Net Neutrality Threatened by Trump Administration

Tom Wheeler, the former chair of the FCC, used his final speech before stepping down to warn businesses and consumers that their choice of cloud services and business applications could be severely limited if the incoming administration strikes down the 2015 open internet order that he and his group put in place. This order positioned the FCC’s net neutrality regulation that prevents Internet Service Providers from slowing or blocking traffic on their networks. This gives all traffic equal opportunity and speed and prevents network favoritism.

Wheeler also showed concern for the Internet of Things, an area of economic growth that is quickly becoming top of mind to many businesses and policy makers in Washington.

“[T]he growth of the internet of things is another area that depends on the open connectivity of those things,” Wheeler said. “If ISPs can decide arbitrarily which IoT device can be connected, or favor their own IoT activity over their competitors, the bright future of IoT dims.” Wheeler continued, “As everything goes into the cloud, the ability to access the cloud free of gatekeepers is essential. If ISPs get to choose which applications and clouds work better than others in terms of access, speed and latency, they will control the cloud future,”.

Wheeler’s position may not be a surprise now but given his past as a lobbyist for the cable and wireless sector his support of net neutrality may come as a shock.

Bill Wilson, a consultant for Broadband Landing, said, “Wheeler may be underplaying the seriousness of the situation. Net Neutrality is the biggest deal that no one really understands. If consumers and small businesses actually realized what the internet would look like after it was bought and sold by large corporations that was be worried. This would be all that was being talked about.”

Wheeler has the same question many businesses do, namely will Trump dismantle a policy that is clearly working? With republicans openly opposed to net neutrality things do seem dire for the policy.

Wheeler’s speech not only acts as a warning to the incoming administration but also clearly attempts to widen the scope of the net neutrality debate as a whole. Consumer impact of the open internet order is almost always the lead in any discussion of net neutrality but here Wheeler’s focus was on the danger to businesses and their increasing use of cloud computing. Interruption or the slowing of these services is a bit more destructive than a video playing slow. Businesses might be required to completely change back office management systems. A company like Salesforce.com could have their customer base divided between users that have an ISP that allows their traffic and ISP’s that won’t. Situations of this type could be repeated across many business services. If AT&T buys a firm that provides CMS to sales and marketing groups, it is not unthinkable that they would show preference to this firm over others.

Wheeler specifically calls out Verizon and AT&T for the “zero rating” programs that give some companies free access by not charging customers for the data they use. While this isn’t the feared “Fast Lane” net neutrality has been trying to avoid, it may actually be worse.

Wheeler finished his speech with, “It now falls to a new set of regulators, to a new FCC and to those who advocate before it and the Congress to determine the road that they want to take from here,” Wheeler said. “We are at a fork in that road. One path leads forward and the other leads back to relitigating solutions that are demonstrably working.”
While the fork in the road analogy fits, it’s actually a bit more drastic than Wheeler makes it seem. One road leads forward and the other leads back a decade and then off a cliff into a hole filled with alligators.

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Neodymium Magnets For Treasure Hunting

One of my most valuable tools as a picker is the Neodymium magnet. I can’t say for sure if this is the most powerful magnet that you can carry in your pocket, but it is certainly one of them and it is definitely the cheapest and easiest to obtain. These magnets are very powerful and are an absolute must have for any serious picker. There are many reasons why I always carry one of these and in this hub I will discuss the reasons why i feel that you should always have one in your pocket too.

What are they for? They are most commonly found in computer hard drives. I am not a computer wiz, so I don’t know all of the technical details about exactly what they do, but I can say that they are very powerful and that Neodymium is a rare earth metal. They fit very easily in your hand and pocket, but I would keep them away from any electronic device because they can destroy electronics very easily. They are very powerful and detect even small amounts of metal in an item.

Super Powerful Magnets Destroying Stuff!

Where can you get them? The best place to get these magnets is Ebay. You can buy them in bulk very reasonably. The reason I would go to Ebay is because you want to have at least a few of them. I have lost several of these because they get stuck to metal and then I lose them! Other people take them too because they are interesting and useful. If you buy a pile of them, then you should not have to worry about this problem.

Alternatively you can go to a computer repair shop. I know a local shop where the guy stockpiles them when he breaks down old computers. If you can find a shop that keeps them, then you should be able to get a large supply of them cheap. It’s good to make connections with people like this if you are interested in other lucrative business opportunities involving buying and selling computer parts, which is something I will discuss in the future.
You can get neodymium magnets for free if you can get your hands on an obsolete hard drive.
You can get neodymium magnets for free if you can get your hands on an obsolete hard drive. | Source

What do I use my magnet for? I use this magnet as a quick check to determine if sterling or gold jewelry is real or fake. While this does not guarantee that the jewelry is real gold or silver, it will guarantee if the item is magnetic or very low purity. Sometimes you will come across jewelry that is marked 925 but sticks firmly to a magnet. Without your magnet, you can make the costly mistake of trusting the markings. Generally speaking, it is uncommon to find a whole lot of fake 925 jewelry, but it does exist and people do cheat on purity. You may find something marked 925 that is actually only .800 purity or less. Many countries have brutal penalties for producing fake gold and silver jewelry, so while very profitable for them, it can be very risky. When you are in a thrift shop, this is the quickest way to verify if an item is an outright fake.

