The New York Botanical Garden

The New York Botanical Garden is one of my favorite places to visit. My family lives less than an hour from the Bronx and it’s a pretty drive on the parkways. The 250 acre campus was created in 1891 and has over one million planets, 30,000 trees, and over four million specimens on site. They have…

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Fort Stanwix National Monument Rome, New York

My family has been on a National Parks “tour” this summer (we’ve been to seven different spots in less than two months), and unintentionally, have been learning a lot about the “birth” of America at each location.. It was only fitting, then, when we drove to upstate New York this week to visit our best…

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Minute Man National Historic Park Lexington & Concord, MA

Concord and Lexington Massachusetts are two towns located northwest of Boston steeped in the history of the “birth” of America. The National Park Service has done a wonderful job of preserving many important sites in these towns associated with the battle of April 19, 1775, when colonial milita fought British troops (called “regulars”) in a…

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Why I Love Staying at Marriott Hotels

Airbnb and Homeaway are popular ideas when it comes to housing while traveling and I love the idea of staying in a neighborhood and really becoming part of a community. I also know several people who love hitting the road in their camp or trailer, or even camping in an old fashioned tent, communing with…

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Saratoga Race Course, Saratoga Spring, NY

It’s the oldest sporting venue in the country, dating back to 1863: Saratoga Race Course.  Held between late July and Labor Day weekend each year, they race registered thoroughbred horses six days a week (it goes dark on Tuesdays) and have 9-13 races each day.

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Nat’l Museum of Racing & Hall of Fame, Saratoga Springs, NY

Day 3 in my week long series about Saratoga Springs New York:Along with tens of thousands of racing fans, my family recently made the short pilgrimage to Saratoga Springs, New York for the first week of the Saratoga races. We attended the races on a Wednesday (they race six days a week- Tuesdays are “dark”)…

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