Presidential Historic Sites – Visiting the Shores of Lake Erie and America’s 20th President

Welcome to another in a series of travelogue articles spotlighting presidential historic sites and presidential museums. Situated near the southern shores of Lake Erie in picturesque northeast Ohio is the home of America’s 20th president, James Garfield…

Mentor And Northeast Ohio: An Overview

About thirty miles east of downtown Cleveland, you’ll find a number of small lakeside communities that hug the southern shore of Lake Erie. Dotted with historic architecture and awash in delightful lake breezes, these communities provide a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of city life.

There is kind of a New England ambiance here. Summer is delightful, spring and autumn are generally crisp and cool. Outdoor activities are in season no matter what time of year, and winter is popular for snowmobiling, cross country skiing, and other snow sports.

This area is also the heart of Ohio’s wine country. The temperate effect of Lake Erie, along with fertile soil, make this an ideal terrain for grape growing. Wines from this region are garnering national attention, with numerous wineries welcoming visitors for tastings.

Shopping is another major draw. Many of the small towns have appealing and walkable downtown areas with specialty shops, antique stores, and fashionable outlets. For foodies, you’ll find no shortage of welcoming restaurants serving the freshest local fish and other inventive cuisine.

Of course, the star of the show in this area is Lake Erie itself. Numerous charters will take you out into the lake for fishing expeditions, sunset sails, or charter trips. Several beaches beckon families and sun lovers alike.

While the area is well known as a day trip destination from Cleveland, it is also a great family vacation spot or for couples looking to relax and unwind for a few days.

President Garfield’s Historic Home

James Garfield, a prominent Civil War general, bought this large farm house in 1876 to accommodate his large family. At the time, he was serving in the House of Representatives. He was also an enthusiastic farmer, planting many crops on the grounds.

Rather unexpectedly, Garfield won the nomination for president in 1880 and conducted his campaign largely from the front porch of this home. He won by less than 10,000 votes, the narrowest margin in history. Sadly, after he left for Washington to assume office, he never returned to Ohio. He was shot after just a few months in office and died two months later, in September, 1881.

Today, the restored home is a popular spot for visitors, not only for presidential historians, but those who appreciate seeing a restored 19th century home. Guided tours are given daily and last about 35 minutes. Visitors will see Garfield’s study and election headquarters, and a room where he monitored election results via telegraph service.

You can also explore the visitors center, a restored carriage house near the main home. It is here that you can learn about Garfield’s life and career, and view a short film about his ascent to the presidency and untimely death.

Many visitors come here to enjoy the peaceful, expansive grounds and the invigorating lake breeze. It is a perfect spot for a family picnic, or to simply relax and savor the fresh air.

Located between Cleveland and Buffalo, this part of north east Ohio is particularly attractive. It is a perfect place to stop for lunch and an afternoon visit before heading in either direction. We recommend an overnight stay in the area to truly experience the many charms and relaxed pace along the southern shores of Lake Erie.

President Palace Hotel in Bangkok – Extraordinary Facilities and Amenities

Bangkok, for all its modern hustle and bustle, is a royal city with elegance, style and genteelness running through its veins. This is the city of angels, the happy city and the eternal jewel city, if Bangkok’s long name is to be the basis of judgment alone.

Why then should your accommodations while in Bangkok be any different than elegance, style and genteelness impersonated? Look to the President Palace Hotel in Bangkok for apartments that will make even the angels sing and, more realistically, make you happy with the facilities, amenities and services provided by the staff and management.

Remarkable Structure

Ideally located on Bangkok’s central business district, Sukhumvit Road, the President Palace Hotel is in near proximity to every entertainment, shopping and dining establishments that matter in your stay. If you have already explored the area around the hotel, walk to the MRT station or the Nana BTS Skytrain station for rides to the other parts of the city.

After your explorations, go back to the hotel and be reminded once again why President Palace Hotel was your first choice in excellent accommodations. Its building is a remarkable sight after the drab hotels of yore in your travels – modern with Asian sensibilities, strong and yet welcoming with its glass walls, and graceful like the Thais.

Extraordinary Facilities and Amenities

Its impressive building is just the precursor to the equally impressive facilities and amenities offered by the President Palace Hotel. Let’s start with the iPad and iPod Dock, which makes for great convenience for travelers although emphasis must be made on the fact that this is only available for Club Floor bookings.