Another use for this magnet is for testing the purity of brass items. There are a lot of very nice brass collectible pieces out there, and you want to be sure you are getting the real deal. By having this magnet, you can tell if an item is high quality brass or if it is cheap brass. Cheap brass won’t sell for as much, and if you decided at some point to scrap it, you won’t get paid a brass price for it at a scrapyard.

You can also test for stainless steel. Some serving trays or plates are marked stainless steel, but the high quality ones that have a high nickel content will have zero pull with a magnet. If you are a scrapper as well as a picker and dealer, you will want to be able to recognize high grade stainless steel from low grade, because the price difference is a lot if you have a buyer for high grade stainless steel.

Familiarize different types of metals with their magnetic qualities. Each type of metal has different magnetic qualities. Learning how to recognize each one will help you in learning how to tell what you are dealing with. You can learn how to tell when you have an item made of cast aluminum, pot metal, zinc, pewter, and lead. This is always good to know if you are a scrapper or want to learn how to become one. Even if you don’t want to learn how to become a scrapper, it will help you connect a brand to an item composition. Some items are copper plated, but magnetic underneath. Some brands only make solid copper and some brands always copper plate their items. You won’t want to buy an item thinking it is copper when it is just plated underneath. Without scratching an item, you can now see if it is solid copper or brass.

If you don’t have a Neodymium magnet yet, what are you waiting for? Go get some, or better yet a whole bunch!

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Dinnerware and Treasures from Thrift Stores

Retirement Dream

My dream for early retirement began with buying a storefront on Main street in a small Texas town. When I saw the For Sale sign in a local building, I was intrigued. Still working a full time job, I had high hopes the store I planned to open would provide enough income to leave the world of corporate pressure.

The seller was the son of the original owner who had operated the old time drug store in the nineteen fifties. In those days, a lunch counter ran along the side wall. The building was a treasure in itself housing the hundred year old original tin tiles beneath the dropped ceiling remodeled in the seventies. Much of the equipment inside like the HVAC unit and the bathroom was in serious need of repair.
Gemini Ranch Collectibles and Furniture
This was my collectibles and furniture store located in historic downtown Wylie TX.
A Fresh Coat of Paint

After we agreed on a price and signed the paperwork, I was eager to clear away the years of dust and junk that remained inside. My friends came to help paint the walls and decorate. While we cleaned, organized and set up displays, we rocked out to the beat of the oldies on a vintage console record player, one of my first purchases for resale.

The Grand Opening was a fun event, hosted by the manager from my day job who served punch and homemade cookies to the customers. All was well. That was until the day of the fire downtown.
Coffee Server
Hall China Flare Ware Coffee Warmer

Finding bargains can be a lot of fun. Ask the stars of American Pickers who drive across the country seeking “rusty gold and barn fresh treasures”. This pastime can become addictive.

This Flare Ware pattern is from the nineteen sixties by Hall China, one of the oldest manufacturers of dinnerware in the United States. The warmer works and the pattern matches my modern holiday gold-trimmed dishes.
Bonnet Dresser
This solid oak Bonnet dresser is from the 1860s. Imagine crossing the prairie with this piece in your covered wagon.

Vintage American made dinnerware is one of my favorite things to collect. I have gathered many sets of dishes, found one piece at a time at garage and estate sales, auctions and thrift stores. Bringing these items home and cleaning them up provides a feeling that I’m rescuing a piece of history.
Hull Mirror Brown Teapot
Hull Teapot from the 1950s | Source

Some of the dinnerware popular in the fifties was the Hull House ‘n Garden dishes which came in a variety of colors including turquoise, green, orange and mirror brown with ivory foam trim. The dishes were sturdy, versatile, and oven proof and included serving platters, mixing bowls, teapots and pitchers. I collected an entire set one piece at a time when they could still be easily found. These days finding this pattern is rare.
Burgundy Lace Pattern
Sugar bowl in the Burgundy Lace pattern from the nineteen forties by French Saxon is difficult to find. | Source

Friday nights I would attend furniture auctions featuring French and English furniture items brought in on containers. The auctions would wrap up around midnight and with my pick-up truck loaded, I’d make the hour drive back to Dallas. When I got close to the store, I would call the local police department and ask them for a drive-by while I moved my items into the store. They were always ready and willing to make sure I remained safe at that late hour.
Carnival Glass Amber Iridescent Footed Bowl
Amber Carnival Glass Bowl | Source

On Tuesday nights, there was an auction in Garland where I purchased vintage furniture, dishes, glassware, mirrors and smalls. The auctioneer was a native Texan who was entertaining and had a great sense of humor. He liked to say, “The buzzards are circling,” when the bidding got fierce over one item.
Etched Depression Glass Goblets
Etched green glass goblets from the depression era purchased from a Thrift store | Source
Two Drawer Mirrored Oak Dresser
This was purchased by a neighboring store to use as a display for her homemade candles.

