Manitoga

by Margie Lavender

Another day, another scintillating exploration of the Hudson Valley, this time to Manitoga, Russel Wright’s home and studio built on the rock ledge of an old quarry. View of the Hudson from nearby Cold Spring. Reminds me of a Japanese wood block print.Russel Wright was one of the best known designers of the 19... Read More

12/07/17

Jardin Majorelle

by Dora Dmitriev

As you turn onto the Rue Yves Saint Laurent in Marrakech, Morocco, you hear many different languages coming from the line of tourists waiting to enter the Jardin Majorelle. The famous garden was started in 1923 when artist Jacques Majorelle bought a four-acre plot of land on the border of a palm grove. Eventually Majore... Read More

11/30/17

The Azores

by Yi Huang

Recently, I had the chance to travel to the Azores, a volcanic island chain located roughly 1,600 miles west of Lisbon, Portugal.  Far away from the streets of continental Portugal, the Azores felt like a snapshot of a time long past - a simpler life.  Although known more for its lush greenery and yearlong mi... Read More

11/16/17

Serafina Agriturismo

by Joe Carline

800 feet above the Gulf of Salerno in the town of Furore, Italy, sits Serafina Agriturismo, a stunning family run farm and Inn. Farmhouse Serafina began as a working farm with a side business of catering to hungry trekkers looking for lunch. It is now a full B&B and agricultural tourism destination.Once you find the... Read More

10/26/17

Maze Man

by Dora Dmitriev

With crisper, more fall-like weather upon us, one starts to think of all the great fall activities to enjoy. A popular activity that comes to mind are corn mazes. Mazes are an entertaining form of recreation. They ultimately give us the same feeling we had from childhood games-they bring about our curiosity and awa... Read More

10/12/17

Key West

by Ashley Walton

After the devastating effects of Hurricane Irma, it is great to hear that the Florida Keys will officially reopen to tourists on Sunday October 1st.  While some areas still need more time to recover, the Keys are reopening 3 weeks earlier than expected. I was very lucky to have experienced the Keys earlier this year... Read More

09/28/17

Total Eclipse Seeking in Missouri

by Margie Lavender

This summer I journeyed to middle America, in the path of the total eclipse of the sun. A longtime family friend who spends part of her summer each year at her family home in Windsor, Missouri invited us to join her for the occasion. Both small town Missouri and the celestial event greatly exceeded my expectations. It w... Read More

09/14/17

The New York Harbor

by Laura Smiros

The New York Harbor is an amazing place.  We all know millions have traveled through this harbor with twelve million immigrants coming to Ellis Island alone. Today we travel over, under, play on, work on, and live off this remarkable and serene harbor. A quiet Saturday morning on the harborIt is a simple ob... Read More

09/07/17

Recreational Residences

by Tyler Velten

As we pack our station wagons and stow the sunscreen, many Americans are heading to a forest for one final summer adventure. The National Association of Home Builders estimates that there are nearly 7.5 million second family homes in the U.S. Predictably, the highest concentration of these homes is situated in or ... Read More

08/24/17

Catskills Escape and a Soiree on the Railway

by Margie Lavender

The first weekend of August, my husband and I celebrated our 6th wedding anniversary (and 14 years!) by escaping to the Catskills for The Soiree on the Railway put on by the charming And North collective. We made a weekend of it, arriving at the Arts and Crafts style Deer Mountain Inn in Tannersville, NY Friday evening... Read More

08/08/17

Concrete Jungle

by Ross Padluck

Every July, the climatic conditions in Midtown equate to those of the jungles of Borneo, and my 8-year old Nepenthes pitcher plant begins its dramatic process of producing new pitchers.A new pitcher at the base of the plant.Newly forming pitchers on the upper vines.Nepenthes are a species of tropical carnivorous plants ... Read More

08/02/17

The New York Earth Room

by Dora Dmitriev

In a highly desired 3,600 square foot Soho loft with pristine white walls and large windows, lies 280,000 pounds of dirt. The 22-inch-high layer of dirt is 40 years old and is The New York Earth Room, an interior earth sculpture by American artist Walter De Maria. This is the third Earth Room sculpture executed by... Read More

07/27/17