets the eye. Aside from its abundant fishing grounds, Delaware Bay hides these amazing facts:

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The Inhabitants of Delaware Bay

• Delaware Bay has the most concentrated population of horseshoe crabs.

• The Bay provides sanctuary for many winter migratory species of waterfowl, raptors, and songbirds. It serves as one of the four most significant places for shorebird migration in the world.  Ranking as the second most populated shorebirds in North America.

• Because of the international importance of Delaware Bay providing feeding and resting place for migratory birds, it was placed as a Ramsar site. Bursting with wetlands, the estuary is a critical area for many wading and shore birds.

• A rare species of firefly called Bethany Beach can only be found in Delaware. After disappearing for almost half a century after it was discovered, the Bethany Beach firefly reappeared in 1998 in Delaware Bay.

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Strategic Location of Delaware Bay

• With just 100 miles long and 35 miles wide, Delaware is the second smallest state in the US. Despite its size, it is considered as the sixth most densely inhabited state in the country.

Economic importance of Delaware Bay

• The Port of Wilmington ranks as the number one port for fresh fruit imports. It generates more than 16,000 jobs in the region, making it as an economic engine taking home $337 million of revenues. The local government receives at least $31 million worth of local taxes each year.

• Around 3,000 ships voyage in its waters, topping the list as the largest freshwater port in the world.  The Delaware Bay is also the biggest receiving center for steel, paper, meat, and crude oil imports.

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Historical Value of Delaware

• In 1923, the University of Delaware formed the first overseas study program. A professor at the University and a WWI veteran suggested the significance of inter-country relationships and cross-cultural exchange. He took eight junior students with him and sailed to France for the study program.

• Dated back to 1859, Fort Delaware is included as one of the major sites on the National Register of Historic Places. Initially, the fort was built to protect Wilmington and Philadelphia ports but the Union Fortress once held Confederate prisoners of war.

• As the second-biggest refining center for petrochemical, the Delaware Bay serves as a passage for 70% of oil shipped to the East Coast.

• English naval officer named Samuel Argall named the bay after a governor of Virginia. He got the name after Thomas West, the 12th Baron of De La Warr.

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Political Influence of Delaware Bay

• One of the most amazing events in political history happened on 1776. On July 1, 1776, Brigadier-General Caesar Rodney of Dover rode his horse to Philadelphia. Despite having skin cancer and asthma, he traveled 80 miles to cast his vote. It becomes the deciding factor in winning the country’s independence. As a commemorative for his bravery, the state incorporated the Brigadier-General on their 1999 Delaware state quarter.

• On December 7, 1787, even before any other province, Delaware was the first ever state to ratify the Constitution. In 2002, a petition was filed to hail Delaware as “The First State”.
   
• Even with all these significant events, Delaware was not given a National Monument until 2013. President Barrack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden gave Delaware their First State National Monument. It consisting of 1100 acres of preserved land several historic buildings including Dover Green. The building was the place where previous politicians ratified the Constitution.

Fascinating Truths about living in Delaware Bay

• Most residents of Delaware do not know the term buffering. The state has the fastest Internet speeds in the US, according to a 2015 research. Their connection is even higher compared to other countries all except South Korea. The Asian country enjoys 5g internet service almost every corner of their country including some of the most secluded rural areas.

• Recent studies show that Delaware ranks as the number one state for retirees when it comes to economy, demographics, and tax rates. It was mentioned in a Washington, D.C. based finance and business news publication.

• Delaware hosted the first of its kind “resort beauty pageants”. Held in Rehoboth Beach in 1880 where Thomas Edison was one of the judges.

• Cyclists love Delaware because of its bike-friendly facilities. In 2015, The League of American Bicyclists even dubbed the state as the third most bike-friendly state in the country.

• Delaware enjoys tax-free shopping, as the local government does not impose any sales tax in the state.


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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Finding Chesapeake Bay | Great Quality Art

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The Chesapeake Bay lies between the states of Maryland and Virginia. As the biggest estuary in North America, it plays an important feature in the economy and the ecology between the two states. Maryland sits in the northern part of the bay while Virginia rests in the southern part.

As the bay spreads in these two states, you may need to create a bigger itinerary when visiting the place. Some of the best destinations in the Bay are:

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Chesapeake City

The first stop you should visit in the Chesapeake City, located in the northern part of the bay. Here, Chesapeake and Delaware Canal connects the bay up north. Since the canal is still in use, you can see different ships passing here from Delaware to New York. You may also want to drop by at the C&D Canal Museum where they exhibit artifacts from the history of the waterway.

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Fort McHenry

One famous landmark to visit in the area is Fort McHenry. It served a very pivotal involvement in the history of the region. After the British troops burned down the US Capitol and White House, they immediately went to Baltimore. With 4,500 troops, they sent their warships and bombarded Fort McHenry and other nearby harbor locations. For 25 straight hours, brave soldiers defended the fort and defeated the British.  Today, the fort offers scenic views of the harbors.

