The Health & Pleasure-Seekers Guide;
or Where To Go and What To See
The Picturesque and Beautiful
Containing a description of the country from Philadelphia to Clifton Springs,
By O. S. Senter
Souvenir of Mauch Chunk (circa 1890 drawings)
Map sections from 1871 Poughkeepsie Bridge Prospectus
[In the present edition, we have omitted a part of the description, giving only a brief summary of the region beyond Mauch Chunk. At the same time we have added much valuable matter to the portions that are given. We make this explanation to account for any seeming discrepancy between the title-page and introduction, and the contents of the book.]
HOW WE CAME TO DO IT.
The origin of this little work at the present time was purely incidental, although it is the partial realization of a plan which we formed some time ago. A gentleman to whom we read a description of Onoko Glen, was pleased with it, and said he would like to see this, with a description of Mauch Chunk and the Switch-back, in book form. Acting upon the hint, and adding sketches of Watkin's and Havana Glens, the beautiful and far-famed Lake Seneca, and some other interesting .points, lo! we find it has grown into
A leading object has been to show people that the season for pleasure travel is roach longer than is usually supposed, and that mid Summer is not necessarily the best time for travel and sight-seeing. The months of July and August may be a good time for dipping one's self in the "briny deep," but Autumn is the favored arid attractive season for visiting the glens and mountains. Even salt-water bathing, when practiced for health, and the treatment at our sanitariums, we have no doubt., would do much more good if taken in the mild, cool weather of the Fall or late Spring months, instead of in the heat of Summer.
If any one thinks we have said too much about hotels, and railroads, and beautiful scenery, let him recollect that these are entirely germain to the question proposed to be discussed, the very subject matter of the book.
What we want in traveling is somewhere to go, Railroads or steamboats to carry us, hotels to entertain us, and something to see and enjoy when we get there.
Very much of the comfort and benefit received from traveling or boarding in a place, depends upon good hotel accommodations, especially those home comforts, and little attentions which are so highly appreciated, but not to be described thence we have spoken favorably of those who make an effort to do well by the traveling public, both to benefit them, and to encourage them to continue in well-doing for the good of those who have no home much of the time, but a good public house.
We have not altogether overlooked matters of instruction, nor forgotten that there should ever be a higher aim than merely to amuse.
Reared among some of the noblest mountain scenery in the country, and passionately fond of the grand and beautiful in nature, we have visited these scenes and written them up con amore. We hope we have succeeded in drawing such pictures as shall inspire others with something of the same enthusiasm and ecstatic joy which we have felt on viewing them, and that in reading about, and better still seeing these things, they will catch their pure and noble spirit, and be lifted to a higher plane of thought and enjoyment.
Courtesy Oberlin College Library
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