I even shopped during my vacation visiting thrift stores like Goodwill, Salvation Army, Donation Station, Friends of Strays, Junior League and anywhere else that looked promising. Shipping items back to Dallas was a regular activity during that week in Florida. I discovered that St. Petersburg and Clearwater are great places to find items. Many retirees who move there downsize their households to get rid of excess items.
Oak Sideboard
Curved Front Oak Sideboard from the nineteen fifties held a liquor cabinet inside | Source
Burl Walnut Triple Mirrored Dresser
English Burl Walnut triple mirrored dresser came in on a container from Europe | Source
Ribbon Candy Antique Glassware
Ribbon Candy Pitcher from the late 1800s | Source
Researching Patterned Glass

This patterned glass vase is from the late eighteen hundreds in a pattern known as Ribbon Candy. I found it at estate sale where the seller introduced me to the world of researching vintage items. Her words of advice sent me into a land of discovery.

I purchased many Collector Series books during the late eighties, which listed approximate market values and the history of the pattern. These days, items can be easily researched on line. Values can be determined by checking the latest sales on eBay auctions. Looking at the sold prices is more accurate than checking the list price. An item is only worth what the market will bear.

Best Record Store in Baltimore’s Historic Fells Point – Sound Garden

A Historic Garden of Shops and Services

So many unimagined places have emerged as top spots in Hubpages Travel Challenges that have included HubMob, HubTrail, and the HubPages Marks The Spot Contest, that I fully understand now when a friend’s dad bought a small RV, equipped it with satellite TV and Internet, and traveled America.

He stayed perhaps 30 days in each place and through he’d never have enough time to see it all. He’s probably still steering that RV along the National Road or Highway 1 in California, or th eopen and reconstructed parts of Route 66. I thnk that’s what I want to do when I grow up.

Here we be havin’ a dandy few streets in Baltimore, where there be real pirates t’ fit the HMTS treasure maps. Avast! Here be inns, dandy fine saloons, scurvy Red Coats, buried treasure shops, and ghosts afoot. Don’t be leavin’ yer cutlass on t’ ship… Thar be a Pyrate Invasion at least once a year –

National History
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Fells Point National Historic District
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A markerThe Horse You Came In On – 1626 Thames St, Baltimore, MD 21231, USA
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Did Edgar Allan Poe have his last drink here? Mystery writer and pub visitor Martha Grimes named one of her entertaining novels after this place.
B markerThe Sound Garden, – 1616 Thames St, Baltimore, MD 21231, USA
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C markerInner Harbor, Baltimore MD – Inner Harbor, Baltimore, MD, USA
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Guided Walking Tours and Festivals

Annually from April through early November, the Baltimore National Heritage Area offers guided tours to visitors.

The Heritage Walk

This tour uses Baltimore’s historic urban trail through three distincts: the Inner Harbor, Little Italy, and Jonestown. You will enjoy going past the ship USS Constellation, the Flag House, and the Star-Spangled Banner Museum. Also included are the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture, the Carroll Mansion, and the Jewish Museum of Maryland.

The tour schedule for the day begins at 10:00 am daily.

Historic Fell’s Point Trail
This tour happens only on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 11:00 AM and begin at the ticket center at the Fell’s Point Visitor Center, 1724-26 Thames Street, a block from The Horse You Came In On and the Sound Garden.

Other tours include Ghost Walks, African American Entertainment tours, and cultural walks.

Goa – Embarking On A Shopping Spree

Located on India’s western coast, the state of Goa is a treasure trove of immense scenic charm and beauty where you can enjoy the best of adventure, sunshine, spirituality or plain relaxation. As a traveler struck by wanderlust, you simply don’t need to look beyond the magical land of Goa. But there’s more to Goa than all these attractions! Shopping in Goa can be as extensive and varied as the attractions of this land.

A holidaymaker’s paradise and a laid-back, yet classy and exciting tourist destination, Goa presents an exhilarating combination of an endless expanse of breathtakingly beautiful beaches, sensuous silvery sands, amazing flora and fauna, rich cultural heritage, beautiful churches and magnificent temples. Even with all the attractions and events in Goa, for tourists, nothing beats the lure of indulging in a shopping spree at the traditional, modern and beachside shopping outlets to collect some memorable souvenirs exclusive to the state.

So, as a tourist, you should plan your trip to Goa keeping in mind that shopping should be high up on the priority list of the itinerary along with the sightseeing attractions. To start with, you can either go for the up-market boutiques for extraordinary and good quality curios, handicrafts, antiques and silks or embroidery items. Else, if you are looking for some delightful shopping at throw-away prices, head for the beach front bazaars and flea markets in Goa. The tourist shops near the prominent Goa hotels and tourist places also offer decent shopping options for tourists.

