These Seniors Fell In Love With Bath


These seniors had the sheer pleasure of accompanying our daughter to England for a two day class she participated in outside the beautiful, historical, intriguing city of Bath.  While she was ‘in class’, her parents walked the streets of England’s only World Heritage City.

We settled ourselves into Henrietta House’s Garden Suite, a lovely, charming and totally comfortable Bed and Breakfast. Then we headed off for the afternoon at the Thermae Spa. With two large baths to choose between, one indoors and the other out, plus 4 steam rooms each with different aromas we kept ourselves moving between the steam rooms and the water.


My favorites were the Eucalyptus Steam Room and the Lemon and Ginger Steam Room It was the perfect way to balance the activity and stress of the first two days in London, jet lag and a not particularly comfortable hotel room.

These Seniors Love The English Countryside

The ride to Bath on the Express train was enjoyable. For this senior, it was the first return to England after about 45 years and coming from the Arizona desert, the green and lush of the English countryside was pure delight to our eyes.


We discovered Bath to be a walking city filled with tearooms, coffee shops, very old, historic buildings, a beautiful Abbey, church spires, restaurants and more restaurants all with the River Avon running through it.  Young people, elderly, a medieval city restored, history and more history, oozing charm and beauty and very friendly, helpful residents.

I was especially enamored with names and chimneys: Quiet Street, Gay Street, Corn Street, Stall Street, Jolly’s, Slug & Lettuce, Pig & Fiddle, Vinegar Hill.  And the rows and rows of chimneys.

Tea Time And Dinner Time

Karen and her dad

Karen and her dad

We could make ‘Tea Time’ any time of the day.  And our first “Tea” was at Jolly’s….we found it in the back of a department store.  This senior had never experienced an  English Tea. Not only the tea, but everything that went with it…oh my…little sandwiches and sweets.

For whatever reason, it didn’t interfere with our dinner that evening, well at least not completely. Our hosts at the Henrietta House suggested we go to Clayton’s Kitchen for dinner, and we were not disappointed.  jeb ordered guinea fowl and Karen and I each dined on a salad: roasted goat cheese over squash and greens and for Karen, beet, feta salad.

Of course we walked everywhere, entranced with the history, the architecture, the cobblestone streets, the chimneys, the big, old Plane trees, the old historic buildings. The tearooms, the coffee shops, and the restaurants.  The museums, the Roman Baths, the Abbey. And friendly, helpful residents.

…to be continued,






Filed under : Europe, Family Travel


Seniors Discover An Historic Adventure In York

maxresdefaultYork, seniors learn, is a walled city in northeast England that was founded by the ancient Romans. Its huge 13th-century Gothic cathedral, York Minster, has medieval stained glass and 2 functioning bell towers.

The city walls form a walkway on both sides of the River Ouse. The Monk Bar gate houses an exhibition tracing the life of 15th-century Plantagenet King Richard III.

Rich in ancient history, romantic ambience and fun activities, York is the perfect holiday destination for senior travelers. So get your coffee and let’s explore York this morning. Renowned for its exquisite architecture, tangle of quaint cobbled streets, iconic York Minster and wealth of visitor attractions, York is a flourishing city, just two hours by train from London.

Search out The Shambles, a medieval street in York as well as the Mansion House that is home to the Lord Mayor of York. It is historic and beautiful.

The city was founded by the Romans as Eboracum in 71 AD. It became the capital of the Roman province of Britannia Inferior, and later of the kingdoms of Northumbria and Jórvík.

Seniors Awed By Beautiful Gothic Cathedral

LonelyPlanet notes that seniors will discover history at every turn and nowhere in northern England says ‘medieval’ quite like York, a city of extraordinary cultural and historical wealth that has lost little of its pre-industrial lustre.


A magnificent circuit of 13th-century walls enclose a medieval spider’s web of narrow streets. At its heart lies the immense, awe-inspiring York Minster, one of the most beautiful Gothic cathedrals in the world.

In the Middle Ages, York grew as a major wool trading center. Archaeological evidence suggests that Mesolithic people settled in the region of York between 8000 and 7000 BC. By the time of the Roman conquest of Britain, the area was occupied by a tribe known to the Romans as the Brigantes.

 Seniors Awed Even By Train Station


York lies at the confluence of the rivers Ouse and Foss in town. If you arrive by train, you will discover that even the station in York is awesome. The University of York has a building unlike any other you have ever seen. I know that my wife and I would enjoy an evening at York’s Grand Opera House.

