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Escape From Paradise

My husband and I are snowbirds, some of these fortunate retirees that are able to fly south as soon as it gets colder in the northern hemisphere. We think of our home locations as paradise, as we are spending our summers in the mountains of West Virginia, our winters on the ocean in Palm Coast, Florida and then in between we are visiting my beautiful hometown of Montauk on the East End of Long Island, New York. As much as we love the places where we live, Marcus and I are adventures and we are always looking forward to another exciting "Escape from Paradise”. Life is short and the bucket list long ;) ….

Let’s travel together! Follow us through my blog, on Facebook #EscapeFromParadise, on Instagram or look for my column in The Montauk Sun
Ps: The handsome guy featured in my cover photo is my husband. Marcus, the mountain man.


Ark Encounter!

First featured in The Montauk Sun, August issue 2018 ......Our next destination, Noah’s Ark in Williamstown, Kentucky, halfway between Cincinnati and Lexington, right off I-75, and located an hour and 15 minutes north of The Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill. But, we took the scenic route through the most idyllic picture perfect countryside instead and made it in less then two hours. This alternate course is truly worthwhile! “We built the full-size Noah’s Ark to answer these q


First published in The Montauk Sun, July issue 2018. As some of my readers might remember, I am the widow of a Montauk fireman who passed away almost 8 years ago after a ferocious battle with cancer. Montauk grieved with me, and cradled me for a long time. But time goes on and time heals wounds—to make a long story short, I eventually met a handsome widower and 2 years ago we got married… While I love Montauk, and the ocean (I founded the “I LOVE MONTAUK” Facebook page y


First featured in The Montauk Sun, May issue 2018 Pinehurst – the Hamptons in the Hills of North Carolina! Celebrating Pinehurst's 125th Anniversary in 2020! While most think of Pinehurst as an upscale golf destination, for my husband Marcus and his late wife it was for years a place that they called home. On our recent travels back north from our winter domicile in Palm Coast, FL — my readers will forgive me for escaping, as I had my fare share of over 25 winters in Montauk


First published in The Montauk Sun, April issue 2018 Florida’s Forgotten Coast! Florida’s Panhandle is renowned for its white, sandy beaches and quaint little fishing towns that produce some of the best seafood in the state, and we were on our way to discover the most southern coastal part of it. It’s almost a contradiction, but having traveled through much of Florida, we felt that the farther north we came (6 hours north west from our winter domicile, Palm Coast) the more “

4 Nights in Rome

First published in The Montauk Sun, December issue 2019. From the Eternal City of Rome -- to boarding the Rotterdam Cruise-ship in Civitaveccia! Dear friends, this is most likely not one of my greatest writings but considering that I had to type the story in my I-phone while cruising ... Well, you decide Cruising makes it easy to visit several places without having to repack your bags because your hotel room (cabin) comes along with you, and even provides all the transporta

The Kentucky Castle

First published in The Montauk Sun September issue 2018 Escape from Paradise to The Kentucky Castle, Versaille and Midway, Kentucky Just recently we decided to travel to Kentucky and finally experience first hand what Noah’s Ark could possibly have looked like by visiting the most ‘authentic’ full-size biblical replica in the world. To be honest, breathtaking was an understatement – but so was The Kentucky Castle, in Versailles. Versailles, Kentucky that is, near

The Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill

First published in The Montauk Sun August issue 2018 Escape from Paradise with Ingrid Lemme-Chalut to The Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, in Kentucky I had no idea of what to expect from Kentucky other then awesome fried chicken and bourbon, but what we experienced was so interesting and beautiful that we have to share with you our latest encounters! The Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, named a top hidden travel destination by BBC News, is located within a half hour ride

Streamsong & Megalodon

Escape from Paradise – By Ingrid Lemme-Chalut Streamsong & Megalodon “A Land Remembered” in Florida’s Bone Valley! If you are a golfer or watch the Golf Channel, like my husband, you probably have heard of Streamsong and it’s challenging Black, Red and Blue golf courses. I, on the other hand, the non-golfer of the family had not but was happy to accompany him to Florida’s Bone Valley to experience this luxury golf & spa resort not just for the spa treatments but also to get a

The King and Prince of St. Simons

First published in the Montauk Sun November Thanksgiving issue 2020 A Royal Escape to The Golden Isles of Georgia! The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort on St. Simons Island! Located along the southern stretch of Georgia’s scenic coastline are four beautiful barrier islands, St. Simons, Sea Island, Jekyll and Little St. Simons; all have attracted the country's wealthiest families since the 1800s. St. Simons Island is the largest of these Golden Isles with about 18 square mi


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