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SENIORS DRIVE TO SHEBOYGAN WISCONSIN



Seniors Enjoy the Spirit of the Lake

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Sheboygan, Wisconsin, on the shores of Lake Michigan, offers senior visitors an alluring mix of sandy beaches, historic B&Bs, luxurious spas, and the majestic Blue Harbor Resort and Conference Center.

The town’s location on the lake first made it a shipbuilding hub, but today attracts an array of surfers who enjoy the thrill of challenging waves. Surfers like to refer to the coastline as the “Malibu of the Midwest.”

I’ve always liked city names like “Sheboygan” and they usually carry with them an interesting history. There are many theories as to how the city got its name, but the most likely one indicates Sheboygan was a Chippewa Indian word meaning “passage or waterway between the lakes.”

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French explorers Jean Nicolett (1635) and Joliet and Marquette (1643) were probably the first “white men” to experience the shores of Sheboygan. Many years passed until in 1699, Father St. Cosme landed at a Pottawatomie Indian village at the site of the Sheboygan River.

Seniors Like Sport Fishing and Museum Hopping

Sheboygan is about 50 miles north of Milwaukee and 60 miles south of Green Bay. The Bookworm Gardens and the Kohler Arts Center are two top attractions in the city. Parks and museums abound and senior tourists enjoy them all.

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If you enjoy fishing, take one of the sport-fishing charter boats and try your luck hauling in some good size salmon and trout. If you enjoy history, take the Wisconsin History Tour in Sheboygan. The county has 44 sites on the National Register of Historic Places and 23 are found in Sheboygan.

Migrants from New York, Michigan, and New England, were among the pioneers to the Sheboygan area in the 1830s. Among them were English immigrants, who had continued to enter the US in the early 19th century.

Lumbering was the first major industry and as one settler remarked “Nearly all the settlers were from the New England states and New York.” Today over 5,000 Hmong from Laos call Sheboygan home, resettling after the war in southeast Asia.

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Seniors Attracted To The Arts

Senior visitors enjoy exploring three unique shopping areas – the South Pier Peninsula, the Riverfront Shanty Shops on the Boardwalk, as well as downtown Sheboygan.

The city is home to the refurbished 1920’s Stefanie Weill Center for the Performing Arts, as well as the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, nationally recognized for its collections of folk and vernacular art.

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Senior visitors will discover that…”Our beaches are brighter. Our fish are bigger. Our golf is better. Our food is the best! And it’s fun to say our name. Try it…go ahead…She-boy-gan.

How do you Sheboygan? We surf, kite surf, wind surf, sail, kayak, jet ski, boat, fish, bike, hike, climb, race, golf, eat, drink, dance, relax, spa, enjoy. And we fry brats! We are the Bratwurst Capital of the World, after all.”

I know this to be true as I have been to Sheboygan and those brats are great. -jeb

SENIORS VISIT QUEENS, NY



Seniors Enjoy…#1 Tourist Attraction

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Lonely Planet has just selected Queens as the top place to visit in 2015.  How about that, senior travelers? Forget Brooklyn! New York City borough of Queens is named best place to visit in US in 2015. South Dakota is No 2 and New Orleans No 3.

The borough has been described as the ‘global melting pot of New York’. Praised for its microbreweries, beaches, food and ‘world-class’ art scene. This senior did now know that Queens had a beach, did you? So lo and behold, check out Rockaway Beach in Queens.

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Queens has a history going back beyond colonial times. Geographically it is part of Long Island and was the home of Native American Lenape people. English and Dutch colonists made their settlements in Maspeth and Vlissingen (now Flushing) in the 1640s. It was part of the New Netherlands colony.

Destination For Senior Food Lovers

Senior visitors will note that there is a plethora of languages spoken, 138 to be precise. I always wonder who counted them. That makes for a “true melting pot”. And with that many different nationalities, you will discover an incomparable array of world cuisines making Queens a destination for food lovers from all parts of New York City and beyond.

Wandering from borough to borough and neighborhood to neighborhood, senior visitors can take a virtual trip around the world, sampling the flavors of China, India, Russia and beyond—without ever leaving the city, right in the heart of Queens. Lonely Planet has chosen well and encourages readers to explore the borough.

