Alexandria Virginia


We were fortunate enough to rent a beautiful historic, Old Town townhouse (211 S. Lee Street ) in Alexandria Virginis for several months when we briefly contemplated moving to the area. And we love coming back to stroll the streets of historic Old Town, explore the beautiful Colonial-era homes and businesses, and just absorb the [Read more …]

Hudson Yards as Artistic Mecca

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Hudson Yards is a group of outsized, angular high-rises in the massive Hudson Yards development. It has been oft criticized for its scale, lack of humanity, its proliferation of multi-million dollar condos and the marble- and chrome-clad, luxury shopping mall that caters to the one percent. The Vessel Even its public art, [Read more …]

New York City Museums and Art Exhibits

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No matter what kind of art you are into, New York City is sure to have a museum, art exhibit, or gallery that you can find interesting. Here are some of our favorite places that you might enjoy. New York City Museums America Folk Art Museum (2 Lincoln Square). American Folk Art is generally defined [Read more …]

American Folk Art Museum

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America Folk Art Museum (2 Lincoln Square) American Folk Art is generally defined as art by artists who are generally self-trained. This small free museum has about 8,000 pieces of traditional American folk art from the 19th – 21st century. It has a fascinating exhibit on weathervanes on our 2021 visit. Weathervanes Weathervanes are rarely [Read more …]

Metropolitan Museum of Art

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art (“The Met”) is one of the world’s largest art museums. It has two buildings in New York City: its main building is on Fifth Avenue and its Cloister in Fort Tryon Park. The Met has more than two million works of art in its collection that span five thousand years [Read more …]

Whitney Museum of American Art


The Whitney Museum of American Art was founded in 1930 by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney. In 2015, it moved to its current beautiful building in New York City meatpacking district. We were lucky enough to get tickets on the opening day. Since then, we try to stop by every time we are in town to see [Read more …]

American Museum of Natural History

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American Museum of Natural History, or AMNH, as it is commonly called, is located on the Upper West Side of New York City. It is considered one of the world’s preeminent educational, cultural and scientific institutions. This huge complex has over 25 interconnected buildings that house over 40 permanent exhibition halls, a planetarium, and a [Read more …]

Hudson Valley New York

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updated 2021 The Hudson Valley New York follows the Hudson River from Albany, down to Westchester. It is a beautiful area and has some interesting museums, sculpture parks and, of course, some wineries. Hudson Valley Art Art Omi Art Omi in Ghent New York is an outdoor sculpture and architecture park. Unfortunately, the indoor gallery [Read more …]

The Berkshire Mountains

The Berkshire region is an area in the western parts of Massachusetts and northwest Connecticut. It is a beautiful area of rolling hills and includes part of the Green Mountains. We arrived in the northwest corner of Massachusetts’ Upper Berkshires via Vermont’s Route 100, the state’s unofficial Foliage Highway. The drive took us through [Read more …]

Portland–South Portland–Biddeford Maine

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Traveling down Route 1 from Portland south to New Hampshire takes one through a number of smaller towns along the Maine coast. Here are some places we have enjoyed on this drive. Portland Maine For more on what to see and where to eat in Portland Maine, check out these blogs: What To Do in [Read more …]