Joan Mead-Matsui

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Eagles Mere Inn – a Romantic Dose of History

A World of its Own

 

The Eagles Mere Inn

Eagles Mere, Pennsylvania

Eagles Mere Inn romantic evenings

Dusk falls on the fairy-tale-like Eagles Mere Inn. All photos by Joan Mead-Matsui, travel writer, photographer, and videographer. 

What draws someone to a particular location varies from person to person but The Eagles Mere Inn, a Sullivan County landmark, is a favorite among folks who yearn for a peaceful country setting.

 

After several visits to Eagles Mere, Pennsylvania over the course of 20 years, I can’t understand how anyone could forget the timeless beauty of “the town that time forgot.” In 2017, I had an opportunity to experience Eagles Mere as a guest at The Eagles Mere Inn.

“..Let’s Not Forget..The Town That Time Forgot..” 

The inn is far enough from the busy Route 42, the main road through the borough, yet only a short walk to the center of town and Eagles Mere Lake – two prominent hubs for year-round activities.

Eagles Mere is a family-centered hamlet that was founded in the early 1800s as a glass factory. By the late 19th century, the town had evolved as a mountain resort community renowned for its grand turn-of-the-century Victorian summer homes or “cottages.” The population grows from 120 full-time residents during the off-season but as summer arrives that number can grow to more than 3,000.

Eagles Mere Inn

 

Romantic Eagles Mere Inn

The Eagles Mere Inn was built in 1887 and each guest room highlights historic places, events, and people prominent in the borough’s history. 

historic Eagles Mere InnThe Lewis Glass Suite is named after the George Lewis Glassworks Era from 1804 to 1830. Located on the second floor of the inn, this two-room suite features a painted iron and brass queen bed, five delightfully large windows, sitting room with a sliding door partition, love-seat sleeper couch, 24″ smart television, comfortable chairs, and a private bath with a shower.  All but two rooms have a television but you can certainly bring a book to read, a journal, and/or a drawing pad and pencils as a much-needed break from electronics. Eagles Mere is a haven for environmental preservationists and birdwatchers so be sure to tuck a pair of binoculars in your suitcase. All four seasons afford opportunities to catch a close-up glimpse of the wildlife that roams on hundreds of acres of nearby land. 

Lewis Glass suite Eagles Mere Inn

Eyelet, handmade quilts, and soft cotton linens are all part of the appeal. Each guest room has a signature style that’s in keeping with the era and name given to each accommodation.

By day, the light floods in and in the evening, the sitting area is a comfortable retreat after an activity driven day. 

historic Eagles Mere Inn comfort

Open your windows and allow the sheer curtains to sway with a delightful country breeze. Guest rooms are air-conditioned in case you decide fresh air is not your bag. 

romantic Eagles Mere Inn

Each guestroom has its own color palette and furnishings that reflect a simpler time.

The Whirlpool Room, standard king and queen rooms, junior suites, deluxe suites, select king rooms and standard full rooms are your lodging options. Accommodations range from $129 to $199 and a hearty country breakfast is included in the room rate.

Romantics can explore Eagles Mere for the entire month of February thanks to a special Valentine’s Day offer. Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a “romantic weekend package” when you book a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday stay. That package includes the room, breakfast, 3-course dinner, wine, roses, and chocolate.

Call the Inn (570)-525-3273 to book your stay.

Dining

The Eagles Mere Inn home-cooked meals

Ordering from the small plate menu allows guests to sample a bit of this and a taste of that.

Taste testing is a fantastic opportunity to sample and share a variety of menu items. Sometimes, choosing one entree is daunting if you can’t decide what suits your taste buds.

romantic Eagles Mere Inn

A.C. Little Drinkery at Eagles Mere Inn pub appeals to a wide range of tastes.

Romantic Eagles Mere Inn

A.C.Little’s Drinkery, located on the inn’s lower level is pub-style and casual and an ideal setting to relax or catch your favorite sporting event on television. Dinner is available from the inn’s small plate menu and you can find your perfect brew from among the selections from local wineries and micro-breweries. A current menu is available at this link. The same menu is also available for diners who choose to have dinner in the dining room located next to the lobby.

romantic quaint Eagles Mere Inn

Be a part of The Eagles Mere Inn history. Sign the guest book located in the lobby.

Book Your Event

Couples planning to marry or individuals looking for an intimate, picturesque venue can also reserve the beautifully manicured grounds for parties and events of all kinds. Eagles Mere offers many scenic vistas and locations for photo ops.

romantic Eagles Mere Inn

Vintage quilts and antiques at Eagles Mere Inn

Nearby Activities

What do snow and ice bring to Eagles Mere?

