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Seniors Enjoy Time In Nashua

DocumentNashua is a city in Hillsborough County, New Hampshire with a population of nearly 887,000, making it the second largest city in the state after Manchester. Known as the “Gate City”, senior travelers find Nashua 30 miles north of  Boston, 60 miles from the seacoast, 70 miles to the Lakes Region, and 90 miles to the White Mountains.


It’s Downtown Nashua that makes the city a memorable place. It’s distinctive and historic. Downtown Nashua is not only about visiting, shopping, and dining; it is most excitingly becoming recognized as a great place to live and work.

At one time there was a dispute between the area north of the Nashua, and the area south of the Nashua River. During that time the northern area (today “French Hill”) called itself “Nashville”, while the southern part kept the name Nashua. They reconciled in 1853 and joined together to charter the “city of Nashua”. Makes good sense as the river carries the name of the city.

Seniors Find Another ‘Best Place To Live’

Built around the now-departed textile industry, in recent decades Nashua  has been swept up in southern New Hampshire’s economic expansion as part of the Boston region. Nashua was twice named “Best Place to Live in America” in annual surveys by Money magazine. It is the only city to be named the No. 1 ranking twice—in 1987 and 1997.


TripAdvisor has over two dozen attractions for senior visitors to explore beginning with the 325 acre Mine Falls Park of forests, wetlands and open field. The name “Mine Falls” dates from the 18th century, when low-quality lead was supposedly mined from the island below the falls.

Historic downtown Nashua offers an amazing variety of shops, restaurants, cafes and boutiques. On the North End is Greeley Park with hiking trails, woods, picnic areas, playgrounds & wading pools, horseshoe pits, tennis courts and ball fields. Greeley Park is a community favorite. Senior travelers, put Nashua on your list when you’re in New Hampshire, you won’t regret it. -jeb


Seniors Head For Monroe


Monroe, the eighth-largest city in Louisiana, is the parish seat of Ouachita Parish  with a population right at 50,000. Ouachita Parish, seniors learn, was occupied for many years by various Indian tribes including some from “The Mound Builders”.

Europeans arrived as early as 1541. Ouachita Parish was named for the Ouachita River. The settlement formerly known as Fort Miro adopted the name Monroe during the first half of the 19th century, in recognition of the steam-powered paddle-wheeler James Monroe.

Monroe-Louisiana-1_photoThe arrival of the paddle-wheeler had a profound effect on the settlers; it was the single event, in the minds of local residents, that transformed the outpost into a town and thus the name of the city.

Downtown Monroe is an increasingly growing district anchored by the beautiful Ouachita River. Conveniently located just off Interstate 20— it is the central business district of Monroe. Downtown Monroe is also the home of several restaurants, a collection of museums, and a variety of art galleries and shopping destinations.


Seniors Eye The Downtown River Market

The Downtown River Market, Northeast Louisiana’s premier event destination, is located in a Louisiana Cultural District along the Ouachita River in historic downtown Monroe, providing a great setting for seniors to shop, play, eat and celebrate.

This French-style market showcases artisans, fine crafts, produce, food, live music, street performers and numerous heavily-attended special events. The annual event weekends are recognized in the state as a leading Louisiana Festival that continues to generate a “buzz” throughout the region.

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The Masur Museum of Art was built as a private residence in 1929. A lumberman by the name of Clarence Edward Slagle had the modified Tudor estate built for his wife Mabel.

The Indiana limestone and Pennsylvania blue slate used to build the home were transported on various waterways to the scenic Ouachita River, which runs behind the estate. The name Masur caught my eye as I am half Czech.  My grandfather’s name was Masur and it was changed to Mizaur when he came  through Ellis Island in NYC.

Delta Airlines And Coke Start In Monroe


Delta Airlines got its start in 1926 as a crop dusting service, and Coca-Cola opened its first bottling plant in Monroe. Today, those legacies provide unique attractions for senior visitors. Biedenharn Home and Gardens, the estate of that first Coke bottler, is open to the public as a museum and sculpture garden.

