A Day at Duke Farms

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  It's not called the Garden State for nothing. Smack dab in the middle of New Jersey, on the Raritan River, lies Duke Farms. The former home of James Buchanan Duke, and then his daughter Doris Duke, who left the 2,700 acre estate to the people as well as to be a place for conservation research.  (That pic above - it's the old horse … [Read more...]

                 

The Roxbury – a Catskills Destination (and an announcement)!

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Hop over to the FOLK blog today where I'm sharing my adventure at The Roxbury - an over the top, kitschy, crazy, themed room motel in the Catskills of upstate NY. We stayed in the Amadeus Bride suite ... but my girls decided we should stay in the Coconut Cream Pie room next time. 28 themed rooms and one amazing cottage with a bedroom where … [Read more...]

                 

Communing with Nature – in New Jersey?!

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I'm sure you've heard all the stereotypes about New Jersey. I mean, we've got Snooki so I understand completely! But there's another side to Jersey ... Within 1/2 hour, I can ski, be in the thick of things in NYC, collect shells on a beautiful beach or commune with nature. Which is just what I did this … [Read more...]

                 

Asheville NC, The Paris of the South

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We saw excess ... where gargoyles stood guard. Reflections at Biltmore ... where we spied a greenhouse ... and entered through an ancient door... where we were surrounded by nature... and a perfectly framed view. We spied a living rooftop... and a quilt of many colors. Was it worth the 12 hour journey? Definitely … [Read more...]

                 

A Day in Ivy League Princeton

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With six days to kill when you have no power and school has been cancelled, you either find fun activities to fill the days or drink excessively and go crazy - I chose the former (ok, a smidge of the latter too)! On a beautiful fall day, the family hopped into the car and drove to the charming little town of Princeton, NJ.  My girls were born … [Read more...]

                 

I’m Off to the VNA Rummage Sale This Weekend!

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I'm heading off to the VNA of Somerset Hills Rummage Sale in Far Hills, NJ this weekend.  If you haven't been - what are you waiting for?  Held twice yearly, this place has great bargains with more than 75,000 square feet of clothes, antiques, sporting goods, furniture, toys, dishes, books... you name it and you'll find it there - old and … [Read more...]