 

The famous toboggan slide has entertained residents and visitors since 1904. Created by the volunteer fire company, the slide is especially fun for thrill seekers. Sledders have been known to race down the hill at speeds up to 45 mph, according to townspeople, also known as “cottagers” who own second homes. Eagles Mere provides the setting for anyone with an affinity for winter. Details can be found here.

Eagles Mere Lake covers 114 acres and is surrounded by hundreds of acres of forest. Inn guests receive complimentary lake passes that can be used to swim at the beach or paddle their way around the lake in the innkeeper’s two kayaks.

Golfers can get in a round of golf during their stay at The Eagles Mere Inn. Reservations and an overnight stay are all you’ll need to enjoy the inn’s membership benefits at the Eagles Mere Country Club. Learn more about the club’s rich history that dates back to 1911.

Eagles Mere is a treat to visit. We all need a healthy dose of yesteryear and history to fully appreciate life today. Specialty shops, a noteworthy bookstore, the old-fashioned sweet shop, museums, an enchanting selection of country inns, cottages, and rentals; and a private golf club are a few of the reasons why Eagles Mere continues to draw thousands during peak tourist season.

quaint historical Eagles Mere

When you want to venture out of town, on the outskirts, you’ll find spectacular waterfalls and plenty of nature on hiking trails.

During the winter months, one might see Eagles Mere as a ghost town but rest assured, that’s merely an assumption and not entirely true. Don’t let that stop you from planning a romantic fall, winter, or early spring getaway.

Follow this link for more information about Eagles Mere.

 

The Eagles Mere Inn is located at 29 Mary Ave., Eagles Mere, PA. You can reach out to the innkeepers at 570-525-3273 or visit eaglesmereinn.com/inn.

Coming soon: An exclusive interview with Eagles Mere Inn innkeepers 

My stay was comped but my opinions are my own.

A Tourist App You Need

Tourist APP launched

Tour The “Big Apple” or other major cities EFFORTLESSLY

 

New Tourist App Launch

 

Tourist App, a marketplace where tourists can find tour guides on demand and in real time, has already launched in New York City.

If you have plans to visit New York, this new app will allow you to explore the city with someone who knows it intimately.

That’s correct. Imagine hundreds of tour guides at your disposal. Tourist App democratizes the travel and tour guide industry by providing a marketplace for tourists and tour guides to connect using their geolocation and instantaneous mobile payments.

How does it work?

It’s a simple process. A tourist requests a tour and a tour guide responds to the query. After a virtual handshake is established, the parties agree to meet and venture on a tour of the city.

Wish for a tour at any time while in any major city and you shall have it. The app uses notifications and voice-enabled chat for the tourist and tour guide to come together and there’s no need for advanced bookings, fitting into group tours, or travel insurance. Both parties are vetted using payment authentication and the tour guide ratings.

You can learn more about the app or download and install it at http://TouristNewApp.com or search “Tourist New App” at Apple’s App or Google’s Play stores.

 

 

“THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS BAD WEATHER”

Family Outdoor Fun

“THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS BAD WEATHER” is a must-read for parents who want to foster a year-round love for the outdoors.

Linda Akeson McGurk doesn’t allow snow or the frigid cold stop her from venturing outdoors alone or with her children.

“THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS BAD WEATHER: A Scandinavian Mom’s Secrets for Raising Healthy, Resilient, and Confident Kids” is McGurk’s lighthearted memoir. But read between the lines and you’ll find her beliefs and observations go a long way in opening our eyes to the cultural parenting differences she found while living in rural Indiana.

On the coldest days, McGurk, a Swedish-born, outdoor-centric Indiana transplant, quickly learned her parenting philosophy wasn’t embraced by many American moms or educators. She soon discovered American children spent days upon days hunkered down indoors watching television or attached to their electronics.

In Sweden, preschool-age children play outdoors year-round. Their parents cultivate a love for nature from birth and in fact, nature is regarded as essential to a healthy, happy childhood. Scandinavian moms add appropriate layers of clothing and set out on foot with their children in tow.

Is it possible “THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS BAD WEATHER?” is a prescription for a more fulfilling life? Consider the alarming rise in ADHD and other psychological disorders that could be prevented or treated with more time outdoors.

McGurk’s mission is to open our eyes to a lifestyle that has taken a backseat to all that keeps us indoors. It’s time we put down our smartphones, walk away from our computers, and rediscover the simple pleasures. I’m going outdoors now.

Learn more about McGurk at rainorshinemamma.com or simonandschuster.com

 

 

 

Winter in Philly

JOIN THE FUN

 

Celebrate the coldest months Philly-style

The merriment will warm you!

