Wine Tasting in the 1000 Islands

The 1000 Islands Seaway Wine Trail was established in 2007, offering unique, one of a kind wines due to their hardy grape wines, perfect growing climate, and creative collaborations with wine growers in other parts of the country. The wine trail winds along 78 scenic miles and includes eight different family-owned wineries. While we would have loved to visit them all, here are two of the ones we did enjoy. Our first stop was White Caps Winery in Chaumont, NY. The owner is a fifth generation descendant of Nathaniel Warner, a soldier… Read More

Sackets Harbor, New York

All summer, we have continued to explore unique and interesting destinations within the United States. This week, we decided to meander through the quaint towns of Upstate New York and the 1000 Islands. Our first stop…the small historical town of Sackets Harbor, NY. Sackets Harbor is a humble village set on the shores of Lake Ontario that carries a lot of historical significance. You can reflect on its revolutionary past at Military Cemeteries, the Madison Barracks, and the War of 1812 Burial Ground. Sackets Harbor is quaint, quiet, and offers colorful boutique… Read More

Lake Champlain and Burlington

We have always wanted to visit Vermont as a couple, but it is quite a distance from Chicago, so we’d put that idea on hold. This summer, however, our oldest daughter was offered a wonderful position at a camp in Upper State New York. We had to drive her there for the summer, and originally had considered crossing the border into Canada for a few days. Given that the border was currently closed due to Covid, however, we realized this was the perfect opportunity to finally explore Vermont! First stop, Speculator, NY…. Read More

New York City and Demonstrators

This week, I’m sharing a few NYC moments we experienced with our daughter in celebration of her 21st birthday, both enjoyable and somber. New York City…the Big Apple. Every time we visit, it’s like discovering a brand new destination. There is so much to see and do, we could spend weeks here and still not run out of things to do. A few snapshots as we roamed around this infamous city for a few days. It was evident that Covid restrictions were slowly being lifted. People were out in force, savoring the… Read More

Outer Banks, NC Photoblog

Visiting the Outer Banks (OBX) was a practical decision this year, based on all of the Covid restrictions preventing us from traveling internationally in addition to the precautions many retirement communities have in place to protect their residents. It became the perfect destination to visit with my parents, whom we had not seen in over two years due to both Covid and previous illness preventing us from getting together. Here are a few photos we snapped from our travel to and time in the Outer Banks. First, photos from the Williamsburg area…. Read More

Williamsburg, VA – A Photoblog

Say the word “Williamsburg” and you may automatically think of historical treasures, museums, and “Colonial Williamsburg”.  It is all of this and much more.  That said, today I am only highlighting the college town of Williamsburg, given we just dropped off my oldest son there for his first year of college. The beautiful College of William and Mary makes Williamsburg its home.  It was chartered on February 8, 1693, by King William III and Queen Mary II of England.  It is the second oldest institution of higher learning in the United States,… Read More

The American Club – a Photoblog

The American Club is a 5 star 5 diamond resort located approximately 2.5 hours north of Chicago in quaint Kohler, WI.  It has a very interesting and unique story.  The resort was not built as a hotel originally, but rather as a dormitory.  It was used to house the immigrant workforce, needed after John Michael Kohler converted a cast-iron water trough in 1873 by adding 4 feet and enameling it, creating a bathtub.  This idea turned into a successful business that provided jobs for many immigrants. Walter Kohler believed that “A worker… Read More

Lake Louise Canada – Photoblog

Just a few photos of beautiful Lake Louise as winter begins to thaw.  Known for the intensity of blue colors during the summer, the lake was covered by a blanket of soft white snow when we arrived. Above:  People hiking out into the middle of Lake Louise and across to the other side. There are also several beautiful hiking trails around the lake and up into the mountains.  During the winter you’ll want to use snow shoes, as the snow can be very deep.  Don’t ask us how we know… Through the… Read More

Exploring the Icefields Parkway – Alberta, Canada

Traveling to Calgary, particularly Banff and Lake Louise, has always been a dream of mine. Anyone who’s ever seen photos of this destination understands exactly what I’m talking about.  The soaring Canadian Rocky Mountains with their steep slopes and jagged edges, the greens and blues of the lakes and rivers!  Please see below. Photo credit: Banff & Lake Louise Tourism / Paul Zizka Photography   That said, the photos I share now may not have many vibrant blue or green shades.  Instead of visiting during the summer when the colors are most… Read More

Casas Del Bosque

While Chile in the past was known for it’s decent wines and value, a lot of things have changed drastically over the last few decades.  Chile is now known for some spectacular options, offering more complexity, flavors, and uniqueness with a focus on quality.  They are delicious and yet remain a really good value. We had the opportunity to visit one of the finest wineries in all of Chile, Viña Casas del Bosque.  It is located about 40 miles from Santiago, the Capital of Chile, in the heart of Casablanca Valley.  It was… Read More