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Our Favorite New Hampshire Fall Hikes to See Fall Foliage

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We like a nice walk in the woods, especially in the autumn. Here's our answer to the question, Where is the best hiking in New Hampshire in the Fall, withlight to moderate exertion.
Seacoast Region: Odiorne State Park
Odiorne State Park’s unique 135 acres offer up something for everyone—it’s the perfect place for light hiking in New Hampshire. it offers picturesque picnic spots to rich autumn hues, fresh salty air, and sweeping ocean views. You can hunt for sea glass on sandy beaches and pretty pebbles along the rocky shoreline, where Pennacook and Abenaki tribes spent summers centuries ago.

A network of trails lets you explore forested trails, ponds, salt marshes, and even the bunker remnants of old Fort Dearborn. When you’ve had your fill of history, you can stop by the Seacoast Science Center to enjoy educational exhibits and programming, too.

Merrimack Valley: South Pawtuckaway Mountain 

This short-loop hike in Pawtuckaway State Park serves up a gradual 450-foot elevation gain over…

Travel Survival Kit - Every adventure needs a little humor.

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Travel Survival Kit Every adventure needs a little humor - enjoy!



Tissue-for your tears when the motel is booked or for romantic sunsetsPaper bag-to hold treasures and in case of hyperventilation when you see the prices of souvenirsSponge-to soak up the sun, sand, snow, and memoriesFeather-to remember to gently float through the vacation rather than racingEar plugs-to avoid the yelling or listening to the 7,000th singing of "99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall"Quarter-someone always needs a quarter for somethingBandaid-for boo-boos, real or imaginedRubberband-for flexibility as sometimes when you are flexible, you have wonderful experiences you would have never consideredA box of CrackerJack -vacations always come with good surprises. Remember to look for yours.
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More humorous travel survival kit items:A small plastic bag-to remind us to always bring back small things that will help the vacation live on for yearsChuckles-never le…

Experience Northern Ireland’s Scenic Antrim Coastline

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The Antrim Coast of Northern Ireland,  a Self-driving Tour - Day 9- 10- Ireland’s Northern Causeway -Upon leaving Belfast we headed along the Causeway Coastal Route for breath-taking views of the Antrim coast along the North Channel of the Irish Sea.

We stopped in along the coast by the Antrim Mountains to partake of the beautiful scenery and to take advantage of the perfect photo-taking opportunity. The sun was shining, it glistened off the water, making it the most striking emerald and aqua blue I have ever seen.



Glenarm Castle





We stopped mid-morning for tea and scones at Glenarm Castle Walled Garden Tea Room. Best scones ever! We also walked through the walled garden and admired the many plants and flowers. The charming tearoom is located in the old Mushroom House and is open daily. You can relax and enjoy a light lunch or a delicious homemade cake or pastry, overlooking the kitchen garden. Parking is available.

Carrick-Rede and LarrybaneBack to the Causeway Coastal Route, the next a…

Be a Football Hero with These Tailgate Food Ideas and Recipes

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Nothing beats a tailgate!

Drinks, foods and lawn games keep tailgaters entertained till the main event starts. However, if you have been to a few tailgates, there is one thing you already know: a good tailgate is far more memorable than the main game.

I checked off one of my bucket list items with a trip to watch the Ohio Buckeyes play.  I had to have a party to celebrate that!
To throw a seamless tailgate You need to select and prepare the food and drinks beforehand. Of course, certain foods like sausages and burgers are best grilled on-site, but there is no need to fret over preparing drinks or fiddling with food trays.
Below are a few easy tailgate food recipes for low-cost tailgating parties.
Crunchy Chicken Cheese Tenders - Tailgate Finger Food Original crackers are combined with parmesan cheese to form a crisp coating over these chicken wings. They are great for the tailgate party or as a snack during the game.
Prep Time: 15 Min. Cook Time: 20 Min.
Total Time: 35 Min.
Yield: …

Score Skip-the-Line Tickets to Denver Art Museum's Monet Exhibition

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Denver Art Museum Monet



Twelve Denver hotels offer hotel packages.  All Monet in Denver packages include untimed, updated VIP tickets to the most comprehensive U.S. exhibition of Monet paintings in two decades.

Denver Art Museum (DAM) will debut the most comprehensive U.S. exhibition of Monet paintings in more than 20 years with Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature, as seen through more than 120 paintings.

Premiering in The Mile High City as the sole U.S. venue, art enthusiasts can now access the exhibition through 12 premier hotel packages in Denver.

Art enthusiasts can access this special exhibition through unique hotel packages that provide untimed and undated VIP skip-the-line tickets, which guarantee entry at any time during museum hours, even during sold-out times.

Spanning Monet's entire career, the exhibition will thematically and chronologically explore the artist's lifelong interest in nature and the places he traveled. It will examine the shift in Monet's style wh…

Explore Belfast's Neighborhoods - Experience building the Titanic.

