10-Day Michigan Upper Peninsula Road Trip Itinerary

Brockway Mountain Drive is one of the best places to see Michigan Fall colors

10-Day Michigan Upper Peninsula Road Trip Intinerary If you never thought of the UP for spectacular Fall foliage, you should Growing up in Lower Michigan, I’d heard about the Upper Peninsula’s legendary natural beauty, especially in Fall when the forests, which make up 84% of the region, are a kaleidoscope of color. Still, as far […]

Make Smorgasburg NYC Your Next Foodie Adventure

Smorgasburg

Updated June 2021 What Does Smorgasburg Mean? An urban take on the concept of a smorgasbord ( a buffet of a variety of foods and dishes), Smorgasburg is a popup festival each weekend with an array of unique food vendors serving their delicious, gourmet spin on global cuisines. Sundays, 11 am – 6 pm. Yes, […]

10 Incredible Experiences in Hawaii Learning From a Local

Looking into the multi-colored crater of the Hualalai Volcano. One of the cool experiences in Hawaii led by a local

Sunny, a resident of Hawaii, recently penned a great piece 7 Wonderful Places to Stay in Hawaii With Unique Character. I asked her to follow up with some amazing experiences you’ll be sure to enjoy. ~Susan By Sunny Fitzgerald If you’re looking for cool experiences in Hawaii, look beyond the most popular, often overcrowded sites […]

7 Wonderful Places to Stay in Hawaii With a Unique Ambience

A colorful lounge at Kaimana Beach Hotel, Oahu. One of 7 unique places to stay in Hawaii.

A big thanks to Hawaii resident and travel writer Sunny Fitzgerald for penning this wonderful piece ~ Susan By Sunny Fitzgerald Although you’re probably not planning to spend much time indoors while visiting Hawaii, your accommodations will be your home away from home. So rather than opting for a cookie-cutter room in a towering hotel, […]

8 Cool Outdoor Adventures in Florida That Aren’t on a Beach

Our guide zip-lining over the canyon_courtesy of The Canyons Zip Line and Adventure Park, one of the cool things to do in Florida

Florida has a lot more than sand and surf! I asked writer Cheryl Rodewig, a resident of the sunshine state, to put together a list of great things to do where you’re free to forget your towel. ~ Susan Story and Photos by Cheryl Rodewig I’m not a beach person, so why did I move […]

10 of the Most Unusual (Dare I Say Weirdest) Events in America

A portait of a man and woman dressed up as Shrek and Fiona from the movie

“It’s a festival where people compete to see who can toss a mullet the farthest.” “Is it alive?” I inquired a tiny bit horrified.  “No. No. No, She laughs. “It’s a dead mullet.” I was speaking to Nicole Stacey, a tourism rep from Pensacola. I’d asked if there were any unusual events in the city. […]

Central Park in Fall – Best Places to See and Photograph Autumn Foliage

Central Park’s Gapstow bridge in autumn

If I could only visit New York’s famous urban respite once a year to make photos, I’d choose Central Park in Fall. In winter, New York is a snow-capped wonderland. In spring and summer, a flower lover’s delight. But Central Park in Fall is utterly magical. There’s nothing like wandering the park’s winding paths and […]

How to Go Behind the Scenes at the Cathedral of St. John The Divine, NYC

Updated: January 2019 At over 120 years old and the largest Cathedral church in the world, St. John the Divine was on my “explore” to-do list for some time. Over the years, it’s hosted dignitaries such as Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, and the Dalai Lama. Sting held a concert there for the launch of his […]

The Ultimate Guide: Visit the Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island

White Pelicans - Best Guide to the Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island-061301

Whenever I am in Fort Myers seeing family, a visit to the JN “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge is always at the top of my to-do list. It’s a beautiful spot with walking trails, bike paths, an abundance of wildlife with over 245 species of birds.  Ding Darling is located on Sanibel Island, a popular vacation destination […]

Why the Zipline at Hunter Mountain is one of the Best in North America

View from the 1st Hunter Mountain Zipline

One of the most memorable experiences you’ll ever have is one that frightens you at first and then ends up being tons of fun. Such was the case with the SkyRider, the zipline at Hunter Mountain in New York’s Northern Catskills, the fastest, highest and longest zipline in North America. I hate the sensation of […]