Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Great Sleeps: The Grand Hotel, Cape May, New Jersey

view from room 409 at The Grand Hotel in Cape May, New Jersey
The Grand Hotel  1045 Beach Ave., (800) 257-8550, (609) 884-5611.  Indoor & outdoor heated pool; indoor hot tub; outdoor heated kiddie pool; fitness center.  No pets.  Though this hotel is situated just across the street from the ocean, it is a goodly distance from the downtown mall area.  It is grand in the sense that it is the largest hotel south of Atlantic City, but it has more of an air of a small and cozy lodging.  And because it is in the process of getting a needed refurbishment, room quality varies.  The consensus is that a remodeled guest room in the main building is most desirable, and oceanfront is best. 
          E.M. Hemingway's Prime Steaks & Seafood Restaurant serves tasty meals on the ground floor and features a busy bar.  Weekend breakfast and lunch, and daily dinner is served here.

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Great Sleeps: Inn at the Park, Cape May, New Jersey

exterior of Inn at the Park in Cape May, New Jersey
Inn at the Park  1002 Washington St., (609) 884-8406.  6 rooms.  Some fireplaces.  Breakfast; afternoon wine & appetizers.  This small Victorian B&B abuts Madison Avenue Park (with a pond, barbecue facilities, and 14 tennis courts), is just a few doors down from the Emlen Physick Estate, and is a pleasant 4-block walk from the downtown mall.  It is a homey kind of place, where you can sit on the front porch with a cup of coffee and chat with other guests.  Claims to fame include owner Jay’s breakfast estrata and the fact that author Azar Nafisi finished writing Reading Lolita in Tehran on the front porch.  It can get warm here, so the choice of using either AC or a ceiling fan is nice, and when the weather cools some rooms have fireplaces.  A sit-down breakfast takes place in the formal dining room, where guests mingle and indulge in owner-chef Jay’s delicious offerings. 



breakfast china at Inn at the Park in Cape May, New Jersey
Co-owner Mary Ann takes pride in displaying her grandmother’s wedding picture over the fireplace and in using her antique English china for the breakfast settings. 

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Misc.: photograph collection--UNESCO sites, historic monuments, and architectural wonders

Travel bloggers share their favorite UNESCO, historical, and architectural sites.  You might want to add some of these to your own bucket list.  My contribution is Israel’s ancient port city of Akko, which was once the capital of St. Jean d’Acre, an ancient Crusader kingdom.  Though Napoleon tried, he was unable to conquer it in 1799.  Today, the old walled city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 
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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Things to Do: Temple Bar District, Dublin, Ireland

The Temple Bar District is party central, with hip boutiques, galleries, and clubs.  Many of the medieval cobbled streets are car-free. 
Comet Records in Dublin, Ireland
Comet Records

The Temple Bar Pub  47/48 Temple Bar, Dublin 2, +353 1 672 5286/7.  A local told me, “I love heading here on a Saturday afternoon to meet loads of travelers, have a beer, and listen to some lively traditional Irish music.”  Food service includes fresh oysters and sandwiches.  This pub has Ireland’s largest whiskey collection, and Irish Coffee is a specialty, plus you can get some fresh air in the back beer garden.
The Temple Bar Pub in Dublin, Ireland


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Monday, April 14, 2014

Sights to see: buffalo, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

buffalo in snow at Yellowstone National Park
I was visiting Yellowstone a while back, enjoying snowmobiling through the snowy expanses when I found myself lagging behind. I decided to just stop and enjoy the scenery and silence while the gang speed off. I found myself hanging with some buffalo and noticed that some of the babies were nursing. They ignored me and went about their business and I was itching to get some photographs, but I was reluctant to rock the boat with the activity and noise that would involve. So I didn’t get any pictures, but I do have images in my brain that I treasure. This is a photo I took on old-fashioned film when the buffalo started moving.

