Fall Getaway: Bear Mountain, New York

Fall Getaway: Bear Mountain, New York

I love living in the city, but sometimes a break from the constant horn honking, garbage smell and crowded sidewalks is necessary. It’s nice to know that there are places where you can get outdoors and go hiking near NYC, like Bear Mountain, which is only 45 minutes away. Continue Reading…

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A Haunted Hayride in Sleepy Hollow, New York

A Haunted Hayride in Sleepy Hollow, New York

Sleepy Hollow NY

Sleepy Hollow… what better place to celebrate Halloween? I traveled to the historic setting for Washington Irving’s famous novel this past weekend and went on the town’s annual Haunted Hayride. Continue Reading…

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Exploring New York: A Guide to Long Island City

Exploring New York: A Guide to Long Island City

Most tourists come to New York City and spend all of their time in Manhattan, seeing famous sights like the Empire State Building and Times Square. But once you’ve been-there-done-that, I recommend veering off the beaten path with a trip to Brooklyn or Queens. The distinct and eclectic neighborhoods you’ll find are destinations all their own. Plus, from across the river you can take in one of NYC’s most famous attractions: its skyline. Long Island City is the perfect place to do just that. Continue Reading…

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Exploring New York: The Brooklyn Winery

Exploring New York: The Brooklyn Winery

The word “winery” conjures images of spacious vineyards somewhere far away from the bustling city, perhaps  in upstate New York or the Hudson River Valley. But the Brooklyn Winery (213 North 8th St) is located smack in the middle of the constantly buzzing, trendy neighborhood of Williamsburg. Just as their chalkboard claims, small batches of wine are being made right inside. Continue Reading…

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11 Ways To Motivate Yourself To Travel More

11 Ways To Motivate Yourself To Travel More

Why are you sitting here, reading this right now, instead of being on a fabulous trip? Trust me, I’ve heard all the excuses: you’re too busy with work, you don’t have vacation time, and on top of that you can’t afford it. Well all those reasons are silly. You CAN travel more! Continue Reading…

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