The Chennault Aviation and Military Museum of Louisiana has exhibits on Delta Airlines, the local World War II flight school at Selman Field and the volunteer combat unit called the Flying Tigers commanded by one-time Monroe resident, General Chennault.

The 1,800-acre, cypress-studded waters and trails of Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge is highly popular with senior visitors. This is one of five refuges managed in the North Louisiana Refuge Complex and one of 545 refuges in the National Wildlife Refuge System. Enjoy your stay in Monroe. -jeb


Seniors Enjoy Historic Oregon City


One may wonder how a city gets a name like that. A bit perhaps like Iowa City, Iowa. Like Iowa City, Oregon City was the first State Capital and today is the County Seat of Clackamas County. Senior travelers will find Oregon City on the Willamette River, 13 miles South of Portland.

The city has three major zones, defined by steep hills or bluffs. Oregon City (pop. 35,000) is home to shopping areas, recreational opportunities, businesses, a wide variety of historical and cultural attractions, and several Interpretive Centers and Museums dedicated to celebrating the Pioneer spirit.

Oregon City was the first incorporated city west of the Rockies. Established in 1829 by Dr. John McLoughlin as a lumber mill near Willamette Falls, and as mentioned above, was later designated as Oregon’s territorial capital.

  Seniors Visit One Of Oregon’s Fastest Growing Cities


Visiting its many museums and historical buildings allows senior visitors a glimpse of pioneer life in Oregon territory.  As for me, I’d enjoy a visit to the Museum of the Oregon Territory, which overlooks the powerful Willamette Falls and the Willamette River.

The local Chamber notes that while Oregon City is one of the fastest growing cities in Oregon, it remains strongly rooted in its sense of community and historical significance.

After that visit, I’d take in the End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center. Senior visitors are guided by a living history interpreter, who brings alive the journey from Missouri to Oregon through dramatization and storytelling.

Oregon_City_Elevator_-_telephoto_view_from_Arch_Bridge_(2013)I know that my wife would enjoy the Stevens Crawford House decorated in a 1908 classical Foursquare style. It was owned by the original family until 1968 and much of the period furniture is  in the house with 15 furnished rooms. We would both enjoy walking through Historic Downtown Oregon City.

Seniors Discover Municipal Elevator

TripAdvisor has been to Oregon City and does not want anyone to miss the local Farmer’s Market, the Municipal Elevator and the Museum of the Oregon Territory. The Municipal Elevator operates as one of the only four Municipal Elevators in the world.

The Clackamas Repertory Theatre produces musicals, comedies and classic and contemporary American plays and draws in visitors of all ages from across the nation. Clackamette Park is a great place for a leisurely stroll.

Seniors, consider a kayak or canoeing experience on the Clackamas River. Willamette Falls is one of the largest waterfalls West of the Mississippi and is another major highlight in the city. Toss your golf clubs in the trunk and play a round at Stone Creek Golf Club and later another at Oregon City Golf Club.

Welcome to Oregon City where history is alive. Spend some time on this site and you will be provided with a nice overview of the city and all its amenities. -jeb


Seniors Explore Chillicothe

imagesI love that name, Chillicothe, and I learned very quickly that I had to be specific because there are two other cities with that name, one in Illinois and another in Missouri. So we are heading for Ohio this time to find out what seniors can see and do in this exciting city.

Chillicothe, with a population of 22,000, was the first and third capital of Ohio and is located in southern Ohio along the Scioto River. On the site above check out ‘Our Community’ and all the events that take place annually. Me, I’d want to not miss the Feast of the Flowering Moon.

In Chillicothe senior visitors can experience the largest annual festival that has graced the city on Memorial Day weekend since 1984. The  Festival celebrates the Native American Culture that is so rich to the area’s history.


