The Scariest House in America

Historic travel girl has been in some pretty scary houses in her time. The house she grew up in, where the cabinet doors were always open in the morning and sometimes the piano played at night (Seriously. It’s Halloween, folks, not April Fool’s). Then there was the second place my husband and I renovated, where a young guest … Read More

Travels with Grandma: Falling for George

My hub’s grandmother turned 95 in August (that’s her right there, next to my husband. He’s not seven feet tall; she’s just really really short). It’s a big deal, turning 95. Many of Grandma’s friends and family members celebrated this landmark by showering her with gift certificates to CVS, Walgreen’s, Giant Supermarket, Carrabba’s and Cracker Barrel. Which only … Read More

Adaptive Reuse is Hard to Refuse

Historic travel girl loves things that used to be other things. Like flip flops that used to be school bus tires. And shoppers with long handles Macgyvered from old license plates and toothpaste caps. In fact, when historic travel girl was really just a girl, she found a blacksmith (not easy to do before the … Read More

One year later: no one likes Ike

It was a year ago on September 13 that Hurricane Ike barreled towards Galveston, Texas. By Friday afternoon, the stately commercial buildings on the Strand and lovely Victorians on the island’s East End were already underwater. Now, a year later, many of the island’s historic homes and buildings have been restored. Judging from the waterlines … Read More

Laissez les bon temps rouller!

  I’m embarrassed to say that I didn’t visit New Orleans until November last year. Me and the hub decided to go there over Thanksgiving, and I have to say, I would swap out turkey for gumbo any time. We stayed in the French Quarter, at the Hotel St. Marie (http://www.hotelstmarie.com/) on Toulouse Street (here’s … Read More

Whoopie! A Trip to Lancaster’s Newest Adaptive Reuse Hotel

I spent the last two days in the new Marriott on Penn Square, in lovely downtown Lancaster, Pennsylvania (www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/lnsmc-lancaster-marriott-at-penn-square/ ). First, I should tell you that I like Lancaster. Sure, I can get surly when stuck behind a slow moving buggy, and I’m trying to get to a 9:00 meeting. But generally, I like the … Read More

Historic Hotels by the Sea

It’s hot in Baltimore. Fry-an-egg on the sidewalk, bake-cookies-in-your-car hot. The kind of hot where historic travel girl likes to sit in her office, and daydream about…the ocean. Or the Gulf. Or any body of water bigger than the water cooler right outside her door.So, this morning I thought I’d daydream about some of the … Read More

Eating My Way Across Galveston, TX, Part One

Look, historic travel girl loves to stay in old houses. But do I want to subsist on a diet of Victorian-era excesses…with exotic new dishes and lots of courses? Uhh…YES!!! Luckily, Galveston does not disappoint the hungry historic traveler. Here are just a few of the options (there are tons more–coming soon!) Yaga’s Cafe and … Read More