Seniors Explore Tilton


Senior travelers will find Tilton located on the Winnipesaukee River in central New Hampshire with a population of around 4,000. It was settled in 1762 and became a town called Tilton in 1869.

The name “Tilton” was chosen at the suggestion of Charles E. Tilton, the fourth generation descended from the original settler. He made a considerable fortune in the 1849 California Gold Rush. He donated many statues to the town, including the Tilton Arch, and his estate is now part of the Tilton School, a private preparatory school..

He was the town’s wealthiest citizen and it was written that his “magnificent gifts to and the pride of his native village have done much to render this place one of the most beautiful and attractive in the country.”


Mr. Tilton asked that the name be given, not for himself, but for his ancestors and he erected the Arch as a tribute to the memory and appreciation of his ancestors. The arch is located on a hill rising 150 feet above the Winnipesaukee River where it commands a varied and extensive view. The Arch is 55 feet high by 40 feet wide.

 Seniors Find Historic Places In Tilton


A beautifully carved marble figure of an Indian Princess, America stands tall on a brick pedestal in the middle of Main Street in front of Town Hall. For a small town, Tilton has its share of historical markers that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Senior visitors can enjoy The Charles E. Tilton Mansion, The House by the Side of the Road, Lochmere Archeological District, Tilton Downtown Historic District, and the Tilton Island Park Bridge. 

Tilton, New Hampshire is loaded with scenery and history. I’d want to put Caboose Village on my bucket list.  There are a host of colorful caboose cars all lined up on a rail in their original colors.

Seniors Find Well Known Outlet Stores


The Tilton Island Park, in the Winnipesaukee River, at first a very small island, was enlarged with fill from the construction of the railroad and the rebuilding of a mill canal. It was used as a drying place for cloth, and as a vegetable garden before its purchase in 1865 by Charles E. Tilton.

He converted it into an attractive park. The original Victorian summerhouse and statuary that once graced the Island are gone, but a new gazebo was donated as part of the rehabilitation of the Island.


Tilton is well known as home to the Tanger Outlets, a Shopping-mall chain featuring a variety of brand-name & designer outlet stores. Senior shoppers can find The J Jill Distribution Center chain that features womenswear for stylish, casual clothing.

Just Maple carries all kinds of products made from maple tree sap like maple candy, maple syrup, maple cream, cotton candy, maple apple butter, maple nuts and kettle corn.  Seniors, enjoy Tilton for yourself. -jeb

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Seniors Discover ‘Art Of Small Town Hospitality’

017Weaverville, with a population around 2,500, is part of the Asheville Metropolitan Statistical Area that senior travelers will find just minutes from downtown Asheville, the Blue Ridge Parkway, Great Smoky Mountain National Park, and the Tennessee border. The town motto reads: Weaverville: The Art Of Small Town Hospitality.

Nothing says WNC family fun like a French Broad River adventure during time spent in Weaverville, NC. One of the most ancient rivers in the world and one of the few that flows north, the French Broad descends from its sources in the high Blue Ridge south of Asheville.

It winds northwards just a few miles west of Weaverville before joining the Tennessee and flowing into the storied Ohio River and, at last, the Mississippi and the Gulf of Mexico.


 Seniors Enjoy Culturally Rich Weaverville

Weaverville is home to a number of  high-tech industries. Weaverville also features a host of small shops, restaurants and a museum.

Weaverville has established itself as a culturally rich destination point. Seniors can enjoy the well-established street festival, Art in Autumn, a juried art and crafts festival and the Weaverville Art Safari. In December the town features Candlelight Stroll.

Looking back, Weaverville in the 1800s was home to grand hotels, such as the Dula Springs Hotel and Blackberry Lodge, and a place where visitors could escape the heat of southern summers. Author O. Henry spent some of his last days in Weaverville, regaining his health before returning to New York City.


Seniors Enjoy Southern Hospitality and Scenery

Senior visitors will enjoy Falls over Dam on Reems Creek – Lake Louise Park, and Vance Birthplace, a popular pioneer farmstead, tucked in the Reems Creek Valley featuring the birthplace of Zebulon Baird Vance.

Vance (May 13, 1830 – April 14, 1894) was a Confederate military officer in the American Civil War, the 37th and 43rd Governor of North Carolina, and a U.S. Senator. He was a prodigious writer and became one of the most influential Southern leaders of the Civil War and postbellum periods.


