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Seniors Choose Bariloche


San Carlos de Bariloche (commonly called Bariloche), in Argentina’s Inner Patagonia, is a town bordering Lago Nahuel Huapi, a large glacial lake surrounded by the snow-crowned Andes. Senior visitors will enjoy it for its Swiss alpine architecture and its chocolate, sold in shops lining Calle Mitre, its main street.

 Bariloche  is a popular base for hiking and skiing the nearby mountains and exploring the surrounding Lakes District. The “American Switzerland,” as it is called, is famous for skiing and also for sightseeing, water sports, hiking and climbing. Senior visitors enjoy its Swiss-like atmosphere and its breweries.


The truly brave at heart can take a plunge into icy Lake Nahuel Huapi, which, even in summer, never rises above a chilling average temperature of 57°F. Could you do that? Great souvenir memory with lots of goosebumps.

Beaches like Playa Bonita and Villa Tacul are attractive, but a word of caution…try to avoid Bariloche  in July, when the town is inundated with high-school students celebrating graduation. They like to call the town simply “Bariló.”

Seniors Enjoy Nahuel National Park


Senior travelers will find plenty to see and do starting off with the Nahuel National Park. This massive national park is the largest in Argentina, nearly 2 million acres. Established in 1934 with mountains, lakes and forests and many outdoors activities.

Tronador is an extinct stratovolcano in the southern Andes, located along the border between Argentina and Chile.  The mountain was named Tronador by locals in reference to the sound of falling seracs ( a block or column of glacial ice, often formed by intersecting crevasses on a glacier). Add that term to your geological terminology knowledge as I did.

Seniors Take in the Beauty


So what is there for seniors? Plenty. Lonely Planet notes that being strung out along the shoreline of Lago Nahuel Huapi, in the middle of the national park, Bariloche has one of the most gorgeous settings imaginable.

Combined with a wealth of summer and winter activities in the surrounding countryside, Bariloche has become the Lake District’s principal destination. And chocolate. There are a host of chocolate shops lining main street. Makes for a great edible souvenir, that is, if you can make it home with them as gifts.

 So travel south, seniors, and enjoy the healthy air of the Andes, the variety of water activities, the fine array of local dishes (Bariloche is famous for its smoked foods, particularly deer and trout,) and the beauty of the area. -jeb


Seniors Pay A Visit To Grazalema

800px-TejadosGrazalema Senior travelers will find Grazalema in the northeastern part of the province of Cádiz, in the autonomous community of Andalusia, Spain. Situated in the foothills of the Sierra del Pinar mountain range, Grazalema has a population of just over 2,250.

It is known as “a charming white village” because most all the houses are white. Traditionally, the economy of the village was generated by small-scale agriculture, sheep herding, cork harvesting, and handicrafts, like hand-weaving lambswool cloth and furniture-making.

Its steep, cobbled streets are immaculately kept and are lined by whitewashed houses with windows covered by wrought-iron rejas (bars) and plant pots spilling over with a wide array of colorful flowers.

Seniors Head For A UNESCO Biosphere Reserve


In the heart of the village is an attractive main square, the Plaza de España, lined with bars and restaurants. On this square is Grazalema´s central sight, the 18th-century church of La Aurora.

Designated a Unesco Biosphere Reserve in 1977, the Sierra de Grazalema was declared the first natural park in Andalucia in 1984 and is one of Spain’s most ecologically outstanding areas. Sierra de Grazalema is considered to be one of the most important natural parks in Spain due to its wealth of flora and fauna and its unbeatable landscapes.

The park is famous for its spectacularly rugged limestone landscape of cliffs, gullies, caves and gorges. The region is well known for being the rainiest place in Spain, with an annual rainfall of 2,200 mm. There are 1,300 Mediterranean plant species registered there, many of them endemic and some of them unique to the Sierra.

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Seniors Enjoy Grazalema’s Fiestas

Grazalema is filled with history, lots of things for seniors to see and do and plenty of fiestas. The first fiesta is the Romería of San Isidro Labrador which is held on the last Sunday in May, celebrating the arrival of summer.

