Insider's been known to be on the lookout for a few boastful
tourism adages over the years, but recently we saw one slogan that
actually moved through town with an official escort.
In the hamlet of St. Michaels on Maryland's western Chesapeake
shore, the citizens are very proud of their boatmaking history.
The region's reputation was once so well-established that during
the War of 1812, a British fleet specifically sailed up the
Chesapeake Bay in order to demolish the tiny maritime communities
of Talbot County. (These villages had produced spry watercraft that
had successfully pestered British ships during the conflict.)
On the night of Aug 10, 1813, the fleet anchored just off St.
Michaels with the intention of leveling the town via cannon fire.
But according to local legend, the inhabitants -- forewarned of the
attack -- hung their lanterns high in the trees and on the tops of
ships' masts to "fool" the artillery gunners into thinking that the
town had a higher elevation.
The British sailed away thinking they had decimated all, but by
morning light, townfolk discovered that only one building had
That's why on the side panel of township police cars reads the
tagline: The Town that Fooled the British.
For the birds
Insider learned that a pair of peregrine falcons (only one of
eight pair in Illinois) chose the balcony of Apartment 2401 of the
new ExecuStay by Marriott in Chicago to hatch and raise their
Their three chicks hatched in mid-April and, along with Mom and
Dad Falcon, they are ExecuStay's first extended-stay guests.
Marriott said they are being given VIP protected treatment until
the chicks are ready to take their first flight.
ExecuStay has blocked off seven nearby apartments until the
chicks and their parents are ready to vacate the nest. Marriott
will not rent these rooms until then.
There seem to be three popular brands of rental cars on St.
Barts in the French West Indies. There is, however, one size of
rental car on St. Barts: small.
Mini-mokes, the Australian-made version of golf carts, were once
the top choice of car renters.
Now, however, the mokes are few and far between. Replacement
parts are hard to come by.
rental car of the moment is the Suzuki Sidekick, a stick-shift Jeep
Wrangler-lookalike that zips up and down the narrow roads with only
a hint of a wheeze.
Oh, but it was love at first sight when Insider spied the
two-door Smart, parked on a quay in the town of Corossol on the
In primary color yellow with a black roof and tiny tires, the
squat little machine looked more like a kid's toy than it did a
The Smart is made by Swatch, the Swiss watch company. The car
just recently arrived on St. Barts.
Insider has owned and worn a Swatch for years. She now wants to
own and drive a Smart.
Tres difficile. The car is not imported into the U.S because it
meets none of our tough emission standards.
For her Smart fix, Insider will either have to relocate to Basel
or return to St. Barts frequently.
Hmm. A difficult choice? Non!