It’s Not Too Late To Plan An Affordable Adventure

Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse, Nova Scotia. 
PhotoLinda Pacheco Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse, Nova Scotia. PhotoLinda Pacheco Start packing: you can still plan a summer getaway even if time and money are tight.

Amtrak is convenient, leaving from Penn Station to all over North America, with wifi on many of the trains. Jason Abrams at Amtrak, recommends the Adirondack train as it is frequently listed by media and influencers among trains with the best views of the country. It travels all the way to Montreal with stops at Saratoga Springs, including Albany, Ticonderoga and Rhinecliff. More information is available at

He also recommends the Silver Service/Palmetto line,, running all the way south to Miami. Abrams said it “connects to some of the most popular and recently emerging ‘hot’ vacation spots, including Charleston, Savannah, Orlando and Miami.” I took Amtrak directly to Maryland last year and the train stopped right at the airport I would have flown into, without having to deal with LaGuardia Airport.

Glass Blowing at the Pittsburgh Glass Center. 
PhotoPittsburghGlass Center Glass Blowing at the Pittsburgh Glass Center. PhotoPittsburghGlass Center Pittsburgh,, is consistently listed as a great place to live, but how about a visit first? They actually have a food truck park in the Milvale area. Communications Director Kristin Wenger suggests visiting the Cinderlands and 11th Hour breweries, or Church Brew Works for beer and a real meal.” For more meals she suggests the Meat & Potatoes, Coughlin’s Law and Apteka restaurants, with a stay at the Ace Hotel or Kimpton’s Hotel Monaco.

Visit the Pittsburgh Glass Center,, relevant because this was Pittsburgh’s first industry. The center views glass as art and offers classes, tours and galleries. The Roberto Clemente Museum is “dedicated to the life and career of the former Pittsburgh Pirates baseball player,” says Wenger. Wiggle Whiskey,, was Pittsburgh’s first distillery after Prohibition. And, the Andy Warhol museum,, “explores his legacy through the largest collection of Warhol art and archives in the world,” according to the website. Warhol was born in Pittsburgh.

The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. 
PhotoLaura Petrilla The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. PhotoLaura Petrilla I visited the Canadian Maritimes, New Brunswick and Newfoundland, a few years ago and would return in a heartbeat. Since it was part of a cruise, I didn’t get to see and eat everything I wanted. (Mc- Donalds serves lobster roll in season!) Their culture and history are so tied in with ours that Cajun culture descended from here. The rocky coastline is beautiful and rugged (visit the lighthouse at Peggy’s Cove), the weather is damp but a little cooler than ours. I wanted to dip my feet in the ocean, said to be warmer than you would expect for someplace so far north of us.

Then there are road trips; just gas up the car and head north or east. See where you end up. Stay overnight, talk to some locals, take a ferry, anything you wouldn’t ordinarily do. Happy travels!— Linda Pacheco

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