SENIORS TRAVEL TO NORTHERN CALIFORNIA



Shasta Cascade, Seniors Ultimate Journey

This senior citizen still has much to learn about the great state of California. I did make a trip from Phoenix to Sacramento via LA and back through the redwood forests, but northern California is still untouched by me and my wife. That region up north borders on both Oregon and Nevada. The area is centered around Mount Shasta in the California Cascade Range. Mount Shasta is a quiet but scientifically active complex stratovolcano, whatever that is. They say that the region is dominated by volcanism.

Yes, there are 7 national forests in that area that include the Shasta and Klamath National Forests, all just north of Redding, California. The region is also well known for its numerous lakes, rivers, and waterfalls each of which adds to the natural beauty of Shasta Cascade.

I was blown away when I discovered all the museums that senior travelers will be able to visit. They start in Chico and run all the way down to Tehama. The Shasta Cascade region of Northern California is often overlooked by the senior tourist. After all, there is only so much time to experience everything California has to offer.

Seniors Discover California’s Hidden Treasure

This region is a well-kept secret that many Californians don’t even know about. Senior visitors will not find elegant, luxurious resorts that are a destination themselves but you will find some charming bed and breakfast inns and small older hotels oozing with character. This region, known as California’s Hidden Treasure,  is vast, covering nearly 20% of California’s territory.

Look up the Shasta Cascade official website with its  terrific virtual guide. Yes, Northern California holds one of the best kept secrets – the Shasta Cascade region! This region has a unique experience to fulfill just about anyone’s interests. This year-round senior outdoor enthusiast’s paradise is home to every kind of recreation on Mounts Shasta and Lassen, without the crowds and with no need for advance permits.

Seniors will also find some of California’s best fly-fishing, arts, music, museums, and other urban amenities. Each of these images will provide lots of attractions for senior visitors and emphasize the beauty to be found in Shasta Cascade.

It seems like you cannot go anywhere in the state of California without discovering a host of wineries. The North State Wine Country Region will testify to this fact. I want to leave you with a great listing of 101 things to do in Shasta.  You can thumb through this neat guide and choose where you want to go and select that which you will want to see and do.

Yes, Shasta Cascade is the only cure for Nature Deficit Disorder.   Enjoy the entire area. jeb

SENIORS VISIT COLORADO



Senior Visitors Soak it All in Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs is centrally located in the heart of the Colorado Rockies, just 40 miles north of Aspen and 60 miles west of Vail – making it a perfect home base for endless senior adventures in the Roaring Fork Valley. Rand McNally named Glenwood Springs  one of the most fun towns in the country.

Glenwood Springs, pop. 9,800+,  was originally known as “Defiance”. Defiance was established in 1883, a camp of tents, saloons, and brothels with an increasing amount of cabins and lodging establishments. Town Founder Isaac Cooper’s wife Sarah was having a hard time adjusting to the frontier life and in an attempt to make her environment somewhat more comfortable, persuaded the founders to change the name to Glenwood Springs, Colorado, after her beloved hometown of Glenwood, Iowa.  Yea Iowa…that’s where I’m from originally.

Canyons, Caverns and Hot Springs attract senior visitors from around the world to Glenwood Springs. Add in the The Vapor Caves that are said to purify body and spirit as they soothe away aches and pains. They are the only known natural vapor caves in North America, in which hot mineral waters flow through the cave floors to create a natural geothermal steam bath.

Close by and nestled in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, the 2.3 million acre White River National Forest is the top recreation Forest in the nation. Home to world-renowned ski resorts and the birthplace of Wilderness, the White River has something to offer every senior outdoor enthusiast.

The world’s largest hot springs pool is in Glenwood Springs and the water temperature runs right at 90 degrees. Just imagine a pool that is over a football field in length with 91,000 gallons of 90-93 degree mineral water swirling all around you. That’s a lot of water folks. Seniors can soak in the therapy pool, swim laps or cool off in the deep end.

Hiking and Biking are  big in and around Glenwood Springs. Strawberry Days has been entertaining generations for more than 100 years. The festival features a FamilyFest area with interactive, entertaining and creative experiences for the kids; an arts and crafts fair and food court; an old-fashioned carnival; a parade down main street and a full entertainment line-up.

Getting Senior Travelers to Glenwood Springs

Amtrak California Zephyr will take you right into Glenwood Springs, the second busiest station in Colorado after Denver. Amtrak takes a scenic route through the mountains between Denver and Glenwood Springs.

Of course you can drive to Glenwood Springs via Colorado Highway 82.  I think that you and your body will really enjoy Glenwood Springs, dubbed “Spa in the Rockies” as far back as 1880. It’s still the place where throngs of seniors come when they want to relax and restore body, mind and soul.  You will too.  Enjoy!  jeb

SENIORS TRAVEL TO SICILY



Seniors Find Palermo Full of Contrasts

Palermo is a city in Insular Italy, the capital of both the autonomous region of Sicily and the Province of Palermo. This city is over 2,700 years old and is abundant in things for seniors to see and do as TripAdvisor discovered.

