Thursday, July 11, 2019

What the Future Holds: Getting the Latest Trend in Home Decor

As we mark the half-year calendar, some cannot help wonder about what will be the next big thing for next year. You might think its bit too early, but trendsetters know exactly what to rave for. With each New Year come new interior design trends, so you can upgrade your home with the right vibe with ease. In the previous years, we saw some metallic accents, brass, bare lightning and decorative tiles. 

Interior designers are quite happy with how homeowners take this new trend, and it seems that it won’t be disappearing anytime soon. Experts see new decorating patterns and ideas along with timeless and elegant designs. 2020 may bring in some fresh takes on classic designs and take stylish accents into a new level. Here are some of the trends to watch out for. 

Nature Invasion 


With the environmentalist rallying for a greener earth, it’s no wonder that nature invades most stylish homes. Indoor plants do well for our body, as these can remove toxins and unwanted air pollutants circulating our home. This applies to home interior design as well like copper, concrete, granite and the likes. As living spaces become smaller and expensive as the year passes, adding fresh and natural materials will add serene ambiance to tiny spaces. 

Incorporating Textures and Patterns 


We saw a lot of pattern over the past few years, and it will not be different in the coming years. Instead, interior designers will play around a lot with incorporating textures and patterns to the otherwise boring plain wall. Textures and patterns will spice up any room or house for that matter, it’s just a matter of mixing and matching. Interior designers will find a way to bring in textures, playful proportions, and contrasting colors to refresh the look of your home. 

Finding a Spot for Room Accents 


As pattern make their way in your home, finding the perfect spot for accents amplifies the greatness for this trendy décor. Designers are rooting for metal accents as well like rose gold, copper, and other metals with different kinds of finishes. Earthly hues like red, orange and other earthly tones are seen to stay to decorate more homes for the year 2020. 

One cannot go wrong with black & white décor 


Time and again, homeowners will not go wrong to any black and white home décor. The contrast of this timeless classic provides a great balance for any room. Another great thing with black and white is their versatility of mixing it with other bold textures and patterns. No wonder this classic can never go out of style. 

Artisanal Designs 


As you may have in countless magazines and blogs, it’s great to invest in artisanal designs and other work of art. Not only it’s a conversational starter, it can be a focal point in our home as it adds a very personal touch in your home. May it be a favorite book; portrait, paintings or wood art artisanal pieces that are hand-crafted will add value to your home. It also adds a very comforting and inviting feel for everyone to enjoy. For a very personal touch, check out our unique wood carving art here. 

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Best Tips for First-Time Boaters

Thinking about getting a boat? Chances are you are among the many who loves the great vast ocean and boating. As its starting to get warmer again, summer has officially begun. It’s that time of the year to unlatch your boat and search for the best fishing spot in town. Before you cast your line you need to launch your boat. That pretty easy to say when you are already an experienced boater, but it’s different for first-time boaters. 

Modern day technology can make any first-time boaters life easier, as tips and practical advice comes as easy as a touch of a button. One can find tips from buying, boat handling, equipping, to maintaining boats. But behold, even with this gift, it’s hard to discern the truths from hearsay; and that exactly where the problem lies for first-time boaters. There are way too many tips to comprehend at once. 

While most boating magazines and blogs post practical tips, it’s still a lot to read. We understand the struggle, so we come up and summarize some of the simplest yet most practical boating tips out there. Here they are: 



Always check the weather 


Every boater, even experience ones, check the weather on a daily basis, because of climate change, Mother Nature makes it harder for anyone to know her temper. That being said, don’t be afraid to cancel or change your plans. A simple rain pour can drastically change into a dangerous thunderstorm in under a minute, and it’s always safe to stay ashore when the weatherman advice you to do so. Ask any boaters and they will all agree how open waters are very dangerous to traverse. Also, it would really help if you know the times of high and low tides before you head out. These include waterways, ocean inlet, and tributaries, to avoid any grounding during low tides in certain areas, especially unmarked areas. 

Always bring your life essentials 


No one leaves their house without their cellphones and wallets, so why should you? Even if your boat is built with the state of the art telecommunication devices, always bring your fully charged cell phones, keys, and wallet in a waterproof bag. You’ll never know what will happen next or when your boat is going to lose power and it’s easier to contact emergency hotlines in a cell phone. No matter how busy you make sure another person knows where you are going. 

Dress to impress 


No, it doesn’t only apply for dates, but for boaters as well. Always overdress as you can always take your clothes off when it gets too hot. But it’s difficult to find additional clothing when the weather gets too chilly and you got stuck out of nowhere. Depending on where you are heading, always apply tons of sunscreen, you would want to ruin a great adventure by getting a bad sunburn. 

Go Slow! 


Not everything that runs fast is good, here in the open waters, slow is good. Go slow particularly when docking. Sailings slow even if there are no geographical landmarks are key to keeping everyone safe. 

Make sure to have fun. You are going boating and that means you are going to a great adventure ahead of you. Don’t forget to bring lots of snacks and water.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

The Ancient Art of Wood Carving

We live in a place filled with billions of trees, and because of its availability, wood are an easy source for material for artisans. For centuries nature doesn’t disappoint us for its countless purposes, from food to housing, even provided with something that makes our imagination run free. Wood Carving and Wood Art are considered as an ancient and contemporary art form. Wood has been used to create functional objects and magnificent sculpture.

Our ancestors built their first home and some of the structures and even the first civilization out of wood. Because of the organic nature of wood, early civilization had managed to artistically explore its many characteristics, despite not having any modern-day tool and types of machinery.


Artists had always been fascinated by the extensive array of wood, and to date, it continues as one of the vital element of architecture. Wood is used almost in infinite ways from building houses and boasts to creating great accents in infrastructure, ornamental items, and even unique artisan art pieces. Some of the great wood pieces from various historical eras are still displayed in museums scattered in a different part of the world. Even in its simplest and most organic form, would never fail to amaze people. 

Wood carving is considered as one of the most ancient arts in the entire human history. Experts say it began since the first men of a pre-historical era as a fundamental woodwork method. Wood art designs on the other hand first started during the time when people began building homes and other infrastructures as household items and beautiful decorative designs. 

