Bermuda

Beach, Ocean, Photography, Vacation

Bermuda was our first trip as husband and wife (our honeymoon). It was also the first trip we took with our Cannon camera.

I can not do this place justice with mere photos or words. For us, Bermuda was paradise, in fact I often say that I left a piece of my heart there. The magic of this island hasn’t worn off in 2.5 years, I hope to return as soon as financially possible. But, I will commence with my feelings, and explain why this place is a must see.

Bermuda is known for its pink beaches. If you’d like to know why the sand is pink, I suggest reading “Our unique pink sand” from the Royal Gazette. The beaches are magnificent, and this is coming from someone who rarely get’s in the water. I surprised my husband on this trip, by actually enjoying the warmth of Bermuda’s waters (unlike the cold waters of Jersey, a more local commute for me). But, although the beaches are amazing, that’s not all Bermuda has to offer. There’s deep and interesting history, I recommend St. George’s and the Royal Navy Dockyard. There are also underground caves to tour, shops, museums and an aquarium/ zoo. It’s really incredible what you can accomplish in only 22 miles (the length of the island).

Since we knew we might not be able to have this experience again, anytime soon, we busied our week trying to see “everything.” Quite honestly, I could do a write up on every location. However, I won’t make this into a novel, instead I will offer you my advice. If you’re interested in visiting Bermuda and you’re looking for a few recommendations comment below. We’re happy to tell you are favorites including restaurants, hot spots, and beaches. You can also find out more by visiting Bermuda’s Tourism site.

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Nissley’s Vineyard and Winery

Photography, Winery, Winter

Nissley’s is located in Bainbridge, PA, a quite community in Lancaster County. On the grounds you’ll find “an 18th century mill and winding creek.” Even during the winter, when there is no harvesting, the vineyard creates a beautiful scene, especially covered with a blanket of snow.

You can visit Nissley’s for a photo shoot, a wine tasting or to simply purchase their products. If you want a special treat, stop out at one of Nissley’s lawn concerts.

Nissley’s offers a variety of wine. Plus, you’ll find on their website: recipes and the ability to purchase personalized wine bottles. On my husband’s 25th birthday, I purchased one of his favorites “Naughty Marietta,” and put a special birthday greeting on the label. This can make for a nice, inexpensive, and tasteful gift.

Catoctin Wildlife Preserve & Zoo

Photography, Tiger, Zoo

This wildlife preserve and zoo is located in Thurmont, MD, about 30 minutes from Gettysburg, PA. That’s actually how we found it. We had originally planned to take a road trip to Gettysburg. I started by checking out Gettysburg’s visitors page and found several suggested stop offs. We decided to make a day out it. We visited a local winery, spent most of the day at the zoo, and ended it with dinner in Gettysburg.

We recommend this location for photographers and families. The zoo offers fun activities including camel rides and safari rides. Plus, they have a petting zoo. Bring your camera because there are photographic opportunities throughout.

Avalon, NJ

Beach, Nightscape, Ocean, Photography, Travel

Welcome to “midnight” in Avalon, NJ. The beach in Avalon is beautiful at all times of the day, and throughout the seasons. This is one of our most traveled locations.

Avalon is an upscale area; located near Cape May, Stone Harbor and Sea Isle City. This area is perfect for those looking to get a way from the bustling boardwalk. You’ll find this locale only has about two businesses on the actual boardwalk. However, you can always do a night in Ocean City or Wildwood, if you’re looking for carnival rides or boardwalk shops.

Our favorite points in Avalon include the jetty, Avalon Marina, and the library. Not too far from Avalon (in Cape May) is one of our favorite food places to visit, The Lobster House. But, a trip to Avalon isn’t complete without picking up one of our household staples, “Hank’s hot sauce,” which has quickly grown to number 1 in our minds. The best price can be found in Sea Isle City at Hank’s eatery.

Avalon is a beautiful area, surrounded by several lovely towns. You’ll find quaint shops, great food and a breathtaking beach.

Planning a trip to the area? Leave a comment and we’ll be glad to recommend more of our favorites.

Delaware Bay Day

History, Ocean, Photography, Travel, Vacation

The annual Delaware Bay Day takes place in Bivalve, New Jersey. This location was once a bustling and lucrative oyster town. Now the town appears more quaint. However, you can get a glimpse of the past by riding on their notable oyster boat the A.J. Meerwald.

Come to the Delware Bay Day and you can visit the many vendors, and take a sail on the A.J. Meerwald. Also, stay into the evening and you’ll see a lighted boat parade and end the night with fireworks.