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Longwood Gardens is Blooming with Spectacular Flowers PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jennifer Palermo   
May 06, 2009 at 09:27 AM

Longwood Gardens is Blooming with Spectacular Flowers

Jennifer's Travel Journal

This is the perfect time of year to visit Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. The hour and a half long ride from the Jersey Shore makes a wonderful day trip. The gardens boast of more than 100,000 tulips! The spring blossoms exhibit is now through May 22. Maybe take Mom for Mother's Day? $16 pp; Age 5 - 18 $6; Seniors - $14; Kids 4 and under free. Hours - 9 am- 6 pm. and Th, Fri, Sat til 10 pm.

The gardens are continually being replenished to keep all the blossoms fresh. It was a treat to see all the tulips, flowering trees, dogwoods, lilacs, wisteria, delphinium, columbine and foxgloves, even though it is early in the season for our gardens. (pictured below left)


We went during our latest heat spell with temps near 90! Hats and water are a must and strollers help to make it easier on younger kids. Our 4 year old even enjoyed the umbrella stroller since there is a lot of walking. You can rent strollers for $6. There is a picnic area about 5 minutes from the parking. They have many shaded picnic tables and a rest room facility. You will need to leave the park and return. No picnics inside the Gardens. Get your hand stamped if you plan to return.       

The Conservatory is open year round and has special exhibits during Easter and Christmas.  Inside they also have an indoor children's garden area with great fountains and a play area.  The kids enjoyed cooling off in there. Don't miss the Chimes Tower, Italian Water Garden and tour the Pearce DuPont house. Also visit the Bonsai and Orchid Houses in the conservatory and even climb a Tree House!

The Terrace Restaurant serves great food. The Café is perfect for quick eating or the dining room for more formal dining. We all enjoyed refreshing ice cream and water. Café open 10 - 5 pm.


Friday, May 8th is National Public Gardens Day. Why not celebrate with a trip to Longwood Gardens, which encompasses over 1,000 acres of land?             



Longwood Gardens also has Fireworks & Fountains Show- May 24, July 4, Aug 8, Sept. 6 & 19 and a BBQ on May 16 & 17. Check out the website for more info.


The Columbine and Fountain.

The Tree House.


The Italian Water Garden.

The Topiary Garden.

The Conservatory.

Delphinium in the Conservatory.

Fountains in the Children's Garden in the Conservatory.

The Open Air theater.


More tulips!


Last Updated ( May 06, 2009 at 10:28 AM )
Getaway to the Poconos - Jennifer's Travel Journal PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jennifer Palermo   
Feb 11, 2009 at 03:41 PM

Getaway to the Poconos - Jennifer's Travel Journal

Are you looking for a great escape for the family? Well the Poconos in Pennsylvania is the place for you. We recently had a great vacation with our kids and grandkids in a rented house that slept 10. The snow conditions were great which is important to find out before you book, because you are not always guaranteed snow away from the slopes.  The ski resorts make their own snow on the slopes, but it is great when the whole area has snow. (Next week Feb 16, 2009 forecast highs will be in the 20s)

The 2 main ski resorts are Camelback on the east side of the Poconos and Jack Frost/Big Boulder on the west side. We stayed in the Lake Harmony/Lake Naomi area since we were skiing at Big Boulder. The trip from the Jersey Shore was only 3 hours. We were allowed to check in early on Friday and stay as late as we wanted on Sunday, since there were no rentals before or after us.

The guys went skiing and there was plenty of shopping at the outlets. The grandkids are still a little young to ski, so we stayed in an area with a great hill for sledding. Jack Frost and Big Boulder offer ski lessons for kids starting age 3 - 10. The kids will learn how to complete a stop, how to get on and off the lift and the lessons include games and activities. One 3 hour class starts at 9 am, the other at 1 pm. Jack Frost does not have night skiing. Ski Rentals $29 for day & $22 for night. Check out for more info. Adult lift tickets $40 weekday $48 Weekend. Youth $32 - $36.


Camelback is where I first learned to ski. They can be crowded on the weekends so get there early! They have great lodges for hot chocolate or a quick bite, even one lodge at the top of the mountain. You can pack your own lunch and get a locker. At Camelback 3 hour group lessons for kids start at $28 and a private lesson ages 4 and up for $90. Beginners can get the lift ticket, rental and lesson for $125 Under 6 the lift tickets are free. Online rates are available. Adult lift ticket $44 weekday - $52 Weekend. Youth $31 - $39. They also offer Snowtubing. Most of the young people today use snow boards. Guess that dates me!