Because of its versatility, wood is a favorite among artisans. Wood as a very light material that can take any very fine detail to shape and it’s easier to work with than stone. As fascinating as it looks, wood art isn’t easy to make, it involves a number of methods and tools on top of a very imaginative mind. Turning raw pieces of wood is a process on its own. Traditional wood carvers use knives, chisel, hammers, and gouges. Then they need to refine it as smooth as possible using sanding, painting techniques that need years to master. 

Next time you see any wood art, take time to marvel at its beauty. Appreciate the time the artisans have dedicated to making such intricate design. Check some of our creative and unique wood art here.

Friday, June 21, 2019

Things that Set Savannah Apart from other Cities

Established in 1733, Savannah stands as the oldest city in Georgia. As the capital city of Chatham County, this town was one of the key ports in the American Revolution and during the Civil War. Today, Savannah is considered as a tourist epicenter attracting millions of visitors each year. Cobblestone streets lined with great restaurants and shops topped with legendary parks and graveyards are some of the top destinations in Savannah. 

What set Savannah apart from other cities are their notable historic buildings. The city even offers specific tours about this architectural marvel as well as the important history behind it all. Some of the historic buildings include Central of Georgia Railway roundhouse complex (the oldest standing antebellum rail facility in the country), the Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences (one the first public museums in South), and of course the Georgia Historical Society (the oldest operating historical society in the South). 



Most tourists prefer having a guide to tour them around this historical city as it can be overwhelming knowing these historical locations. The city offers different tour packages; research is the key to get the best package especially if traveling in groups. 

The city is also the birthplace of Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of the Girl Scouts of the USA. It’s mandatory for any first time visitor to go in this unique house museum and learn more about Low’s principle in life and how the Girl Scouts came to be. 

Another great tourist spot in Savannah is Forsyth Park. Founded back to the 1840s, it expands up to 30 acres of the pure goodness of grounds; perfect for a Frisbee game, running, or just walking in its beautiful garden. The park has an iconic water fountain built at the center and considered as a grand landmark in Savannah. Built in 1858, the fountain is said to be modeled after the grand fountain in Paris’s Place de la Concorde. It saw some of the most amazing concerts and events during the course of its history being one of the largest parks in the South. 

What could be more perfect ending a great Savannah adventure than to admire the view from the River Street? It can be very nostalgic seeing the cobblestone street, yet marvelous to behold the modern shops and restaurants; enjoy a good taste of different culinary delicacy and other interesting finds in this part of town. 



Thursday, June 13, 2019

A Visit to the Charming Portland

Ranking as the most populous city in Oregon, Portland houses an estimated 2.4 million people. With that kind of residence, it’s hard for any city to keep them active and entertain for years. Good thing Portland is packed with different things to do from amazing neighborhoods to live in to gastronomy enticing world to explore in. One can just easily devote a week’s time sampling great culinary cuisine or unique breweries without visiting the place twice. Looking for something even more adventurous? Plan a weekend getaway as some of the most amazing sceneries are just in arm’s reach right in Portland’s backyard. But there are places that never ran out of charm to any tourist visiting Portland, here are some of them: 


The famous Coin that decided the city’s name 


As spectacular Portland can be, its name was simply decided by a coin toss. Asa Lovejoy and Francis Pettygrove, two of the city’s founders couldn’t agree on how to name the land. To settle it in a ‘peaceful’ manner, they decided to flip a coin and whoever won would get to name it after their hometown. Pettrygrove won, and as a native of Portland, Maine he named it as thus. Had Lovejoy won Portland would be called Boston. Tourists can even see the very same copper penny from that famous coin toss at the Oregon Historical Museum located in downtown Portland. Built in 1898, the museum also houses some 85,000 artifacts and a trip to the city’s history is always worthwhile. 

The Oregon Museum Of Science And Industry 


Started with at least 400 volunteers back in the good old days, The Oregon Museum of Science And Industry opened its doors in 1958. Today, it draws more than a million visitors each year and is incredibly popular for kids and adults alike. The museum had the first ever planetarium in the Northwest and visitors are still amazed in its 20-minute educational show. 

The Pittock Mansion 


Another popular tourist site in Portland is the Pittock Mansion, and its hard not to believe why. Located about 1,000 feet above sea level, it’s a has one of the amazing view of the city as well as a great spot for bird watching. Henry Pittock and his wife built their mansion furnished with 46 rooms, plenty of sitting rooms and expanded about 46 acres of land. The City of Oregon now owned this beautiful mansion and opened it to the public in 1965. Portland expects at least 80,00 people visitors each year to see this breathtaking mansion. 

Portland has a lot to offer to every tourist in all walks of life, you canot simply ran out of things to do in this city.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Perfect Spots in Outer Banks

Stretching for 200 miles along the North Carolina’s coast, Outer Banks is a claimed major tourist’s destination known worldwide. Covering most of the state’s coastline it separates Albemarle Sound, Pamlico Sound, and Currituck Sound from the Atlantic Ocean. Beaches in Outer Banks are out of this world, it draws hundreds of thousands of people each year and the tourism industry are in indeed in full bloom no matter what season it is. 

From the pristine white beaches to a number of shipwrecks hiding in the treacherous seas, there are tons of things to do in Outer Banks and one can never go bored while exploring this amazing place. Named as the Graveyard of the Atlantic, Outer Banks hides some of the well-known ships that sailed the world. Tourists often stop at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras Village just miles off the United States Coast Guard facility. 



One can also thank the Wright brothers to the discovery of Outer Banks. Their first flight using the very first airplane prototype took place at the Kill Devil Hills near Kitty Hawk on December 19, 1903. To commemorate one of the most monumental endeavors in the human race, Outer Banks founded the Wright Brothers National Monument alongside with the First Flight Airport. 

While most people like to go on a relaxing vacation, contemplating along the shores and just listening to the waves, there are those who seek adrenaline pumping activities. There a number of secluded and quiet beaches in Outer Banks but it takes time to find the perfect spot for horseback riding, hang gliding and other fun water activities – Outer Banks will not fall short of expectations

Wright Brothers National Memorial 


Most travelers who enjoy flying can only thank Wright Brothers for the ‘shortened’ travel time. Back in the days, if one would want to see the other side of the continent they literally need to cross the ocean. But with the invention of the Wright Brothers during the 1900s, the first successful human flight was recorded in Kill Devil Hills in Outer Banks. Visiting the Wright Brothers National Memorial is one way to give thanks to these brave men. You can never miss this place as they built a 60-foot monument that resembles an airplane tail gives you a big hint. 

