Tag: roadside attractions

Phoenixville: A Cute Small Town With Vegan Eats

Phoenixville: A Cute Small Town With Vegan Eats

An hour from Philadelphia is the lovely borough of Phoenixville. Once the site of iron and steel mills, Phoenixville now has a thriving downtown strip containing diverse eateries, watering holes, and breweries. And some vegan eats! It is one of those places that feel like […]

Neon & Steel [And Some Food]

Neon & Steel [And Some Food]

I woke up in Cincinnati, Ohio and went to bed in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This means that, likely, I will spend tomorrow evening in my own bed. New York. Though I am squeezing in brief stops as I pass through, this excursion is winding down. But […]

Reading the American Landscape [Kentucky]

Reading the American Landscape [Kentucky]

Wigwam Village No. 2 in Cave City, Kentucky, a themed motel of Route 66, is still operational.   The abandoned Haunted Hotel attraction also in Cave City. It is open to explore, but an adorable grey tabby kitten was guarding the door.  Overgrowth A sinister […]

Light & Dark

Light & Dark

It’s morning in Shenandoah, and the sun overcomes its obstacles. As usual. How perfect is a morning? Fresh and potent with opportunity and intention. Never you mind what becomes of it; that’s the evening’s problem to solve. The clouds veil the light, hiding the blue, […]

Trees, Oranges, and Tamales

Trees, Oranges, and Tamales

After a quick breakfast at Cafe Smitten in Bakersfield, California it would be time to see a third/fourth California national park: Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks. To start, a peanut butter and chocolate bar, real good black coffee, and National Park guidebooks. And a […]

Blame It On The Tetons.

Blame It On The Tetons.

Buford, Wyoming has only one resident, a Vietnamese man who bought the entire town on eBay. Don Sammons, Buford’s previous lone resident who built the town from nothing and wrote a book about his adventure moved away. So it is still population 1. I stopped […]

wi. / mn.

wi. / mn.

Lest you think me a sunflower stalker (I am), please know that Babbette’s Seeds of Hope was the first field of sunflowers I knew about, though I suppose I realized they existed, and the very first field of sunflowers I intended to visit… the reason […]

V.V. hits State 48!

V.V. hits State 48!

Guess where I am…Yes, I’m in Iowa! Vegan Victuals is now reporting in 48 states! So let’s get to my lunch. I decided that Krunkwich Ramen House in Des Moines, Iowa had the best vegan options in the whole state. Krunkwich has a wonderfully appetizing selection of clearly […]

More South Dakota and…State 47! V.V. in Nebraska!

More South Dakota and…State 47! V.V. in Nebraska!

First: The Sunflowers on I-90 in South Dakota. As I travel west on the I-90 a couple of days back, I noticed a dramatic yellow hue contrasting the prairie’s muted landscape on the eastbound side of the interstate. Sunflowers. I did some recon later on and […]

A Vegan in the Black Hills (Day 2)

A Vegan in the Black Hills (Day 2)

Wall Drug is a very well-known roadside attraction with a long history of enticing drivers. It all began in 1931 when a persistent couple bought a drug store in the middle of nowhere. Determined to bring customers in they began luring the travelers with promises of free ice […]

A Vegan in the Black Hills (Day 1)

A Vegan in the Black Hills (Day 1)

It costs an arm and a leg to fly into South Dakota. But that’s okay. My preferred mode of transport is auto. And it’s only a few hours from the busy, well-established Minneapolis, Minnesota. But with lofty goals for my day one, I hauled butt […]

The NJ / PA Border

The NJ / PA Border

It is amazing to me how quickly you can discover rural charm outside of the bustling New York City area. It takes about two hours. Those are sloooow, traffic-stricken hours… at any hour. But it’s worth it. Lambertville, New Jersey, which sits on the Delaware River on […]

Waaaah.

Waaaah.