Back at the house we enjoyed family time and did all the cooking at home. I had made a baked ziti and chili ahead so the meals were no fuss. We enjoyed an egg and sausage casserole for breakfast and banana pancakes on Sunday. We also roasted marshmallows in the cozy fireplace and watched movies. The kids had fun making snow angels (below).

I really enjoyed my return trip to the Poconos. There are a lot of new restaurants and developments in the area. The Jubilee Restaurant on Rt. 940 in Pocono Pines was always packed. The Great Wolf Lodge is close to Camel back (a family friendly resort with indoor water park). Shawnee Mountain is also on the east side of the Poconos.  Nearby is Bushkill Falls which is great for hiking in spring, summer and fall. In the summer the Poconos offer boating, sailing and swimming on the lakes and white water rafting too. I was happy to see the improvements in the area. It is a great place to spend a vacation and not too far away either!

Love must be in the air up there, because we enjoyed our honeymoon at Mount Airy Lodge in the 70s which is now a renovated Casino Resort, my in laws spent their honeymoon at the Split Rock Lodge in the 40s and our son and his wife spent their honeymoon at a Bed & Breakfast in the Poconos too!  Why not spend a romantic getaway or take the family for a wonderful time of fun?



Last Updated ( May 06, 2009 at 09:26 AM )
Super Bowl Party Menu PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jennifer Palermo   
Jan 30, 2009 at 03:11 PM

Super Bowl Party Menu

Shrimp Cocktail

Chicken Wings

Chilie & Nachos

Veggies and Ranch Dressing

Potato Salad, Macaroni Salad, Cole Slaw

Brownies and Ice Cream

Crème de Menthe Sundaes

Touchdown Juice- 3 c. orange juice

½ c. vodka ¼ c. cointreau 1/8 c. lemon juice

¼ c. cherry juice


1 ½ oz. Vodka

½ Cointreau

1 oz. cranberry juice

½ oz. lime juice

Garnish with strip of lemon (pictured below)


Last Updated ( Jan 30, 2009 at 03:21 PM )
Art Exhibit by Nancy Palermo at Ocean City Arts Center PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jennifer Palermo   
Jan 14, 2009 at 07:20 PM

Art Exhibit by Nancy Palermo at Ocean City Arts Center

Nancy Palermo's work was well received at the packed Ocean City Arts Center on Friday night. Palermo's work will be on display for the month of January. The great turnout included locals Jerry Klaus, ‘Bubba Mac' Herb Birch, Marion Talese, Sally Hamilton, Bill Kelly, Luke Palermo, Nicole and Dave Palermo, Drew Breckenridge, Sue Francowski, Wren Flood and Steve Megargee to name a few.

Her collection ‘Shadows and Light' includes depictions of sunsets, neighborhoods, nautical scenes and even a comical one showing a family eating crabs around the table (pictured below). She is known for her artistry at the now closed Bubba Mac's Shack in Somers Point and a beautiful mural at St Augustine's Church in Ocean City of Jesus at the beach with children.

Nancy was raised in Baltimore, MD and attended the University of Maryland.  Nancy lives in Linwood, NJ with her husband Nick Palermo and their college-aged children Nicole and David. They were the owners of Leon's Men Shop in Ocean City.

Ocean City Arts Center 18th & Simpson Ave.

M - F 9 - 9 pm. Sat. 9 - 4 pm Closed Sunday


Last Updated ( Jan 14, 2009 at 07:33 PM )
Cabanas: A Funky Bar & Great Food! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jennifer Palermo   
Sep 16, 2008 at 02:05 PM

Cabanas: A Funky Bar & Great Food!

Cabanas is a funky bar along Beach Avenue in Cape May. Recently we stopped in for a quick lunch. I enjoyed Californian Monte Cristo French Toast sandwich with turkey, ham & pepper jack cheese, guacamole and tomato grilled with French toasted bread for $10.99 along with a great strawberry daiquiri, perfect for my day off!  My husband devoured a chicken Caesar wrap special.

Across from the Promenade, we sat at the window seat with a wide-opened view of all the passersby. At night there is live music from Oldies to Reggae to the Hippie Hour!

Cabanas Beach Bar 429 Beach Ave. Cape May 609 884-2435 Opens 11:30 am



Last Updated ( Sep 16, 2008 at 03:04 PM )
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