Seniors Make A Stop In Ontario

Seal_of_Ontario,_CaliforniaI was reading the label on a small bottle of water and I noted that it came from Ontario, California.  I discovered several bottled water plants in and around Ontario. This senior wanted to learn why the city of 170,000 is  growing so rapidly.

Ontario is a mere 35 miles east of downtown Los Angeles in southwestern San Bernardino County and full of California history. It was in the first week of August, 1881 when George Chaffey, a Canadian engineer, viewed the wastes known as the Cucamonga Desert and decided that this patch of land, if properly watered, could become productive and profitable.

George and his brother William bought the “San Antonio lands,” 6,218 acres with water rights for $60,000. This was the nucleus of their new model colony. They subsequently expanded to the Southern Pacific Railroad tracks on the south. On the north, they took in the Kincaid Ranch at San Antonio Canyon, an all-important source of water.


Seniors Land In The “Crossroads Of Southern California”

Today Ontario is called the Crossroads of Southern California and less than an hour from town, senior visitors will find beautiful Pacific beaches, classic wineries, top-notch golfing, inviting spas, ski resorts, fresh-water fishing lakes, Disneyland and Hollywood.

For you oenophiles, The Greater Ontario area is home to California’s oldest winery, established in 1839, with the Cucamonga Valley’s earliest vines being planted back in 1838. Ontario first developed as an agricultural community, largely but not exclusively devoted to citrus.


Founded as a Model Colony, based on innovation, planned development, community service and family values, the City of Ontario has become the economic heart of the region. TripAdvisor selected the Top Things To Do in Ontario that includes the Graber Olive House and Ontario Mills Fashion District.

 Seniors Enjoy Ontario Mills Mall

Senior visitors will find world-class performers and shows at the 11,000-seat Citizens Business Bank Arena, where acts from Carrie Underwood and Neil Diamond to Metallica and Cirque de Soleil have taken center stage.


Movie fans will enjoy choices from the largest concentration of movie screens west of the Mississippi River at the massive 1.7 million square-foot shopping and entertainment center Ontario Mills Mall, which attracts more visitors annually than Disneyland.

A fully staffed Visitors Center can provide a wide array of information for senior visitors.  It is one exciting city and just awaits your arrival. -jeb


Seniors Are High On Hiram


Hiram, Georgia with population of 3,500, was named after Hiram Baggett, the town’s first postmaster, and is currently the home of country music star Travis Tritt. Senior friends, there must be something special about Hiram.

Initially named Gray’s Mill to honor early settler Garrett Gray, Hiram incorporated in 1891. Gray brought much to Hiram, including the first cotton gin and a mill. Let’s go for a visit to Hiram and check it out for ourselves.

The past decade saw a tremendous increase in the populations of Dallas and Hiram, as well as Paulding County. Dallas (GA that is) and Hiram more than doubled in population from 2000 to 2010. Hiram is strategically located for weekend or one-day trips to Birmingham, Nashville, the Smoky Mountains, and Atlanta. That’s a real plus for Hiram.


Senior Nature Lovers Notice The Silver Comet Trail

There is plenty of space for relaxation in Hiram with Silver Comet Trail, a paved abandoned railroad bed that brings together cyclists, nature lovers, physical fitness enthusiasts, and horseback riders to enjoy the beautiful north Georgia countryside.

Senior visitors are invited to enjoy Silver Comet Trail that runs for about 20 miles through Paulding County. In addition many of the locals enjoy the Ben Hill Strickland Park and Hiram Ruritan, a private rec center with various ball fields.

TripAdvisor suggests a round or two of golf at Creekside Golf Club. Seniors, bring your grandkids along and watch them have fun at Sparkles Family Fun Center of Hiram, a leader in Family Entertainment in the Atlanta area since 1959. 

Historic School Building For African American Children


Historic Hiram Rosenwald School & Museum is in Hiram. In 1912, Julius Rosenwald, President of Sears, Roebuck, and Co., established the Rosenwald Fund to assist in community construction of public schools for African-American students in the South.

