Southern Destination!

Texas is a great southern destination in November. With Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve coming soon, it is a wonderful time to take advantage of travel deals and warm, balmy weather.

Houston, Dallas, Austin, Fort Worth, and San Antonio are cities that we have featured in our photographic series books. Check them out before planning your southern vacation to help you plan which museums, monuments, and events are of interest to you.

Click here: www.twinlightspub.com to be directed to our website and a list of book stores in these cities.

Thinking of traveling this Thanksgiving?

 

If you haven’t made plans for Thanksgiving and are looking to spend the weekend away from home and cooking, then here are what we consider the top three Thanksgiving destinations.

#1 – Plymouth, Massachusetts is symbolic of Thanksgiving and at the Plimoth Plantation, a living history museum, you can experience history brought to life. There is also a wonderful New England Harvest Feast beginning October 8th through November 25th. Check out their website at http://www.plimoth.org/plan-your-visit/dining-functions/new-england-harvest-feast for the complete menu and cost.

#2 – New York City is famous for its televised Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, which officially kicks off the holiday season. Hotels along the route afford optimal viewing of extravagant floats, balloons, and performances from the comfort of your room. If you arrive a day early, you can watch as balloons are inflated in Central Park in front of the American Museum of Natural History.

#3 – Chicago kicks off its holiday activities on November 18th with a tree-lighting parade along Michigan Avenue. Millions of lights twinkle along the 1.2 route. The day’s events include activities, musical performances, and a fireworks display over the Chicago River. Singing carols at Cloud Gate on Friday evenings, ice skating in Chicago’s parks, taking in a bird’s-eye view of Chicago from Centennial Wheel at Navy Pier are fun things to do during your stay.

Chicago Architecture

One of the biggest draws to Chicago is its striking architecture along the Chicago River. To adequately view the river, cruises like the Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise leave daily from a dock near 112 E. Wacker Drive. And when the cruise has ended, stop by the foundation store and check our book, Chicago: A Photographic Portrait!

Autumn in the Finger Lakes Region of New York

Autumn is the most popular time of year to visit the Finger Lakes of New York.

Pick your own farms, grape harvest and wine tasting, and the Corning Museum of Glass are a few of the attractions that draw visitors from around the United States, but the most celebrated spectacle is the area’s fall foliage. The first two weeks in October are usually the best time for leaf peeping and traversing the 11 lakes that make up the Finger Lakes Region.

For help in planning your stay, ask your local book store for a copy of The Finger Lakes Region: A Photographic Portrait by photographer and local resident Bill Banaszewski.

Book Festivals

 

Every year in the United States book festivals attract readers that are eager to hear about new books and their authors. The 17th Annual National Book Festival is just two days away and it is hosted by the Library of Congress in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC.

Check out this website: http://www.bookreporter.com/book-festivals for a list of upcoming book festivals, and while you’re in DC make a stop at the Library of Congress’ gift shop, Politics and Pros Bookstore, Reiter’s Books, or White House Gift Shop to pick up a few newly released titles or a city souvenir.

City of Bridges

Pittsburgh is nicknamed the City of Bridges, and for good reason. More than 450 bridges span its three major rivers! That’s a lot of bridges, and my favorite is the Smithfield Street Bridge. Which is yours?

Pittsburgh is also a beloved football town with bragging rights to 6 Super Bowl victories. The Steelers, along with the Pirates and Penguins, are showcased in the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum, located just above the Senator John Heinz History Center.

Aside from its bridges and sports teams, the city also is home to a plethora of museums, parks, and the world-renowned Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.

Drawing more than 2 million visitors annually, Pittsburgh is undeniably worth a visit!