The Sherman in Batesville, Indiana

Dining Outside the Home: The Sherman in Batesville, Indiana! Listed as one of the Historic Hotels of America, The Sherman is the “Gathering Place of Generations”, established in 1852. Located among the sleepy hills of southern Indiana, German culture remains the theme within and without. The German Tudor style architecture is easily identified by the half-timbering on the two-story building which houses the enchanting hotel, European corner café, private alcoved restaurant, antique Belgium bar, and popular outdoor biergarten. German cuisine, known for its specialties, speaks volumes of Oktoberfest-style renderings. From flavorful brauts to international beers to scrumptious desserts, the extensive menu pleases the palate of travelers, historians, celebrities, and residents alike. The next time a road trip takes you on a journey of exploration, stop for awhile to bask in the hospitality known throughout the area at The Sherman.

POV Rooftop Lounge and Terrace in Washington, DC

Dining Outside the Home: POV Rooftop Lounge and Terrace in Washington, DC! Word gets around that one of the most spectacular panoramic views of the DC skyline can be seen from the POV Lounge and Terrace at the W Hotel. The sunset view beyond the glass wall of retractable windows translates to an open-air experience from anywhere in the room. From small bites to burgers and entrees, the menu promises to entice. Choose a drink of choice to compliment the food, celebrate the day, and live in the moment.

Dining Outside the Home: Plaza Hotel Food Hall in Manhattan, New York City, New York!

Dining Outside the Home: Plaza Hotel Food Hall in Manhattan, New York City, New York! Located on the Concourse Level of the Plaza Hotel at Central Park West, is a diverse collection of specialty food stations inspired by European traditions. Look around at the mosaic marble floors, the bistro tables, and seasoned chefs. Whatever your mood, be it succulent seafood, decadent desserts, savory pasta, artisan breads, or high quality tea blends, it’s all there. My word of advice? Share. After all, a sampling of several items can be very satisfying. 

Millennial Pool Chair Thieves Lack Respect 

Me, me, me. I want it, I deserve it, I’m gonna take it. Everyone who travels to a 5-star beach resort understands about pool etiquette. Senior citizens get it. Adolescent boys are taught it. Generation Xers understand it. Respect, Regard, Refrain. Pool security guards expect it…because there are distinct clues. Those who take the time to visit the staff at the Towel Hut, receive the day’s color-coded wristbands, arrange two chaise loungers under a patio umbrella, and neatly fold the beach towels so they meet in the middle, are clear indications that “These chairs are taken”. In many resorts, the Pool Manager even goes so far as to lay out towel-covered cushions over a chaise lounger placed in the shade of a patio umbrella hours before an elderly guest needs it. So why is it that a couple of Millennials have the audacity to scoop the beach towels off the chairs of their choosing, toss them in a heap, and plop themselves down as if “Entitlement” is their middle name? Where do they think they are? On an All-Inclusive Party Boat where chair hoggers are known to greedily grab more chairs than they need? News flash: the ones who placed the towels there initially ARE going to show up. And they will not be pleased with your rude actions! So don’t pretend you’re asleep or cast your eyes away as if you’ve done nothing wrong. Grow up, learn how to respect others, and learn about etiquette. Because in the end, you “reap what you sow, more than you sow, later than you sow.” Do the right thing. Then you won’t have to spend the remainder of your vacation looking over your shoulder. Rant over!

Dining Outside the Home: W Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts 

Dining Outside the Home: W Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts! For an upscale lounge experience filled with modern decor, electrifying colors, heightened entertainment, and effervescent spirits, this chic barroom located on the corner of a busy intersection makes it a perfect spot for leisurely socializing. Grab a table for two after a day of walking The Freedom Trail and kick back for a refreshingly cool cocktail. Whether you choose a Hennessy cucumber-lime concoction or a D’usse elderflower-lemon spritzer, the W Boston completes the adventure.