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Huge Summer Festival Does It All In One Day

Huge Summer Festival Does It All In One Day Jul 15th, 2013 at 9:00AM: John Davies/Flickr Summer festivals and events scattered around the United States feature a variety of themes. At one event or another, there is surely something for everyone. It's just a matter of finding one that suits our interests and getting there. Some are small, local events with a focus on interests shared by friends and neighbors. Larger, regional offerings have a more broad appeal with a...

Courtney Love Opens Her First Art Exhibition

Courtney Love Opens Her First Art Exhibition Apr 18th, 2013 at 4:00PM: Courtney Love has opened the first museum exhibition of her artwork at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum in New London, Connecticut. "Mentoring Courtney Love: David LaChapelle and Courtney Love" showcases Love's artwork and examines the role artist David LaChapelle has played in mentoring the musician's experiments in a new medium. Love's artwork on display are all portraits sketched on paper using...

Magical Moments Of 2012: A Personal Review

Magical Moments Of 2012: A Personal Review Dec 31st, 2012 at 12:00PM: As the end of each year approaches, I try to take stock of the preceding 12 months, to absorb and assess the adventures, inner and outer. Reviewing this year, I've been filled with gratitude and wonder to realize that this has been one of the most enriching, exhilarating years I've had in a long time, especially the past six months, when I managed to squeeze six special trips into an...

Christmas Travel: Happy, Budget-Minded Places To Go

Christmas Travel: Happy, Budget-Minded Places To Go Dec 14th, 2012 at 1:00PM: Many travelers have places to spend Christmas nailed down far in advance. Tradition may have us going back home to join with family and friends in an annual celebration. Airline tickets may have been purchased months ago, cashing in on the best rates. A place to stay is not an issue, we'll take a sofa at one place or another, surrounded by those we care for. Others don't have such...

Airbnb Offers Free Housing For Victims Of Hurricane Sandy

Airbnb Offers Free Housing For Victims Of Hurricane Sandy Nov 8th, 2012 at 1:00PM: Last week, thousands of residents along the East Coast had their homes destroyed or were left without electricity and heat by Hurricane Sandy. This week brought yet another injustice as a vicious Nor'easter storm bearing snow and frigid temperatures left victims scrambling for shelter. That's why we were heartened to hear about a just-announced partnership between NYC.gov and apartment rental...

Roadside America: PEZ Visitors' Center, Orange, Connecticut

Roadside America: PEZ Visitors' Center, Orange, Connecticut Oct 19th, 2012 at 9:00AM: I have to congratulate the good people at PEZ for their excellent signage. I had no intention of spending any time or money on candy, but when we spotted signs for the PEZ Visitors' Center in Orange, Connecticut, we thought it was worth a closer look. I was driving from New Haven to New York with my mother and baby daughter (neither of which is currently a big candy connoisseur, but we all...

Road Trip Idea: East Coast Ice Cream Trails

Road Trip Idea: East Coast Ice Cream Trails Jul 8th, 2012 at 12:00PM: The bourbon trail draws crowds of whiskey swillers to Kentucky, but further north several states have introduced treks that appeal to trailblazers of all tastes (and ages). These pilgrimages center around America's favorite dessert: ice cream. If you're visiting or passing through one of these areas this summer, be sure to pull over at a roadside farm to enjoy a scoop or two. Maryland Ice...

Gawker's Worst 50 States

Gawker's Worst 50 States Aug 25th, 2011 at 11:30AM: I've been following Gawker's newest series, The Worst 50 States. I've been enjoying following this series. In an effort to pin down not only the best states in the US of A, but, more importantly, the worst states, Gawker compiled a Gawker-invented rating system in order to rank our fair fifty. Granted, this rating system consists solely of the viewpoints of those on staff for Gawker, so the...

The 5 ugliest states in the country

The 5 ugliest states in the country Aug 17th, 2011 at 2:00PM: They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder. San Francisco Examiner writer and occasional Gadling contributor Bob Ecker doesn't behold much, at least for a few unlucky states. Ecker previously named the prettiest US states including coastal California, exotic Hawaii, diverse New York, historic Virginia, and verdant Washington. He's now determined the unfortunate ugliest states, measured by...

Connecticut Beer Trail holds second official "Bikes and Beers" tour in Granby July 31st

Connecticut Beer Trail holds second official  Jul 28th, 2011 at 4:30PM: Far be it from the People to not abide by the Constitution. On July 31st, Granby is holding its second "Bikes & Beers" tour along the Connecticut Beer Trail (it's the Constitution State, FYI. Yeah, I didn't know, either). Connecticut seems obsessed with food and drink-themed pathways: there's the new Hot Dog Trail, the Ice cream and Sundae Drive (cute), and the Wine Trail. Why the fixation?...

