Category: United States

Key West for Christmas

La Mer Bed and Breakfast, a part of the Southernmost Hotel, mixes holiday charm with tropical style. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Leave Your Boots and Mittens at Home This Holiday Season Dreaming of a bright Christmas? Consider a trip to Key West to get a warm holiday fix.   ~Advertisement~ ~Advertisement~ Love the Florida Keys? You might like these posts: Biscayne,…

Tarrying in Tarrytown

The Tarrytown Music Hall, built in 1885, welcomes women and others. Photo credit: L. Tripoli

Reasons to Take the Last Exit before the Tappan Zee Bridge As if a charming Main Street, a view of the Hudson River, and plenty of options for brunch (Sweet Grass Grill!) were not reason enough to visit Tarrytown, N.Y.,…

Make Time for the Tenement Museum

A storytelling museum on the Lower East Side reveals what immigrant life was really like in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Life as an Immigrant Comes Alive at a Storytelling Museum in Manhattan   For anyone who has ever wondered why on Earth their grandparents ditched the city for, say, the suburbs of New Jersey, a visit to the Tenement Museum…

Castles in Westchester: Caramoor

What will the history of the Rosen family teach visitors at Caramoor? Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Seeking the Rosens in a Villa in Katonah Going on a house tour is a bit of an odd pastime, being as a certain amount of snooping into other people’s personal lives is encouraged, yet go too far, and a…

Westchester Castles: Manhattanville

Castles close by: Reid Castle at Manhattanville College in Purchase, N.Y. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Don’t let Reid Castle be wasted on co-eds   Try to find a reason to visit the campus of Manhattanville College in Purchase, N.Y. just to visit what’s called ‘The Castle,’ and it indeed looks like one. Formally called Reid…

Infrastructure Tourism: The Holland Tunnel

Did you know that New York City's Holland Tunnel is a National Historic Landmark? Photo credit: L. Tripoli

A Landmark of Modernity in SoHo As unlikely as anyone visiting the island of Manhattan is going there purely to experience the Holland Tunnel (which leads from Jersey City, N.J. to New York) and all the concomitant traffic-ridden pleasure such…

New England History for Truth-Seeking Tourists

A statue of the sachem Iyanough, for whom Hyannis, Mass. is named. Iyanough helped arrange the return of 16-year-old John Billington, who got lost in 1621 and was taken custody by indigenous people. Iyanough died in 1621 while still in his 20s. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Of Pilgrims, Progress, Power I begin reading Nathaniel Philbrick’s Mayflower with the hope that the ending is going to be a slightly different one. I resist picking up this work for a long time because I know it isn’t going…

Flatiron ABC

ABC Cocina restaurant in the ABC Carpet & Home building in New York City. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Casual Cocina at Union Square Once dismissive of restaurants situated in strip malls (so suburban!) and those located in department stores (crustless cucumber sandwich, anyone?), I keep expectations for ABC Cocina, located in the same building as the…

Melting-Pot Museum

A little history, a little socializing at the Museum of the City of New York. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

A Little of This, A Little of That at the Museum of the City of New York What do the Titanic, 19th-century fashion, the anti-nuclear movement, and the world’s best dollhouse have in common? Nothing—except remnants of all of them…