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After a recent and rough-seas boat trip from Plymouth Harbor to the extreme tip of Cape Cod, we were delivered to delightful Provincetown where we enjoyed a bright sunny day.

As you approach P-town, as it is affectionately called, you cannot help but notice The Pilgrim Monument, a two-hundred and fifty-two foot high structure, all granite, with stairs to the top and a wonderful view of the area. A museum sits at the monument’s base giving visitors the opportunity to know more of the town’s history and livlihood in the 16 – 1700’s. Built between 1907-1910, the monument is ornate in European design – graceful yet orderly in stature, it is the tallest all- granite structure in the United States.

With year round inhabitants of about 3,000, during the summer months that number increases to 60,000. The day we were there, in early September 2014, the place was hopping with joyful activity.

Referred to as Province Lands in the 1600’s, the town became Provincetown in 1727.

What I found to be charming is the acceptance of all in this quaint and beautiful haven. The Gay community is prevalent there, where people who love one another are free to do so. It is evident watching men hold hands with men, women hold hands with women – no one is behaving in a way that could be construed as offensive. It is a place where you are free to meander shops and great food establishments with very reasonable prices, mingling with people who speak foreign languages – it is a mix of us – old and young, numerous skin colors and beliefs. The place is an example of how we should live, letting others be who they are while being friendly and kind ourselves.

Go – visit a place of beauty among artists of all kinds and people who you will remember. There are tons of dogs there as well, always a good addition.

Virginia Young – southshorewriter.com Books available on Kindle, Amazon and varying bookstores.

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Marion is a very quaint coastal town on the southern shores of Massachusetts. While I have written of this charming place before, I have not written about the Ansel S. Gurney House, a sensational gift store with ten rooms of wonderful items including women’s clothing of the finest quality.
At the back of the Ansel S. Gurney House, a structure built in the 1700’s and a former stagecoach stop, you will find an extremely pleasant restaurant where lunch is served from 11:30 each day – everything, quiche, salads, sandwiches, desserts, all homemade. You can go on line to take a look at this great place. While you will be enchanted with the interior, you will also find an enviable flower garden with brick paths to meander or to enjoy from your dining room window.
The staff there is friendly and informative – at the cash register, you will find a select collection of jewelry and ornaments – it’s impossible to go there without a purchase.
Also at this location, at 403 County Road in Marion, you will find many of my novels as well as wonderful books on many subjects mingled with a great variety of children’s books.
A trip to this restaurant and gift shop is an adventure you will repeat and that you are going to enjoy immensely.

Virginia Young – southshorewriter.com

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I haven’t lost my mind by revisiting, and dragging you with me, to Plymouth, Massachusetts. It’s just such a wondrful place, I go there frequently in my little Mazda, and often, in my heart. In fact, my husband and I go to the movies there about once a week, and we have not missed in three years, leaving birdseed at a huge old Beech tree on beautiful Burial Hill. That space beneath the lush foliage is sacred to me – a dear young friend, “Wolf”, a writer and artist just twenty-nine years of age, was struck by lightening there three years ago on this September 8th. It is the only place I have to visit him now and it is where he often left scraps of toast and other things for his little squirrel and bird pals. I wonder if they wonder where he is, or if they saw and know of his loss.

Shiffting away from the sad part of my weekly excursions to Plymouth, there is much beauty and joy there. If you’re into music and a nice glass of wine, the town is literally jumping on weekend nights. During the day, you can’t beat the antiques markets on the main street – my home is filled with inexpensive furniture and trinkets from those shops.

The harbor is a beautiful one. Some New England coast harbors are unfortunately hidden by buildings. Not so in Plymouth – the view is open and draws you in to watch the comings and goings of pleasure boats as well as commercial fishing vessels. The cry of the gulls alone is music to me, and did I mention the seafood? There are many wonderful restaurants, but my husband and I kind of like Woods’ on the pier. It’s a no-nonsense place where you order your food, go find a table with a view, and then wait a short time for your number to be called. It’s not fancy but the food is the best and also the most reasonable anywhere. And if you like cheesecake, the best in the entire world is at Blue Blinds on North Street, just up from the harbor. The coffee is also the best.

