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How to Take Great Cruise Photos Using Your Smartphone

in Mancation Blog by James Hills

For most people, taking a Caribbean cruise is an opportunity to simply lay back and relax. There’s free food, entertainment, and interesting conversations from people from nearly every part of the world. There’s something else though that everyone does on vacation … but few people think about. Taking great photos. After all, nearly every ship has amazing sights on board plus takes you to…

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Making Green and Going Green when You Start A Hotel Business

in Mancation Blog by James Hills

At some point or another, we’ve all thought about the idea of opening our own hotel, country inn, or a bed and breakfast. It’s a job type that seems like it might be a lot of fun (though it’s actually a lot more work than you’d think). One of the most important trends today is going green and from the operations side of the business, this is something anyone going into this business should think…

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December 13, 2017

The Last Jedi is a thrilling, if familiar ride as Disney’s first trilogy reaches its second chapter

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Another year, another Star Wars.  This time, we have The Last Jedi, Episode VIII of the Star Wars series, at least the sequential series.  While there isn’t a lot that is very original going on here, and it retreads The Empire Strikes Back in much of the same way The Force Awakens did with the original film and parts of Return of the Jedi, it does so far more competently and coherently than…

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December 13, 2017

How To Turn Your Truck Into a Snowplow And Start Making Extra Money This Winter

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Winter is here, the snow has started to fall, and you've decided you're going to make a couple of extra bucks plowing driveways. Now what? It goes without saying that you'll need a truck, and to get the job done right you'll need the right truck!

Don Q Gran Anejo
Dec 11, 2017

Don Q Gran Anejo Tasting Notes and Cocktails

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Don Q rum. All opinions are 100% mine.

Rum sometimes has a bad rap since there are a lot of inferior products out there, but thankfully there are some fantastic rums out there too. It all comes down to craftsmanship and market demands. Luckily,…

Underground Mine Tours around the World
Dec 11, 2017

Places Where You Can Go Underground and Explore a Real Mine

Deep under the earth is a dark and mysterious place where stories become legends and boys become men. It's hard to imagine working thousands of feet under the earth in conditions that could instantly become deadly. But that's where men have toiled for centuries to bring the wealth of the earth to…

Crap Gifts for Shitty Gift Givers
Dec 09, 2017

Gift Guide: Crap Gifts That Don't Stink!

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Everyone jokes about getting a crappy gift but what if that was actually the point? We looked around and found some of the shittiest gifts around, which is your favorite?

PGA National Golf Resort
Dec 09, 2017

Top Florida Golf Resorts For an Awesome Guys Weekend

Florida is one of my favorite places to visit and it is filled with hundreds of golf resorts, beautiful beaches, incredible food, and in the past few years a beer scene that has gained national recognition. When planning your Florida golf guys weekend though, it's important to pick the right…

Cox Smart Home Enables Longer Quality of Life as We Age
Dec 07, 2017

Cox Smart Home Enables Freedom, Mobility, and Higher Quality Life As We Get Older

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When I told friends and family that I was invited to go see a smart house configured by Cox Communications with all their awesome Cox Homelife goodies and those other smart home companies, they all asked me if it was going to be like The Jetsons’ home. I had to laugh because many of us still have…

Tips to Avoid a Cold While On Mancation
Dec 04, 2017

Tips for Avoiding a Cold and Making it Go Away Faster While On a Mancation

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Let's face it, no matter what your plans are for an epic mancation adventure with the guys - something as simple as a cold can ruin everything. Fortunately though, there are some easy things you can do to avoid a cold (or at least reduce it's duration and intensity). Here are some of my favorite…

Don Q Ultimate Puerto Rico Mancation
Dec 02, 2017

Awesome Ideas For The Ultimate Puerto Rico Mancation Adventure

 

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Don Q rum. All opinions are 100% mine.

