Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Create and Order a 2019 Calendar in Apple Photos App with the Mimeo Photos Project Extension

Now that Apple has removed the ability to create and print calendars from it's Photos App, you can now Create and Order a 2019 Calendar in Apple Photos App with the Mimeo Photos Project Extension.

Mimeo was the company that Apple used to print calendars within the Photos App, so not much has changed.

Install the extension to the Photos app via the link above, then use it to create a new calendar.

You have to have your photos on the Photos app, then drag them in to your Calendar project.

Open the new calendar project and create your calendar months with one or more photos per month. If your photo gets a red exclamation point, that's the app telling your that the photo doesn't have a high enough resolution to print. In that case, you can choose another photo, or reduce it's size on the page, or choose more than one photo on the page, thereby reducing it's size.

In this step, you need to add events like birthdays and anniversaries by hand, one at a time. IN the old app, it imported your events from your Apple Calendar. Not anymore. It would be nice if you could easily add them all in the events sidebar, but you are required to open each month, double click on the day, then add your even in a pop up box. This needs to be streamlined.

Click the button to order a calendar for $19.99. Once in the order entry screen you add shipping details and then you can increase your quantity if you want.

I'm excited to continue to have this calendar creation feature available from Apple. Last year I tried a few other options the the size was too small, and the paper quality wasn't as good. One thing to note, I received immediate answers to my questions via messaging with Mimeo Photos product support.

HAPPY 2019!

Thursday, October 11, 2018

TACONIC, A Kimpton Hotel, Manchester, Vermont

We loved staying at the TACONIC hotel in Manchester, Vermont. We were lucky to get the last room at a walk-in rate during Fall foliage season.

The hotel is a little over two years old, and is a big difference between the many historic B&B's in the area. If you are looking for first class accommodations and service, the Kimpton Taconic Hotel is for you.

They have an afternoon beer and wine social hour from 5 - 6 pm. We took our drinks outside and sat by the fire pit. It was a lovely evening.

The Copper Grouse tavern is located inside the hotel. Make sure you make a reservation in the busy season. We didn't, so we drove down the street to Season's restaurant and had a nice meal at the bar.

Located nearby is the Orvis Flagship Store.

A popular place for breakfast nearby is Up For Breakfast. Plan on a wait.

Across the street is cute shopping at Spring & Harbor.

Manchester has been known as a destination for outlet shopping, but that's changing, and you can find more locally owned stores around.

From their website:

A new jewel among Manchester VT hotels
Welcome to Kimpton Taconic Hotel, a Kimpton boutique hotel that brings to mind grand leisure inns of days past, while artfully bringing to life all your modern hospitality whims. Surrounded by mountains in this picturesque village, Kimpton Taconic offers couples, families and wedding parties a free-spirited take on a New England escape that’s both classic and highly curated to your preferences. Call it quintessential Vermont with a fresh twist.

"Best Of Vermont 2018"
- Yankee Magazine

"Best Hotels in Vermont, 2018"
- US News & World Report

Amenities + Services
- Morning coffee and organic tea service in the Living Room
- Nightly manager-hosted evening social hour from 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.
- On-site boutique featuring seasonal, handcrafted collections.
- Seasonal heated pool perfect for adults and children
- A yoga mat in every guest room and yoga mat roll-out service available upon request
- In-Room spa services for private, full-service day spa services
- 24-hour state-of-the-art fitness center
- “Forgot It? We Got It!” for forgotten essential travel items, available upon request
- IHG® Rewards Club members get complimentary high-speed WiFi throughout the hotel during every stay

- IHG® Rewards Club members receive a $30 spa credit at participating hotels

- The IHG® Rewards Club Elite welcome amenity is a $10 bar credit
- Pet-friendly accommodations free of weight and size restrictions and no additional fees

Nearby is the Weston Playhouse. We saw a great play, Two Trains Running, with NYC actors, including my friend Guiesseppe Jones.