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SLOGAN: “Where the Fish Fly”
We spent 13 years living on Tybee Island, Georgia, then later lived another 6 years on Wilmington Island located off Highway 80 east of Savannah and just minutes from Tybee Island. As you can imagine, we had a lot of visitors over the years drawn to the area the same way we had been. Between the historic sights of Savannah and the Atlantic Ocean off Tybee Island, not to mention the temperate winter weather in Georgia, our northern friends loved to come visit.
As a result, we quickly found our favorite restaurants to take our visitors to.
Locally known as simply “The Fish”, the restaurant was started by Mike McMahon in 2007. Mike is a local Savannahian who has worked in the seafood industry all his life. Because Savannah is known for a wide variety of tasty local seafood, Mike took his knowledge of seafood and applied it to a tasty menu of fresh Georgia Shrimp, Flounder and Oysters, along with crispy fried calamari and crab claws. And, of course, the famous Low Country Boil, consisting of spicy peel-and-eat shrimp, sausage, corn and new potatoes, which is a classic Southern recipe along the Georgia and South Carolina (low country) coasts!
If you are not a big seafood lover, The Fish also caters to “landlubbers” with dishes of Chicken Alfredo & Pasta, chicken fingers and wings and beefy burgers. They also feature a full service bar.
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For many years, the Flying Fish was open daily, beginning with lunches, and had 'lunch specials'. My brother and I loved going out to lunch on Mondays when the 'special' was pork chops deliciously prepared (our favorite non-seafood dish). Due to the circumstances of the past couple years, I see that the hours have been reduced to just 5 days a week and not opening until 4:30 p.m, except on the weekends. It is still an eatery well worth visiting. And I have truly missed the Flying Fish since moving back to the Midwest. I still have their menu, which is occasionally fun to 'drool' over. Click here for the Menu to see for yourself.
Flying Fish Bar & Grill
7906 East US Highway 80
Savannah GA 31410
Hours: Open Wednesday and Thursday 4:30 and Fri thru Sun 11:30 am … until the party stops!
Website: Flying Fish https://www.flyingfishsavannah.com
So, if you are a snowbird planning a trip south in the winter, or vacationing in the Savannah, Georgia area, add The Flying Fish Bar & Grill to the “restaurants” section of your itinerary. You won't be disappointed in the food or the relaxed atmosphere. And Tell Mike hi for me. :)
My family & I do seem to seek out seafood restaurants wherever we may find ourselves. I may miss the Flying Fish Bar & Grill in Georgia, but have since found another here on the Mississippi River in my current location. Another FISH-named restaurant equally as tasty ~ the Go Fish Marina Bar & Grill.
Flying Fish Bar & Grill Restaurant Review written by Wednesday Elf
During a recent visit from my brother & sister-in-law, we went out to lunch at the Tycoga Vineyard & Winery located about 18 miles from my home. My brother used to make his own wine as a hobby and enjoys trying different wines, so I knew he would enjoy visiting this winery. We had an extremely pleasant couple of hours doing a wine tasting and having this winery's fresh handmade wood fired pizzas for lunch.
Then one day a couple stopped by and gave the Tycoga family their phone number. They said they thought that these were wonderful grapes and that they needed to make wine instead of just selling the grapes.
TYCOGA Vineyard & Winery was then established in 2014. The Tycoga tasting room opened on December 20, 2014, and final construction was completed in April 2015.
The wines at Tycoga also include a dessert wine and a sparkling wine. The dessert wine pairs well with a delicious piece of chocolate cake. During a wine tasting, they offer you a piece of chocolate to eat – first tasting the dessert wine without the chocolate and again after eating the chocolate. It allows you to see how well it goes with a chocolate dessert. Yum.
|Outside Patio overlooking the Vineyard|
If you enjoy visiting wineries and find yourself traveling in Southeastern Iowa, spend an hour or two at the Tycoga Vineyard & Winery. It has a delightful atmosphere and very friendly staff.
The name of the winery comes from the TYCOGA Family children - Tyler, Courtney & Gabe.
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Tycoga Vineyard & Winery
Address: 2585 195th St, DeWitt, IA 52742
Hours: Wednesday – Sunday 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
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*Tycoga Vineyard & Winery Travel Review written by Wednesday Elf
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|A scenic view in October from Kinzua Area|
Fall will be upon us. Sunny cool days and the leaves will be turning so many beautiful colors. We live in Western New York not far from the Kinzua Dam.
Every year when the leaves are at their peak, we take the drive down I86 East, from there we take some back roads into Pennsylvania, through the Allegheny National Forest to the Kinzua Area, the ride is breathtakingly scenic.
If you are in the process of planning a fall vacation, consider the Kinzua Dam. The dam is located about 6 miles east of Warren Pennsylvania, along route 59 nestled in the 500,000 acres of the Allegheny National Forest. I’m going to include a little history and all the fun activities in the Kinzua area.