Puerto Rico is a fantastic place to visit and one that is shockingly close to the mainland United States ... but feels like it is a world away. Aside from the fact that it has all the great things that…

guys weekend gift guide
Dec 02, 2017

Guys Weekend Gift Guide

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There are many gift guides out there, but this one is a little different. Instead of simply looking at gifts for guys ... we have a great gift pack curated by our friends at Babbleboxx that is perfect for sending to someone that you know needs a vacation. In fact, that's just what we did this…

delaware-wine-ale-trailOnce again, it is time to start solidifying plans for that well-deserved annual getaway with the guys, and the Delaware Wine and Ale Trail awaits your thirst!

The promise of leaving behind the intricacies of day-to-life for a few days with our buds is one of the things that keep us going throughout the year. So let's get going and see what's brewing in the tiny, but mighty East Coast state of Delaware!

Established by the Delaware Tourism Office, the Delaware Wine and Ale Trail consists of 13 craft breweries and wineries, and there is something for even the most discerning tastes. Between stops, you might consider visiting one of Delaware's golf courses, enjoy the scenery at the local beaches, or take on the Delaware River for an afternoon of exhilaration and adventure during your journey across the state. The following spots are four standouts that are not to be missed on the trail.

Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant

iron-hill-brewery-logoEstablished by two home brewers in 1996, Iron Hill Brewery is enjoying a vast amount of success. The friendly staff is knowledgeable concerning expertly pairing their full-flavored handcrafted beers with the menu of from-scratch foods. With dozens of awards from the World Beer Cup, The Great American Beer Festival, and a host of accolades from numerous critics, this brewery is known for its outstanding and distinctive beer selections.

Grab a bite, and enjoy the live music on the deck, while indulging in Iron Hill’s notorious craft beer offerings. Consider booking an outfitter to take the guys out on the Delaware River for some exceptional fishing or an afternoon kayak expedition.

Old Dominion Brewing Company

old-dominion-logoHeading south along the trail, another exceptional stopping place is Old Dominion Brewing Company in Dover, which has been creating award-winning craft beers since 1989. In addition to a vast selection of seasonal and traditional brews, this establishment offers a unique selection of high-end sodas for customers to enjoy. Throughout the years, their beers have won countless awards across the globe. Fortune Magazine has even named Old Dominion as one of the best breweries in the nation.

Conceived by a hobbyist home brewer who wanted to break free from the 9 to 5 scene, these brews are widely available in stores and restaurants in the states. Check out their Oak Barrel Stout, which gaining notoriety through critics and is sure to bring home more medals for the enterprise. Take a side trip to Lake Garrison for some excellent bass and crappie fishing over some cold ones.

Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats

dogfish-head-brewery-logoEstablished in 1995, this Rehoboth Beach enterprise offers a great selection of off-centered spirits and ales. Dogfish Head Brewing has earned two Australian international medals for their craft brews and a number of other awards over the years. They also offer visitors the opportunity to chime in concerning their experimental beers they make on-site. Enjoy some of the local live music and great food offered at the brewery, and let the staff help you pair up your fare with a phenomenal, handcrafted brewski.

Check out their stunning distillery upstairs to see where they make vodka, gin, and rum. Do not miss their unique store, where you can pick up some Patagonia gear or Dogfish Head souvenirs for the family back home to show them they that were on your mind. There is quite a bit of exciting nightlife nearby the facility to explore when you are ready to move on.

Fenwick Wine Cellars

fenwick-winery-logoFar south in West Fenwick, you can find this gem of a winery, Fenwick Wine Cellars. Designed to resemble the motif of Tuscany, Italy, this is a classy place to take a wine tour and see the workings of the industry. Enjoy tasting all the offerings of this award-winning grape growing establishment. They may be the new kids on the block concerning wine making, but it is hard to tell after tasting their vast selection of specialty blends and iconic favorites. Treat yourself to a few bottles to take home from the cellar’s gift shop; and earn a few brownie points with your lady back home by selecting something special to share with her.

Want More Delaware Wine and Ale?

Here is a map of the 13 stops on the trail - like any wine or beer trail, please take caution and use a dedicated driver or a tour operator.

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