Seniors Set Sail For Johns Creek

Johns-Creek-Georgia-1Senior travelers, here is another outstanding city that made the Top Cities In America To Live In listing, featured in USA Today. Johns Creek is the only city in Georgia to make the list compiled by 24/7 Wall St. According to Money Magazine, Johns Creek  is the 13th highest-earning city in the United States and as such, the city abounds in culture.

Johns Creek, a northeastern suburb of Atlanta, was named for a tributary that runs through the area.  According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the population was 76,728.

Mayor Mike Bodker notes that… “For years, this area has been a magnet for newcomers seeking a higher quality of life and a first-class educational system for their children. One of the strengths of attracting those highly-motivated individuals is that they have thrown themselves not only into supporting some of the finest schools in the southeast, but also into building a community on par with that ideal.”


 Senior Travelers Find A “Sacred Place”

Historically, the area known today as Johns Creek, was once a meeting ground between the rival Cherokee and Creek People. Inspired by the Chattahoochee River that acted as a boundary for their tribal nations, they agreed to make the Johns Creek area a “sacred place” where all tribal families could feel safe during their peace talks.

Originally Cherokee Indian territory, Johns Creek grew as settlers, enticed to the area by the promise of gold, built a number of trading posts during the 1830s. As settlers arrived in the area, the Cherokee moved out, forced from their homes by the then young federal government.


When Milton County dissolved in the 1930s, Fulton County absorbed Johns Creek. Some 50 years later, Georgia Tech graduates purchased land in the area to develop a planned community. They named it Technology Park/Johns Creek, and soon, more than 200 companies moved to the area. During the 1980s and 1990s, Johns Creek witnessed profound population growth, and so in 2006, the city at long last incorporated.

Senior Walkers Enjoy Walking Trails


Senior visitors can enjoy Newtown Park with its walking trails, baseball/softball fields, tennis courts and picnic pavilions. I’d want to head off to Autrey Mills and the Nature Preserve and  Heritage Center located on 46 acres of ravine forest and historic past.


Senior walkers will like this nature preserve’s two miles of walking trails that wind past a scenic creek with rocky shoals, spring seeps, mature trees, wildflowers, native plants, and a variety of animal life.

Toss in your clubs and play a round or two at River Pines Golf Club, a Championship Course pressed against the banks of the Chattahoochee River.

Senior travelers, you will be happy you stopped in Johns Creek. -jeb


Seniors Enjoy Scenic Flower Mound


How about that name? Neat huh? With a handle like that I just had to do a blog on this town of 69,000. So where is Flower Mound? Senior travelers will find it located northwest of Dallas and northeast of Fort Worth adjacent to Grapevine Lake.

Flower Mound derives its name from a prominent 12.5-acre mound located in the center of town. The mound is huge and rises 650 feet above sea level and stands 50 feet above the surrounding countryside on the shore of Grapevine Lake.


The city got its name in the 1840s because of an unusual amount of wildflowers that grew on it. My brother, a deceased PhD botanist, and I, a master gardener, would find the mound to be of most interest.

They say that wildflowers and native prairie grasses flourish throughout the year. Flower Mound was originally occupied by Native Americans.

 Senior Travelers Find Family Community

The area was settled by the Europeans in the 1840s. It was established soon after Sam Houston settled a tribal dispute in 1844 and Indian raids in the area ceased. Permanent settlers moved in, attracted by the quality of the soil, which was suitable for raising cotton, corn, and wheat. It was incorporated as a town in 1961.


Although an effort to create a planned community failed in the early 1970s, Flower Mound’s population increased substantially when Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport opened to the south in 1974.

Senior visitors find that Flower Mound is a family-oriented community that prides itself on maintaining a small town atmosphere. Flower Mound was recently recognized for its excellence in the field of Parks and Recreation Management by the Texas Recreation and Parks Society (TRAPS). The Town was selected to receive the 2015 Texas Gold Medal Award.

Senior Travelers Find a Premier City


TripAdvisor has several must see and do attractions l in Flower Mound that you will not want to overlook starting with the CAC Waterpark. Bring along your bathing suit and jump under the 60-gallon dumping bucket. Ever done that before. It’s fun.

