Charleston Hotel and Restaurants

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Charleston South Carolina Restaurants Although we have long been drawn to Charleston’s beauty and history, we have been equally enchanted by many of the city’s restaurants. Slightly North of Broad (SNOB). SNOB remains one of our favorite restaurants in Charleston. In 2021, we both had 3-course meals so that we could get a wide range [Read more …]

Charleston Historic Walking Tours

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One of the best ways to get acquainted with a city is to take a walking tour. Not only do the guides take you to the relevant sites, but they also provide an in-depth look into the history. We have taken multiple walking tours of Charleston. This summarizes what we learned about Charleston’s history [Read more …]

Charleston South Carolina

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Charleston South Carolina is steeped in beauty and history. The best way to learn about the city is to take historic tours (which we cover in a separate blog). This blog highlights some of Charlestown South Carolina’s historic sites that one can easily visit on foot. Appreciating Charleston South Carolina’s Historic Landmarks Charleston virtually oozes [Read more …]

Charlottesville Virginia (Updated 2021)

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Charlottesville Virginia is surrounded by beautiful rolling hills, gracious horse farms, historical buildings, and wineries. It was the home of Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe. And it is also the home of the beautiful University of Virginia campus. Exploring Charlottesville Charlottesville’s city life is focused around the downtown area: Charlottesville Historic Downtown Mall is an [Read more …]

Shenandoah National Park

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The Shenandoah National Park is in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. It runs from Front Royal at its northern entrance to its southern entrance near Waynesboro. The 115 mile Skyline Drive takes you through the park. It is lined with pastoral scenes and overlooks that provide beautiful views without even getting out of your [Read more …]

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Charlottesville Area Wineries Virginia has been producing wines since the 17th century when Thomas Jefferson funded and provided land to an Italian winemaker to grow grapes and produce wine in Albemarle County. While this and a subsequent Jefferson-funded effort failed, the dream persisted and finally succeeded when Dr. Norton successfully propagated a non-native, phylloxera-resistant grape [Read more …]

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 …]

New York Special Attractions

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It is hard to be bored in New York City. Between the museums, theater, restaurants, galleries, people watching, strolling through Central Park (in the daylight), shopping and just walking around, one can stay very occupied. Little Island at Pier 55 Media mogul Barry Diller donated $240 million to build and maintain a beautiful 2.4 acre [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 …]

7 Fingers’ Dear San Francisco

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North Beach’s Club Fugazi is a small San Francisco performance venue built in 1913. It is best known as home to the 45-year run of the ever-changing Beach Blanket Babylon musical review, which is now closed. The building has had a long life. It was: It was the venue at which Thelonious Monk recorded his [Read more …]