Category Archives: Literary Travel

“I read it in a book”: Building a Literary-Inspired Bucket List

Perhaps you have an ongoing bucket list or life list of all the things you want to do before you die or before you reach a major milestone. It may include adventures such as skydiving, hiking the Appalachian Trail, seeing a Broadway show, or taking a cooking class. And perhaps your list already includes literary-themed […]

Dublin Writers Museum & American Writers Museum: Contrasts of Place

From Chicago to Dublin and back, I have seen the likes of two nations’ writers museums, and, as they would say in Ireland, it was craic (crack)— “the serious work of play.” The idea for the American Writers Museum (AWM) spawned from the influence of The Dublin Writers Museum. The two museums are unacquainted cousins […]

The Wow Factor: A Visit to Mark Twain’s Grand Mansion in Hartford

“This entry hall really has the ‘wow factor,’” our tour guide drily announces, gesturing at the lavish dark-wood staircase spiraling above the foyer. The Mark Twain House in Hartford, Connecticut, built in 1874, is a towering mansion in the High Gothic style. Home to Samuel Clemens (aka Mark Twain), his wife Olivia, and their three […]

In the Footsteps of Louisa May Alcott

During a literary pilgrimage to Concord, Massachusetts a few years ago, I visited Orchard House, the home of Louisa May Alcott. Louisa lived there with her parents and sisters in the only permanent residence the Alcotts ever knew. Upon entering the two-story farmhouse, I immediately left the twenty-first century and stepped back in time. Nearly […]

Laura Ingalls Wilder

“From your parents you learn love and laughter and how to put foot in front of the other. But when books are opened you discover you have wings.”  -Helen Hayes I found my wings when I discovered Laura Ingalls Wilder’s books which told the story of the adventures she and her family had as American […]