Sunday, December 23, 2012

Westin - NYC

One of my favorite sites and first things you notice when you emerge onto 8th Ave from the depths of the Port Authority Bus Terminal. Once you hit the streets, you clearly feel the NY vibe and immediately know you are in special place.

New York at Christmas is a great time, but trying, due to the crush of people that also want to experience the holiday atmosphere of the Rockefeller Center tree and skaters.

Visiting early in December is less crowded and likely more enjoyable. Also avoiding the touristy areas in Times Square around meal times will give you an opportunity to discover a new neighborhood and/or place to eat while saving wait times in restaurants.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Potts Mansion - Elverson PA

During a winter open house, tours were offered of the St. Mary's of Providence Center main house, while children were invited to have breakfast with Santa.

The mansion was built by Joseph D. Potts, a descendant of the iron magnate, John Potts in the late 1800's.

I found the design interesting for the house had two similar, if not identical, wings. I believe the mansion was shared by two families, one in each wing.

Currently, The Daughters of St. Mary of Providence manage this facility.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Craftsman at Work

Christmas at Joanna is a wonderful family oriented celebrating old time Christmas traditions.

Inviting you into the venue is hundreds, many thousands of luminaries that guide your way through the grounds.

Delicious food and unique shops satisfy your appetite and shopping curiosity.

A huge HOT bonfire which is the center piece for the Belsnickel story and carolers.

A hayride, demos in wood/craft shop, a light maze add more fun and tradition to a night at Joanna.

Chinatown Arch

After visiting Love Park, we stopped in Chinatown for some authentic and tasty food at the Banana Leaf.

Art Museum from Christmas Village

view of Art Museum, originally uploaded by Mike Roush Photography - Berks Awhile.

Christmas season in Philadelphia is another great time to visit the city.

At Love Park, now the venue for the Christmas Village which showcases a nice variety of International products, cuisine, and entertainment.