Category Archives: Travel

Inactive but very much alive

Arenal and hot springs - Coastal Collage

Costa Rica road trip: Arenal Volcano Region The volcano was inactive for more than 400 years. In 1968 it violently  erupted, killing 87 people and destroying 3 small villages. From 1968 until 2010 the volcano remained active, drawing many visitors to view the spectacle. From 2010 until now, Arenal Volcano has been resting, reducing the […]

Where the jungle meets the sea

Sunrise at La Posada - Coastal Collage

Playa Carrillo Costa Rica It was Joe and Jane that recommended it. They were just finishing up their two week tour of Costa Rica and were taking one last look at Playa Flamingo. Their favorite stop…Playa Carrillo. We book a hotel with the most interesting reviews and off we go, driving from Tamarindo to Playa […]

Beach hopping – Costa Rica style!

Playa Flamingo - Coastal Collage

Endless Summer OK gang, before I take off to points south I’m going to leave you with a sure fire vacation plan for this year or next. Notice the heading? Endless summer. That’s right! This plan is guaranteed to make you forget there ever was a winter, for sure man!! Book a 9 day trip to […]

Surfs up!

Surfs up at Play Grande - Coastal Collage

Costa Rica Travel, North Pacific Coast, Playa Tamarindo and Playa Grande First up in my Costa Rica travel series is the Tamarindo area on the Pacific North coast. Looking for guaranteed sun and 85-90 degree weather, this is it! Tamarindo is absolutely a surfers paradise. There are at least 30 – no maybe 50 surf […]

Winter survival kit: get out of town!

Photo by Chalffy Chan

  Best cure for cabin fever – get out of the cabin! Whether it’s on a plane… Or on a train… Or on a really cool motorbike… Get out of town before you go stir crazy! Ok, easier said than done you say. All that planning and worrying and stuff and stuff. So I am […]

Readers fall foliage photos

Owl's Head, Anna Chern

Thanks everyone for sending in your fabulous fall foliage pics! It sure has been an awesome fall, hasn’t it? Gary Philbrick’s ‘Belmont afternoon’. Just love the viewpoint, looking up through the trees to a clear blue sky. Here are some photos from Dana Ayers. She took photos along the suggested fall foliage route. Next are […]

Best fall foliage route in Midcoast Maine

Hope blueberry fields in fall - Coastal Collage

Here is a fall foliage route you will love! The route starts out in Thomaston, winds through Warren and Hope, ends in Rockland. Pick a day with clear blue skies and crisp air, hop in the car before you’ve had your second cup of coffee. Start out in Thomaston, Maine at Highland Cafe. Grab a […]

I’d rather be in Paris!

Don't send bail

“It’s the art, it’s the food, it’s the architecture! I’d rather be in Paris ’cause I don’t understand the language. It makes life simpler.” Dona Bergen of Mars Hall Gallery just can’t get enough of Paris. It’s the place to be for an artist and gallery owner, like no other place. Come along on a […]

Scenes from Pitcher Pond

Almost sunset, Pitcher Pond

There are so many incredibly beautiful lakes in Maine. What we would call a ‘lake’ in Connecticut is called a ‘pond’ here. Far from the packed out in summer small bodies of water in my former stomping grounds you can find sparsely populated retreats. New to me this year is Pitcher Pond in Northport. This […]

American realism in Thomaston

Against the Rocks by Roger Dale Brown

Coming to Rockland to visit the Farnsworth Museum? I strongly suggest you plan a stop in Thomaston at the Haynes Gallery on Main St.  As you walk up the steps to the gallery, you are invited in by 2 friendly pups, Josie and her fluffy white side kick, Honey. The building is an old sea […]