Treasure Hunting North of NYC in Stormville

Summer holiday weekends, just north of The Big Apple, offer up a bounty of antique and flea markets, off the beaten path.  The Stormville Airport Flea Market runs Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day and Columbus Day weekends, on the Saturday and Sunday but NEVER the Monday holiday!  Go figure.

Stormville Antiques Market findsIn the past, antiques dealers from all over the country, Canada and Mexico would descend on the tiny airfield about 90 minutes north of New York City.  These days, the market is small on antiques and big on flea market junk.  That being said, one woman’s junk is another woman’s treasure.  Where else can you buy an old armoire and turn it into a funky wet bar?  Or find a hand-crafted “Time Out Bench” made of tree branches?

Stormville Antiques Market


If you’re heading to this NYC escape, start out early as the parking lot fills up on a sunny day.  After all, admission is free and the food court is great.  Don’t believe me?  Ask the psychic who’s on hand for readings.

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Sunday Soul along Lago d’Averno

It’s been awhile since I’ve taken a stroll for some Sunday Soul but there’s a lake, just off the beaten path, that is the perfect place for solo reflection.  Just outside the center of Naples lies a crater lake a world away from the Lago d'Avernohustle and bustle of southern Italy’s most populous city.  Lago d’Averno seems like a tranquil slice of life but its history hasn’t always been so peaceful.  Its name actually means “without birds” because the winged creatures could not survive a fly-over from the gases emanating from the volcanic body of water.  Ancient Romans even considered it to be the entrance to Hades.  Heck, even Virgil, in the Aeneid and Dante in The Divine Comedy had a straight descent into the underworld located at the lake.

Temple of ApolloIt’s hard to imagine how such a peaceful spot could have such a dark past.  Today, the nearly circular-shaped lake is lined with vineyards and quiet homes, while the odd Roman ruin dots the shore, here and there.  Recently, I happened upon a theater group staging its rehearsal at the foot of the Temple of Apollo, an old spa revered for its soothing thermal waters.  It was quite surreal to watch and oddly reminiscent of ancient Roman actors entertaining the gods.

Lago di Averno mapYet, despite its links to Hell and the oracle Sibilla, the Roman general Marcus Agrippa converted the lake to an important naval base back in 37 B.C.  Today, Lago d’Averno offers a quiet weekend escape from Naples, perfect whether flying solo or if you’re looking to get lost for a romantic Sunday stroll through the tiny vineyards along your path.


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July 4th Getaways 2015

Celebrating the birthday of the good old USA comes with so many choices, so let your freak flag fly the stars and stripes, red, white and blue and snap, crackle and pop with fireworks at these July 4th getaways:

Fairmont Scottsdale PrincessScottsdale, AZ – Summer at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess.  Swim down a water slide, ride a zip line and end the day with fireworks.  The July 4th “Freedom fest” is just one of this summer’s big celebrations at the five-star paradise.  By the way, the water slide turns into a Techno-Glo party after dark on summer weekends.  The resort offers up spa days for Mom, events tailored for kids….even Fido, if you bring along the pooch.

Phoenix, AZ – Yee ha at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort where a two-night minimum stay gets you into the “Sip, Soak & Splash Star Spangled Weekend.”  The package includes lux room accommodations and up to four wristbands (2 adults & 2 kids) for premier fireworks viewing.

Napa, CA – Red, White and Bourbon Barbecue, yeah, now we’re talking at the lux Meritage Resort in wine country.  Party by the pool during the day where they’ll be hosting a pig roast.  Try hand-crafted bourbon on site and then head to the Napa town parade and fireworks celebration.

Spring Lake, NJ – The White Lilac Inn will be all bunted out in red, white and blue across the triple deck porch.  But the patriotic flair doesn’t stop outside, you’ll see more stars and stripes inside where the owners go all out and serve a special July 4th breakfast waffle.

White Lilac July 4th waffleGatlinburg, TN – doesn’t want to be outdone by anyone so their parade kicks off at one minute past midnight, the nation’s first.  Thousands of people line up for the late night festivities and guests can grab a special package at the Foxtrot Bed & Breakfast in the Glynn House Front Porch for July 4thSmoky Mountains.

Ashland, NH – book three nights in a deluxe suite and save 10% off regular rates at the Glynn House Inn.  Dogs are welcome and they even have a gluten-free menu available.


Tempe, AZ – is hosting its annual July 4th Lake Festival with live music, swim park for the kids and fireworks.  Tickets are just $5 before July 3rd.

Laughlin, NV – celebrates with its two-day Rockets Over the River as fireworks are choreographed to patriotic music and reflected in the glimmer of the Colorado River.

Annapolis, MD – Independence Day is a pretty big deal in this little city with a big naval presence and lots of history.  New citizens will be sworn in at a naturalization ceremony July 4th at the William Paca House, which is extra special considering Paca was an original signer of the Declaration of Independence.  There’s a parade downtown which kicks off at 6:30p followed by fireworks over the bay at 9:15p.

Please contract our travel concierge to book your July 4th Getaway to these destinations or anywhere else.

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