SENIORS DRIFT INTO OLD TOWN SPRING, TEXAS



Seniors Discover A Top Attraction

sign-flex-011 Old Town Spring, Texas is a shopping and historical railroad town that senior travelers will find 20 miles north of Houston in Spring. Featuring over 150 shops, galleries, boutiques, restaurants special events and festivals, Old Town Spring is voted one of the top attractions in Texas each year.

While the name “Spring” is applied to a large area of northern Harris County and a smaller area of southern Montgomery County, the original town of Spring, now known as Old Town Spring, is located at the intersection of Spring-Cypress and Hardy roads and encompasses a relatively small area of perhaps 1 km.

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This town is rumored to be known as a robbery victim of Bonnie and Clyde. The bank building still has bullet holes from several robberies in the 1920s and 1930 like in Northfield, Minnesota.

Seniors Enjoy Historic Town

The Spring area was first occupied by a tribe known as Orcoquisac Indians who depended on fishing and hunting which they found in abundance in this area. The first merchants in Old Town Spring could be considered to be the Trading Posts that were established by the French and later the Spaniards called “El Orcoquisac” where trade with the Indians was brisk.

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The name, “Old Town Spring,” is said to have originated after one of the worst winters in Texas history when a group of tired railroad workers were so happy at the approach of spring that they named their new camp “Camp Spring.”

At one time the town had as many as 5 saloons and a gambling hall. The town thrived on the booming railroad business in South Texas and resulting industrialization. Now the historic turn-of-the-century settlement features a variety of Victorian-style restaurants and shops.

 Seniors Time Visit For One Of The Festivals

Senior visitors can stroll along tree-lined streets or relax in the gazebos and benches throughout the town.  Seniors can also browse through a variety of boutiques, museums, galleries, restaurants and antique shops where you will discover original artwork, jewelry and woodwork.

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The local shops and businesses came alive with a festival called the Spirit of the Season where visitors encounter strolling performers and festive exhibits. Senior visitors can stroll among the decorated winding paths and enjoy hot chocolate or other holiday treats.

Set your GPS for Old Spring Texas just north of Houston and join in on all the fun and excitement in a town that celebrates Five Major Festivals each year. You can be almost certain to find one going on upon your arrival. -jeb

 

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SENIOR TRAVEL IN OHIO



Seniors Search Out Jackson Center, Ohio

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Since 1952, Jackson Center has been the home of the popular Airstream travel trailers and motor homes. And that is how I discovered this village. Senior travelers will discover Jackson Center is a village of 1,500 residents.

Jackson Center started May 4, 1835 with 24 lots. Businesses in the area included dry goods stores, a shoe shop, a blacksmith shop, an undertaking and wagon shop, a cabinet maker, a hotel known as the Carter House, Heinler Hardware, a drug store, a bicycle and musical instrument shop, a restaurant, a bakery and ice cream parlor, a seamstress, a hat shop and a well equipped dental office.

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There was a newspaper published by J.G. Sailor. Two early physicians were Dr. Holsten and M.M. Carter. At one time as many as five physicians served the community of Jackson Center.

Seniors Enjoy Great Small Town Flavor

Although Jackson Center was one of the last Shelby County settlements to be established, the village grew rapidly. Throughout the years the people of Jackson Center have found many ways to entertain themselves. Home town musicians got together and organized a band, not only for their own satisfaction, but to give street concerts during the summer months, and lead parades on Memorial Day.

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On Saturday nights ice-cream socials were held on church lawns. They served homemade ice cream and cake. There was a picture-house that showed silent movies to the patrons. Anyone remember those?

 And Then There is The Airstream Trailer

Some come in person and see how Airstream Trailers are made. Anyway you slice Jackson Center, the principal business and center of the economy is always Airstream. Airstream legacy and history is displayed in front of the company’s headquarters in Jackson Centre. Senior visitors will see lots of antique trailers all lined up right in a row.

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There is just something about being an Airstream Trailer owner and sharing your experiences with other owners. The head of my department at the University years back pulled his Airstream to national rallies for owners all over the country. They were always huge. Ross dearly loved his Airstream. Many continue to say that Airstream is the Rolls Royce in the world of travel trailers.

 Seniors, enjoy a stop in  Jackson Center. Perhaps after you visit, you may even consider owning one of these unique shiny travel trailers. -jeb

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SENIORS DRIVE TO CATONSVILLE, MARYLAND



Seniors Enjoy The Baltimore Area

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Catonsville is a census-designated place in Baltimore County, Maryland, with a population of 42,000. Senior travelers will find this community to the west of Baltimore along the city’s border.

