Category Archives: Trip Reports

Ridiculous Street Signs #28: No Dog Toilet- Haarlem, The Netherlands

It’s been quite a while since I last stepped foot on a plane. The last flights I took were with my 8-year old son Lucas to The Netherlands back in February.

During the trip we stayed in Amsterdam. We also took day trips to Haarlem and Utrecht.

At the end of our visit to Haarlem, we visited the De Adriann Windmill. Continue reading Ridiculous Street Signs #28: No Dog Toilet- Haarlem, The Netherlands

A Visit To The International Cryptozoology Museum- Portland, ME

cryptozoologyOver the summer, we took a road trip to Maine where we tried 15 lobster rolls during our 10 day trip!

Besides eating lots of lobster rolls, we also visited quite a few lighthouses, ate lots of whoopie pies and visited Acadia National Park.

Museums weren’t high on our list of places to visit but there was one that stood out. With some spare time while in Portland, we decided to stop by the International Cryptozoology Museum! Continue reading A Visit To The International Cryptozoology Museum- Portland, ME

A Visit To The Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery in Lititz, PA

Lititz PADuring a recent trip to Pennsylvania Dutch Country we spent a night on a train at the Red Caboose Motel in Ronks, PA.

The area offers some fun things to do with kids like visiting a farm, taking a ride on a steam train and a theme park called Dutch Wonderland.

While looking into something fun to do with our kids, I had an idea to visit somewhere fun I had visited in Lititz PA as a kid and again years later. Continue reading A Visit To The Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery in Lititz, PA

Finding Pizza Excellence at Ollie’s In Upstate NY

pizzaAs many of you probably know, food is a big part of our travels and pizza is my favorite food…

When I first heard of Ollie’s, a new pizzeria opening in upstate NY, I immediately put it on my list of places that I wanted to check out. The space looked incredible and we figured that the pizza would be excellent considering one of the partners was Frank Pinello of Best Pizza¬†and The Pizza Show. Continue reading Finding Pizza Excellence at Ollie’s In Upstate NY

Our First Movie Out Since COVID-19, Overlook Drive-In!

drive-inPrior to businesses shutting down due to COVID-19, my family enjoyed going to movies at theaters like Alamo Drafthouse and Nitehawk Cinema.

It’s been quite a long time since we went out to the movies until a recent trip to upstate NY.

After spending a day wandering around (and doing things like searching for Gnome Mountain), we treated our kids to a new movie experience, the Drive-In! Continue reading Our First Movie Out Since COVID-19, Overlook Drive-In!

Food Quest: We Tried 15 Lobster Rolls In Maine During Our 10 Day Trip!

lobster rollsAt the end of the summer, the Michael W Travels family took a 10-day road trip around Maine.

During the trip, Kim and I knew that we’d definitely do four things; finally visit Acadia National Park, visit lots of lighthouses and eat many Whoopie pies and lobster rolls!

Kim and I visited Maine over 10 years back and had great memories of delicious lobster rolls. Continue reading Food Quest: We Tried 15 Lobster Rolls In Maine During Our 10 Day Trip!

Searching For Gnome Mountain In High Falls, NY

GnomeOver the holiday weekend, Kim and I decided to take a short trip to upstate NY. We figured it would be nice to get away one last time before the school year begins.

Our first destination was lunch at a new pizza shop which recently opened. On the way, Kim did a search to see if there was anything else worth checking out in the area.

While doing her search, Kim asked me if I had heard of Gnome Mountain. Continue reading Searching For Gnome Mountain In High Falls, NY

A Visit To The Maine State Prison Showroom

Maine State PrisonOver the summer, the Michael W Travels wasn’t traveling internationally due to COVID-19. Instead, we took a handful of road trips not too far from home.

Our most recent and longest trip was an 11-day trip primarily to Maine. While there, we ate a lot of lobster rolls and visited quite a few lighthouses.

While researching things to do, I came across a very special souvenir shop that I had to visit, the Maine State Prison Show Room! Continue reading A Visit To The Maine State Prison Showroom

Do You Know About The McDonald’s McMansion In Freeport, Maine?

McMansionA couple of years back I wrote about a very unique McDonald’s location in Long Island, NY, the McMansion. Check out my review of the McDonald’s McMansion here.

Due to COVID-19, what would usually be a month-long summer trip for my family amounted to a few road trips.

We actually just back from from an awesome 11-Day visit to Maine! While there, we visited lots of interesting (primarily outdoor) sites and ate so much great food. Continue reading Do You Know About The McDonald’s McMansion In Freeport, Maine?

Review: Avid Hotels (IHG Property)- Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Avid HotelsA few weeks back, the Michael W Travels family took a visit to Pennsylvania Dutch Country.

During our visit, we spent a night on a train at the Red Caboose Motel in Ronks, PA. We almost spent both nights there but we were glad that we didn’t.

For the second night, we decided to try a relatively new IHG brand called Avid Hotels. The property, located in Lancaster, PA was in a good location and available at a pretty reasonable price. Continue reading Review: Avid Hotels (IHG Property)- Lancaster, Pennsylvania