The most popular souvenir items that tourists usually buy in Goa are the excellent local handicrafts of Goa which include brassware, terracotta, shell work, crochet, carved furniture, bamboo work, papier-mache, etc. You’ll find these items aplenty at the beach bazaars as well as the Government Emporia. Typical beach products are also much sought after by the tourists, and you must buy at least a piece or two of these while shopping in Goa. Another item which features on the shopping-list of every traveler to Goa is Goa’s famed cashew nuts, available practically everywhere in the state.

Goan beach ‘bazaars’ (markets) are always bustling with activity and these get livelier and more colorful in the evenings. Jazz up your leisurely stroll on the famed Goan beaches by indulging in some leisurely shopping at the local markets which are lined on the beachside, and are the best places in Goa to shop for trinkets and souvenirs. Take your pick from a wide range of souvenirs adorning the racks of the various shops and gift them to your loved ones back home.

Two of the most famous flea markets in Goa are at Mapusa and Anjuna beaches. One of the most famous traditional markets in Goa, the Friday Market at Mapusa can be the perfect venue for you to buy everything from curios and old coins to dried fish and spices. The Wednesday market at Anjuna Beach started by and for foreigners is an excellent place to shop for souvenirs, beachwear, trinkets and handicrafts sold at bargain prices. The Saturday Flea Market at Baga Beach held every Saturday evening sells an abundance of all kinds of bric-a-brac, toys and trinkets, exotic delicacies and delicious Goan cuisine.

Enjoy consummate shopping and hotels in Goa and return home with some excellent souvenirs and curios for your loved ones. But, a piece of advice for all visitors: Please don’t forget to bargain at the beach bazaars because intelligent bargaining can lead to some very good deals.

Shanty Creek – Northen Michigan Resort

Four Season Place To Be

Finding a long lost treasure in your closet—Memories flood your brain, relationships attached to the treasure warm your heart. You’d do anything to recapture that time and place.

That’s how you want to feel about each and every one of your vacations, winter or spring breaks with your family and friends.

Fortunately that lost treasure has been dusting itself off—Bellaire, Michigan’s Shanty Creek Resorts. As a vision in the 1960s of founder Roy Deskin, the property became a world-class customer service resort peaking in the 1980s…But then quietly falling into the “forgotten friend” category as several different owners failed to recapture the glory.

Northern Michigan Paradise

“I don’t want a fast car
Don’t need a four lane highway
There’s not another place I’d rather be
Cuz out here in the country
Bluebirds sing for nothing
And the shade comes free with a tree
Yeah the shade comes free with a tree

The tree came with a mountain
Right beside the river where the ground makes one heck of a scene”

Shade-Joe Nichols Country Artist

Deskin never met Nichols but his popular song could have been spun in this Northern Michigan paradise. When Deskin thought about the high, tree-green hills and curving valleys surrounding Bellaire in Michigan’s Antrim County, he envisioned a challenging ski and golf resort, satisfying for everyone. He labored toward that dream, overcoming a typical run of obstacles, from the early 1960’s until his death in 1969. His estate then ran the resort until 1977 and in 1978 the Hilton Chain bought Shanty, consisting of the main lodge, golf pro shop, four chalets, and more than 480 acres comprising the Shanty Creek golf course and ski area.

One Mountain Over

Already dreaming about his mountain, Chicago stockbroker Daniel Iannotti’s envisioned a ski and golf resort patterned after those in Colorado—one that closely resembled a friendly European hamlet. In December 1968, his village, “Schuss Mountain,” became a reality. Golf was added in 1972 with a nine hole followed by nine more holes in 1977. An eatery, Ivanhoff Restaurant (now called Ivan’s) was added and in 1982 the famed SchussyCats began their annual summer run, staging song and dance shows.

Club Resorts Inc. purchased Shanty Creek in 1984 and Schuss Mountain in 1985. In 1986, they merged the two resorts, in essence doubling the recreational opportunities and amenities of both beautiful destination resorts. Two-thirds of the four season paradise was now complete.

Add Another Mountain—Cedar River Village

In 1997, Shanty Creek broke its ties with Club Resorts Inc. and became a privately owned property with individual investors at the helm.

The ownership change allowed Shanty Creek to embark on the multi-million dollar Cedar River Village expansion project with more skiing, a fourth golf course and an 85-unit upscale suite hotel with surrounding condominiums. Even Golfing legend Tom Weiskopf designed an 18-hole golf course (opened in 1999), the Cedar River Golf Club.

But the cornerstone property, Shanty Creek, even with an infusion of building in the surrounding area had become a forgotten wonderland that many owners had tried to breathe new life into but didn’t have the cash flow to fulfill the project. Then this past spring, Trinidad Resort & Club bought the resort and has started restoring it. Trinidad has a
wealth of experience in ski and golf resorts as well as real estate development. Their marketing and operational expertise developed the popular Copper Mountain Ski Resort in Colorado. Their desire is to bring Northern Michigan new ideas and programs and quality opportunities.