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Good Eats: Chomp Burgers, Fries, and Shakes, Solvang, California

root beer float at Chomp Burgers, Fries, and Shakes in Solvang, CA
Chomp Burgers, Fries, and Shakes  1693 Mission Dr., (805) 688-7733.  No reservations.  For a quick break from everything Danish, head to this all-American burger spot situated behind the Little Mermaid fountain.  (This is a half-size model of the Copenhagen Little Mermaid and was made by the same foundry.  The grandfather of Chomp owner Aaron Peterson shipped it here long ago and placed it here in 1975.)  Featuring a diner vibe with metallic tabletops, comfy booths, and a counter with swivel chairs, this spacious cheery spot serves up juicy burgers on exceptional buns plus crispy fries and onion rings.  The hula burger and tri-tip sandwich are popular, and shakes and floats and tiny little donuts are also available. 

 
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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Things to Do: shops, Solvang, California

china tea cup display at Edelweiss gift shop in Solvang, CA
Edelweiss  1692 Copenhagen Dr., (805) 686-4671.  Though the brick exterior is charming, it does not prepare you for the amazing and exciting collections displayed throughout inside—elaborate hats perfect for a wedding, collectible dolls and children’s tea sets, adult tea pots and fine-china cups, silver charms, tiaras, and much, much more.


cuckoo clocks at Hanson's Clock Shop in Solvang, CA
Hanson’s Clock Shop  467 Alisal Rd., (800) 939-5426.  Cuckoos go cuckoo here on the hour.  The collection is vast and includes rhythm clocks and cat clocks, not to mention elaborate beer steins.  

Santa Ynez Valley Humane Society thrift shop in Solvang, CA
Santa Ynez Valley Humane Society  393 Alisal Road, (805) 686-9521.  W-Sat 10-4, Sun 1-3, M 10-2, closed Tu.  Purchases from this small shop help the area’s needy animals. 
    ●House of Treasures Thrift Shop  393 Alisal Rd., (805) 686-9521.  Also benefiting the humane society, this larger shop is just across the street.  I purchased a darling painted tin giraffe Christmas ornament marked down from $1 to 50 cents!

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Sights to See: Old Mission Santa Ines, Solvang, California

bell tower at mission Santa Ines in Solvang, CA
Santa Ines (#19)  1760 Mission Dr., in Solvang.  Founded in 1804 and located in a rustic setting about 40 miles north of Santa Barbara, this mission is referred to as the "hidden gem."  Fully restored, it has hand-painted murals and lovely gardens where you can rest for a while and enjoy the sounds of chirping birds.  It has a bell tower and a museum with a notable collection of vestments, church records, and missals.  You can activate a recording that explains the artifacts you are viewing in each exhibit room.  My favorite room is the Madonna Chapel, where depictions of the Black Madonna and the Virgin of Guadalupe are among the artworks.  The mission has always been an active Catholic Church and holds public Mass in the tiny church.

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Friday, April 4, 2014

Good Eats: Irish Pub, Atlantic City, New Jersey

exterior of Irish Pub in Atlantic City, New Jersey
Irish Pub  St. James Place/Boardwalk, (609) 344-9063.  With low, ornate tin ceilings and a warm, cozy atmosphere, this Irish-style pub is open around the clock (police and fireman customers keep it safe).  You can get plenty of munchies—buffalo chicken wings, steak fries, onion rings—to go with your Guinness or black-and-tan, as well as more substantial Jersey crab cakes, fish & chips, and burgers.  Rooms are available upstairs, where you’ll find a long balcony featuring a line of rocking chairs . . . and where Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe are said to have lodged long ago.

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Good Eats: O’Neill’s Bar & Restaurant, Dublin, Ireland

O’Neill’s Bar & Restaurant  2 Suffolk St., Dublin 2, (01) 679-3656.  Food daily from 8am-10:30pm.  Located down a side street off Grafton Street and just around the corner from Trinity College, this pub has been here for more than 300 years!  It must be Dublin central, because I was always going by it.  It looks and feels like a pub should, with plenty of cozy alcoves and snugs to tuck away in, and there is no fee for the traditional Irish music scheduled here nightly.  A carvery dishes up sandwiches and dinner, and a proper Guinness comes in a choice of the old or new glass style.  Try the popular fresh oysters, corned beef and cabbage, Irish lamb stew, Guinness beef stew, fish & chips, and baked potatoes with a choice of fillings.  A Baileys Irish coffee or a hot whiskey makes the perfect ending.  All this and a heated roof-top beer garden, several smoking areas, and the largest selection of Irish craft beers in Dublin, too!  A full Irish breakfast is served each morning. 

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