Archive for September, 2005

Places: Hotel Hershey and Spa – Hershey, PA


The Hotel Hershey. Picture taken with a Canon Digital Rebel.

I just returned from the Hotel Hershey in Hershey Pennsylvania and… Surprise! It was a lot of fun! I was a little skeptical about this trip. I had pictured a weekend of wandering around in a big chocolate commercial. I had visions of Oompa Loompa’s rummaging through my bags. All of these turned out to be true, but in a good way. 😉

First of all, it was close:
1.5 hours from Baltimore
2 hours from DC and Philly
3 hours from New York and New Jersey

Second, the Hotel Hershey is spectacular. It is old, classy, elegant and real. It was built during the depression with an unbelievable attention to detail. They recently expanded the Spa and you can simply relax in the lap of luxury after a long day at the park.

Third, the park was like being locked in a huge chocolate commerial, but that didn’t make it any less fun. They have a lot of roller coasters all intertwined together. There are a lot of water rides to beat the heat. And on the day we went the crowds were not bad at all.

Finally, the story of Milton Hershey is actually interesting.

Anyway, I give it a thumbs up. Bring the kids… Or don’t. Either way you will find lots to do and have fun.

References: The Hotel Hershey and Spa, Milton Hershey (a biography)
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Picture of Hops

Last week someone got to my page searching for “picture of hops”. I felt bad that I didn’t have anything useful for them. I vowed to change that so here is a photo of our beloved hops. This is the thing that makes beer great.


Hops
Picture taken with a Canon Digital Rebel.

Yikes! Scorpion Mezcal.

Now we’ve all had our share of Tequila. And most of us have had our share of Mezcal, too. Some of us have even dared to eat the worm at the bottom of the bottle. (A few of us more than once.)

But I have never seen anything like this before. You’ve gotta be pretty bad-ass to step up to the plate on this one.

Take a look:

Now in case you missed it, here is a close up of what is actually at the bottom of the bottle. That’s not an agave worm, that’s a scorpion! I guess we will see if I am as crazy as I used to be…


Comments anyone?

Events: Maryland Renaissance Festival!

Maryland Renaissance Festival

Okay everyone, we’re a couple weeks into the Maryland Renaissance Festival. If you’ve never been, this is some fun stuff. There’s lots of stuff to see, do, eat and drink. It’s fun for all ages. This is a great place to people-watch, but it is more fun to participate. Dress up and get into the spirit of things.

One of my favorite weekends is the Pirate Invasion Weekend. This year that happens on September 24 and 25. No matter when you go, don’t miss Shakespeare’s Skum.

See you there!

August:27, 28
September:3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25
October:1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23
Open from 10:00am – 7:00pm.
Open rain or shine.
For more information call: 1-800-296-7304.

New Brew: Deschutes Brewery – Hop Trip Pale Ale

Deschutes Brewery

This looks great! Why did I move so far away? If anyone is in the Bend Oregon area for the release of this limited edition fresh hop ale, please have a pint for me! Don’t forget to tell me what you think in the comments section.