From April through November, Weaverville’s establishments stay open to offer late-night shopping, live music, wine tastings and art openings in the heart of Downtown. Weaverville is loaded with southern hospitality, great food and surrounding scenery.

Seniors, set your GPS for Weaverville, North Carolina and enjoy this small community. It is a Carolina mountain town with a big heart and a bigger glow that has been offering Civil War legends, cool summer retreats, high mountain adventures and general relaxation since 1785. Its many amenities draw folks from all across the nation. Enjoy your visit. -jeb

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Seniors Find The Peaceful Side Of The Smokies

unknown-1Senior travelers will find Townsend in Blount County  (pronounced “Blunt”) , Tennessee, in southeastern United States on the edge of the Smokie Mountains. “The Peaceful Side of the Smokies,”is Townsend, Tennessee, less than an hour’s drive south of Knoxville.

The population runs just over 250, however there are many local attractions that senior visitors can enjoy. Townsend is home to the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center, the Little River Railroad and Lumber Company Museum and the new National Park Service Collections Preservation Center, which archives items from all of the national park units in the area. Tuckaleechee Caverns is a mile-long cave system that reaches depths of up to 150 feet, so be a spelunker and explore on your own.


Just to the north and west of Townsend, the Foothills Parkway is a national parkway that traverses Chilhowee Mountain and offers multiple scenic overlooks at high elevations, with views of the Smokies to the south and the Tennessee Valley and Cumberland Plateau to the north and west.

Seniors Arrive At A Gateway To The Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Townsend is one of three “gateways” to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It has several museums and attractions relating to the natural and human history of the Great Smokies.  Townsend is loaded with scenic views and history galore.

Townsend has the least traffic of the three main entrances to the national park. Senior travelers find Townsend is low-key, with a handful of inexpensive restaurants and motels and several businesses geared toward outdoor sports, and a world-renowned horse show.

dsc_4354 Native Americans were the first inhabitants of Tuckaleechee Cove on the Little River; the oldest archaeological finds in the cove date to 2000 B.C. A number of pottery fragments and axe heads dating to the Woodland period have also been found. By 1200 A.D., Tuckaleechee’s Native American inhabitants had built a fortified village near the cove’s northern entrance.

 Senior’s Enjoy Townsend’s Old Timers Day

In the 1880s, the lumber industry experienced a boom, aided by two key innovations— the bandsaw and the logging railroad. Flatland forest resources in the Ohio Valley and along the Mississippi Delta were quickly exhausted by the high demand for wood as fuel for steamboats. Logging firms began turning to the untapped resources of more mountainous areas.


Today Townsend abounds in Festival and Events including Old Timers Day. Held in May, this is a favorite not only for he locals but drawing folks from all across the state and beyond. Some seniors enjoy researching in the local cemeteries.

The local Chamber of Commerce wants seniors to know that the Townsend area has an abundance of outdoor activities, accommodations, craft shops, and seasonal festivals, providing an ideal vacation getaway or retirement home site.  -jeb


“Big Things Happen In Small Towns”

dscn0326This senior is always in search of small towns with an interesting name…like Lemmon, South Dakota. Lemmon is a city in Perkins County, South Dakota with a  population of 1,300 inhabitants.

Lemmon gets its name from G. E. Lemmon, a cattleman. Lemmon, for its size, has a very interesting homepage and their motto is: “Big Things Happen in Small Towns.”

Many Lemmonites are employed at Wheeler Manufacturing, which produces jewelry products. Gregorian, Inc., and Dakota Woodcrafts also employ manufacturing workers. Other major employers are the school system B &C Plumbing and Heating and ranches. Lemmon, South Dakota has folks moving back to town as it has much to offer locals as well as visitors.

 Seniors Find Largest Petrified Wood Park In The World


 Senior travelers are only a few hours drive from both the Black Hills and Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Just 12 miles south of Lemmon is the beautiful Shadehill Reservoir. With almost 100 miles of coastline, great views, fishing, and primitive camping spots, RV hookups and cabin rentals. Shadehill makes for a great weekend getaway.

The Lemmon Petrified Wood Park on North Main is the largest petrified wood park in the world. The park itself is filled with petrified wood formations, and other geological specimens of interest. Filling an entire block of the downtown area, this park is built entirely of petrified wood, fossils and stone.


Construction began in 1930 and continued until 1932 under the supervision of Ole S. Quammen. It was in private ownership until 1954 when it was donated to the city by Quammen’s heirs. The park features a wishing well, a waterfall, and a castle. Dinosaur claws, bird tracks and fossilized snakes can be seen in the petrified wood.