The local Chamber of Commerce notes that Flower Mound held the title of the Second-Fastest Growing City in Texas for much of the 1990s. Flower Mound’s low tax rate, excellent school system, safe neighborhoods and a quality of life unmatched in any community make it one of the premier cities in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex to live and raise a family.

Senior visitors will discover that Flower Mound balances a unique blend of country atmosphere with a dynamic environment. Check out FlowerMound.Net run by residents who live and work in Flower Mound, then set your GPS for this fascinating city. Enjoy all Texas amenities that the town has to offer. -jeb

Filed under : Family Travel, United States


Seniors Find Pleasanton Quite Pleasing

Pleasanton Pleasanton is a city in Alameda County, California, is a suburb in the San Francisco Bay Area. Senior travelers will find Pleasanton located about 25 miles east of Oakland, and 6 miles west of Livermore. The population runs just over 70,000.

The city is a major suburb identified by the U.S. Census as one of the wealthiest middle-sized cities in the nation and was included on Money Magazine’s list of the ’50 Best Cities to Live 2014’ and on 24/7 Wall Street’s list of ‘America’s 50 Best Cities to Live’.


Pleasanton ranked #31 on Money’s annual list of the Best Places to Live, and #9 on the publication’s list of the Top Earning Towns in the nation. The rankings were determined on the basis of variables such as crime, education, employment growth, recreation, infrastructure, environment and housing affordability. The city just seems to have it all.

Seniors Find Scenic Vistas

Pleasanton kinda sits out there by itself just off of I-680 and straight north of San Jose. Pleasanton’s highly educated population and workforce reflect a community that values education and actively supports a preeminent school system which ranks among the Top 10 in California.


More than 1,200 acres of surrounding parks, open space and hiking trails offer spectacular scenic vistas and abundant recreational opportunities. Downtown Pleasanton is a charming historic destination with more than 165 specialty stores and dining establishments.

The “official city guide” can fill you in on what you can experience in Pleasanton including nightlife, restaurants, shopping and things to do. Over 200 dining establishments in town are sure to satisfy demanding palates from cafes, dessert shops and pizza, to fine dining.


Concerts, Festivals and Classy Wineries Draw Seniors

Pleasanton is enlivened by events like a free summer concert series, festivals and parades along Main Street, a weekly year-round farmers market, the attractive Callippe golf course, and an intimate performing and visual arts center. Senior visitors enjoy the Museum on Main and the local Farmer’s Market. Senior oenophiles (that’s wine lovers) will discover some classy wineries where you can do some sampling of fine California wines.


Pleasanton was founded by John W. Kottinger, an Alameda County justice of the peace, and named after his friend, Union army cavalry Major General Alfred Pleasonton. Somebody got the idea that it needed to drop that “o” and changed the name to the present spelling.

This senior would be sure to search out the John W. Kollinger Adobe Barn that is on the National Register of Historic Places. It looks pretty neat. Set your GPS for Pleasanton when you are in the Bay Area and plan to spend some quality time enjoying the many amenities the city has to offer. -jeb


Seniors Seek Out Beacon

beaconbannerSenior travelers will find Beacon On The Hudson in Dutchess County, New York, part of the Poughkeepsie–Newburgh–Middletown, New York Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population runs nearly 16,000. It was named to commemorate the historic beacon fires that blazed forth from the summit of the Fishkill Mountains to alert the Continental Army about British troop movements.


The area was originally settled as the villages of Matteawan and Fishkill Landing in 1709. TripAdvisor has several attractions lined up for senior visitors to consider “Must See and Must Do.”

The waterfall of Fishkill Creek goes right through downtown Beacon along East Main Street. Streams add so much to any historical site.

Hudson Beach Glass is not only a retail storefront on Main Street, but also a busy studio where several local glass artists work and demonstrate the craft of glass blowing and sculpting. Waterfront Park would be a great place to unwind for a picnic.

Seniors Enjoy ‘Hippest City’


Erin Lindsey of Daytrippin,’ Weekender notes that…“When someone asks me where to go for a daytrip, I almost always tell them Beacon. And when someone else asks me where to spend a weekend off the MetroNorth, I almost always tell them Beacon. It’s solidified itself as the “hippest” city in the Hudson Valley, but besides being hip, I tell everyone about Beacon because there’s so much to do there. Shopping, dining, bar-hopping, hiking, museum-ing–this place has it all.”