On 13 June, the village celebrates Benamahoma, the fiesta in honor of its patron, San Antonio. During the third week of July, the Fiestas of Carmen are held which climax with the Monday of Bulls.


The limestone composition of these mountains creates a landscape of sinkholes, galleries, caves and shelters all making for a memorable hike. Senior hikers, bring your hiking  boots.

After your hike a good soaking in the Spa Wellness Grazalema will regenerate  your muscles. For some great practical souvenirs, pay a visit to Artesania textil de Grazalema for some beautiful local wool products.

There are several walking tours for those of us who enjoy nature and flowers. Enjoy your visit to Grazalema. -jeb


Seniors Go Exploring in Conshohocken


By now you know, this senior loves to go exploring in cities with names like Conshohocken. It caught my eye this AM in the news. A train crashed into a parked car and it made news headlines.

The borough of Conshohocken, “Conshy” to the locals, is a former mill-town and now, thanks to a thriving tech industry, has become known as “Silicon Valley Forge.”

The borough is 1.03 square miles in area and is home to over 7,800 people. Located about 15 miles from Center City Philadelphia, the borough represents one of America’s most successful transformations from a mill town to a modern center of office and hotel services and water front residential living.


The Lenape Indians called this area “Pleasant Valley”. In 1880 the place was given its present name, having been previously known as Masterson’s Ford, and two years later a bridge was constructed across the Schuylkill at this point.  Its sister community of West Conshohocken is located just across the Schuylkill River.

 Seniors Learn Interesting History

The settlement of Conshohocken dates back to the days of William Penn, who purchased the land in this section from the Indians in 1683.

 So what attracts senior visitors to Conshohocken? One fun attraction would be the Edwards-Freeman Nut Company where a visit can take you back to the penny-candy stores of your childhood. Remember those?

The Conshohocken Brewing Company invites senior visitors to their Tap Room for some sampling. Several top-rated restaurants like Stone Rose, Blackfish and Fayette Street Grille provide great cuisine for the locals and visitors alike.


According to TripAdvisor, don’t miss Flanigan’s Boathouse and The Old Guard House Inn.  I discovered over 15 colleges that ring around the borough.

A Borough On The Move

Not long ago officials broke ground for a new Conshohocken borough office and police station, so it is “a borough on the move.” Facebook  has lots to say about Conshohocken that includes a link on the Rick Sutcliffe Park. Sutcliffe, nicknamed “The Red Baron” for his red hair and beard, is a former major league baseball pitcher.


In 1940, a New York Times columnist noted lightheartedly that “Some of the residents of Conshy are concerned because Kitty Foyle’s father, in Christopher Morley’s novel “Kitty Foyle” , uses the name of their town as a swear word. Others saw it as good advertisement.

Bring some walking boots and take a hike with folks who find the Schuylkill River Trail a prime hiking trail experience.  Plan to spend a few days just exploring. -jeb


Seniors Pay a Visit to Ashburn

managed_hosting_datacenter_ashburn Ashburn, with a population of over 50,000 inhabitants, is in Loudoun county, a part of Virginia’s Hunt Country where senior travelers will find a number of horse farms.  Ashburn is 30 miles northwest of Washington, D.C. and part of the Washington Metropolitan Area.

The city was originally called Farmwell (variant names include Old Farmwell and Farmwell Station) after a nearby mansion of that name owned by George Lee III. The name “Farmwell” was used to describe the 1,200 acre  plantation he inherited from his father, Thomas Ludwell Lee II.


Today Ashburn is home to many high-tech businesses. Loudoun County is called “DC’s Wine Country”.

Major attractions in Ashburn include the Washington Redskins football team, the National Crash Analysis Center and the Old Dominion Brewing Company.  Both George Washington University and Cordoba University call the city home.

Ashburn has premier golf courses and is conveniently located between Washington Dulles International Airport and Loudoun County Hospital. Furthermore, Ashburn is home to AOL, Verizon, Equinix, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at Janelia Farm, and a variety of other hi-tech firms.