By the 1930s, 1 in every 5 rural southern schools for African-Americans had been constructed with aid from the Rosenwald Fund, a total of nearly 5,000 schools. The Georgia historical marker was erected by the Georgia Historical Society and the Hiram Rosenwald School Preservation Committee in 2007.

Not far away senior visitors will find Marietta, Kennesaw Mountain, Six Flags Over Georgia in Atlanta and additional sites to visit in Acworth and Douglasville. Hiram, and the immediate area in general, has enough in recreational facilities, dining, shopping, and entertainment to satisfy folks of all ages and interests.


There is much to see in beautiful Georgia and Hiram adds to its scenic pleasure. So set your sights and GPS on Hiram and you will soon see why it rates so highly as a community that offers its citizens and visitors a plethora of enjoyable amenities. -jeb


Seniors Stop In Broken Arrow

imagesSenior visitors will find Broken Arrow, a city of 103,000+  in the northeastern part of Oklahoma. This largest suburb of Tulsa has gone through lots of history.

The city’s name comes from an old Creek Indian community in Alabama. Members of that community were expelled from Alabama by the United States government along the Trail of Tears in the 1830s.

The new Creek settlement was located several miles south of present-day downtown Broken Arrow. The locals are proud of their history that dates back to 1826.


The city has received many awards that include the top 100 places to live and Top 25 Affordable Suburbs in the South. The local band won 1st place in the Bands of America Grand Nationals. Broken Arrow has been listed for six years in a row as a “Tree City.”

Seniors Enjoy Broken Arrow’s Charm

Senior visitors will find that Broken Arrow abounds in hometown Oklahoma charm and suburban amenities. You can enjoy quality golf courses, inviting day spas, unique shopping, interesting attractions and family-friendly festivals and events that attract folks of all ages all year long.

The annual Rooster Days festival has become part of one of the oldest festival traditions in Oklahoma with a parade and a carnival. “Rooster Days began in the summer of 1931 and featured farmers who lined Main Street with their roosters because there was a surplus of roosters that year.”

The story goes that those farmers traded their roosters to the locals in exchange for goods and services, and the get-together became such a success that the event continued in following years by adding more and more attractions and fun activities.


Seniors Enjoy Broken Arrow’s Rose District

TripAdvisor invites visitors to the Warren Theater and forty-acre Ray Harral Nature Park, a great place for birders. The Performing Arts Center is an awesome structure with 1,500 seats and hosts Broadway shows, concerts, comedians and various other acts. If you enjoy a good museum, the Historical Society Museum is filled with artifacts and local history.

There is a part of Broken Arrow that you will not want to miss called the Rose District. It has turned downtown Broken Arrow into a popular dining, shopping and entertainment destination. Definitely a place for senior hikers, Broken Arrow offers more than 70 miles of trails.

 There seems to something going on in town all year long that attracts senior visitors from across the country. Enjoy your stop in Broken Arrow.  jeb


Seniors Enjoy the Easy Pace in Forestville

600x375xforestville-photo-stage.jpg.pagespeed.ic.oV0vYdxYswForestville is a census-designated place in Sonoma County, California. Then this senior’s wife, my editor,  went to Google and learned that a Census-Designated Place is a term assigned by the U.S. Census Bureau to communities that resemble cities or towns but lack incorporation or any sort of municipal government.

Settled by European Americans during the late 1860s, Forestville was named after one of its founders. Its population runs right at 3,300. The unofficial motto, “Forestville, The Good Life,”  appears on license plate holders sold at the local hardware store.


The major road through town is Front Street for the length of the town, a distance of about three blocks, between Covey Road and Mirabel Road.

Senior visitors will find Forestville surrounded by green hillsides, vineyards and forestlands to the Russian RiverForestville maintains its rural character and scenic beauty.

