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The Great Halloween Pumpkin Blaze

Halloween is my favorite holiday and I am obsessed with just about anything pumpkin. So when I heard about an event called The Great Jack o' Lantern Blaze in a little town called Croton-on-the-Hudson by Sleepy Hollow, NY, I HAD to check it out. In the month of October, the Van Cortland Manor is illuminated with over 10,000 pumpkins, 5,000 of those being hand carved. Tickets go on sale late August and the event sells out every year. The blaze is set on the grounds of Van Cortland Manor and creates scenes of graveyards, ghosts, witches, crazed jack in the boxes, haunted grandfather clocks, a tunnel of doom, prehistoric creatures and finally a massive Chinese Dragon. There’s truly nothing like it! The haunted house    Graveyards and the ghosts that haunt them      Spiders and spiderwebs    Jack in the box and grandfather clock    A tunnel of doom…
Looking for a quick outdoor getaway? New Hampshire’s White Mountains offers year-round activities for people of all ages. Some of the most scenic landscapes that New England has to offer are only a short 2.5 hour drive from Boston. From an early age, I loved what the White Mountains had to offer and as an adult, its offerings only expanded. I’d like to talk about some of my favorite and convenient activities that I have found while visiting the north. Pro-tip 1: Try to avoid peak summer holidays and weekends, as traffic can get particularly bad, especially traveling home on a Sunday afternoon. Pro-tip 2: As you’re driving through the mountains, make sure to pull off at some of the scenic vistas. Most offer stunning views of the surrounding areas. There are several scattered along the Kancamagus Highway (route 112) and Bear Notch road (closed in the winter). 1. Hiking…

A Day Exploring Fall in Massachusetts

While I am a real city girl, I consider the rustic New England farmlands of my native Massachusetts to be one of the most beautiful places, particularly during Fall foliage season. It is must-see every year. Two of my favorite places to experience foliage season are Honey Pot Hill Orhard and Nashoba Valley Winery, located less than an hour from Boston   See larger map From Boston, route yourself through the back roads of route 117. The suburbs will thin out and the farmland will start to surround you. Trees with pockets of red, orange and yellow line the horizon. First stop is Honey Pot Hill Orchard. Originally a dairy farm, Clifford Martin purchased Honeypot Hill Orchard in 1923 and began planting apple, pear and peach trees. Clifford’s Son, Richard, was one of the founders of the pick-your-own concept and pushed Honey Pot Hill Orchard into becoming one of the…

How to: Pack for a Multi-Climate Vacation

Dave and I just embarked on our big Grand Canyon/Las Vegas adventure.  It was a tricky trip to pack for because we will be looking glamorous in Las Vegas and hiking at the Grand Canyon. During October, the weather at the Grand Canyon drops from the mid 60s during the day to the mid 20s at night. I want to look good and still be comfortable.  I have always found it more difficult to pack for shorter trips (4-5 days) than longer 10-day trips. The items that I am packing could last anywhere between 4-7 days comfortably. Note: we will have our own rental car and will not be camping overnight. You could easily still be very comfortable bringing about half of the below garments. A few general tips:    - Color scheme: Keep your color story to 1 or 2 colors, with the rest being black or denim. This will…

The Great NY Pizza Crawl- Part 2: Artichokes and the Highline

The second leg on the Great New York Pizza Crawl starts at the High Line. Pack some drinks and snacks and take the L, A, C or E trains to 8th Avenue. Walk all the way to 10th avenue and ascend the stairs to the Highline Park. Enter the park at 14th Street during late afternoon and walk up the highline. The Highline is a park created on the platform of an abandoned railway line that runs from Ganesvoort Street to West 30th Street along 10th Avenue. The elevated train platforms were built in the early 1930’s as a solution to the plethora of accidents that were occurring on 10th avenue, or “Death Avenue”, between trains and street traffic. The original line ran 13 miles long and relieved 105 intersections from train-induced collisions. The original High Line began at St. Johns Park Terminal (Spring Street) and ended at 34th street.…

How To: Create a Guide Book for your Guests

I spent my college years living in a 10-bedroom loft in SoHo. Most of my roommates were international and I felt like I was living in the movie l’Auberge Espanol. As you can probably imagine, with 9 roommates, we had a lot of guests. Everyone wants to visit New York and nobody wants to pay the $250/night hotel price tag when they could sleep on a sofa for free. One particular French roommate had a lot of guests and instead of taking the same tour of Times Square, The Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty etc, came up with a ingenious idea of creating his own tour book routed to and from our apartment with directions in French. Of course, this probably isn’t the Miss Manner’s approved way to entertain guests, but this is perfect for friends using your place as a crash pad or for a day you’re not…

Annie's Adventures in India

    The Itinerary: Delhi->Agra->Jaipur->Srinigar->Leh->Manali->Chandigarh->Delhi Time period: 30 days exactly Budget: About $35/day + $500 for buying textiles, jewelry, gifts.  My travel history: While I've never been to Asia before, I consider myself an experienced traveler. I've done 4 or 5 trips of 1-3 months in length, in Europe, Australia/New Zealand, Latin America and here in the United States.   Why India?? I'm now in graduate school. Which, while putting me on a tighter budget than I've had to travel with lately, also provided me with a rare chance to run free of work obligations and plan a more ambitious trip than I've been able to in a while. I went with another close friend who also had the summer off.  My first pre-traveling piece of advice for India is: buy your plane ticket 6 months in advance, at least! Though we checked prices regularly starting in January (for a flight…

Sausage Fest 2013!

Last night, we held out first fundraiser, Sausage Fest, in honor of National Bratwurst Day. It was a beautiful night in Brooklyn, not too hot and not too cold. We were lucky enough to enjoy the party not only inside, but also on the roof, with the Manhattan skyline as the backdrop. We ate three different types of sausages, two different types of Polish Kielbasa, Podwawiska and Swojska, and one Italian sausage. We also enjoyed sides of a traditional German potato salad and green beans. This event was very fun to shop for. Our apartment in Williamsburg is located in the Italian neighborhood. We have been going to see Lou at Model T Meats for many years. Stepping into Lou's store is a blast from this past- complete with the sawdust on the floor. Lou makes his own Italian Sausage every Thursday afternoon and everyone in the neighborhood knows that…

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