SENIORS TRAVEL ACROSS KANSAS



Seniors Stop In Salina

ffk-custom-sliderpic-salina-ks Senior travelers will find Salina, Kansas 80 miles north of Wichita in the center of the state. The city has a population of nearly 46,000 and was originally settled in 1856 along the Saline and Smoky Hill Rivers.

Salina was the westernmost post on Smoky Hill Trail. It was established as a staging post in 1860 for prospectors who were moving to Pikes Peak. It also served as a trading post for the local native tribes.

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 Senior visitors can enjoy two shopping centres and three parks, museums, a wildlife park and a Natural Area. If you have ever driven through Kansas, then you know that there are wide acres of wheat. Salina celebrates annually with a Wheat Festival at the end of the harvest.

Santa Fe Day is a cultural heritage celebration that takes place in and around the Smoky Hill Museum in downtown Salina. It’s a fun-filled, family day outing. Salina Downtown, Inc. was one of the first business improvement districts in Kansas.

 Seniors Enjoy Salina’s Orchestra And Art Center

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The Salina Symphony Orchestra is always a great way to spend an entertaining evening in town. The Salina Art Center has impressive programming that is connected to a schedule of contemporary visual art exhibitions of work by regional, national, and international artists.

Senior visitors will find Salina to be a scenic city with an attractive historic downtown, a wide array of historical buildings and a beautiful surrounding landscape. For birders, the Birdpark is home to over 200 species of colorful birds.

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Salina was named an All-American City in 1989, and that says a lot about this city. Kansas Wesleyan University and the Brownie Mackie College are found in Salina. Hutchinson Community College and Kansas State University also offers courses in Salina.

Seniors Find Vibrant Art Community

Manufacturing is the predominant industry in Salina. Tony’s Pizza employs nearly 2,000 and Exide Battery adds an additional 800. The local Chamber of Commerce provides senior visitors with a host of helpful links including upcoming events.

A Visitors Guide, found under Visit Salina link, provides lots of information on the city. The Chamber further notes that…“Every community may boast of having ‘something for everyone’, but in Salina…we actually DO!”

b9b9602c1086c6faf9d7a5f7be10c339Salina has a welcoming reputation as a vibrant arts community. Concerts, theatre performances, museums, festivals, galleries and studios, public art throughout the community…it all speaks to the cultural traveler.

Lovers of the great outdoors will find great opportunities exploring 700 acres of parks, playing golf, fishing, swimming, hiking and biking.”

Seniors, enjoy your visit to the Sunflower State and especially your stop in Salina.-jeb

 

 

 

 

 

SENIORS LIKE SOUTH CAROLINA



Seniors Enjoy Conway’s Riverwalk

conway-scConway, the county seat of Horry (O-REE) County, South Carolina is part of the Myrtle Beach metropolitan area. The home of Coastal Carolina University whose student population is just over 10,000, has a mascot that this senior has always loved: Chauncey the Chanticleer, that comes from Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. He is a large crowing rooster.

Numerous buildings and structures  in Conway are on the National Register of Historic Places like the City Hall building, designed by Robert Mills, architect of the Washington Monument.

Since the completion of the Main Street USA project in the 1980s, Conway’s downtown has been revitalized with shops and bistros. The Riverwalk, a highlight of the downtown renovation, is an area of fine dining which follows a stretch of the Waccamaw River that winds through Conway and adds much scenic beauty to the community.

 Seniors Introduced To One Of Oldest SC Towns

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Conway is one of the oldest towns in South Carolina. Originally early English colonists named the village “Kings Town” but soon changed it to “Kingston”. The town was founded in 1732 as part of Royal Governor Robert Johnson’s Township Scheme. It was laid out on a bluff overlooking the Waccamaw River in what is now known as Horry County.

After the American Revolution, the residents changed the town’s name to Conwayborough in honor of the Revolutionary War General, Robert Conway. In 1883, the town was named Conway by the General Assembly. The area’s early industries were centered around turpentine and lumber.

Seniors Enjoy Conway’s History And Culture

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 So what attracts seniors to Conway, South Carolina? Plenty. The Horry County Museum, Myrtle Beach National Wax Museum, Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum, and Children’s Museum of South Carolina offer interesting insight into the area’s local history and culture.

