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SENIORS MEET IN BRISTOL TENNESSEE/VIRGINIA



 

Seniors Spend Time Enjoying Bristol

bristoltnSenior travelers will find Bristol, Tennessee and its twin city Bristol, Virginia, directly across the state line from each other between Tennessee and Virginia. Bristol is part of the metropolitan statistical area of Bristol, Johnson City and Kingsport, commonly called the Tri-Cities.

I am quite sure that what caught my eye on Bristol was watching an auto race at the Bristol Motor Speedway. It’s a major draw to the area with seating for, get this…160,000 race fans. More than a million visitors each year experience the thrill of speed at BMS. It is the fourth largest sports venue in America and the eighth largest in the world.

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Seniors Visit The Birthplace of Country Music

Bristol may be best known for being the site of some of the first commercial recordings of country music, showcasing Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family. The U.S. Congress recognized Bristol as the “Birthplace of Country Music”  in 1998 and Bristol is the birthplace of Tennessee Ernie Ford.

Senior visitors join the locals for the State Street Farmer’s Market where local merchants, fresh food and fun times come together. Read about the history of Bristol and you will discover how it got its name that goes back to the mid 1700s.

Me I enjoy caverns and have visited several over the years. The Bristol Caverns have well lighted walkways that wind through the vaulted chambers and along the banks of the ancient Underground River that carved its huge chambers up  to 400 million years ago.

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 Seniors Enjoy Downtown Bristol

A recent funding drive helped to transform a historic building downtown, the old Goodpasture Motor building on Cumberland Street, into the new Birthplace of Country Music Museum.

Senior visitors, take a leisurely stroll through Downtown Bristol and you will see how the town is living up to the message on the historic sign which crosses State Street – “Bristol – A Good Place To Live!”  The Believe In Bristol organization was created about 7 years ago. Believe In Bristol is responsible for organizing monthly Border Bashes in the summer, annual Loft Tours in the spring, and other events that showcase the vibrancy of downtown.

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And bring along your best fishing pole… the Bristol area has more than 40 square miles of inland lakes and freshwater streams nearby, including the beautiful South Holston Lake where you can net beautiful smallmouth and white bass. The Sam Holston Dam is a nearby earth-and-rock dam and recreation area.

But scenery is not all there is to keep Bristol as one of the most livable cities in the United States as rated by American Demographic Magazine. Southern hospitality abides and is as legendary as the scenic landscape that abounds all around the city. Seniors, set your GPS for Bristol and enjoy the birthplace of country music, take in a race, pick up a few CDs and enjoy your visit. -jeb

SENIORS TRAVEL TO CHILE



Seniors Enjoy Colorful Viña del Mar

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Viña del Mar, a city on central Chile’s Pacific coast, was recently selected as one of the top places for a visit in South America.  Viña del Mar means “Vineyard of the Sea” and senior travelers find that it is a highly popular tourist attraction. 

Often referred as “La Ciudad Jardín” (Garden City), Viña del Mar is located within the Valparaíso Region, and is Chile’s fourth largest city with a population of 325,000.

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Commonly called Viña, the city developed in the 1870s as an exclusive residential and summer area for Chile’s well-to-do. It is still that, but has evolved into Chile’s premiere seaside resort, often called Chile’s Riviera. A major attraction in town is the beautiful Flower Clock (like the one in Geneva) created with seasonal flowers.

TripAdvisor suggests several must see sites such as the Jardín Botánico Nacional and Reñaca beach. This beach plays host to a famous Festival de Viña del Mar every year in mid-February that attracts international performers and audience.

Seniors Discover Alfajores

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Lonely Planet notes that clean and orderly Viña del Mar  is a sharp contrast to the charming jumble of neighboring Valparaíso. Senior visitors will find manicured boulevards lined with palm trees, a sprawling public beach and beautiful expansive parks.

Make a note that a very popular treat in Viña del Mar is the alfajor, a typical argentinean/uruguayan type of cookie that has also been popularized in Chile. My wife and I love them and ate a lot of them in Argentina.

The establishment of Refinadora de Azúcar de Viña del Mar (Sugar Refining Company), CRAV in 1873 and the arrival of the British company of Lever & Murphy in 1883 gave the necessary economic push to transform the young city into one of the most important cities of Chile.

