Go on a whale watch at home with the New England Aquarium

A humpback whale diving in the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary east of Boston (photo by Cheryl Landes) Take ride on the Aurora with Boston Harbor Cruises and Laura Howes, the head naturalist at the New England Aquarium in Boston, to the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary east of Boston. The sanctuary was created in … Continue reading Go on a whale watch at home with the New England Aquarium

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 self-guided architectural driving tour in Pasadena

Photo by Cheryl Landes Pasadena is best known for the Rose Bowl, but most people aren't aware that the city has some of the best preserved architecture in California. Los Angeles Times contributor Sharon Boorstin created a guide to 16 sites, ranging from public buildings to mansions, with brief descriptions and directions. She plotted the … Continue reading Take a self-guided architectural driving tour in Pasadena

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

Discover Catios 2020 videos and The 8th Annual Catio Tour livestream on September 12 feature amazing hangouts for felines

Felines Unleashed, one of the featured catios in the Discover Catios 2020 video series hosted by the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon and the Portland Audubon Society Are your cats insisting that you create an awesome pad for them? Look no further than the videos at Discover Catios 2020. This virtual event features some of … Continue reading Discover Catios 2020 videos and The 8th Annual Catio Tour livestream on September 12 feature amazing hangouts for felines

Victoria Clipper suspends service between Seattle and Victoria until 2021

The Victoria Clipper departs the Inner Harbour in Victoria, British Columbia, for Seattle. (photo credit: Clipper, the operator of the Victoria Clipper) The Victoria Clipper has suspended service between Seattle and Victoria, British Columbia until April 30, 2021. Officials from Clipper, the operator of the Victoria Clipper, decided on the suspension for several reasons: The … Continue reading Victoria Clipper suspends service between Seattle and Victoria until 2021