Want the real low-down on REAL ID? It’s here…

picture of New York State REAL ID driver's license

This updates an earlier post on the topic….

Confused about exactly when  REAL ID kicks in?  Confused about the acceptability of your state’s driver’s license by the TSA for domestic air travel after January 22, 2018?

Don’t panic. 

You won’t be turned away at security with your long-standing  license or ID in hand.  If you live in one of the 20-odd states  just now issuing REAL ID driver’s licenses (New York is one of them), the Department of Homeland Security has granted extensions until the strict, we-mean-business deadline of October 1, 2020. Therefore you have a bit of time. 

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How to experience the eclipse without the hassle

Solar eclipse 101: this is hysterical.

How will you experience this cosmic phenomenon?  Some tips follow… Continue reading “How to experience the eclipse without the hassle”

Intergenerational ski getaway – 5 tips for success

One blessing of being the “older” generation is the delight of organizing and hosting an intergenerational getaway.  To my mind, it outweighs any holiday or birthday gift “thing” you can bestow; the experience itself is priceless for all.

A recent ski weekend honored 2 birthdays,  but it could be anything/activity wherein all shared a new adventure and the sense of discovery.

Here are some tips on making an intergenerational weekend – of any kind – a success.

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Ready, Set, Go: The Betsy in South Beach

Guest blogger Paula Forman shares her favorite winter pick-me-up, Miami’s South Beach, and the destination hotel for body and soul. There is a lot of winter left but, really, who couldn’t use this any time of year?  

It’s always a matter of taste, but I adore Miami and especially THE BETSY in South Beach. Continue reading “Ready, Set, Go: The Betsy in South Beach”

A Blogger’s Rookie Year

In the roller coaster year of 2016, the indisputable bright spot for me was the launch of 3 Score and More in May.   With gratitude for all the extraordinary experiences, and excitement about what lies ahead, here’s a “best of” look at how Travel, Style, and Discovery played out over the last eight months…. Continue reading “A Blogger’s Rookie Year”

Holiday Delight in Pittsburgh at the Phipps Conservatory

The annual Winter Garden at the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden in Pittsburgh is a delight for young and old, from game playing bears in a makeshift den to holiday inspired tableaus.
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Stratford Hall: A Historic Getaway in Virginia’s Northern Neck

 

A mid-October weekend found me at Stratford Hall, a historic house museum on the coastal plain of central Virginia known as the Northern Neck. It’s nestled between the Potomac and the Rappahannock rivers, about an hour from Fredericksburg, VA.  It was a weekend of discovery, and I wished I lived closer to visit more often.

The region was the cradle of the American revolutionary movement, an outcome of a wealthy, sophisticated, and learned society that honed a uniquely American philosophy honoring civic duty and informed by the values of the Enlightenment.

In this context, I learned that Thomas Lee, patriarch of the Lee family, acquired land along the Potomac in 1713, built a successful tobacco and shipping enterprise.  Over the next century, the Lees contributed much to the formation of our  fledgling nation – 2 Lee brothers signed the Declaration of Independence – and their influence extended for decades afterward.

Robert E. Lee, who ably led the Confederate Army during the American Civil War, was born at Stratford Hall in 1807.

Nearly three hundred years later, the Lee family’s iconic home, Stratford Hall, is a touchstone to our nation’s agrarian past and start as a Republic. Here’s why you should go….

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Texas Hill Country: Don’t Miss These Four Towns

Texas Long Horns in Hill Country
Texas Longhorns just know how to kick back

Welcoming hospitality, great food (not limited to delicious bar-b-que), a bounty of live music, rolling countryside and yes, longhorns, characterize Texas’ Hill Country.
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Five things I learned from birdwatching in Down East Maine

 

During a recent trip to Down East Maine, birdwatching per se was not top of mind. I set out to experience and get in tune with the natural splendor of the of the place,  Acadia National Park in particular.

As so often happens, the most enlightening travel experiences come from unexpected quarters. My renewed appreciation of the region’s vast ecosystem came through birdwatching, with a pro, Michael Good, MS.

Oh, I recognize common “backyard” birds: brilliant male cardinals, squawky blue jays, blackbirds with flashy red trim (not a scientific term). I’ve got a bead on swans, geese, various ducks. In summer, I can spot a neon yellow finch, dazzling hummingbirds. Shorebirds, beyond majestic blue herons or elegant egrets, get lumped into one of two categories: “gulls” or “smaller-birds-that-live -at-the-beach.”

Beyond that, I am an ornithological black hole. But here’s what I learned….

Michael grounded this field trip in biology by sharing  the Latin name, gender and approximate age for each bird, and weaving the geography and biodiversity of Mt. Desert Island into the bird narrative.  His knowledge made it interesting; his passion made it fun.

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3 Day Nature Itinerary: The best of Down East Maine

First of all, what exactly and where exactly, is Down East Maine?  It is geography mixed with sailing terminology that broadly refers to the 7,000 miles of coastline  – including 4600 islands – from Maine to Canada.  In the days of cargo schooners, boats headed to ports along the New England coast sailed “downwind,” from Boston pushed along by the prevailing southwest winds, and in an easterly direction on their compasses. “Down East” –  a terse Yankeeism  –  just stuck.

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