Seniors Find Native American Heritage in Chillicothe

The town with an unusual name comes from the Shawnee Chala-ka-tha, named after one of the five major divisions of the Shawnee people, as it was the chief settlement of that tribal division.  Modern Chillicothe was the center of the ancient Hopewell tradition. The group built earthen mounds for ceremonial and burial purposes throughout the Scioto and Ohio River valleys.

I counted 7 parks, the largest is Yoctangee Park with 48 acres and a good number of baseball and softball fields, tennis courts, basketball courts, and playground equipment. Yoctangee, there’s another name for you to look up.


Senior bikers, Chillicothe’s flood-wall, protecting the city from floods of the Scioto, has a 5.0-mile-long paved bike path. The path connects to the Tri-County Triangle Trail which currently runs just over 30 miles in length. Plan a walkthrough of Ohio University with a scenic branch campus that offers over 20 different academic programs.

 Seniors Explore Historic Chillicothe

Bring a good pair of walking shoes and explore historic, downtown Chillicothe via self-guided Walking Tours that are available through the Ross-Chillicothe Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. Take a stroll along Old Second Street, Historic Paint Street and the First Capital District.


Senior visitors are always impressed with all the historic homes and main street churches as well as the many colorful wall murals. Check out all of Chillicothe’s nature’s wonders, earthwork/mounds and the art, music and theater that visitors and the locals alike find fascinating.

The local Chamber of Commerce notes that Chillicothe and Ross County are blessed with abundant historical and recreational opportunities for people of all ages. Ross County boasts one of the best small-town museums in the nation.

Have a cup of java at the Happy Thought Coffee that was highlighted twice  in Midwest Travel Magazine. Mayor Doug Crew notes that here is where the locals live, work, play and prosper.  You’ll see why when you set your GPS for this interesting town. -jeb



Seniors Discover Historic Bardstown


USA Today selected Bardstown, Kentucky (Bourbon Capital of the World) as one of the ten best southern towns in the nation. When I read that in the paper, this senior wanted to travel to travel to  Bardstown to see what’s there. So that’s where we’re headed today.

In addition, after a 5-month long nationwide competition, Bardstown, Kentucky was named the ‘Most Beautiful Small Town in America” in the Best of the Road Competition sponsored by Rand McNally and USA Today.


At any given time, Kentucky has more barrels of bourbon aging than people – some 5 million to its 4.2 million population. If you are interested in knowing how bourbon is made, plan a visit to the Barton 1792 Distillery & Visitor Center.  Tours and tastings are always complimentary.

Seniors Catch A Festival

After that visit, take a carriage ride that provides senior visitors with a slow-paced means to see the sites of historic Bardstown up close. Downtown Bardstown offers something for everyone including browsing eclectic shops, dining in fine restaurants, and visiting a variety of historic attractions.  30 festivals are celebrated each year, so its highly likely you just might see one when you travel through Bardstown.


Bardstown is the county seat of Nelson County with a population of around 12,000. It got its name from the pioneering Bard brothers. David Bard attained 1,000 acres in land grant in 1785. This second oldest city in Kentucky was first settled in 1780, so history is an important part of the city.

As settlers migrated west following the Revolutionary War, Bardstown became the first center of Catholicism west of the Appalachian Mountains.

The Gethsemani Abbey, founded in 1848 by the Order of Trappist Cistercians, is home today to Trappist monks who open doors to spiritual seekers from all over the world.

 Seniors Enjoy A Dinner Train

Kentucky_Bourbon_FestivalI know that my brother-in-law, with a model train track in his backyard in Iowa, would head off to the Kentucky Railway Museum that holds more than 70 pieces of rail equipment, a dining car exhibit, a ticket office and a display of steam locomotive whistles.

My Old Kentucky Dinner Train serves senior visitors four-course dinners in restored vintage dining cars while rolling through Kentucky Bourbon Country in the scenic Rolling Fork River Valley


Nelson County has more than 300 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places; nearly 200 of them are in the historic downtown district of Bardstown.

Remember Stephen Foster? He wrote the state song “My Old Kentucky Home.” Federal Hill in Old Kentucky State Park was the inspiration for that song and the old mansion built in 1812 can be visited.

