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Seniors Enjoy Bellevue

unknownSeveral years have passed for me now, but once upon a time this senior spent a fews weeks in Bellevue studying a new methodology for teaching French.

Today, in my work, I often meet people from the northwest and tell them that I spent time in the city of Bellevue. They asked when… and they tell me you should see it now, a city of nearly 135,000. It has changed considerably.

Bellevue, across Lake Washington from Seattle, is Seattle’s largest suburb. Bellevue has variously been characterized as an edge city, a boomburb, or satellite city. It is surrounded by vast wilderness areas, including the rugged Cascade mountains to its east and the Olympic mountains further to the west, which helps explain the city’s name, a derivation of a French term for “beautiful view”.

Bellevue Lake Snowy Cascade Mountains Washington State

 Seniors Awed by Natural Beauty Of Bellevue

Bellevue is home to several high-tech companies and is adjacent to Redmond, home of software giant Microsoft Corporation. First settled in the late 1860s or early 1870s, Bellevue soon became a popular location for the summer homes of residents of nearby Seattle.

The region’s towering evergreens eventually gave way to agriculture, and throughout the first half of the 20th century Bellevue was dominated by an abundance of farms best known for strawberries and blueberries.

Surrounded by magnificent natural beauty and outdoor spaces, this one-of-a-kind city offers the ultimate in shopping, dining and cultural attractions, all within easy strolling distance of good hotels. Bellevue is the gateway to the entire Puget Sound region.


Senior visitors can explore Seattle’s culture and history, visit Kirkland’s waterfront parks and galleries, or tour Woodinville’s Wine Country, home to over 100 tasting rooms and some of the world’s finest wines. Or you can trek off on a day-trip to nearby mountains for hiking, biking, or skiing. Take your pick.

Bellevue Downtown Park Draws Senior Visitors

Bellevue Downtown Park is a 20-acre park located in the heart of the city. The park was designed for passive and unstructured use, and as a “respite from the activities of busy urban life.” The idea for a park in downtown Bellevue was created from civic and private leadership. With its green grass and a circular row of trees, it is a great place to relax and for taking a stroll any time of the day.


TripAdvisor has lined up 38 things for seniors to do in Bellevue that includes a variety of bus tours. One of the most popular attractions is the Bellevue Botanical Garden that features cultivated display gardens, natural wetlands and a woodland trail.

With 300,000 visitors a year, the garden is one of the city’s most popular destinations. Let Facebook help you plan a stay in Bellevue. Seniors, travel to the great Northwest and enjoy the beauty that Bellevue has to offer. -jeb


Seniors Head For Deutschland

wurzburg_square_car_magnet_3_x_3Been to Germany yet? Stopped in Würzburg? Senior friends, today we are paying a visit  to that city in Germany’s Bavaria region, known for lavish baroque and rococo architecture.

Also known for its numerous wine bars, cellars and wineries, Würzburg is the center of the Franconian wine country, with its distinctive bocksbeutel, bottles with flattened round shapes.

The population of Würzburg runs right at 125,000 inhabitants who are surrounded by scenic hills and beautiful old historic buildings all along the river Main.

The Official Homepage for Würzburg can fill senior visitors in on what to see and do. The Must Sees from the ‘Visitors’  site on this page include the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site Residence Palace, a Towering Fortress and an old bridge. The Christmas Market in Wurzburg is world famous as is Dirk Nowitzki, one of my favorite NBA basketball players with the Dallas Mavericks who was born in Wurzburg.


Senior Oenophiles Enjoy German Wine

Würzburg is located on both sides of the river Main but the main body of the town is on the eastern (right) bank of the river. For senior oenophiles, Würzburg is the capital of the German wine region Franconia which is famous for its mineralic dry white wines especially from the Silvaner grape.

The Würzburger Hofbräu brewery locally produces a well-known pilsner beer that might go well in this town along with the oldest Pizzeria in Germany. The University of Würzburg (official name Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg) was founded in 1402 and is one of the oldest universities in Germany.