Seniors can also visit local attractions like the Horry County Jail, Horry County Courthouse, and Conway City Hall. Wadus Lake and Bear Swamp are popular attractions where one can enjoy a variety of water sports. The city hosts annual festivals such as the Rivertown Jazz & Arts Festival and the Round the Fourth Festival.

conway-sc-rivertownCombining historic charm and contemporary excitement, Historic Downtown Conway has eclectic shops, spas, gourmet restaurants, casual eateries and a B&B making it a great destination for residents and visitors alike.

Conway is a charming town with much to offer senior visitors: walking tours, riverboat cruises, antique shops, restaurants and cafes, the Horry County Museum, and numerous historic landmarks.

TripAdvisor highlights the Conway River Walk, the Horry County Museum and the L.W. Living History Farm. Toss in your clubs and enjoy three golf courses in  Conway. Get adventurous and do some kayaking or canoeing on the Waccamaw River. Enjoy your time in Conway. -jeb

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SUNDAY COFFEE WITH JEB



Seniors Enjoy Tetbury, England

images-1Get your coffee and come with these seniors to England, this time to settle into Tetbury, a town within the Cotswold district of Gloucestershire.

It lies on the site of an ancient hill fort, on which an Anglo-Saxon monastery was founded, probably by Ine of Wessex, in 681.

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The town crest features a pair of gold dolphins and no one really seems to know why. Historically in other countries like Slovakia, they were a symbol of trade.

Tetbury abounds with notable historic buildings that include the Market House, built in 1655 and the late-eighteenth century Gothic revival parish church of St Mary the Virgin and St Mary Magdalene and much of the rest of the town center, dating from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

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The Market House is a fine example of a Cotswold pillared market house and is still in use as a meeting place and market. Senior visitors will also enjoy the Police Bygones Museum, Chavenage House, Highgrove House and Westonbirt Arboretum.

 

 Seniors Visit Award Winning Town

Just around the corner from the Market House is the famous Gumstool Hill where the Woolsack Races take place. The runners, having gone well over 200 yards, have to drop their woolsack so the other runner can pick it up and run back up the hill to the finishing line. The weight of the woolsack for men is 65 pounds and for women, a more recent addition, 35.

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For a village of around only 5,600 inhabitants, Tetbury has won numerous awards:  from Best Small Town to Community Achievement to Britain in Bloom  Campaign. Seniors, enough reasons right there to visit Tetbury!

TripAdvisor has 17 things not to be missed by senior visitors that include the famed Chavenage House and Highgrove Gardens. The Tetbury Music Festival attracts internationally acclaimed performers as well as new musicians.

Tetbury is internationally famous for its range of antique shops and its close proximity to Prince Charles’s residence, Highgrove. The Cotswolds are almost synonymous with antiques and offer the widest choices available outside London.

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 Seniors “Fall For Tetbury”

Several of Tetbury’s retailers have received national awards for excellence and senior visitors will notice that many of the town’s businesses bear the Prince of Wales feathers as a sign that they hold the Royal Warrant.

Tetbury has a wide choice of tea shops, bistros, cafes, pubs and restaurants that offer a wide choice of local foods and drink.

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The Guardian notes that Tetbury is terribly seductive. A writer notes that…“I could fall for Tetbury. We could all fall for Tetbury. A town like they used to make them. A town untroubled much by the travails of modern life. A town seemingly composed entirely of the kind of picturesque, biscuit/fudge-colored Cotswold buildings you see on biscuit tins and fudge packets. Tetbury has been rich since the 15th-century wool trade.” That is what Tetbury is all about folks.

 Senior Visitors…Tetbury is awaiting your arrival. -jeb

 

SENIORS ENJOY MASSACHUSETTS



Seniors Drop By West Bridgewater

thWest Bridgewater, a town in Plymouth County, Massachusetts has a population of just under 7,000. Senior travelers will find this small residential town comfortably settled between Providence and Boston.

This access along with availability of land has resulted in increased commercial, warehouse and industrial activity near the highway in this community which was once primarily agricultural. West Bridgewater does, however, retain working farms which contribute to its scenic character.

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West Bridgewater, located about 25 minutes south of Boston, provides an easy commute for many of its residents. Also a quick 20 minutes from West Bridgewater is Foxborough which is home to the New England Patriots.