Seniors can enjoy a High Tea at Betty’s Cafe Tea Rooms.  TripAdvisor has over 300 things for you to see and do in York. Explore their site as you will also find lodging, restaurants and even vacation rentals.


The city offers a wealth of historic attractions, of which York Minster is the most prominent, and a variety of cultural and sporting activities making it a popular tourist destination for millions.

You will find York England to be an adventure.  Enjoy all that this historic city has to offer. -jeb

Filed under : Editors Choice, Europe


Seniors Enjoy Colorful Punta Gorda

ShowImage Senior travelers will find Punta Gorda, a city in Charlotte County, Florida with a population of around 17,000, 26 miles north of Cape Coral and 74 miles south of Tampa.

Punta Gorda, a small historic town nestled on the shores of pristine Charlotte Harbor, a large estuary off the Gulf of Mexico, is one of the oldest incorporated cities in Florida. The name “Punta Gorda” (Fat Tip) has been on maps at least since 1851, referring to a point of land that juts into Charlotte Harbor.


Punta Gorda is a prime harbor front location with over 60 miles of canals that provide access to both casual day boating and fishing to serious deep sea fishing, sailing and cruising to the Gulf of Mexico. Seventy percent of Punta Gorda’s residents live on waterfronts.

Seniors Like Historic Punta Gorda

It was in the late 1800s that early settlers began to arrive in what is the present-day Punta Gorda area. Gilchrist Park sits alongside Charlotte Harbor and features many historic homes in the historic downtown Punta Gorda.


The Howard brothers were the first settlers in Punta Gorda. They landed at Charlotte Harbor in the late 19th century. The initial settlers comprised 34 men, including 4 African-Americans. The town had its first railroads within ten years, which opened the way for land developers and tourists.

The town was incorporated in 1900, 18 years after the first settlement. This Coastal Paradise was named “One of the best places to live in the South” by Money Magazine and “One of the best places to retire” by CNN Money.

 Seniors Enjoy This Tourist Destination


Punta Gorda offers many opportunities for watersports, fishing and sightseeing that make it an excellent tourist destination. Senior visitors are drawn by the beautiful views of the Peace River and Charlotte Harbor.

There are guided walks through nature trails and tours through the Telegraph Cypress Swamp called the Swamp Buggy Eco-tour.

The beautifully restored historic district is always popular with senior visitors. Fodor’s notes that the fine dining is excellent and they note for you seafood gourmets, the Laishley Crab House.


Nearby attractions include a Wildlife Management Area, Peace River Wildlife Center & Ponce De Leon Park, International Sailing School, Octagon Wildlife Sanctuary And Rehabilitation Center, and Babcock Ranch. Fisherman’s Village is a unique waterfront destination.

TripAdvisor highlights the Peace River Wildlife Center and the Muscle Car City Museum. Seniors, set your GPS for Florida and enjoy the host of amenities that Punta Gorda offers. -jeb

Filed under : Family Travel, United States


Seniors Enjoy Time In Worcester

Unknown-1Worcester is the historic county seat of Worcester County, Massachusetts. Senior travelers will find Worcester in central Massachusetts, about an hour drive southwest from Boston.

Worcester has transformed itself into a progressive and vibrant city with an active diverse culture, multi-billion dollar public/private investment, a robust healthcare and biotechnology industry and nationally recognized colleges and universities.


Worcester, a continually up and coming city, is a five-time recipient of the All-American City Award. One is hard pressed to find another city of comparable size with a greater concentration of world-class colleges and universities.

Seniors Enjoy City Of Higher Education

Worcester, with its population of 181,045, is home to 9 colleges and universities (a half-dozen more in neighboring communities), including the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, College of the Holy Cross, Clark University, MCPHS University and Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. Worcester is also home to one Fortune 1000 corporate headquarters.


 Senior sports enthusiasts, Worcester’s central location gives residents and visitors easy access to numerous professional sporting teams. Worcester provides a good assortment of arts and cultural offerings.

Known as the “Heart of the Commonwealth”, a heart is the official symbol of the city. However, the heart symbol may also have its provenance in lore that Valentine’s Day cards were invented in the city.

 Seniors Enjoy The Student Cultural Contribution


TripAdvisor suggests that seniors visit the Worcester Art Museum and Hanover Theater for the Performing Arts. Elm Park is a favorite site for a stroll as is Newton Hill and Green Hill.