 Seniors Find Rest And Relaxation In Forestville

It is quite isolated so rest comes easily in Forestville. Forestville is home to several art galleries, wineries, Farm Trails member sites and great restaurants. There is a park for the kids and shopping, dining and coffee shops for the adults. And seniors will find several spas in the region.


In 1834 Captain Juan Bautista Rogers Cooper bought a land grant from his brother-in-law, General Vallejo. Forestville has since remained a quaint California town with scenic valleys, vineyards, businesses, wineries, farming, and recreation.

Small as it be, there is a very active Chamber of Commerce that invites folks of all ages to find out  how easy it is to enjoy rural life in California. Forestville retains a low-key family-oriented atmosphere.

Forestville Makes The List of Best Places

TripAdvisor suggests the Quicksilver Mine Co. art gallery. The Hartford Family Winery is close by, and they claim to have “a pinot noir for everybody.”  Russian River Vineyards and Thackrey & Co. Wine Makers are just a short stretch down the road. The Kozlowski Farms produce berry jams and vinegars, wine jellies and fruit butters made sans sucre.


San Jose Mercury news notes that “visitors will find plenty to see and do. Visiting the tiny berg of Forestville in the Russian River area provides a quick escape — it’s only a few hours’ drive from the Bay Area — and also just enough delights to make it an easy slowdown”.

Forestville has been named on a list of “Best Places to Live.” The New York Times noted that this town in western Sonoma County, Calif., has been a summer destination for San Franciscans since Victorian times…”

Seniors, bring your demanding palates to Corks or Mosaic, two fine places to enjoy a great lunch or dinner. The Case Ranch Inn offers rooms in an 1894 Victorian farmhouse with a wraparound sitting porch. Organic breakfast is included. My wife and I would search out that Inn.

Enjoy your stay in Forestville. -jeb


Seniors Venture Off To Romania

travel-romaniaAs a teacher of French for nearly four decades, I knew that there were five romance languages.  We know about French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and ?…then what? It’s Romanian. I believe that anyone who knows any of these other four languages could “get by” in Romania.  Do you have your coffee?  Senior friends, let’s check out this country that is  on the western shore of the Black Sea.

Romania has come a long way in the decades since communism fell. It’s a modern country with all the amenities you would expect in the 21st century. But it also has a rich and diverse culture that dates back thousands of years.


Romania derives from the Latin romanus, meaning “citizen or Rome.” Archaeological studies have uncovered some of the oldest human remains of Homo Sapiens in Europe possibly from the first modern humans to have entered the continent some 42,000 years ago.

 Seniors Discover The Essence Of Romania

Authentic, Natural and Cultural are the words that best capture the essence of Romania, a dynamic country rich in history, arts and scenic beauty. It’s history has not been as idyllically peaceful as its geography. Over the centuries, various migrating people invaded Romania.


The country enjoys resorts, hot water spas, huge monasteries, medieval towns, Constantin Brancusi and six World Heritage Sites. 19.96 million folks call Romania home.

Due to its location in South East Europe, Romania has a temperate-continental climate and the temperatures vary significantly during the year. I would recommend May, June or July.  Read what visitors to the country have to say about their time spent there. This blog that encourages folks to come for a visit.

Seniors Can Travel by Train, Car Or River Cruise


A journey of a few hours by car or train can take you from the Danube River to a beautiful, intact, medieval town in Transylvania; from Bucharest – Romania’s capital city – to the Black Sea; from Southern Transylvania to Bucovina or Maramures.


Seniors can take a step back in time as you visit one of the world’s famous painted monasteries in Bucovina, the ancient, hilltop citadel in Sighisoaraor an authentic, centuries-old, folkloric village in Maramures.

Many senior tourists see Romania on the popular Danube River cruises. Usually the itinerary will include several countries and features stops at small villages and major cities along the way.  Most cruises through the Romanian section of the Danube make visits to Bucharest.