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Dock Bars of the Bay

If you want to experience Chesapeake’s hospitality and local scene find some time going to this dock. Waterfronts bars are always the best seat in the house. The place has several bars to choose from ranging from tiki bars to their famous oyster houses. You can spend the whole afternoon watching the open waters or a championship game on TV.

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Annapolis

Another great stop is in the country’s Sailing Capital – Annapolis. If you are a boating enthusiast, you might want to go here. It is also the capital city of Maryland which draws hundreds of tourist every October for the annual sail and power boat season. The historic town shares it a very dedicated passion for sailing to tourists. The best time to visit the sailing town is from April to September with Wednesday Night Sailboat competition to cap off the day.

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Captain John Smith National Historic Trail

You would not want to leave the Chesapeake Bay without exploring Captain John Smith National Historic Trail. The trail follows the famous journey of Captain Smith during the 17th century while exploring the whole bay. Maps are available in National Park Service which composes 3,000 miles of trail from Maryland going to Virginia until reaching Delaware and D.C.

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Smith Island

There are places that you may skip during your trip, but for whatever reason, do not miss Smith Island, as you may not be able to see it again. Captain John Smith discovered the island where it was commissioned as one of the cultural treasure in the US. Because of extreme weather condition, and mostly due to erosions and rising seawaters, the island is gradually diminishing. You can either catch a ferry or ride a bike from the popular Smith Island Cake going to this island.

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Oxford

Oxford is considered as one of the oldest towns in Maryland which host some waterfront activities for families. The town still has the charm of the old waterman’s port with Yachting magazine dubbed the as the “best waterfront town in the world”. It was once a main shipping industry in the Eastern Shore, exploring the town will give you an insight on how it used to be back in the days.

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Havre de Grace

Another historical place in the Chesapeake Bay is Havre de Grace. The Concord Point Lighthouse is hard to miss during a trip here. The lighthouse used to house John O’Neil who defended the lighthouse during the 1812 war. The town is known for its shopping districts, maritime museums, and antique shops.

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Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse

Just a few miles from Annapolis, Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse is accessible via tour boats leaving the town. You might find it intriguing to visit the only lighthouse that has pilling screwed directly into its sandy bottom. Book early though, as the place only provides limited public viewing.

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Fells Point, Baltimore

Referred to as the ‘nest of pirates’ a few decades back, Fells Point now has trendy bars and restaurants that offer a scenic view of the water. Once house some of the main shipbuilding industry, it still has some of those Belgian-block stone streets worth of a visit. Today, it now hosts many visiting boats in Broadway Square.

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Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

If you want to see the whole histories of the region in just one go visit Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. They museum displays log canoes, Drake tail oyster boats, and skipjacks. It’s a great place to learn more about the nautical history which founded its civilization. The restored lighthouse always fascinates tourist.

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The Colorful Past of Charleston

Cobblestone streets, horse-drawn carriages, and pastel antebellum houses decorate the Charleston area. The South Carolina port city was founded in 1670 and reflects an elegant French Quarters. Charleston is known to its Battery Districts, used to house a federal stronghold. It holds a very important mark in American history; the very first shots of the Civil War were fired in its waters. One could spend a week exploring the Famous Battery promenade and Waterfront Park overlooking Charleston Harbor.

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Why travel to Charleston?

Why Charleston? Well, it seems that time forgot this city. You can spend time marveling the famous antebellum architecture which adorns the city. The surrounding plantations backdrop the city, adding to the Southern charm. While the historic Charleston and their wonderful person add up to the hospitality of the city.

Let the city inspired the inner artist in you. Visit some of the very scenic places such as Middleton Place, the Battery and the French Quarter, which resides in the Waterfront Park. You can never run out of things to do in Charleston.  Even at night, you can explore the spooky side of the city.

Here is a list of activities that your family can enjoy in visiting Charleston:



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Fort Sumter National Monument

The site was one of the historic spots of the first clash between the Union and the Confederate armies in the Civil War. The Rebels bombarded the place for 34 hours until the Union forces finally surrendered.

Middleton Place

Middleton Place Gardens accurately display the sophisticated symmetry of 17th-century European design. This place offers a scenic view with intricately sculpted terraces and parterres. With swans inhabited the area, it is as romantic as a scene taken from Romeo and Juliet. The 65 acres area is considered as America’s oldest landscaped gardens. It houses 18th-century rice plantation and National Historic Landmark perfect for a long walk.