Over 30,000 students contribute to the cultural vibrancy of the city, which features world-renowned museums and concert halls, theaters, galleries, as well as a wealth of performing groups, ethnic festivals, and artists of every discipline. For you gourmands, dine at one of the city’s many and varied restaurants.

Music and theater flourish at Mechanics Hall and The Hanover Theatre for Performing Arts. The Worcester Art Museum, Worcester Historical Museum and EcoTarium regularly schedule special exhibitions.


Bancroft Tower, a 56-foot-high (17 m) natural stone and granite tower, looks like a miniature feudal castle in Salisbury Park. It’s hard to miss and is listed on the National Register of Historical Places. The Salisbury Mansion and Store is an historic house museum built in 1772 by Stephen Salisbury.

Senior visitors, Welcome to Worcester, The Creative City named after Worcester, England.  -jeb

Filed under : Family Travel, United States


Seniors Head For Dalton

logo-1Senior travelers find their way to Dalton, the county seat of Whitfield County and the principal city of the Dalton, Georgia Metropolitan Statistical Area with a population of around 34,000 with the total metropolitan area having a population of 142,227.


Dalton was originally inhabited by Woodland and Cherokee Indians. It was settled by Europeans after 1838. The city was named after Mary Dalton, mother of founder Edward White Dalton.

 In the fall, senior visitors can take in the annual Arts Festival, Battle of Tunnel Hill Civil War Reenactment and Prater’s Mill Country Fair. Civil War and Cherokee attractions are also a short drive away. The Cherokee sites of New Echota and the Chief Vann House are some of the best preserved Indian sites in the area.

Seniors Find Themselves In The Carpet Capital Of The World


Dalton, known as “The Carpet Capital of the World”, is nestled in the scenic foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and is home to many of the world’s best known floor covering manufacturers.

In the Ridge and Valley section of the state, Dalton spreads across the valley to rugged Rocky Face Ridge. 1847 was a pivotal year for the citizens of Cross Plains. In honor of founder Edward Dalton White the city changed the name to Dalton. Its location near the railroad would greatly affect the destiny of this north Georgia town.


Dalton State College is the local college and other higher educational facilities are offered by Lee University, Kennesaw State University and Chattanooga State Technical Community College.

 Senior Train Buffs Like The Depot


TripAdvisor suggests that senior visitors check out Prater’s Mill and the Dalton Freight Depot. Built as the Southern Freight Depot in 1911, this depot was restored by the city in 2009 and today houses the Dalton Visitor’s Center and Gift Shop. The Freight Depot is a train fan’s delight with a covered platform, and a live audio feed from train radios.

Dalton has a vibrant arts & culture scene, many historic houses, landmarks and a rich Civil War history. It is home to the Northwest Georgia Trade and Convention Center, which showcases the Georgia Athletic Coaches’ Hall of Fame and holds events all year long.

Dalton’s location makes it ideal for enjoyable day hikes or long wilderness excursions on picturesque trails and nearby mountains. If you’re into mountain biking, Dalton has a mountain bike park with seven skill levels. They also feature two 18-hole public golf courses with miles of lush rolling hills.  Seniors, set your GPS for Dalton, Georgia and  enjoy the city and the beautiful surrounding countryside. -jeb


Seniors Check Out Historic Abingdon, Virginia


Abingdon, with its brick sidewalks is a designated Virginia Historic Landmark. Senior travelers will find this historic town of around 9,000, 133 miles southwest of Roanoke.

Senior visitors can enjoy Abingdon’s festivals, concerts and special events. One of the best known is the Virginia Highlands Festival, which takes place each summer. The Abingdon Music Experience hosts performances and jams throughout the year.

In addition, The historic Barter Theatre is just one of the many reasons why Garden and Gun Magazine named Abingdon a Best Performing Arts Town. Barter Theatre alumni include Gregory Peck, Ernest Borgnine and Patricia Neal.


 Seniors Hike The Virginia Creeper Trail

Also in downtown Abingdon is the luxurious four-star Martha Washington Inn & Spa with 63 rooms and suites each of which feature their own unique character and personality.

 The Virginia Creeper Trail begins in Abingdon, offering seniors outstanding biking, hiking and horseback riding. The Virginia Creeper Trail was just inducted into the Rail-to-Trail Hall of Fame. This former railroad bed begins in Abingdon, and winds its way over 34 miles.