The folks at TripAdvisor have 65 things to see and do in Würzburg. Unlike the Munich Residence, which evolved over some five hundred years and thus incorporates the styles of quite different periods, the Würzburg Residence was built in its entirety, with short interruptions, almost within a single generation.

Seniors Also Enjoy The Architecture

The interior of the residence holds the masterworks of Baroque/Rococo or Neoclassical architecture and art, including the grand staircase, the chapel, and the Imperial Hall. The building was reportedly called the “largest parsonage in Europe” by Napoleon.

 Seniors, enjoy your visit to Würzburg. Gute Reise. -jeb


Seniors Spend Time In Red Bluff

images Red Bluff, California, known as the Victorian City On The River, is on the northern edge of the Sacramento Valley.  Senior travelers will find Red Bluff in the Shasta Cascade region 40 miles south of Mt Shasta. 

At one time it was called Covertsburg, before finally being given the name Red Bluff. It was incorporated as a city in 1876. Read about John Brown’s Family: A Living Legend in Red Bluff, that made the city famous years back.

Red Bluff, California is notable as being the location where Ishi, “the last wild Indian in North America,” came out of the wilderness (just to the west of Red Bluff) in 1911. Ishi was the last remaining member of the Yahi tribe.


Seniors Enjoy Festive Downtown At Christmastime

Indian mounds that were excavated in Red Bluff (the Tehama-Red Bluff Mounds) in 1907, and there are more than 250 recorded ancient settlement sites along the Sacramento River in Tehama County.

Victorian architecture, tree-lined streets and old Downtown at Christmastime set downtown Red Bluff apart, making it the perfect place for seniors to enjoy a day – or even a weekend – “out on the town.”


Currently there are over 150 businesses, all located just blocks away from the Sacramento River, in the Historic District of Downtown Red Bluff. Seniors will note the 75 ft. Cone & Kimball Plaza Clock tower that stands tall in the heart of the city. The original 100 ft. tower stood from 1886 to 1984 over a general store when it was destroyed by a fire.

 Seniors Drive A Most Scenic Road

The red brick Saint Mary’s Parish Church is on the National Register of Historic Places.  I’d want to visit the Kelly-Griggs House Museum and the Kraft Library with its beautiful gardens.


From the lush riparian areas surrounding the Sacramento River and its tributaries to the expanse of the rolling hills of blue oak savannah, the Sacramento River Bend ONA (Outstanding Natural Area) offers diverse habitat for bald eagles, osprey, migratory and song birds, deer, and salmon, so bring along your field glasses.

California Route 36, said to be one of the most scenic drives in the USA, is considered by some to be among the best roads in California, with 140 miles of twists and turns that are seemingly tailor made for motorcycles.

Senior oenophiles, the Tuscan Ridge Estate Winery was voted 2016 Best Winery in Tehama County. The 96th Annual Red Bluff Round-Up, first held in 1921, has become one of the west’s largest rodeos.

Red Bluff serves as the gateway to Lassen Volcanic National Park. With its spectacular calendar of major events and outdoor recreation, Red Bluff and “Tehama Country” promises a great visit. -jeb


Seniors Visit Santa Rosa

UnknownJust 55 miles north of San Francisco, senior travelers will find Santa Rosa overflowing with what folks love about California: wine country and farm country, redwood forests and rivers, lakes and ocean. And in the center, a charming, thriving downtown, lined with intriguing shops and restaurants that delight casual diners and epicureans alike.

The population is around 175,000 inhabitants making it the largest city in California’s North Coast, Wine Country and the North Bay; the fifth most populous city in the San Francisco Bay Area. Adding to its scenic beauty, Santa Rosa Creek marks its course through Santa Rosa’s downtown.