"A Connecticut Hog Dog Tour" documentary airs July 2, kicks off National Hot Dog Month

Jun 29th, 2011 at 3:00PM: There's a month for everything in America, it seems, even if it's cancer. But as a nation, we can really get behind hot dogs. We love hot dogs; we're obsessed with them. That's why the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council (for reals) has declared July National Hot Dog Month. Who knew? Such obsession with pre-formed meat products can only lead to one thing: a search for the ultimate weiner....

The Old Leather Man: controversy over digging up a legend

The Old Leather Man: controversy over digging up a legend May 3rd, 2011 at 10:00AM: Investigators in Connecticut are planning to uncover a local legend, but they're facing a backlash of public sentiment. An archaeological team will open the grave of The Old Leather Man, a mysterious wanderer who from 1883 to 1889 walked a 365 mile loop from the lower Hudson River Valley into Connecticut and back. It took him 34 days to make the journey and he was so punctual that well-wishers...

New Wooden Warrior roller coaster will provide family fun at Quassy Amusement Park

New Wooden Warrior roller coaster will provide family fun at Quassy Amusement Park Nov 29th, 2010 at 12:00PM: Along with Six Flags New England and Canobie Lake Park, another New England amusement park will be debuting a new roller coaster in 2011. Middleburry, Connecticut's Quassy Amusement Park will be replacing their aging steel roller coaster, Mad Mouse, with a family wooden coaster dubbed Wooden Warrior. The new ride's name was chosen via a name contest that the park held with local schools. Wooden...

Delta sued over alleged false advertising on price guarantees

Delta sued over alleged false advertising on price guarantees Nov 3rd, 2010 at 1:00PM: Delta is headed to court over its claims of providing the best fare every day. Normally, this sort of advertising bravado wouldn't lead to litigation, but the person buying the ticket happened to be Robert Izard ... the "Izard" in law firm Izard Nobel LLP. When Izard's wife, Susan, sought a ticket to Israel on Delta, she was told the best rate for business class was more than $3,000 – if...

A Dozen Ways to Save in New England

A Dozen Ways to Save in New England Jul 4th, 2010 at 9:00AM: Looking to make your travel bucks go a bit further this summer? Well, there are a dozen ways you can do it in New England. Twelve properties in the New England Inns & Resorts Association are kicking in extra nights, meal vouchers upgrades and comp'ed rounds of golf to get you under their roofs for a while. Here are three to whet your appetite 1. Free Golf at Crowne Plaza Cromwell Head up...

Connecticut family spends seven years sailing the world

Jun 23rd, 2010 at 3:30PM: For one Connecticut family of four, a sailing vacation turned into a seven year adventure. In 2003 the Hopkins family decided to take their 32-foot boat for a long holiday to visit exotic locations. Seven years later, they are settling back into life in the US. During the voyage the family hit several continents including Africa, Asia, North America, and South America. Their longest stint at...

Nation's oldest amusement park to give 'deserving' family private access

Nation's oldest amusement park to give 'deserving' family private access Apr 6th, 2010 at 9:30AM: To celebrate its 165th anniversary, Lake Compounce is "giving away the keys" to the amusement park to one family for 165 minutes. Nominate a "deserving" family online by April 20 to enter the Win the Keys to Lake Compounce contest. Park officials say economic troubles, personal hardships and sacrificing yourself to serve others are examples of things they would consider deserving. You can...

Four hot, sticky and sweet deals in New England this spring

Four hot, sticky and sweet deals in New England this spring Mar 11th, 2010 at 9:00AM: Now that the freeze that grips New England is easing up, the region's becoming dirty, sticky and sweet. "Mud and maple season" is upon us says the New England Inn and Resorts Association, and its members are offering some delectable deals to lure you up to its small corner of the country. NEIRA boasts more than 250 member properties, but I just don't have the stamina to poll all of them to find...

Escape from New York: Five tips for leaving the city when flights fail you

Escape from New York: Five tips for leaving the city when flights fail you Mar 8th, 2010 at 8:00AM: New York is no stranger to tourist and business travel. We get lot of guests here, and eventually, their trips must come to an end. When the weather turns harsh, this can be problematic. Spring may be close, but March and April snowstorms happen, and there are always spring showers to make getting off the ground at JFK or LaGuardia a pure living hell. Whether you're traveling in the northeast...

Rockefeller Christmas tree chosen and en route

Rockefeller Christmas tree chosen and en route Nov 12th, 2009 at 2:00PM: For a tree-grower, there's no honor greater than to have yours chosen to sit at the center of the Christmas universe: Rockefeller Center. This year, the winner is Maria Corti. A 10-ton, 76-foot Norway spruce was cut down in her Easton, Connecticut backyard on Wednesday and is being carted down to Manhattan. She called Rockefeller Plaza more than nine months ago to make the offer. This was one of...

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