For the last month I have traveled to different parts of the country. Well mostly up North and I have to admit I had a wonderful experience. One of my travels took me to the state of Pennsylvania and I have to admit I was unsure of what to expect. Most people only think of Pittsburgh or Philadelphia when Pennsylvania comes to mind, but there is more to the state than just those cities.
Pennsylvania is home to the Poconos Mountains. A lovely, gentle range of the Appalachians and this was my first venture to it, but definitely not my last. I had a wonderful host who did not mind showing me around. My goal was to be a tourist and I did exactly that. My first stop was the Cigars International Superstore in Bethlehem. Again, I had no expectations and I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised, and so was my companion. We made our way through and had tons of fun! The store has an area for pipe smokers as well as an area for the aficionado to smoke. The store even has lockers for members. Now that is truly a one stop shop. But, we took our cigars to go as we wanted to smoke outside and enjoy the beautiful weather.
My trip prior to the Poconos led me to the District of Columbia, or D.C. as most people call it. There was no superstore for me to go to, but there is a little smoke shop I like to go to when I am there. TG’s Cigar is one of my favorite spots because it is owned by a woman, more importantly, they have a nice humidor with a great selection. There is a bar so you have the ability to pick your poison. One other thing I really enjoy about this smoke location is there is a lovely deck out back. This is perfect for Spring, late summer, and Fall smoking. The servers will come and take your order while you’re enjoying your stick. Fine service indeed. Oh, keep in mind, the deck closes at midnight. And, if you’re lucky, you may get to see the Mayor.
On each trip I tried new sticks and I find I just like to stick with the tried and true, the Oliva G, Oliva V Melanio and the Alec Bradley Prensado. I still love the Nub Habano, but find my palate likes my regulars. Guess this means this is what I smoked while traveling. What are you smoking? Come smoke it with me.