Outer Banks Beaches 


Stretching for 100 miles, Outer Banks beaches are not only breathtaking but are known to be family friendly and uber clean. The beach rests along the barrier islands that lined the eastern coast of North Carolina. Each beach has its own distinct vibe that is sure to delight any kind of travelers, from couples seeking the refuge of the busy life, adrenaline junkies who love adventures, to families with little kids in tow, Outer Banks Beaches has it all. As Memorial Day and Labor Day can get really hectic, all Outer Banks beaches have designated well-trained lifeguards on duty to ensure safety for everyone. 

Roanoke Island Festival Park 


Roanoke Island Festival Park is another place worth seeing, especially if you have kids and want to teach them a lesson about history and life before technology came in. This park takes you back in time during the 1500s where your family can interact with actors in costume. They have a docu-drama an Elizabeth II ship replica. It’s a very informative tour that lets your whole family learn about American history and early civilization. 



Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Things to do while Visiting Ocean City

Located in Maryland, Ocean City or often called as the Town of Ocean City is the second most populated municipality in Maryland. Every year, up to 8 million tourists visit the town because of its pristine beaches, waterparks, and its Boardwalk. Ocean City is indeed a very popular beach town on the East Coast filled with different sorts of entertainment for the whole family. The Boardwalk alone boasts of three-mile pure goodness; lined with shops, restaurants, and hotels. 

As there are lots of things to do while visiting Ocean City, it’s easy to get confused about where to start amid the excitement. Here are some of the best things to do in Ocean City. 

It’s best to start your adventure at Ocean City Boardwalk, or officially known as Atlantic Avenue. First opened in 1902, it ranks as one of the best boardwalks in the US. Lined with luxury shops, great restaurants, luxury hotels and museums, Ocean City Boardwalk gives you a glimpse of the exuberant life locals are living for decades. 


One great thing about visiting the Boardwalk is you can enjoy sightseeing while learning more about the culture and history of the town. Most of the businesses found in the Boardwalk had been serving people for centuries. 

One landmark that is sure worth the visit is the 100-year old oak carved by the Inlet Indian sculpture of the Assateague Indian located alongside the Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum and the United States Coast Guard Tower. You might want to see the oldest fixtures in town the Trimper's Carousel, as it’s the perfect way to cap your tour. 

The best thing in life is free, and you can enjoy it in Ocean City in a day out in the beach at Ocean City Beach. Stretching for about 10 miles, these family-friendly beaches are famous for their fun recreational activities. Local also flock these beaches for a fun-filled day of surfing, swimming, sunbathing, and kayaking. Avid boaters also love Ocean City waters, as they find it more relaxing and pretty easy to reel in their day’s catch. 

Then there’s Jolly Roger Amusement Park, a combination of parks, amusement rides, waterslides, and family-friendly games. The park has a petting zoo, racing carts, mini golf, and lots of rides and other attractions. The Jolly Roger Amusement Park caters to all from toddlers to thrill seeker teenagers, this amusement park has it all. 

One thing you may notice in Ocean City is how these cute Candy Kitchens swarm the place. It’s a great place to go if you have a sweet tooth, as they offer all sorts of candy goodness. From taffies, chocolates, gummies, pretzels, and fudge, you can bet Candy Kitchen makes them fresh and oh so delightful. 

Dating back since 1937, Candy Kitchen is known for its salt water taffy, mouthwatering chocolates, and delicious fudge. Don’t forget to stop at Fractured Prune Donuts, it’s also a good snack to carry around whether you are going to the beach or just lounge around the pier. They’ve been making freshly bakes donuts since 1976, and that may speak for itself. 




Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Interesting Tourist Attractions in Norfolk

Located in the state of Virginia, Norfolk is known to be a vibrant city full of cultural diversity, delicious cuisine, and filled with all sorts of entertainment for tourists. In its western region sits the Elizabeth River and to its northern region rests the Chesapeake Bay. Because of its proximity to these two large bodies of water, Norfolk is considered to be one of the oldest cities in Hampton Roads; a city which has a rich history and beautiful cultural ethnicity. According to the 2010 census, Norfolk houses about 245,000 residents, making it as the second most populated city after Virginia Beach. 

Because of its perfect location and proximity to the Atlantic Ocean, numerous rivers, waterways covered its 144 miles of land. With that in mind, there are no surprises that the government established several maritime and naval bases in Norfolk. 


The art scene in Norfolk is also something to look forward to as it does not disappoint. Its thriving art community welcomes art enthusiasts no matter what their preferences be, lined with studies and galleries; Norfolk has a lot to offer for the artistic minds. Tourists who explored Norfolk had raved about its world-class cuisine from the traditional Southern flavors to the authentic European Cuisines- Norfolk restaurants can tickle the taste buds of every appetite. 

Tourists attractions literally lined the streets of Norfolk but there are certain places that are a must see whenever visiting this interesting city. 

Battleship Wisconsin and the Nauticus Maritime Center 


Within the waters of Norfolk floats one of the most memorable battleship ever created in the US history – Wisconsin, a decommissioned WWII Battleship operated by Nauticus. As one of the biggest battleship built for the US Navy, Wisconsin served its time during the Korean War and Operation Desert Storm in 1991. Built in 1943, this massive battleship still marvels visitors from all over the world. Visitors can walk the interior of Wisconsin, a self-guided tour which people can view the series of display related to the history of this battleship. 

Victory Rover Naval Base Cruises 


If seeing one of the largest battleships isn’t enough, then the Victory Rover Naval Base Cruises is a great way to explore Norfolk waters. They have narrated tour cruise including the Portsmouth Coast Guard Station, Portsmouth Naval Hospital, and shipyards near Norfolk. Don’t miss this tourist spot as it’s the largest of its kind and it’s never easy finding one again. They take tourists on board their 150-passenger boat with snack bars and lots of stories to tell along the way. 

Chrysler Museum of Art 


With a thriving art scene, the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk is a great way to spend the day. They offer free entrance with inspirational collections of art and other unique exhibits, the museum has one of the leading glass collections in the US. Their collections can inspire people who not an avid fan of the art world. Chrysler Museum of Art has extensive art collections from ancient art, to European and American painting and contemporary art. 