The Chuckleberry Farm and Winery on the outskirts of Bardstown is where the action is and where senior visitors can enjoy blackberry cobbler and fresh fruit, in season. It’s in Bardstown where you can experience a true southern city, abounding with hospitality and history. -jeb


Seniors Enjoy a West Texas Oasis


Do you have your coffee, friends, we’re headed for Texas this morning. San Angelo, in West Central Texas, with its 100,000 citizens, is the largest city in this mostly sparsely-populated part of west Texas. Senior travelers find San Angelo a beautiful setting, home to awesome three lakes, and the beautiful Concho River, that runs through the heart of the city.

San Angelo was founded in the late 1800s outside a new Army post, Fort Concho. The founder, Bartholomew DeWitt, named it “Santa Angela” after his wife, Carolina Angela. This was eventually shortened to “San Angela.”


The final change came in 1883 when the US Postal Service informed the town that the name was grammatically incorrect (san can only be used before a male name). Rather than revert to the original name, they simply changed it to “San Angelo.”

 Seniors Enjoy San Angelo’s Great Location

San Angelo is perfectly situated between the lush East Texas Hill Country and the rolling plains of West Texas. Texas is divided into 7 different and distinct regions, and this senior loves them all.  Hill Country is one of my favorites.


San Angelo is home to Fort Concho, a National Historic Landmark. Established in 1867, along the banks of the Concho River. Fort Concho was built to protect frontier settlements, patrol and map the vast West Texas region, and quell hostile threats in the area.

In 1889 the last soldiers left and it was deactivated and is now a historic preservation project and museum.

Constructed for the most part of native limestone, Fort Concho consisted of at least forty buildings and covered more than 1600 acres.  Fort Concho National Historic Landmark encompasses most of the former army post and includes twenty-three original and restored fort structures.

Fort Concho And The Riverwalk Interest Seniors

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The Convention and Visitors Bureau site highlights the history of San Angelo. In addition, San Angelo enjoys an active arts community, highlighted by the San Angelo Museum of Fine Art and the San Angelo Civic Theater.

“What city in Texas has a historic downtown district with a river running through it; has an internationally renowned museum; and possesses a cultural and artistic community surpassing all expectations?”

Running through the center of town and home to beautiful, one-of-a-kind freshwater mussel pearls called “Concho Pearls,” the Concho River is a key feature of San Angelo. Senior walkers enjoy the Riverwalk located on the Concho River with its 4 miles of walking/running trails and 14 water displays.

The words used to describe downtown San Angelo are as numerous and diverse as the people who live and visit there. So you will all be welcomed in San Angelo. Take in the many amenities the city has to offer and senior visitors will come away with many fond memories.  jeb


Seniors Visit Historic Carlisle

UnknownCarlisle Borough, (pop. 20,000+), is one of Pennsylvania’s most treasured historic communities.  Senior travelers will find Carlisle located in picturesque south-central Pennsylvania just west of Harrisburg. Carlisle, founded in 1751,  has a long history dating back to before the American Revolution.

Carlisle overflows with historic treasures, including a church once attended by George Washington and a courthouse that was heavily damaged by artillery during the Civil War. Carlisle combines history and beauty as senior visitors will discover.


Carlisle’s tree-lined streets invite senior visitors to walk the same paths as those walked by the Commander of the Continental Army and President of the United States, George Washington;  Declaration of Independence signer, James Wilson; Olympic medalist, Jim Thorpe;  Battle of Monmouth heroine, “Molly Pitcher”;  and the list goes on and on.

Dickinson College is located in Carlisle and traces its history back to 1773 as Carlisle Grammar School. Today the school has  240 full-time faculty members and an enrollment of nearly 2,400 students, Dickinson College has been recognized for its innovative curriculum and international education programs.

Senior Car Buffs Enjoy Automotive Capital


Read up on the history of Carlisle. My wife and I recently visited a museum where Jim Thorpe was highlighted as an American hero and one of the most versatile athletes in history. Thorpe entered the school in 1907, played football under a famed coach named Pop Warner and he later won olympic fame.