 A Castle And A Racetrack

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In 1917, a seaside villa was rebuilt as what is known today as Wulff Castle. The Valparaiso Sporting Club horse racing track is another major landmark. Some of the major events during the year include Derby Day, held the first Sunday in February, and the international Festival de Cine de Viña del Mar during the second week of October.

So visit with your travel agent and make plans to spend time in Viña. Senior visitors will find luxurious estates, including the summer home of the President of Chile, waterfront hotels, parks and gardens, social clubs, a municipal casino and theater, sport facilities, beaches, golf, tennis, horse racing, lively nightlife, fine dining, and easy access to the nearby beaches and resort towns of Zapallar, Concon, Cachagua, and the fast-growing and hugely popular town of Reñaca.

My wife and I have been to Chile and would not hesitate to return again tomorrow. Viña del Mar invites senior travelers to discover its secrets and enjoy their events throughout the year. Your stay in Chile will be memorable. -jeb

SENIORS VISIT INDIANA



Seniors Are High On Terre Haute

195c5f97-eaa7-4957-b0b6-55d104d37971_dTerre Haute, Indiana, senior travelers will find, is near the state’s western border with Illinois and has a population that runs right at 61,000 with its metropolitan area population of 170,900+. Terre Haute is the self-proclaimed capital of the Wabash Valley.

Incorporated as a city in 1832, Terre Haute derived its name from an expression used by early 18th century French explorers to describe the terra firma of the city, which lies on a high flat plain. The English translation of “terre haute” is “high land”Terre Haute is located alongside the eastern bank of the Wabash River in western Indiana.

Terre Haute is loaded with National Register Historic Places. TripAdvisor notes that Terre Haute lies just off the I-70 at the gateway to Illinois and that it is a refreshing hub of arts and activity in the midst of the heartland. The historic U.S. Highway 40 forms the National Road, taking senior travelers on a scenic route past historic bakeries, sculptures and the oldest billboard in the state.

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Seniors Drive The Historic National Road

Senior visitors can take a tour of the downtown area and enjoy its museums, galleries and quaint cafes. Visit Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College across the Wabash River to honor its founder, recently sainted Mother Theodore Guerin.

The city is home to  Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana, Indiana State University and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, a private engineering school, where one of my former students attended. The Princeton Review has named Indiana State as one of the “Best in the Midwest” 11 years running.

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Some say the #1 attraction in town is watching all the trains go buzzing by. Historic National Road, a multi-state scenic byway, runs along Wabash Avenue.

Destination360 notes that Terre Haute has a history with Coca-Cola: the now world-renowned contoured shape of the Coca-Cola bottle was designed and first introduced in Terre  Haute back in 1915 and 1916.

Seniors Enjoy the Historical ‘Crossroads of America’

Me, I’d want to shoot a few photos of the Old Mill Dam, built in 1817. The local Chamber of Commerce welcomes visitors to Terre Haute known as the historical “Crossroads of America.”

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Terre Haute’s history reaches back to the early 1800s with the construction of Fort Harrison as a permanent settlement within Indian Territory. The city grew up primarily around industry and river traffic on the Wabash River. The growth of the railroads and a short-lived oil boom contributed to the city’s prosperity.

 Senior visitors can enjoy the Swope Art Museum featuring American artists and the Arts Illiana gallery that features and sells work from local and regional artists. Locally made Clabber Girl baking powder is honored at the Clabber Girl Museum and Bake Shop, which also serves breakfast and lunch. Seniors, set your sites on Terre Haute and enjoy a memorable visit. -jeb

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SENIORS ENJOY HISTORIC VIRGINIA



Seniors Drop By Staunton

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Staunton (pronounced STANN’-tun) is what I call a “nice town” with a population of around 24,000 and loaded with amenities that senior visitors of all ages enjoy all year long. Staunton, “The Queen City of the Shenandoah Valley,” was named as one of the “Best Small Towns in America,” so I knew when I selected this town for a travel blog, I could not go awry.

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There are 12 colleges within 50 miles of Staunton. Perhaps best known for being the birthplace of Woodrow Wilson, the 28th U.S. president, Staunton is also the home of Mary Baldwin College, historically a women’s college.

The city is also home to Stuart Hall, a private co-ed preparatory school, as well as the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind.

The Arts and Culture are alive in Staunton with a rich history that goes back to its days as a nineteenth-century rail junction and a center for travelers to stop over and enjoy opera, vaudeville, and rollicking nightlife.