The NY Times notes that carpets, baby carriages, shower doors, cookie cartons are among the many products made, at one point or another, in Beacon. Located 90 minutes north of New York City on the eastern shore of the Hudson River, Beacon is noted for its proximity to numerous historic sites and large cities. It is located minutes away from Bannerman’s Castle and West Point.


Beacon also sits with the famous Mount Beacon as its backdrop and the Hudson River as its front door. The city is located across the river from its larger sister city, Newburgh and is only 20 minutes south of the Hudson Valley Region Capital City, Poughkeepsie.

 Seniors Find Popular Weekend Getaway

Condé Nast Traveler has ten things senior visitors  must see in Beacon. They note that over the past decade, the town has gone from sleepy working-class community to popular weekend getaway. Beacon’s Main Street thoroughfare has farm-to-table restaurants, world-class art, and even a Doctor Who-themed café, all within a leisurely afternoon’s walking distance.


Beacon, with an abundance of Victorian architecture, collectible shops, emerging art galleries, museums and fine dining has something for everyone.

Beacon sits on the Metro North commuter line offering senior visitors and residents an easy in and out of NYC.

So set your GPS for Beacon and dont miss the 100 year old Incline Railway trail goes up Mt. Beacon. I know that my wife would  visit the Madam Brett Homestead (1709)… she loves older homes. -jeb

Filed under : Family Travel, United States


Seniors Venture Down To Wanaka, New Zealand

wanaka I recently read in a popular travel magazine that one of the hottest towns in New Zealand today is Wanaka, population 7,400, a popular ski and summer resort town in the Otago region of the South Island. Senior travelers find Wanaka situated at the southern end of Lake Wanaka, at the start of the Clutha River.

The present site of Wanaka was first surveyed in 1863, and settlement increased in Pembroke (the old name for Wanaka) during the 1870s because of timber milling in the Matukituki Valley and the use of Lake Wanaka for transport. Tourism in the town began in 1867 with the opening of the first hotel.

Since then, the town is booming and  is much more than a winter destination for skiing. Year round activities include fishing, hiking, what they call canyoning, climbing steep hills and skydiving. Visit the nearby towns of Queenstown, Cromwell and Alexandra where senior visitors can go shopping, or simply sit in a local café and watch the world go by while enjoying some great local wine and dishes.


Seniors Enjoy Resort Town

Lake Wanaka itself is popular for waterskiing, wakeboarding and sailing. This along with the local rivers provide many opportunities for fishing and there is a dedicated mountain biking area made by volunteers located in a pine forest.

Lake Wanaka is a major drawing card providing lots for seniors to enjoy. The town is the gateway to Mount Aspiring National Park. Wanaka is primarily a resort town for both summer and winter seasons and its economy is based on the many outdoor opportunities the region offers.


It was originally settled during the gold rush of the 19th century. Today, along with the rest of the Queenstown-Lakes District, it is growing rapidly, with the population increasing by 50% between 2005 and 2015. Wanaka boasts a growing number of fine restaurants, cafes and a diverse nightlife. Check out these 18 events and see if any catch your eye.

 Fun Things For Seniors To Do In Wanaka

Puzzling World contains a maze, optical illusions and a leaning clock tower which for over forty years  has been messing with people’s heads no matter their age, nationality or experience. With a mix of bizarre buildings, rooms of illusion and the world-famous Great Maze this attraction is designed to baffle your brain and challenge your perceptions of reality.


The Paradiso is a classic old cinema, with seating consisting of old couches and an in-theatre Morris Minor (a British car). For senior oenophiles, there are a number of wineries for sampling in the area. Just out of town next to the Wanaka Airport is the National Transport and Toy Museum that folks of all ages enjoy.

Put Wanaka on your travel bucket list and enjoy all that the city has to offer. What a neat time you will have in New Zealand. -jeb

Filed under : Editors Choice


Seniors Discover Historic Merced

headerMerced, the county seat of Merced County in the San Joaquin Valley of Northern California, has a population of around 82,000. Merced’s population has grown faster than the state average since 1980. Senior travelers will find Merced approximately 110 miles southeast of San Francisco and 310 miles northwest of Los Angeles.