Historically, Europeans were the second group to settle the area now known as Catonsville. “It is generally believed by historians that native tribes, known as the Piscataway, established villages here before the European colonists arrived.”

Senior visitors, be sure to put several things on your TO DO list starting with the Lurman Woodland Theatre. The locals enjoy the Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum and I would as well.

Seniors Hike The Rails To Trails

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Toss in your hiking boots and enjoy The Historical Ellicott City/Baltimore Trolley Line #9 Trail, a 1.25-mile trail in western Baltimore County. It’s one of those Rails To Trails that are so highly popular throughout the nation.

The first thing you will notice about the Trolly Line #9 Trail is the boardwalk that curves between the bluffs of massive rock. The granite was hand cut in the 1890s when the electric streetcar rails were built from Ellicott City to Catonsville. It makes for a great stroll anytime of the day.

I know that my wife would enjoy stopping at Objects Found, one of Maryland’s most talked about consignment shops in downtown Catonsville.  A stop at the Caton Tavern and Restaurant on Edmondson Avenue will help appease any senior’s demanding palate.

Seniors Time A Visit for Catonsville Arts & Crafts

FlowerFest2016A landmark event for over 40 years, the Catonsville Arts & Crafts Festival, Sept. 11, 2016, draws artisans from Maine to Florida showcasing the finest one-of-a-kind paintings, pottery, photography, jewelry, fabric creations and more.

Here is a July Fourth Sights and Sounds Parade in Catonsville. Then there’s the annual Catonsville Flower Fest & Garden Party, a memorable flower mart and mini crafts festival.

The Catonsville Chamber of Commerce hosts the Taste of Catonsville that showcases several member restaurants, bakeries, caterers and specialty shops that make Catonsville the place to dine. It it one busy place full of annual events all year long. Catonsville is the home of University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), a public research university with over 12,000 students.

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Lastly I discovered a B&B that you may want to look into called Paradise Bed and Breakfast of Catonsville. My wife and I always enjoy a good B&B in our travels. How about you?

So seniors, set your GPS for Catonsville, Maryland and enjoy all the sites and sounds and many amenities this exciting community has to offer. -jeb

SENIOR MEN TRAVEL



Senior Single Men Seek Travel Tours

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USA Today recently wrote that Seniors who love to travel have many options for exploring the world, even by themselves. Several companies offer trips geared toward senior single travelers.

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Special features like a slower pace, tours that aren’t too physically taxing, and social gatherings like nightly dinners and dances with other tourists near the same age make the tour attractive to senior single men.

From Mediterranean cruises to escorted treks through South America, travel opportunities for single seniors cover a broad range.

Senior single men, Vacations To Go offers a cruise for singles. Each year, they  select several itineraries in different regions of the world, on various cruise ships, and negotiate an extremely low rate for single customers.

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Trained hosts from their headquarters organize get-togethers, cocktail parties, dinner seating and more, allowing individuals or friends to travel as part of a large and fun-loving group of singles.

 Senior Single Men Enjoy Road Scholar

Road Scholar is a premier program with many solo travelers. I have had the pleasure of serving as a Tour Group Leader with this organization and they are first class. They are trusted and well known for offering a warm and welcoming atmosphere for couples and solo participants alike. The atmosphere you’ll find is of learning in the company of a small group of individual friends, rather than traveling with a collection of couples.

land-ho-2-1 If you are single and over 50, traveling by yourself may seem daunting. If Cancun was the go-to destination when you were 20, it may not be your scene anymore.

At Stitch, they have scoured the globe for the 5 best travel destinations for singles over 50 that will give you the best opportunity to enjoy your travel.

 Tips For Senior Solo Travel

Allianz features 11 Secrets for Successful Senior Singles Travel.  Looking for a travel companion who shares your love of river cruising, fine wine and Paris flea markets? Look in the mirror. Traveling solo might seem daunting, but it’s easier — and more rewarding — than you think. These 11 tips for senior singles travel can help you create the perfect solo vacation.

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About Travel has an article called Tours and Cruises for Single Seniors. They list several companies and organizations that provide single seniors tour information. This is one of the best sites I have found that addresses the topic and provides so much help. So “O Solo Mio” and get going.

Lastly, Fodor’s has a link on Single Senior Citizen Travel with comments made by single folks who experienced solo travel. This blog is simply a step in helping you to make some choices on your own.

