September 2011

Fall savings in Chicago

One of my favorite times to visit Chicago is in the fall. Fewer tourists pack Michigan Avenue. The cooler weather invites exploring. And shorter lines make popular restaurants and attractions more accessible. If those reasons are not enough to lure you to the Windy City, how about the Chicago CityPASS, a booklet of discount tickets … Continue Reading →

Chasing cider mills

Despite the abundance of cider mills in southeastern Michigan, I can count on one hand the number I’ve visited over the years. Every fall, I tend to gravitate to two: Franklin Cider Mill and Erwin Orchard in South Lyon. I like Franklin’s historic ambiance (though the crowds can be overwhelming on weekends) and it’s the … Continue Reading →

Fine dining at national parks

Think national parks and what springs to mind? Spectacular scenery. Abundant wildlife. Rustic accommodations. But good food? Well, yes, at least according to, a website devoted to all things food. The has compiled list of the best eats at national parks across the country. Topping the list are the menus at Yellowstone, Yosemite, … Continue Reading →