Preservation 50 Friday: Sunset at St. Simons Island

St Simons Island Lighthouse

St. Simons Island Lighthouse, GA.

Driving along the Georgia coast, I was headed to St. Simons Island. Having already visited Tybee Island Lighthouse, I was excited about finishing the day with one final lighthouse. Having received faulty information from my auto club, I stopped by the Golden Isles Welcome Center on I95.

I listened half heartily to the directions figuring I could easily find it based on a previous visit. After ending up at Jekyll Island and Sea Island, I laughed at my misadventure and poor memory.

Puzzled about want to do, I remembered Google maps on my phone. Keying in my destination, I was guided effortlessly to the lighthouse.

A view of the ocean

A walkway nearby offers a tranquil view of the Atlantic.

Although the lighthouse was closed, I was delighted to be able to walk the grounds. Stopping on the walkway near the ocean I gazed into the distance. I walked around the lighthouse trying to decide on the best vantage point for my painting.

Lighthouse signage

A marker with the history of the lighthouse.

A little tired after a long day, I welcomed the chance to sit down and draw the lighthouse. As the sun was setting, a blaze of light bounced off the lighthouse. It seemed to refresh the lighthouse and me. For now the lighthouse was receiving light instead of giving it.


Preservation 50 Friday: Tybee Island Light Getaway

Tybee Island Light Station

Tybee Island Light Station

I bypassed Savannah and headed to the coast for a visit to the Tybee Island Light Station. Tybee Island is a quaint beach town with locally owned businesses and a peaceful shoreline.


Stairwell inside Tybee Island Light Station.

Built in 1867, the present-day lighthouse is the fourth lighthouse constructed. War and weather led to the demise of the previous lighthouses. The current lighthouse was constructed using part of the third lighthouse as its foundation.

View of the coast.

View of the coast.

Along with the lighthouse there are several dwellings that offer insight into the lives of lightkeepers. Visit the homes of lightkeepers and see how they lived. Watch a short film and view signage with detailed information on the Tybee Island Lighthouse. Enjoy a breathtaking view from the lighthouse to complete your visit.
America’s Atlantic Coast Lighthouses by Jeremy D’Entremont

Cruise Through Chicago History


Modern and Art Deco buildings

Discover interesting trivia about Chicago’s colorful history during the tour.

Cruise down the Chicago River and learn about Chicago’s history with Shoreline Sightseeing. My daughter and I caught an online deal and enjoyed a balmy day with our tour guide, Javier. His keen wit and depth of knowledge kept passengers engaged and entertained for the 75 minute tour. We boarded at the Michigan Avenue Bridge location and found no waiting and plenty of elbow room for our boat ride and photos.

Our quick witted tour guide, Javier.

Our quick witted tour guide, Javier.

We discovered the history of Chicago through its landmarks. Chicago is the birthplace of the skyscraper and home of many renowned architects. The highlights include the history of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 which resulted in an architectural boom and the Chicago World’s Fair and Commerce in the Windy City. The Sears Tower now the Willis Tower is North America’s  tallest building.

Chicago River

The blue waters of the Chicago River attest to the proud history of the city.

Luxury at a Comfortable Price


Outside comfort suites.

Outside Comfort Suites.

It’s been a while since I’ve stayed at the Comfort Suites. I used to routinely stay at Choice hotels when visiting Orlando and South Florida. Since each property is individually owned, I’ve been disappointed in the inconsistent quality at other properties in the past.

However, I stayed recently at the Comfort Suites in Port Wentworth because of the value and their Trip Advisor’s certificate of excellence. No disappointments here.


All set for a good night’s sleep.

The staff and accommodations are superb. I had a suite with two double beds, flat screen tv, microwave, mini fridge, free parking and free wi-fi. The room was beautifully furnished with a pleasant sitting area. Breakfast is complimentary and there are restaurants and shopping nearby.

Sitting area

Relax after a day sightseeing in Savannah.

In the entrance way you’ll find a fireplace. There is also a small indoor pool with a jacuzzi. Outside a water fountain with dolphins greet you upon entering the property.

Fire place.

Fireplace adds a warm touch to the hallway.

The hotel is a good 20 minutes from Savannah without traffic. This is a busy area with lots of congestion but the hotel is tucked away in a quiet enclave. I had a quiet room facing the parking lot. The staff takes pride in the hotel so it is well maintained.

Preservation 50 Friday: Missing the Point

Grosse Point Lighthouse

Grosse Point Lighthouse, Evanston, Illinois.

Looking at a map of Evanston, Illinois, I was surprised not to see anything about the Grosse Point Lighthouse. It was within walking distance of the center of downtown so the omission puzzled me.

Evanston was once called Grosse Point. It really seemed ironic that part of its history would be overlooked.


Built in 1783, the Grosse Point Lighthouse is a National Historic Landmark. It was built by the United States Government as the lead lighthouse marking the approach to Chicago after several shipwrecks.

A view of Lake Michigan

A view of Lake Michigan from the Lighthouse Wildflower Garden.

On March 1, 1874 traditionally the start of the Great Lakes shipping season, Grosse Point Lighthouse sent its welcome beacon of light over the waters of Lake Michigan for the first time.