The Lobster House

food, Ocean, Travel

The Lobster House is located on fisherman’s wharf at Cape May Harbor. This bay-side restaurant is a must for seafood lovers. It is currently our favorite in Cape May, NJ.

You can choose to sit in the restaurant, at the raw bar or on a schooner. Each place has its own specialties and offers a different experience.

The Lobster House also has a great fish market. Unless you personally catch a fish and cook it immediately, you can’t ask for much fresher. Purchase anything from salmon to stuffed clams.They also offer a wide variety of delicious desserts and great coleslaw (among other things). When you’re feeling especially hungry you can opt for the Cape May Clam Bake, filled with tasty selections.

If you’re planning a trip to the area, we highly recommend checking out this restaurant. Enjoy a little seafood by the bay, but don’t be surprised if you see a few seagulls…

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Hyner View State Park

hiking, nature, Photography, state park, Travel

Traveling is one of my favorite things. My birthday is near the end of September. I often use it as an excuse to go somewhere. A couple years ago I decided I wanted to go on a road-trip. I checked out the website Visit PA. They had several road-trip itineraries. I found one for the PA Wilds, the perfect trip for autumn.

The itinerary included several locations such as Wellsboro, Coudersport, and Lock Haven. So, we made a weekend out of it. One of our stops was this beautiful overlook at Hyner View State Park. You can see the stone wall off to the side (built in the 1930s). Just beyond that is a gorgeous view of the Susquehanna river.

This location is a favorite among hang gliders. We also recommend it for nature lovers and photography buffs.

Haldeman Mansion

Architecture, culture, History, nature, Photography

The Haldeman Mansion is located on Locust Grove road in Bainbridge, PA. It’s in a small rural area, surrounded by nature. The front porch, with overhanging roof, faces the railroad, just beyond that is the beautiful Susquehanna River.

The grounds are rich in Native American History. However, as times changed, so did the property. In 1811 the mansion was completed. It became the birthplace of Professor Samuel Steman Haldeman.

The mansion is something to see. It has three floors and a basement. The grounds also contain a carriage house, summer house, and several ancient trees. When you visit this location it feels as though you’ve taken a step through time.

The Haldeman Mansion Preservation Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to restoring this beauty. They provide open houses, and several annual events, including: the strawberry festival, Victorian tea, tavern dinner, apple fall festival, and more. Learn more by visiting their website or Facebook  page.

Longwood Gardens

Flowers, Gardens, Photography

I mentioned in last week’s post that my mom and grandma both have the “green thumb.” However, it skipped a generation with me. I like flowers, but I’m no gardener or botanist for that matter. I can appreciate the beauty and the fragrance. However, I don’t know all the names and you won’t find many flowers in my yard. So,when my mom invited me to Longwood Gardens, I agreed and thought “okay, it will be a good place to take photos.” But, I was no near as excited as other family members of mine…

It was better than I expected, in fact I ended up going back a couple months later. Because, it’s not just a green house or a garden tour, it’s an experience. Yes, you can stroll through gardens and walk the green houses. But, you can also climb tree houses,  take in the beautiful water displays, and explore the grounds. Plus, Longwood Gardens features new displays each season. They also offer a variety of events, including light shows, water displays, holiday favorites, and more!

Longwood Gardens is located in Kennett Square, PA. It’s a great location for all ages. You can choose from daily ticket prices or memberships. The events change through out the year, find out what’s happening now, by visiting their website.