Friday, December 11, 2020

Helen, Georgia - Bavarian Christmas without a Passport

Nestled in the Northeast Georgia mountains, the small town of Helen, GA is a not so hidden gem. Tourists flock to Helen for Oktoberfest, wine festivals and more. But, I think the perfect time to visit is during the holidays. The Bavarian inspired buildings occupy around 2.1 square miles, and are filled with Christmas spirit and European charm.

The history of Helen is a testament to ingenuity based on necessity. Helen rose from a logging town to reinvent itself into the third most visited city in Georgia. In 1969, an idea to turn Helen into a Bavarian inspired getaway was formed. German inspired facades, restaurants and themes transformed the town.With a population of only around 500 residents, the town welcomes around 3 million visitors a year.


For a perfect weekend getaway, add a visit to Tallulah Falls, visit the nearby State Parks, and enjoy the many trails and mountain hikes.   


Safe & Happy Travels!

Monday, July 27, 2020

The Best Maryland Crab Cakes

I realize this title might incite strong feelings in some crab cake aficionados.
So, I will say that these are the very best crab cakes that I have ever tasted. 

If you are in Baltimore, visit G&M Restaurant. You will not be disappointed.
Founded in 1974, G&M began as a pizza shop. The menu evolved over time to include seafood.

Since 1999, G&M crab cakes have won countless awards, and are recognized all over Maryland and the US as the best.

The best part - they ship crab cakes overnight to all 50 states! 

Also, the attached bakery is not to be missed. Cakes, pies, cookies & more.


So, the next time you are in Baltimore, be sure to visit G&M. It is a short ride from BWI.

If you cannot make it there, order crab cakes online and they will come to you!



Sunday, March 29, 2020

Real ID - Deadline Changed

A lot of people are not traveling right now. But, there is plenty you can still do to prepare for traveling to come. Aside from reading guidebooks and watching travel documentaries/shows, you can ensure you are Real ID compliant.

The Department of Homeland Security has extended the deadline due to the Corona Virus Pandemic. The new deadline is now 10/01/2021. At that time, passengers will need to have Real ID on their driver's license for domestic flights.

If you do not have yours, you can start the process online by completing the Real ID application form. Visit your State's DMV site. Although not required, this should save time when you visit the DMV in person to complete your application.

According to DHS: 

"Visit your state’s driver’s licensing agency website to find out exactly what documentation is required to obtain a REAL ID.  At a minimum, you must provide documentation showing:  1) Full Legal Name; 2) Date of Birth; 3) Social Security Number; 4) Two Proofs of Address of Principal Residence; and 5) Lawful Status."

If you are not sure if you have Real ID, check the top right of your Driver's License.
You should have a gold or black star. 

Do not forget that you can make an appointment at the DMV to save time!

Bring required documents so they can be used as proof of ID and scanned.
There is a fee (varies by State) unless you are renewing your Driver's License at the time of issuance.

A little preparation saves headaches and delays. Get ready now for travels to come.

Monday, March 16, 2020

Sebastian Inlet State Park, Florida

Sebastian Inlet State Park is located in Brevard County, Florida.
It stretches over three miles of barrier island and spans 1,000 acres.

Sebastian Inlet has a long history of failed attempts to open and maintain the man-made cut through.  Today, it is a standing testament to human persistence and ingenuity.

Visitors can enjoy Swimming, Surfing, Snorkeling, Paddling along its Beaches.

Camping (electricity, water), Picnic areas, grills, showers other amenities make staying here comfortable.

Do not miss bird watching, manatee and turtle nests and other wildlife experiences.

Walk and bike along relaxing trails.

Great Beach, River and Inlet fishing is available. There is a fishing cleaning station, for convenience.

If you are looking for a family vacation, weekend getaway, or day trip, Sebastian Inlet is a beautiful escape.

Happy Traveling.