Ephrata Cloister

One glimpse of those buildings tucked away from the road and I was immediately intrigued. Their architecture was obviously early (1700s) and obviously European. What in the world were they doing here in Lancaster County? The sign read, Ephrata Cloister. Dressed in white monastic garments similar to descriptions of those worn by original members of … More Ephrata Cloister

Lititz, Pennsylvania

Welcome to Lititz. Before coming to Pennsylvania, we’d never heard of the town. Founded in 1756, named America’s Coolest Small Town in 2013. After visiting I can understand why. Lititz Museum On our way to the museum, we strolled past several older buildings. One of them was the Warden’s house, built in 1757. The museum … More Lititz, Pennsylvania

Travel Surprises

This post is the first in a new series. Our destination goals for our summer trip this year included: Lancaster County and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; plus Washington D.C. Yes, our goals were ambitious for a ten-day vacation. A well-planned trip often makes for a more enjoyable trip, but it’s wise to allow room for surprises and … More Travel Surprises

Chapman Lake

Guest Post by Jessica Coupé Climb the mountains and get their good tidings, Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves. ~John Muir, Naturalist, 1901 If you are traveling along … More Chapman Lake

My Old Kentucky Home

How long has it been since you sang My Old Kentucky Home? Many of us sang it as school children. The ballad is also the name of “a hallowed farm with many rich layers of history, legends, and traditions spanning over two centuries.” So reads the first paragraph of the Visitor’s Guide for this two-story … More My Old Kentucky Home

Time to Play

Did you know July is our nation’s official Park and Recreation Month? This year’s theme is: Get Your Play On Many communities are hosting events all month long. Some have planned activities once per week; others have scheduled events several times per week. This is a great way to add a little mini-vacation into your … More Time to Play

Ark Encounter

We followed the steady stream of cars into the parking lot on a rainy morning. Our attention focused on the size of the Ark Encounter’s version of Noah’s Ark. It grew larger as we drew nearer. Inside the exhibit, the Ark Encounter kept our attention with their interpretation of how all the animals were housed … More Ark Encounter

The Bahamas

What’s your idea of a dream vacation? Is it laying on a beach somewhere warm with clear blue water lapping the sand? If so, then the Bahamas may be the place for you. The Bahamas truly do qualify for the list of most beautiful places on earth. Caribbean blue water stretched for miles in all … More The Bahamas