NY: New Paltz: Mohonk Mountain House Mystery Weekend

Hands down Mohonk Mountain house provides an escape from the real world. It’s several miles away from civilization upon a mountain – just enough distance. Happily snowbound for the mystery and puzzle weekend, we all remained immersed in the 1920s during prohibition to uncover the clues to solve the case of who murdered Lulu! TheContinue reading “NY: New Paltz: Mohonk Mountain House Mystery Weekend”

NYC: NY Botanical Garden – Orchid Show

What’s great about returning to a recurring event is it gives you the opportunity to see the lesser obvious parts of the attractions. While we took in the bigger draws of this years orchid show – and they were stunning – I was intrigued by the patterned greenery as well as the cactus “snakes.” TheyContinue reading “NYC: NY Botanical Garden – Orchid Show”

CT: Hartford Convention Center Event- Van Gogh!

In Hartford I went to the Van Gogh exhibit which was entertaining but best combined with other events for your day. I found the event educational, I enjoyed being in the immersion room. I did feel it needed more seating options given how long you were in there and perhaps some means of encouragement toContinue reading “CT: Hartford Convention Center Event- Van Gogh!”

CT: Rowayton: Pinkney Park

My purpose in starting this blog is to help others find respite in close surroundings. My focus for over 25 years was largely on solving problems for my clients. While that certainly had its benefits, I often overlooked or more importantly I didn’t appreciate the present. As I sat in their new gazebo, I sawContinue reading “CT: Rowayton: Pinkney Park”

NY: Katonah: Caramoor (American Roots Festival)

I’ve written of the beautiful Caramoor property before but their improvements and schedule enhancements bring it from a nice stop to a MUST stop. It has a great summer season of music to include a couple of music festivals. My favorite is the American Roots Festival which offers several artists performing throughout the property leadingContinue reading “NY: Katonah: Caramoor (American Roots Festival)”

NYC: The Summit One Vanderbilt

A new cultural experience that truly hits all your senses! The Summit! NYC sights in the heights! While it was one of the first beautiful spring days in NYC the staff at the Summit did a great job getting everyone in and once you reached the top it was better than I expected. Different sensesContinue reading “NYC: The Summit One Vanderbilt”

CT: Fairfield County- Stamford Museum & Nature Center (Winter)

Heartwarming on a cold winters day was a visit to Stamford Museum and Nature Center. I enjoy the work of Jacque Pepin both as a cook and artist. Cool to see as part of the exhibit are drawings Pepin drew from the nature center itself as well as a brief video of his words ofContinue reading “CT: Fairfield County- Stamford Museum & Nature Center (Winter)”

CT: Fairfield County- Westport PAL Ice Rink

Due to covid the Westport ice rink at Long Shore wasn’t opened last year. I was so happy to find it was again this year. I may have been one of the first on the ice as the few of us there were captured by the local newspaper. One skater out on his own evenContinue reading “CT: Fairfield County- Westport PAL Ice Rink”

CT: Middlesex- Essex- Ct River Museum (Holiday Event)

When I wished Steve Cryan a happy holiday at his 28th year Holiday train show, he responded “it’s always happy here bringing smiles to all the children’s faces. “ A worthwhile visit to meet Steve (who is pictured as a child above one of the train sets). He added, he always liked those patriotic socks.Continue reading “CT: Middlesex- Essex- Ct River Museum (Holiday Event)”

CT: Middlesex County- Haddam- Gillette Castle (Holiday)

William Gillette was the actor who originally played Sherlock Holmes who built a home which aligned to his character in CT. During the holiday season they deck the halls of the castle! The actors and docents were engaged and very knowledgeable. I very much enjoyed trying all the different latches of the doors. Gillette alsoContinue reading “CT: Middlesex County- Haddam- Gillette Castle (Holiday)”