The Club Lounge located on the 16th floor is exclusively reserved for the use of the Club Floor guests as well as the guests booked in the Superior Club and Deluxe Club rooms. Many complimentary services are available for Club Floor guests including breakfast, snacks and pre-dinner cocktails, seasonal fruit basket upon arrival, unlimited in-room Internet access and laundry and ironing services.

The fitness center, however, is free to use for all in-house guests. State-of-the-art fitness equipment is complemented by a flat-screen television equipped by satellite and music channels. Swim in the swimming pool, drink cocktails from the Splash Bar and just relax inside your room in any way you desire.

Impressive Rooms

The rooms are as impressive, if not more so, than the rest of the public areas and for good reasons, too. You have a choice between luxurious accommodations like the Superior Rooms and the Deluxe Rooms.

The Superior Rooms boast of a large living area with a work table and desk lamp, 32-inch LCD flat screen television, and luxurious leather sofa. Other amenities include Wi-Fi access, alarm clock/radio, minibar and electronic safe box. Did we mention that each room has magnificent views of Bangkok’s skyline?

The bathroom is luxurious as well, thanks to the modern facilities including the bathtub and shower area complete with the toiletries sink. The beds, which are either king-size or twins, are as comfortable as can be expected from such a top-rate hotel.

As clich̩ as it may sound, the President Palace Hotel will make you feel like the president Рor any royal, for that matter Рfor a reasonable price.

US Presidents Sites – Visiting the Abraham Lincoln Sites in Springfield Illinois

This is another in a series of travelogue articles about historical sites dedicated to American presidents. Join us as we visit Springfield, Illinois to visit the sites of arguably America’s most well known and popular president, Abraham Lincoln…

An Overview Of Springfield’s Lincoln Sites

Located in central Illinois along Interstate 55, Springfield is the home of three distinct sites relating to America’s 16th president, Abraham Lincoln. Anyone traveling on I-55 to Chicago or St. Louis should take a half day at minimum to explore the life and presidency of Lincoln and learn about his influence that is still felt today.

The three sites are located fairly close to one another in the general area of downtown Springfield. They are the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, the Lincoln Home National Historic Site, and Lincoln’s Tomb. Even if you only have a couple of hours to spend, you can easily see all three sites. Let’s take a closer look at each.

The Museum And Library

Open for just a few years, the Lincoln Presidential Museum and Library is a fascinating portrayal of the presidents life, political career, and ongoing legacy. Here you will find the most comprehensive collection of Lincoln artifacts and memorabilia anywhere. There is an introductory multi media presentation which provides a general overview, and numerous permanent and temporary galleries depicting life during the Civil War and the many challenges during his administration.

The Museum also explores the presidency in general. Many exhibits are rotated from other presidential libraries, so expect to see something different each time you visit.

The Lincoln Home

About eight blocks from the museum is the small two story house where the family lived immediately before Lincoln assumed the presidency in 1861. It is administered by the National Park Service and guided tours are given throughout the day. The home has been restored to its original appearance and quite a few of the furnishings are original.

The tours are free, but you must obtain an admission ticket at the adjacent visitors center. Tours of the immediate historic neighborhood are also available, where you can literally trace the footsteps of Lincoln when he lived here.

Final Resting Place

After the longest funeral procession in American history, before or since, the president was laid to rest in Springfield’s Oak Ridge Cemetery. The cemetery is about a mile from downtown, and you will see the 117 foot tall granite monument as you enter. The president is interred here along with many of his family members.

Visitors from around the world continually visit all three sites. While in Springfield, you should also visit the downtown shopping district with many unique, independent shops. Other sites worthy of a visit are also downtown, including Lincoln’s law office, the former Illinois capitol building, and the current capitol.

A great place for lunch is the popular Boone’s Uptown Grill, just a block from the current state capitol building. Try the famous horseshoe sandwich, a hearty concoction of toast points, ham, turkey, cheese, and french fries. It’s a Springfield original!

Summary

A visit to Springfield, Illinois to see the Lincoln sites is an ideal trip for those interested in presidential and American history. The three main sites are within a mile or so of one another and can be easily visited in a half day. While you’re there, be sure to enjoy the shopping in downtown Springfield and lunch or dinner at one of the convenient independent restaurants.