Santa Rosa, is located in the heart of the famed Sonoma County wine country, approximately one hour north of San Francisco, and Oakland. Santa Rosa enjoys warm summers and cool wet winters making it ideal for vineyards. Santa Rosa is the largest city, main hub and seat of Sonoma County.

 Seniors Enjoy Wine Tasting

In addition to the many superb Santa Rosa Wineries senior visitors will find several quality Santa Rosa Restaurants in the area. Santa Rosa wineries are spread out over a large area and are located in 3 different wine regions; Russian River Valley, Bennett Valley and the Sonoma Valley.


Wineries range from large corporate holdings to small mom and pop operations. Senior eonophiles, can enjoy visiting a variety of enjoyable tasting rooms.

 Seniors discover microbrews, fun fairs, cycling on road and off, a foodie paradise as well as a birding paradise: great blue herons, great egrets, snowy egrets and black-crowned herons. 

Seniors Meet Charlie Brown


For visitors who enjoy sports, the Bay Area to the south of Santa Rosa is home to numerous professional sports franchises, including: Oakland Athletics and San Francisco Giants, San Francisco Dragons (Lacrosse), Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49ers, and the San Francisco Seals (soccer).

Then there’s the Charles M. Schultz Museum and Charlie Brown in person and a visit to the Railroad Square Historic District. The Santa Rosa Wine Tour would be fun for my wife and me and perhaps after that, a memorable balloon ride.

In 2007, the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce adopted a new slogan, “California’s Cornucopia”.  Enjoy your visit and the host of amenities of this scenic community. -jeb


Seniors visit one of West Virginia’s Best

logo-u1146I looked up the “Best Small Towns in West Virginia” and up came Barboursville, population 3,967. Though Barboursville is next to one of the state’s largest cities—Huntington—senior visitors wouldn’t know it by walking the  quaint streets. Part of what attracts visitors to Barboursville is its curb appeal—tucked just enough away from Interstate 64 to maintain a quiet, 1950s neighborhood feel.

The Village of Barboursville was founded in 1813 by an Act of the Virginia Assembly. As the Cabell County Seat, it became a busy town of commerce and politics. A port of call for boats running on the Guyandotte River, Barboursville flourished as an industrial center.


During the Civil War several battle skirmishes took place in and around the village. After the war, the county seat was moved to nearby Huntington. As the railroads and highways passed by, Barboursville became a quiet, residential setting of historic homes and figures and remains such today.

 Senior Visitors Enjoy Barboursville Park

Barboursville celebrated its 200th year in 2013, and the pride of its residents is clear. “No other place has quite the atmosphere that Barboursville has,” says Charles Seay, a lifelong resident and police officer for the Barboursville Police Department. Charles lives on Main Street, goes to church on Main Street, and says many families in the town go back generations. “It’s a tight-knit community. Everybody knows everybody.”


Right on the edge of the city limits, the 750-acre Barboursville Park seems like much more than simply a park. The sprawling grounds offer ball fields, soccer fields, tennis and basketball courts, multiple playgrounds, nine shelters, a fishing lake and ponds, walking paths, bike trails, and the list goes on.

There’s an amphitheater, horse show ring, and archery range. Doesn’t this well describe a neat small town?  Where else could one find a restaurant called Fat Patty’s, that claims to have the best burgers in town and appetizers galore.

 Barboursville Historic District Attracts Seniors


In the center of town, the Barboursville Historic District is made up of 20 buildings with excellent examples of late 19th and early 20th century commercial architecture, including the old Brady Hardware building (circa 1906) on Main Street.

Well worth a photo is the 1852 Miller House in Barboursville that was likely the home of a local businessman. You will find the Coleman Institute in Barboursville that is one of the most successful and innovative centers for addiction treatment in the country.

Senior oenophiles, plan a visit to the Barboursville Vineyards. And don’t miss the Palladio Restaurant that is on the grounds of this historic wine estate, complete with ruins. Over the years I have visited many of the finest vineyards in France as a tour group leader and I would be amiss if I did not stop in Barboursville for a visit and tasting.