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Must-See Attractions in New Jersey South Shore

Located in the New Jersey’s southern area, New Jersey South Shore remains as one of the popular attraction in the east coast. Although there is no precise geographical boundary between North Jersey Shore and New Jersey South Shore this means there are more places for visitors to enjoy whenever visiting the place. 

As a thriving place, the New Jersey State Department of Tourism listed New Jersey South Shore as one of the six tourism regions in the state. New Jersey South Shore coastlines rest along the Atlantic Ocean and Delaware Bay while it's inland area is still part of the New Jersey Pine Barrens. Many considered New Jersey South Shore as a land of fun and charm. Spreading almost 30 miles of pure sandy beaches, New Jersey South Shore offers a lot of fun recreational activities like fishing and all sorts of water sports. 



With its amazing boardwalks, amusement parks, famous restaurants, great breweries, and a historic village, New Jersey South Shore is indeed a world class eco-tourism on its own. Travel in its southernmost part, one can find the Cape May, considered as a National Historic Landmark in the country, visitors can shop along its cobblestone streets and into the Victorian-era buildings and houses. There are about 600 Victorian styled buildings to see and anyone can dine in their top gourmet restaurants. As touristy as it may sound, here are some of the places that are hard to miss, as these are part of the whole New Jersey South Shore experience. 

Lucy the Elephant 


Let Lucy the Elephant greet you on your first day while touring a whole lot of New Jersey South Shore. This 6-story (yes you guessed it) elephant-shaped building dates back in 1881 and still considered as a waterfront landmark in the area. They offer tours and views from inside out of this quirky shaped building. Indulge yourself in a whole day of fun exploring ‘Lucy’ while shopping for some souvenir from their gift shop. They have plenty of parking spaces, so you can just pull over in this largest ‘road-side attraction in the country. 

Atlantic City Boardwalk 


Never miss the most iconic oceanfront in New Jersey, Atlantic City Boardwalk dates back from the 1870s but have a lot of shops and restaurants to choose from. You can just stroll leisurely the boardwalk and just enjoy the sights while appreciating its historical value. Go ahead and indulge yourself with some hot dog, a slice of their homemade pizza or just a couple scoops of ice cream. The ocean views are amazing and it’s worth your time to visit this place. 

Jenkinson's Boardwalk 


Another must-see attraction in New Jersey South Shore, Jenkinson's Boardwalk is known for its family-friendly rides, mini-golf courses, and arcade. If you have kids in tow, this is the place to take them, let them enjoy a variety of rides to choose from. Don’t be scared if you get depleted, there are tons of food choices along Jenkinson's Boardwalk. Locals would often recommend that you stay the whole day exploring the place so you and your kids can have a wonderful time together. 


Monday, May 6, 2019

The Best Tourists Spots in Narragansett Bay

An estuary located on the north side of Rhode Island Sound, Narragansett Bay forms the largest estuary in New England. Its home to hundreds of animal species and act as a wide natural harbor in the state of Rhode Island, some of its islands even extend as far as Massachusetts. A total of 30 islands scattered all over the Bay including Conanicut Island, Prudence Island and Aquidneck Island as the three largest islands. 

Narragansett Bay history can be traced back in the time when two different Indian tribes used to inhabit the area, the Narragansett tribe occupied the west side of the bay while the Wampanoag Tribe reside on the east side near Cape Cod. Most people considered that the Italian voyager Giovanni da Verrazzano was the first non-native people who set foot on the island. He sailed his ship La Dauphine in 1524 in Narragansett Bay after visiting New York Bay. He first called the island as Refugio, meaning the "Refuge" as it has several docking areas paving the way for open forests where it is suitable for travel "even by a large army". 



Soon after the Adriaen Block, a Dutch navigator became curious about the place and mapped Narragansett Bay in 1614. In honor of his commitment and dedication of mapping the island in its entirety, locals named the Block Island after him. 

There are more to Narragansett Bay than meets the eye, as there are several tourists spot to go around with. Here are some of the top rated places to visit in Narragansett Bay. 

Point Judith Lighthouse 


This 51-foot historical lighthouse had seen it all and was even devastated by a memorable 1815 hurricane. Even to this day, it’s a functional lighthouse and an active Coast Guard base. They had had place a designated viewing area so visitors can see the magnificent view from the lighthouse. If you are a lighthouse lover, then this is the place you will surely love in Narragansett Bay. People who had been in the place would often recommend visiting the area during the wee hours of the morning and letting the beautiful sunrise greet you. Point Judith Lighthouse has a public access beach area perfect for kite flying, sunbathing, and swimming. 

Roger W Wheeler State Beach 


Located just miles of Galilee, Roger W Wheeler State Beach or more commonly known as the Sand Hill Cove is the most perfect place for families with small children. It’s far the cleanest beach in Narragansett Bay with tiny waves your little ones will surely love. The shallow water is perfect for beginner swimmers as it heats up faster and stays warmer for a long time. Even on the busiest days, Sand Hill Cove is a delight as they have restrooms equipped with shower rooms, playground, and a lot of concession stands. Most families love it for its sands as it has fewer rocks than most beaches and plenty of parking area. Never leave the beach without first seeing the amazing sunset in Sand Hill Cove. 

Theatre by the Sea 


After swimming in Narragansett Bay famous beaches, why not delight your other senses as well in watching one of the great shows in Theatre by the Sea. The theatre had entertained countless families over the course of 60 years with Broadway musicals and new plays like Annie and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats. Then enjoy the soft cool breeze after the show dining out in one of its famous restaurants. 


Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Spending Beach Time in New Jersey North Shore

Located in the coastal region in New Jersey, New Jersey North Shore encompasses about 141 miles of the great beach shore. It borders the Atlantic Ocean from Perth to Cape May Point. Known to locals only as “The Shore”, the place is famous for its numerous boardwalks, water parks, arcades, amusement parks, and its great beautiful beaches. 

The Shore is indeed a very popular destination for many people living in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Maryland. But its popularity doesn’t stop there, visitors as far as Quebec, Canada go down south to see New Jersey North Shore’s beauty. Why not? It one of the few places on earth where you can see both sunrise and sunset over the beach from different points of The Shore. 

Although it’s called New Jersey North Shore, there is no specific geographical boundary between northern and southern Jersey Shore. This only means miles and miles of pure beach fun! Some of the top places to visit in the “The Shore” include communities of Belmar, Seaside Heights, and Point Pleasant. 

