Swiss Mountain Chalet in Suburban Seattle – Willows Lodge

Willows Lodge_Guest Room

by RON BERNTHAL After a drive of a just 30 minutes from downtown Seattle I am in the foothills of the Cascades, in the pleasant suburb of Woodinville. With office parks, affluent private homes, two-story residential complexes, a few large … Continue reading


Streamsong main Lodge

BY RON BERNTHAL Why make so much of fragmentary blue In here and there a bird, or butterfly, Or flower, or wearing-stone, or open eye, When heaven presents in sheets the solid hue? Since earth is earth, perhaps, not heaven … Continue reading

America’s Largest WW II Reenactment Takes Place at D-Day Conneaut, Ohio, Aug 22-23

GIs hit the shores of Lake Erie in authentic Higgens Boats, during D-Day Conneaut, America's largest World War II reenactment, taking place Aug.  22-23, 2014.

Over 1,400 reenactors from all over the Untied States and Canada will converge on Conneaut, Ohio, August 22-23, 2014, to replay D-Day, making this America’s largest World War II reenactment. D-Day Conneaut, which is free to the public, is a … Continue reading

New York State Highlights Nifty New Attractions Across State for Travelers

The magnificent Hudson River Valley. There is still time to explore this summer and fall © 2014 Karen Rubin/

There is still time to take advantage of the many new and exciting activities available across New York State this summer and into the fall. With new thrill rides, dining venues and entertainment concepts, as well as new ways to … Continue reading

Blackbird Kitchen, Bozeman, Montana – Restaurant Review

Visitors, local business folks, ranchers and kids mingle casually for dinners at Blackbird Kitchen on Main Street, Bozeman.  (photo Ron Bernthal)

Blackbird Kitchen, Bozeman, Montana by Ron Bernthal During the past decade Bozeman, Montana, has been quietly revitalizing its 19th-century downtown buildings and along with its stunning location in the Gallatin River Valley, surrounded by six mountain ranges, has been attracting … Continue reading

Brite Spokes by Kuoni Taps into Growing Interest in Experiential Travel

Chef and owner John Mooney of Bell, Book & Candle in Greenwich Village, puts the notion of "farm to table" on the roof - at his rooftop garden where he uses's innovative aeroponic/hydroponic technology to grow his own vegetables and herbs he features in his daily menu. © 2014 Karen Rubin/

by Karen Rubin The hottest trend in travel today is “experiential” – activities that get the traveler out from gazing  through a window and from tourist hotels and restaurants and engaged. You come home with more than mental images but … Continue reading

New Mobile App Quickly Locates Places to Fish, Hunt, View Wildlife and Enjoy Outdoors in New York State

North-South Lake Campground, Haines Falls, NYS, in the Hudson River Valley. New York State has created a new "New York Fish & Wildlife" app © 2014 Karen Rubin/

New York State has launched a free mobile application that provides up-to-date information on fishing, hunting, wildlife watching and other outdoor adventure opportunities throughout the state. The New York Fish & Wildlife App is available for free download in the … Continue reading

Women’s History Month Calls Attention to Pioneering Women and Sites Associated With Their Contributions All Over New York State

Eleanor Roosevelt's study where she wrote her famous newspaper column. Visitingn her home, Val-Kill, at Hyde Park, provides remarkable insights into this most remarkable woman, "First Lady to the World" © 2014 Karen Rubin/

The struggle for women’s right to vote is enshrined here in New York State, at Seneca Falls. The struggle for freedom also had its stops on the Underground Railroad at the homes of Harriet Tubman and Sojourner Truth, in New … Continue reading

NYS Adds 69,000 Acres to State Forest Preserve

New York State has added 69,000 acres to the State Forest Preserve © 2014 Karen Rubin/

Those who appreciate the outdoors will cheer the latest phase of New York State’s acquisition of 69,000 acres to the State Forest Preserve formerly owned by Finch Pruyn & Company, as well as $875,000 in available grants for projects to … Continue reading

President Obama Establishes Point Arena-Stornetta Unit of California Coastal National Monument

President Obama signed a proclamation establishing the Point Arena-Stornetta Unit of California Coastal National Monument (photo from the Bureau of Land Management)

by Karen Rubin President Obama today signed a proclamation establishing the first shoreline addition to the California Coastal National Monument. Using his authorities under the Antiquities Act, President Obama designated the Point Arena-Stornetta Unit, protecting approximately 1,665 acres of a … Continue reading