Seniors Visit The “Red Brick District”

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That tradition lives on today in Staunton’s arts and culture district, called the “Red Brick District.” Its lively historic downtown makes it a great place for seniors to visit for a weekend getaway.  Check out the history and notable people on this link. I don’t think that I have seen such long list in a long time.

Downtown Staunton is an award winning Virginia Main Street community that boasts over 270 businesses including 30 restaurants and eateries, 80 specialty retail stores, antiques, service businesses and salons, all cloistered in a historically preserved community that features Victorian architecture. Back in 2002 Staunton was the Great American Main Street Award Winner.

 

Staunton is home to the American Shakespeare Center, a theatrical company centered at the Blackfriars Playhouse, a replica of Shakespeare’s Blackfriars Theatre. The 300-seat Blackfriars Playhouse is the world’s only re-creation of Shakespeare’s original indoor theatre.

 Seniors Find Musicians And Historic Districts

In 2012, it also became the home of the Heifetz International Music Institute, named for renowned violinist Daniel Heifetz, a summer music school and festival dedicated to the artistic growth and career development of some of the world’s most talented and promising classical musicians.

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Senior visitors enjoy The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library, as well as the Museum of American Frontier Culture, which provides insight into life in early America. Staunton is home to nearly 200 buildings designed by architect Thomas Jasper Collins (1844–1925) and boasts six separate historic districts.

Founded in 1747, Staunton experienced unprecedented prosperity and growth from 1870-1910, when many of city’s commercial buildings where built. During the 1950-60s the buildings along the railroad tracks fell into serious decline.

Preservation-minded citizens partnered with the National Trust to study the Wharf District in 1979. The result was a plan of action that funded a streetscape project and revitalized the commercial district. Seniors, your stop will be well worth the time. -jeb

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SUNDAY COFFEE WITH JEB



Seniors Enjoy Cremona, Italy

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Get your coffee, we’re going to Italy this morning.  Ever heard of Cremona? Me either, but I came across the city in one of my many travel magazines and they were high on Cremona. Senior travelers will find Cremona in Lombardy, on the left bank of the Po River, with around 70,000 inhabitants. The Cremona Province consists of vast plains broken up by woods and large meadows that, thanks to the canals built by inhabitants in centuries past, has been transformed into an extensive, fertile countryside ideal for agriculture.

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Cremona is especially noted for its musical history and traditions, including some of the earliest and most renowned luthiers, such as Giuseppe Guarneri, Antonio Stradivari, and several members of the Amati family. I read recently of someone who just gave $2 million for a Stradivarius violin.

Cremona was a wealthy, independent city-state for centuries and boasts some fine medieval architecture, with plenty of handsome villas and mansions strewn all across the city. The Piazza del Comune, the heart of the city, is where Cremona’s historic beauty is concentrated. It’s a classic example of how the religious and secular affairs of cities were divided neatly in two.

Seniors Find City Of Musical History

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Cremona is famous for its production of high-quality violins and has a picturesque historic center with most sites clustered around the main square, Piazza del Comune. Seniors, the city is well worth a visit and can easily be seen as a day trip from Milan but is also a fine place to spend a night or two.

Brittanica notes that Cremonas was founded by the Romans in 218 bc on the site of an earlier Gallic village of the Cenomani. Virgil, the Roman poet, went to school there. With the decline of the Roman Empire, Cremona was repeatedly sacked by the Goths and the Huns before being rebuilt by the Lombards in the 7th century.

Beginning in the 16th century, Cremona became renowned as a center of musical instrument manufacture, with the violins of the Amati family, and later the products of the Guarneri and Stradivari shops. To the present day, their work is widely considered to be the summit of achievement in string instrument making.

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Seniors Visit The Cathedral And Bell Tower

The Cathedral bell tower, or Torrazzo, is the second tallest brick tower in Europe and Europe’s oldest surviving tower over 100 meters tall. The Cathedral (Duomo) and the Violin Museum are among the first things most senior visitors find of interest.

Construction of the cathedral began in 1107 but it took almost 70 years to finish the construction due to a major earthquake. The School of Violin and Viola Makers features a museum of antique stringed instruments in the Palazzo dell’Arte.

When you are in Italy, plan to pay Cremona a visit. You will have many fond memories of your time spent there. -jeb

SENIORS TRAVEL TO THE NAVAJO NATION IN ARIZONA



Seniors Enjoy The Famed Window Rock

dscn0576Window Rock is a city (3,000+) in Apache County that serves as the seat of governmental capital of the Navajo Nation, the largest territory of a Sovereign Native American Nation in North America. Senior visitors will find the “Window Rock”, a “one of a kind” phenomena that the Navajo tribesmen relish.

