Showing posts with label things to do. Show all posts
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Thursday, October 8, 2020

The NYC Traveler in Maine: Marginal Way, Ogunquit, Maine


The NYC Traveler in Maine:
Stroll, Hike, Run: Marginal Way, Ogunquit, Maine

Sunrise, Marginal Way, Ogunquit, ME, USA


                             For a virtual stroll, view our You Tube Video


We profiled the Cliff Walk in Newport, Rhode Island in a previous article. Now, take another walk with us as we explore one of our favorite places to be when you travel to New England: Marginal Way, Ogunquit, Maine. Things to know:

1. The walk was donated by Josiah Chase in 1925 and now maintained by Marginal Way Committee and the Marginal Way Preservation Fund.




2. The footpath literally overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. Although it is not a strenuous walk, there are places just begging you to sit and enjoy nature. The view is always different because the weather is always changing. A well-kept secret is the fabulous waves for surfers and paddle boarders. You'll see athletes and boats as you sit and enjoy the view.



3. There are spots to climb down on the rocks or to take the stairs down to the water's edge. However, it can be dangerous in certain spots. Children should not venture onto the rock areas; those with walking concerns should remain on the paved path as should those in wheelchairs or strollers. In wet weather, climbing down on the rocks or down the stairs to the beach is not advised at all.


4. The path is about a mile and ¼ (a little over 2km). It begins and ends at your choice:  Obeds Lane and Shore Road in Ogunquit or the artsy Perkins Cove area. It is a great run or walk in the morning for exercise. To return, you have your choice of doubling back, walking along Shore Road or to take the trolley back, for a small fee (seasonal). Beware: traffic along Shore Road is almost unbearable in the summer and walking will often be faster than the trolley. 




5. As with all nature areas, there are signs asking you to leave nature as it is so that we can all come back and enjoy it again and again. 




So, take time to relax your mind and take a stroll (or two, or three, year after year) on the Marginal Way, in beautiful Ogunquit Maine.

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Wednesday, September 9, 2020

The NYC Traveler in Rhode Island: Cliff Walk, Newport


The NYC Traveler in Rhode Island:

Stroll, Hike or Both? Your Choice

on Cliff Walk, Newport, Rhode Island

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It's billed in all of the tourist brochures as one of the top attractions in Newport. And after hiking the trail, it's easy to see why. But of course, Newport has much more to offer than a cliff! So, here are the top ten things to know before you go:

1. The trail 3.5 miles (5.6 km) long (if you choose to do the whole thing).





2. The trail starts and ends near two beaches: Easton, at Eustis Avenue and Memorial Boulevard; and Bailey's, Bellevue and Ocean Avenues.


Easton Beach


3. It is strongly urged to wear real walking shoes if you plan to hike the entire trail. Anything else would be extremely dangerous. Also, there is one rest room area along the trail. Bring water. It is a carry in, carry out park.

Scan the QR codes along the way for a self-guided tour.


4. Much of the trail has guard rails but there are a few spots where the edge drops off dramatically, sometimes with a bush blocking the spot.




Related: Ogunquit Marginal Way: article, video

5. At Narrangasett Avenue, are the 40 steps. You can count them if you want, but there are 40! That's 80 round trip. Good photo spot. Also, good exercise!




6. The pavement portion begins at the Easton Beach area. It ends more or less at the Marine Avenue access point (Belmont Beach), roughly 2 miles. You will see beautiful views of nature and the mansions, including the Breakers, so if you ending your walk here, you will have seen a nice part. Keep this in mind if you're jogging the trail.

Salve Regina University


7. After this point, the trail alters between pavement, rocks and loose gravel until the end, another beach. There are at least 3 access points in the popular spots and one in the middle of the rocky area (Ledge Road). 




8. In addition to the rough terrain, beware that you will look down at the ocean (very scenic) but you might think it is high.




9. There are museums in mansions, a university and private residences long the way. You are literally hiking a public trail through private land. At least one house has a no photo sign posted. 

The Breakers


10. To get back to town, you could hike down Bellevue Avenue when you reach Bailey's Beach and see the front of all those mansions you passed by or take the trolley back to the center of town. 

Cliff Walk Slideshow


PS: we left out some of the sights out on purpose so that you can be surprised! 

For more information, visit their website: Cliff Walk

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Disclaimer: MC Enterprises is not giving exercise nor health advice. Hike Cliff Walk at your own discretion. See a doctor if you are cautious about strenuous exercise. Make sure you know the weather forecast before you head out.

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

NYC Traveler in NYC: Wave Hill, Bronx

 The NYC Traveler in NYC: 

Wave Hill, the Bronx

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Become Inspired by the Gardens:

Grow Your Own Indoors


Wave Hill, in the Bronx
Your own private retreat

Hudson River view

1. Located in the Hudson Hill section in Riverdale, in the Bronx, you will soon realize why that section is called Hudson Hill. Beautiful views of the Hudson River await you.

Wave Hill House

2. The mansion, Wave Hill House, was built in 1843, with a series of owners and occupants, including Mark Twain, who leased it in 1901. The house burned down and was rebuilt in 1927. The 1960's owners deeded it to NYC and it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.

Glyndor Gallery

3. In addition to the mansion, there is Glyndor Gallery, another house on the property that normally holds exhibits and other events.


4. The focus is the gardens: outdoor settings, greenhouses and the grounds themselves, where you are free to sit, read, stroll and use it as your private retreat.


5. You can also take a couple of short hikes on the trails that circle the property: identify trees, do some bird watching and get a little exercise.