 Seniors Walk Washington & Old Dominion Trail


Part of the 45-mile Washington & Old Dominion Trail goes through Ashburn. The 100-foot-wide trail makes a comfortable path for senior walking, biking and skating. Horseback riders find 32 miles of adjacent gravel trails available for riding.

Historically, Ashburn was a railroad town and the town was a busy and prosperous area. Ashburn’s beginnings trace back to the 1720s, when Thomas Lee and Robert Carter tried to outwit each other by buying up strategic pieces of the Virginia countryside. Each sought to control the commercial destiny of the colony. Belmont, Lee’s grandson’s Ashburn estate, is situated near the Potomac River and Goose Creek.

Senior visitors are invited to check out a number of favorites in town, including day tours, the Alamo Cinema Drafthouse and several classic parks. The town also offers golf courses, scenic and historic attractions, museums and galleries.


Grandparents and Grandkids…

Bring the grandkids along and discover 34 different types of family-friendly things to do with youngsters in or near Ashburn. The most popular types of activities for kids and families include: Amusement Parks, Performances, General Tours and Hiking.

Trailside Park is located off of Claibourne Parkway in the Ashburn Farm Community. Many natural areas were preserved and some turned into parks including Trailside Park. This Loudoun County park includes 3 baseball fields, in-line skating rink and a big playground.

Ashburn Farm was once known as Gray Dairy Farm. In 1986 construction began on the planned community of homes, town homes and condos. So drop by Ashburn when you are in northern Virginia or visiting DC. You will find it friendly and inviting all year long.  -jeb


Seniors Discover Quechee Gorge


When I first saw this name as a site selected by CNN as a great place to visit, this senior just had to check it out. I learned that Quechee Gorge (pronunciation: kwee chee)  is known as Vermont’s Little Grand Canyon and is located in Hartford, Vermont.

The length of the Gorge is 1.4 miles.  As I live in Arizona, “little” makes more sense, especially if you have visited our “Grand Canyon” that is a mile deep and 277 miles long. Nevertheless, the Quechee Gorge is impressive.

Quechee was settled in the 1760s when homesteaders were deeded acres for the erection of mills along the Ottauquechee River. The mills became the heartbeat of this community, providing everything from lumber to cider for the settlers. To accommodate growing traffic, a bridge was built over the Ottauquechee River at the current site of the Quechee covered bridge.

 Seniors Find A Popular Natural Wonder


Quechee is the home of the Quechee Lakes planned community, with two eighteen hole golf courses. The town is host to a popular hot air balloon festival, Scottish Games, Quechee Polo Grounds, and the Simon Pearce glass blowing and pottery facility, keeping things hopping all year long. Senior visitors can start off at the modern Quechee Gorge Visitors Center in White River Junction.

Today the Gorge is one of New England’s most popular natural wonders. Over 200,000 yearly visitors enjoy the Vermont Institute of Natural Science, fishing and canoeing the river, hiking trails, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing.

Established in 1985, and located in the heart of the Quechee Gorge, Quechee Gorge Village has evolved into one of the best shopping attractions in the state of Vermont. Seniors can visit the Cabot Quechee Store, Danforth Pewter, Vermont Toy & Train Museum, Vermont Spirits, The Quechee Diner and Snow Farm Gallery.

Covered Bridge, Cool Gorge and Hot Air Balloons


The town itself with about 700 inhabitants has lots of shops, a waterfall, a covered bridge, and one very cool gorge easily viewed from a bridge that crosses the main road into town. If you drive a little farther out of town, you will see Farmer’s Diner, a throwback to an earlier age with a old red barn and one of those old original dining cars that looks like it fell off a train. The antique mall features more than 450 booths.

Every Father’s Day Weekend, folks come from all over to enjoy the annual Quechee Hot Air Ballon Festival. For those of you who enjoy hiking, an easy trail takes you along Quechee Gorge, up to waterfalls and Dewey’s Mill Pond.