Located in the Central Valley, Merced is an agricultural town and its attractions reflect this – even the local zoo is called “Applegate.”


The economy has traditionally relied upon agribusiness and upon the presence of Castle Air Force Base. Over the past twenty years, more diversified industry has entered the area, including printing, fiberglass boat building, warehousing and distribution, and packaging industries.

Seniors Visit California’s Rural Heartland

Quite unlike LA, San Francisco, San Diego and beaches for which California is known, Merced is representative of the rural heartland and Gold Rush remnants reflecting the state’s heritage. Known as the “Gateway to Yosemite”, Merced is less than two hours by automobile from Yosemite National Park to the east and Monterey Bay, the Pacific Ocean, and several beaches to the west.


Primarily an agricultural region, the addition of canals and irrigation changed the crops produced in Merced County. The County has long been one of the top agricultural producers in the country with a wide variety of crops grown, as well as dairy production.

Loaded with attractions, senior visitors enjoy the Merced County Courthouse that is on the National Register of Historic Places.  I would also visit the Merced National Wildlife Refuge that encompasses 10,262 acres of wetlands, native grasslands, vernal pools, and riparian areas in California.

Senior Hikers Take Note…

Senior outdoor enthusiasts, there is white water rafting on the Merced River and several hiking trails that lead up to Yosemite National Park. The Ten Lakes Trail is well marked and picturesque, with rocks to climb and several lakes for swimming.vfiles15841

Consider taking Tuolumne Meadows to Agnew Meadows along the famous John Muir Trail. This high-altitude climb offers hikers a weekend getaway that leaves flat landers breathless and displays some of the eastern Sierra’s most pristine beauty.

Hop aboard a Phantom 2 Quadcopter for a visit to Small Town USA. Events are taking place all year long, so senior visitors won’t wait long to be part of one. Fishing and water sports enthusiasts will be pleased to know that there are major lakes close at hand, including house boating hot spots like Lake New Melones and Lake McClure.

You will discover Merced to be a unique city, filled with warm, friendly people that will instantly make one feel welcome and right at home. -jeb


Seniors Enjoy Spartanburg


Spartanburg, the county seat of Spartanburg County, with a population right at 38,000 residents, has lots of offer senior visitors.

This region of the Carolina Piedmont was for centuries a cherished hunting ground of the Catawba and Cherokee tribes, which occupied land east and west of this area, respectively.

This distant heritage can be glimpsed in some of the natural features. A treaty with the Cherokee Indian nation in 1753 opened up the area for settlers. The county formed in 1785 and got its name from the Spartan Regiment, a local militia unit that fought in the Revolutionary War.


Walnut Grove Plantation is a major attraction along with the Hampton Heights Historic District. Senior visitors with an interest in older homes, will enjoy the many attractions in town.

Spartanburg is nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, between Atlanta, GA and Charlotte, NC and less than an hour from Asheville, NC.

Seniors Discover This Hub City

Spartanburg is known as the Hub City, being a connecting point to other destinations. The city is not only a place connecting travelers, but it’s home to an eclectic mixture of activities and points of interest that provide a rich atmosphere for anyone. Outdoor enthusiasts, history buffs, business moguls, college students, or artistic bohemians, the Hub City offers places and experiences to fit the travel style of seniors.


Bring along your bike and good hiking shoes and investigate the several hiking and biking trails, such as the Palmetto Trail and Cottonwood Trail in the Blue Ridge Mountains.  If you enjoy automobiles, the BMW Zentrum awaits visitors who wish to explore the center and museum, the location BMW’s  only North American facility.

Spartanburg is also known as a college town with eight diverse higher education institutions in its area including Converse and Wofford colleges and the U of South Carolina Upstate. The arts abound with a plethora of museums, musical events, and indoor and outdoor facilities.

 Gardens, Preserves, Plantations and Museums

TripAdvisor has Spartanburg on its map and has a listing of 21 things not to be missed. Me, being a Master Gardener, I’d head off to the Hatcher Garden and Woodland Preserve with my wife. She would enjoy the Walnut Grove Plantation.