 Seniors Run Into ‘The Boom On The Edge’

Farm and ranch families have lived off the western prairie soils for generations. But Lemmon’s solid foundation is shifting. This North Dakota border town is on the edge of a change, fueled by oil nearly two miles deep. It is called the “Boom on the Edge.”


The Grand River Museum, home to a wealth of paleontology displays of actual fossils, has a viewing window to a preparation room where fossils from local dig sites are cleaned, prepared and documented. The museum also has great displays on Native American history, the Old West and the cowboys, immigrants and others who made Lemmon what it is today.

For its size Lemmon, South Dakota has lots going for it, plus it is loaded with scenery that attracts senior visitors. Toss in your clubs and play at the Lemmon Country Club. The Boss Cowman Rodeo and Celebration, the second weekend in July,  is one of the largest rodeos in the state.

North Lemmon is located  just across the South Dakota border from Lemmon, South Dakota. North Lemmon is actually an extension of Lemmon, and includes all of the community that lies in North Dakota.Seniors, enjoy all that this small community has to offer. -jeb

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Seniors Visit Brett Favre’s Hometown


This senior watched a TV program recently featuring the life of Hall of Famer Brett Favre who hails from Kiln, Mississippi.  Kiln is referred to locally as “the Kill”, with the “n” silent.

Kiln, part of the Gulfport–Biloxi, Mississippi Metropolitan Statistical Area, has a population that runs around 2,500 happy folks. It would be difficult for seniors to visit Kiln and not notice all the signs and places that highlight the life of their local town hero.

Kiln takes its name from the many kilns once found in the area that served the timber industry. During the boom years, Kiln was home to many timber mills, a hotel, and a hospital. The Jordan River Lumber Company was one of the major local employers.

 Seniors Enjoy The Kiln’s Folklore Tales


A few older structures remain today, including Annunciation Catholic Church and the original post office  which has since been turned into a lawn mower repair shop. The Kiln was partly flooded during Hurricane Katrina, along the Jourdan River and its tributary bayous.

Local folklore includes references to the Kiln being a source of sought after moonshine during the Prohibition era. Stories exist about Al Capone sourcing “Kiln Lightning” from this area and it being known by name in Chicago. However you slice it, Kiln is known best as the hometown of NFL quarterback Brett Favre; he attended Hancock North Central High School in Kiln.

Senior travelers enjoy a stop at Lucky Magnolia Brewery and also Dempsey’s Restaurant. And right next to it is Da Swamp Shack,  a gift shop like no other.

 Seniors Find The Broke Spoke


The Broke Spoke goes back over 30 years.  There wasn’t much going on in Kiln when Stevie Haas and his roommate opened up a biker bar in June 1985. Today after three decades, patrons can still find Stevie Haas behind the bar, serving up ice cold beer, cooking a pizza or sitting in his comfy chair watching the news.

Haas said it was Brett Favre that helped the little bar in the Kiln become a tourist destination for football fans from Wisconsin. He thought his Super Bowl party would only attract about 500 people. By the time it was over, officials estimated more than 5,000 people partied at the bar and watched Brett play that Sunday. The Packers defeated the New England Patriots 35-21.


When Haas and Martin Curet opened what regulars just call “The Spoke,” it was originally to be a place where the two and their biker buddies could hang out. Before the sheriff’s department put a stop to it, they even hosted drag racing events on the road in front of the bar. But the small wood-framed structure attracted more than just motorcycles and drag racers.

The crowds grew and so did the signatures, drawings, quotes and stuff that folks have left behind. Steve and Mabel Haas put on a Gulf Coast shrimp boil to help families in Hancock County Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina hit them.

Seniors, enjoy your stop in The Kiln. -jeb


Seniors Check Out Avenal

documentThe City of Avenal was named by Spanish soldiers and explorers. Senior students of Spanish know that “avena” means oats, and “avenal” means oatfield. This area was covered with wild oats, “waist high,” that looked like golden silk and covered the Kettleman Plains.

Avenal is known as “The Oasis in the Sun” and “The Pistachio Capital of the World.” Do you like pistachios like I do? I am addicted. Head for Avenal. Avenal is located close to the exact center of California.