Further exploration along the Ottauquechee River (pronounced AWT-ah-KWEE-chee) leads you through green meadows and colorful Vermont  woods. Now you know all about Quechee, so plan to stop by and see that famous gorge for yourself and maybe dine at Farmer’s Diner.  jeb


Seniors Discover Pompano Beach

ar130954892981693Pompano Beach, Florida, along the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, lies just to the north of Fort Lauderdale. The City of Pompano Beach was settled back in 1880 and today welcomes senior visitors to some of the warmest and clearest waters, beautiful sand beaches, and calming breezes.

It’s the perfect place for a beach vacation, with great dining, exciting water sports from deep sea fishing to paddle boarding or just relaxing on the beach. Senior travelers, you can visit one of the many fabulous parks, take in a game of golf or tennis, and enjoy some fun shopping. Pompano Beach with its population of 100,000 is often called “the Heart of the Gold Coast.”


 Seniors Learn About QQuest

The city got its name from a fish called pomano that is found just off the Atlantic Coast. Pompano Beach is within minutes of Las Olas Riverfront, Palm Aire Golf Course, Isle Casino Racing at Pompano Park and Galleria Mall.

A major attraction is the Pompano Municipal Pier. Along with the Pier, visitors enjoy QQuest that is South Florida’s first ever thrilling live escape game. QQuest is a great place to have fun with friends, work on team building and to enjoy amazing live action puzzles in a rooms filled with puzzles, riddles, clues and brain teasers, for you to solve within 1 hour.

 Seafood Festival Attracts Senior Visitors


Senior tourists flock to the Annual Pomano Beach Seafood Festival, and I would too. For you foodies, the Fine Food and Wine Festival features over 30 restaurants offering delicious food, auctions, unique entertainment and adult libations, this year’s event is sure to amuse your palate.

Bring your clubs along because there are dozens of championship golf courses within a 30-minute drive and they  challenge every skill level.

If you find yourself in hiking boots, you have come to the right place. Your visit to the Fern Forest Nature Park, a 254-acre Urban Wilderness Site that features the Cypress Boardwalk, an arboretum and the Prairie Overlook Trail, will lead you to lots of wildlife.


And parks…Pompano Beach also maintains more than 50 local parks for sports enthusiasts or senior visitors who have a penchant for outdoor relaxation. If golf or hiking is not your bag, then try out your fish pole or take a fishing excursion.

The Pompano Beach Fishing Rodeo—the largest saltwater sport fishing tournament in South Florida—is a popular annual event that draws in thousands of tourists. So swing by Pompano Beach on your next trip to Florida and enjoy all that the city has to offer. jeb


 Seniors Enjoy A ‘Site Not To Miss’


CNN selected one site ‘not to be missed’ in each of our 50 states. In Mississippi, it was the Gulf Islands National Seashore. The Seashore offers senior travelers recreation opportunities and preserves natural and historic resources along the Gulf of Mexico barrier islands of Florida and Mississippi.

The protected regions include mainland areas and parts of seven islands. A unique dune habitat is created from wind and waves blowing sand into large piles, which are held in place by the root systems of beach grass and sea oats. The Gulf Islands National Seashore is known as “Mississippi’s Wilderness Shore.”


The Seashore spreads across two island chains off the coast of Mississippi and Florida’s panhandle. These scenic out-islands offer historic forts, white sand beaches, awesome emerald water and endless opportunities for seniors to learn and have fun.

Senior Military Historians Take Note

Military historians will find much to see and do at the Fort Barrancas Visitor Center, Fort Pickens, Pensacola Naval Air Station, and the Naval Live Oaks Visitor Center. Senior visitors can relax and enjoy the scenery, hike a trail or explore the beautiful old historic brick forts within the park.

The Seashore is located on barrier islands which are a coastal landform and a type of barrier system, that is exceptionally flat and lumpy areas of sand, parallel to the mainland coast. These islands are famous for their natural, bright white sand, which is composed of quartz and scraggly pine tree forests that make a living among the sandy soil.