2018 Philly New Year's Eve Fireworks

Fireworks Galore are planned at Philadelphia venues. Photo courtesy of visitphilly.com. 

Despite a cold snap, The City of Brotherly Love thrives year-round. Winter is no exception.

Some of the winter holiday highlights you won’t want to miss are an abundance of lights, embellished trees, parades, fireworks, top-notch entertainment and lots of LOVE to go around. 

Philly offers its residents and visitors everything from a festive New Year’s Eve countdown and spectacular fireworks gala and two shows at 6 p.m. and midnight at SugarHouse Casino on the Waterfront to the renowned Mummers Parade. The New Year’s Day procession runs along Broad Street featuring everything from feathers and sequins to music and merriment from City Hall to Washington Avenue. Catch the Fancy Brigade Finale indoors as clubs perform fantastical routines at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.  

For a complete list of the Best Places in Philly to celebrate New Year’s Eve, click here. 

Overnight Guests Can See All Philly Offers

 

Philly Overnight Hotel Package offers overnight guests free parking and more perks. You can book your lodging at visitphilly.com.

New Year Celebrations:

  • Kids’ New Year’s Eve Countdown and Dance Party Franklin Square, home of the Electrical Spectacle, hosts a family-friendly 6 p.m. celebration—with a “Square Drop” and a view of the first fireworks show (see below). 6th & Race Streets, (215) 629-4026, org
  • SugarHouse New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront – This annual pyrotechnics extravaganza blasts beautifully over the Delaware River in two shows—one at 6 p.m. and another at midnight. The RiverRink gets in on the action with entertainment, favors, outdoor seating and great views. December 31. Columbus Boulevard at Market Street, (215) 925-7465, com
  • January 1. com. Tickets for bleacher seating at City Hall and for the Fancy Brigades available at the Independence Visitor Center, 6th & Market Streets, (215) 965-7676, phlvisitorcenter.com

Holiday Traditions:

  • Philadelphia City Hall – Dilworth Park’s fountains give way to the twinkling Rothman Institute Ice Rink, the cozy Rothman Institute Cabin, magical America’s Garden Capital Maze, the local artisan-filled Made In Philadelphia Holiday Market, the city’s official tree and a carousel in the Courtyard. New this year: the Deck the Hall Light Show, a nightly KLIP Collective creation for Dilworth Park and Craft House, a tented beer garden specializing in smoked meats and artisan baked goods. Ice Rink and Garden: November 10-February 25, Market: November 18-January 1, 2018, light show: November 20-January 1. 
  • Christmas Light Show – The Grand Court of the historic Wanamaker department store—now Macy’s—offers a free show of dancing lights, set to the famed Wanamaker Organ. Performances every two hours during store hours. November 24-December 31. 1300 Market Street. (215) 241-9000, com
  • The Comcast Holiday Spectacular – The Comcast lobby’s super high-res LED display combines the Pennsylvania Ballet’s The Nutcracker, a magical sleigh ride over the city—with a bird’s-eye view of the new Comcast Technology Center—and a sing-along in 15 minutes of fun. Daily, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (except 5 p.m. on weekdays), November 23-January 1. 17th Street & John F. Kennedy Boulevard, com
Philadelphia Ice Skating Rink

Indoors/Outdoors – Experience everything Philly offers year-round. Photo courtesy of visitphilly.com. 

Plenty of Outdoor Fun:

  • Franklin Square Holiday Festival featuring the Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show – Amid 50,000 lights, park-goers visit Santa, ride a carousel and miniature train, play mini golf, snack, and, if so desired, have a local beer or two. November 9-December 31. 6th & Race Streets, (215) 629-4026, org
  • A Longwood Christmas – Thousands of poinsettias, Christmas trees and flowers transform a heated four-acre Conservatory; 500,000 lights glitter in trees; and spectacularly restored fountains and fire pit flames dance to winter music, including live carols. November 23-January 7. 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square, (610) 388-1000, org
  • Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest – Winter wonderland along the Delaware River features fire pits, a game room, a chalet-style lodge, confectionary cabin, 12 nights of Christmas movies and Saturday Skates with Santa in December—all centered around a regulation skating rink with a view of the Ben Franklin Bridge. November 24-March 4.
    Columbus Boulevard at Market Street, (215) 925-7465, com

 Ring in the New Year in classic Philadelphia style. Read more and discover additional events planned: http://www.visitphilly.com/holidays-in-philadelphia/new-years-in-philadelphia/?utm_source=VisitPhillyEmail&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=VPE_NewYears2017

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Video courtesy of visitphilly.com.

