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New England Historical Colors Inspiration

Having just come back from a road trip through New England, I have a new appreciation for the phrase “New England Fall colors”.  Now, I haven’t traveled everywhere, but from all the places I have been in the Fall season, New England is officially at the top of my list for having the most vivid […]

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One Hip Cup of Coffee at Barista Parlor in Nashville

We drank one too many cups of McDonald’s coffee on the way down to Nashville from Chicago, so the first thing we had on our list when we arrived was to hunt down a decent cup of coffee.  We had no idea what kind of treat we were in for when we turned into the […]

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Flower Pot Bread at Patti’s Settlement: LBL part5

If you went out to dinner at a restaurant and the waiter put down a flower pot with a loaf of bread baking right out of it, wouldn’t you do a double take?  I certainly did when I sat down to dinner with my son last spring at Patti’s Settlement, located just outside of Land […]

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Peace and Ruins at Hematite Lake: Land Between the Lakes part4

While hiking with my son last spring, down in Kentucky, we had a chance to take a visit to peaceful Hematite Lake and check out the ruins from an early 19th century iron ore mill.  If you missed part3 of our trip to LBL, we visited a revived 1800s era homestead and unintendedly crashed a […]

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1800s Homestead:Land Between the Lakes Part3

When I left off on this series, we had just finished touring the log cabin house, which you can see in part2 of this series.  We, being myself along with Tony and Emma (my son’s college roommate and his girlfriend).  They were kind enough to take me on a tour of The Homeplace at Land […]

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Downtown Nashville Honky-Tonk

What is a honky-tonk, is the question I’ve been asked numerous times since we girls got back from Nashville.  In short, I’ve always thought a honky-tonk to be any of the bars down in Nashville where the country music singers would go to perform in front of a rowdy crowd with the hopes of being […]

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Nashville Hot Chicken is the Food to Try When

Nashville hot chicken is the food to try when visiting Tennessee and the country music capital of the world. What is Nashville hot chicken? It’s southern fried chicken with a peppery spice rub that is usually so hot, it has its own rating system.  The ratings may vary from chicken shack to chicken shack.  We […]

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Log House at The Homeplace: Land Between the Lakes Part2

The log house at The Homeplace in Land Between the Lakes (LBL) Tennessee captures the rural lifestyle of middle America circa the mid 1800’s.  In Land Between the Lakes Part 1, I told you a little bit about what it is and some of what it has to offer a visitor. Whether you are a […]

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Hoots and Hooves at Land Between the Lakes Part1

Land Between the Lakes, also known as LBL, is National Recreation area located on the western end of both Kentucky and Tennessee.  Last spring we took several trips down to visit my son who was attending college at Murray State.  You may remember the jaunt I made to the Hazel Kentucky Antique Shops or our […]

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Warren Dunes and Rte12 – Sand and Sandwiches Part 2

As the sun began to lower in the west, part 1 of our annual day trip to the Warren Dunes, Michigan was coming to a close.  It was time to take down the beach umbrellas, fold up the towels and brush off the sand.  Our group was quite okay with that because the second leg […]

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Sand and Sandwiches Day Trip to Warren Dunes Michigan

Every summer my family makes a trip to the Warren Dunes State Park in southwestern Michigan.  Only an hour and a half drive from the western suburbs of Chicago, it is well worth the trip and change of scenery.  I call it paradise for a day.  Coming from a large family our group changes up […]

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Dos, Don’ts, and Confusion for Your Next Charter Fishing Trip

A few weeks ago I mentioned that it was my son’s thirtieth birthday, and that we were all taking a chartered boat to go fishing on Lake Michigan.  In addition I said that I would try to take a few photos of our trip and share them in Instagram.  Well, you may have noticed that […]

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Want to Go Camping? Make that Glamping!

Summer is here, and I want to go camping…, wait, I mean glamping!!  How about you?  The glamping trend is building speed, and I am intrigued.  I’ve always enjoyed camping, although, let’s admit, it’s a lot more work than staying in a hotel.  You often need to bring something to actually live in while you’re […]

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Slice of Americana: Circus Skate Roller Rink, Murray Kentucky

On a recent road trip, I had the chance to stop off and see a real slice of Americana, at Circus Skate Roller Rink in the town of Murray, Kentucky.  We had just returned from our stop off at the antique shops in Hazel, Kentucky, when I saw the sign out in front of the […]

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From Classic to Eclectic Antique Shopping in Hazel, Kentucky

I’ve just returned from my road trip to western Kentucky and getting back in the swing of things.  It was a bit of a whirlwind trip lasting only three days, but I followed the 14 Steps for a Stress Free Start to Your Road Trip, so we left off with ease and managed to find […]

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