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Charleston Outdoor Adventures

Nature lovers will love Eco-tours within Charleston. Charleston Outdoor Adventure can take you to see the wild dolphins in the open waters. As an experienced naturalist, they provide guests with environmental Eco-tours and rentals all over the Folly Beach and Charleston area. Their services provide travelers to explore the saltwater estuaries through:

· Kayak Tours

· Inshore Fishing

· Guided Paddle Board Tours

· Charter Boat Eco-Tours

· Paddle Board Rentals

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Wild Blue Ropes Adventure Park

Minutes from Downtown Charleston resides Wild Blue Ropes Adventure Park. Just off from Folly Road, the premier High Climbing Ropes & Challenge Course Adventure that features 72 suspended obstacles course. Some of the obstacles can reach 35 feet in the air. They also have Night Climbing outdoor adventure. Everyone can choose a perfect activity because the adventure park offers different levels, ranging from beginner to expert.  The place can even host children and adult birthday parties, Summer Camps, and school activities.

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Charleston Culinary Tours

For a gastronomical escapade, Charleston Culinary Tours can give you a taste of their multi-cultural culinary adventure. The tours combine only the best of Charleston famous cuisine, cocktails while indulging on some of its histories.  There are four tours available in the city, namely:

· Charleston Culinary Tour

· Chefs' Kitchen Tour

· Farmer's Market Tour

· Mixology Tour

Ranging from various bars, well-known restaurants to their local produce in their Farmer’s Market.  The tours highlight some of their best tasting cuisines. Embarking on one of these tours will give you a deeper insight of Charleston’s unique cuisine and some of its cocktail concoctions.

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Candlefish

Want to learn a new trade while traveling? Candlefish is a perfect place to learn the art of candle-making. They offer a wide assortment of candles, gift items, souvenirs accessories and other home products. Find inspiration while combining different scents to match the perfect candle for your home.

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Traveling In The East Coast: BEST Places To Visit In BLOCK ISLAND | See our Bathymetric Art


Block Island can be seen off the coast of the U.S. state of Rhode Island. Block Island is coextensive with the town of New Shoreham and was named after the Dutch explorer Adriaen Block.  The island is a popular summer tourist destination and is known for its bicycling, hiking, sailing, fishing, and beaches. It is located in the Atlantic Ocean - east of Montauk Point, Long Island, New York, and 13 miles south Rhode Island, from which it is separated by Block Island Sound.

Introduction

Traveling is just like seeing a new place for the first time or returning to a favorite place. Travelling has more benefits than satisfying one’s need to make money, as well as to see loved ones and enjoy one’s self on vacation. Any of the following mode of transportation by plane, train, ship or automobile, travel is generally a pleasurable experience, at least for the people who can financially afford comfortable and safe methods of travel, individual of any range of  ages, from all countries, travel to foreign places for many different reasons – namely work, family and leisure.



What are the Types of Attractions in Block Island

Outdoor recreation simply resembles leisure activities that can be done in a natural setting and benefit the body, mind and/or spirit and can also simply be enjoying the peace and quiet in a non-physical way.


Outdoor Activities in Block Island

•    Mohegan Bluffs
•    Ballard's Beach
•    Crescent Beach / Fred Benson Town Beach
•    Mansion Beach
•    Pond and Beyond Kayak
•    Clayhead Nature Trail
•    Beach Rose Bicycles, Inc.
•     Fishing Academy
•    Greenway Walking Trails
•    Coast Guard Beach


Hiking Trails in Block Island

•    Mohegan Bluffs
•     Greenway Walking Trails
•    Clayhead Nature Trail


Parks & Nature Attractions in Block Island

•    Mohegan Bluffs
•    Rodman's Hollow

There are other sights to see when visiting Block Island. The place boasts of several lighthouses, perfect for a daytime stroll and other unique places worth to see. If your muscle becomes sore with all those long walks, Block Island also has a spa and great picnic areas. The island also offers fun tours for the family, try to embark on some of those for a more memorable family time.


Block Island Landmarks

•    Southeast Lighthouse
•    North Lighthouse
•    Mansion Beach
•    1661 Farm and Gardens
•    Settler's Rock
•    Clayhead Salon & Spa
•    Spring Street Gallery
•    Sacred Labyrinth


Tours in Block Island

•    Pond and Beyond Kayak
•    HeliBlock - Block Island Helicopter Tours
•    Block Island Fishing Charters
•    Rustic Rides Farm
•    Rooster Fishing Charters
•    Block Island Parasail & Watersports

Aside from the tourist spots and fun activities, there are different museums within the area. One can only appreciate the unique cultural diversity of the place by going to one of their museums. Rich history funded and raised Block Island from what it is now.  The island also boasts great shopping districts to buy some souvenirs back home.


Museums in Block Island

•    Block Island Historical Society
•    Jessie Edwards Studio
•    Malcolm Greenaway Gallery


Shopping in Block Island

•    Block Island Trading Company
•    Clayhead Salon & Spa
•    Star Department Store
•    Golddiggers Jewelry Shop
•    Island Bound Bookstore
•    Wild Flowers Boutique

Spas & Wellness Centers in Block Island

•    Koru Eco Spa
•    Elevation Yoga Studio
•    Block Island Yoga

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