This majestic circular rock formation that serves as a backdrop of the Navajo Nation capital is also home to a hand-carved superbly-detailed Navajo Code Talker statue and a memorial that pays tribute to Navajo veterans. In World War II,  the Navajo language was used as a secret code which was never broken by the enemy.

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The Navajo Nation is home to an array of unparalleled picture-perfect sites and it is also a natural magnet for the entertainment industry.

Many black and white western movies originated on the Navajo reservation and the filming continues today. A great place for senior travelers to begin their journey to the Navajo Nation is in Window Rock, which is nestled in the northeast portion of Arizona near the Arizona-New Mexico border.

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 Seniors Enjoy Navajo Culture

Window Rock has a Navajo cultural vibe. It is often described as the center of political activity, but it is also a great venue for educational, historical and cultural enrichment for folks of all ages.

Senior visitors who visit the World War II memorial to the Navajo veterans  learn about the significance of the Navajo language in U.S. history and how it is still spoken today.  The architectural design of the memorial is based upon traditional Navajo values that embodies a spirit of sacredness.

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Window Rock is the home of two great celebrations – the Annual Fourth of July PRCA Rodeo and the Navajo Nation Fair in September.

The Navajo Nation Fair is the “Largest American Indian Fair” in all of North America.  Both events offer senior visitors a great opportunity to see colorful Navajo dances, lively Navajo entertainers, savory Navajo cuisine and exquisite one of a kind Navajo crafts. The real draw is the beautifully-dressed Navajo elders in traditional Navajo attire and vintage jewelry.

 Seniors Awed By Scenic Wonders

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Until 1936, the Window Rock area was simply one of the scenic wonders of Navajoland, until the Commissioner of Indian Affairs at that time, John Collier, selected the site for the planned Navajo Center Agency. In 1936, the administrative buildings, quarried from the local sandstone, were completed.

Later, a Navajo Tribal Council House would be built in Window Rock.  In 1961, a Navajo Tribal Museum was established in a small building on the Window Rock Tribal Fairgrounds. In 1997, a $7 million dollar permanent home was built to store the treasured Navajo artifacts.

So set your GPS for Window Rock, enjoy the amazing scenery, fascinating history and naturally, the famed Window Rock as well.  -jeb

SENIORS FIND A SEASIDE RESORT IN CALIFORNIA



Seniors Enjoy Cayucos By The Sea

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Not big, population around 2,600, however Cayucos By The Sea is a highly popular seaside resort area along the Pacific Coast Highway 1. Senior travelers will find this census-designated place in San Luis Obispo County, between Cambria to the north and Morro Bay to the south. Many call Cayucos The Last of California Beach Towns.

Cayucos is the hispanicization of a Chumash word for “kayak,” or “canoe,” used by the Chumash people to fish in the bay, particularly in the rich kelp beds just north of the current Cayucos pier. The town took its name from the old Rancho Moro y Cayucos, a Mexican land grant awarded in 1842 that includes the present area of the town.

1024px-DowntownCayucosCACayucos lies 30 minutes from Hearst Castle, is halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco and about 3 hours driving time from the San Joaquin Valley. Because of the mild seasons, cool but sunny summers, and sunny, mild winters, Cayucos is an ideal resort for summer and winter vacations.

Seniors Find Quiet, Peaceful Destination

Cass’ Wharf, as it is called, is a “Free Public Fishing Pier” for rock fishing while surf fishing can be done in  Estero Bay. The quiet waters make it a haven for skin diving, swimming, surfing and sea kayaking. Rockhounds and driftwood gatherers have miles of shoreline for collecting California souvenirs.

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The local Chamber notes that “visitors can come to listen to the quiet and stillness that only a small town in an untouched countryside can provide. Cayucos is the perfect remedy for those who suffer from the ills and frustrations of life in the fast lane in crowded cities. Peaceful, underdeveloped ranch lands with cattle grazing on undulating, oak-crested hills provide a respite for the city weary, and vineyards are not far away for wine tasting tours. There is virtually no city noise, no traffic, no pollution and no crime in Cayucos.”

TripAdvisor suggests that you not miss a stroll down the famous Cayucos Pier. They also highlight the Old Cayucos Tavern & Card Room. Senior hikers, the Estero Bluffs State Park awaits your visit. The Cayucos State Beach and its historic buildings remains the highlight of the town.