Located at the Virginia Creeper Trailhead on Green Springs Road, Abingdon’s Old Mollie Steam Engine is the same type of engine that pulled the Virginia Creeper Railroad for many years.


Historically, the settlement was known as Black’s Fort and in 1776 (remember that year?) the community of Black’s Fort was made the county seat of the newly formed Washington county. And two years later was incorporated as Abingdon.

Seniors Enjoy Historic Abingdon

The town is quite historic with the Abingdon Historic District and a number of buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places. When you stroll down Main Street Abingdon, 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.


Abingdon, Virginia is a unique town lying in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia — rich in history, culture, outdoor recreation and old-fashioned hospitality.

The William King Museum of Art (WKMA) is the region’s premier visual arts facility. Visit the Abingdon Muster Grounds and you’ll be able to imagine citizen militia gathering to fight the British for American independence. At Fairview, a living history museum,  seniors can experience the story of the Hagy family, from their migration to America and Washington County, Virginia. In addition, there is the Abingdon Vineyard and Winery.


The Tavern Restaurant is in Abingdon’s oldest building from 1779. If that does not do it, grab a locally made craft beer and see more art plus live music at Wolf Hills Brewing Co. located in Abingdon’s Old Ice House.

I’d want my dinner at Bonefire Smokehouse, located inside the historic 1914 Withers Hardware building that includes a choice of barbecue smoked on-site and a choice of southern side-dishes.

So there it is…enjoy historic Abingdon  -jeb


Seniors Stop In Tiny Corfu

home_logoI am continually investigating interesting small towns that appear on various products that we buy in local grocery stores. In this case it was our daughter who purchased a package of cheese curds from Corfu, New York. This senior learned that Corfu is located approximately 40 miles due east of Buffalo.

I discovered that the curds were made at Wicked River Creamery in Corfu. They were delicious and we polished them off pretty quickly in our house. It is a bit like…”Bet you can’t eat just one.”

I discovered that the population in Corfu is around 800 inhabitants. The village was named after a Greek island, in the Mediterranean Sea.


Seniors Find Flowers, Flowers And More Flowers

One of the most important industries in Corfu for many years has been the cultivation of flowers for both wholesale and retail markets. This was all started way back in 1883, by Mrs. Charles (Irene) Tyrell, who in 1898 owned four greenhouses.

 While we enjoyed our tasty curds, TripAdvisor suggests that seniors consider  checking out Kutter’s Cheese Factory in Corfu. Kutter’s Cheese is a traditional cheese factory outlet store located in Corfu.  Like cheese and cheese curds like me? Head for Corfu and enjoy some tasty cheese.

The name “Corfu” was adopted when a post office was established. The Village of Corfu was incorporated in 1868, setting the community off from the Towns of Pembroke and Darien. Historically, the early community was known as Longs Corners.

Seniors Watch Cliff Jumpers


Murder Creek, a tributary of the Tonawanda Creek, flows through Corfu. Nearby Indian Falls is a popular place for cliff jumpers so bring along your movie camera and shoot a few of these adventurous youths.

Specifically, the village of Corfu is at the intersection of Routes NY-33 and NY-77 and north of the Darien Lake Theme Park Resort and Darien Lakes State Park. TripAdvisor wants senior visitors to know about Kozy Kabin a gift shop in Corfu that features country wares and gifts, primitive and Adirondack decor. It is a cool looking older building.

Seniors, enjoy your drive through the state of New York and plan a stop in Corfu. Enjoy the village and the scenic nature of upstate New York between Lake Ontario and Lake Erie. Plus you have Niagara Falls not all that far away to the northwest of Corfu. -jeb

Filed under : Family Travel, United States


Senior Check Out Old Bridge Township

oldbridgeOld Bridge…this is a new one for yours truly. Very little “old” about the Township today with a population of nearly 70,000. Senior visitors find  Old Bridge Township to be a bedroom suburb of New York City located across the Raritan Bay from Staten Island about 25 miles from Manhattan and 30 miles south of Newark.

What is now Old Bridge Township was originally incorporated as Madison Township by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 2, 1869, from portions of South Amboy Township (now City of South Amboy).

The locals enjoy the safety, comfort and peace of mind associated with small-town living, but they don’t have to sacrifice opportunities for work or recreation. Seniors, upon your arrival in Old Bridge you will discover quiet, friendly neighborhoods, hospitals, parks, shopping, and restaurants.