Read, Read, Read!

Study Released:

Research “A Wake-up Call” for U.S. Educators
How does rEADING COMPETENCY relate to travel?

 

Ponder that question.

If American kids don’t have the reading skills they need, what’s the likelihood they’ll be motivated to travel as adults? Reading unveils a world of discovery that can foster an interest in domestic and international travel.

Boston’s PIRLS International Study Center published a report earlier this month. The research was conducted in more than 50 countries and revealed American fourth graders rank 15th among developed nations in reading skills.

You can read more about the international study center here.

PIRLS (Progress in Reading Literacy Study), PIRLS) is an international comparative assessment that measures student learning in reading.

David Bruce Smith, co-founder of the Grateful American Book Prize, noted there is also evidence that confirms a deficiency of knowledge about American history among young people.

Read more about the study and Smith’s findings.

Information Published Courtesy of PIRLS

“The PIRLS finding should be a stern warning to U.S. educators. The lack of interest in reading is one of the principal reasons for the inadequate understanding of history among young learners.  It can’t all be blamed on the 21st Century emphasis on science and technology in the classroom,” Smith said.

In an article, which Annie Holmquist recently wrote for Intellectual Takeout, she suggests that U.S. educators might be trying too hard to teach children how to read.

Ms. Holmquist compared England, which consistently performs above America in PIRLS assessments, to the U.S.  The English goals for young readers are simple and straightforward.  They want their kids to learn how to enjoy reading, and how to “develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information.”

In the U.S., however, the objectives are much more complicated.  For example, reading standards in America incorporate the goals to “integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, evaluate arguments and specific claims in a text, and analyze two or more texts to compare themes,” Holmquist said.

“Where’s the fun in that?” asked Smith.  “History books that teach names, events and dates may provide the facts, but they can’t make those facts interesting or make the student want to learn the stories behind those details.”

In an effort to minimize the country’s historical “illiteracy,” Dr. Bruce Cole, the former chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and Smith, co-founded the Grateful American Book Prize in 2015, as a way to encourage more authors and their publishers to produce absorbing and inspiring books of nonfiction and historical fiction about defining American events.

Smith believes “if you give a student a good read, he will become curious, and— perhaps— start investigating the history of the nation, and grow into a productive, civically-minded citizen.”

 

Visit www.historybookprize.com to learn more about the GRATEFUL AMERICAN BOOK PRIZE.

 

2018’s Best & Worst Cities for Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions

Traveling in 2018?

Best and Worst Cities for Keeping Your Resolutions

As many as 92 percent of Americans are doomed to fail at keeping their New Year’s resolutions, according to WalletHub, a personal finance website owned by Evolution Finance, Inc., parent company of the credit card website CardHub.com. The Washington, D.C. based company also noted “get out of debt” is among the most popular and most commonly broken resolution.

WalletHub wants to help Americans stick to their 2018 goals so they polled 180 U.S. cities across 52 key metrics. The data-set ranges from adult obesity to income growth and employment outlook.

2018’s Best & Worst Cities for Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions is a follow-up to a previous report, Most Sinful Cities ranking.

The data is provided courtesy of WalletHub.

Best Cities for Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions Worst Cities for Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions
1 Seattle, WA 173 Columbus, GA
2 San Francisco, CA 174 Hialeah, FL
3 San Diego, CA 175 Mobile, AL
4 Scottsdale, AZ 176 Montgomery, AL
5 Salt Lake City, UT 177 Augusta, GA
6 San Jose, CA 178 Detroit, MI
7 Orlando, FL 179 Jackson, MS
8 Irvine, CA 180 Newark, NJ
9 Austin, TX 181 Shreveport, LA
10 Portland, OR 182 Gulfport, MS

Best vs. Worst

  • Fremont, California, has the lowest share of obese adults, 14.7 percent, which is 3.1 times lower than in Detroit, the city with the highest at 45.1 percent.
  • Fremont, California, has the lowest share of delinquent debtors, 1.80 percent, which is seven times lower than in Tempe, Arizona, the city with the highest at 12.65 percent.
  • South Burlington, Vermont, has the lowest unemployment rate, 2.1 percent, which is 5.2 times lower than in Detroit, the city with the highest at 10.9 percent.
  • Charleston, West Virginia, has the lowest prevalence of adult binge- and heavy drinking, 11.1 percent, which is 2.4 times lower than in Madison, Wisconsin, the city with the highest at 26.4 percent.
  • San Jose, California, has the lowest share of adult smokers, 8.4 percent, which is 3.1 times lower than in St. Louis, the city with the highest at 26.3 percent.
  • El Paso, Texas, has the lowest average wedding cost (as a share of the median annual household income), 31.19 percent, which is 3.9 times lower than in Newark, New Jersey, the city with the highest at 121.43 percent.

