DE: Reserve Comfort and Convenience at Courtyard Newark-University of Delaware

Newark, DE Exit 1B: Road trips can be so arduous, but not when you plan on stopping and staying at the Courtyard Newark in Delaware.

There is good reason why the Courtyard Newark at the University of Delaware is the winner of numerous Trip Advisor and Marriott awards for excellence in guest service, as evaluated by direct guest feedback. With over 250 years of hospitality experience on the management team, this award winning crew do an amazing job exceeding your expectations.

Sleep soundly and awake rejuvenated, enjoy modern accommodations, luxurious bedding, state-of-the-art technology, free high-speed Wi-Fi and impeccable service at the four-story, 126-room Courtyard Newark-University of Delaware. The hotel offers all of the comforts of home for your visit.

The hotel works closely with the University Hospitality Program, helping to teach future hoteliers the ropes and has always employed hearing-impaired staff. It’s not only disability friendly, it is pet friendly too – including small pet yard outside.

Breakfast area at Courtyard Marriott

Location: Courtyard Newark: 400 David Hollowell Dr., Newark, DE 19711 (GPS use 200 New London Rd)
Tel: 302-737-0900
udel.edu/hotel
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Don’t Go To Maine Without Stopping at the Original Pat’s Pizza in Orono

Orono, ME Exit 191 N or 193 S: Pat’s Pizza has deep roots in it’s community. Located in close proximity to the University of Maine in Orono this place has been around for 80+ years. Pat’s Pizza has become a favorite of University of Maine students offering delicious and affordable pizzas that won’t disappoint.

Opened in 1931, and still churning out 700 pizzas a night, this 2nd generation family business (now with 19 locations) is famous in Maine, and this is their original location with its retro vibe; original Formica counters and slate foot rests.

The thin, soft, light crust melts in your mouth, and the toppings are put on evenly so that there’s a taste in every bite. With 35 toppings like: specially made pepperoni, pine nuts, hotdog, kielbasa, zesty olives or eggplant, there is a pizza just for you! They even make gluten-free pizzas or double -dough pizzas.

The menu has plenty to offer with everything from appetizers, salads, spaghetti and meatballs, lasagna, mouth-watering calzones, sub sandwiches, wraps, desserts and of course Pat’s legendary pizza.   The Pat’s Combo is the most popular pizza with pepperoni, mushrooms, and Cotto salami on it. Wash it down with Pat’s own brand of sodas: strawberry, root beer, orange, grape, cream or Stan and Sandra’s favorite – raspberry Lime Rickey, or try the local Moxie brand, made in Maine.

Take advantage of Tuesday’s  free bread sticks,  which are filled with cheese and free with purchase of a pizza. At the Orono location enjoy the Tap Room with large screen televisions, a stone fireplace and their very own Pat’s Lager Beer.

The staff works hard to make this landmark for pizza in Maine a fun, family-friendly experience and good food at a reasonable price which is why Pat’s has been around for so long.

Location: 11 Mill Street, Orono, ME 04473
Hours: Sun thru Sat 10:30am – 12:00am
Tel: 207-866-2111
patspizzaorono.com
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FL: At Daytona Be Wowed by 1.5 Miles of the Magic of Lights® Holiday Display

Daytona Beach FL, Exit 261: During this year’s holiday season, families will be able to enjoy a festive drive through experience at Daytona International Speedway. The “World Center of Racing” will be transformed with hundreds of light displays into a holiday spectacle, a 1.5 mile long Magic of Lights, using the latest in LED and digital animation technologies specifically designed for this iconic venue.Magic of Lights Car81

Experience the holiday spirit drive-through from the comfort of your own car. At every turn, and in every direction, the magical route is overflowing with spectacular light displays and animations. Be transfixed when Santa’s team of reindeer cross in flight above your vehicle, see the sweetest 200-foot long Candy Cane Lane, a delightful Snowflake Forest and even more festivities.

