There were the Hatfield’s and McCoy’s. Also the Montagues and the Capulets. In both instances blood was shed. Since the early days of the last century when the Boston Red Sox traded the legendary Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees, the hostilities of their fans toward each other was palpable. There was no common ground, no armistice. But no blood either. Into this fray drove four intrepid baseballs fans heading from the New York Metro area straight into the waiting hell of Boston and Fenway Park. Of the two couples on person was an Atlanta Braves fan and...Read More
Bob and Sandy Nesoff have been together, and reporting together, for more than 40 years. Bob is an award-winning journalist who has worked for two daily newspapers and was a New York magazine editor. He is a columnist for New York Resident Magazine and a travel writer for a number of outlets and publications in the Northeast. Bob served as the first national president of the North American Travel Journalists Association and is a member of the prestigious American Society of Journalists and Authors. His novel, Spyder Hole, has been highly rated on Amazon and has been treated especially kindly by the reviewers. Bob has been listed in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the Media and Communications since 1998. Sandy is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and was a founding member of the North American Travel Journalists Association and a past national officer. She has coauthored a weekly travel column with Bob as they traveled the world from Africa to the South Pacific and throughout the U.S. and Europe. Their three daughters were their test subjects for travel. That job has now been taken over by a granddaughter and two grandsons.
There are two ways to see great theater without spending the mortgage as one would have to do for a production such as Hamilton. Go out of town to a regional theater such as Paper Mill in New Jersey, or…stay at home and check out the off-Broadway venues. The York Theater Company’s production of Unexpected Joy is one of those shows that kept the audience tapping its toes throughout the show. And the second best part is that tickets range under $75. Joy (Luba Mason), a somewhat less than middle-aged woman is hosting her daughter and granddaughter for a...Read More
A place where everyone is welcome Folks in the New York/New Jersey metro area are what card players used to call “sitting in the cat bird seat.” Simply translated, it means that you are in a position that can’t lose. Jumping in a car, bus, or train opens up myriad destinations for vacations, weekend getaways and terrific down time. While most such destinations are acutely aware that their livelihood comes from making guests feel comfortable and at home, there are a few others that take that to a science. Sitting on the northern tip of The Cape lies Provincetown,...Read More
Bannerman’s Island Somehow or another, destinations at a distance always seem to be more exotic and interesting than those in our own backyards. Nearby New York puts the lie to those assumptions. Hidden nearby are the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome, with its fabulous vintage aircraft, and Bannerman’s Island, reached by a short boat ride in Beacon, NY, featuring the remains of an imposing fortress built in the early 20th century. Bannerman’s Island, set in the Hudson River, is home to the remains of Bannerman’s Castle. The island’s history took it from being a refuge for vandals, to a home for...Read More
(Readers: As of press time, the regulations described below had been lifted, but please accept the following as a cautionary tale, as new rules will likely come and go. — Your Intrepid Editors) Conflicted Times Bring New Rules To Air Travel Once upon a time the only complaints about air travel were lost luggage, annoying kids kicking the back of your seat, and what passed for food in Cattle Class…ooops, Economy/Coach. Today, with crazies hiding explosives and caustic chemicals in everything from shoes to breast implants, most governments-especially the United States-have begun instituting rules that make travel a...Read More
With the exception of traveling salesmen and the President of the United States, we have probably logged far more air miles than the average person. Of course POTUS has the Secret Service to guard him and a private aircraft that “trumps” all others for landings and takeoffs. The doctor who was unceremoniously dragged off an airplane recently had no such protection. What we witnessed here was a lapse in judgment on both sides. And, if we are to be fair about the incident, the doctor had a major share of the blame that seemed to bypass the notice of the...Read More
Sarah Palin, in the 2008 presidential campaign was Alaska’s governor. Most people thought she actually said “I can see Russia from my house.” She never said that; it was Tina Fey. The Saturday Night live comedian could have been standing in Key West at the southernmost point in the United States and said: I can see Cuba from here.” Well, she really couldn’t have because it’s 90 miles away and that would be difficult even on one of the key’s beautifully clear days. Southernmost Point is one of the more popular spots to visit in Key West. There’s nothing...Read More
Americans cherish their holiday weekends to relax, party and spend time with friends and family. But according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and AAA, an average of 1,022 people – more than 10 per day – die during the ‘100 deadliest days’ of summer in alcohol-related traffic fatalities. Holidays such as Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas and others are a time when many parents and grandparents take off with children and grandchildren for some terrific down time. We are reminded of an incident some years back when we attended a function celebrating a milestone for a young...Read More
Disclaimer: Mt. Airy provided courtesy accommodations. The money lost at the slots was our own as are the opinions in this article. Picture the Pocono Mountains, only an hour and a half from New York and North Jersey, heart shaped private pools for skinny dipping, giant champagne glasses with bubble baths for that intimate time together. Oh the honeymoons they have seen. Not any more. There was a time when the Poconos were the next stop after the wedding ceremony, especially after Interstate Route 80 was opened. You never had to come out of your mini-suite except to eat…or...Read More
In a day when gas prices are plummeting just as other travel costs are escalating, you can combine the two for some exceptional savings. But at the same time, you may as well treat yourself to some of the better things in life as you travel. Red Carnation Hotels, a group of boutique hotels, is one of the better choices. At least that’s the opinion of readers of Travel & Leisure. In an annual survey of readers, the magazine has announced that five of Red Carnation’s hotels have been awarded the “2016 World’s Best Hotels.” Adding sugar to the...Read More
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