This month’s Travel Post starts out on the deck of a grand sailing ship anchored in Coos Bay, Oregon, during their annual Festival of Sail. Festival visitors are invited to come aboard and imagine what life was like for the late 17th century sailors exploring the west coast of North America.
Are you intrigued by the promise of “magical portrayals of New Orleans that go beyond the typical tourist snaps”? If so, our writer highly recommends Photo Works, award-winning photographer/artist Louis Sahuc’s one-of-a-kind gallery in the heart of the French Quarter.
Our next stop is Oceana Grill (oysters a specialty!), also in the French Quarter of New Orleans.
Then it’s on to Stump Pass State Park in Florida for a springtime sighting of endangered green sea turtles. This park is relatively small (only 58 parking spaces), but offers freshwater showers, handicap accessible restrooms, picnic pavilions, boardwalks, and a beginner-level hiking trail.
And finally, for those of us who would like to take a vacation from driving, our writer suggests five ways to explore Anna Maria Island in Florida without the use of a car.
Read these stories — and see the great photos that go with them — below.
Editor, Travel Post Monthly
This Month …
- Tall Ships and Baggywrinkles (3/31/2017) - Every spring, the stop in Coos Bay brings the Lady Washington and her sister ship, the Hawaiian Chieftain, through tribal waters and includes a reenactment of the ceremony of reconciliation between the local Indian tribes and the foreign intruders.
- Looking for a Slice of the Real New Orleans? (3/31/2017) - “Summer Rain” had me at hello. Offering a stunning image of Jackson Square, the photograph immediately drew me in with its spell of New Orleans timelessness and mystery that I hadn’t experienced -- or even imagined -- before.
- New Orleans’ Oceana Grill (3/31/2017) - “Eat Oysters, Get Lucky,” screams the multicolored neon sign over the bar. Oceana Grill is located in a 200-year-old house and serves contemporary Louisiana fare with an emphasis on the bounty of the Gulf, including those oysters you’ll need to “get lucky” -- fresh, chargrilled, or Rockefeller.
- Wet and Wild Springtime Sightings at Stump Pass State Park, Florida (3/31/2017) - Forget crowded beaches, hike undeveloped coastline. Enjoy the feeling of seclusion and chances of spectacular sightings. Dolphins, manatees, black skimmers, pelicans flying in “V” formation, and herons or egrets begging fishermen for a free lunch are just a few. And with a bit of luck, the greens.
- Five Ways to Explore Anna Maria Island, Florida, Without a Car (3/31/2017) - Upon arriving at my vacation rental cottage at Tropical Breeze, I began flipping through brochures of the island’s activities and adventures. Most of the activities I discovered are not far from my cottage. One of the most popular things both visitors and residents do here is leave the car in the driveway and grab a different mode of transportation to explore the island. That is one of the reasons I came to Anna Maria -- five days of no traffic jams, crazy drivers, or stressful commutes.