Showing posts from June, 2018

Vacationing in Maine in Joyful June!

Rogers and Hammersteins song 
from Carousel is a joyful song about JUNE. 
Ironically the 1950's musical "CAROUSEL" starring
Shirley Jones and Gordon MacRae was filled on location
in Boothbay Harbor and Camden, Maine.

The 1950's musical "CAROUSEL" was filled in Boothbay Harbor and Camden, MAINE

There's something special about the month of June in New England. Nature is in full bloom;the trees are verdant, flowers are colorful, the skies are blue, the days are warm and long, and the children are off from school. Soon it's vacation time and those seeking an idyllic getaway couldn't pick a more beautiful place to be than MAINE. Quaint fishing towns, peaceful harbors, rocky beaches,winding country roads, clapboard houses, lobster shacks, historic lighthouses, and farms with belted galloway cows are just some of the things that await you in the "Pine Tree State." Maine is located in the easternmost part of the United Sta…

Impromptu Toronto (Enjoying Toronto in the moment)


It can be impromptu visit to Toronto with no planning and that's what makes it so adventurous and spontaneous. Twice in less than a year my boyfriend and I have arrived in Toronto with no lodging reservations and limited data on our phones. We almost ran out of gasoline too. Fortunately a kind woman delivering mail in Cabbagetown directed us to a station. My boyfriend and I love Toronto because it's such an exciting international city with diverse neighborhoods, outstanding public transportation, amazing restaurants, unlimited shopping, and culture galore.You too can enjoy all the wondrous things that Toronto has to offer at your own pace. Impromptu Toronto is a unique way to enjoy Toronto by the moment. Trust your instincts, grab a Toronto map, and don't hesitate to ask the locals for directions and recommendations.

                                                                    Enjoying Toronto's Harbour

Parking in Toronto is an …

Mushroom Houses, Shopping, and Relaxing in Charlevoix (Episode 4)

Episode 4

It's been a week since my last visit to Charlevoix
and this is my recommendation for having a fun filled
and memorable time in Charlevoix.

Make a reservation at the Weathervane Terrace Inn & Suites located at 111 Pine River Lane. It's right in town close to the beach and all the shopping and restaurants. Once you arrive in Charlevoix check into the Weathervane Terrace Inn & Suites. Walk over to Bridge Street and have a bite to eat than do some shopping.

Head over to the mushroom houses and check out the unique one of a kind architecture of these houses, then enjoy a relaxing time at the beach before returning back to the Weathervane Terrace Inn & Suites. Take advantage of the outdoor pool and when evening arrives have dinner at one of the restaurants.

                                           Let the scents of the fragrant flowers lead you to Bloom Flower Design

Where to Shop:

American Spoon Foods
315 Bridge Street
This cozy shop is famous for its artisanal …

Charlevoix; Elegance on Belvedere Avenue (Episode 3)

Episode 3

Sometimes a detour makes all the difference. How grateful am I that on that hot July day the drawbridge in Charlevoix was up, traffic was at a standstill and I made a right turn onto Belvedere Avenue and discovered an elegant summer place. 

It was my day off and I was on my way to Petoskey to visit a friend when I got stuck in traffic in Charlevoix. Drivers were all waiting for the drawbridge to come back down. It was taking longer than usual, typical for  the middle of July in northern Michigan. It was hot outside and my air conditioning wasn't working but fate had things worked out in my favor. I was able to make a right turn from Bridge Street onto a street I wasn't even familiar with. That street was actually known as Belvedere Avenue. My first impression was "What beautiful homes, who wouldn't dream of living in one of them?" I wanted to park my vehicle and take a walk. I found a parking spot right in front of the Inn at Grey Gables. The inn was so…

Charlevoix, A Beautiful Beach Town, Episode 2 (On a Budget)

Episode 2:
I'm an adventurous gal whose always looking
for new found treasures. Fisherman's Island State
Park just outside Charlevoix is a jewel of a park for
camping and it's only $17.00 a night for a campsite.

Not all those that come to vacation in Charlevoix are affluent and wealthy. There are ways to enjoy this beautiful beach town without spending a fortune. My go to place is Fisherman's Island. For only $17.00 a night you can camp at this breath-taking state park. It's very primitive; no flush toilets, no sinks, no showers....just an outhouse but there are those of us that are okay with roughing it. I discovered Fisherman's Island State Park last year. I was subletting my apartment in Traverse City for a couple of nights and needed someplace to stay and that place was Fisherman's Island.  

Marvelous beach shoreline at Fisherman's Island

Fisherman's Island State Park sits on 2,678 acres. With six miles of Lake Michigan shoreline you couldn't ask f…