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Seniors Enjoy The Diversity

Queens is the easternmost and largest in area of the five boroughs of New York City, geographically adjacent to the borough of Brooklyn at the western end of Long Island. Queens’ biggest strength is its remarkable diversity. Among the 2.2 million people living within its 109 square miles, there are immigrants from more than 100 different countries.

Keep your senses ready and senior visitors will learn about ethnic groups you may not have even heard of, and sample some unbelievably authentic fare. Roosevelt Avenue, a central Queens corridor, goes through Southeast Asia, India, South America, China and Korea in only a couple of miles.

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Queens is also a premier sporting destination, with both Citi Field, home base for the New York Mets and Arthur Ashe Stadium, where tennis greats vie for the U.S. Open title each year.

As if you needed any more coaxing to visit Queens, here is what a local resident notes…”Queens is, in my opinion, hands down the best borough. I moved here from Russia at three years old. Living here for 17+ years, I can without a doubt say that it’s absolutely wonderful. From restaurants to schools queens has it all. The streets are kept clean and you can always feel safe. Dozens of things to do, at anytime of any day.”

So set your sites on Queens on your next trip to NY City.  You will not be disappointed.  -jeb

SENIORS TRAVEL THROUGH NEW HAMPSHIRE



Seniors Enjoy Tiny North Conway

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North Conway is a year-round resort area located in the White Mountains, with Mount Washington just to the northwest. Senior travelers will find the White Mountain National Forest to the west and north.

The town is home to the Cathedral Ledge in Echo Lake State Park, popular as a major rock climbing destination in the northeast. North Conway is also known for its 200 outlets stores. The Mount Washington Observatory Weather Discovery Center is an interactive science museum.

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The rugged terrain became popular in the 19th century with artists. Their paintings were known collectively as White Mountain Art, which in turn attracted tourists to the area.

Hiking Trails, Rock and Ice Climbing and Ski Attract Senior Enthusiasts

Echo Lake State Park is a great place for a swim and a picnic. A scenic trail around the lake provides great views of sheer, 700-foot Cathedral Ledge which towers over the lake. A mile-long auto road and hiking trails lead to the top of Cathedral Ledge where views across the Saco River Valley to the White Mountains can be enjoyed.

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Both Cathedral and nearby White Horse ledges are popular rock and ice climbing walls. There are nearly a dozen world class ski areas and attractions like Attitash, Sunday River, Wildcat, Cranmore, Storyland and the Conway Scenic Railroad as well as the best swimming and fishing holes in the North Country.

The 500-foot cliff overlooks Echo Lake and North Conway from the west. Unlike nearby White Horse Ledge, another rock climbing site, Cathedral Ledge has an automobile road to the summit, which provides fine views of the Saco River Valley.

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North Conway is home to the renowned International Mountain Climbing School, which attracts climbers from around the world. Accommodations range from cozy inns and historic bed and breakfasts, to full-service resorts, ensuring a comfortable haven for all tastes and budgets.

A Most Scenic Highway Passes By

Historically chartered in 1765 by Colonial Governor Benning Wentworth, it is named for Henry Seymour Conway, the son of a prominent English family.  Historic buildings, quaint antique shops, bookstores and bakeries coexist peacefully with big name outlet stores like J. Jill, Nike and Dansk.

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Passing through the White Mountain National Forest is one of the most scenic highways in the U.S. and offers a number of interesting stopping off points. Seniors, when you are cruising around the northeast, stop by North Conway and take in all that is offered in this small community.  -jeb

SENIORS STOP IN SALINA, KANSAS



Seniors Find Salina Appealing

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Salina, with a population of nearly 50,000 is located in one of the world’s largest wheat-producing areas.  Senior travelers will find Salina in the Smoky Hills region of the Great Plains.  

p1730141124-3“Little Sweden” in Lindsborg, Concordia’s Whole Wall Mural and National Orphan Train Museum, or the Kansas Cosmosphere & Space Museum in Hutchinson are nearby and are appealing to many senior travelers.