Palermo lies on Sicily’s northwestern coast at the head of the Bay of Palermo. Inland, the city is enclosed by a fertile plain known as the Conca d’Oro (Golden Shell), which is planted with citrus groves and backed by mountains.

Mount Pellegrino rises to a height of 1,988 feet north of the city. Palermo functions as Sicily’s chief port and center of government and is full of contrasts with Norman, Arabic, Roman, Gothic, and baroque architecture.

Seniors Discover Treasure-Trove

Palermo.com fills in senior travelers with history, things to do, what to see, hotels and much more including a plethora sites each with added details. Be prepared to explore this giant treasure-trove of palaces, castles and churches, displaying unique architectural fusion.

Palermitans, as they are called, have inherited the intriguing looks and social rituals of their multicultural past. Life is full and often a very public, warm-hearted and noisy affair. Lonely Planet invites senior visitors to check out their listing of what you should see and do.  

Palermo is a complex, multilayered city that can easily feel overwhelming if you try to do or see too much. If you only have a day or two, select an area (La Kalsa, with its two museums, for example, or the sprawling markets of Ballaro or Capo).

Palermo has an Old City that built up around the old harbor of La Cala, which expanded north toward Monte Pellegrino. The street plan of the Middle Ages is still in effect in the old parts of town and some say that it’s easy to lose your bearings in the city of 650,000, so bring along a good map or hire a good guide.

I found this site to be not only colorful but extremely helpful with an interactive map, a photo gallery and additional information on Sicily as well as Palermo. Wikitravel is always a great resource.  Italy Heaven fills in FAQs that include Sicilian food and airports.

Seniors Intrigued By Palermo’s History

Palermo’s history has been anything but stable as the town passed from one dominating power to another with remarkable frequency. Its strategic position in the middle of the Mediterranean brought wave upon wave of invaders including the Phoenicians, the Carthaginians, the Greeks, the Romans, the Saracen Arabs, the Normans, the Swabians, the French and the Spanish Bourbons just to name the most influential

The result of this quilted history is evident today in the vast range of architectural styles, the intriguing fusion of ingredients used in many local dishes and in many place names which are obviously not of Italian origin.

Enjoy your visit to Palermo.  jeb

 

 

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SENIORS VISIT SPAIN



Seniors Explore the “Cliffcity” of Ronda

In one of the many travel brochures I receive weekly I came across a travel destination for senior tourists, Ronda in southern Spain.  I have been to Spain and loved the southern coast but did not come close to Ronda.

I discovered it to be one neat spot with lots to see and do and the location is awesome as the link above shows. Kinda reminded me of my trip to Corsica and Bonifacio, a medieval citadel,  that lies up high on the coast of the Mediterranean.  This is why Ronda is classified  as a “Cliffside City.

Ronda, located about 100 kilometers (62 mi) west of the city of Málaga in Andalusia has a population of approximately 35,000 inhabitants. Wikipedia will explain best of all the many aspects of Ronda including a fascinating history. The main attractions include the three bridges that span the canyon.

The Puente Nuevo is the tallest of the bridges, towering 120 meters (390 ft) above the canyon floor, and all three serve as some of the city’s most impressive features. The term “nuevo” is a bit of a misnomer… the building of this bridge commenced in 1751 and took until 1793 to complete. Because of the high cliffs, Ronda was one of the last Moorish cities to fall during the Reconquest of Spain by the Catholic monarchs.

Seniors Like Lovely and Historic

TripAdvisor recommends 20 sites seniors will not want to miss that include the Puente Nuevo Bridge and El Tajo, considered the #1 site in Ronda. The Guadalquivir River runs through the city, dividing it in two and carving out the steep, 100 plus meters deep El Tajo canyon upon which the city perches.

I know from those who spent time there like Hemingway and Orson Welles that it had something special going for it.  Seniors travelers will find that Ronda (Suerte Natural) is a small town, easily navigable on foot. A “must” is a walk to the bottom of the gorge where you’ll get the best photo shots.

On a map of Spain I counted over six major roads that lead into Ronda. It’s said to be the fastest growing city in Spain and one of the loveliest and most historic towns in the country. It is famous worldwide for its dramatic escarpments and views and is also famous as the birthplace of modern bullfighting.

I found a useful Ronda City Guide that has it all together for senior visitors. It is also close to Marbella and you will not want to miss this city, one my wife and I found it to be pleasant and inviting… a great place to have a cold drink and just to watch people and the many boats that pass nearby. Enjoy your time in in a cliffside city.  jeb

 

 

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