To view the full report and your city’s rank, please visit:
https://wallethub.com/edu/best-cities-for-new-years-resolutions/28749/

Does your city appear on either of these lists? I’d love to hear your opinion. Feel free to comment. 

The Diplomat – NSU Art Museum Partner

THE ART OF TRAVEL

 

A Legendary Mix

 

THE DIPLOMAT BEACH RESORT, HOLLYWOOD, FL AND THE NSU ART MUSEUM PARTNER TO COMMEMORATE 60 YEARS. 

What happens when a well-known luxury beach resort and an art museum plan an anniversary celebration?

Guests have an opportunity to take advantage of the ART OF TRAVEL (an art and beach culture) package and an extraordinary deal valid from Dec. 7, 2017, through July 8, 2018. Winter and spring are an opportune time to get away from the cold, or transition into spring and summer with a getaway vacation in sunny Florida. Guests will find incredible rates at the newly renovated Diplomat Beach Resort (beginning at $249 based on availability at time of booking) and two complimentary tickets to the Frank Stella: Experiment and Change (December through July 8, 2018) and the Midnight in Paris and New York (Feb. 4 to Oct. 18, 2018) exhibitions at NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale. 

The Diplomat and the NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale recently announced their partnership in honor of their 60th anniversariesBoth entities were founded in 1958 and continue to play a vital role in Fort Lauderdale area tourism and culture.

“As Hollywood begins to boom, so does the art and culture scene and we wanted to offer that component to our guests,” says Ed Walls, General Manager, The Diplomat Beach Resort. “We plan to hold several special events on site with the Museum; host intimate dinners at our signature restaurants, including, Monk tail, Diplomat Prime and Point Royal to honor the museum’s executive board members, and offer our guests enticing art-related hotel packages.”

Click here to learn more about The Diplomat or book your stay. 

Fresh off a recent $100 million transformation in April 2017, The Diplomat Beach Resort offers 1,000 guestrooms (92 are luxurious suites), 10 different culinary destinations, two beachfront, sun-drenched pools, 26 poolside cabanas; a glittering, ultramodern spa overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, 24-hour fitness center, and 209,000 square feet of meetings and event space. The Diplomat boasts the largest hotel convention space in South Florida with the most expansive ballroom south of Orlando.

Water activities include a water taxi to Las Olas from Diplomat Landing, jet skiing, ocean kayaking, paddleboard rentals, and the property’s newest addition, the Dip + Slide water play area. Guests can also enjoy tennis, golf or head to the marina less than one mile away. Fanatical anglers should bring their surf and fly fishing gear and find their spot along the shoreline.

Diners can count on outrageous culinary creativity and expertise from famed Restaurateur and Chef Michael Schulson’s award-winning Japanese-inspired Monk tail to Celebrity Chef Geoffrey Zakarian‘s Point Royal – a Coastal American restaurant.

Florida art museum

NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale

 

The museum is located in the heart of the city’s arts and entertainment district and only a short walk to a variety of shops, restaurants, and galleries along Las Olas Boulevard and the picturesque Riverwalk waterfront promenade. NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale (Nova Southeastern University) is under the helm of Bonnie Clearwater, director and chief curator, and is a leader in the visual arts and a vibrant cultural resource serving South Florida and national and international audiences. Edward Larrabee Barnes designed the 83,000-square foot modernist building that houses acquisitions of 19th and 20th Century American and European paintings and sculpture, Oceanic, African, Pre-Columbian and Native American art.

AutoNation, the country’s largest automotive retailer presents the year of anniversary programming that is synonymous with exceptional learning and inspirational opportunities through access to works of the highest level of artistic expression.

Frank Stella: Experiment and Change is a major exhibition spanning the legendary artist Frank Stella’s 60-year career from the late 1950s. Exhibit-goers are encouraged to allow plenty of time to browse more than 300 paintings, relief sculptures, and drawings.

Another show you won’t want to miss is Midnight in Paris and New York: Scenes from the Fin-de-Siecle. Explore the paintings, prints, drawings, architectural designs, and the decorative arts of the Fin-de-Siecle, a fascinating and legendary period at the end of the 19th Century.

You can learn more about NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale here.

Tim Notier’s Maiden Voyage

Sit Back, Relax, and Enjoy the Journey

By Tim Notier

 

Turnarounds

 

 As a traveler, itineraries and schedules are rarely executed without something going astray. Changes will need to be made to accommodate the complete disorder and confusion that traveling actually consists of.