The bummer of my flight being cancelled seemed to infiltrate my food choices, too. I plan to make up for these less than wonderful options with a kick-butt breakfast tomorrow. But first, some roamings: The Babcock Building of the South Carolina Lunatic Asylum, now empty and […]

These Are a Few of My Favorite Things: <b>Sunflowers</b>

These Are a Few of My Favorite Things: Sunflowers

When I picked up my rental car in Charleston and started on Highway 17 south to start my trip, I saw these sunflowers–a bright smear of yellow. Happy faces peeking from a lush sea of green. I love sunflowers. There would be hardly much more […]

The First Coast to The Lowcountry

The First Coast to The Lowcountry

Jacksonville, Florida has vegan credibility. This I state enthusiastically in my head while the locals in Southern Roots Filling Station discuss New York City vegan eats. I could chime in, I suppose, and tell them that New York City isn’t all that spectacular. Well, I mean […]

Day 2: The Best of Central Florida {Underwater}

Day 2: The Best of Central Florida {Underwater}

A long time ago, when the Earth was green, I swam with the manatees in Florida’s Crystal River, where hundreds of manatees flock to in the winter months when the waters of the Gulf of Mexico are not as warm. It was time to see […]

Day 1: The Best of Central Florida

Day 1: The Best of Central Florida

The Sanctum has a fresh, vibrant vegan breakfast items that are the perfect start for a long day of sites. Any place with a mural like that is bound to deliver on plant-based goodies… equally important, kick-butt French press coffee equivalent to nine cups of hotel’s […]

V.V. Does A.C.

V.V. Does A.C.

It seems the world gets more and more vegan-friendly everyday. As a vegan food blogger, the surge in vegan options near, kinda near, far and very far is overwhelming. From big cities to small locales, I can’t keep up. But I try… And I looove […]

A Vegan Staten Island Excursion

A Vegan Staten Island Excursion

Finally! Some Staten Island reporting! Staten Island is a borough of New York City, but besides the familiar MTA bus signage and towering NYCDOE public schools, the Island is an island unto itself. The hilly land contains a city-suburb hybrid mix of residential spans and all […]

Bday 1: i do what i want

Bday 1: i do what i want

For as long as I have worked, I have always taken off my birthday. It’s a gift I give myself–to be under no obligations but my own. So I do the things I enjoy… driving and finding new places to take pictures of. Shrine of Our Lady […]

In the Passenger Seat, In Autumn

In the Passenger Seat, In Autumn

Smudgy window pictures of peaking foliage look like paintings. The power, phone and cable lines bisect the beautiful scenery, designating layers. And the rolling Catskills, blotted with orange, carry the cloud’s shadow spots. I love autumn in the east, where the trees give up for the winter. […]

Grape Stomp / Lagusta’s Luscious / New World Home Cooking <br>{Upstate Adventures}

Grape Stomp / Lagusta’s Luscious / New World Home Cooking
{Upstate Adventures}

Robibero Family Vinyards in New Paltz, New York had its annual grape-stomping festival this weekend, the first weekend of autumn. It was the perfect excuse to run north for the day with CP. After managed expectations, I was delighted by the peaceful, bucolic property and the opportunity to check […]

18 Hours: Upstate / Connecticut Loop {Day Trips, 101}

18 Hours: Upstate / Connecticut Loop {Day Trips, 101}

Travel tucks you into new environments, which facilitate different experiences. And experience is the basis of all learning, all growth. So, travel is enlightenment…. Luckily, there is no need to head to an ancient Buddhist temple to derive this wisdom. There is plenty of beauty, adventure, inspiration, oddity (and vegan eats) […]

On V.V. Summer Assignment, Day 4: Bluegrass to the Blue Ridge

On V.V. Summer Assignment, Day 4: Bluegrass to the Blue Ridge

Another jam-packed day ahead of me and needing the boost, I had the tart from Louisville’s Flora Vegan Treats for breakfast. Clearly by observing Exhibit A below you can see it was light and crisply satisfying–like you want these kinds of tarts to be. The filling was blackberry, the […]