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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Historic 1776 Dobbin House Restaurant, Tavern and Bed & Breakfast Inn

Dobbin House Restaurant and Tavern in Gettysburg
If you're planning a trip to historic Gettysburg and looking for some of the finest dining options that the city has to offer, you'll want to visit the Dobbin House Restaurant and Tavern. Not only do they serve some of the best food in the area, their friendly wait-staff dresses up in period clothing which fascinates patrons young and old.
Dobbin House Restaurant and Tavern in Gettysburg Pennsylvania

The Dobbin House Tavern, Restaurant and Bed & Breakfast Inn is located at 89 Steinwehr Avenue in Gettysburg Pennsylvania. The historic tavern was built in 1776 and has been beautifully restored with original antiques and reproductions from the period. The property houses the restaurant, tavern, bed & breakfast inn and curiosity shop (gift shop). The restaurant and tavern are open daily, but they do recommend reservations when dining at the restaurant, especially during the tourist season. The home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Located within walking distance of the Gettysburg National Park Service Visitor's Center, the Lincoln Train Museum, the Gettysburg Heritage Center & Museum, the Gettysburg Diorama and other area attractions. You'll find that Steinwehr Avenue is lined with many gift shops, collectible & souvenir stores and eateries.
Dobbin House Gettystown Bed & Breakfast Inn in Gettysburg

The charming Gettystown Bed & Breakfast Inn has 5 charming guest rooms & suites that have been beautifully decorated with antiques & reproductions from the period. Each guest room has it's own unique feeling and style. No two are decorated the same. This is a popular bed & breakfast inn, so you'll want to plan ahead & make your reservations early. Included with your overnight stay is hearty breakfast served in the parlor room of The Dobbin House, next door.
Dobbin House Gettystown Bed & Breakfast Inn in Gettysburg

When dining at the restaurant you'll find an extensive menu with fish, seafood, poultry, steak/beef, etc. choices. They do have a children's menu for kids under the age of 10. If soups & salads are your type of thing, they have those too along with your choice of vegetables and desserts. You can opt to enjoy an alcoholic beverage with your meal that has been expertly prepared and whipped up.

On our last visit to Gettysburg we stopped into the Dobbin House Restaurant & Tavern and had one of the best meals that we've had in a very long time and certainly the best meal that we had during our entire trip to Gettysburg.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Rush Creek Lodge at Gateway to Yosemite National Park

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Heading to Yosemite National Park? Looking for a brand new, exciting & relaxing lodge to visit? If so, we recommend that you check out the brand new for 2016 Rush Creek Lodge! It's the first new resort in the Yosemite region in more than 25 years. It's the perfect retreat for couple or family vacations.

Conveniently located less than a mile from the park’s Highway 120 West entrance, Rush Creek Lodge is a scenic three-hour drive from the San Francisco Bay Area and is a sister property to the nearby historic Evergreen Lodge. Nestled on twenty woodland acres, the resort is a superbly designed “destination within a destination” that features 143 rooms, a grand main lodge, restaurant and tavern, a 2,400 square foot, heated, salt water swimming pool and hot tubs with poolside bar, full-service recreation department, general store, meeting and event space and a variety of innovative amenities for entertainment and relaxation.

Kim Carroll Photography
Outstanding accommodations: The contemporary mountain resort offers Yosemite explorers a new lodging option with 143 tastefully appointed rooms, suites, and hillside villas, each with a deck overlooking nature and most providing a front-row seat to the stunning Sierra sunsets. Inspired by the mountain backdrop, Rush Creek Lodge marries an authentic, timeless feel with modern amenities for a consummate National Park lodge experience that is both relaxed and sophisticated. All rooms feature a stylish sitting area, private bathroom, custom artwork and furnishings, refrigerator and complimentary Wi-Fi and are designed to comfortably accommodate both couples and families.

Recreation and activities: Rush Creek Lodge enables leisure travelers, families and groups to make the most of their visit to Yosemite by offering a rich array of activities both in the Park and at the property. A full-service onsite recreation department helps guests explore Yosemite’s icons and hidden gems by providing over thirty professionally guided excursions for all experience and fitness levels, with trips varying seasonally to make the most of Yosemite’s ever-changing landscape. Additionally, the resort offers a complimentary “recreation concierge” advice desk and daily on-site activities.