But, as a guitarist, some of my favorite lines in blues progressions are the turnarounds. Little personal licks of emotion, dirty and gritty as they can be, that leads back to the main rhythm and comforting progression of the song.

Life’s lessons don’t usually present themselves in the moments of complete chaos. Not every day can be filled with pure excitement and bliss. There will always be situations that leave you completely frustrated, either with the weather, border crossings, or disagreements about where to stay, for how long, places to eat, and the list can potentially go on forever.

For the last three months, I have been traveling via motorcycle with my fiancée, Marisa. Our trip has continuously led us to the unknown; improvised directions of dirty, gritty, and truly blues filled trials that eventually led back to the standard patterns of the trip that we are accustomed to.

Tim Notier

A “Day in the Life’ of Misery 

 

We were camped at Kolob Reservoir in Utah, and it was amazing. It was so beautiful that Marisa and I decided it would be a great place to set up our tent and call home for a couple days. We unpacked, set up our gear, and began the luxury of relaxing in a peaceful environment.

That night, it rained, then it hailed, and it did not stop for 15 straight hours. As we huddled in the tent, hail hammered the rainfly and the ground around us, splashes of water and mud ricocheting onto us from every direction. We were stuck, and filthy, and there was no way I was going to pack up all our or gear while God’s wrath came down on us.

The next day the sky retreated its hostile onslaught momentarily, and we seized the opportunity to get the hell out of there. As we packed, we realized everything was now coated in a muddy stew that once dry would add an additional ten pounds to the bike’s collective weight. Marisa and I rode out on a boggy road that cut through a canyon just outside of Zion National Park.

We were wet, tired, and just overall miserable. And we needed to wash everything we had, twice. We pulled into a hotel, and at $150 a night we knew that was not an option. A few days prior, we had met a lady named Dana who had invited us into her house, and at the time offered us a hot shower, a hot meal, and a “glamper” to stay in. At the time, we had already planned to camp at Kolob Reservoir, and we had yet to accept the hospitality of others as we were proving to be self-sufficient.

Tim Notier

But at that moment, we were no longer self-sufficient. We were undeniably in need of assistance. I called Dana trying not to sound as desperate as we were, and as if we were old friends, she gave us an address to her house. We spent the next three days with her and her husband Bill who took on the role of an aunt and uncle who we had not seen in a couple years.

Dana’s house was a sanctuary for open-minded travelers. Great food, conversation, and laughter filled the days as we slowly prepared to move on. We could have claimed her house as a legal residence by the time we actually left. 

Resolutions

 

It took a turnaround in my attitude, and the outlook of uncomfortable situations to redirect me to the needed understanding of uncertainty. I found myself repeating “Life is Chaos” and “Chaos is” trying to deeply grasp that the world is not out to get me and that all things seem to settle back to normal if given enough time, attention, or realization that some things just will not change. If it wasn’t for one completely miserable day, we would have missed out on meeting the kindest, unique, and hospitable people we have met so far.

I now find myself very grateful for the short-term miseries that lead to lifelong friendships and unplanned experiences. I had gone from a foul mood to such a blissful state. I can only hope to remember that the lows that seem to last forever, are only small moments that will soon be overwhelmed by the highest highs while we explore the world.

Tim Notier

About Tim Notier:
 

Tim Notier was born and raised just west of Chicago, Illinois. For the first 32 years of his life, he rarely explored more than an hour away from the hospital he was born. But now things have changed. He has sold all of his possessions and has traded his behind-the-desk job for a full-time behind-the-handlebars adventure.

Tim Notier’s book Maiden Voyage – The Prequel to The Adventure of a Lifetime can be found on Amazon in both paperback and digital format. Maiden Voyage express all of the frustrations, successes, nightmares, and victories that took place on his trip around the Rocky Mountains in a humorous tone. The book confirms that adventure can come in many forms. You may not have to cross oceans, or the borders of foreign lands to achieve a sense of accomplishment and wonder. Along the way you may find out a little more about yourself, and the ones you love.

Join Tim and Marisa on their current journey at https://www.notiersfrontiers.com/

Tim Notier

 

The Lodge at Woodloch

The Lodge at Woodloch

 

Chakra Bowls in the entrance at The Lodge at Woodloch. Photo by Joan Mead-Matsui.

Destination: Bliss

Calm your mind, awaken your soul

 

Spending a day at The Lodge at Woodloch is synonymous with a day in heaven.

 

The Lodge at Woodloch is a family-owned, one-stop spa destination located in the Lakes Region of the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. Individuals who want to experience a complete overhaul will find a phenomenal setting for total mind and body rejuvenation.

