#SaturdaySpotlight- Art’s Bagels & More

I try to do a #SaturdaySpolight about twice a month and usually post it on Saturday. I decided to share the love and post today so you can go tomorrow.  Trust me – you will thank me.  I’ve been putting off doing this one because selfishly I wanted to keep Art’s a secret.  They already have quite a following – maybe even cult-like.   Continue reading “#SaturdaySpotlight- Art’s Bagels & More”

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#SaturdaySpotlight – The Pharmacy

Last Saturday we were headed through Nashville on our way to Kentucky for a quick visit with family.  Since it was lunchtime we decided to stop. I thought I w14517373_10154649273733331_1832002294197820901_nanted a burger so a quick search online  located what is now a new favorite.

Located in the Historic Greenwood District, The Pharmacy, Burger Parlor and Beer Garden proved to be a gem of a find.  Modeled after a traditional German biergarten the menu boasts some of the more favorite traditional German fare.  I’m more of a schnitzel lover, but my husband, Mac, loves all types of German sausage so he had the currywurst with kraut.  Mac doesn’t eat kraut – unless we’re in Germany or at The Pharmacy!  Mac & I have both lived in Germany and his take was it ranked up there with authentic brats but we both thought the buns were way above any we’ve had.  Of course, it is a beer garden so there was a really good selection of imported and local brews.

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Wanderlust Wednesday: Boston Light

We love lighthouses.  It isn’t very often, but anytime we’re near one we go visit.  I heard of one this morning though that is definitely on my must see list now- Boston Light, America’s very first lighthouse. Boston Light sits on Little Brewster Island approximately 8 miles off the coast of Boston and today marks it’s 300th Birthday.

The original light tower, built in 1716, was destroyed by the British in 1776.  A new one was built only a few years ago – in 1783.   It still shines warning ships 27 miles away.  They’ve modernized it a little; for instance, the light is fully automated and a fog horn is now used to warn ships, but otherwise it’s the same as it was 300 yrs ago.

It was originally run by the US Coast Guard but in 2003 it was civilianized and  Sally Snowmen  was officially designated as Keeper of Boston Light. She is the 70th, and first female, light keeper of Boston Light.  She went to visit the lighthouse as a child and knew immediately that she wanted to be a part of it one day.  At 65, she is full of spunk even sewing her own period costumes! I can only hope to have as much spunk as she does when I’m that age.

There aren’t many places in America that can say they’ve been here for 300 years.  Happy Birthday Boston Light –  may you continue to stand another 300 years!

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Early 1780’s painting by Capt. Matthew Parke
Featured image by: PETTY OFFICER 3RD CLASS ANDREW BARRESI / U.S. COAST GUARD

There are also some great videos on the Friends of Boston Harbor Islands website found here.

Wanderlust Wednesday-Croatia

I’m going to be honest.  It wasn’t very long ago that had someone offered me a trip to Croatia I would have turned them down.  Not knowing very much about the country, other than they were at war in the early 90’s, I never would have considered going there. But since I’ve become a travel advisor, I realize just how wrong I would be to turn down the chance to go. Continue reading “Wanderlust Wednesday-Croatia”

Wanderlust: Shanghai

Wanderlust is defined as a German word for the irresistibly strong desire to travel or wander.   If you look it up in the dictionary you would find a picture of me beside the word. If I could (and as long as I could take my husband with me) I would travel all the time.  Since we still work full-time and unless we win the lottery, that’s not possible right now.  (Unless of course, someone would like to pay me to travel in which case, sign me up!)  My top destinations used to be Australia/New Zealand and the British Isles (we are Scottish after all), but after reading  Street of Eternal Happiness: Big City Dreams Along a Shanghai Road, by Rob Schmitz, I’ve added Shanghai to the list. Continue reading “Wanderlust: Shanghai”

#SaturdaySpotlight

Canton Street in downtown Roswell, GA isn’t very long but has some of the best boutiques and restaurants in Metro Atlanta. 

One of my favorite is Zest.  Zest is actually half of two restaurants – Zest on one side and Pearl on the other. Pearl is a raw bar; Zest has sushi and tapas. They have a huge menu with tapas selections such as Bacon Wrapped Shrimp (my favorite!), Gyoza Pork Dumplings, and Mac and Cheese to Bento Box lunch specials and sushi/nigiri combos.  

They provide excellent food and  great vibes, all you need to add is great friends for a fabulous outing.  

Bacon Wrapped Shrimp

Blood Mountain

In 2009 and 2011, Mac and Tyler took a week and hiked part of the Appalachian Trail (AT). They  were able to make some lasting memories and still talk about those hikes.

So naturally, when I suggested to Mac that we should go hiking a couple of weekends ago, his first choice was somewhere along the AT.  We’ll spend quality time together, I said.  We’ll take Bentley and make a day of it, I said. The AT covers 2,190 miles and traverses through 14 states, so surely we can find a flat and easy hike, I said.

Little did I know he would take us to Blood Mountain; the second hardest section of the AT in North Georgia. Continue reading “Blood Mountain”

The Diplomat Resort & Spa

For our 4th of July beach trip we decided to go to south Florida.  The Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood, FL is where we ended up and are so glad we did!

The Diplomat was first opened in the late 50’s.  It has seen several owners and was even demolished at one point.  Currently, it is part of the Curio Collection by Hilton and they have started a multi-million dollar renovation to take it back to the glory days.

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South Florida Eats

Because we are thrifty (okay, cheap), we only ate at Fresh while staying at the Diplomat Resort & Spa during our 4th of July beach trip.   Fresh serves bagels, muffins, bacon/egg/cheese croissants and a variety of sweet pastries, coffees, juices and cold drinks.  It was very good and was included with our room rate which made it even better.

So, for lunch & dinner each day we ventured out to find where the locals ate.  First stop was the Taco Beach Shack in Hollywood Beach.  They have excellent Korean BBQ,  steak, and shrimp tacos. The portions were huge – the burrito bowl would feed three people -and funky music made for a fun afternoon.

 

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The #1 Travel Companion

What if you and your family took a trip – a once in a lifetime trip – to say…Australia.  You are ten days into your two week trip and the unthinkable happens; you and your family are in a car crash.  Sadly, one is killed and one is hospitalized for 3 months.  How will you repatriate (the process of returning a person to his or her place of origin or citizenship) your loved ones body ?  It can cost upwards of $40,000 to repatriate a body back to the US.  And how do you pay for 3 months of hospital bills?

What if your employer takes all his staff members and their significant others on a cruise to Mexico.  You and your spouse are having a great time and you have an excursion planned in Cozumel.  You get to the Mayan ruins and your spouse starts feeling sick.  In a matter of minutes they are extremely ill, is taken to a hospital and dies.  Because they die on land, and not on the ship, you have to find a way to fly them back to the US.  What do you do? Continue reading “The #1 Travel Companion”