Comstock House reopens for tours in Moorhead, Minnesota

Photo credit: Comstock House After an extended closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the historic Comstock House is open again for guided tours in Moorhead, Minnesota. Solomon Comstock, a prominent businessman in the city, hired Kees and Fisk to design the Victorian-style home for his family. The house was built during the summers of 1882 … Continue reading Comstock House reopens for tours in Moorhead, Minnesota

Take a virtual tour of the new Midtown Arts Center in Eugene

The new Midtown Arts Center in Eugene, Oregon (photo source: Eugene Ballet Company) The new Midtown Arts Center at 16th and Pearl Streets in Eugene, Oregon, opened in January 2021. The new center provides space for nine arts organizations to thrive and grow. The 30,000-square-foot, seven-story building doubles the old space that seven arts organizations … Continue reading Take a virtual tour of the new Midtown Arts Center in Eugene

Christmas at the Gillette Castle

Decorations on one of the Christmas trees inside Gillette Castle in East Haddam, Connecticut Photos by Cheryl Landes In November and December, volunteers decorate the Gillette Castle inside and out for the holidays. The 24-room mansion overlooking the Connecticut River Valley resembles a medieval-style castle. It's the former home of William Gillette (1853-1937), an actor … Continue reading Christmas at the Gillette Castle

Armchair photo tours: A fall day trip in the Connecticut River Valley with a stop at Gillette Castle

A view of the early fall colors in the Connecticut River Valley near East Haddam Photos by Cheryl Landes The Connecticut River Valley is a beautiful mix of scenery, history, and wildlife. In the fall, the changing colors enhance the experience. I joined some local friends on a day trip through the valley one day … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: A fall day trip in the Connecticut River Valley with a stop at Gillette Castle

Take a Halloween tour of Astoria’s underground

On October 30 and 31, explore the abandoned tunnels and rooms underneath Astoria, Oregon, on a special Halloween-themed tour. These tours are scheduled on October 30 at 6:45 p.m. and October 31 at 12:30 and 2:45 p.m. The tour length is 45 minutes. To make a reservation, call (415) 713-4141. The regular underground tours are … Continue reading Take a Halloween tour of Astoria’s underground

Take a haunted tour of Lincoln City, Oregon

Dusk in Lincoln City, Oregon (photo by Cheryl Landes) Starting tonight, Taft Haunted Tours return to explore the mysteries and legends of Lincoln City's historic waterfront. You'll learn about the mysterious Ghost Schooner of Siletz Bay and a strange Bigfoot sighting. You'll find out where Whiskey Jack is and encounter some more surprises. The tours … Continue reading Take a haunted tour of Lincoln City, Oregon