You’ll need to tailor your stay at this award-winning resort and allow time to savor every class, activity, and meal you choose. Depending on the length of your stay, I suggest you select one or two indoor spa services and one or two classes or activities and plan to venture outdoors. Use your time to tap into the adventure in your soul.

I arrived there eager for my massage session but immediately picked up a schedule of events and classes at the registration desk before heading to my room to change. A complete list of classes is available at the front desk and in each of the guest rooms, but if narrowing the selection is a bit daunting, a personal concierge can assist you with scheduling. You can view a current schedule of activities here.

Venture Outdoors

 

Even if the thought of being out-of-doors in the cold Pocono Mountain air sends chills up your spine, bundle up and take a walk. The property is so picturesque throughout the year, with scenic hiking and bike trails that are a favorite among nature-lovers.

The dock at The Lodge at Woodloch is a vantage point for observing waterfowl and other wildlife.  Photo by Joan Mead-Matsui.

Refresh

 

Your comfort is a number one priority to the management and staff at The Lodge at Woodloch. Feel free to drop in at the coffee and tea kiosk for a glass of fruit infused water, high-end herbal tea with locally-produced honey or artisan coffee. Lucious treats are available throughout the day. Hydration is important after a day of activity and guests receive a complimentary refillable water bottle and shopping bag branded with The Lodge at Woodloch name and logo. Filtered water is available in each guest room, so guests can refill their water bottles as needed.

Refresh with orange infused water or herbal tea with organic honey.

Find Time to Socialize

 

If you’re traveling alone, ask to dine with other solo guests. The main dining room and bar area are warm and friendly and a popular spot for great conversation.

Unleash Your Spirit

 

If exercise isn’t your bag, try a gentle chakra yoga session to free the creative flow you’ll need for a cooking demonstration or a watercolor painting class. Daytime and evening events are available.

You don’t need to be flexible to practice yoga. To the contrary, yoga has far-reaching health benefits from improved posture and overall health to a more flexible you.

Learn New Skills

 

Flyfishing? Betterment is often the result of branching out and learning a new hobby. Join the knowledgeable team at the lodge and allow them to introduce you to the joys of fly fishing.

Adam Nidoh, fly fishing instructor, teaches fly fishing 101 to Kathy Marsh, a guest from California.

Stick with the familiar or try something new when you join in on an organized fly-fishing class designed for aspiring fly anglers who yearn to be on the water. Full and half-day guided fishing trips on the Lackawaxen and Delaware Rivers can be arranged with advanced notice.

 

Art Abounds

 

On your way through the lobby, take note of the art that hangs on the walls in the corridors. The Lodge at Woodloch has created a venue for regional artists to display their wares, which is indicative of the management’s commitment to the arts. The paintings displayed during my visit provided a visual appeal and warmth that original art evokes.

Art at The Lodge at Woodloch. Photo by Joan Mead-Matsui.

 

Signature Dining

 

Dining at TREE, The Lodge at Woodloch restaurant, is an experience you’ll relish. The naturally-raised meats, fish, seafood; organic, locally grown vegetables and wholesome grains are combined and presented with an artistic flair.

A few of the entrees from a sample menu are Oven Dried Tomato & Charred Broccoli Flatbread – Basil Pesto, Homemade Ricotta, Calkin’s Creamery Vampire Slayer, Balsamic Reduction (veg) Shrimp Pad Thai – Shaved Root Vegetables, Local Cabbage, Scrambled Farm Egg, Pistachio, Hoisin Sauce (gf) Eggplant Cutlet Parmesan – Smoked Mozzarella, Oven Dried Tomato & Olive Tapenade, Arugula and Roasted Pepper Aioli (veg). Samples menus are available here.

Romantic soft lighting The Lodge
Many of the selections are plant and vegetable-based and bursting with flavor and texture that’s sure to please. Feel free to begin your lunch at the Buffet Station Salad Bar & Seasonal Condiments that’s brimming with a Chef Inspired Daily Soup and energy and protein-packed selections for vegan and vegetarians. There’s no guesswork as you’re helping yourself at the stations or ordering from the menu. Vegan and vegetarians are clearly marked.

REdiscover Lunch

 

If you need a getaway, visit The Lodge at Woodloch’s website where you’ll find a package to suit your needs. All packages include accommodations in one of 57 extravagant guest rooms, three gourmet meals per night of stay, speakers and workshops, creative arts, scheduled group fitness classes throughout the day, lectures, chef’s cooking and baking demonstrations, guided group adventure outings, a personal spa concierge, pools with hydro massage waterfalls, indoor and outdoor Jacuzzis®, steam rooms, saunas, and a 3,000 square foot state-of-the-art cardio weight studio.

