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Sunday, July 14, 2024

Dining at Plaza Azteca Mexican Restaurant in Harrisburg

Plaza Azteca Mexican Restaurant in Harrisburg Pennsylvania

Plaza Azteca
opened for business at their Harrisburg location on June 1st, 2024. Residents in the area were excited to get an authentic Mexican cuisine restaurant in our area and weren't disappointed. The restaurant is located right off Progress Avenue in the old (but newly remodeled) Your Place Restaurant building. 

You'll find a lot of parking available (on the side and behind the restaurant). On the day that we visited we experienced no wait time. As soon as we walked into the building we were seated. You can choose to sit in a booth, at a table or at the bar. There's plenty of seating available. If you're dining with a larger group and during prime time hours, you will want to call ahead. 

Plaza Azteca Mexican Restaurant in Harrisburg Pennsylvania

On the menu you'll find a lot of items to choose from. Fajitas, tacos, burritos, quesadillas, and a lot more! Seriously, they offer a lot of different choices. There's a small section on the menu for children. We were dining before the dinner crowd so we chose our items from the lunch offerings. 

We ordered the chips and guacamole to snack on while waiting for our meals.The guacamole was made fresh at our table. Yes, that's right...at our table! They wheel a food cart to your table and the wait staff stood there and made the guacamole from scratch. Let me add, that guacamole was delicious. Some of the best we've ever had.

Plaza Azteca Mexican Restaurant in Harrisburg Pennsylvania

Plaza Azteca Mexican Restaurant in Harrisburg Pennsylvania

Our meals arrived fairly quickly to our table (within 25 minutes) and was piping hot. Everything was presented in a tasteful way. Portions were larger than we had expected. What we ordered was cooked and made to perfection. It was the best Mexican food that we've had in the Harrisburg area. I really feel it beats all other restaurants that we've tried. 

We shared an appetizer, each got a meal from the lunch menu, my wife had an ice tea while I enjoyed a margarita. Our bill, including the 20% tip...was just under $50.00, so definitely an affordable dining option. Finally, authentic Mexican cuisine in the Harrisburg area. We'll definitely be dining there again.

Sunday, July 7, 2024

Historic Cold Spring Village an Open-Air Living History Museum

Historic Cold Spring Village - Welcome Center in Cape May

Historic Cold Spring Village
is an open-air living history museum located in Cape May, New Jersey. The museum is open seasonally and for special educational events. You can find their complete schedule of operations located on their website. I recommend checking out the schedule BEFORE planning your visit. 

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You'll find the museum located on US Route 9. It's very easy to get to from all southern Jersey Shore points like Avalon, Stone Harbor, Wildwood, Sea Isle City and Cape May Court House. It's within a 20 minute drive from all of those popular tourist destinations.

Historic Cold Spring Village Country Store in Cape May

Historic Cold Spring Village Book Binder

Tickets are for a single day admission and range in cost from $12 to $16 depending on age...with children 3 and under FREE. Active Duty Military get free admission with a valid ID. Military Veterans get a 10% off discount with a valid ID. Parking is free.

We started off our visit by stopping by the Historic Cold Spring Village Welcome Center first. There's an orientation video you can watch in the Welcome Center that gives you historical information about the Cape May area. It's air conditioned in there and that's where you'll find the public restrooms. Pick up a paper map while you're there to help guide you around the property.

Historic Cold Spring Village Pottery Shop

Historic Cold Spring Village in Cape May

You'll be mostly outside for the rest of your self-guided tour. There are some shaded areas along the way with some benches you can sit on if you need to sit and rest. We recommend that you spray yourselves with bug spray (they can be bad in this wooded area), use sunscreen and bring along a bottle of water if you're visiting on a hot day.

The buildings are set up like a little town in the good old days. You'll find a book binder, blacksmith, pottery shop, a school, bakery, woodworking shop, the jail, a poultry house, a farm barn, etc. This is just a partial list of the buildings that you'll be visiting. Each one is unique and offers something different, so make sure you visit them all. 

Historic Cold Spring Village - Grange Restaurant in Cape May

At the back of the property you'll find the Cold Spring Grange Restaurant if you're looking to grab a bite to eat. There's another entrance/exit back there but for the 2024 season the entrance/exit is closed. You can still drive around to the back of the property to visit the Grange Restaurant (large free parking lot) is located right outside of the Grange.

Historic Cold Spring Village Blacksmith Shop in Cape May

One of the highlights from our visit was visiting the Blacksmith Shop. The Blacksmith took his time with his demonstration and showed us several different things that the Blacksmith has made. It's a really interesting demonstration and was our favorite of the day. Highly recommend that one!!!

Our second favorite demonstration and vist was to the woodworking shop. I have a personal interest in woodworking, so I really enjoyed seeing how things were done in the good old days. The woodworker gave a really informative and interesting demonstration. 

Historic Cold Spring Village Woodworking Shop

Historic Cold Spring Village Woodworking Shop

We spent about 90 minutes at the Historic Cold Spring Village Museum walking around checking out the buildings and demonstrations that were going on. A few of the buildings were closed, but the majority of them were open and offering living history demonstrations. My grandchildren really enjoyed visiting the Farm Barn to see the horse. Yes, kids love animals.

If you're going to be visiting any of the south Jersey shore points we recommend planning an afternoon visit to Historic Cold Spring Village Open-Air Living History Museum. It's a great educational and family-friendly attraction...that's fun to visit!