NYC Christmas Windows With Ribbons and Lights and Magical Displays

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Bundle up, hook arms and admire the City’s festive window displays. New York is absolutely magical during the holidays. The spirit is cheerful, little shops are wrapped in ribbons and lights and the biggest stores are totally decked out for the holidays through New Years. Grab a cup of steamy cocoa and hit the pavement, fa la la la la, la la la la. Here’s a little, self-guided walking tour.

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Begin at the Lord and Taylor windows (38th and 5th Avenue; 212/391- 3344 at Fifth Avenue).

Walk north up Fifth Avenue, past the New York Public Library, to the Saks Fifth Avenue windows at 611 Fifth Avenue (at 49th Street; 212/ 753-4000).

Cross the street to admire the larger-than-life Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center. Continue walking north up Fifth Avenue to Bergdorf Goodman’s windows at 754 Fifth Avenue (at 58th Street).

Walk one block east to Madison Avenue and then three blocks north to the windows at Barney’s at 600 Madison Avenue; 212-826-8900.

If you want to take in Bloomingdale’s windows (at 100 Third Avenue), walk two blocks south to 59th Street and then a couple of avenues east to Third Avenue.

Note: The Macy’s window displays are also engaging. Macy’s is located at Herald Square and Broadway between 34th and 35th streets.

Murder, She Wrote. Jessica Fletcher Comes to NYC at Christmastime

Manhattans & Murder (Murder, She Wrote, #2)

New York City dazzles in December with lights, ribbons, carols and jingles. And then there’s this:

Manhattans and Murder is the Murder, She Wrote novel I co-wrote with Donald Bain, my father. I’ve written several with him and this was the second in the series–and now there are 42 novels. And all the novels I wrote with him are still in print and selling strong.

Manhattans and Murder is a great read for those who love a little mystery, a little Jessica and a little NYC at Christmastime.  Jessica comes to Manhattan for a visit and guess what happens? She also visits Sea Cliff, the sweet town on the Long Island Sound where I lived at the time I wrote the scene. It’s about 25 miles from Manhattan.

So, if you feel like a little Christmas, a little mystery and a little New York City, cozy up with this cozy mystery! Oh, and this novel came out awhile ago, but was reissued more recently. How do you like them apples? Also, I have two engagements coming up after the holidays where I’ll be speaking about writing the books, as well as my other writing. I’ll fill you in, so stay tuned.

Thanks, spread the love this holiday. Make it  good day and a better day for someone else. Especially your children and grandchildren 🙂

The Sweet Spot! A Chocolate Suite for Chocolate Lovers!

Got chocolate? So does the Langham Boston. A chocolate buffet and a hotel suite that’s all about the sweet stuff.

http://www.drivethedistrict.com/2014/11/25/chocolate-bar-none/

 

 

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http://www.drivethedistrict.com/2014/11/25/chocolate-bar-none/

Snowy Owls Are Back on Plum Island

It’s so cold on Plum Island already that the snowy owls have arrived! Last year the Parker River Wildlife Refuge, which makes its home on Plum Island, was a popular spot for the snowy owl beauties and quite the attraction for visitors and locals. I haven’t seen one yet, but will keep my eye out. This is a shot I took of pretty Plum Island.

 

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Birders rejoice!

http://www.salemnews.com/news/local_news/impressive-arctic-birds-return-to-plum-island/article_0d672a84-4f21-57d6-aedc-af09cb1477b3.html

Top Ten Spots for Kids in New York City

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Got kids? New York City hearts kids! Here are my picks for the top ten best spots. I wrote this piece for travelmuse several years back but it is evergreen (for the most part.) Note: I would certainly add a couple more spots like the 9/11 museum and High Line (although not for little kids, best for tweens and teens.) http://www.travelmuse.com/articles/new-york/ten-spots-for-kids

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Top Ten Spots for Kids in New York City

Got kids? New York City hearts kids! Here are my picks for the top ten best spots. I wrote this piece for travelmuse several years back but it is evergreen (for the most part.) Note: I would certainly add a couple more spots like the 9/11 museum and High Line (although not for little kids, best for tweens and teens.) http://www.travelmuse.com/articles/new-york/ten-spots-for-kids

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