Magic of Lights is a fun and memorable family entertainment. To commemorate the season of giving a portion of every ticket to Magic of Lights benefits the Florida Hospital Foundation.Magic of Lights Reindeer1

Location: Daytona International Speedway, 1801 West International Speedway Blvd, Daytona Beach, FL 32114
Dates: until Dec 31st, 2018
Hours: every night from dusk – 10 pm
Tel: 330-441-4255
magicoflights.com/daytona
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FL: Celebrate the Holidays at Whitehall in Guilded Age Style

Palm Beach FL, Exit 70: The Flagler Museum’s Whitehall’s first floor is decorated in traditional Gilded Age splendor through Christmas Day each year. The focal point is a 16-foot-tall Christmas Tree in the Grand Hall, adorned with colored electrical lights and traditional Gilded Age style ornaments. Bring your family and experience holiday traditions and festivities including holiday music played on Whitehall’s original 1,249-pipe Odell organ and the 1902 Steinway art-case grand piano. This annual performance is the only opportunity visitors have to hear both of Whitehall’s majestic instruments.

Special choir performances, refreshments and a visit from Santa Claus complete the afternoon’s activities. The event culminates with Henry Flagler’s youngest descendants lighting the Grand Hall Christmas Tree. Each visitor will receive a box of Animal Crackers, a treat invented in the Gilded Age. The iconic circus box was originally designed as a Christmas Tree ornament.

For more than four decades the Flagler Museum has observed the tradition of Henry Flagler’s descendants and relatives lighting the Museum’s Christmas Tree on the first Sunday of December.

Schedule of Events

Seasonal refreshments in the West Room – 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Santa Claus in the Pavilion – 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Brief Organ Performances in the Music Room

3:30 pm, 3:50 pm, and 4:10 pm

Installed in 1902, the J.H. & C.S. Odell pipe organ incorporates 1,249 metal and wood pipes powered by massive bellows. The Flaglers employed an organist to provide music for all their social functions held at the estate throughout the Season.

Brief Piano Performances in the Drawing Room

3:40 pm, 4:00 pm, and 4:20 pm

Holiday music will be performed on the Steinway Piano. Original to Whitehall’s Drawing Room, the grand art case piano was custom designed to match the aluminum leaf detailing of the Louis XVI style room.

Holiday Caroling in the Courtyard  – 4:30 pm

A choral performance will celebrate the season with holiday carols. Entertaining during the Flagler era often centered around musical events. Musicale, concert, and orchestra performances were often held at Whitehall during the winter Season.

Christmas Tree Lighting – 4:55 pm
Henry Flagler’s descendants and relatives will light the 16ft. tall Grand Hall Christmas tree. The Flaglers celebrated Christmas in a traditional Gilded Age fashion, with a tree richly decorated with ornaments, colored electric lights, and gifts for the local children. The Museum continues that tradition and will hand out Animal Crackers, a snack invented in the Gilded Age.

Free with Museum Admission – Celebrate the Holidays at Whitehall

Location: Flagler Museum, One Whitehall Way, Palm Beach, FL 33480
Date: Sun, Dec 2, 2018
Time: 3pm – 5pm
Tel: 561- 655-2833
flaglermuseum.us
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MD: An Old Fashioned Holiday At The Surratt House

Clinton, MD Exit 7A: Why not bring Christmas past to Christmas present at The Surratt House’s Old Fashioned Holiday. Celebrate the Christmas of yesteryear amid period decorations, special exhibits and seasonal histories.

The Surratt House will be festively decorated in the style more appropriate for the mid-1800s with a tabletop tree, antique toys and dolls, and a special display of vintage  Victorian Christmas cards and ornaments.

Enjoy a relaxing historic tour amidst the chaos of the modern holidays. The house will be full of dressed docents, in garb of the period, and enhancing the regular tour with anecdotes of what Christmas would have been like for our ancestors of that period in Southern Maryland.

A booklet on Christmas history and customs will be given to each visitor as well as a 15% discount in the museum’s shop. This is the last time you can see the house decked with boughs of holly and other festive decorations before the museum closes for a month.

The museum will be closed to tours from December 10-January 15; however, the gift shop will remain open through December 22.

Location: Surratt House Museum, 9118 Brandywine Road, Clinton, MD 20735
Date: Nov 28 – Dec 9, 2018
Hours: Wed – Fri 11am – 3pm, Sat -Sun 12 – 4pm
The Surratt House Museum is closed from Dec 12th to Jan 17th.
Tel: 301-868-1121
surrattmuseum.org
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MD: Indulge your Sweet Tooth at the Annual Annapolis Chocolate Binge Festival

Annapolis, MD Exit 19: Are you a chocoholic in need of a fix? You won’t want to miss the 4th Annual Chocolate Binge Festival where Chocolate lovers come together to enjoy a day to celebrate the art of chocolate.

