Archive for August, 2016


August 31, 2016

A storm in the Pacific means beautiful sunsets for the West Coast.                                                          www.powerhiking.comimageimage


August 30, 2016

What fun on the Bay!  Sailing surrounded by beautiful scenery!                     http://www.powerhiking.comFullSizeRender-4FullSizeRender-5


August 29, 2016

Stunning views of Fifth Avenue and Rockefeller Center are what you get at the new Terrace at the updated restaurant on the 8th floor of Saks Fifth Avenue.  Casual and with a limited menu, it is only open in good weather  and is a perfect spot to relax. The time to visit is now.  Enjoy!


August 24, 2016

Nestled in downtown Music City, Nashville’s famous Hermitage Hotel is walking distance from Ryman Auditorium, the State Capitol and the Tennessee Performing Arts Center. NASHVILLE The Hermitage is a jewel in the middle of the financial district and any visit to the Music City is not complete without a visit to The Hermitage Hotel.  It is near historic 2nd Avenue and not far from the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.  Dating from 1908, The Hermitage Hotel is historic in its own right.  Built in Beaux Arts style there is a grand staircase and marble pillars and a beautiful painted glass skylight.  It served as headquarters for the Women’s Suffrage Movement and has been visited over the years by celebrities and presidents and diplomats from around the world.  Food at the Capital Grille is famous as is the quiet relaxing comfort of the Oak Bar.  Be sure to visit on your next trip to Nashville.                                                                                                     


August 19, 2016

Is it a bird?  Is it architecture?  Is it beautiful?  Is it awful?  What is the huge white structure near the World Trade Center?  It is the OCULUS – the new World Trade Center Transportation Hub.  Connecting subway lines, ferry boats and trains, the new transportation hub replaces the one destroyed on 9/11.  It is a huge space designed by Santiago Calatrava and symbolizes a bird getting ready to take off.  With lots of natural light from the roof long skylight, this new building is the place to be.  The transportation hub located stories below has been open several months.  But it was just on Tuesday that the grand opening of the new Westfield World Trade Center Mall took place to much fanfare, music and entertainment.  Eventually it will house 100 shops and restaurants – including an enormous Apple Store – in addition to two hotels and a performing arts center.  It will definitely be a destination in Lower Manhattan for shopping and eating and, of course, New Yorkers have a definite opinion on the new structure.  They love it or they hate it but it will definitely be a scene to visit and be seen.                                www.powerhiking.comOCULUSOCULUS SKYLIGHTOCULUS 1


August 13, 2016

Semiahmoo.  What an unusual name.  Not in the Northwest!  About two hours north of Seattle and a half an hour south of Vancouver is Semiahmoo.  Nestled on a peninsula between Semiahmoo Bay on the Samish Sea to the west and Drayton Bay on the east, Semiahmoo is tranquil, quiet and beautiful. The water is cold and the beach is a restful place to walk or read or just meditate and admire the beauty. There is golf, swimming, tennis, trails for hiking and walking – just about whatever activity you want.  Walk next to the water along the Coast Millennium Trail, with views of both bays. And there is fishing! With views galore, siting on one of the large sea logs on the beaches is the perfect spot.  Too chilly?  Sit by the roaring fire or roast s’mores in the outdoor fire pit.  This area was originally inhabited by the Semiahmoo Indians.  It was visited by the Spanish and British explorers and the United States Navy in the early 1800s, but it was not until the Fraser River Gold Rush of 1858 that settlers came to the area. In 1870 the nearby town of Blaine was founded and became known for its canneries.  The word semiahmoo means half moon or water all around and that is exactly what Semiahmoo looks like.     http://www.powerhiking.comIMG_9735IMG_9710IMG_9717IMG_9688


August 9, 2016

Like groupies we are glued to the TV set each night watching the 2016 Olympics and the beautiful panoramas of Rio.  What a glorious city!  Yes, it has its problems, but the scenery is beyond fabulous.  Loved the 2016 Rio Olympics Opening Ceremony as well.  What a visual treat!  Smiles, laughter, dancing, singing interspersed with lights and sound and music!  It was honest, earnest and fun!  From the history to the color to the music and the fireworks – it was fun!  Maracana Stadium and the sites and scenes of the beautiful landscape left us thrilled.  And what about Ipanema!!!!  Amazing!  The games have begun.  Let the party begin as well.