Down home cooking is something that Louisiana is incredibly well-known for, as is sugary sweet Southern charm. On our visit to the Where Y’at Diner in Mandeville we were served up with a healthy dose of both. The owner of this adorable diner, Liz Munson, puts her heart and soul into everything that goes on inside this brightly colored building. Her effervescing personality shines through in everything from the staff to the food to the inspirational decor. She went from waitressing for others for 15-years to opening up her own restaurant and became an overnight success. We woke up ready for a great brunch and now we know Where Y’at in Mandeville is definitely where it’s at.
Pear River Eco Tours in Slidell, LA takes you buzzing through the bayou as you search the waters of the Honey Island Swamp for wildlife. It’s a must-do adventure for any animal lover, or for any first timer in the swampy South.
Snow is on the ground and the air is filled with the smell of baked goods and spices (at least it is at our place). You know what that means. The holidays are sneaking up and that means it’s time for our Ramblin’ Holiday Gift Guide for 2014. Our guide will cover all of our favorite things for the travel and pet lovers in your life.
What happens when you combine a love of smoked meats and old world delis? You get City Pork in Baton Rouge, LA. If you love pork, or eating, as much as I do, you’d better find a way to make it here quick!
Beer, nectar of the gods, sweet ambrosia, thirst quenching goodness that comes in so many forms. Everyone knows that we are huge fans of the craft beer movement. At The Constant Rambler, we travel far and wide to seek out the best brews from all over the world. We stumbled into this heavenly little brewery in Jacksonville, FL and were wonderfully surprised by the extensive selection of beautiful brews. Follow your Intuition (see what I did there) and grab a cold one at Intuition Ale Works.
Ever wanted to take a safari? The Global Wildlife Center in Folsom Louisiana is like a safari in the South. Okay, so there may not be lions and cheetahs chasing herds of elephants, but you do get to see giraffes, deer, zebras, and so much more.
The Oak and Vine Restaurant at Springside in Auburn, NY is a must-visit if you are in this area of the Finger Lakes. Stepping into the adorable restaurant was the best way to unplug from a day of long travels.
Despite the fact that I was born and raised in Miami, Fl, which is one of the nations largest cities, I seem to have a fascination with agriculture. More specifically, I have an obsession with antique agricultural equipment and farming implements. Maybe it’s the fact that the closest I ever came to a farm growing up was the produce department at the nearby grocery store and that makes farming udder-ly (see what I did there? ) exotic to me. Whatever the reason, I can’t get enough of old agricultural equipment, so a trip to the Ward O’Hara Agricultural Museum was just what I needed to get my farming fix.
The abandoned Lake Shawnee Amusement park has a long and sordid past that has lead many of its visitors to believe that the land it sits on is perpetually haunted. The park is normally closed to the public but it is occasionally opened for tours, paranormal investigations, and during October its annual “Dark Carnival”. We had the chance to take a rare look inside one of West Virginia’s most haunted attractions. Come along with us if you dare…
The New River Gorge in West Virginia is home to the world’s largest single arch bridge that at its highest point stands 876 feet over the water of the New River. The bridge is an engineering marvel as well as a beautiful piece of architecture. Carved by the rushing river below it, the New River Gorge itself is a marvel of nature and an absolutely beautiful sight. The Bridge Day Festival at the New River Gorge was conceived as a way to celebrate the marriage of nature and modern engineering by doing something incredibly insane: JUMPING OFF THE BRIDGE!