Author: Chaucer

Tucson, Arizona: The Cup at Hotel Congress

The Cup at Hotel Congress 311 East Congress Street Tucson, Arizona Telephone: (520) 622-8848 Website: Arizona’s oldest continuously operating hotel is the home of one of Tucson’s best breakfast spots, The Cup Café, and on any given morning, you’ll find dogs seated beneath at least one of the outdoor tables. (I hear The Cup offers a mighty fine lunch,… Read more →

Freeport, Maine: The Harraseeket Inn

The Harraseeket Inn 162 Main Street Freeport, Maine Telephone: (207) 865-9377 Website: PET POLICY: Dogs are very welcome in the rooms specifically set aside for the four-pawed crowd in one of the inn’s adjacent buildings; a $25.00 charge per pet per night applies, as well as a credit card on file for any damage incurred. The inn provides a… Read more →

Hurricane Mills, Tennessee: KOA Buffalo

Buffalo KOA 473 Barrren Hollow Road Hurrricane Mills, Tennessee 37078 Telephone: (931) 296-1306 Website: Official listing on KOA site I like KOA Kamping Kabins. The cozy little structures are a good compromise when you and your People want the fun of camping while traveling long distances, but not the trouble of setting up the tent every night in a new… Read more →

Can You Ever Have Too Many Books… or Book Bags?

Not if you attend library book sales like my People do! And just in case your own totes are looking a little tattered, I thought you’d be interested in knowing that we’ve just added a third canvas bag to the Official Chaucer Product Line-Up: the Family Road Trip Tote Bag, featuring the cover illustration from my road-trip travel guide in… Read more →

Home Sweet Home… from Dog-Friendly Indiana

I recently accompanied my People to Lafayette, Indiana, home of Purdue University (Go Boilermakers!), where we spent a week tent camping at the newish and quite dog-friendly Prophetstown State Park. Check back soon as my editorial team will be working on transferring my reams of notes on all the yummy locals spots where I ate into online reviews published here.… Read more →

O, Say Can You See?

America’s Symbols, Landmarks, and Inspiring Words Sheila Keenan (illustrations by Ann Boyajian) Who was the first person to pass through Ellis Island? How did the Liberty Bell get cracked? What does the Statue of Liberty’s crown represent? And just who is Uncle Sam?!? With lively prose and sprightly illustrations, O, Say Can You See? can help you with school reports… Read more →

The Alchemist

Paolo Coelho A simple shepherd boy sells his beloved sheep and sets off to seek his destiny in this modern fairy tale by Paolo Coelho. Journeying from the Andalusian hills of Spain to the markets of Tangiers and thence into the heart of the Egyptian desert, the reader joins Santiago in discovering the greatest treasure of all: the magic of… Read more →

Travels with Charley

John Steinbeck “I’ve lost the flavor and taste and sound of it,” said John Steinbeck. “I’m going to learn about my own country.” And off he set on a several-month trek across the United States in 1960 with his giant poodle Charley, exploring the landscape and conversing with his fellow Americans. At times it seems he discovered as much to… Read more →