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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 to hike in New Hampshire in the Fall, light to moderate exertion.
Seacoast Region: Odiorne State Park
Odiorne State Park’s unique 135 acres offer up something for everyone—from light hiking and 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 2.3 miles and runs from Tower Road, via the Tower Trail C…

Travel Survival Kit - 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.  Still need to de-stress?Listen to a travel podcast
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 Coastline

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The Northern Coast of Ireland a Self-driving Tour- Day 9- 10- Ireland’s Northern Coastline - Upon leaving Belfast we headed along the Causeway Coastal Route for breath-taking views of 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 Larrybane Back to the Causeway Coastal Route, the next adventure was at Carrick-a-Re…

Be a Football Hero with These Tailgating Tips 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.  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 recipes for simple, Low-cost tailgating parties.
Crunchy Chicken Cheese Tenders 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: 6 servings

Ingredients:


1 1/2 lb skinl…

Score Skip-the-Line Tickets to Denver Art Museum's U.S.-Exclusive Monet Exhibition

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Twelve Denver hotels offer hotel packages that 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 when he started focusing on a series of the same subj…

Explore Belfast's Historic Neighborhoods and the building of the Titanic.

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Discover Belfast’s city center, tour the historic neighborhoods of the Troubles, and come on board the 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 in 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 education, b…

Savor Howth, Ireland ’s Seascapes and Scrumptious Seafood

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On the Way from Dublin to Belfast - Howth, Ireland - Day 5 Continued - 
The Howth Peninsula is just 20 minutes from Dublin's City Centre. It offers lovely hill and seascape views. The perfect place to set up an easel or photograph that seascape you always wanted for your home.

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.





Be sure to explore the harbor and take a drive around the peninsula to see the views and majestic homes built along the coast. Or stop by the Vintage Radio Museum and Ireland's oldest inhabited castle with Aideen's Grave. If you hike there are trails along the cliffs and through the mountains. You can also book boat trips, scuba diving, and sailing adventures.



Visit the Doghouse coffee shop on in the harbor area drinks and unique decor which brings the indoors outside. It has a…

Malahide Castle an Irish Treasure

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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 of it 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 plants. Be sure to see the peaches greenhou…

Huge List of 60 Fun Things To Do in the Autumn

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



List of 60 Fun Things To Do in the Autumn 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 Halloween costume idea…

Discover Ireland with this Itinerary for a Self-Driving Tour of Ireland

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Ireland has been our bucket list for many years.  We finally were able to travel to 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 in a Self-Driving Tour of  Ireland

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 Malone statue, and Dublin Ca…

Big List of Colorado Things To Do - Plus Skiing in Colorado - 2019-2020

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Colorado Things To Do in Winter 2019/20  - Skiing in Colorado - Colorado is the place to be this winter.  Check out the new ski lift service and terrain on the state’s storied slopes, the opening of the highly anticipated U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Museum and Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs, the unveiling of the W Aspen, the world premiere of Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature at the Denver Art Museum and an exciting line-up of events and anniversaries,  and much more. See our big list of things to do in Colorado this winter below.


Exciting New Events, Festivals & Anniversaries:The Science Behind Pixar Exhibit Debuts at The Denver Museum of Nature & Science,Oct. 11, 2019: This exhibit will provide a unique look into the Pixar process and explore the science and technology behind some of the most beloved animated films and their characters.
Old West Fest, Ridgway, Oct. 11-13, 2019:2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the movie True Grit that was filmed in Ridgway and Ouray County.…

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