April 30, 2012 • Travel
Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House, Photo via Smart Desintations
Who needs the Grand Canyon? In honor of National Tourist Appreciation Day on May 6th and National Tourism Day on May 7th, here are some sightseeing destinations to satisfy your inner bookworm.
Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House (Concord, MA) The home of the author of Little Women is open for tours year round. The house also offers educational programming for school groups and Girl Scouts. Guides dressed in traditional 19th century garb share excerpts from the Alcotts’ journals and give students an opportunity to experience a lesson in a 19th century schoolroom.
Photo via Visit Philly
Edgar Allan Poe's House (Philadelphia, PA) A national historic landmark run by the National Parks Service, Poe rented this house in 1843 and is said to have lived there for less than a year. While Poe lived in several houses in Philadelphia over the years, this home is the only one that remains in The City of Brotherly Love. Admission is free and guided tours are available Wednesday through Sunday year-round.
If your Tell Tale Heart can’t get enough, there are three other preserved Poe homes in the United States: one in The Bronx, one in Baltimore, and one in Richmond. Road trip, anyone?
July 12, 2011 • Fiction, Travel
When Ransom Riggs isn't busy penning awesome New York Times bestselling novels or collecting odd vintage photographs, he enjoys shooting short films. And I'm not just talking about his book trailers for Sense & Sensibility & Sea Monsters and Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. He's done a number of them, all of which you can brose on his website, including this fantastic short film, The Accidental Sea.
He released this video back in May, and it has since racked up over half a million views on YouTube, some nice compliments from Roger Ebert, and has been featured on popular websites like Neatorama and mental_floss.
Check it out. It's pretty incredible.