Start off the December holiday season with some fun and indulge your sweet tooth at the annual Annapolis Chocolate Binge Festival, to benefit the Annapolis Arts District and We Care and Friends.

Meander along West Street whereover 35 local vendors will be selling chocolate specialties, including chocolate caramels, cakes, bars, chocolate truffles, fudge, cookies, candies, fondue, chocolate fountain, French macaroons, candy apples, chocolate sushi, and even chocolate martinis. Chocoholics, get ready to binge!

Enjoy live music, roast marshmallows and make S’mores at the firepit with the Fire Department, a gingerbread house moon bounce, Cocoa with the PoPo, Balloon Sculptures, Face Painting, McGruff the crime fighting dog, and Sparky the fire department dog, Comedy, Ugly Sweater Contest, chocolate massages, wine tasting, a holiday market, the lighting of the Holiday Light Canopy, along with a visit from Santa.

Then get your camera ready at 5pm for the countdown of the Lighting of the Holiday Light Canopy over West Street in the Annapolis Arts District.

Chocolate, holiday vendors, music, family friendly entertainment and holiday light canopy makes for a great street party in Annapolis. Support the local arts and and We Care and Friends . Suggested $5 donation to the Annapolis Arts District-(kids under 12 are free with parents).

There is a free shuttle to and from all West Street parking garages. Get parking details at www.annapolisparking.com

photo credit: Kenneth Tom

Location: West St and Calvert St (Intersection) ,Annapolis, MD 21401
Date: Sun, Dec 2, 2018
Time: noon – 5
Tel: 410-858-5884
annapolischocolatefestival.com
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DE: A Brandywine Christmas; Yuletide at Winterthur

Yuletide at Winterthur embraces the warmth and festivity of the season with a magnificent holiday tour of Henry Francis du Pont’s mansion as well as breathtaking trees, dazzling room displays, a magical dollhouse, and featuring some 60 varieties of flowers.

The du Pont’s home will be decked out in holiday style with traditions from history and the du Pont family, displayed along with new inspirations from the outdoor Follies exhibition as well the Dining By Design indoor exhibition. You won’t want to miss the signature displays including the majestic  dried-flower  tree in  the Conservatory or the delightful 18-room dollhouse  mansion, filled with nearly 1,000 miniatures and fully decorated for Christmas in the Galleries and a display of antique Santas and figures of the mischievous Belsnickel, a gift giver from German folklore who is closely related to Ol’  Saint Nick.

Each delightful room on this year’s Yuletide Tour tells a story reflecting the ways in which Americans have celebrated the winter holiday season from the 1800s to the present.  Other decorations and displays reminiscence of H. F. du Pont’s family traditions during Christmas and New Year’s at Winterthur—including the family Christmas tree, glittering with glass     ornaments and fringed by baskets brimming with gifts, one for each family member.

Yuletide at Winterthur has something for everyone to enjoy.  Kids of all ages will delight in a magical Christmas experience at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library.

Location: Winterthur Museum, 5105 Kennett Pike, Wilmington, DE 19807
Dates: Nov 17  – Jan 6, 2019 (Closed Thanksgiving & Christmas Day)
Times: Tues–Sun, 10am–5pm -Last house tour tickets sold at 3:15pm.
Tel: 800-448-3883
winterthur.org/yuletide
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All Photos Courtesy, Winterthur

 

 

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GA: 36th Annual Kingsland Catfish Festival

Kindsland, GA Exit 3: Enjoy Kingsland, Georgia’s Annual Catfish Festival where you can down succulent Southern-fried catfish and all the fixings.

The fun begins Saturday, November 17 and includes a full day of entertainment. The festivities include a parade, arts and craft booths, mouth-watering, Southern-fried catfish with grits, hush puppies, coleslaw and sweet ice tea.

Sweeten the pie by throwing in free concerts, including this year’s headliner Sister Hazel performing from 6:30 – 8pm, a variety of food booths, pancake breakfast, antiques and collectibles, a children’s amusement area, 5K run and you are in for a great time!

 

Location: Downtown Kingsland, 107 South Lee Street, Kingsland GA 31548
Date: Sat, Nov 17, 2018
Time: 9am – 8pm
Tel: 912-729-5999
kingslandcatfishfestival.org
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CT: Treat your Taste Buds: Explore New Haven During Restaurant Week

New Haven, CT Exit 47:  New Haven Restaurant Week is a bi-annual, six-day celebration of what New Haven knows best – food. Since 2008, this citywide feast has welcomed diners from around the world..