 Seniors Find Another All-America City

Seniors, Salina is a great place for retirement. The Wichita Business Journal recently reported that “Salina is Kansas’ retirement hub”, and said to be the state’s top destination for retirees.  In 2009, Salina was selected by Business Week as the “best place in Kansas to raise kids.”

In 1989, Salina was one of 10 cities to receive the All-America City Award given annually by the National Civic League. The City serves as a regional trade center for north central Kansas. Seven colleges and universities dot the city. Salina Downtown, established in 1975, was one of the first business improvement districts in Kansas.

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Rolling Hills Zoo (formerly Rolling Hills Refuge) west of Salina is one of Kansas’ newest zoos. This high quality, medium sized zoo on 60 acres, is adjacent to the Rolling Hills Ranch and the Museum.

Historic And Artistic Abound in Salina

If you enjoy old locomotives, you can see old 477, a steam locomotive in Kenwood Park that has been beautifully restored. Another popular visit is Big Nose Kate’s on Santa Fe Avenue in Historic Downtown Salina.

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Salina is all about the arts. Galleries, artist studios, the Salina Art Center, and unexpected exhibition spaces including coffee shops, municipal buildings, businesses and agencies display work. Sculpture Tour Salina presents a changing outdoor exhibit of sculptures in the downtown core.

More public art can be found throughout the community, in parks and along thoroughfares. Visitors enjoy performances at the Stiefel Theatre, Salina Community Theatre, Salina Bicentennial Center and the Salina Symphony.    jeb

SENIORS STOP IN LAKE GENEVA, WISCONSIN



Seniors Discover ‘Newport of the West’

images-2 Lake Geneva, Wisconsin with a population of just over 6,500 is a resort town located on Geneva Lake and is popular with senior tourists from nearby metropolitan Chicago and Milwaukee. This Visitor Guide by Blue Toad lets you thumb through page by page and this one even has the sound of the pages as they turn.

The Lake Geneva Shore Path rates high with senior visitors. This 21-mile path allows hikers to literally walk through the back yards of century-old mansions. The path was created by the region’s earliest settlers who dictated that the 20 feet of land directly up from the shoreline be deemed public domain, like the beaches on the Big Island that are federally owned.

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Today, their edict provides walkers with an unprecedented view of some of the most beautiful homes and landscaping in the midwest. The Lake is the second deepest lake in Wisconsin at 135 feet deep and 21 miles around.  This popular resort area is known as “the Newport of the West.”

Geneva Lake Museum Draws Senior Visitors

Senior visitors are invited to tour Black Point Estate, one of the finest examples of Queen Anne architecture, and to view one of the most intact collections of Victorian furnishings in the Midwest.

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The Estate includes the historic house and gardens overlooking Geneva Lake and was the summer home for wealthy Chicago business mogul Conrad Seipp and four generations of his descendants.

Geneva Lake Museum of History showcases a treasure trove of information and artifacts of the Lake Geneva area dating back to the 1880s. The Geneva Lake Museum, a must-see for senior history buffs like me, takes us back in time down the Museum’s authentic main street.

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Riviera Beach is public and popular with swimmers, sunbathers, hikers and boaters. For senior golfers, Geneva National and Hawks View will fill the bill.

Vacation Destination Since Civil War Days

Originally called “Muck-Suck” (Big Foot) for a Potawatomi chief. The city was later named Geneva after a town in New York by the same name located on Seneca Lake. Many notables called Lake Geneva home but one that really stuck out for me was the bank robber, Baby Face Nelson.

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Venetian Festival, a popular summer event celebrated 50 years this past summer. Lake Geneva is just a hop, skip and jump from the Illinois border making it convenient for weekenders from Chicago. After the Civil War, Geneva Lake became a popular place to vacation, and this trend has not stopped.

Fishermen, bring your poles and plan to pull in some nice Walleye, Northern Pike, Bluegill, Crappie, Trout, Largemouth Bass and Smallmouth Bass from the 5,264 acre Lake.

When you are cruising along the Wisconsin-Illinois border on Highway 12, stop in Lake Geneva and enjoy. jeb

SENIORS STOP IN GLENDORA, CALIFORNIA



Seniors Discover ‘Pride of the Foothills’

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Senior travelers, welcome to Glendora, the “Pride of the Foothills.” Located east of Los Angeles 23 miles, Glendora is a haven from the fast pace of the Los Angeles metropolitan area.

