Traveler's USA Notebook

Your guide to travel news,  discoveries and  pleasures

|HOME | PLACES | THEATERTIPS | CONTACT |



PLACES
Lehigh Valley
Charleston
Guadelajara
Hot Springs
Little Rock
London
Los Angeles
Madrid
Miami
Oxford
Philadelphia
Redlands
Rosemary Beach
Scottsdale
Tampa
Thimble islands
Vancouver

TIPS
The Astrology  of Travel
Health on the Road
Luxe Guides

 

 

Editor:

Norman Schreiber

Special Correspondent: Debbi Kempton-Smith

Pacific Rim Correspondent

Jan Prince

Contributing Editors: April Burbage, Robert Rattner, Fern Siegel, Debra Griboff and Giles the Unflappable

 

Traveler's USA Notebook

P O Box 205 FDR Station

New York NY 10150 USA

voice 001 212.751.6680  

fax  001 917.210.3304

 

 


• New • New • New•

Tyler Place "Taste of Vermont" Celebration

Taste of Vermont at Tyler Place as seen in Traveler's USA Notebook

The get-away-from-it-all, all-inclusive family resort, Tyler Place, is tipping its figurative hat to the end of summer. 
WHERE
: Highgate Springs, Vermont
WHEN: 5-12 September
FEATURES: The resort is adding a food show complete with activities and tastings. These include farm and vineyard tours; picnics; tastings (cider, beer, and cheese); and excursions to wineries, cafes, and art studios in nearby Quebec. Regular Tyler Place features in place include three daily meals, recreation activities, sports, entertainment, and access to a personal one-speed bike. (vegan and vegetarian options are available for all meals – but might not be on hand for all Taste of Vermont offerings).
HOW MUCH:  From $171 a day per perso
NOTES: The package is available in three forms: three-night stay (3-6 September), four nights 510 September), or the full monty (3-10 September)
MORE INFO: Click here

The Astrology of Travel

If you're planning to run away and play, it's exciting to bring along a friend. You never know whether you will still be speaking when the trip is over, but this only adds to the fun. In selecting an earthling to travel with, remember that any of these people could be your companions. Heed well our guide to... SIGNS ON THE ROAD

VANCOUVER ON THE MOVE WITH FIVE SPECIAL TOURS

Vancouver --Aerial view

courtesy Tourism Vancouver

There’s much to explore in Vancouver, a laid-back amalgam  of natural wonders and cosmopoltan panache. Five special tours give visitors a chance to see the “City of Glass” in new ways. Here’s a brief guide to the tours.

Sea Vancouver. This 90-mnute Zodiac ride zips  though the Vancouver waters and begins a new season in April.  (t starts at the Westin Bayshore Hotel .From your splendid maritime perch, you’ll get a splendid view of the Coal Harbour, Burrard Inlet, English Bay, False Creek and Stanley Park neighborhoods. You’ll see skyscraper skyline and beaches  You may even see seals, bald eagles, and orher wilelife specimens. offers a different perspective on city skyscrapers, runners on the seawall, offshore freighters and sun-tanners on Vancouver’s beaches. Sightings of harbour seals, bald eagles and other marine animals are a possibility. For more info, click here.

The Hippie to Hipster Tour, offered by Tours By Locals, is like a fresh cup of Joe.  The guide (a certified local) leads a small group (1-6) for about three hours around th ecity  that gave birth to Greenpeace and AdBusters (the magazine that ignited the “Occupy” movement).The tour starts downtown and make its way through Gastown, Chinatown, , the downtown Eastside, Commercial and Main Street. You’ll taste the culture, vibes, street art and all the highlights of alt-Vancouver. For more info, click here.

Coffee isn’t  all that’s brewing in Vancouver as the Brewery Tour will reveal.  It’s a three-hour cycling tour through fascinating neighborhoods with stops at three craft breweries. The behind the scenes glimpses and the nine beer tastings and light nibbles will make you hopping glad. For more info, click here

Speaking of yum, Vancouver Foodie Tours offers a special two-hour amble through the vibrant  Granville Island Market. As you leer at the fruits, vegetables, baked goods, cheeses, etc. words like luscious, fragrant, succulent, alluring will take over your mind. There are 20 tastings included in this tour. Say the word, and they’ll make it vegetarian friendly for you. For more info, click here.

To learn more about Vancouver, click here.

The Beautiful Sea Rocks:   Connecticut's Thimble Islands

 

PHOTO: ROBERT RATTNER

Captain Kidd is said to have sailed the waters of the Thimble Islands in Long Island Sound and, legend has it, buried treasure on Money Island (hence its name).Tom Thumb came to Cut in Two Island to court Miss Emily, the similarly statured daughter of the island’s owner but, as the story goes, P.T. Barnum broke up the romance.President Taft made Davis Island his summer White House for two years though, according to some, he actually only spent one night there. Their colorfully blended history and lore – the two often indistinguishable from each other – just add to the natural charm of the Thimbles. . . [MORE]

To learn about other places Traveler has visited, click here