From Nov 4 – 9, more than 30 downtown New Haven’s award-winning and internationally diverse restaurants will be serving up special tantalizing prix fixe menus. The price of Lunch 2-course Prix Fixe menu is $17.10, and dinner consists of 3-course Prix Fixe menu at $34.10.

Participating Restaurants Below:

116 Crown – RW Menu – (203) 777-3116

Adrianna’s – RW Menu Coming Soon – (203) 865-6474

Atelier Florian  – RW Menus – (203) 859-5999 – Make Reservations

Barcelona – RW Menu – (203) 848-3000

Basta Trattoria – RW Menus – (203) 772-1715                            

Caffé Bravo – RW Menus – (203) 772-2728

Caseus Fromagerie Bistro – RW Menus – (203) 624-3373

Cask Republic –  RW Menus – (475) 238-8335

Christopher Martin’s – RW Menus – (203) 776-8835

Fornarelli’s Ristorante – RW Menus – (203) 745-5677

Geronimo – RW Menu – (203) 777-7700

Goodfellas – RW Menu – (203) 785-8722

Harvest Wine Bar & Restaurant – RW Menus – (203) 777-2500

Heirloom – RW Menus – (203) 503-3919  Make Reservations

Jack’s Bar & Steakhouse – RW Menus – 203-891-5777 – Make Reservations

John Davenport’s – RW Menus – (203) 974-6858  Make Reservations

L’Orcio – RW Menu – (203) 777-6670  Make Reservations

Lenny and Joe’s Fish Tale – RW Menus – (203) 691-6619

Miya’s Sushi – RW Menu – (203) 777-9760

Olea – RW Menu – (203) 780-8925 – Make Reservations

Olives and Oil – RW Menus – (203) 891-5870

Pacifico – RW Menus – (203) 772-4002 – Make Reservations

Prime 16 – RW Menus – (203) 782-1616

Roía – RW Menus – (203) 200-7045 – Make Reservations

Shell and Bones – RW Menu – (203) 787-3466 – Make Reservations

Soul de Cuba Cafe – RW Menu – (203) 498-2822

Tarry Lodge – RW Menus – (203) 672-0765 – Make Reservations

Tre Scalini – RW Menus – (203) 777-3373

Union League Cafe – RW Menus – (203) 562-4299  Make Reservations

Zinc –  RW Menus – (203) 624-0507  Make Reservations

This mouthwatering event is sure to please any palate.

Location: Various – Downtown New Haven
Date: Nov 4 – 9, 2018
infonewhaven.com/dining/nhrwinfo/
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FL: You’re Invited to Be Greek For The Weekend

Daytona Beach, FL Exit 260: The 42nd Annual Greek Festival returns to Daytona Beach’s St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church and Daytona Beach’s Greek families invite everyone to be “Greek For The Weekend!” OPA!

This must do event is FREE and open to the public and gives everyone a chance to fully immerse yourself in traditional and authentic Greek culture. Join in the celebration by eating, dancing, drinking and singing like a Greek.

A family friendly event, attendees will enjoy traditional, live Greek music, dancing, Greek beer, wine, ouzo and incredible selections of Greek cuisine, featuring favorite family recipes including gyros, fried calamari, pork souvlaki, moussaka, spanakopita and stuffed grape leaves.

Don’t forget the sweets: specialty prepared desserts include baklava, melomakarona (honey walnut cookies), semolina pudding and kourabiethes (almond shortbread cookies). Relax in the coffeehouse, enjoy a beer or glass of ouzo at the Taverna or sip wine at one of the riverfront tables.

Enjoy the sounds of traditional Greek music like the Hasapiko, Zeibekiko, Tsamiko, Sirto and Pentozali while the church’s Saint Demetrios dancers perform folk dances in costume.  There’s also the marketplace where you can browse craft and souvenir booths full of Greek-themed gifts and jewelry.

Tours of St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church to discover the Greek religious traditions will be available.

The event is FREE and open to the public, which includes parking and shuttle service.

Location: St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 134 North Halifax Ave, Daytona Beach, FL 32118
Date: Nov 8-11, 2018
Time: Thurs – Sat 11am-10pm, Sun 11am-9pm
Tel: 386-252-6012
stdemetriosdaytona.org/greek-fesitval
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