 Senior visitors will want to visit the Fort Pickens National Park. Fort Pickens is the largest of four forts built to defend Pensacola Bay, Florida, and its navy yard. The fort was begun in 1829, completed in 1834, and was named in honor of Major General Andrew Pickens of the South Carolina militia.

Pickens fought with distinction in several Revolutionary War battles and he also led several campaigns against the Cherokees, who called him “Wizard Owl.” That just has to be a total compliment, don’t you think? The park’s forts were built over a span of nearly 150 years; several were built as part of the Third System of coastal fortifications, a defensive system constructed between 1816 and 1867.

Outdoor enthusiasts can camp, fish, swim, snorkel, hike, bike, and birdwatch along miles of pristine shoreline. The Andrew Jackson Trail is one of nine trails leading out of Naval Live Oaks, which also offers a 40-mile biking loop.  Enjoy the Shore.  jeb


Red Rock Is A Must Visit For Seniors


The Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area in Nevada is an area managed by the Bureau of Land Management as part of its National Landscape Conservation System, and protected as a National Conservation Area. CNN wrote up the area recently and it rated very high with visitors from all across the country.

Senior visitors discover the unique geologic features and plants and animals of Red Rock that represent some of the best examples of the Mojave Desert. The Red Rock Canyon conservation area is home to a distinctive red sandstone landscape with red sandstone outcroppings everywhere… the scene seems never to be the same.

Senior travelers can enjoy the  colorful formations on a 13-mile scenic loop by car, or by hiking or biking this protected area. Frommer’s notes that if you need a break from the casinos of Las Vegas, Red Rock Canyon is balm for your overstimulated soul.

This is a magnificent unspoiled vista less than 20 miles away from The Strip (and if you must, a morning visit should leave you enough time for an afternoon’s gambling).


Seniors Take The Scenic Drive

You can drive the panoramic 13-mile Scenic Drive (daily 6am-dusk) or explore more in-depth on foot, making it perfect for senior athletes or senior armchair types alike. Senior grandparents, you can bring the grandkids out for a picnic, and possibly get a view of the wild burros that roam the area..

Red Rock Canyon was designated as Nevada’s first National Conservation Area. The area is 195,819 acres and is visited by more than one million people each year. Visitors find plenty to see and do with more than 30 miles of hiking trails, rock climbing, horseback riding, mountain biking, road biking, picnic areas and nature observing, plus a visitor center with exhibit rooms and a book store.


Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is enjoyed by the local population as well as visitors from across the United States and many foreign countries. TripAdvisor will take you on-site with nearly 2,000 visitor photos.

One visitor writes “This is just about 20 minutes away from the strip. It’s absolutely beautiful, even on a hot and sticky day! The park opens at 6:30 am. It’s a one-way drive for 13 miles. You pay $7 to enter and can stay as long as you want.

The Red Rock Canyon area is, arguably, the most beautiful area in Nevada—perhaps the southwest. jeb


Seniors Discover the Isle of Yelapa

I would like to think that this senior knows Mexico fairly well, having been there several times. Nevertheless I had never heard of Yelapa, called “A Hidden Gem” or by others…”A State of Mind.”

Tiny Yelapa’s charm is that the best things are free and is presently highly recommend by travel magazines as a place to seek refuge on your next trip to Mexico.

Nestled in the southernmost cove of the world’s 7th largest bay, lies the peaceful village of Yelapa in the State of Jalisco. Although there is a road which leads to the pueblo, the isle is most easily accessible by boat. You will discover that it is “somewhat isolated” and hemmed in between jungle and ocean.

This might be neat…Yelapa has no roads or cars and very few phones. Could you handle that? Plus there are no street names or maps but no need to worry. Yelapa is the kind of place where someone will just point you in the right direction.

If you’ve been to Puerto Vallarta you can easily locate Yelapa 30 miles to the south. It’s a sleepy little find that many call the “Stuff of Fairy Tails”.

Set in a cove at the foot of mountains that tumble down into the sea and at the end of a bone-rattling road followed by a bit of a hike through Chacala (Huichol) Indian land, that’s Yelapa.