Locals often recommend these places as they add more life to beach fun. Of course, whenever you go to “The Shore”, even in its tiniest nook, the place is scattered with amazing beaches. Speaking of beaches, there is a wide list of beach life in town, Sea Bright, Ocean Grove, Long Branch, Bradley Beach, Lavallette, and Belmar are all worth seeing. Here are some of the top recommendations in New Jersey North Shore. 


Spring Lake 


If you are looking for either some quiet family time together, Spring Lake is one of the most refined beach spots in the “The Shore”. Located just about 60 miles from downtown New York, it’s one of the most visited places in the area, but because of its topographical area, it doesn’t feel like it. To complete the town experience, check in at the Breakers Hotel. The hotel has undergone major renovations along with some name changes since opened its town in public sometime in the 1800s. 


Ocean City 


Ocean City is far one of the most amazing places to visit in “The Shore”. Often referred to as the “America's Greatest Family Resort”, it never leaves the place as one of the top rank beach in New Jersey. With 8 miles of beach waters, top with mind-blowing sandcastles and fun water activities it's easy why visitors love this place. Even their boardwalk is a celebrated place, it’s teeming with life even more on Thursday nights in July and Augusts which most certainly you will be entertained with live music and magicians. 

Avalon 


The towns of Stone Harbor and Avalon formed yet another great thing in “The Shore”, not just friendly camaraderie, but a wide stretch of beach shore known for kiteboarding. The cool ocean breeze in Avalon is the best in the area which the sand dunes will certainly agree on. Stroll along 96th Street into their shopping strip and you might see the best flip flop in season along with other homemade jewelry and souvenirs. Sealed the hot day with ice cream from Springer’s, with at least eight decades of perfecting this creamy goodness, it’s the best you’ll ever taste.


Monday, April 15, 2019

More Reasons to Visit Nantucket

In a tiny island 30 miles from Cape Cod in the state of Massachusetts, there’s a place known for its beaches adorn with majestic dunes, Nantucket is a beautiful summer destination lined with fantastic restaurants and luxury boutiques. The name Nantucket came from similar Algonquian names meaning “faraway island”, and living to its name, the town is a tourist’s destination and a summer colony. It’s laid back country style paired with the cobblestoned street, rustic cedar-shingled buildings, and century-old churches charm tourists in coming back for more. 


It’s fairly easy enough to get to Nantucket without breaking the bank; you can take the Red Line going to South Station. Once you arrived there, you can catch a Plymouth and Brockton bus to Hyannis and from Hyannis just take the Steamship Authority's ferry to Nantucket. This route is pretty much popular among tourists who come to Nantucket, as the “slow ferry”, can make out most of the journey. Enjoy the fresh air blowing from the sea, as you indulge in good old fashion commute. The ride usually takes about 2 ¼ hours but has small great amenities like café, wifi, and has good seats. But if you don’t like riding the bus or the ferry, you can always book a flight from Boston straight to Nantucket. 

Whether you are coming to see its pristine beaches or just a curious tourist for the day, there are several great destinations to explore in town. The Whaling Museum remains as one of the most popular destinations in Nantucket because of its influence as a 19th-century whaling hub. One important thing to remember, though, if you are coming during springtime, it would be nice to bring rain gears as it can get rainy or foggy in town. 


Renting a bike is a sure way to explore Nantucket thoroughly. The town has designated bicycle paths that are wide and mostly flat, so there’s no worrying about ripping a muscle in a steep ride. Most people prefer to do this as you can go wherever your feet can take you. You don’t even need to bring one, as the town is lined with bike rental shops as soon as you step on the wharves. 

Even if you only have a few hours of spare time, it's nice to check out this hidden summer destination for a day. If you are in Boston, and really wants to get away from it all, you might want to see this beautiful tiny island of Nantucket. 

Friday, April 12, 2019

Some of the Best Destinations in Myrtle Beach

Located on the East coast of Horry County in South Carolina, Myrtle Beach is known as the “The Grand Strand” of the state. Stretching about 60 miles of beach, it attracts hundreds of people swimming in its pristine waters. As one of the major centers of tourism in the state, it ranks as the second fastest growing metropolis in the US. The subtropical weather and the city’s amenities is what makes 14 million people keep coming back for more and to discover Myrtle Beach.

Myrtle Beach is home to at least 32,240 people as of 2016 and is known for its celebrity-designed golf courses, and beachfront boardwalk. Boasting of a 60-mile long of beaches, visitors can never go bored sightseeing and exploring it many souvenirs stands, restaurants as well as it arcades. A popular tourist destination in town is the old-fashioned Family Kingdom amusement park which has the SkyWheel and the tallest Ferris Wheels in all of the US states. 


Visitors often stay all day gushing about the perfect beach weather along the string of beaches in Myrtle Beach. People can’t get enough of the southern hospitality of its local, eating the freshest seafood, and marveling at the stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean. Families with smaller children can surely enjoy the mild waves of Myrtle Beach. The beach also has great water activities like Jet Skiing and deep-sea fishing for boating fanatics. 

It would really be fun choosing a hotel or a rental property along the shores of Myrtle Beach, as it's difficult finding a public bathroom and much more hassle finding shower rooms. Aside from going to the beach, here are some of the places worth visiting in Myrtle Beach. 

Ripley's Aquarium 

One of the most popular destinations in the country, Ripley's Aquarium has great exhibits all year round. Located along the Broadway at the Beach complex, the aquarium has a massive 340-foot underwater tunnel called the Dangerous Reef. The tunnel is home to some of the amazing fish species like tarpons, sharks, and manta rays along with green moray eels. Kids will love the interactive Discovery Center Exhibits where they can know more about the puffer fish and horseshoe crabs. The aquarium also offers a swim with stingrays experience, behind-the-scenes tours, and hosts children parties for additional fees. 

The Carolina Opry 

Since its debut in 1986, The Carolina Opry has been the main venue in Myrtle Beach for live music and shows. The best time to see any show in The Carolina Opry is during the Christmas season when they held their Christmas special events. Many who saw the show raves by its amazing performances that are Broadway quality. 