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 Seniors Enjoy Old Cayucos Tavern

“Cayucos was born during the days of Spanish land grants, and grew up with sailing ships and steamers, rum runners and revenuers. Gamblers and seafarers met in the Old Cayucos Tavern, and adventurers and romantics of all kinds still rendezvous there today. Cayucos sits at the foot of the hills with its toes in the sand, and awaits you and your exploration.”

Writing daily travel blogs, I see hundreds of ‘official homepages’ and I really liked this one. It is different and loaded with helpful information for senior visitors.  Senior travelers, make a stop at “A Town That Time Forgot” and “Where the old west meets the ocean” on busy Route 1. -jeb

SENIORS VISIT MAINE



Seniors Enjoy Bath

imagesBath, the county seat in Sagadahoc County, Maine has a population just over 8,400. The city is popular with tourists, senior visitors drawn by its 19th-century architecture. It is commonly known as “The City of Ships”.

Abenaki Indians called the area Sagadahoc, meaning “mouth of big river.” It was a reference to the Kennebec River, which Samuel de Champlain explored in 1605. Most of Bath, Maine, was settled by travelers from Bath, England, and thus the name.

Bath is known as home of the world-class shipbuilder, Bath Iron Works. The HENRY B. HYDE, a three-masted full-rigged wooden ship, and the six-masted schooner WYOMING, the largest of their kind ever built in America, were constructed in Bath.

Seniors Discover A Shipbuilding Town

Several industries developed in the city, including lumber, iron and brass, with trade in ice and coal. But Bath is renowned for shipbuilding, which began in 1743 when Jonathan Philbrook and his sons built 2 huge ships. Since then, roughly 5,000 vessels have been launched in the area, which at one time had more than 200 shipbuilding firms.

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Bath became the nation’s fifth largest seaport by the mid-19th century, producing clipper ships that sailed to ports around the world. “Shipyards once lined the river’s edge where bald eagles fly over the ice flows moving upstream, where striper bass run in the spring, fireworks light the summer sky, and the rich colors of autumn reflect in the water. Bath’s vessels have sailed the seas of the world, hugged the American coasts, and even carried timber-framed homes to the colonial West Indies and other Bath-built ships to Gold-Rush California.”

Bath won the 2012 Great American Main Street Award, a program originated by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. TripAdvisor has been to Bath and has 16 attractions not to be missed, including the Maine Maritime Museum.

Senior Birders Enjoy Bath

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Bath is flanked by two of Maine’s most beautiful sandy beaches: Reid State Park and Popham Beach State Park. Senior bird watchers can visit the Josephine Newman Wildlife Sanctuary, the Bates-Morse Mountain Conservation Area, Hamilton or Butler’s Head Sanctuaries, or Montsweag Preserve. Eagles and osprey are frequent visitors to the Kennebec River area. In autumn senior visitors can see awesome colorful foliage as well.

My wife and I are big B&B fans. The Benjamin F. Packard House, beautifully restored as a B&B, was built in 1790, and is located in the heart of Bath’s Historic District. Maybe check it out for a couple of nights in Bath.

Beautiful Downtown Bath has a unique mix of services, shops, and restaurants. Stroll down Front and Centre Streets, along the 19th century brick buildings and narrow streets, and feel a comfortable pace and friendly pedestrian atmosphere. It is a great walking city.

Seniors, set your GPS for Bath, Maine and enjoy a few days in this charming town. -jeb

SENIORS TRAVEL TO BRITISH COLUMBIA



Seniors Visit Exciting Revelstoke

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Get your coffee, friends, we’re going to British Columbia this morning. Revelstoke, a city in southeastern British Columbia,  with a population of 7,139, is referred to by the locals as Revy. Senior travelers will find Revelstoke on the banks of the Columbia River just south of the Revelstoke Dam and near its confluence with the Illecillewaet River.

Named a “must do trip on National Geographic’s Ultimate Adventure Bucket List, senior adventurers will find a vibrant mountain community with a rich heritage.

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The many winter sports are the cream of the crop: North America’s greatest vertical at Revelstoke Mountain Resort, world class Snowmobile trails blanketed with an average snowfall of 40-60 feet per year, 25+ km of groomed Nordic trails, easy access to the best Backcountry Touring experience on earth, and more Helicopter and Cat Ski/Snowboard operations than people (ok, well not quite).