The restoration process and new ideas are a welcome relief to many long-time Shanty Creek employees. Golf Pro Roger Gieseck, who began as an apprentice at Shanty in 1984 says, “It’s nice to come to work and focus on my job of helping folks learn to play golf and improve their game. Not worrying about where I can find a broom to clean something up.”

Refreshed and Improved

If you can’t remember your last trip to Shanty Creek or if you’ve never had the pleasure, the resort and club is a great place to vacation or base your vacation out of as there’s plenty to do in Northern Michigan.

Shanty Creek offers golf on several challenging levels with courses designed by Arnold Palmer, The Legend, Weiskopf’s previously mentioned Cedar River Golf Club, The Summit Golf Club and Schuss Mountain Golf Club. Golf Magazine rated a Silver Medal Resort and the Best Family Golf Resort in the Midwest by readers of Great Lakes Golf Magazine.

“We have four of the best golf courses, not only in the state, but across the country,” Gieseck says.

After you’ve played these courses, many more are within driving range just down the hill as the Chief and Bellaire Golf Clubs offer plenty of challenge and fun. A little further toward Traverse City are more professionally designed courses as well as many more cities in Northern Michigan.

Shanty Creek offers lessons and hosts the Shanty Creek PGA Classic tournament each summer. Last year’s purse was $16,000.

I’m Hungry

A new Executive Chef, Andrew Reh, has signed on to the Shanty staff. A Traverse City native, Reh has spent time in the Washington D.C. area working for the Ritz Carlton before working at the White House during the Clinton Administration for State Dinners and foreign diplomatic visits. With his Degree in Culinary Arts and wealth of experience, Reh came back to Michigan in 2004.

As he is just getting acclimated to the Resort and its menus, Reh does plan to put his stamp on the food offerings there.

“I have a passion for food and I’d like to bring a fusion of flavors to our menus,” he says.

One of Reh’s passions is ice carving and he has competed in many ice carving competitions state wide and nationally.

“I’d like to bring a competition here to the resort,” he says. “It draws a crowd rather quickly and is fun to watch and compete in.”

With a stellar resume and experience at hand, Reh seemingly has the resort’s menu in capable hands.

Work Off The Guilty Pleasures

If you feel those calories clinging to you or if you just want to work out, keep in shape or pamper yourself, Shanty has a full service Fitness Center complete with Wellness Spa, Nautilus equipment, sauna, Jacuzzi, steam room, manicures & pedicures, tanning and massage.

Guest can enjoy the spa facilities at Shanty Creek year round for the ultimate in relaxation. Within the spa guests will have access to the separate men’s and ladies’ locker areas, steam rooms, saunas and whirlpools, and fitness center.

Family Affair

Each person in your family is an individual. Shanty Creek understands that and offers plenty of action or rest for each member. Named the Best Family Golf Resort in the Midwest by Great Lakes Golf, Shanty Creek offers an unforgettable summer experience for everyone in the family.

Shanty Creek keeps kids busy! Camp Gandy for 5 – 12 year olds include activities such as swimming, hiking, games, arts and crafts and much more. And they don’t leave out the younger bunch. For the 2 month to 6 year olds, Shanty Creek’s Children’s Center combines quality care with creative play. Children in the center will experience a nurturing, playful and safe environment that includes stories, free play, art, music, outdoor play and rest time if needed.

While the kids are at play, parents can indulge in some fun of their own by teeing off on one of the resort’s four championship golf courses: Cedar River, The Legend, Schuss Mountain, or Summit Golf Club. Dad can iron out his game by spending the day at the Shanty Creek Golf Academy. Mom can treat herself to some well-needed pampering at our Wellness Spa with a soothing massage, or kick back and relax poolside or check out one of Shanty Creek’s several on-site retail shops.

Once the parents and kids are reunited, Shanty Creek offers a host of family-friendly activities. Families can explore Northern Michigan’s majesty by taking a guided hike through the resort enjoy a family campfire at Terry Wooten’s Stone Circle, where the renowned poet leads storytelling and songs. Goofy Golf, a Shanty Creek favorite, allows kids of all ages the chance to play a goofy game of “putt putt style” golf with crazy challenges and prizes. Families can challenge each other to a game of disc golf or head to the Summit Village outdoor pool and catch the Summit Splash pool party, pool games and more. It’s rare to find a resort that captivates kids of all ages – but Shanty Creek fits the bill with activities sure to please everyone in the family

Let’s Get Wet!

An indoor pool—an outdoor pool—a beach club—Shanty Creek has plenty of ways to get you wet—indoors and out.

On the lower level of the Summit Lodge the indoor pool with a maximum depth of five feet and a hot tub built in beside are a great place to hang out if there’s inclement weather or you need to hide out from the sun burn you’ve accumulated. And for added benefit, use the house phone and order some poolside food and beverage service. Towels are provided and there are plenty of snack and beverage vending machines just outside of the pool. Oh, and bring plenty of quarters for the miniature arcade and be sure to loosen up the animals in the crane game for my next visit.