Mt. Atlanticus Miniature Golf 

As Myrtle Beach is known for its golf courses, it's mandatory to visit even just one golf course in Myrtle Beach. One of the most popular golf courses in town, Mt. Atlanticus Miniature Golf has very interesting obstacles that anyone can enjoy any day. They have real mountains and various architectural challenges in its complex 36 holes mini-golf courses. It’s a great family activity when the waves are too strong for the little ones. 














Friday, April 5, 2019

Things to Do in Moosehead Lake


Moosehead Lake as the name suggest resembles an antlered moose. And it’s just the beginning; it was named as such because the lake has been home for countless of moose since time immemorial. People would come to the lake just to take a glimpse of a moose and it will not go home disappointed. Every day people can take pictures of a moose, lots of them effortlessly without fail.

When Henry David Thoreau and his companions arrived at the are, they were amazed in the beauty of the lake and its surroundings. Thoreau even describes the lake as “a gleaming silver platter at the end of the table”. Considered as the largest lake in Maine, Moosehead lake sits between Longfellow Mountains with its water coming from the Kennebec River. The lake hides about 80 islands with Sugar Island as the largest. It’s part of the region that includes the West branch of Penobscot, the Pleasant, the Saint John rivers, and the Piscataquis. 


There are so many reasons why you need to see Moosehead Lake as there are a number of things to do in the lake for the whole family. But is seeing the great moose out of nowhere every single day isn’t enough for you then perhaps hiking and the fall foliage may get you going in this lovely place. Moosehead Lake boasts of activities of the great outdoors all year round. 

But the first thing you need to do when you arrive at Moosehead Lake is to find some moose, as you can’t go to the lake without looking for one. The lake is home to more than 70,000 moose in the state of Maine, so chances of finding one are super real. June has the most sightings of moose throughout the year and you may need to be extra careful driving especially at night when they are known to cross streets. To even have more fun in your moose sighting adventure, the lake offers a number of moose guide and tours. 

Hiking is a huge part of Moosehead Lake region and most that come here never miss the Moosehead Pinnacle Pursuit. Part of the challenge is hiking through the six mountains in the area namely, Borestone Mountain, Number Four Mountain, Mount Kineo, Whitecap Mountain, Eagle Rock, and Big Moose Mountain. These hikes can really challenging but are very doable and rewarding as the views on top are really amazing. The bonus part of the hike is during the winter season as you can collect the Winter or Winter Ultra badge for hiking these mountains. 

The Moosehead Lake really transform into a great picturesque beauty of nature, turning forest of luscious greenery into a work of art of varying colors. Fall foliage is a time when the autumn leaves are in their most colorful; imagine leaves of different colors like fiery red, orange, purple and yellow. Timing is everything if you want to see the trees in their finest; arrive too early and you may see mostly green leaves, arrive too late and the leaves may already wither and fall into the ground.




Friday, March 29, 2019

The Amazing Martha's Vineyard

Martha’s Vineyard or simply The Vineyard is an island located south of Cape Cod in the state of Massachusetts. The place is known for the summer retreat for the well-to-do families. The island has its share in history as the earliest home for the deaf communities in the country. As a matter of fact, a special sign language called the Martha’s Vineyard Sign Language was invented on the island. The Vineyard houses some 16,535 residents but it can swell over 100,000 people during the summer season. 

As a popular summer destination, the island is accessible only by boat and air which makes it as a top boating destination for the affluent people. The standard cost of living in The Vineyard is a staggering 60 percent higher than the average American household. 

The Six Wonderful Towns in The Vineyard 


With a total shoreline of 126 miles and a land area of just 100 square miles, it’s a dreamy summer destination itself. It has a total of six towns stretching along namely Tisbury or more commonly known as Vineyard Haven, Edgartown, West Tisbury, Oak Bluffs, Chilmark, and Aquinnah. These towns have their own distinct characteristics and countryside flair. As a summer destination, beaches are the topmost priority in the island, with Moshup and Menemsha beaches rated as the best in the island. While the iconic gingerbread cottages and the old-fashioned carousel in Oak Bluffs attract families with smaller children in tow. But for the adrenaline junkies, the island of Chappaquiddick and vertigo-inducing Aquinnah Cliffs pose as a great summer destination. To really explore the island, locals would insist on renting a bike and just cruising along the smaller hamlets in The Vineyard. 

Beaches overload 


There’s no denying that Martha’s Vineyard hides one the best beaches in the country, from the shallow surf to the big waves crashing on the south. Whenever you go, the island has something to offer for everyone. Some of the best beaches include South Beach or locally called as Katama Beach. Located in Edgartown, South Beach is a great surfing destination and their dunes worth the travel. 

The island is filled with beautiful beaches and they even have a beach dedicated to kids. Joseph Sylvia State Beach and Lobsterville Beach are the best destinations for children. These two beaches are known for their gentle waves and long sandy beaches. But to see a spectacular sunset, then Menemsha Beach is the perfect place to be. Travelers rate the sunset at Menemsha Beach to be the best in the island, it’s a romantic destination to see the orange, purple, and pink hues of the sky complement each other, painting the horizon of colors only Mother Nature can orchestrate. 

Oak Bluff Campground 


Take a peek in history in Oak Bluff Campground, with their well decorated and colorful summer cottages. Get a glimpse of how quaint Martha’s Vineyard past was. The area used to be occupied by 19th century Methodists, who would retreat in the island to camp and worship. They soon become permanent residents in Martha’s Vineyard and created this wonderful array of colourful houses. No matter what season it is, Martha’s Vineyard is a great family destination. 


Saturday, March 16, 2019

Discover Long Island Sound

Considered as a tidal estuary, Long Island Sound rests between the shores of New York, Connecticut, Westchester County, and Long Island. Located in the Atlantic Ocean, it stretches for about 110 miles with its widest at 21 miles with varying depths from 65 to 230 feet. Several thriving cities sits along the coastal line of Long Island Sound housing more than 8 million people within its watershed. Some of the major cities in Connecticut are located in the island’s shorelines including New London, Norwalk, Bridgeport, New Haven, and Stamford. And of course, New York’s most scenic cities are also located along Long Island Sound like Glen Cove, New Rochelle, Rye, and some areas of Bronx and Queens. 



But Long Island Sound is most famous for its wealthy neighbourhoods which made iconic for its huge mansions on the coast of Port Jefferson and from Pelham Manor to New Rochelle stretching through Madison in Connecticut. Properties in Westchester County are rated one of the highest in the country because of its prime location; within the proximity of the trendy New York City and just miles away from Long Island Sound. 