A large employer of Avenal is the State Prison that employs over 1,500.  Avenal’s population runs just over 13,000. The State Prison holds over 4,000 inmates and accounts for about 32% of the total population of Avenal. Inmates are counted as city residents by both the United States Census and the California Department of Finance.

 Seniors Find Town With Rich History

In the early 1980s, “almost everyone” in the town of Avenal desired the prison to be built to improve the economic status of the town. It was reportedly “the first prison to be solicited by a local community”.

As of 1984, the plans were to build “the largest enclosed security compound in the nation.” Although today Avenal and its economy are largely reliant on the Avenal State Prison and agriculture, Avenal was once a booming oil town known as the “Oil Fields Capital.”


Love for the rich history of Avenal is evident when talking to the community members responsible for maintaining the Avenal Historical Society.  This treasure of Kings County would be one of the first places this senior would head for in Avenal.

Seniors Enjoy Avenal’s Rich Surroundings

Avenal has an annual celebration held on the first weekend in May called Avenal Old Timers Day. There are 79 Tourist attractions in or near Avenal: Wineries, Breweries, and Islay Falls and up the road a piece is the large head of John Muir in Visalia. If you happen to be a former fan of James Dean, the last place he stopped for gas, in Lost Hills, is 26 miles from Avenal.


I note that J Lohr Wineries is only 34 miles from Avenal. I’d surely want to visit there for some professional wine tasting. Check out the California For Visitors site, seniors, where you can learn about Kings County as well as California’s Central Valley.

Avenal Sand Drags is a state of the art 300′ sand drag racing facility. Avenal is also home to the Central California Soaring Club headquartered at the Avenal Gliderport, one of the few glider-only airports in the western United States, and one of only a few in the entire US that owns/operates its own airport. A soaring contest is held there every spring.

 Thanks for joining me today, seniors, and enjoy Avenal. -jeb


Seniors Visit West Orange

west-orange-sign-screenshotWest Orange, New Jersey is a suburban township in central Essex County, New Jersey with a population of 47,000. Senior travelers discover that West Orange lies about 14 miles from New York City. 

Wondering about that name, like me? The township derives its name from the city of Orange, which in turn is derived from William III of England or William IV, Prince of Orange. The oldest and most densely populated part of the township is Downtown West Orange. Main Street is home to the Thomas Edison National Historical Park.

West Orange Claims Thomas Edison, Seniors


West Orange claims Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931), inventor of the phonograph, the incandescent electric lightbulb, and the first practical motion picture camera. His home was Glenmont Mansion. Edison’s Black Maria, the first movie studio, was located locally.

As the first planned community of United States, Llewellyn Park is located in West Orange. West Orange has some of the most attractive parks in the Northeast, offering basketball courts, theaters, playgrounds and baseball fields. There are also several scenic landscapes for senior visitors to enjoy.

Seaton Hall, a private Roman Catholic University, is close by and well worth a visit to the scenic campus. “The Town Where Invention Lives”, unfolds across the first and second Watchung Mountains with well over 1,000 acres of open land.

Senior Hikers And Golfers Welcomed


The recreation opportunities don’t stop with the miles of hiking trails. Senior visitors can enjoy 4 golf courses, the Turtle Back Zoo, Codey Skating Arena, Mini Golf Safari, Essex County Equestrian Club and Oscar Schindler Performing Arts Center.

The downtown area features the Thomas Edison National Historical Park that recently received $16 million in improvements as well as the thriving Valley Arts District anchored by the Luna Stage Theater Company facility.

A few of the famous inhabitants in West Orange whose names I recognized were Thomas Alva Edison, Whoppi Goldberg, Kyrie Irving, Frank Dodd, David Cassidy, Martin Brodeur, Mark and Scott Kelly, Phil Rizzuto and Amos Alonzo Stagg. Know those folks?


TripAdvisor rates the Turtle Back Zoo and the Edison National Historic Park. The Essex County TreeTop Adventure Course is a world class tree top aerial adventure obstacle course. Designed and built in the trees, each tree is equipped with a platform and visitors traverse from platform to platform through a variety of “elements” that will make the trip a challenge. On second thought, I just might have to do that by myself.

Seniors, set your GPS for West Orange and stop for a visit when you are in New Jersey. Activities are ongoing all year long, so you will keep busy right from your arrival. Enjoy. -jeb


Seniors Map Out Frisco

unknownOne good reason that senior visitors “map out” Frisco is that since 2003, the city has received the designation “Tree City USA” by the National Arbor Day Foundation. This  affluent city is part of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, and is located approximately 25 miles from both Dallas Love Field and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

Back in 1904, the residents chose the name Frisco City in honor of the St. Louis–San Francisco Railway on which the town was founded, later it was shortened to its present name. In 2009, Frisco was the fastest growing city in the nation and today boasts a population of just over 155,000.