My brother-in-law is a train enthusiast and he would head off to the Hub City Railroad Museum.

The local Science Center offers programs in natural history and science to schools, scout troops, summer camps, parks and recreations centers, and other interested groups. It also has a portable Star lab planetarium available for programs for those of us who enjoy looking up at stars overhead.

The locals find that it is one great place to call home and many senior citizens have decided to make Spartanburg their new retirement center.  So set your GPS for South Carolina, the Blue Ridge Mountains and spend some quality time enjoying Spartanburg. -jeb


Seniors Drop By Anthony

anthonylogo1_300x114 The City of Anthony, New Mexico sits on the Texas-New Mexico border in the Upper Mesilla Valley. Senior travelers will find Anthony on Interstate 10, 27 miles south of Las Cruces and 21 miles north of El Paso, Texas.

According to the 2010 census, Anthony, Texas was estimated to have a population of 5,011 and Anthony, New Mexico had a population of 9,360.  Surrounded by numerous small communities, the area population is estimated to be over 25,000.


Anthony, New Mexico was at one time called Halfway House because it is located half-way between Las Cruces, New Mexico and El Paso, Texas. Two stories of how the post office in 1884 became Anthony exist.

One says a local lady built a chapel in her home and dedicated it to her patron saint, San Antonio. When a post office was requested under that name, another city in New Mexico had already claimed it, so the English form, Anthony, was chosen. The other story is that it was named by a Catholic priest who had established a church there.


 Seniors Find Gateway of Trade Routes

The area produces crops such as cotton, alfalfa, pecans, onions, lettuce, chile and wine grapes.  The area also hosts numerous dairies. The community was at one time also known as “La Tuna”, (prickly pear in Spanish) after the Federal Correctional Institution located nearby.

Anthony has long been the gateway of trade routes in the Southwest. The Butterfield Overland Mail Trail passed just north of Anthony and the Camino Real Trade Route from Mexico City passed directly through the community.


In 1988, Mary Ann Brown, a member of the Anthony Chamber of Commerce and born on Leap Year, founded the Worldwide Leap Year Birthday Club. The Chamber voted to proclaim the New Mexico/Texas town “Leap Year Capital of the World” and to sponsor the one and only World-Wide Leap Year Birthday Club and celebration.

Then New Mexico Governor Garrey Carruthers and Texas Governor William B. Clements joined in the special proclamation. Thus today Anthony has taken on the name “Leap Year Capital of the World.”

 A Horse Stable And Wineries Invite Seniors


The seven acre farm, San Francisco Stables, began with the dream to give back to the community. The owners wanted to create a place for fun, surrounded by animals, fields and trees where anyone could  enjoy the fresh air of the country and the love of animals.

La Viña Winery provides state-of-the-art winemaking facilities and a tasting room as well as grounds and patio suitable for weddings, picnics or any special event. La Viña is New Mexico’s oldest winery and continues along an ancient tradition along the Don Juan De Oñate trail in Anthony.

Sightseeing in the Mesilla Valley is a favored pastime for senior visitors to New Mexico. The New Mexico hospitality is a famed as the landscape. -jeb


Seniors Discover Historic Guthrie

imagesGuthrie is a part of the Oklahoma City Metroplex with a population of just over 10,000. Guthrie is loaded with attractions and will keep senior visitors busy for several days.

Guthrie is a city where heritage and recreation join up together and attract tourists from all across the nation. Born of the land run in 1889 and still dressed in the Victorian architecture of the 1900′s, today Guthrie stands as a national historic landmark.

When it comes to celebrating the centennial, Guthrie doesn’t miss a beat. The first university of Oklahoma was located in Guthrie in 1892, it operated as such for two years.


Seniors Find A National Historic Landmark

Guthrie was the territorial and first state capital of Oklahoma. The city is nationally significant because of its collection of late 19th and early 20th century commercial architecture.

The Guthrie Historic District is designated a National Historic Landmark and by now senior readers know how much yours truly  appreciates and promotes national historic landmarks.