Just outside the Summit Lakeview Dining area is the outdoor pool. Once glance at this beauty and you’ll swear Esther Williams filmed a movie there. The 60s era beauty has plenty of deck for sun worshippers and plenty of water for everyone else. Be warned, the pool is solar heated and you are in Northern Michigan. But it’s never been too chilly to not get in on a sunny summer day. And again, take advantage of the poolside phone to order your favorite Lakeview snacks and drinks.

And if the lakeside is what you need, head down to the Shanty Creek Beach Club on Lake Bellaire. Plenty of sandy shore and a nice warm and extremely shallow lake provide a grand setting for swimming, relaxing or playing on the beach. There are picnic area and a snack area with restrooms available.

Baby It’s Cold Outside

There’s plenty of outdoor winter fun at Shanty Creek also, two separate alpine areas, 49 downhill runs, two Terrain Parks, 10 lifts, 30 km of Nordic trails, Nordic Center, tubing runs, two full service rental shops, snowsports academy, and snowsports seven nights a week. And there are plenty of incredible snow ski and snowboard instructors whether you’re six or 60. They’ll get you up and skiing like a pro in no time.

Silent Sports

Any sport that doesn’t involve a motor—that’s the definition of silent sports. And Shanty Creek Resorts has hired a Georg Schluender to direct the area.

“We are committed to making this Shanty Creek a leader,” Schluender says. “We just put fifteen thousand dollars into our mountain bikes and accessories. We’ve got seven miles of multi-use trails ready.”

Schluender has worked all over the country as an outdoors guide from the West coast to the East coast and many spots in between. His enthusiasm for these sports and his dedication to creating the best atmosphere for resort guests should make Shanty Creek the place.

“We want to partner with the best outfitters and not just charge our guests $35 bucks an hour and throw them in a kayak. We want to teach you how to kayak and then take you on a guided tour of the amazing chain of lakes.”

Their growing list of sports also includes disc golf and they are pursing a relationship with the Professional Disc Golf Association

Working for the Weekend
A great way to enjoy the amenities of Shanty Creek—plan a business meeting there. The helpful staff offers 26 meeting rooms that provide over 35,600 sq. ft. of meeting space. And they can accommodate meetings of up to 1,000 people. You have your choice of The Lodge at Cedar River with state-of-the-art conference facilities. Complete audio/visual services and a fully equipped business center available. Or set ups at The Summit can handle your business meeting needs.

If you’ve just escaped for a weekend of work without your business friends, you’ll be able to relax in resort comfort and take advantage of Shanty Creek’s free wireless Internet.

Providing high-speed Internet access is a growing trend for some resorts – many at a fee. Shanty Creek now offers high speed Internet across all three villages, including guest rooms, lobbies and meeting pace.

“Offering this service at Shanty Creek is important to us because we value every guest,” says Scott Maison, Director of Lodging at Shanty Creek Resorts “We strive to provide the tools necessary for our guests to be comfortable at their home away from home.”

Local Flavor

And if your seeking to hit the sights and wonders of Northern Michigan, Shanty Creek Resorts can be your hub as it sits within a half-hour of Traverse City fun and about 90 minutes from Mackinac Island. There are plenty of places to play in Traverse City as it handles all the needs of tourists and locals alike. Miles of beaches with swimming, kayaking, para-sailing and much more available are open during the summer months.

Nightlife, shopping and even minor league baseball can be found easily in this Northern paradise. For more details on the area, log onto the Traverse City’s Visitor and Convention Bureau’s Website at, www.

Heading north and east will take you on a fun drive through Petoskey and other storied Michigan cities and towns on the way to Mackinac. Wildlife and man co-exist in these hamlets that offer fun in the sun and plenty of places to hang out with family and/or friends. At Mackinac City you have the option of playing on either side of the five-mile long Mackinac Bridge. Both ferry services offers rides from both sides of the bridge and plenty of fudge, sundries, water parks and restaurants to entice you. But it’s worth the five dollar round trip to venture over the bridge to the upper peninsula and get the sight of where Lake Superior and Lake Michigan come together. And there’s a bridge museum where you can get the full story on this historic landmark and see photos of the building process.

Once in the UP you can hop on either ferry and be on Mackinac Island in minutes. Step back in time and enjoy fudge, carriage rides, biking, shopping and much, much more.

Closer to Shanty Creek and Bellaire is Torch Lake. If you’ve got the itch to fish or swim or just cruise the world’s third most beautiful lake, then head to Butch’s Marina. He’s got plenty of rental boats available along with everything you need to enjoy yourself on the water. And be sure to call in your broasted chicken order, folks drive for miles around to snatch up this delicacy and you don’t want to be left out.

All around Shanty Creek there are fun things to discover. U-pick cherry orchards and farms, charter fishing on larger lakes in the area, trout farms where you can catch your own, Bellaire Smokehouse for the best bacon and smoked whitefish anywhere (and they’ll smoke your trout for a small fee) and plenty more. Northern Michigan is a paradise waiting to be discovered everyday and Shanty Creek Resort is your first step in rediscovering this land.