Senior friends, if you remain interested in visiting Romania, I would suggest that you do so as a member of tour group arranged through a reputable travel service. jeb


Seniors Discover Mount Laurel


Mount Laurel, New Jersey, is called an edge city suburb of Philadelphia just off I-295.  The population runs right at 42,000 and was incorporated as a town back in 1872. The name Mount Laurel comes from the name of a hill at a main crossroads in town.

Laurel Acres Park is known for its Veteran’s Memorial, fishing lake, playground, and huge grassy hill used for concerts in the summer and sledding in the winter.


Senior visitors will find historical landmarks in Mount Laurel, including General Clinton’s headquarters and Paulsdale, the birthplace and childhood home of Alice Paul, a major leader in the Women’s suffrage movement in the United States.

Evesham Friends Meeting House, on the National Register of  Historic Places, is the oldest meetinghouse still in use in the United States. The Thomas Smith House is another on the National Register of Historic Places, which means…don’t miss it if you are interested in American History. I would be right behind you. Senior visitors can travel all across Hamilton County visiting one site after another; I counted 95 of them.

 Senior Visitors, Meet Hattie Margaret Hill Britt


Hattie Margaret Hill Britt, 92, whose half-century as a teacher in Mount Laurel led to the community naming a school after her, Hattie Britt School. Her career as a teacher spanned the days from one-room schoolhouses to modern classrooms, from segregated schools to multiethnic classrooms, and from Mount Laurel’s days as a farming community to its present status as a township filled with gleaming office parks and sprawling housing developments.

Farmer’s Hall, built in 1866 by the Farmers Progressive Club, served as the town hall from 1904 to 1969. The hall has been restored and is now used as a museum. The local Historical Society was formed in 1972 to save Farmer’s Hall from demolition.

 Seniors Visit Jacob’s Chapel And Cemetery


One of the most famed sites is Jacob’s Chapel that was constructed in 1859. Behind the chapel is an African American cemetery filled with soldiers from the civil war. During the war, Quakers in Mount Laurel helped slaves escape to the north through the Underground Railroad using the chapel as a hiding location.

Long before it became Mount Laurel Township, the earliest known history of this area began with the Lenni-Lenape Indians (len-ah-pee) means “original people,” who lived throughout the Delaware Valley from around 1400 until the 1700s. Evidence is found of their farming and hunting villages along the banks of the Rancocas River. In fact, the “Great Road” of pioneer days was originally an Indian trail.

Highlights for seniors include Laurel Acres Park, the Coco Key Water Resort and Larchmont Park. There seems to be no end of ethic restaurants in town. So set your GPS and spend some quality time in Mount Laurel. -jeb


Seniors Enjoy a Long Weekend In Ocala

800px-Ocalaunionstation_sign1 Senior travelers will find Ocala, in the middle of Florida just off I-75 south of Gainesville. The name Ocala comes from the extinct Timucuan Indians who called their village Ocali, commonly thought to mean “Big Hammock”.

Senior visitors will discover that many of Ocala’s streets have historical Indian names, while others have Spanish names from old land grants. Ocala was developed as a result of the Indian Wars in which Fort King played a strategic role.

Back in 1858 Ocala was one of the leading social and business centers in Florida. History is personified in Downtown Ocala with buildings that continue to relay their original historic setting, character, and use. Take a ride through Historic Downtown.


Senior Visitors Enjoy Historic City

On the National Register of Historic Places with 220 historic structures, the  boundaries extend from N. First Street to S. Second Street and Pine Avenue to West Second Avenue. So plan to spend some time just strolling through Downtown Ocala where historic architecture abounds.

Whether it’s a nostalgic movie-going experience at the Marion Theatre, an enchanting evening at The Wine Experience, or something in between, Downtown Ocala is where senior visitors want to be. The city is located in Mid-Florida just off I-75 south of Gainesville.


Nearby Silver Springs has several artesian springs on the Silver River that in the 19th century brought in throngs of tourists making it a leading Florida destination.

The spring formations are among the largest in the world. The Silver Springs Amusement Park features 350 acre nature theme park with crystal clear springs and glass bottom boat cruises that sounds like something my wife and I would enjoy.