Tack on dog sledding, snowshoeing, and a paragliding flight, and you’ve got yourself a pretty stellar Revelstoke BC winter vacation.

 Seniors Bike and Hike In Summer Months

Revelstoke_from_Mount_RevelstokeAs the summer heat melts the snow back to the summits, the high mountain peaks of the area are revealed. Inland and alpine adventures abound in the Monashee and Selkirk mountain ranges. Hiking explorations in Mount Revelstoke and Glacier National Park, world famous alpine mountain biking trails, a new dirt biking trail network that keeps on growing, and a Championship Golf Course that borders the Columbia River.

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Revelstoke’s economy has traditionally been tied to the Canadian Pacific Railway and it still maintains a strong connection to that industry. Senior visitors will find plenty to keep them occupied any time of the year.

Revelstoke has produced some talented athletes in winter sports, notably ice hockey. The former local BCJHL team, the Revelstoke Bruins, had a number of future NHLers on its roster in the 1970s and 1980s.

Seniors Enjoy Revelstoke’s Awesome Surroundings

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Way back when, Norwegian immigrants brought the skiing and ski jumping to Revelstoke, and by the 1910s, several ski jumping hills had been built around town. Revelstoke Ski Club was founded in 1914, and by the following year had reached 102 members. Sitting between the Selkirk and Monashee Mountain Ranges, Revelstoke has an awesome setting on the main east-west transportation corridor through BC.

Revelstoke was founded in the 1880s when the Canadian Pacific Railway was built through the area and mining was an important early industry. The city was originally named Farwell, after a local land owner and surveyor. Choose a YouTube video here and enjoy all the scenery and the Snow Show. I liked the second one down entitled Revelstoke Year Round, but just let it keep playing and another and another will follow.

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TripAdvisor notes nearly 40 attractions that senior visitors can enjoy, starting with the Giant Cedars Boardwalk Trail and of course the Revelstoke Mountain Resort, and the Enchanted Forest…always a big hit.

So set your GPS for BC and enjoy the entire area. -jeb

SENIORS TRAVEL TO MASSACHUSETTS



Seniors Stop in Westwood

westwood-ma-landscaping-300x244So where did this senior blogger come up with Westwood today? Dr. Edward Zarrow, a Latin teacher at Westwood High School in Westwood, Massachusetts was named the 2016 National Language Teacher by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).  Congrats to Edward. I was associated with ACTFL for years and a member of their Executive Council.

A new Westwood High School was recently constructed at a cost of $45M, and the old school, built in 1957, was demolished. The gymnasium and swimming facility from the old school were refurbished and are now part of the new high school campus.

The school facilities also include a new multi-use artificial turf field named after former Westwood High School principal and teacher Charles Flahive with a synthetic track, both of which are open to the public. Westwood is also home to Xaverian Brothers High School, a Catholic prep school for boys.

Seniors Enjoy Another ‘Best Place To Live’

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Senior travelers will find Westwood in Norfolk County, Massachusetts 12 miles from Boston with a population right at 15,000.  In July 2005, CNN/Money and Money magazine ranked Westwood 13th on its list of the 100 Best Places to Live in the United States.

Boston Magazine included Gay Street in Westwood on its list of the Best Streets in the Boston area. Westwood is currently the 16th wealthiest town in Massachusetts.

Westwood is recognized for its quality education. Students consistently score in the top percentiles on national tests, MCAS, and the overwhelming majority of students graduating from the high school go on to higher education.

The Town has two libraries, a senior center, Youth & Family Services, and numerous community-sponsored events for the Town’s residents. The 1,200 acre Hale Reservation is a popular spot for conservation and for taking a stroll.

Seniors Enjoy Historical Districts

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Westwood was first settled in 1641 and was part of the town of Dedham until it was officially incorporated in 1897. It was the last town to split from the original town of Dedham. It was originally to have been named the “Town of Nahatan.” Like so many villages and towns on the east coast, names were changed a number of times.

The Colburn School-High Street Historic District encompasses the village center of Westwood. It is largely residential in character, with 37 houses, most of which date from the 18th to the mid-19th centuries.

And to add one more historic site,  Fisher School—High Street Historic District is a historic district on High Street, distinguished by its concentration of Federal and Greek Revival houses from the early 19th century.

Seniors, plan to drop by Westwood on your visit to the east coast and Boston. -jeb

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