Accommodations at The Lodge at Woodloch. Photo by Joan Mead-Matsui.

 

KUDOS!

 

The Lodge at Woodloch WILL exceed your expectations. The resort has consistently received a wide array of awards over the years from the prestigious AAA Four Diamond Award to the Travelers’ Choice Award by TripAdvisor.

For more information, visit thelodgeatwoodloch.com. You can view special seasonal offers here.

What’s your favorite beach?

The World’s 50 Best Beaches©

 

What makes for a perfect beach?

Let me know your thoughts about the best beaches you’ve ever visited. Comment here or feel free to email me your choices. 

 

I was thrilled when I was asked to weigh in with my choices for “The World’s 50 Best Beaches.” Follow this link to the website where “The World’s 50 Best Beaches” article is published and learn more about each of these heavenly destinations.

This is by far, the most definitive list of beaches ever assembled and a truly diverse collection of beach paradise around the globe, according to FlightNetwork, a Canadian-based company that provides global travelers with the competitive airfares, hotels, vacation packages, and car rentals.

FlightNetwork consulted with 600+ of world’s best travel journalists, editors, bloggers, and agencies to get their opinions. The company is sure this list will inspire you to book a getaway to one of these incredible beaches.

Whether you yearn for powder white beaches, swaying palm trees, turquoise waters, volcanic coastlines, or snow-capped mountain peaks, FlightNetwork’s list, along with vibrant photos, are probably all you’ll need to visualize what could be your reprieve from snow and cold weather.

Is your curiosity piqued? Visit https://www.flightnetwork.com/blog/worlds-50-best-beaches/ique to see what makes these beaches so breathtaking.

Name of Beach Rank Region/City/Island Country
Grace Bay 1 Providenciales Turks & Caicos
Whitehaven Beach 2 Whitsunday Islands Australia
Anse Lazio 3 Praslin Seychelles
Pink Sands Beach 4 Harbour Island Bahamas
Navagio Beach 5 Zakynthos Greece
Baia Dos Porcos 6 Fernando de Noronha Brazil
Playa Paraiso 7 Tulum Mexico
Hyams Beach 8 Jervis Bay Australia
Hidden Beach 9 Marietas Islands Mexico
Trunk Bay 10 St. John US Virgin Islands
Maya Bay 11 Koh Phi Phi Ley Thailand
Pig Beach 12 Big Major Cay Bahamas
Blue Lagoon 13 Yasawa Islands Fiji
El Nido 14 Palawan Phillipines
Muri Beach 15 Rarotonga Cook Islands
Saltwhistle Bay 16 Mayreau St. Vincent & Grenadines
Half Moon Bay 17 Antigua Antigua
Lucky Bay 18 Western Australia Australia
Flamenco Beach 19 Culebra Puerto Rico
Reynisfjara Beach 20 Iceland Iceland
Ile Aux Cerfs 21 Mauritius Phillipines
Fulhadhoo Beach 22 Fulhadhoo Island Maldives
Vaeroy 23 Lofoten Norway
Cayo Coco 24 Cayo Coco Cuba
Seven Mile Beach 25 Grand Cayman Cayman Islands
Anse Source d’Argent 26 La Digue Seychelles
Horseshoe Bay 27 Bermuda Bermuda
Honokalani Beach 28 Hawaii USA
Turquoise Bay 29 Western Australia Australia
Elafonissi Beach 30 Crete Greece
Champagne Beach 31 Espiritu Santo Vanuata
Tunnels Beach 32 Kauai USA
Kaputas Beach 33 Turkey Turkey
Dhigurah Island 34 Dhigurah Island Maldives
Ile aux Nattes 35 Dhigurah Island Madagascar
Cala Goloroitze 36 Sardinia Italy
Los Roques 37 Los Roques Venezuela
Long Beach 38 Vancouver Island Canada
Grand Anse Beach 39 Grenada Grenada
Boulders Beach 40 Cape Peninsula South Africa
Lanikai Beach 41 Hawaii USA
Cala Mitjana 42 Menorca Spain
Shoal Bay Beach 43 Anguilla Anguilla
One Foot Island 44 Aitutaki Cook Islands
Ao Nang Beach 45 Krabi Thailand
Radhanagar Beach 46 Havelock Island India
Eagle Beach 47 Aruba Aruba
Agiba Beach 48 Egypt Egypt
Diani Beach 49 Kenya Kenya
Cannon Beach 50 Oregon USA

 

 

 

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