In the Main Lodge, guests will find a spacious lounge with a fireplace and a fun-filled game room. Throughout the property, outdoor seating areas and fireplaces await, as well as play areas and other opportunities for discovery, entertainment and relaxation, including a large salt water pool and two spacious hot tubs (one for families and another just for adults).

Delicious dining: Yosemite activities create robust appetites, and the on-site dining establishments at Rush Creek Lodge are designed to tantalize with seasonal menu items. Featuring the finest available local, organic, and sustainable ingredients, fresh and sophisticated cuisine is served in a variety of indoor and outdoor settings, including a restaurant with a wood-fired oven and display kitchen, a cozy tavern with an expansive terrace and an inviting pool bar. Freshly made trail-ready items, snacks, and happy hour supplies are also available in the General Store.
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Events inspired by nature: Ideal for destination events, retreats and weddings, Rush Creek Lodge features customizable, full-service meeting and event space for groups up to 250. Open air and indoor meeting facilities, including a vaulted ceiling event hall with an outdoor plaza, a poolside BBQ area, multiple dining venues and a hillside amphitheater, can accommodate casual or sophisticated get-togethers throughout the seasons. Rush Creek’s on-site catering team tailors plated, buffet and family style meals to each group’s needs and desires.

Ideal for unplugging and reconnecting, Rush Creek customizes recreation and activity packages for groups, including guided trips and team building. Rush Creek’s varied onsite activities and guest areas promote fun-filled, relaxing, informal interactions, fostering the important connections desired in a group getaway.

Business with a purpose: Rush Creek Lodge continues the social and environmental missions set forth by its sister property, Evergreen Lodge. The resort will be a Certified B Corporation, meeting social sustainability and environmental performance standards. The property’s dedication to social enterprise, using business as a force for good, is exemplified by its fully self-funded youth employment program and a host of environmental initiatives. The resort’s water re-use program will be one of the most comprehensive commercial greywater systems in California, charging stations will be available for electric vehicles and solar panels will supply a portion of the property’s power needs.

With the opening of Rush Creek Lodge, Yosemite National Park gains a new ambassador and launch point for sharing memories for a lifetime, including special occasions and year-round outdoor adventures. Rush Creek Lodge is available for reservations at or by calling (209) 379-2373.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Family Hiking and Fun at Cook Forest State Park

Cook Forest State Park is located in western Pennsylvania
Cook Forest State Park is located in western Pennsylvania and is classified as a National Natural Landmark by the National Park Service. This Pennsylvania State Park is known for it's gorgeous scenic views and easy access.

The park is comprised of 7,182 acres and if you love canoeing and kayaking, you'll find that Clarion River borders the eastern area of the park. You'll find a lot to see and do while visiting the park: boating, swimming, hiking, fishing, horseback riding, nature walks to see the wildlife, picnicking and so forth. The park is open year round to visitors.
Cook Forest State Park is located in western Pennsylvania
If you love camping, you'll find several campgrounds nearby: At the Woods Cabins & Campground, Whitehaven Campground & Cabins, Cook Forest Locust Lodge Campground, Penns Oak Campground and several others are located nearby.

Cabins and lodges are located nearby the state park should you desire those types of accommodations. You'll find Wild Turkey Riverfront Cabins, Shamrock Woods Lodge, Knotty Pines Cabins, Cherry Run Cabins, Black Bear Cabins, Al & Brenda's Country Cottage, Cook Forest Top Hill Cabins, Clarion River Suites, Kellywood Cabins, Stone Crest Cabins to name just a few.

Cook Forest State Park is located in western Pennsylvania

If you're looking for some great food to eat, you'll find DB's BBQ, Vince's Tavern, Wayside Inn, Michelle's Cafe, Knotty Pines Restaurant and Bar and several others within driving distance.

My family had the opportunity two weeks ago to visit Cook Forest State Park and had a fabulous time. We were only there for the day and went hiking on some of their trails. We took along a picnic lunch and enjoyed it outdoors. During this time of the year we like to be outdoors, so that we can enjoy some of the beautiful Fall foliage that Pennsylvania has to offer. Trust me, we weren't disappointed with all of the natural beauty that we saw that day during our visit.
Cook Forest State Park is located in western Pennsylvania
The park has a very active winter season that includes ice skating, cross country skiing, snow boarding, ice fishing, snowmobiling, sledding and other fun things that the family will enjoy. We are hoping to make another visit during the winter season, so that we can check out all of their fun wintertime activities and to hopefully we will see some gorgeous snow-covered scenery during our visit.

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