Senior travelers, enjoy your stop in Barboursville.  jeb


Seniors Stop At Scenic Falmouth

falmouth-maineSenior travelers learn that Falmouth is a town in Cumberland County, Maine with a population of around 12,000. This rapidly growing northern suburban community of Portland borders Casco Bay and offers one of the largest anchorages in Maine.

The town was named for Falmouth, England and is home to three private golf clubs and the Portland Yacht Club. Seniors, toss in your clubs and perhaps pull your yacht along. Falmouth was named the “Top City to Live and Learn” by Forbes in 2011.


All along the eastern coast of the US history abounds and Falmouth is part of it. One of the earliest and most historically significant structures in the town of Falmouth was a palisaded fort and trading post named New Casco, built in 1698 after the conclusion of King William’s War.

Seniors Visit Historic Town


The town was first settled by Europeans in the early 1630s and was recognized as a town later in 1658. Falmouth was incorporated in 1718 as an area now known as “ancient Falmouth.”

Senior visitors might find the Falmouth Historical Society & Museum of interest. TripAdvisor suggests you to be sure to take in Mackworth Island, River Point Conservation Area and the Gisland Farm Audubon Centre.

The Center is headquarters for the Maine Audubon Society, a modern environmental center and a 65-acre sanctuary. It offers two miles of trails along the Presumpscot River estuary through the hills, forests and salt marsh of Falmouth.

Seniors Enjoy Maine’s Coastline


Senior visitors can venture north along Route 88 to see the coastline and the stately homes in Falmouth Foreside. I just had to toss in the the Presumpscot River (I love that name), as it is a 25 mile scenic river located in Cumberland County and is the main outlet of Sebago Lake. The river provided an early transportation corridor with reliable water.

Downtown Falmouth is a journey in itself, loaded with historic buildings, beautiful flowers, great restaurants and shops. I have found Facebook to be a good reliable source complete with places to eat, stay and landmarks to enjoy.


The Family Ice Center is Southern Maine’s premier year round ice skating and community center for folks of all ages. The Center offers programs that include public skating indoors and outdoors, on Maine’s only refrigerated outdoor skating surface, the Lee Twombly Pond Skating Center at the FIC, as it is called.

For you oenophiles, drop by Maine Coast Vineyards that has been growing wine grapes  in the old agricultural region of Falmouth called Hurricane Valley. Seniors, set your GPS for Falmouth Maine and enjoy all that this scenic community has to offer. -jeb


Seniors Drop By Temecula


Temecula, a city in southwestern Riverside County, with a population of 100,097, is in the heart of southern California wine country. Temecula is a place where senior visitors will enjoy natural beauty, historic traditions, and modern conveniences.

Since its early beginning, the Temecula Valley has been a place where the combination of mild climate and beautiful rolling hills have attracted human settlement. Temecula is bordered by the City of Murrieta to the north and the Pechanga Indian Reservation and San Diego County to the south. The City of Temecula forms the southwestern anchor of the Inland Empire region.


The name Temecula comes from the Luiseño Indian word “Temecunga” – “temet” meaning “sun” and “-ngna” which means “place of”. The Spanish interpreted and spelled the word as “Temecula”.

Over the years, the meaning of “Temecula” has been translated into several different versions of this interpretation, including the most popular, which is “Where the sun breaks through the mist”. Its rich history is a major attraction for senior visitors to the area.

 Seniors Enjoy Tourist Destination


Temecula abounds in historical sites that include an old bank and the Mercantile building. The city is a prominent tourist destination. Senior travelers will enjoy the Temecula Valley Wine Country.

Old Town Temecula, championship golf courses and the Temecula Valley Polo Club are also attractive to visitors. The Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival and the Temecula Valley International Film Festival, attract a significant number of senior tourists.