Nichols seems to sum up Shanty Creek Resorts and the founder’s original dream:

“The mountain counts for something, the view is worth a fortune
And the shade comes free with a tree
I never had a dollar that could buy me what I’m feelin
But I’m feelin bout as good as I can be
I need to be reminded when I’m lookin for a bargain
Not to overlook what’s right in front of me

I’ll never make a killing tryin to make a living
But I make enough to raise a family
I bought a piece of heaven off county road 11
Where the shade comes free with a tree
Yeah where the shade comes free with a tree

I never had a dollar that could buy me what I’m feeling
And I’m feeling bout as good as I can be
I need to be reminded when I’m lookin for a bargain
Not to overlook what’s right in front of me

I don’t want a fast car
Don’t need a four lane highway
There’s not another place I’d rather be
Down county road 11
There’s this little piece of heaven
Where the shade comes free with a tree
Yeah, where the shade comes free with a tree

Yeah, the shade comes free with a tree.”

Engrossing Shops In Newcastle: Marvelous Newcastle Town Wall

Newcastle upon Tyne is a center in Tyne and Wear, England that was before integral of the old English county of Northumberland. Newcastle upon Tyne acquires its name from its footing of being on the banks of the River Tyne, as well as the castle put together by Robert II of Normandy, who was the elder son of William the Conqueror. Fore becoming Newcastle, the conurbation was a Roman encampment starting from the second century, under the name Pons Aelius.Newcastle is also recognized for its conventionally legendary football club Newcastle United, which currently houses stars such as England Striker Michael Owen.
There are multitudinous spots of leisure when you come over Newfoundland for break. The metropolis Walls, a very excessive and advantageous surrounding wall that preserved Newcastle in the 13th century, still stands in some parts nowadays. This is an unbelievable chunk of history to unearth! Inspect the Arbeia Roman Fort and Museum and see the arms and forts that the Romans used as far back as the early century, AD. You will also appreciate many other archaeological artefacts that demonstrate been ascertained and are visible in the museum. You can take a itineration of St. James Park, which is the home of Newcastle United. See the dugouts, or be at the pitch side and take a expedition far and wide the whole field and changing rooms.
Newcastle is without a doubt THE home to go if you treasure the outdoor coastal fields! With their coastal villages like Tynemouth and Whitley Bay, you will find alluring beaches filled with lambent sand and crashing waves, such as Longsands Beach. If you choose water sports, you may sail, surf, kayak, swim, and much more.When you jade of the sun and surf, go shopping in the myriads stores and specialty shops in Newcastle. For men’s casual shopping, try Tribal. Berry’s Jeweler’s vaunts over a century of being in commerce. For local, handmade items and more, try the Craftshop, or stop into Lush for the handsome selection of soaps and bubble baths you’ll ever pinpoint.
One of the finest things about the municipality of Newcastle is the wide mixture of food and drink available. For a quick and easy bite, try Dene’s Deli for a massive selection of menu items. Like to sit at odds with and be fond of a meal? Stop in at Neon Café and Brasserie, for a casual meal of fresh pastries, sandwiches, and more. Breakfast is even served all day here!For an elegant lunch or dinner, try Gusto, situated on Newcastle’s Quayside. Try their marked sea bass with orange and fennel, or their mouth-watering, fresh lobster. They also offer a wide variety of cocktails, beers, and wines at their gigantic stand-alone bar. While you are there, demonstrate their Mucho Gusto, their distinguished signature drink.
For entertainment in Newcastle, you will plainly want to try the Theatre Royal. Boasting the finest in shows, song, and dance, you’ll be enthralled with the talent you spot within its walls. For museum lovers, the Museum of Antiquities is an archaeological museum, said to be the very better in the area. Here, you will pinpoint treasures that have a date from between 6000BC to 1600AD, as well as discoveries straight from Roman Times.The Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle is the locale to check for events in the borough. Here is where they hold boxing matches, children’s shows, hockey games, and much more. At the Metro Radio Arena, there will always be something for everyone to delight in!
Newcastle is surely a nice neighborhood to go to see, as it is a football Mecca as well as a nice area to observe traditional English culture. There are locations that offer beer, footie, wine, and tea – all the things that make up a solid, traditional English city. The Tyne Bridge is also an attractive hole even for non-footie fans.

Christmas Shopping in London

London is a favorite city for many tourists to visit, and it is known for its fine shopping opportunities as well as a bounty of goods for treasure hunters. The diverse shopping opportunities that London offers make it a prime and unique location for shoppers, whether living there or on vacation. The beauty of the city, topped with the magical atmosphere is the perfect setting for Christmas shopping. During this season, the magic spreads all over London streets like a postcard scenery and the opportunities for a great shopping experience abound.

Some of the best or top shopping destinations in London are in the retail districts and all over the side streets. One of the best characteristics is that London shopping is tailored to fit every budget and style. Here are some of the top shopping destinations.

