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Finger Lakes Favorites

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I love the rolling farms, beauty, and quietness of the Finger Lakes. It's easy to spend an entire weekend and never leave the house - between kayaking, hammock-reading, waterskiing, third-cup-of-coffeeing, s'moreing and floating - it's an active weekend if we manage to bring out the croquet set or Settlers of Catan. Heck, going for a morning run (past horse and buggies no less) is a victory in my book! Here are a few of my favorite things to do (when I do manage Read more ...

Add this to your Travel Bucket List: Watkins Glen

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There are many beautiful places in the world. But there are a few that truly take my breath away. I've posted on Watkins Glen NY State Park before, but we hiked it again a few weeks ago and I just had to share some photos of it's AMAZINGNESS! Recently there has been an article flying around social media, "29 Surreal Places in America You Need to Visit Before You Die", (aka one of those million Buzzfeed articles on your Facebook newsfeed) and Watkins Glen is #8. The author says, "We all Read more ...

Touring the Wacky and Whimsical Mackenzie Childs Victorian Farmhouse

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The types of artists and designers that I truly enjoy the most are the ones that create things you don't see with your two eyes. J.K. Rowling, Lisa Frank, Alex Katz, Betsey Johnson. And Mackenzie Childs. Mackenzie Childs creates whimsical ceramics, furniture and household items. All pieces are created and painted by hand in one of several trademark patterns (the most famous being black and white checks). The headquarters, store and inspirational-styled Victorian farmhouse are located on what Read more ...

The Finger Lakes, NY: Hiking Grimes Glen and an Airport Diner

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Upstate New York is entirely underrated. In case you were wondering. The region is associated with the three snowiest cities in the United States (Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse, thank you very much), but very little is it associated with the summer months! Let's keep it that way, eh? I like driving on an empty highway. It is beautiful - sunshine, blue skies, budding vineyards and lots of big yellow fields that reminded me of Scotland! A month or so ago, we spent the weekend in the Finger Read more ...

Meet George Jetson…’s Strawberry Patch

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While I was visiting my family in the Finger Lake last week I went hydroponic strawberry picking... Hydroponiwhat? Hydroponic. As in hydra (water) and ponein (labor). Still not making sense? Wikipedia defines hydroponics as "a method of growing plants using mineral nutrient solutions, in water, without soil." Still not making sense? THIS is their strawberry patch looks like. No muddy sneakers. No squished strawberry stain on your bum. No bugs. No kneeling/squatting and moving over with your Read more ...

A Taste of Summer

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I love the 4th of July. I know it's over and this is a little anti-climatic. But you'll overlook that fact, won't you? The 4th of July is the real kick-off of summer. School and spring cleaning often drip into June. And June is already overrun with graduations and parties and bridal showers that summer celebration gets lost in the mix. But no longer. It's JULY friends. It is summertime. Random note - We spent the weekend at my family lakehouse in the Finger Lakes. I must have had patriotic Read more ...