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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

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

Spend A Night On A Train At The Red Caboose Motel In Ronks, PA

Red Caboose MotelTrains are very popular and of great interest to younger kids. When I first heard about a hotel made of old train cars in Pennsylvania, I wanted to stay there when Lucas was a bit older but it never happened. (Room availability and cost were some factors.)

Kim and I have considered staying at The Red Caboose Motel, located in Pennsylvania Dutch Country many times. Continue reading Spend A Night On A Train At The Red Caboose Motel In Ronks, PA

Find Out About Our Visit To Old Forge, PA- Pizza Capital of the World

Pizza Capital of the WorldWhen most people think of pizza destinations, I think it’s fair to say that New York and Italy primarily come to mind.

If I’m thinking about pizza around the US, the places I think of most would be New York (really Brooklyn), Chicago and Connecticut.

Around five or six years back, I heard about an area in Pennsylvania dubbing themself the Pizza Capital of the World! I had to find out for myself about the area by taking a trip to Old Forge, PA. Continue reading Find Out About Our Visit To Old Forge, PA- Pizza Capital of the World

Camelback Resort: A Fun, Family-Friendly Getaway Close To NYC

Camelback ResortI first heard about Camelback Resort (located in the Poconos, Pennsylvania) a few years back. The resort looked like it could be a fun weekend trip but Lucas was a bit too young at the time to make it worthwhile.

When I recently received an invite to check out the resort, I figured that it would be the perfect time for Lucas who is now 7 years old. Continue reading Camelback Resort: A Fun, Family-Friendly Getaway Close To NYC

Hotel Review: Mount Airy Casino Resort – Poconos, PA

Mount Airy Casino Resort
image: Mount Airy

Kim and I are always looking for options for weekend getaways from the New York City area.

One of our go-to mini trips is Philadelphia, a walkable city with lots to offer- great museums, food, etc…

When I received an invite to checkout the Mount Airy Casino Resort located in Mt. Pocono, Pennsylvania I was interested to see what they had to offer. The resort is located under two hours from home so it definitely fit our criteria as an option for a weekend away! Continue reading Hotel Review: Mount Airy Casino Resort – Poconos, PA

Jumping By the Pennsylvania State Capitol

Last July Kim, Lucas and I headed to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania due to the Stay 1, Get 1 promotion from Club Carlson. We had a lot of options to earn our bonuses for Radisson and Country Inn.
With not too many Park Inn’s around the U.S. we had to figure out which Park Inn was closest to home. We ended up booking two nights (one in each of our names) at the Park Inn Harrisburg West.

Harrisburg isn’t exactly a glamorous city but we found plenty to do and had a nice time during our visit.

Harrisburg is the capital of Pennsylvania so we had to stop by the Capitol Building to check it out.

When we arrived, the Capitol was already closed for the day. I was hoping to get inside and do a tour but that wasn’t going to happen this time.

I was a bit bummed that I couldn’t see inside but still found the building to be really impressive. The green tiled dome, which I read is made of terra cotta was an amazing site to see. It is topped by a 14.5 foot statue called Commonwealth. The fountain at the back of the building was also really fun to watch.

The Pennsylvania State Capitol was worth visiting, even if we could only view it from the outside. It also made for a great place for a jump!

Jumping by The Sweetest Place On Earth Sign- Hershey, PA

While on a family trip to Pennsylvania Dutch Country, we had part of a day planned to visit Hershey’s Chocolate World to do a Chocolate Tasting Adventure.
While driving there I suddenly came upon this sign and had to stop for some photos.
For those that don’t know, I am a big fan of signs. (check out my Ridiculous Street Signs tab)
Kim and I timed our jumps perfectly and got a great, synchronized jumping picture!

The Mutter Museum: A Museum of Medical Oddities-Philadelphia, PA

When I first saw the Mutter Museum featured on a television show, I knew that it was a museum that I had to visit. I finally got to go this past summer and was not disappointed…
Photography is not permitted in the museum but I couldn’t resist taking some photos with my phone. The quality is not the best but I am still glad that I can show some of what the museum has to offer.
Dried Head

The Mutter Museum is located at the College of Physicians.
Dr. Thomas Dent Mutter donated the collection in 1858. It was originally used for medical research and education. The museum has lots of medical oddities, antique medical equipment and other interesting specimens.

Skull Collection

The museum’s main floor has beautiful wood cabinets full of medical tools, wax molds, skeletons and an extensive skull collection. It was very busy when I visited so it took some time to get close to read the info in the cabinets.

Chang & Eng

The museum has a plaster cast of famous siamese twins Chang & Eng. Below the plaster cast (very hard to see in my picture) is a jar with their attached liver in it.

Soap Lady

One exhibit that I had to go back to visit a few times was of the Soap Lady. The lady died in the 19th century of yellow fever. She was buried in soil with some chemicals that turned her body into a soapy substance also called grave wax.

Here are a couple of other interesting photos that I took during my visit.

If you want to visit the Mutter Museum, find out more here.