We often see a movie at the Plimoth Theatre which is located in the Plymouth Plantation compound. I’ve met Chris Cooper there, one of my favorite all-time actors. He lives nearby and does everything he can to make this wonderful theatre prosperous. When he asked me last year what I wrote when a friend told him I was a writer, I sheepishly told him romantic suspense. He told me that’s a very hot genre and that I should be proud to say that I write in that manner. He’s talented and very cute – that’s all I’m saying about that :>) However, the plantation is amazing. We see it each time we’re there for the movie – I love seeing the goats and sheep out in the meadow and know that at dusk, they’ll be tucked safely into wonderful old barns and sheds. The plantation is something you won’t want to miss – it’s historic and authentic in detail. The docents speak the Olde English language so much so that you almost believe that you’re living in the past. It’s enchanting. Take your kids or just yourself.

I’ll be around the Plymouth and south shore area signing and speaking about my new book through Mainly Murder Press. It’s title is I Call Your Name and people are telling me they loved reading it – it keeps everyone, including my snoopy daughter, in suspense to the end.

Go to Plymouth – the plantation is just south of the town’s center and is a fantastic place in autumn. You’ll need a couple of days to take in all that Plymouth offers – it truly is America’s Home Town.

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When I think of the name, Pride’s Crossing, a small area in the city of Beverly, Massachusetts, I think of old English novels such as Pride and Prejudice – Pride’s Crossing sounds to me like a colorful location where an intriguing list of interesting characters abide. It is, however, a very picturesque part of the city of Beverly, a north shore community with twisting roads and sloping land to the sea. It is a great place to head for some seafood – the area is known for great clams and scallops, not forgetting the beautiful and historic homes.

With a population of about forty-thousand, the city was settled in the early sixteen-hundreds. It was also named for the town of Beverley in Yorkshire, England. Having lived in Yorkshire for three years, I found that interesting. We New Englanders are fond of our towns being named for Great Britain’s. Dublin, New Hampshire, New London, Connecticut, Plymouth, Massachusetts – we’re all honoring those wonderful old British Isles cities. Coupled with Native Indian names, we’re just about as colorful as the autumn leaves we so love.

About forty minutes northeast of Boston, Beverly (Pride’s Crossing) is a nice little day trip for some of those tasty seafoods.

( If you know anyone who likes to read romantic suspense, please tell them about my book, I Call Your Name :>) Available at Amazon and Mainly Murder Press, or order through your favorite bookstore.)

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A few months back, I wrote a piece on Martha’s Vineyard. My novel, which takes place on the Vineyard, is coming out on August first. Please take a moment to take a look at the book trailer on YouTube. The book is now on Kindle and will be available in paperback through Amazon, Mainly Murder Press, or through an order at your local book store. Here is the YouTube site – http://youtu.be/yHj5q61VxcA

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I spent several hot and humid hours at Hyannis Harbor yesterday. It was a book event and I was fortunate to meet many readers and aspiring writers as I signed and sold copies of my fiction novels.

Hyannis is a town filled with every opportunity for vacationers of all ages. The harbor where I was perched for a large part of the day, was abuzz with the ferry to Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard, as well as with literally hundreds of other vessels of all shapes and sizes. It was a continuing show, watching the sailboats, cabin crusiers, small motor boats and luxury yachts making their way into and out of the picturesque harbor.

Filled with history, Hyannis was once home to our beloved President John F. Kennedy. The Kennedy family is still an integral part of the community.

There are numerous sources of entertinment – everything from night clubs and fine restaurants, to miniature golf, the Cape Cod Mall, and performances presented by a community of artists: theatrical, musical, and too many to list, artists of watercolor, oils and acryillics, available at price points affordable to most.

The area is beautiful. Even in the deep humidity of yesterday, there was the light salty breeze which made the day enjoyable. Accessible to all areas of the Cape, Hyannis is easily driven to via route six to exit six and then onto route 132. This route, 6 to 132, will take you directly into the town’s center. After a day or two there, the opportunity and wonderful ferries await to take you off to the treasured islands if so desired.

It’s hard not to enjoy a summer day in Hyannis, no matter what the weather.

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Situated about ninety miles from both New York City and Boston, Massachusetts, Simsbury, Connecticut remains in my memory of childhood days away from the city of Hartford where my father was a policeman and we made our home.

I recall the basket-packed picnics through the quaint town with its beautiful old homes and historic buildings. Our journey was to seek peace and quiet in a magical space, Simsbury’s Talcott Mountain State Park.

With a 2010 population of just over 23,500, the town was incorporated in 1670. It was the second town in Connecticut to be settled by Europeans.

Home to the International Skating Center, the area has been the home and training arena for Olympic champions Oksana Baiul and Sasha Cohen, among others.

In close proximity to the vibrant city of Hartford, Simsbury offers scenic views, rambling rivers, true colonial homes, and the immense park which beckons hikers and family activities. There is something there for everyone.

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