November 2011

New book celebrates the world's great places

Looking for something for the travelers on your Christmas list? Just in time for the holidays comes Great Places of History: Civilization’s 100 Most Important Sites: An Illustrated TIME Books. This impressive coffee table book is an illustrated survey of the places Time has chosen as civilization’s most important landmarks. Beautiful photographs are accompanied by … Continue Reading →

Autumn fun in Ann Arbor

It’s not all Wolverines and tailgating in Ann Arbor on fall weekends. Venture beyond the Big House and you’ll find plenty of shopping and cafes along the city’s inviting and pedestrian-friendly main streets ” Main, Washington, Liberty and State, to name a few. Border’s may be gone, but Crazy Wisdom Bookstore and Tea Room on … Continue Reading →

Neighborhood accommodations in Chicago

The next time you’re in Chicago, consider accommodations in one of the city’s great neighborhoods. My friends and I recently booked a weekend at Roscoe Village Guesthouse, an apartment suite along a side street in Roscoe Village, once an enclave for German and Swedish immigrants. The contemporary guesthouse, formerly a three-flat structure built in 1919 … Continue Reading →

Black Walnut Trees in the Fall

I had someone ask me today about a tree in his neighborhood. It’s a beautiful fully-grown Black Walnut. He was concerned about the tree dropping its leaves so early in the season; the tree has almost no leaves left on it. I explained to him that there was nothing to worry about. Black Walnut trees … Continue Reading →