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Wednesday, 15 October 2014 09:10

Camp Myrtle Beach

By Lynn O'Rourke Hayes

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Did you know you can camp in one of the top family and beach vacation destinations on the East Coast?

The oceanfront resort of Myrtle Beach, SC is famous for miles of white sandy beaches, water sports, fantastic golf courses, amusement and water parks. You’ll also find great shopping and a wealth of dining options.

It’s also considered the “Camping Capital of the World!”

With warm sea breezes blowing and water temperatures around 80 degrees, a seaside camping adventure in Myrtle Beach provides the best of a sought after resort destination at rates you’ll want to write home about.

Camp Myrtle Beach

Choose from six family-friendly camping locations that offer amenities to suit your camping style ranging from hook-ups for your RV or a place to pitch your tent.

No RV?

Not ready for the full camping experience?

Then the cottage or villa rental units might be the perfect fit for your family. You’ll have the option to enjoy all the facilities and amenities of the campground, and then retreat to the comfort of your fully furnished rental property for the evening.

There will be no shortage of onsite activities to entice your clan. Look forward to swimming pools and hot tubs, fishing from a pier or on the lake, water parks with lazy rivers, bike paths and evening hayrides.  Stay active with an afternoon of basketball, volleyball, bocce ball or miniature golf.

Tuesday, 07 October 2014 23:11

New York: My Way

By Lisa McElroy

Think you know New York?

Think again. There's tons to discover in the Big Apple beyond the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, and the Plaza Hotel.

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My teenage daughter and I took four days this week to explore the city and find the best lodging, dining, tours, and shows -- all the ones that aren't yet famous, but should be.

1) Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. Until the most recent Tonys, you might not have heard of Jessie Mueller. Believe me when I say I am not surprised that has changed. This young actor/singer made the earth move under our feet with her portrayal of Carole King. The supporting performers help her bring Carole's world to life and will have you tapping your toes to songs like "Locomotion" and "Take Good Care of My Baby"; you'll sway to ballads like "So Far Away" and "You've Got a Friend."

2) The baby gorillas at the Bronx Zoo. You might not have young kids. You might not even be that into zoos. Let me tell you: Go to the Bronx Zoo this summer and see the gorillas. The babies are cuter than humans, I swear. The mamas are so relatable, with the way they cuddle their infants and try everything to get them to sleep. And the rest of the zoo? A cool, green, gorgeous enclave that supports theWildlife Conservation Society. Heaven.

3) The Tryp Hotel. OK. We all know that New York hotels have tiny rooms with even smaller bathrooms. That's why you must check out the Tryp. Our room with two beds was bigger than a lot of NYC apartments, with hardwood floors, big windows, and a gigantic walk-in shower. The hotel is near Penn Station, an easy walk to Times Square, and right on the subway line.

4) Walks of New York Tours. Sure, you've probably been to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Broadway, and Eataly. But you haven't done them with Walks of New York. This small tour company, newly arrived in New York from Italy, hosts fun, educational tours where you really learn something. We spent two and a half hours wandering around the Met with co-owner Jason, who's an encyclopedia in human form. Best of all, the tours are small, with a max of 12 people and plenty of opportunities to ask questions.

5) Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill. Love Billie Holiday? Love clubs? Want to have the ultimate Broadway experience? Head to Circle in the Square to see Audra McDonald in this one-woman show about Billie Holiday's life, all set one evening in a club, in front of a microphone, during one of the great "Lady Day's" sets. McDonald made history with her sixth Tony win for her performance in this show. Insider's tip: Spring for the table seating. You'll be mere feet from the star (who interacts with the audience), and you'll get free champagne.

6) E.T.C. Custom Events. Don't want a group tour? Or want a tour customized to your specific wishes, with your own guests? Contact Evan Levy at E.T.C. and tell her what interests you and your family or group. We joined her and one of three sisters who owns Argosy Books, a midtown shop chock-full of rare books, prints, and maps. My Alice-loving daughter was thrilled by the Lewis Carroll theme. Next time, we're planning to try a historical tour of Central Park.

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7) Capizzi Pizza. Holy pizza, Batman. On our last night in New York, we stayed in our room at the Tryp to watch the Tony awards. We searched the internet for quality New York pizza that would deliver - and boy, did we score. The pizza at Capizzi is charred from the wood fire oven and topped (if you like) with thick-cut pepperoni and Italian sausage. It was the perfect end to an off-the-beaten-path New York trip. - FT

Saturday, 27 September 2014 15:16

National Public Lands Day

By Lynn O'Rourke Hayes

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It's National Public Lands Day. 

Take advantage of our country's extensive natural beauty!

Commit to the #leaveitbetter philosophy and help preserve

our national treasures for centuries to come. 

 

 

Photo: Montana's Beartooth wilderness. Lynn O'Rourke Hayes

Friday, 26 September 2014 15:03

Colorful Denver

By Lynn O'Rourke Hayes

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You won't want to miss the bold hues and striking silhouettes shared by celebrated glass artist Dale Chihuly’s stunning artistic extravaganza underway at the Denver Botanical Garden.

Expect a boatload of brightly colored glass baubles afloat amidst the garden’s lily pads, a 30-foot neon tower, and red glass reeds rising up with the prairie grass. The world-renowned, Venice-trained artist’s work is on view now through November 30, 2014.

Contact: http://chihuly.denver.org

Discover more about Denver here!

Thursday, 11 September 2014 19:18

Ranch Week Report

By Lynn O'Rourke Hayes

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Ranch vacations are a great way for families to learn new skills, seek adventure and relax in the great outdoors. In the next few days we'll be sharing stories from our exploration of some of Colorado's best guest ranches.

Stay tuned!

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