Yelapa, Hot Senior Destination

These days, Yelapa is hot. Why? It is a perfect destination for senior travelers who wants to get away from it all. In the last couple of years, it has emerged as one of the must-visit destinations in Mexico, or anywhere. Hilary Swank vacations here and so does Peter Coyote.

This peaceful little village, surrounded by over 50,000 acres of the second most bio-diverse jungle and waters of the world, focuses on artistic ventures, nature and outdoor recreation. Lounging on the beach, swimming, snorkeling, hiking to one of the island’s jungle waterfalls or mountain biking are popular pastimes. Yoga retreat spas are highly sought after.

From one end of Banderas Bay to the other takes only about 45 minutes. Behind the beach where boats land is a village of steep paths, randomly laid out. The atmosphere in Yelapa is very laid back, which is what drew bohemians, artists, and hippies in the 1960s and 1970s.

Senior Citizens Visit This “Getaway”

Just so you comprehend what you can expect, Yelapa is straight out of Daniel Dafoe’s famous castaway novel ‘Robinson Crusoe’. It is an artist/hippie retreat.

The island’s charm beckons adventurous senior visitors and folks wishing to enjoy these untouched shores. Yelapa hotels provide a spectacular level of privacy and tranquility, tucked into this tiny little village that has been largely undisturbed by the tourism industry.

You adventure loving seniors, pack your carry-on, swimming gear and plenty of sun tan oil and head to Yelapa for some “true peace and calm.” jeb


Seniors Have You Been To Apalachicola?

A charming fishing town, maybe a little more Cape Cod than Deep South, Apalachicola, Florida offers senior visitors terrific seafood, lovely waterfront parks and enchanting inns. That’s one cool name for a town isn’t it?  The word “Apalachicola” is variously translated as “place of the ruling people”, “those people residing on the other side or shore”, or “land of the friendly people”.

Let’s just say “Apalach!”

Some call the area the “Forgotten Florida Coast.” In fast-growth Florida, there’s something different about Apalachicola or Apalach, as the locals often abbreviate it. I just loved it when I discovered that there’s only one traffic light along its main road, the two-lane Highway 98.

In Apalach, seniors will have an opportunity to glimpse the Florida Panhandle’s oyster, timber and fishing history from ground level. TripAdvisor can fill in your itinerary for a wonderful visit with lots to see and do. Some senior visitors find that “This is the way Florida used to look,” and that “This is the real Florida.”  

Within easy range of Apalachicola you will find miles of pristine beaches on St. George Island and an endless supply of protected shallow bays, excellent fishing, and acres of national and state forests to explore.

There’s antique-ing in the town’s many charming and unique shops and there are several outstanding examples of antebellum architecture that are open to the public. Apalach offers maritime history and a still-working waterfront plus plenty of restaurants serving the freshest seafood on the coast.

Historic Downtown Draws Senior Visitors

Once considered the third largest shipping port on the Gulf Coast, Apalach is the county seat of Franklin County. Remnants of its colorful and diverse past remain visible today through its many historic homes and buildings.

Downtown Apalach keeps the city moving forward. On August 11, 2010, the Apalachicola City Commission unanimously voted to endorse the newly established non-profit corporation, Historic Apalachicola Inc., in it’s application for the National Trust For Historic Preservation’s Main Street program.

Senior visitors can stroll around Apalachicola’s waterfront, business district, and Victorian-era homes. Combine all this with some of the finest seafood in the country and some of the nicest people anywhere, and your stay is sure to be memorable.

 And those beaches…

St George Island State Park- nine miles of beach and pristine shoreline. There is the Crooked River Light House- historic 103 foot structure built in 1895. Apalachicola National Estuarine Reserve- Over 246,000 acres in the Apalachicola Bay.

Visit the Educational Center on Market Street. St. Joseph Peninsula State Park- excellent snorkeling, swimming, birding and hiking. Top those off with the St Vincent Island National Wildlife Refuge- an unspoiled, uninhabited barrier island at the west end of Apalachicola Bay.

Enjoy your visit to the Florida Panhandle. jeb

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