Category: United States

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…

Hyannis Holiday Convenience

Murals, art, water, Hyannis. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

A Road Trip to Cape Cod On a road trip to Hyannis, Mass., we almost pass our motel by —despite admonitions from our global positioning system—because it looks just a bit like a car dealership. We know we are in…

Is a Cape Cod Whale Watch Worthwhile?

How long before we see the whales? Cape Cod, Mass. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

The first time I sign up for whale watching, on a trip to San Diego, I somehow manage to book myself on a pretty small boat on what I consider to be a pretty choppy ocean, or maybe it only…

Grand Central Secrets

The letter box in New York City's Grand Central Station is hidden in plain sight. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

What to Look for in the Manhattan Train Station To visit New York City’s Grand Central Station with the eyes of a tourist, rather than the blinders of a daily commuter, look for what is memorable. Of course, we’ve all…

Postmarked Hyannis

The Hyannis, Mass. Post Office is just a short walk on Main Street away from the John F. Kennedy Museum. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Post Office Tourism in the Land of Kennedy Remember the days when post offices had unique designs? When they weren’t generically and homogeneously crafted buildings designed, if only aspirationally, for some sort of efficiency? Remember when going to the post…

Dining at Ryder Farm in Brewster

Place setting for a seasonal supper at Ryder Farm in Brewster, N.Y. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Go for Vegetables, for the Flowers, for an Artistic Retreat, for the Past Use any excuse you can to pay a visit to Ryder Farm in Brewster, N.Y. and imagine, for a few moments, for an evening, for a days-long…

Finding Ulysses in the Big Apple

President Ulysses S. Grant lying in state in City Hall, New York City, 1885. Photo credit: National Park Service Manhattan Historic Sites Archive

Presidents—Past, Present, Future—Seem to Love New York Of all the entries on the list of first politicians lured to or born in New York is one that, for me, does not typically conjure associations with the Empire State. Think U.S.…

Overthinking the Algonquin

Looking for literary ghosts at the Algonquin Hotel in New York City. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Dorothy Parker Is Long Gone I sit down at the Round Table restaurant in the Algonquin Hotel in New York City with no one but long-dead writer and wit Dorothy Parker spinning through my head. Who wouldn’t admire what might…