As you may have guessed by now, I am a musician. While I play or am learning no less than half a dozen different instruments, my primary instrument (other than voice - yes, voice is an instrument!) is the guitar. I first fell in love with the instrument at the age of 5, and by the time I was 13 the desire to play became so great (we couldn't afford lessons!) that I found a way to teach myself how to play. After more than three decades of playing and performing, I am still utterly in love with the guitar -- the warmth of its wood, the way the strings dance and celebrate when you play them.... everything about it!

Recently, I was privileged to visit the Martin Guitar Factory, nestled in the beautiful, gently rolling hills of Nazareth, Pennsylvania, and to take the Factory Tour. Let me tell you, this place is a guitarist's paradise! Not only did we get to see how these fine-quality guitars are still handmade (since 1833!), but we also visited the Martin Museum, filled with centuries of gorgeous stringed instruments and fascinating stories of Martin's long and distinguished history, peppered with abundant photos and tales of many different kinds of musicians. As an added treat for the guitarist, Martin provides several of their wonderful instruments for guests to play, right in their attractive, airy lobby! And as if all that weren't enough, just outside the front door is a beautiful garden spot, and the grounds are just as lovely. It's enough to make a grown woman squeal with delight!