Start your journey in the historic part of town. Strolling through historic downtown, senior visitors are greeted by unique architecture, quaint shops, and overall serenity. Carlisle Events Auto Show produces 13 annual events that puts Pennsylvania’s “automotive capital” on the map. A half a million folks come to Carlisle each year taking in the automotive events.

From Carlisle, hike a part of the Appalachian Trail that runs from Maine to Georgia. Do some biking, tan up a bit on the beaches and take in the great scenery in the nearby state parks.  Stop at a Farmer’s Market and stay in one of the Valley’s bed and breakfasts.


 Walk With The Mayor

Tag along with former Mayor Kirk Wilson on a short personal walk of Carlisle and become acquainted with the inviting ambiance of the borough. Carlisle is home to the US Army War College, the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, the Molly Pitcher Brewing Company as well as the American Artisan Gallery. If you even get excited about the smell of leather or the sight of unique art, you will find it at the Gallery.

Stop in Carlisle any time of the year and take in a great Pennsylvania Borough. -jeb


Seniors Stop In Westminster


 These seniors had coffee recently at a new bakery in town. The owners moved here from Westminster, Maryland where they’d had a bakery. I just had to check out the town as the owner said that it was about the same size as Fountain Hills.

Westminster is a city in northern Maryland and the seat of Carroll County with a population of 19,000. It looks like the community has grown. The community of Westminster was founded in 1764 and was officially incorporated as a city in the year 1818.


 Senior visitors will find over 100 dining establishments in Westminster plus a host of things to see and do that includes the Carroll County Farm Museum.

The Museum grounds include original farm structures like the Farmhouse, built in 1852-53, and a bank barn. Additional buildings include a Smokehouse, Broom Shop, Saddlery, Springhouse, Living History Center, Wagon Shed, General Store exhibit, and a One-room Schoolhouse.

 Senior Visitors Enjoy the Arts

The Carroll County Arts Council is located in the magnificently renovated Carroll Arts Center in downtown Westminster. The art deco building houses a 263-seat theatre, the Tevis Gallery, Community Gallery, Director’s Hall Gallery, Gift Shop, two art classrooms and offices.


Downtown Westminster, once host to both Union and Confederate troops during the Civil War, provides senior visitors with a unique shopping, dining and cultural experience. Main Street is pedestrian-friendly with mature shade trees overhead and colorful brick crosswalks.

Senior oenophiles, plan a visit to Serpent Ridge Vineyard, located in Carroll County and is famed as Westminster’s first Vineyard Winery. Newly opened in 2009, the owners specialize in small lots of handmade wine from grapes grown in their vineyards. For a colorful visit, check out Old Westminster Winery. If you enjoy hiking, Westminster is loaded with well planned trails.

 Seniors Enjoy National Register Historic Districts


“Beautiful countryside, clean air, abundant water, healthy climate, quality schools, industrious workforce, and easy accessibility to Baltimore” are a few of the reasons that people are attracted to the City of Westminster as a place to live and work.

Visitors are  drawn to Westminster and its National Register Historic Districts. If your hunger pains take over, pay a visit to Johansson’s Dining House on West Main Street. It overflows with an historical past.

Located right in the center of Carroll County, Westminster has an historic downtown that has preserved its vibrant past. McDaniel College, tree lined streets, wide sidewalks, boutique shopping, abundant dining options, art and entertainment all encourage visitors to stay awhile.


On Saturdays you can enjoy shopping at the outstanding Farmer’s Market on Railroad Avenue. Enjoy your stop in Westminster. -jeb


Stroudsburg and The Poconos Invite Seniors


Here is a new wrinkle for a travel blog. I woke up early this AM and the name Stroudsburg jumped into this senior’s head.  Why? I don’t know, but was reason enough for research on this city.