Founded in 1887, Glendora was officially incorporated as a city in 1911. An affluent city with diverse housing and a consistently high-ranking school district, Glendora is nestled at the base of the scenic San Gabriel Mountains, in the eastern portion of Los Angeles County.

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Located in a private and also quiet area of the San Gabriel Valley, Glendora offers convenient access to major commercial, cultural, educational and recreational areas in Southern California. It is just one great place for a quiet and relaxing visit, senior friends.

Senior Visitors Enjoy Glendora Village

The Glendora Village is a unique shopping experience and senior visitors will discover there are events happening all year round, such as the “Village Stroll”, “Glendora Village Wine Walk”, “Taste of the Village”, and the end of the summer party “Flashback” to name a few.

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In the heart of the San Gabriel Valley, senior visitors will find the Haugh Performing Arts center at Citrus College. The Glendora Historical Society, founded in 1947, has worked to preserve Glendora  and the area around Glendora, “The Upper San Gabriel Valley”.

Many items of The Museum, as it is called, have been contributed by local residents over the years and have a direct connection to the “Upper San Gabriel Valley” and its residents.

Rubel Castle is an Enjoyment For Senior Visitors

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Rubel Castle, also known as Rubelia, was established by Michael Clarke Rubel and is a major draw for tourists. It has been called “a San Gabriel Valley version of Watts Towers.” Rubel purchased a 2½ acre citrus orchard and started construction on the castle in 1959. Constructed partly out of concrete, the castle is also built out of scrap steel, rocks, bedsprings, coat hangers, bottles, and other pieces of just plain junk that Rubel found.

Rubel his friends completed construction in 1986. Rubelia is considered the first major recycling project in the US and is one of those things you just have to see to believe. It’s now well on its way to becoming a state historic landmark.

Senior travelers, set your sites east of downtown LA and drop by Glendora for a most pleasant surprise. jeb

SENIORS ENJOY ARIZONA



Seniors Meet At Greasewood Flat

Unknown Greasewood Flat began life as an old bunkhouse building in the middle of the sprawling DC Ranch which ranged over thousands of acres of Sonoran Desert in the late 1800’s. Over the last century this desert has developed into the affluent area of Scottsdale, AZ. Greasewood Flat doesn’t get any more rustic than Greasewood Flat. Many senior travelers come to get that “Cowboy” experience while they are visiting in Arizona.

This place has it all… dining under the stars, live country music and a virtual museum of western antiquities. Greasewood Flat in Pinnacle Peak is a treasured and famous local institution with a rich history.

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Once a bunkhouse for local cowboys, this outdoor venue has always appeared in the “Best of the Valley” polls, has recently been named one of the best bars in the West (Sunset Magazine) and was featured on the Travel Channel a few years back.

Stagecoach Stop, Bunkhouse To Greasewood Flat Awes Seniors

Doc Cavalliere bought 45 acres where Greasewood sits back in 1955 to have a place to get away from “downtown” Scottsdale, 21 miles south. The property came with a little wood and canvas building housing a café known as Pinnacle Peak Patio.

He and his wife Marge changed the name to Reata Pass and ran it until 1975. By then they were in their 60s and decided to slow down a bit, so Doc fixed up the old bunkhouse, built some picnic tables, added a dance floor and opened up Greasewood as a little hideaway for his friends.

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The original stagecoach stop between Fort McDowell and Phoenix, this 120-year-old bunkhouse, Greasewood Flat, has been in business for 30 years. The elevation is 2000 feet above the valley floor making the night air 10 degrees cooler.

Everything about Greasewood Flat is casual and unassuming, including the welcome sign that reads “Sorry, we’re open!” Dining or partying at Greasewood Flat even requires driving on a dirt road, though the restaurant itself isn’t as rugged as its signs would indicate.

Seniors Enjoy Green Pepper Burger

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Enjoy a green pepper burger while watching weekend cowboys and cowgirls get down to country music. Greasewood has been voted Best Burger for several years in a row. All outdoors, dancing, cowboys & cowgirls plus a mule, peacock and tons of fun.