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Discover Belfast’s city center, tour the historic neighborhoods of the Troubles, and come on board the Belfast Titanic Museum. Self-Driving Tour of Ireland -  Discovering Belfast on Days  6 - 8 of our Trip We arrived in Belfast early evening and checked into the Merchant Hotel in downtown Belfast. It has splendid decor, great amenities, incredible staff and is conveniently located in the heart of the city.  This hotel is a 5-star establishment featuring a beautiful dining room, afternoon tea, and a full spa.
We were able to get an especially good deal on the hotel rate because we were mid-week and slightly before the summer season. Our accommodations included breakfast with a full menu. There are many restaurants, pubs, and stores within walking distance. And even a quick-serve coffee shop right across the street. The staff was very helpful in choosing a venue for traditional Irish music and good places to eat. Belfast Past and Present Belfast is the center of industry, arts, higher …

Savor Howth, Ireland ’s Seascapes and Scrumptious Seafood

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Howth the seafood culinary capital of Ireland
We stopped in Howth on the way from Dublin to Belfast on day 5  of out driving tour of Ireland.


The Howth Peninsula is just 20 minutes from Dublin's City Centre so it is an easy day trip from Dublin. It offers lovely hill and seascape views. The Howth harbour area is the perfect place to set up an easel or photograph that seascape you always wanted for your home. Hike the Cliff Walk for magnificent views of the harbour and beach.

Well known as the seafood culinary capital of Ireland, there are many restaurants to choose from, most with lovely views of the harbor as well. Even if you only get fish and chips it will be some of the best you have ever had.



Howth Cliff Walk  The Howth cliff walk is a 2-hour loop on a well-marked and trail. You will see views of Dublin Bay, and rugged coastlines and cliffs. Plus you will get a birds-eye view of the Howth Harbour Lighthouse.

Wildlife often is seen on the cliff walk in sea birds and grey seal…

Malahide Castle an Irish Treasure

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Malahide Castle Near Dublin On day 5 of our driving tour of Ireland,  we headed north from Dublin to Belfast. We stopped at Malahide Castle which was home to the Talbot family for 800 years. It is an imposing structure with castle towers and abundant lush gardens and woodlands.




You could have a delightful day outing from Dublin at the castle and gardens or just stay for a few hours as we did. There is a visitor's center where you purchase tickets; it has exhibits, shops, and a café. It is famous for the Avoca Store where they have made world-famous throws since 1723.


The castle is situated on 268 acres of woods and botanical gardens. The garden is large and very interesting with hundreds of different plants many from as far away as Australia and Chili brought there by the Talbot family members.

The garden is divided into two sections the main shrubbery called the West Lawn, and the Walled Garden.  The Walled Garden has seven glasshouses to accommodate the more tender species of p…

Huge List of 60 Fun Things To Do in the Fall

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Things to do in the Fall
Get out there and enjoy this fall with this list of fun things to do, much more than leaf peeping ---



List of 60 Fun Fall Activities 1.  Go apple picking
2.  Go pumpkin picking
3.  Attend a high school football or soccer game
4.  Go to a county fair
5.  Go to a corn maze
6.  Eat ALL the candy
7.  Rake leafs
8.  Read a book that's about Halloween or autumn
9.  Go for a hike
10.  Make butternut squash
11.  Make Chili
12.  Make an autumn salad
13.  Knit a scarf
14.  Press leafs
15.  Make Leaf Rubbings
16.  Donate food to a food bank
17.  Have a Harry Potter party
18.  Go leaf peeing see the fall colors
19.  Drink English Tea and English Cookies
20.  Apple picking - more fun than it sounds
21.  Make art of out leaves
22.  Go on a hayride
23.  Drink fancy coffee/tea
24.  Bake pies
25.  Have a photoshoot in a leaf pile
26.  Make caramel apples
27.  Corn maze
28.  Go to a pumpkin patch
29.  Bake fall cookies
30.  Take a nature walk
31.  Think of creative Hallowe…

Discover Ireland Itinerary for Self Drive Tour of Ireland

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Ireland has been our bucket list for many years.  We finally were able to travel Ireland on a self-driving tour around the country with a travel mate from England and my husband's sister.
Tips for Where to Stay and What to see on a Self-Driving Tour of  Ireland
Ireland Driving Itinerary Arrive Dublin Airport

Make your way to Dublin City Centre (30 minutes), where we recommend that you  check into the 5* Fitzwilliam Hotel*

The Fitzwilliam Hotel is ideally situated in Central Dublin, overlooking St Stephen’s Green. The Fitzwilliam is known for its contemporary style and its warm Irish welcome.

The city of Dublin is filled with places to explore. You may wish to give yourself an overview of the city by taking one of the Dublin Bus hop-on-and-off tours that will take you to all the main landmarks. Among the many highlights are the homes where the Duke of Wellington and Oscar Wilde were born, as well as the beautiful Christ Church Cathedral, St. Patrick's Cathedral, the Molly Malon…

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