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How to Make Your New York Trip Unforgettable

How to Make Your New York Trip Unforgettable

New York City is exploding with traditional tourist stops, historical markers, and timeless events. But to truly experience the depth of this city, consider going off the beaten path. Not only will you beat the crowds, but you’re going to experience a side of NYC that only the locals see.

Governor’s Island

Governor’s Island used to be a military base, but it’s been saved from deterioration and turned into a public park. It’s a five-minute ferry ride from Manhattan, and it’s the perfect place to sprawl on massive green lawns (sans the crowds of Central Park) and soak in the history of the island by way of the preserved historic mansions. You’re also treated to killer views of the Statue of Liberty without masses of people! Pay attention to their calendar of events so you don’t miss things like the summer Jazz Age lawn party and food truck rotations.

The Tenement Museum

The era of tenements is an overlooked part of New York City’s history, but this museum is keeping it alive. The building was an actual tenement, and the organization running the museum painstakingly researched the families that lived here. The apartments are decorated to depict how the tenants lived at the time, and the exhibits and guided tours tell you about the fascinating lives these families lived. The house has no elevators, so tours cannot accommodate wheelchairs or strollers.

Fort Greene Flea

Mingle with actual locals at this hip Brooklyn flea market instead of swanky Manhattan bars. You’ll get to see what NYC is made of with a variety of handcrafted goods and locally owned businesses. Plan accordingly on the weekends, especially if you’re taking part in any sort of city tour like Open Look New York. Saturday markets offer the best shopping opportunities and you can end your shopping spree at the General Greene where you can indulge on local fare. Sundays have the Smorgasburg, a lineup of over 100 local food trucks that gather along the river and offer plenty of goodies as well as epic skyline views.

McSorley’s Old Ale House

This itty bitty pub claims the title of NYC’s oldest continually operated saloon. The bar serves up a great pint, but it’s the history that will really get you. Old photographs line the walls, and dried-up wishbones left by soldiers heading off to war are scattered throughout the building. The secret is out with locals on this one, so expect heavy crowds if you go in the evening. Try to go in the afternoon to snag a table, and remember the pub only accepts cash and their food offerings are minimal.

New York City has endless sightseeing possibilities! Remember you’re going to get more deeply into the heart of the city if you manage to make it off the well-traveled trail and go where the locals go.

All Geared Up: 5 Essentials for Your Next Hunting Adventure

Most experienced hunters know that having the proper gear can make the difference between a successful hunting trip and a failed one. The problem is that every year new products hit the market claiming to help you hunt better than ever before. When packing for your hunting trip, how exactly do you figure out the must-haves from the dead weight? The following list features items that we feel can make a difference. Consider these essentials when packing:

Rifle Scopes
If you are going on a backpacking hunting trip in the mountains, you will certainly need a scope for your rifle. There are lots of different opinions when it comes to which rifle scope is best, sufficing to say that it is essential to have one and to know how to zero it. Different retailers offer numerous different rifle scope options along with mounts and other accessories. Since quality rifle scopes can tend to be high in price, seek out discounts and codes from places like Discountrue for retailers like Brownells.

A Hunting Knife (or Knives)
For most hunters, the moment just before the trigger is pulled or the bowstring is released is the most exciting and enjoyable part of the trip. However, once that moment is over you will (hopefully) have some skinning and field dressing to do. A good hunting knife can make the job easier and faster.

A Quality Backpack
You will need to be able to carry all of the other gear on your essentials list so you will need a good backpack. Camouflage backpacks are the popular option when hunting and you may want to choose one without multiple pockets since those can limit the amount of space in the backpack.

Trekking Poles
While these are more commonly associated with hiking, they are valuable on a backpack hunt. Of course, it is possible to hunt without them; however, they can make all the difference and will likely join your list of essentials once you try them.

A First Aid Kit
When you are out in the woods and far from help, the ability to take care of injuries on the spot can literally be the difference between life and death. Accidents do happen no matter how careful you try to be. You should be should be able to disinfect and dress wounds if they occur as well as splint broken bones and handle minor problems like blisters on feet. At the very least, your kit should have bandages and antiseptic ointment along with pain medication and cold drugs.

Obviously, you will need more than just these items for a successful hunt. However, the items above should be among your priorities when packing. They can ensure that your hunt is safe and successful.

Getting The Most Out Of Your Solo Vacation

Whether you are single or are simply looking to travel on your own in order to clear your mind, you might be a little nervous about taking a trip solo. Although the idea of traveling alone can seem a little frightening at first, there are a lot of great reasons to consider taking a vacation by yourself. By keeping a few things in mind, you can help ensure that you have the best possible time while you are traveling solo.