In typical old west fashion, Doc Cavalliere didn’t consternate too heavily on what to name the place. The area is flat and there are a lot of greasewood bushes – thus Greasewood Flat. Since then Greasewood has grown into one of the last bastions of Old West Scottsdale.

Greasewood Flat will be relocated and reopened in the near future. One visitor remarked…”This place is the best… bring your motorcycle, car or horse.”  Another visitors notes…”Love this place so much! It’s such a fun country-style outdoor (and indoor) bar/hangout/food spot. I always get the chili, coleslaw, or beans-which is dirt cheap and still delicious! “

 

Enjoy Greasewood Flat. jeb

SENIORS TRAVEL THROUGH ILLINOIS



Seniors Visit Starved Rock

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Seniors find out that Starved Rock, located between Ottawa and La Salle-Peru, Illinois stands as one of the preeminent archeological, historical, and scenic landmarks in the state. Rising over 125 feet above the river below, Starved Rock is a tree covered sandstone monolith overlooking the Illinois River.

The park’s landscape of woodland, canyons, and waterfalls may closely resemble the region’s landscape as it was before the Ice Age. These two seniors have visited Starved Rock, said to be the #1 visited site in Illinois, and spent a full day there watching the eagles.

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Starved Rock Park is a world apart from anything else in the state. Amazing waterfalls are active in the spring and after heavy rains. Hikers have 13 miles of trails to explore, plus, the Illinois River offers fishing (ice fishing, too), boating, extraordinary views and great places to relax.

Seniors Awed By Eagles

We watched dozens of eagles circle overhead looking for prey in the river just below the dam.  They stay all winter long, a true haven for them. The water is always open under the dam even when the rest of the river is frozen over.

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The Park is situated along the south bank of the Illinois River, less than 100 miles from Chicago and just a few miles south off of Interstate 80. Starved Rock attracted over 2 million visitors last year who explored its scenic trails and canyons, dined in its Historic Lodge (as we did) and enjoyed the panoramic views from tall bluffs which offer a unique contrast to the flatlands of Illinois.

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A hike to the top of a sandstone butte or a peaceful stroll to explore any of the 18 canyons gives senior visitors a memorable experience. The canyons slice dramatically through tree-covered sandstone bluffs for four miles at Starved Rock State Park.  Archeologists suggest that human habitation around Starved Rock dates as far back as 8000 B.C.

 Seniors Like the Trolley Tours

For senior hikers, there are 13 miles of well-marked trails to check out. The Lodge and Conference Center has 69 rooms and 21 cabins in the woods. Climb abroad one of the trolley tours to take in the park and you won’t have to hike.

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Starved Rock got its name from a legendary incident that occurred in the 1760s when a small village of 500 Illinois Indians still lived in the area. This small band of Illiniwek, who were under attack by a band of Pottawatomie, took their refuge at the top a 125-foot sandstone butte. The Ottawa and Pottawatomie surrounded the bluff until the Illiniwek died of starvation. This inspired the name “Starved Rock.”

It’s one cool park. Don’t miss it as you travel through Illinois.  jeb

SENIORS STOP IN GADSDEN, ALABAMA



Seniors Find ‘A City of Champions’

WelGadsdenGadsden, in the State of Alabama, is located on the Coosa River about 56 miles northeast of Birmingham, Alabama and 90 miles southwest of Chattanooga, Tennessee. Senior visitors will find just over 27,000 residents in this community that is ideally located at the foot of Lookout Mountain.

From majestic Noccalula Falls Park to the Coosa River and Neely Henry Lake, the beauty inspires senior visitors. The locals mean it when they say Gadsden is the “City of Champions”.

Gadsden was at one time Alabama’s second most important center of commerce and industry, trailing only the seaport of Mobile. The two cities were important shipping centers: Gadsden for riverboats and Mobile for international trade.

Seniors Visit All-American City

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Through the 1980s, Gadsden was a center of heavy industry, including the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company and the Republic Steel Corporation.  More than a decade after the sharp decline in industry, in 1991, Gadsden was awarded the honor of All-American City by the National Civic League.

