Summer-Travel Survival Tips

Summer-Travel Survival Tips

I’ve never been so glad to come home from a trip. Travel experts are predicting a sold-out summer of stressful vacations–long lines, high costs, delays and cancellations.  And if my recent trip to New York and New Jersey is any indication, the experts are right.  I had a great time (more on the sites to…

10 Best U.S. Cities for Winter Travel

10 Best U.S. Cities for Winter Travel

Winter travel offers a much-needed escape–whether from holiday stress, short drab days, or two long years to flatten the curve.  If you’re ready for a get-away, the personal-finance site WalletHub last month released its report of Best Winter Holiday Destinations, divided into warm- and cold-weather cities.  The top destinations are: This post contains affiliate links. …

Corning Museum of Glass in New York

Corning Museum of Glass in New York

In 1770, the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland sought to renovate the drawing room of their large Jacobean townhouse on London’s Strand.  They wanted it to sparkle during their lavish parties.  They commissioned Scottish neoclassical architect and designer Robert Adam for this work.  He created a chamber lined with gilt-edged mirrors, green-glass pilasters, and red-glass…

3 Ways to Enjoy Niagara Falls in New York

3 Ways to Enjoy Niagara Falls in New York

Have you ever wondered why the spray of rushing water on your face feels so good?  It might be the negative ions.  Yes, really. Splashing water generates these negatively charged molecules that float in the air.  There’s some solid research–and a lot of anecdote and hypothesis–that says negative ions can have a positive effect on…

Old Fort Niagara — honoring 3 centuries of history in Youngstown, New York

Old Fort Niagara — honoring 3 centuries of history in Youngstown, New York

Four months after the War of 1812 began, British troops at Fort George, located on the west bank of the Niagara River, opened cannon fire on U.S.-held Fort Niagara, on the east bank in New York. The Americans fired back with hot-shot–cannonballs heated until they glowed red, intended to set fire to the British buildings. …

Joseph Smith Family Farm in upstate New York

Joseph Smith Family Farm in upstate New York

The Second Great Awakening was a religious revival movement that swept through parts of the American frontier region in the early 19th century. Against this backdrop, Joseph Smith, Sr., moved his wife Lucy and their nine surviving children from Vermont to western New York in 1816.  Joseph was born in Massachusetts and had tried a…

Fort Ontario State Historic Site — unique history in picturesque Oswego, New York

Fort Ontario State Historic Site — unique history in picturesque Oswego, New York

The fourth Fort Ontario in Oswego, New York, sits at a spectacular spot on the shore of the Great Lake that shares its name. Today visitors can explore life at the Fort as it was in 1868, when it was home to Company F, 42nd Infantry, of the U.S. Army. In the mess room at…