A massive amount of the city’s economy comes from the retail and services industries. Small businesses thrive across America, but some towns are just perfect for a growing business and Frisco, Texas was selected as one of best business towns in the country.

 Seniors Enjoy Sporting Events


Frisco built Frisco Square, a mixed-use development that will become the new downtown. The major development in the project is the new City Hall and main library and a public commons.

The Stonebriar Mall, with high-end fashion stores, is a popular favorite of the locals for doing some serious shopping. Bring along the grandkids and take in Hope Park, an all inclusive playground that features lots of fun.

Frisco is home to a variety of sporting venues. The Dr Pepper Ballpark, a 10,600-seat baseball stadium, hosted its first baseball game on April 3, 2003. It was named the best new ballpark that year by, and received the 2003 Texas Construction award for Best Architectural Design. The Texas League AA minor league baseball team, Frisco RoughRiders, a minor league affiliate of the Texas Rangers, play at the award-winning Dr Pepper Ballpark.


The 91-acre Dallas Cowboys project “Frisco Station” will include the team’s new headquarters and training facilities.

 Seniors Enjoy Shoppers Paradise

TripAdvisor has lined up 28 attractions not to be missed in Frisco. I’d want to visit the Frisco Heritage Museum and The Museum of the American Railroad. The Museum formerly known as the Age of Steam Railroad Museum, has a large collection of steam, diesel and passenger railroad equipment. The museum is noted for allowing guests to walk through some of the equipment.


Frisco houses several schools of higher education that include Collin College, Amberton University, a U of Dallas campus, and two MBA campuses: UT Arlington and the U of North Texas.

Facebook can help senior visitors around town with many sites not to be missed along with some famous Texas chow.

Frisco is a shopper’s paradise with 9 million square feet of retail and dining, all surrounded by art, sports venues and upscale hotels. Stonebriar Centre, Sam Moon Trading Company, IKEA and The Centre at Preston Ridge all anchor this local shopping mecca.

 Seniors, set your sites on Frisco Texas and enjoy all that this great city has to offer. -jeb

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Seniors Enjoy Easley

tmp_10060_6-21-2013_93801_ Easley, population 21,000, senior travelers will find in the Northwest corner of South Carolina between Atlanta, Georgia and Charlotte, North Carolina. 

Surrounded by the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains and many different lakes, in Easley senior visitors will be welcomed with southern hospitality by the friendliest people you will ever meet.

It’s a great place for sampling southern cuisine, finding great antiques, and enjoying sporting events. For the past several years Easley has hosted the Big League World Series and welcomed  visitors from all over the world.

Seniors Enjoy Easley’s Hospitality


Easley was named for the Confederate General, William King Easley, who championed the railroad for the area in the late 1800s. As soon as the Charlotte-to-Atlanta Airline Railroad completed laying their tracks, surveyors laid out streets for the new town. Easley was chartered in 1873.

Facebook has visitors covered with their take on Easley and provide information on everything from food to accommodations. Take a walk in the park, play around or two of golf at the Rolling Green Golf Club or Southern Oaks Course, take in a game at the JB Red Owens Sports Complex and then take your dog for a good walk in Hagood Dog Park-Easley.

A fun place for shopping for the ladies is Under the Carolina Moon, a unique gift boutique featuring an exclusive line of Carolina Girl Apparel.The locals are pleased  to have Easley Farmer’s Market in town, providing a wide variety of healthy locally grown produce. Hospitality abounds in Easley and the locals speak highly of their hometown.


Seniors Stop For An Evening At The Foothills Playhouse

The Easley Community Theatre, has evolved over the past 24 seasons into the Foothills Playhouse. The organization is funded in part by the South Carolina Arts Commission which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The local Chamber of Commerce  encourages senior travelers to utilize their website to explore what the Easley area and the Chamber has to offer. Thumb through the Newcomer’s Guide and enjoy discovering the many amenities Easley has to offer.

You have to touch the tiny arrow on the right hand side of the dark screen to make it function and you may have to enlarge your screen. Senior travelers, plan to spend some quality time in Easley and depart with fond memories. -jeb

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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

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