Talk with your travel agent who is experienced in travel for those who prefer to travel alone, but not be alone on the trip. Enjoy making your plans, and better yet, enjoy your solo adventure wherever you choose to go. -jeb

SENIORS VISIT MONMOUTH COUNTY, NEW JERSEY



Seniors Enjoy Jersey Shore

Unknown Senior travelers will find Monmouth County in central New Jersey within the New York metropolitan area. It is the northernmost county along the famed Jersey Shore. TripAdvisor can totally load you up with 267 things to do on your visit to Jersey Shore alone. The county population runs just over 630,000.

Monmouth County was established on March 7, 1683, while part of the province of East Jersey. On October 31, 1693, the county was partitioned into the townships of Freehold, Middletown and Shrewsbury. Many say that its name may come from the Rhode Island Monmouth Society.

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The County has attractions that senior visitors will enjoy including the Cream Ridge Winery for you oenophiles. I’d want to put that Winery on my travel bucket list.

 Seniors Enjoy The Warm Atlantic Shore

Monmouth University is a four-year private university located in West Long Branch that was founded in 1933 as Monmouth Junior College.

I hail from a small town in Iowa called Monmouth. There is another Monmouth on my mind as I attended Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, Iowa and we played baseball at Monmouth College in Monmouth, Illinois. So back to Monmouth County, NJ.

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Some like to refer to the County as being along the Warm Atlantic Shore,  and being “a destination the perfect lifestyle demands.”  

Seniors Find A Boating/Fishing Mecca

Much of Monmouth County remains flat and low-lying even far inland. However, there are some low hills in and around Holmdel Township, and one of them, Crawford Hill, the former site of a radar facility, is the county’s highest point. The top portion of the hill houses a research laboratory of Bell Laboratories.

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Along with adjacent Ocean County, Monmouth County is a mecca of boating and fishing. The Manasquan Inlet is located in the county, which connects the Atlantic Ocean with the estuary of the Manasquan River. This bay-like body of saltwater that serves as the starting point of the Intracoastal Waterway attracts as many as 1,600 boats each weekend during the peak season. That’s a lot of boats, folks.

Seniors, set your GPS for Monmouth County and enjoy the plethora of attractions and events that take place all year long. -jeb

SUNDAY COFFEE WITH JEB



Seniors Stop In Eichberg, Switzerland

UnknownI have a colleague whose daughter was married in Eichberg, Switzerland in a church founded by her grandmother’s ancestors. Sounded like a neat place to visit, so senior friends, let’s get our coffee and head for Eichberg, Switzerland.

 Eichberg, is a municipality with a population of 1,250. The blazon of the municipal coat of arms is Argent an Oak branch Vert with three leaves and two acorns. This is an example of canting, where the oak leaf is a visual pun on the German word for oak (Eichen) which forms part of the village name (lit. Oak Mountain).

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Eichberg is first mentioned in 891 with the name of Hermentines. In 1282 it was mentioned as Aichilberch, and in 1290 as Aitberge..

Seniors Love The Swiss Scenery

On your visit to Eichberg, TripAdvisor wants senior visitors to know about a restaurant called Sonne. The locals say “Alles super.” Facebook also suggests the Restaurant Falken is another well worth a visit to appease your appetite.

Eichberg Switzerland is surrounded with dazzling scenery and the entire Swiss population here is generally well educated.

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In Eichberg about 68.8% of the population, between age 25-64,  have completed either non-mandatory upper secondary education or additional higher education.

Senior visitors can count on a good conversation with any of the locals. 

Up for a stay in Heiterhof, a farmhouse situated in Eichberg? It offers billiards facilities, a playground and a large terrace with panoramic mountain views.  Lake Constance can be reached within 30 minutes by car.

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And then there are two hotels in Eichberg, the Seppi Am Berg and the Schloß Aichberg. If you prefer a B&B like my wife and me, the Landgasthof Holzisberg might fit your needs.

Many tourists enjoy a visit to Bannriet-Spitzmaeder, a nature reserve near Eichberg and is nearby to Montlingerberg, Montlingen and Koblach. If you would like to make a reservation for a hotel stay in Eichberg, Booking.com has several for you to choose from. -jeb

SENIOR WOMEN TRAVEL TOGETHER



Senior Women Enjoy Travel Options

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We are often asked about programs that feature senior women who can travel with other senior women. Yes there are programs all over the world that cater to solo female travelers. Sorry men, this one is just for the women.

