Our vacation this year took us 3200 miles through multiple states. We traveled south via the Skyline Drive in the Shenandoah Valley, which starts in Pennsylvania and ends in Virginia. What a beautiful drive. Where this parkway ends the Blue Ridge Parkway starts, which is where our journey continued. If you have never been to this area, I would recommend it as it is so beautiful. We also visited the Smokey Mountains in Tennessee, another must see if you have never been. Then onto Lynchburg, TN where we toured the Jack Daniels Distillery and learned how they make their whiskey, what a neat tour. Our travels then took us up to Nashville, TN where we spent two days exploring the city. Then starting our journey back to home base we went to Harrodsburg, KY, to Shanksville, PA to visit the 911 Memorial and found a quaint town called Bellefonte, PA, which I would love to return to take more time to explore it. We stayed at an old mansion in Bellefonte that is now a bed and breakfast. We then traveled through Auburn, NY and Chester, VT before returning to home.
I spent a weekend in New York City at the end of March. It was a bit chilly, but it didn't stop me and my girlfriends from visiting as many of the places in the City that we wanted to see. We were visiting the City due to a birthday celebration. When we arrived Friday afternoon, we went to a restaurant called "Butter". What an amazing place and the food was unbelievable. New York City is amazing with its architecture, restaurants, shopping, museums, broadway and off broadway shows, and so much more. We went to Rockefeller Center, watched people ice skating, went to the top of the Rock - what beautiful views. We went to dinner and then took in a show, Gigi, what a wonderful show. We fit a lot in the 3 days we were in the City. We ended our visit at the Chelsea Marketplace, which was a wonderful inside market - great food, stores, artisans.
My husband and I spent a day in Boston, Massachusetts with a couple of our friends and had a great day. We went to a place called Doyle's, which is an Irish Pub not far from the Samuel Adams brewery. They provide a free trolly service that will take you to the brewery for a tour. The tour was fun and you get to taste test a few of their beers and get a nice tasting glass as a memento. The tour is free, but they do ask if you can to give a donation just before you go in to take the tour. They then donate that money to a few charities in the area. After the tour we went back to Doyle's and had a great lunch. From there we took a duck tour. I had never been on a duck tour, so this was my first experience and I had a blast (we all did). Boston is such a beautiful city with so much history and our tour guide was wonderfully (good sense of humor and informative). If you are ever in the area I would recommend taking both tours.
This was a great trip. We went with 3 other couples and drove out to Sturgis, South Dakota during bike week. We toured the country this time around exploring a bit along the way. We stayed in Rapid City, South Dakota, at the SweetGrass Inn Bed and Breakfast, just southeast of Sturgis. The hosts were wonderful, Shari and Lee. We had breakfast every morning on the patio and Shari always had multiple breakfast items to choose from and everything was delicious. The rooms were clean and comfortable and we had an outside deck that we would hang out on at night after our long days of riding. We couldn't believe how convenient this location was to everything we wanted to do while we were visiting. We rode to Devil's Tower in Wyoming, Deadwood, Spearfish Canyon, Mt. Rushmore, Custer's State Park, Needle's highway, and much more. We went into Sturgis a couple of days during the rally and had a blast, so much to see, so little time.
Traveled the Blue Ridge Parkway on motorcycles at the end of May and it was beautiful. Started in Virginia at the beginning of the parkway and traveled down through to North Carolina where it ends (or is that where it begins), stopping along the way to explore and take in the beauty of the parkway. I have always wanted to travel the Blue Ridge Parkway in the many years that I had traveled from the northeast to Tennessee (where I visit relatives) and it didn't disappoint. The parkway has many outlets that you can explore along the way. We only left the parkway for our accommodations, but will work in more exploring off the parkway on our next trip to the parkway (oh yes, we will travel along the parkway again, maybe several times). We stayed at wonderful bed and breakfasts and inns, which I would recommend to anyone, and you can check them out on my suggestion page. We also explored the Smokey Mountains in Tennessee, traveled through West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York and Vermont with a group of our friends that we travel with often.
