Lincoln Highway – New York to San Francisco Or Bust
Road Trips

Lincoln Highway – New York to San Francisco Or Bust

It has been decided. Starting June 24th, thirteen-year-old Alex and I are setting out on a road trip along the Lincoln Highway. “America’s First Highway,” which runs from New York City to San Francisco, is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2013. A century which saw a dramatic shift in the very idea of the American vacation…

Waterfalls on the Indian Ladder Trail
Outdoor Education

Waterfalls on the Indian Ladder Trail

There’s one good thing about rainy days–waterfalls. New York has many waterfalls, including the spectacular ones found at Niagara Falls. But in New York’s Capital Region, we’re lucky to have the impressive waterfalls of the historic Indian Ladder Trail in Thatcher Park. What a scenic overlook! On a clear day you can see Vermont’s Green…

Golden Arrow In Lake Placid; Green and Family-Friendly Too
Family-Friendly Hotels

Golden Arrow In Lake Placid; Green and Family-Friendly Too

If it were left up to Jenn Holderied, Golden Arrow Resort’s General Manager and second-generation proprietor, all of Lake Placid would be certified as a Green destination. As it is, the young mom and local Ice Meister has been instrumental in helping the hotel earn Audubon International’s platinum level eco-certification, the highest available honor awarded to…

A Grand Adventure in the Pine Bush Ends with a Little Moxie
Culinary Arts | Outdoor Education

A Grand Adventure in the Pine Bush Ends with a Little Moxie

Of all the places I most enjoy in New York’s Capital Region, few surpass the Albany Pine Bush. When I was new to the area, hardly a day passed that I didn’t pack my young toddler, Kayla, into the Kelty carrier so that I could explore the hiking trails with my Yellow Lab, Mowgli, by my…

Cornell Program Shines Light on New York Maple Industry
Outdoor Education

Cornell Program Shines Light on New York Maple Industry

The Great Maple Syrup Caper of 2012 brought worldwide attention to a little known major industry. Quebec, which produces up to 80 percent of the world’s maple syrup, was reputed to have 10 million pounds–valued at $30 million– of the golden liquid in the warehouse that was hit. The New York Maple industry isn’t yet on that…

Hilton Garden Inn Staten Island: a Family-Friendly Budget NYC Hotel
Family-Friendly Hotels

Hilton Garden Inn Staten Island: a Family-Friendly Budget NYC Hotel

The best-kept secret to finding a budget NYC hotel is that there’s more to the Big Apple than Midtown Manhattan. New York City is composed of five boroughs: Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, The Bronx, and the often-forgotten Staten Island.  Because it’s frequently overlooked, Staten Island lodging is significantly cheaper than other parts of the city. But…

Biltmore Photo Tour
Art Education

Biltmore Photo Tour

Touring Vanderbilt Mansion in Hyde Park, New York, I was surprised to hear that it was built by one of the more frugal of William Vanderbilt’s eight sons. That assertion becomes a lot more clear if you happen to visit the house his youngest son built in Asheville, North Carolina–Biltmore, the largest home in the…