 Senior Car Buffs, Take Note…

For senior car enthusiasts, The Ocala Pumpkin Run Classic Car Show and Fall Festival takes place each year on the 400 acre Castro Farm. It has become a premier destination car show hosting more than 1,000 classics and customs each year and spectators from all over the southeast.


Marion County proclaimed October as ‘Ocala Pumpkin Run Month’ due to the impact the event has had on the community each year.

TripAdvisor suggests the Gypsy Gold Ranch, home to America’s first Vanner Horses, and several farm tours of Ocala.

The Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing is another favorite visit for car lovers. So its all there just awaiting your visit, folks.  -jeb


Seniors Enjoy St. Louis

usa-missouri-st-louis-aerialHave you been to St. Louis yet?  If not, I always told my students…”Don’t Say No, Say Not Yet.” It is a must see city with so much to offer senior visitors. St. Louis is a port along the Mississippi which forms Missouri’s border with Illinois. The population runs right at 320,000.

The city is named after the French king Louis IX, better known as Saint Louis.  St. Louis was originally settled by New Orleans fur trader Pierre Laclède. St, Louis overflows with activities, exciting events, good transportation, and quality entertainment all year long.

For sure senior visitors can’t miss the iconic stainless steel Gateway Arch designed in 1966 by architect Eero Saarinen , a 630-foot tall monument to President Thomas Jefferson and his vision of a continental United States.


 Seniors Ride To The Top Of The Arch

Take a wobbly tram ride to the top for a bird’s-eye view of the Mississippi River or watch “Monument to the Dream,” a documentary that tells the story of the Arch as an engineering marvel from concept through construction. I’ve taken the exciting ride to the top and what a view over the entire city and east to Illinois over the Mighty Mississippi.

For those of you with a demanding palate, the city’s noteworthy contribution to American cuisine, St. Louis-style barbecue, features slow-cooked, tangy-sweet pork ribs tender enough to break with a fork. Yum!

Citygarden, St. Louis’ newest free attraction, is a 2.9-acre park, which incorporates a unique design of water, stone, architecture and 24 pieces of modern sculpture by renowned artists and offers a uniquely beautiful gathering place.

 Seniors Enjoy Missouri Botanical Garden


The Missouri Botanical Garden is considered among the top three public gardens in the world. The magnificent 79-acres abounds in lush gardens, landscape architecture, greenhouses and conservatories.

The Garden, a St. Louis institution since 1859, is among the nation’s oldest public gardens. My deceased PhD Botanist brother Steve has a bench dedicated to him in the garden.  I found it of interest that TripAdvisor listed dozens of attractions in St. Louis and #1 was the Garden.

Senior sports fans can enjoy the St. Louis Blues hockey, St. Louis Cardinals baseball and St. Louis Rams football. There’s good reason that ESPN Magazine named St. Louis… the “Ultimate Sports City.”


Let me share 25 highlights of St. Louis with you that includes Six Flags Theme Park and the classic St. Louis  Zoo.

Explore the history of St. Louis’ beer barons and discover that some of America’s favorite brands have roots in St. Louis. Take a tour of the historic Anheuser-Busch Brewery, where you can see the famed Budweiser Clydesdales.

It’s a great city, senior friends…enjoy  -jeb


Seniors Seek Out Old Town


Old Town, a neighborhood of San Diego, California and is the oldest settled area in San Diego and is the site of the first European settlement in present-day California. Senior visitors can learn about Old Town San Diego: Old Town attractions, restaurants, shopping & hotels, historic sites and a calendar of Old Town community events.

Bazaar del Mundo, Fiesta de Reyes, the Old Town Market and many boutique shops offer a variety of great gifts and souvenirs. You are sure to catch a glimpse into early colonial life in San Diego.

 Senior visitors can learn about life in the Mexican and early American periods of 1821 to 1872. Even today, life moves more slowly in this part of the huge city, as visitors are offered a glimpse into yesteryear, as converging cultures transformed San Diego from a Mexican pueblo to an American settlement.