As an amazing estuary, Long Island Sound is a place where salt water from the ocean greets the fresh water draining from the inland rivers. Experts considered the place as one of the most productive ecosystems on the planet. It’s a heaven sanctuary for migratory and native birds alike, it serves as their breeding and feeding ground. Many parts of Long Island Sound serves as a nursery for thousands of species found in the ocean. The area is home to no less than 170 species of fish, 1,200 species of invertebrates, and even dozens of migratory birds travelling across the country. 

Long Island Sound houses more than 4 million Americans and used by ships, barges, ferries to transport goods into other states. Fishing both commercial and recreation thrives in the area; oysters, crabs, lobsters, and different species of fish. Anglers price bluefish, winter flounder, fluke, tautog, and striped bass the most in Long Island Sound waters. Thousands of tourists flock the area to enjoy its sandy beaches while boaters dock its ports by hundreds to fish. As an estuary, bird watchers come to Long Island Sound to see the different variety of songbirds and hundreds of migratory birds. To educate the public about the importance of the ecosystem, the Long Island Sound has several nature centers and aquaria. It’s a way for people to know the different species of animals living within the state. 



Thursday, March 14, 2019

Reasons to Visit Long Beach Island

Locally known as just LBI, Long Beach Island has been a beach lover’s haven since time immemorial. Spanning for about 18 miles, it boasts of white sand and crystal clear waters. It may have small shore but its towns are teeming with strips of artisan stores, good food, and even greater tourists spots. Long Beach Islands hides many sweet spots for quality family time. Stretching for about 18 miles it has all the summer essentials you want. From touristy spots, action-packed adrenaline rush activities, to hidden gems, LBI has it all. Visitors love how they can surf the amazing waves of the Atlantic Ocean and chill to the calmer waters of the Barnegat Bay. Hailed as the best beach in Jersey’s shore, Long Beach Island is a perfect holiday destination for your family, as it’s less crowded than other famous beaches in New Jersey.


People visit LBI for one reason and one reason only, to enjoy its picture-perfect beaches; all that is raked every day to get its super soft sand that is garbage free. LBI gets a little too busy from Memorial Day until Labor Day if you are not into crowds might as well avoid those times. With miles of sandy beaches, LBI will not disappoint, you can have a perfect spot on the beach no matter where you go. The path to the left of the bridge is often less crowded. Visitors suggest Surf City or Barnegat Light, as these two are considered as hidden gems in Long Beach Island. 

If you are into fishing, then Barnegat Lighthouse State Park will surely delight you as they are a commercial fishing port of Viking Village. You can explore its town along with other local shops for souvenirs to take back home. Then there are the bustling towns of Ship Bottom, Holgate, Brant Beach, and Beach Haven. These towns are the main attraction on the island and host some of the celebrated events during the summer season. But if you are looking for some quality family time, then head straight in the north, to the towns of North Beach, Surf City, Loveladies, and Harvey Cedar. You may find more relaxing and less crowded. 

Few things you need to remember before hitting the waves: 

There are public bathrooms available along the shores of Long Beach Island. They are located at several entrances to the beach. If you can’t find one, municipal buildings or restaurants are considerate enough to let you in. If staying for a few days, its best to rent one of the many private homes near the beach, for your convenience. 

Lifeguards can be found everywhere in Long Beach Islands, as they really take safety seriously. At some point during the year, there are at least 200 lifeguards to keep peace and look after swimmers in Long Beach Island. 

Always check the tides no matter what. Little ones will sure love low tides as they can play along with the shorelines and build sand castles. But be wary of high tides as the waves can kick in. Big kids will definitely come out to play and surf the tides. Also as precautionary, you might want to check if there are rip tides happening anywhere near your locations. These tide formation can devour even the best swimmers in the world. 



Thursday, March 7, 2019

Interesting Things to Know about Lake Winnipesaukee

Having as the most dramatic scenery in all of the Great Lakes, Lake Winnipesaukee stretches for about 72 square miles and comprises of 264 islands including a number of large bays and small inlets. The lake has a rich and diverse culture, even its name can be translated to at least five conflicting meaning like “beautiful water in a high place”, “good smooth water at outlet”, “land around the lake”, “lakes region”, and “smile of the Great Spirit”. All of them, however, agree that the lake is blessed with beautiful views comparable that of a paradise. With the White Mountains serving as a stunning backdrop and a wide open area of water called the broads, the lake is a popular holiday destination for travelers from all over the world. 


Lake Winnipesaukee is a boating and outdoor recreation year round, it peaks during the spring and summer season, then some travelers enjoy strolling through the vibrant leaf colors in the fall season and ice fishing in the winter. The lake does not disappoint as the region is filled with fun recreational activities, shopping strips, great food finds, and some historical landmarks. 

As the largest standing body of water and resting in the foothills of the White Mountains, Lake Winnipesaukee is about an hour and a half drive from Boston. The lake is a perfect weekend getaway to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. It has seven towns that you can tour, each has its own character and charm; Center Harbor, Meredith, Alton, Tuftonboro, Moultonborough, Gilford, and Wolfeboro. Its best to drive around these towns leisurely and making sure to spend a good amount of time but do take it easy, you can always go back and have some wonderful “lake time”. 

Whether it’s your first time visiting Lake Winnipesaukee or a returning traveler looking for a new getaway spot, here are some the best picks on this amazing lake. 

Lake Winnipesaukee houses some of the best independently owned artisan shops and country stores. Try visiting the famous Pepi Herrmann, an artisan who mastered the art of cutting crystal. Visit the very charming shop in Gilford and be amazed in shelves upon shelves of amazing crystal artwork including Champagne flutes, bowls, vases, and earrings. Then there are the knitting shop of Keepsake Quilting and Patternworks located at the Center Harbor near the north side of Lake Winnipesaukee. 

Cool off in Kellerhaus located in Laconia to taste some of their decadent ice cream creations. This 1906 shop also offers great jellies, candies, maple syrup, and homemade jams. To those who like their drinks a little bit more tasteful, hop on to Hermit Woods Winery in Meredith where they make impeccable fruit wines paired with crabapple and strawberry-rhubarb delicacies. 