So, if you like camping, hiking, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, boating, or just relaxing and taking in the views it’s all here at Kinzua. If you’re the outdoors type pack your bags and get ready for some breathtaking views and fun. First here is some history of the area.
Construction began in 1960 by the US Army Corps of Engineers and was completed in 1965. The main purpose of the dam was for flood control on the Allegheny River. Kinzua controls drainage on a watershed of 2,180 square miles.
Several side benefits from the construction of the dam include drought control, hydroelectric power production, and recreation. The dam created Pennsylvania’s deepest lake, the Allegheny Reservoir, also known as Kinzua Lake.
The cost was approximately $108 million. According to the US Army Corps of Engineers, the dam paid for itself in 1972 when tropical storm Agnes’s heavy rains on the watershed brought the reservoir to within three feet of its maximum capacity.
Downstream flood damage would have been devastating at an estimated $247 million. The Kinzua Dam has saved an estimated $1 billion in flood damages since it became operational.
There are many recreational activities at the Allegheny Reservoir and the surrounding area. If you’re the outdoors type, then there is something here for you. Along the reservoir, there is camping, boating, fishing, hiking, and a beach. If you’re the winter type there is snowmobiling and cross country skiing along the trails.
The US Forest Service has four reservoir campgrounds and five primitive (boat to or hike only) camping areas. Most of the recreation areas surround Allegheny Lake.
We love to go there any time of the year and soak in the beautiful scenery and walk the trails. Since we live in Western New York, which is not so far from Kinzua, it’s a nice drive, especially in the fall.
Hiking Trails and Beautiful Scenic Views
There are many scenic overlooks at Kinzua. There are two areas that we never miss and never tire of visiting, they are Jake’s Rock and Rim Rock. The intro photo of this article was taken from Rim Rock.
The views from these overlooks are beautiful any time of the year, but we prefer to go in the fall when the views are breathtaking. We have been there many times and it’s always the same, “Beautiful”
Did You Know That Johnny Cash recorded a song about the Kinzua Dam?
As a tribute to the Seneca Nation of Indians, Johnny Cash recorded, . The construction of the Dam forced 600 Seneca Indians to relocate because 10,000 acres of their land had to be flooded.
This land had been occupied by the Seneca Nation since the treaty of 1794. President Kennedy had been asked to halt the project but declined because of the need for flood control.
President Kennedy ordered government agencies to assist in finding land for the placement of the Seneca Nation of Indians.
If you are a fan on Johnny Cash here is the song
When we helped move our daughter to Buffalo, NY, there were a few sites we wanted to take time to see along the way. One of those sites was the Presque Isle Lighthouse in Presque Isle State Park.
We spent the night in Erie, PA on the way to NY, but didn't have time to visit the Erie lighthouses until we were on our way back home. Since we drove the U-haul truck to Buffalo, I'm really glad we waited to go to Presque Isle State Park in a car instead of the truck.
The park was full of guests visiting the beaches, fishing, biking, walking the trails, and of course, visiting the lighthouses. Even though there was a lot of traffic, most of the people seemed to be there for the beaches, swimming, or other water activity. This allowed us easy parking and access to the Presque Isle Lighthouse.
While I love lighthouses, I tend to prefer the lighthouses that have a lighthouse keeper's residence. Perhaps, I romanticize the historical accounts of lighthouse keepers, but there is no doubt they served to save many lives. I consider them heroes who diligently tended the lights every night, all night long, in order to keep others safe.
Today, the Presque Isle Lighthouse is a public museum and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Guests are allowed to freely walk around the grounds, visit the gift shop, or even climb the 78 steps up to the top of the lighthouse.
As you can see on the date brick, the lighthouse building was started in 1872, but actually put into service in July of 1873.
(You may need to click the photo to enlarge it to see the date clearly)
We were standing on these grounds and I took this picture 148 years later in July of 2021.
The lighthouse was originally lit by an oil lamp inside a Forth-order (smaller than a First-order) Fresnel lens which was removed in 1962. It currently uses an isophase light (dark & light periods of equal length).
The four bedroom house was home to a lighthouse keeper and family until 1944.
When built, the tower was 40 ft. tall. In 1896, an additional 17 ft was added to the tower. By comparing the two pictures below, you can see where that 17 feet were added. The bricks was later painted white to make the tower more visible during daylight hours.
United States Lighthouse Board, Public domain,
via Wikimedia Commons
Photo by @Sylvestermouse (2021)
I loved visiting this historical location and I loved that it was being "appreciated" by so many guests. If you find yourself near Erie, PA, be sure to stop by Presque Isle State Park and enjoy all of the surroundings and climbing the stairs to the top of the Presque Isle Lighthouse.
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