 Old Town Temecula Draws Seniors


TripAdvisor enjoyed a visit to Temecula and notes 75 things you will want to consider as “must see” sites starting off with Old Town Temecula. I know that this is where my wife and I would start off our visit.

Then we would have to do some serious tasting at several of the wineries in the area and maybe drop a few coins at the Pechanga Casino and then consider one of six balloon rides in and around Temecula. I’ve alway wanted to do that, expecially over vinyards!

So sets your sites on wine country and plan to spend a few days in Temecula.  You will find it to abound in hospitality and of course great wine. It is a fun place for a visit as this video shows. -jeb


Seniors Stop In Newberg


Senior travelers descending into the green Chehalem Valley from Portland, find that Newberg is the first stop on their tour of Oregon wine country. Newberg with a population of around 22,000 is loaded with interesting history.

Newberg was named by its first postmaster, Sebastian Brutscher, for his former hometown of Neuberg, Germany. Senior visitors will discover that one of the current streets, Brutscher Street, is named after him. The Willamette River flows through Newberg adding to its scenic array along with Chehalem Creek and the surrounding Chehalem Mountains.


TripAdvisor suggests a hot air balloon ride. For years I have been trying to get brave enough to take a balloon ride. I can imagine just floating high over Yamhill County’s beautiful wine country.

 Seniors Find A Dynamic Small City

And a plethora of wineries abound all around Newberg…for you oenophiles, check out the various wine tours with a tasting room. Nearby in St. Paul, Oregon is the famed Champoeg State Heritage Area, a long-gone pioneer town now home to a museum, campsites, cabins, yurts and pet-friendly hiking trails.


Senior visitors will also find that the Heritage Area includes a visitor center, an 1860s-style garden, the Newell House Museum – Robert Newell’s restored 1852 house – and the Pioneer Mothers Memorial Cabin Museum.

Newberg is known as…“A Place To Grow,” and for good reason… in the last 50 years Newberg has become one of Oregon’s most dynamic small cities. It is said to  be Yamhill County’s Most Interesting City.

Seniors Enjoy Fine Art, Fine Wine And Fine Dining


Travel Oregon notes that Newberg is where artisan vintners craft complex Pinots and creative chefs use the region’s bounty as their palette for innovative menus so Newberg is the great destination for fine dining. Senior visitors will find fine art and fine wine in Historic Downtown Newberg

President Herbert Hoover moved to the city as a child in 1885, to live with his uncle and aunt after the death of his parents, and was one of the first students to attend his uncle’s Pacific Academy.  The home has been turned into the Hoover-Minthorn House museum.


Newberg was “dry”, meaning no alcohol could be sold within the city limits, for a good part of its early history. By the 1880s, the Newberg area had become heavily influenced by the Friends (Quaker) Church. Today Newberg holds the world record for the most churches per capita.

Newberg has a number of sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places; enjoys a nationally ranked university, George Fox University; and is part of the region in Oregon where one finds the oldest and most innovative wine producers.

Stop in Newberg and enjoy all that the town has to offer. -jeb


Seniors Seek Fun Time in Forestville


Forestville’s (pop. 3,300+) unofficial motto is “Forestville, The Good Life. Senior travelers will find “Forestville in the coastal section of northern California in the heart of Sonoma County. It is a quiet little community half an hour from the Pacific coast and about an hour north of San Francisco.

In the Russian River Valley, Forestville is an area well known to wine lovers for the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines that are produced from grapes grown among the rolling hills of the area. A bit more spread out than other parts of Sonoma County, Forestville rewards the intrepid traveler with scenic vistas and small roads worth discovering.


Senior visitors are taken aback by its picturesque valleys laden with roaming vineyards. However, the town is more than a gateway to the Russian River, it is a diverse array of businesses, wineries, farming, and recreation.