To really enjoy Lake Winnipesaukee you try a day hike tour at Gunstock Mountain Resort in Gilford where you can get amazing views of the lake. But no trip would be complete without hopping into a boat taking an excellent cruise around the lake. There are marinas in the area that are offering motorboats and other tour services. But if you are following a strict schedule then you can just pack a picnic and enjoy the profound tranquility of Lake Winnipesaukee. 


Monday, February 18, 2019

Surprising Facts about Lake Placid

For centuries Lake Placid had drawn the attention of many people, telling tales and stitching up stories of old. The lake now had become one of the top tourist attractions in the New York State. Aside from its controversial stories, its crystal clear water surrounded by luscious greenery, Lake Placid is gaining travelers across the globe. With the Adirondacks Mountains looming over the lake, winter sports activities are everything, but you can enjoy Lake Placid anytime and in any season. 

Considered as the wild frontier, Lake Placid was founded in the 1700s and it still preserved its rustic vibe despite modernization. Whenever you go to Lake Placid you cannot ignore the fact that the Adirondacks Mountain played a big effect in making it a great holiday destination. But there is more to Lake Placid than meets the eye or magazine for that matter. There are some things Lake Placid is known for, and here are some of the surprising facts you might know about the lake. 

It hosted the Winter Olympics - twice 


As the lake is really great during the winter season, it hosted the Winter Olympic Games not once but twice. It’s one of the only three places on earth to make it happen. To date, Lake Placid belongs to the group of superb ten cities in the world to have hosted the prestigious competition more than once since it started in 1896. Lake Placid first hosted Winter Olympics in 1932 and another in 1980. The Lake Placid Olympic Center and Museum draw hundreds of visitors a year to see some of the equipment used during the world-renowned international game. 

Lake Placid gave birth to the word vacation 


Lake Placid isn’t just a vacation destination, its vacation - as it invented the word. During the good old days, when ‘Brits’ go on a holiday – think of Vanderbilts and Rockefellers they need to do some vacating during the summer. So they went to chill in the northern woods and smell the fresh air of the Adirondacks Mountains. Since then, Americans started to go on vacation as well in Lake Placid. 

Row to your heart’s content 


Lake Placid and its surrounding region hide about 30,000 miles of waterways, this only means one thing, it’s every boater’s dream paradise. Just think of what you can do in a place teeming with streams, rivers, and ponds. But that is nothing with what the Adirondacks Mountain hides; you can boat, hike, swim, and explore miles of untouched forests. Imagine these bodies of water transforming during winter, it’s a magical place to enjoy winter sports. Daredevils ascend perilous frozen waterfalls and test their limit in the icy cliffs of Cascade Pass. While a lot of people either enjoys skating or ice fishing on Lake Placid. 

Nothing can paint ‘Autumn’ better than Lake Placid 


If you want to see autumn at its full glory, then visit Lake Placid during this season. The region boasts of autumn leaves in a vibrant shade of red and gold in every hue you can think of. Thanks to the thousands of hardwood trees covering the Adirondacks Mountains, fall colors has never been this colorful. Having one of the longest fall seasons, trees like beech, maple, and oak celebrate it with a vibrant display of leaves varying in colors. 

The Adirondacks is HUGE! 


When they say that the Adirondacks played a big role in making Lake Placid a great holiday destination, these people are not exaggerating. The Adirondack is so huge it can fit Yosemite, Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, and Great Smokey Mountains inside it with a lot of space to accommodate the Glacier as well. Stretching for about 6.1 million acres of land, the Adirondacks is the largest protected natural area in the country. Big thanks to the Forever Wild status implemented in 1892, more than 2 million acres of mountains, streams, and woods were preserved to this day. Because of the act, the Adirondacks serve as home to thousands of animal species including more than 100 species of birds. 


Friday, February 15, 2019

Lake Waramaug: Some of the Best Place to Visit

Spanning about 650 acres of land and stretching several parts of towns of Washington and Warren in Litchfield County, Connecticut, Lake Waramaug is a picturesque holiday destination for people who love camping, boating, lake fishing, picnicking, and swimming. Located about 24 miles north of Danbury, the lake can compete to other bodies of water surrounding Connecticut. Named after the Native American Chief of the Wyantenock tribe, Chief Waramaug who used to inhabit the surrounding area of the lake, the place is fast becoming a quick vacation hideaway for people who want to be with nature. Here are some of the spots you may not want to miss when visiting Lake Waramaug. 


Lake Waramaug State Park 


Tourists usually go to Lake Waramaug State Park as their first holiday destination. Connecticut bought the land surrounding the lake in 1920 and transformed it into their official state park for their locals. Now, this public recreation area stretches about 95 acres of pure fun. Both locals and tourists come here to enjoy its very beautiful scenery and great campgrounds. The park also offers great fishing spots, water activities, and camping. 

Hidden Valley Preserve 


For a bit of adventure, try hiking at Hidden Valley Preserve. Known to have an easy hike for beginners on a short loop, this park has suspension cable and a trail lined with luscious greenery. The Thoreau Bridge is a destination itself with stunning views; you can either hop on a bike or go on foot to fully emerge yourself in the beauty of nature. 

Kent Falls State Park 


If you are visiting during the spring season then head straight to Kent Falls State Park. Spring is the best time to see the 250 feet graceful waterfalls cascading gently down a beautiful trail. The place is excellent for hiking and for a quick picnic with your family. Locals consider Kent Falls State Park as their hidden gem and you can only marvel at it during springtime. You may want to bring some fishing equipment as it’s a perfect place to reel in trout. 

Wethersfield House 


Aside from awesome state parks, Lake Waramaug has a bit of history worth visiting. The Wethersfield House was the country estate of Chauncey Devereux Stillman, the grandson of James Stillman president of what became the Citigroup bank. Sitting on 1,200 acres of land in the Northeast Dutchess County, you can visit their Wethersfield Main House, Gardens, Carriage House, and Farm. Its location, which is the highest point in the area, provides perfect panoramic views of Berkshires to the north and Catskills to the west. 

Hopkins Vineyard 


Nothing beats ending your tour in scenic hills of Litchfield County overlooking Lake Waramaug while sipping a glass of wine. And the best place to do is at Hopkins Vineyard. For centuries Hopkins Vineyard produces award-winning wines on their Connecticut farm. They even held events varying from barrel tastings to wine bottle painting parties. Visiting them would be the perfect ending to your Lake Waramaug holiday vacation.