Victorian architecture in the city provides a backdrop for Wild West and territorial-style entertainment, carriage tours, replica trolley cars, specialty shops, and art galleries galore.

vfiles15015Guthrie originated in 1887 as a railroad station called Deer Creek on the Southern Kansas Railway (later acquired by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway) from the Kansas–Oklahoma border to Purcell. The name was later changed to Guthrie, named for jurist John Guthrie of Topeka, Kansas.

Set your visit to coincide with some of the many festivals and special events that take place in Guthrie each year and if you enjoy a rodeo, take in the National Finals Steer Roping Rodeo. The Oklahoma International Bluegrass Festival, which draws 15,000 visitors annually, takes place the first weekend in October as does the Guthrie Art & Wine Festival.

 Seniors Discover A Historical Tourism Destination


Historical tourism has become a significant industry for the town as Guthrie is the largest urban Historic district in Oklahoma, containing 2,169 buildings, 1,400 acres and 400 city blocks. As Oklahoma’s territorial capital, Guthrie’s ongoing restoration efforts make the town’s downtown area the largest Historic Preservation District in the nation.

Guthrie is said to be the “Bed and Breakfast capital of Oklahoma” that includes the historic Seely House B&B where my wife and I would enjoy an evening stay.

And there are the southern colonial style houses in Guthrie with gingerbread detailing, a downtown with fascinating history, one-of-a-kind stores and a dozen distinctive B&Bs housed in historic Victorian-era buildings.


Senior visitors discover the diverse collections of Guthrie’s museums, including the famed Oklahoma Territorial Museum, the Edmond Historical Society Museum, the State Capital Publishing Museum, the National Four-String Banjo Hall of Fame Museum and the Oklahoma Frontier Drugstore.

 Check out the upcoming events and enjoy Guthrie as so many senior visitors do.  -jeb


Seniors Discover Richmond

city-logoAnother “Jim Thing” here as I recently saw Richmond, Missouri mentioned in a newspaper. I checked out Richmond and discovered that it was a neat place to live, with several attractions that senior visitors might enjoy.

Richmond is in Ray County, Missouri with a population of 6,000 and is also the county seat. The city was founded in 1827 and was named after Richmond, Virginia.


It is known as “The Mushroom Capital of the World”  due to the abundance of Morel mushrooms in the area and the popularity of ‘mushroom-hunting’ in the spring.

A Mushroom Festival occurs the first weekend of May each year with crafts, a parade, beer gardens, a carnival, and of course, eating tasty mushrooms.

I hunted Morel mushrooms when I was younger. I love morels and I remember that those morel mushroom patches were carefully guarded secrets that one seldom  shared. In that manner you could go back every year and reap a tasty harvest from the same patch. I had morels that grew up out of a gravel path right in front of my cabin.  That made it easy.


 Ray County Museum On Senior’s ‘Must See List’

The Ray County Fair occurs each year in late summer and can best be described as a typical small county fair with tractor pulls, a demolition derby, go-cart races, FFA & 4H competitions, and carnival rides.

The Ray County Museum attracts senior visitors with local artifacts from the 1800’s through the present time in 37 rooms on three different floors. Exhibits include Civil War memorabilia, Indian artifacts, coal mining history, Daughter of the American Revolution, Mormon History and more pertaining to the historic past of Ray County. The Museum is said to be one of Richmond’s best kept secrets and is open year round, so mark it down on your “must see” list.


The Ray County Historical Society and The Friends of the Museum work together operating the Museum. It’s also the home of the Ray County Genealogy Association which has a library housed in the museum.

Parks, Golf Courses And Cemetery Interest Seniors

Pack a picnic basket, as there are numerous parks spread throughout Richmond with tennis courts, fishing, a swimming pool, baseball diamonds, shelters, etc. Seniors, toss in your golf clubs and play a round or two at the nearby 18-hole Shirkey Golf Club. Facebook has additional suggestions about Richmond along with a helpful local map.


Take a “Wandering Walk Through Richmond” via this video to get a good feel for the city. I’d enjoy checking out the Farris Theater, then strolling through the Richmond Cemetery Est. Circa 1875.

Austin King, the first governor of Missouri is entombed there, and Bob Ford, the guy who killed Jesse James. Hope you enjoyed that walk.

Richmond has some great restaurants as well for senior gourmands, and you can bet that morels are on the menu.  -jeb

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