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Issue #444: Six Surprising Travel Writing Myths
August 21, 2023
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We’re in the third week of our stay in NE Ohio, at Linda’s ancestral home, catching up with her family and friends. We’ve also been busy on writing assignments in Ohio and Pennsylvania.
Two weeks ago we drove to the tiny, picture perfect town of Eagles Mere (pop.151) in NE Pennsylvania to visit a renowned automobile museum. This article was for a classic car magazine. Afterwards, we strolled through the village and toured their aviation museum, motorcycle museum, and historical society museum. Our visit was courtesy of the Endless Mountains Visitors’ Bureau.
In the 1870s, Eagles Mere grew to national notoriety as a resort. Large summer cottages were built, and it became a refuge from the summer heat and disease in large cities like Philadelphia, Baltimore and Harrisburg.
Much of the early social life took place around the Inns (many had now become hotels), an active theater program, as well as golfing, tennis, hiking, and boating. Women were seen in long dresses carrying parasols and men donned 3-piece suits, dress of another era. In the summer, with the big hotels and rail access, the town population swelled enormously.
Eventually, time and changing vacation patterns in the 1960’s put an end to the large-scale hotels because of the relatively short season. The only original hotel to survive today is the Eagles Mere Inn, built in 1887.
Our stay at the historic Eagles Mere Inn was one of our press trip highlights!
Our room was cozy, designed to mirror the country life that surrounded us. All the Inn’s rooms are historically themed with pictures and artifacts, private bathrooms, and Wifi. This lovely 17-room Inn in the photo below is updated with new beds and luxurious, top of the line linens, pillows and comforters. Very comfortable!
If you’re traveling through PA during the summer months, we can highly recommend staying a night or two at the Inn. (https://www.eaglesmereinn.com/)
A few days ago we spent two days in Canton, Ohio, visiting the Canton Classic Car Museum on yet another assignment. This time we were guests of Stark County Convention & Visitors’ Bureau. After touring the automobile museum, we followed the itinerary provided by the CVB and saw some interesting sights.
While Canton may only be a mid-size city (pop. 70,872) it offered some unusual attractions. I’m known for having more than 200 museum stories published in 32 paying print magazines, so I’m always looking for weird and unusual places. And Canton delivered!
Among the high strangeness we experienced were the Troll Hole Museum in Alliance, the Immel Circus Gallery in the Massillon Museum, and we had lunch at Chloe’s Diner surrounded by vintage cars and memorabilia.
Six Surprising Travel Writing MythsFreelance travel writing harbors its fair share of myths. Travel itself seems alluring and adventurous. And it conjures up all kinds of romantic (mis)perceptions like sitting in your secluded beach cottage perched on sand dunes, penning the perfect travel article. These faulty perceptions are often fused into a mythical fantasy.
Take these travel writing myths, for example:
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