An American hero was born nearby. Seniors can visit Jesse Owens Memorial Park that honors Owens the Olympic great who redefined the image of an entire people by winning four gold medals in the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games.

Gadsden was originally a village called “Double Springs”, founded in 1825 by John Riley. The name Gadsden was adopted in honor of Colonel James Gadsden of South Carolina, later to become famous for negotiating the Gadsden Purchase from Mexico.

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Gadsden is a natural for what a vacation is supposed to be. From majestic Noccalula Falls Park to the Coosa River and Neely Henry Lake, the beauty inspires senior tourists from across the nation.

 Water Falls, Covered Bridge and Tigers, Lions and Black Leopards!

The Gilliland-Reese Covered Bridge is an historical construction built in 1899 and moved to Noccalula Falls Park in 1968. The main feature of the park is a notable 90 foot waterfall with a gorge trail winding through its basin and past caves, an aboriginal fort, an abandoned dam, pioneer homestead, and Civil War carvings.

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The Falls, which drops into the Black Creek ravine, is marked with a bronze statue of Cherokee maiden Noccalula who, according to local legends, plunged to her death after being ordered by her father to marry a man she didn’t love.

If you enjoy wildlife,’Tigers for Tomorrow’ is near Gadsden and is a safe haven for more than 160 predators including 30 tigers. Spread on 140 acres, this park and rescue preserve is a new home for tigers, lions and black leopards, to name just a few species.

Gadsden is one beautiful city in the foothills of the Appalachians. Sound like Eden.  jeb

SENIORS RETURN TO SOUTH AFRICA



Seniors Discover Another “Sun City”

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Many seniors have heard of the retirement center called Sun City, Arizona, but there is another in South Africa that is receiving lots of attention of late. It is a resort in South Africa and a premium destination with a host of hotels, attractions & kids’ activities – ideal for golfing, game viewing & water sports.

Two hours from Johannesburg, Sun City is a sprawling complex of luxury hotels, restaurants and Vegas-style shows on the edge of Pilanesberg Game Reserve. The fourth largest park in South Africa, “Pilanesberg is a melting pot of topographies, which include syenite koppies, forested ravines, bush veld and rolling grasslands and lightly wooded areas–all contained in the crater of an extinct volcano that covers 55,000 hectares.”

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Senior visitors will discover lots of things to see in do in Sun City. Top attractions are the Gary Player Golf Course and close by, the Pilanesburg Game Reserve.  The Reserve is in the Bojanala Region of the North West Province and the locals call it ”The Volcano that gave birth to a game reserve”.

Seniors Relax At The Palace

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Set among 60 acres of remote South African wilderness, this sprawling complex built in the crater of an extinct volcano is a wonderland destination where opulence in the bush takes on new meaning.

The jewel property in the Sun City resort, the Palace boasts interiors with hand-carved walls and furnishings and ceilings that depict a classic African landscape. Outside, the imitation sea and palm fringe beach, Valley of Waves, includes a 5,600-square-meter wave pool, water slides, sway bridge and Botanical Garden trails.

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The Sun City resort has hosted the Miss South Africa and Miss South Africa Teen Pageant. These pageants take place annually in Sun City’s Super Bowl Arena and the Valley of Waves. It also hosted Miss World pageant from 1992-1995 and 2001, so it has some fame just for those events.

Also held in the Valley of Waves is the Springbreak summer festival which sees flocks of holiday-making students from all over the country gather for up to 5 days of fun in the sun. Sun City features a large auditorium which seats 6,230 folks.

 Popular Resort For All Budgets

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Sun City Resort is as popular today, as it was when it was first built in 1979. There’s nothing quite like it anywhere in the world. Sun City offers more than one hundred family activities, a vibrant, enticing casino and a variety of accommodation options to suit all tastes and budgets.

The Resort offers 3-star family-focused Cabanas hotel as well as the magnificent 5-star Palace of the Lost City. Senior visitors can find the perfect place to enjoy your time at Sun City.

Senior world travelers, put Sun City on your Travel Bucket List for a lasting memory. jeb

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