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Wednesday, August 19, 2020

The NYC Traveler: Staycation Projects

 Staycation Projects 




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The COVID-19 2019-2020 pandemic crisis required folks worldwide to quarantine at home for weeks, sometimes months. All of a sudden, despite businesses and academic institutions requiring us to work from home, we actually had some time on our hands. We can now do all of those projects "we always wanted to do, if we had the time."


1. Learn a new language. Whether travel resumes full time in the near future or just for personal achievement, it's always cool to be able to say a few words in another tongue. Our personal favorite is Pimsleur. Although they now offer subscriptions like other companies, such as Babbel and Rosetta Stone, they still offer MP3 downloads so that you can own the course permanently.

Indira Ghandi Airport, India


2. Get in shape. While we were reacquainting ourselves with our kitchens and gyms were closed, we realized that we had to figure out exercising on our own. You'll want to look good when you get back to the beach. Apps such as Nike, Adidas, Strava, My Fitness Pal and about a thousand others have lessons, coaches and even virtual competitions. Lace up and go.


Jamaica, West Indies


3. Become a gourmet. Look like an expert when you resume fine dining. Practice at home. Cooking shows abound but you can start with the Cooking Channel or the Food Network. Of course, there are many apps, check out with Yum,  Epicurious and Allrecipes. You might need some equipment. Shop our favorites here.


Creme Brulee in Paris, France


4. Become an artist. Travel art is more than sunset photos. Post and/or sell your artwork on Shutterstock (photography), Soundcloud (music), Etsy (artistic creations), Wattpad (writing),  Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube. Want to learn something? Try TakeLessons. For kids, try DIY.org

Greece


5. Discover your home again. If you really miss traveling and staying at resorts and hotels, bring a little bit of it home with you. When hotels upgrade, they sell their stuff to liquidators: Hotel Liquidators and Resort Furniture Liquidators are just two.


Grace Bay Resort, Turks and Caicos


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Friday, October 12, 2018

The NYC Traveler: A Big Apple Summer

A BIG APPLE SUMMER:
WHAT TO DO IN NEW YORK CITY



Summertime in the Big Apple

New Yorkers tend to be divided into two camps for touring their hometown: those who do and those who don't (and may not know how). If you find that you have to spend part or all of the summer in the Big Apple, check out these tips:

1. NYC Residents: Get NYC identification. There are many benefits, such as discounted annual museum memberships, entertainment tickets and park department membership discounts. There are also several companies that sell combo passes for multiple attractions. Click here for a list.




2. Get around town with public transportation. There are car services, but the best deal in town is still the MTA. Most residents already have the current way to pay, a MetroCard. There is a new system coming, OMNY. Check out the website to make sure that you have the one that suits your needs. Street Smart: Only buy a metro card from an official machine or at a ticket booth. Do not buy from anyone who approaches you at a station or on the street.




3. Ask a New Yorker if they have been to the Statue of Liberty or the Empire State Building and it is a good bet they may say no. So, New Yorkers, act like a tourist and take a look at the Official Guide to New York. You can pick up the print version in Grand Central or Penn Station or in the Times Square Information center



4. All of the NYC parks have summer activities. As per current COVID-19 restrictions, some annual events are not occurring but the parks are open. Grab a bicycle, and choose a borough (or two) to explore. Get the app or check out the calendar.



5. Explore memberships at the museums, gardens and zoos. Along with admission, you get discounts on dining, shopping and first peeks at new events and exhibits. Museums have too many works to display, so exhibits are changing constantly. Plus, they sponsor great events such as concerts, lectures Here are some of the more popular museums:





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Sunday, March 25, 2018

The NYC Traveler: Make Mine (Hersheypark) Chocolate

TOP REASONS TO VISIT HERSHEYPARK 
(Besides a chance to buy all the candy you want)

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Get the latest information about visiting Hershey Park during the pandemic:


1. The one-price admission: ride the rides, get wet, see the zoo, all for one price. And, if you choose not to get wet, come after sunset (or during the off season). The price is cheaper when the water park closes. (But, on those heat wave days that can hit Pennsylvania, you're gonna wanna get wet.)



2. The Boardwalk at Hersheypark: hands down, for the price, the most convenient water park fun ever! Smack dab in the middle of the park, there's no way you're not going to want to go there. If you're not into slides, just stand under the giant bucket and wait for it. The factory whistle blast will alert you to either get out of the way or make haste for a waterfall of instant coolness. Chill at the wave pool or take a slow, lazy ride on the Intercoastal Waterway. The Boardwalk is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day.



3. It's a park for roller coaster fans. And, as per its website, you will want to ride the two water "roller" coasters: Breakers Edge, the first HydroMagnetic Coaster with Flying Saucer turns (Hershey's 14th coaster) and and Whitecap Racer, the longest mat coaster. Take a peek: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=5&v=qS4aLR0zEu8.




4. Despite the amount of roller coasters, it's a family park. Milton Hershey created its predecessor as leisure park for his employees. This theme is retained in the amount of rides families can do together. Measure the kiddies at the entrance, you'll see which candy they measure up to, amusingly named for Hershey's brand of candies, like Kisses and Jolly Ranchers. Look for these icons throughout the park so that you know who can ride what.

5. ZooAmerica is open year round. Normally included as part of admission to the theme park, you can also pay a reduced price when the theme park is closed for the season, or if you just want to go to the zoo.

6. The off-season fun: Springtime in the Park (weekends in April and May), In the Dark (Halloween fun weekends in October and early November) and Christmas Candylane and Sweet Lights (weekends in November and all through December). 


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