I discovered that Stroudsburg is a borough in Monroe County, Pennsylvania. The city was laid out by Col. Jacob Stoud (1735–1806) in 1799. Currently Stroudsburg has an estimated population of about 7,000 inhabitants.

It is located in the world famous Poconos region of the state, approximately five miles from the Delaware Water Gap, at the confluence of the Brodhead and Pocono Creeks. The Pocono region remains Pennsylvania’s biggest tourist attraction with over 8 million visitors annually. So set your GPS for Stroudsburg, senior travelers.


Historic and Traditional, Downtown Invites Seniors

Downtown Stroudsburg is known for its wide tree-lined Main Street and historically rich architecture.  Senior visitors will discover in this traditional downtown area, 30 specialty shops, numerous antique stores, about 30 restaurants, 10 banks and financial centers, 9 art galleries, 8 churches and a famous theater.

Downtown is the anchor for the more and more modern shopping centers that are being built around the area, wanting to be in or near the historic downtown. TripAdvisor suggests that you start off your visit with the Sherman Theater, a major attraction in town. Senior travelers will find a host of classic B&Bs all over the area to make your stay memorable.


The Monroe County Historical Association has offices located in the historic Stroud Mansion, built in 1795 by the family that founded Stroudsburg. The rooms of the Stroud Mansion are open to the public as a museum filled with exhibits and local artifacts from times gone by.

Hiking Trails, Farmer’s Markets and Wildlife Sanctuary…

Just up the road on Route 209 is East Stroudsburg, home to the Warriors of East Stroudsburg University. You will find plenty of hiking trails in the area plus several Farmer’s Markets.


The Kettle Creek Wildlife Sanctuary is a 166 acre preserve not to be missed. Now owned by the County, this interesting arena for outdoor programs has an old field, mature deciduous forest, evergreen stands, and two ponds. Over 2 1/2 miles of maintained and well marked trails are open for public use year-round, 7 days a week.

You will discover attractions all across the state of Pennsylvania. I challenge you to find Stroudsburg. Hint. Look straight North of Philly.

Put on your hiking boots, bring your appetite for some of the finest restaurants in the area and enjoy the many amenities of Stroudsburg. -jeb


Seniors Enjoy Oklahoma’s Green Country


Broken Arrow, “Where Opportunity Lives,” is located in the northeastern part of the State of Oklahoma, senior travelers discover. The city is part of the state’s Green Country region known for its green vegetation, hills and lakes and is located on Hwy 69 between Tulsa and Muskogee with a population of over 100,000.

Though Broken Arrow was originally an agricultural community, its current economy is diverse. Seniors will discover Broken Arrow home to a wide range of businesses and industries, in fact, the city is ranked third in its concentration of manufacturers in the state.

Historic DowntownThe city’s unique name refers to a riverside site where Native Americans would break cane stalks to make shafts for arrows. As a logo, the city used the symbol from the Oklahoma state flag with a broken arrow added above.

Seniors Enjoy Historic Downtown

Located in historic downtown Broken Arrow, near the site of the original train depot, is the Broken Arrow Historical Society Museum. The revitalization of downtown Broken Arrow has been accelerated by the construction of a new Historical Museum. This revitalization project is turning old warehouses and unused buildings into professional office, loft, and artist spaces for the citizens of the city.


Broken Arrow is home to a host of locally inspired and run cultural attractions, including the Broken Arrow Community Playhouse. The Playhouse proudly boasts that it is only “1,487 miles off Broadway.” I wonder who actually figured out the mileage.

The Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center is the anchor of downtown arts in Broken Arrow, and is a three-year-old building that houses the full range of artistic expression.The Military History Museum is another major draw for many senior tourists.


The Chalk Art Festival is fun time in Broken Arrow as folks take over the local streets with their colored chalk.

If senior visitors enjoy older historic homes, the Stinchcomb Mansion is tops and a top tourist attraction is the Ray Harrell Nature Park.

So drive throuth the Green Country region of Oklahoma and stop in Broken Arrow.  You surely will enjoy the Okie Hospitality in Broken Arrow. jeb


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