Oxford Street is the main venue for London shoppers. It is where everything happens – where the magic of Christmas shopping begins. There are over 300 shops in Oxford Street. It has many designer outlets, specialty stores, and many landmark locations as well. Some legendary stores include Selfridges, Debenhams, and John Lewis. Expect holiday crowds at this location, but some of the side streets might offer a bit of a break from crowds, however, not that much during the holiday shopping season.

King’s road offer many specialty and trendy boutiques. Here you will find high end and designer’s goods, as well as many eateries and cafes to take a break from time to time, recharge, and continue shopping. One favorite of shoppers is Chelsea Antiques Market.

If designer labels are in the shopping list, then Carnaby Street is the place to visit. This street has offer designer goods for years and continues to do so. Fashion in all senses can be found here. There are also cafes and restaurants. One favorite location is Kingly court, with three floors of unique products and one of a kind items.

For an old fashion and mid range shopping experience visit Regent Street and Jermyn Street. The feeling is elegant shopping at a great price, like the good old days. For a more luxurious and “money is not an object” experience visit Bond Street and Mayfair. This is an exclusive area, and you might even encounter some celebrities.

Looking for unique and interesting items? Then, Covent Garden is the place to shop. This location will offer the shopper many items, from unique to trendy, as well as the latest fashions, and whimsical treasures. Shopping in London is exciting, but during the holiday season, it becomes magical.

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What To Expect When You Visit A Shopping Village

A shopping village is not just a mall filled with stores, it is a small village filled with independent shops for you to browse in. Each of the shops is in its own unique building and allows you to feel that you are in a small shop and not in a large department store.

When you go to the shopping village you could browse for fresh produce from the local farmers. You could learn about how to grow plants for yourself, and learn how to treat pests on your flowers and plants.

When you go to the shopping village you can spend the day looking for handcrafted items that are unique. Many of the shops have handcrafted items like signs, handmade quilts, hats, and items of clothing. Accessories for your home and garden that have been created by local shop keepers, and even handmade candies, cookies, and sweets. It is almost as if you have traveled back in time to a place in the past that is slower paced, and intriguing.

A shopping village is filled with artists that work with stained glass, and flower growers that can sell you the perfect specimens to grow in your garden. You can also find places to buy your skin care products, and your exquisite bed linens.

You will find quaint pubs in these villages where you can sit and rest while having a cup of tea or a tankard of ale. There are dining options located throughout the village so you can come to spend a day and enjoy a nice lunch, or an afternoon tea. The village is designed to relax your mind, feed your body, and supply your desires.

You can come to these villages on a bus with a group of friends and spend the day enjoying all of the treasured shops, eateries, and events. These villages have many different events throughout the year designed to attract more shoppers and make the traffic through the village increase.

You should never go to one of these places when you are in a hurry. They are for relaxed shopping where you browse heavily before you decide on a purchase. If you are in a hurry to run into a store and quickly leave you should shop at the impersonal stores located in the shopping centers of the city. When you come to one of the villages you should plan to take your time, and enjoy the experience.

Couples find these areas great places to get away and spend the day, or the weekend. You can browse the antique shops together looking for the perfect item to decorate your home, or you can simply explore every crook and cranny of the area together.

There was a time when all towns had shops that were personal, and catered to customer service more than to mass production. In these specialized villages the shopkeepers greet you warmly and beckon you to come in and browse. They do not spend as much time pressuring you to buy an item as they do trying to get to know you and give you an enjoyable experience. Nothing makes one of the shopkeepers happier than for you to ask questions about their wares.

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A Baby Shop Offers Countless Options For Nursery Furniture

For a parent, one of the happiest moments that he or she cares to treasure is about a new born child or a baby in their life. But there lays a lot to know and do even before the new born little ones arrives besides the essential things that needs to be purchased. All such necessary items and stuffs can be easily available in a baby shop where quality products for the same are kept in abundance. On this date there are uncountable items that even parents might not have expected out of those, prams hold a significant importance for a new born baby. But often it is found that some parents tend to get confused with similar stuff like pram and a pushchair. There are some notable difference between both of these that although have equal necessity for an infant.

Prams are basically the short form abbreviated term used against the perambulators designed for a new born baby or an infant. In the United Kingdom, during the Victorian period, this word actually originated bearing the appearance of high wheels colored in shining black. To protect the cute little baby from scorching heat of the sunrays and also from strong winds, these baby carriages were half covered like a shed on the top of the same. One can also depict this baby carriage as a portable carriage for that small infant, who finds it utterly comfortably to travel when someone pushes from behind. There are also well developed designed perambulators on this date where the small baby can see the face of the pusher so that he or she does not get nervous with a feeling of loneliness and starts to cry instead of enjoying the ride.

There are many websites on the Internet that offers worth making information and details about a baby shop from where online shopping is even possible. These informative websites includes pictures and related videos for every nursery items and stuff that a parent cares to purchase. There are also options to bargain or ask a query based on the quality and functionality of such stuffs meant for infants and new born babies.