Stay Safe

You have probably heard that there is safety in numbers, so it is important to remember to keep yourself safe while you are on your solo vacation. Make sure that someone from back home knows where you are going and when to expect you home. Also, exercise caution when going out at night, and consider asking hotel staff, tour guides, or others about how to stay safe in the area while you are out and about on your own.

Maintain a Good Attitude

The attitude that you have while you are traveling will make a major difference in how much you enjoy your vacation, so make sure that you maintain a good attitude while you are on your trip. If you tell yourself that you will be fine and that you are going to have a good time, you might be surprised to find that it will come true.

Meet People

One of the most exciting things about visiting new places is meeting new people, and sometimes it is easier to meet people while traveling on your own. If you are truly interested in making new friends, consider getting involved in a single’s tour or other event, and think about staying in a small hotel or a cozy bed and breakfast that will encourage conversation with others.

Do Things That You Enjoy

Although there are certainly advantages to traveling with others, there can also be downfalls. For instance, you wouldn’t get to pick out every restaurant or attraction if you were traveling with others, but you will have the opportunity to do exactly what you want while you are traveling solo. Therefore, make sure that you treat yourself to the places and excursions that you know you will enjoy, even if they aren’t conventional.

Have a Plan in Mind

Before leaving, do your research and come up with a plan for what you will do and see while away. Along with choosing the main activities and sights while at your destination, think of a few activities that you can participate in if you get bored. If you have a good plan in mind, you will be less likely to become bored or lonely on your trip.


One of the most important things to do while you are vacationing solo is to get in plenty of rest and relaxation. Fortunately, you won’t have to worry about anyone bothering you if you are traveling solo, so take advantage of the opportunity to read a favorite novel, curl up in your hotel bed, or linger for an hour over dinner. Since you only need to worry about entertaining yourself, you will have the opportunity to do what will make you happy – which just might include some much-needed R&R.

David Brooks is a freelance travel and adventure blogger. He contributed this post on behalf of Del Mar Escapes, who offer grand Cabo Vacations for solo and group travelers alike.

A Visitor’s Guide To Washington, PA

Sculpture of Washington

Statue of the Crossing of Washington in Washington, PAWashington, Pennsylvania is a small community with a rich history. Located in the southwestern part of the state, Washington is considered a part of the Pittsburgh Metro Area.

Founded in 1781 and officially named for President George Washington, this city has been the County Seat for Washington County since its inception. In 1791, the first rebellion against the newly founded U.S. government and constitution began here. Known as the Whiskey Rebellion, the people were enraged about a new tax that was imposed on whiskey distillers of the area. One of the leaders of the rebellion, David Bradford, remains an important figure in the city. His home has been converted into a beautiful museum in the downtown area.

Easy Transit to Area Attractions

While visiting Washington, you will find that there are many wonderful places to visit. Even if you are there on business, you may be able to sneak away to catch a Minor League baseball game at CONSOL Energy park, or perhaps visit a exhibit at the Washington and Jefferson College.

Washington has a terrific public transportation service, and visitors will find that they can quickly move about town without ever having to drive their car. In fact, many of the hotels Washington PA has to offer provide shuttle services to local area attractions as part of their hotel service.

Of course, being located so near to Pittsburgh, visitors can enjoy day trips to the city and take advantage of everything there is to see and do there.

Shop, Dine, and Be Entertained

While in Washington, you must take advantage of the local diners and shops. The restaurants in the area offer a large sampling of dishes, including very traditional meals handed down by the original settlers of the area.

Many fine shops and galleries are located in this area, each offering something wonderful and unique, making it very hard not to buy something at every store.

In the evenings, there are also many places to find entertainment. Washington is home to the “Off The Wall” Production Company that performs plays and musicals between October and May each year. This production company is known throughout the area for their fabulous productions. They have recently celebrated their 40th year as a group.

A Small Town with Big Charm

You will find this quaint town one that you will enjoy while you are there, and miss when you are gone. The historical buildings, coupled with the modern structures, gives the town a charm that makes you feel at home. It brings about the “good old days” feeling, something that everyone can enjoy.

This historical town will welcome you with open arms and share with you its past and its future. You can enjoy simple things like a tour through the Trolley Museum, or casual dining at the local Mom and Pop diner. Convenient public transportation is available, which will allow you to sight see instead of having to watch the road. Overall, this ‘small town in a big city’, named after our First President Washington, is a must-visit destination.

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Author Molly Pearce is also a free-lance artist and avid traveler, always in search of a fresh destination in the States to visit. Accommodations are an important consideration in trip-planning; the convenience and comfort of your hotel can make or break a trip, especially in an area like Pittsburgh. One of the most frequently visited and centrally located hotels Washington PA  has to offer is the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel.