Alaska glacier cruises: Alaska up close and personalWritten by Ron Richards
What do you have in mind for your next vacation? Are you planning another trip to same tired beach that you visit every year or an "adventure" to a controlled, commercialized theme park? If so, I have a suggestion for you: Alaska glacier cruises. What if I told you that you could do something truly unique and adventurous, something that whole family would love? What if I told you that there was a family cruise destination so breathtakingly beautiful and teeming with wildlife that you could spend days captivated at rail of a cruise ship and still not get enough? Would you be interested? Sure you would. Few people have visited Alaska without having been changed by experience. Much of terrain consists of gorgeous, formidable glaciers and ice fields which cover over 5% of Alaska's land surface. This natural beauty can be seen from many top tourist destinations of Alaska including Juneau, Valdez, Seward and Matanuska Valley, but is usually only fully appreciated with an up close and personal view that only a cruise through inland waterways can afford. From this vantage point you will stand spellbound by tidewater glaciers that reach over 100 ft. in height and antics of wildlife such as humpback whales, orcas, sea lions, dolphins, brown bears and bald eagles In Alaska, there is a multitude of attractions that will keep you coming back for more. Cruise smooth inland waterways of Alaska and come surprising close to sheer ice faces of these magnificent, natural phenomenons; port at luxuriant destinations complete with fine dining and unique entertainment; and make memories that will last a lifetime.
Escape the Asphalt Jungle: Retire, Relocate or Purchase a Second Home in Chesapeake Bay CountryWritten by Elaine VonCannon
Do you love beach, but hate crowds, traffic, and overpopulation of resorts that attract hordes of tourists? Why not consider Chesapeake Bay Country as place to relocate, retire or buy a second home instead? Located just 2 - 2 1/2 hours outside of Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia or and an hour from Richmond, Virginia, Chesapeake Bay country is one of best kept secrets about coastal Virginia. It's still rural enough for solitude and close enough to metropolitan areas like Norfolk, Virginia Beach, and Williamsburg to provide culture and entertainment nearby.
The Chesapeake Bay area was actually settled in 1600's and is rich with history. Some of best seafood restaurants are found in Gloucester, Gloucester Point, Matthews and Gwynn's Island because restaurants obtain fresh local catches of fish, oysters, scallops and blue crabs. Homes with boat docks and waterfront property abound because tidal rivers that lead to Chesapeake Bay slice land. Build estate you've always dreamed about on agricultural land - always for sale. If you want to relocate, retire or buy a second home in Chesapeake Bay country, time is now. Join me for a short journey through best of Chesapeake Bay Country.
West Point West Point Virginia is located six miles off Interstate 64 between Richmond and Williamsburg and has a population of roughly 2,900 people. Property tax rates are low compared to more congested areas of Virginia. Many families want to live in West Point, because school district is so outstanding it falls within top 10 school districts of Virginia each year. West Point is a quiet Southern town, with some stunning 19th and early 20th Century architecture in historic district. West Point is located at place where Mattoponi and Pamunky Rivers join York River. Once you cross bridge on Route 33 you enter Upper Peninisula and Northern Neck, bordering Chesapeake Bay.
Gloucester & Gloucester Point Across York River from historic Yorktown, (an alternate route to Gloucester is to take Route 33 from West Point) Gloucester and Gloucester Point are towns that are slowly increasing in population. Here you will find waterfront property that has been utilized by waterman since Colonial times. Many of waterfront properties were once plantations or home to Native Americas. Average homes for middle class families are numerous in this area. Choice real estate along river is available infrequently, and comes at a premium price.