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West Bridgewater was first settled in 1651 as a part of Olde Bridgewater. The town separated from Bridgewater, Massachusetts and was officially incorporated in 1822, the second of the three communities to separate from Bridgewater.

The town, like many in the area, had both agrarian and industrial roots with the river providing water power for milling and irrigation for farming. The town is home to the oldest standing parsonage in the U.S., the Keith House, 1662.

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The town is also believed to be the site of the first industrial park in the U.S., now the site of the Town Park. The original Ames Shovel Works was located in the Town Park. Today, the town is mostly residential.

Senior visitors enjoy The Old Bridgewater Historical Society  that was formed in 1894. Nearby museums include Blue Hills Trailside Museum, South Shore Natural Science Center and the Easton children’s Museum.

Seniors Enjoy Historical Community

1280px-waterfall_in_the_war_memorial_park Friendship Park is a favored spot for the locals to enjoy strolling and for a great picnic. War Memorial Park is another favorite for photographs. Camera clubs find that they end up needing extra memory chips as there is so much to view in the Park.

I’d want to head for the Matfield Maple Farm on Matfield Street to check out all their fresh maple products. Here is where senior visitors can get a taste of New England and the pure maple syrup that so many of us enjoy.

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West Bridgewater, Massachusetts is an exciting historical community with many older homes. And an a abundance of fine restaurants…28 to be precise,  can help appease the most demanding palate. TripAdvisor lists Crystal’s Kitchen as one not to be missed. Golf City and River Bend Country Club are two courses that will challenge your putting, so toss in your clubs enjoy playing both courses.

 Seniors, plan to walk or bike around town to get a real feel for West Bridgewater and enjoy your stay in historical New England. -jeb

 

 

 

 

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SENIORS ENJOY NORTH CAROLINA



Cary… A Great Stop For Senior Travelers

d6d019b4a5dda69f6e517c555d6f0d22Cary, North Carolina is where a PGA tournament was recently held, so this senior had to check out the town. Money Magazine named Cary the hottest town in the East and one of six Hottest Towns in America.

Cary was also recognized by Money Magazine as one of the Best Small Cities in America, ranking an impressive fifth on one of the magazine’s annual lists of Best Places to Live.

Cary, North Carolina, population 155,000+, is a thriving community in the heart of the Triangle area of North Carolina, between Raleigh and renowned Research Triangle Park. The Triangle area is repeatedly ranked among the top regions in the country to live or work, to find a home or start a business, to raise a family or retire.

From Bradford’s Ordinary To Cary, Seniors Learn

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Cary lies only 8 miles from Raleigh, the state capital, so it could be said to be a bedroom community. Cary Towne Center features over 130 stores and restaurants, a favorite place to shop and to enjoy some great Carolina food.

In addition, one patron found the Waverly Place Shopping Center to be a “Very fun shopping center that is almost like a park area, with two levels of restaurants, cafes and stores. There is a little creek, mini waterfalls and in the evening the fire is lit by the fountains…”

In 1750, Cary began as a settlement called Bradford’s Ordinary. Allison Francis “Frank” Page is credited with founding the town as it is known today. Page was a Wake County farmer and lumberman.

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He and his wife, Catherine “Kate”bought 300 acres surrounding the railroad junction in 1854 and named his development Cary, after Samuel Fenton Cary, a former Ohio congressman and prohibitionist he admired.

 Seniors Golfers Find Great Courses

MacGregor Downs Country Club is a private club, nestled on the shores of Lake MacGregor, and often rated one of the best golf courses in North Carolina and the Southeastern United States. The Prestonwood Country Club, another private golf club is located right in the heart of the city.

 Senior visitors can easily plan a trip to the Hemlock Bluffs State Natural Area. Seniors can enjoy fishing and boating on area lakes or pack a picnic to enjoy in one of half a dozen local parks.

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The Town of Cary organizes numerous annual events and festivals like the Art Quilt Show, Martin Luther King Jr. Dreamfest, and Spring Daze Arts & Crafts Festival.

It is easy for senior outdoor lovers to indulge themselves in the enticing, natural beauty on one of the 39 greenway trails open sunrise to sunset. There are more than 70 miles of trails for walking, jogging and bicycling in a natural setting.

Cary is recognized as one of the Safest Places to Live in America, Best Places to Retire and Best Places to Raise a Family. Doesn’t that sound inviting?  -jeb

 

 

 

 

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