There is often comfort afforded to women who prefer to travel with other women and usually it is of the same age range.  Today we highlight programs that focus on travel for women as the French say “d’un certain age.” That is a nice way of saying “older.”

Journey Woman notes that if you’re an older adventuress, this is an absolutely wonderful time in your life to be traveling. In most cultures, age brings respect. Children will gravitate to you.

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Local women will be protective, you’ll suffer less from pesky unsolicited male advances, and your travel budget absolutely expands with all the lovely discounts your age group is offered. The possibilities are endless. Take advantage, ladies. You’ve earned the right.

Senior Women Travel Solo Together

Women Traveling Together was started in 1997 by a 40-year old business woman who desperately wanted to do some vacation traveling, but didn’t want to go alone or travel as a single on a couple’s tour.  Unable to find a ready-made solution that met her needs, Debra Asberry spent seven months interviewing women in order to design a travel company that catered to the needs of women traveling solo.

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Women Traveling Together (WTT) has a large and loyal repeat client base that has grown year after year since 1997, making it possible to offer more than 60 trips a year.   “80% of WTT travelers come solo. We really should have named the company “Women Traveling Solo Together” because that’s in a nutshell what we’re all about. Select your tour and be assured that fellow WTT travelers are as interested in and excited about the destination as you are.”

Senior Women’s Travel Days Not Over

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Why travel alone when you can connect with like-minded women on a trip led by knowledgeable, local guides? At Rio Grande Travel, senior women can find thoughtful and well-planned vacation packages. Women can choose pre-planned trips alone, a travel group for senior women or perhaps embark on a journey with a bunch of friends!

A while back we featured a travel blog for Senior Women. Please check out the programs on that site and learn about the various opportunities that are available.

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 Senior Women’s Travel focuses on trips for 50+ women with a passion for travel. “It was founded on the premise that your travel days are not over.

Senior women — widowed, divorced, or with a mate who no longer wants to travel — should still be able to travel with zest, comfortably and safely. No-hassle travel, everything is done for you. No single supplements, exciting destinations, culture, good food, and interesting companions.”

So take you pick ladies and enjoy the trip. -jeb

SENIORS ENJOY VERMONT



Seniors Visit The Granite Center

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAYes, senior travelers, that’s Barre, Vermont, the self-proclaimed “Granite Center of the World”. Barre Gray granite is sought after worldwide for its fine grain, even texture, and superior weather resistance.

Many sculpture artists prefer it for outdoor sculpture. In 1936 the granite quarry in Barre carved out a 35-ton cross from one section of stone in the quarry. Barre is called The Rock Of Ages.

Initially established with the discovery of vast granite deposits at Millstone Hill soon after the War of 1812, the granite industry and the city itself saw a boom with the arrival of the railroad.

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 Seniors Visit A Vast Granite Deposit

The fame of this vast deposit of granite, which some geologists say is 4 miles long, 2 miles wide and 10 miles deep, soon spread to Europe and Canada. Large numbers of people migrated to Barre and the population increased from 2,060 in 1880, to 10,000 in 1894. By the turn of the century, Barre was noted as the state’s most diverse municipality.

On November 6, 1780, the land was granted to William Williams and 64 others. Originally called Wildersburgh, it included what is today both the town and city of Barre.

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It was first settled in 1788 by John Goldsbury and Samuel Rodgers, together with their families. But dissatisfied with the name Wildersburgh, citizens renamed the town after Isaac Barré, a champion of the American Colonies. In 1895, 4.0 square miles within the town was set off and incorporated as the separate city.

Seniors Enjoy The Parks And Historic District

While in Barre, senior visitors can enjoy the Allis State Park, Waterbury Center State Park, Little River State Park, and Seyon Ranch State Park. The local parks include the Vermont City Park and Currier Park.

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Senior visitors  can also spend time investigating the Barre Downtown Historic District. The Vermont Granite Museum of Barre provides absorbing insights into the history of this area. History buffs should also visit the Vermont Historical Society Museum and State Capitol.

Local celebrations include Granite Festival and Homecoming Days. Senior visitors enjoy walking through Hope Cemetery taking in all the granite sculptures.

Cliff diving is popular, but be sure you know what you are doing before you leap off! Alfred Hitchcock’s movie The Trouble With Harry premiered at the Paramount Theater in Barre on September 27, 1955.

So set your GPS for Barre, Vermont and enjoy the famous Granite quarry that put the city on the map years ago. -jeb

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