Seniors Discover California’s First Spanish Settlement

Historically San Diego became California’s first Spanish settlement when a mission and fort were established in 1769. Later, it passed into the hands of the newly made Mexican government before gaining statehood in the United States after the Mexican-American War. Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, is a state protected historical park in San Diego.

On September 18, the Taste of Old Town™ presents great samples of the finest southwest cuisine with spirits in some of San Diego’s favorite restaurants right in the heart of Old Town. For those of use who enjoy historical sites, over 17 historic points of interest and the finest in professional theatre,  museums, artisans, galleries and shops are all within easy walking distance with free live entertainment, mariachis, dancers, period attire docents providing tours.


San Diego Avenue is the main street in Old Town and home to San Diego’s first commercial theater, the former county courthouse and many other historic buildings. One of the most famous addresses on the street is the Whaley House, which is believed to be the most haunted place in the nation.

Seniors Ride The Trolley

Climb aboard the Old Town Trolley and take a tour of San Diego. The Trolley stops at the Old Town Market and passes through historical neighborhoods.


Known for colorful Mexican cuisine, Old Town’s dining is lively and vibrant. These seniors would want to visit the Casa de Estudillo that tipifies the lifestyle of a prominent San Diego family. La Casa is the most famous of the original adobe buildings in Old Town and is furnished with items from the 16th to 20th centuries in its 13 rooms.

Fodor’s notes that San Diego’s Spanish and Mexican roots are most evident in Old Town and the surrounding hillside of Presidio Park. Senior visitors can experience settlement life in San Diego from Spanish and Mexican rule to the early days of U.S. statehood. I can’t wait to check it all out. -jeb


Seniors Go Exploring in Conshohocken


By now you know, this senior loves to go exploring in cities with names like Conshohocken. It caught my eye this AM in the news. A train crashed into a parked car and it made news headlines.

The borough of Conshohocken, “Conshy” to the locals, is a former mill-town and now, thanks to a thriving tech industry, has become known as “Silicon Valley Forge.”

The borough is 1.03 square miles in area and is home to over 7,800 people. Located about 15 miles from Center City Philadelphia, the borough represents one of America’s most successful transformations from a mill town to a modern center of office and hotel services and water front residential living.


The Lenape Indians called this area “Pleasant Valley”. In 1880 the place was given its present name, having been previously known as Masterson’s Ford, and two years later a bridge was constructed across the Schuylkill at this point.  Its sister community of West Conshohocken is located just across the Schuylkill River.

 Seniors Learn Interesting History

The settlement of Conshohocken dates back to the days of William Penn, who purchased the land in this section from the Indians in 1683.

 So what attracts senior visitors to Conshohocken? One fun attraction would be the Edwards-Freeman Nut Company where a visit can take you back to the penny-candy stores of your childhood. Remember those?

The Conshohocken Brewing Company invites senior visitors to their Tap Room for some sampling. Several top-rated restaurants like Stone Rose, Blackfish and Fayette Street Grille provide great cuisine for the locals and visitors alike.


According to TripAdvisor, don’t miss Flanigan’s Boathouse and The Old Guard House Inn.  I discovered over 15 colleges that ring around the borough.

A Borough On The Move

Not long ago officials broke ground for a new Conshohocken borough office and police station, so it is “a borough on the move.” Facebook  has lots to say about Conshohocken that includes a link on the Rick Sutcliffe Park. Sutcliffe, nicknamed “The Red Baron” for his red hair and beard, is a former major league baseball pitcher.


In 1940, a New York Times columnist noted lightheartedly that “Some of the residents of Conshy are concerned because Kitty Foyle’s father, in Christopher Morley’s novel “Kitty Foyle” , uses the name of their town as a swear word. Others saw it as good advertisement.

Bring some walking boots and take a hike with folks who find the Schuylkill River Trail a prime hiking trail experience.  Plan to spend a few days just exploring. -jeb

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