Posts Tagged ‘Day Trip’

Daytrip – Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden at Bronx Botanic Garden

Friday, July 22nd, 2016

Visit the Garden

Jenna Kernan exploring the @NYBG rose garden

Jenna Kernan exploring the @NYBG rose garden

Last month I said that water brings me calm and so is a favorite destinations when I need to relax.  A very close second is a visit to the garden. Any garden, but especially the New York Botanic Garden (@NYBG) in June because…ROSES!

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A spectacular rose-covered arches lead into the garden

I’ve never met a garden I didn’t like.  The NYBG or New York Botanic Garden is a gem.  I missed the May visit which is spectacular for azaleas.  But I did arrive in perfect time to visit the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden.

The scent of roses fills the air.

The scent of roses fills the air.

Completed in 1988 by David Rockefeller and named for his wife, “The Rose Garden has received many international awards, and is considered to be among the world’s best rose gardens.” according to the NYBG site.

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June Means Roses

Roses require lots of TLC – the Bronx Botanic Garden has a really great blog with lots of great information for gardener to help roses thrive.

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The central arbor is draped in climbing roses

Rose Watch!

The NYBG website has a rose color meter called ROSE WATCH!  How happy was I to visit on a week that had 80 percent peak color.  They weren’t lying.  Magnificent in color and scent.

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Yes – this is a purple rose.

 

 



Getting Out on the Water

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016
Schooner Argia takes daily cruises

Schooner Argia takes daily cruises

I find the water very calming.  When I need to reduce my stress level, I seek the closest body of water.  One of my nearby aqueous destinations is Mystic Connecticut.  This is a river that leads to the Long Island Sound.  There is so much to do here that this river port makes such a great day trip or weekend getaway.  These are the top attractions:

Underway on the Argia for a sunset cruise.

Underway on the Argia for a sunset cruise.

This time I took a cruise on the sloop Argia which gave me a very different perspective on the town and some interesting history and trivia on the area.  The seaport staff helped me in the past learning about historic equipment used in cartography.

Three masted tall ship rises above Mystic Seaport

Three masted tall ship rises above Mystic Seaport

That information was used in my second Historical, Turner’s Woman.  Now I can say that I’ve done all of these and also enjoy walking the charming main street.  Watching the drawbridge rise and lower.  It is a bascule bridge, which is basically a huge pendulum with counter weights that are impressive in action.

The historic Whaler's Inn sits right in downtown Mystic, CT

The historic Whaler’s Inn sits right in downtown Mystic, CT

When I posted on Facebook that I’d been to Mystic, some friends asked where I stay.  I like The Whalers Inn because it is central to the town and I can walk to restaurants, around the historic homes that line both sides of the river and all the way to the seaport.

Beluga Whale swims at the Mystic Aquarium

Beluga Whale swims at the Mystic Aquarium

I was there 24 hours and came home ready to get to work, my stress level is way down and I’m smiling as I write this because I’m already planning my next visit.