My husband and I took a second trip to Nova Scotia. We loved our first trip so much that we knew we wanted to go back and will again (we discover something new every time we visit). We traveled a different way to get to Nova Scotia by going through Lubec, Maine and taking the ferries over to St. Andrews, Canada, then to St. John where we took the ferry over to Digby, Nova Scotia. We stayed in Mahone Bay, quant town on the coast, and visited Peggy's Cove again, where bagpipers were there playing beautiful tunes. We also discovered the Ovens, a walking tour along a ridge with caves and cliffs (also a campground if you like to camp). Halifax - we toured the Citidel, the Titanic grave site and got to experience the tall ships again, great experience Baddeck was on our tour again. While we were there we went to a Ceilidh, a local celtic music gathering (sometimes people will get up and step dance) and the Alexander Graham Bell museum, where we learned he invented more than just the telephone. We traveled the Cabot Trail again, which is always impressive with its breathtaking views and yes, we stopped in Mabu and the Red Shoe Pub.
Our adventures took us to Gatlinburg, Smokey Mountains, Blue Ridge Parkway, and Cumberland Gap. Gatlinburg, TN is a great hub for those who like to ride motorcycles. It has multiple rides through the mountains - you can go over the mountain into North Carolina to the Blue Ridge Parkway or to a highway that is nicknamed the Dragon's Tail, Route 129 (it has 315 curves in 11 miles). No matter what rides you do from Gatlinburg, you will enjoy the beauty of the area. We also road Northeast to the Cumberland Gap and into Kentucky. Cumberland Gap has a visitor center, where you can either hike up to the overlook or drive up a corkscrew road up the mountain to a beautiful overlook where you can see for miles and also look down on the town of Cumberland Gap. The visitor center includes a walk through museum that provides the history of the area and a small gift shop. We then took a loop and stayed in a small town called Rugby, TN, at a little bed and breakfast off the beaten path called the Grey Gables Bed & Breakfast. Our hostess, Linda, was terrific, made us feel right at home. She made us a delicious dinner when we arrived and breakfast the next morning. If you are ever in Rugby this is a great place to stay.
We loved our visit to Lake George, NY so much, we have visited it several times. In 2010 we went back with our friends and decided to explore Lake George, Fort Ticonderoga and Burlington, VT. The riding is always nice in the Adirondacks. We rode up through Tupper Lake, and Lake Placid. We then went to the town of Fort Ticonderoga, which is a great town with so much history. We ventured to Fort Ticonderoga and took the tour and in town they were having a town fair, which was a fun experience. We went across the lake, Lake Champlain, over to Burlington, Vermont, and stayed near the shore line, which was walking distance to many shops and restaurants. Their is a street near there which is foot traffic only. There was outside seating and music and other activities. We had such a great time.
PEI took us up through New Brunswick, Canada, which we road the coast and it was a gorgeous ride. We drove to PEI via the bridge that connects New Brunswick with PEI, 11 miles long. Our travels took us to Summerside and Charlottetown. We rode the whole island, stopping at Ann of Green Gables, several light houses, even had seaweed pie. Took in a fiddle festival in Rolo Bay. Enjoyed the many beautiful rides along the coast and through quaint villages. We stayed in two great places, Summerside had a great Inn, The Silver Fox and Charlottetown we stayed in a nice place located walking distance from restaurants, local shops and a boardwalk on the water. Another great place to explore.
The Adirondacks in Upper State New York have great roads to ride and explore. We went with friends on our motorcycles to Lake George and Lake Placid. Great rides through Tupper Lake, Lake Placid, Lake George, even up into Plattsburg. Lake George is a quaint town with local shops, restaurants, and many things to do. Route 9 and 9A are great rides with beautiful scenery. Our adventure also took us to Lake Placid, which held the winter olympics in 1980. We had a great time visiting the Olympic Center and the bob-sled track, where you can experience going down the mountain in a bob-sled, which a bunch of us did. What a great experience.
I am someone that loves to take photographs and travel. I started this blog because I want to share those experiences with you of my journeys that I had with family and friends.