Senior Travelers Enjoy Scenic Valleys And Vineyards

The history of Forestville began back in 1834 when Captain Juan Bautista Rogers Cooper bought a land grant from his brother-in-law, General Vallejo. Forestville has since remained a quaint California town with scenic valleys, vineyards, businesses. The major road through town, Highway 116, is also called Front Street for the length of the town, a distance of about three blocks.


The town came into existence during the late 1860s. By 1900, the community was known for attracting writers and artists and had a bohemian reputation.

Surrounded by gently rolling hills, stately redwoods, lush vineyards, and the majestic Russian River as it winds its way to the Pacific Ocean, Forestville maintains its rural character and scenic beauty.

TripAdvisor suggests seniors visit the vineyards of the area and take a canoe trip on the Russian River. Winding its way across the heart of Sonoma Wine Country, the famed Russian River offers a wide variety of outdoor opportunities.

Seniors Enjoy Art Galleries, Wineries And Mom’s Beach


Forestville is home to several art galleries, wineries, Farm Trails member sites and good food. Check out Five Fun Things to Do in Forestville.

Forestville River Access is a small parking area just off River Road with a short trail leading to a scenic Russian River beach known as Mom’s Beach. The rocky shore is ringed by greenery and redwoods, with a great view of the many trees across the river. It is a great spot to relax and watch river paddlers heading downstream.

Seniors, set your GPS for Forestville and enjoy the many amenities of this small community on the Russian River. -jeb


Seniors Discover a Best Small Town

800px-Abingdon_VA_Welcome_Sign-e1447412408880I asked Google for the names of the best small towns in Virginia and up pops Abingdon, with a population of just over 8,000. Seniors, let’s check Abingdon out and see what makes it so special. It is said that there is “Always Something To Do In Abingdon”.

Abingdon, the seat of Washington County, is 133 miles southwest of Roanoke and is a designated Virginia Historic Landmark. The town encompasses several historically significant sites and features a fine arts and crafts scene centered on the galleries and museums along Main Street. Barter Theatre, designated as the “State Theatre of Virginia” in 1946, is one of the longest-running professional regional theaters in the nation.


The settlement was originally known as Black’s Fort. In 1778, Black’s Fort was incorporated as the town of Abingdon, said to be named for the ancestral home of Martha Washington in Oxfordshire, England.

Could be, but other possible namesakes for the town include Daniel Boone’s home in Abington, Pennsylvania, or Lord Abingdon, friend of settler William Campbell. Me, I liked that one.

Seniors Enjoy Virginia Historic Landmark

It’s scenic in all directions. When you look at the mountains surrounding the town, you think of Daniel Boone walking through the woods or early American pioneers traveling the Great Road across the Blue Ridge Mountains to settle the new frontier.

Main Street in Abingdon, VA

When you stroll down Main Street, it will make you think about the Civil War soldiers involved in nearby battles who were treated by nurses on the grounds of what is now the elegant Martha Washington Hotel. Senior visitors, stroll the charming brick sidewalks of downtown Abingdon, named a Virginia Historic Landmark.

Pick up a brochure at the Visitor’s Center and take a self-guided walking tour.

Seniors Hike The Virginia Creeper Trail


TripAdvisor invites seniors to check out the two dozen major attractions not to be missed in Abingdon. After taking in a presentation at the Barter Theater, bring along some good hiking shoes and take the World Class Virginia Creeper Trail, a 34.3-mile rail-to-recreation trail starting in Abingdon.

Being an amateur oenophile, this senior would want to visit the Abingdon Vineyard and Winery, a Virginia Farm Winery nestled along the South Holston River. They feature fine wines and scenic views in a quiet Virginia surrounding.

The area is known for boating, hiking, camping, biking, horseback riding and skiing, as well as Blue Grass music, storytelling and mountain crafts. Sounds like fun.

The Arts Depot would be another worthwhile stop as would be White’s Mill, where you can watch corn being ground and tour this historic structure.

So plan on dropping by Abingdon, VA, it will be a memorable visit. -jeb

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