 Seniors And Locals Enjoy Old Bridge Waterfront Park

I’d surely want to pay a visit to the Thomas Warne Madison Township Historical Society Museum. The museum was so named because of it’s location on a portion of Thomas Warne’s 1000 acre parcel of land. Thomas Warne was one of the Twenty-Four original proprietors of “East Jersey” (the Raritan Bay Area).

Old Bridge Waterfront Park holds an annual family fair event at the park reminiscent of “Salt Water Day,” a festival dating back to the 1800′s, during which local residents celebrated the many benefits the area’s shoreline provided to the community’s economy and social activities.

sponsorshipBeginning in the early stages of the 19th century steamboats transported the region’s produce, flour, oysters and other items to New York City and other locations. In 1850 mills were constructed that produced a variety of paper products and gunpowder. In 1975 it was renamed the Township of Old Bridge.

Seniors Learn About Fine Clay, Pottery And Bricks

The clay soil in the area surrounding Old Bridge was used for pottery and bricks long before the first European settlers arrived. Fine clay had surrounded Cheesequake Creek when the Lenni Lenape Native Americans lived there. The early discoveries of clay along the banks opened the clay industry to Middlesex County as well as the state of New Jersey. By the 1800s clay was a major industry.


Old Bridge Township Raceway Park is an American auto racing facility and is a major draw for senior auto racing fans. TripAdvisor wants senior visitors to know about Heirloom Kitchen and the Bacchus Bar at Vintage Wines. Cooking classes are highly popular at Heirloom Kitchen.

Pay a visit to the various nearby campuses at Middlesex County College, Rutgers-New Brunswick and University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

There is something for everyone! By the way, Old Bridge is home to Olympian Laurie Hernandez. I discovered the Township watching Laurie on TV. -jeb

Filed under : Family Travel, United States


Seniors Stop In Lakewood

Lakewood OH- Photo © Bob Perkoski,

Senior travelers will find Lakewood, Washington, (America’s Promise) 31 miles south of Seattle. Lakewood was established in 1998. The landscape includes prairie, wooded areas, numerous lakes and creeks for senior visitors to enjoy. Puget Sound is nearby. McCord Air Force Base and Fort Lewis are in the vicinity. Fort Lewis is one of the major employers in the county.

Lakewood, population 60,000, was officially incorporated on February 28, 1996. Lakewood is the second-largest city in Pierce County and Lakewood and Pierce County were named among the 100 Best Places for Young People by American Promise. Seniors, if its a good place for young people, I bet we’d enjoy it too.


Lakewood, Washington’s economy is highly dependent upon on the military bases in the area. It also boasts one of the few true International Districts in the South Sound along South Tacoma Way and Pacific Highway, with Korean, Vietnamese, Chinese, Latino and other influences.

Seniors Enjoy Lakewold Gardens

Points of interest that senior visitors can enjoy include Fort Steilacoom and Lakewold Gardens, a 10-acre non-profit estate garden in an area known as the Lakes District and is open to visitors year-round. Plus you can take in the Lakewood Towne Centre and Lakewood Playhouse.

fun-on-the-water-at-americanThe Steilacoom and Nisqually Indians were the original inhabitants. The Hudson Bay Company was established by the British in 1833 for fur trading. Settlers arrived and established farms on the prairie.

Fort Steilacoom was constructed to reduce Indian uprisings. Several mills were built during the 1850′s. In the late 1800′s the prairie began to fill with homes and roads.

American Lake is popular for picnics, boating, swimming and is utilized by sea planes. Fort Steilacoom Park features walking and bicycle trails and is situated along Waughop Lake. The Northwest Trek Wildlife Park provides opportunities to see elk, bison, big horn sheep and moose.

Seniors Enjoy Mount Rainier National Park


The nearby scenic Mount Rainier National Park features an impressive volcano, numerous glaciers, waterfalls and lakes and scenic hiking trails for seniors to enjoy. The Lakewood Game Refuge includes walking and bicycle riding trails.

There are numerous golf courses in the area including Fort Steilacoom Golf Course, Meadow Park Golf Course, Oakbrook Golf & Country Club and Tacoma County & Golf Club, so toss the irons in the trunk and play a round or two at these great courses.

TripAdvisor has several more things to do while you are in town. There are numerous colleges and universities nearby. So set your GPS for Lakewood and enjoy all the amenities that the city has to offer. -jeb


Seniors Make A Stop In Westbrook

Unknown Senior travelers can find Westbrook as a suburb of Portland with a population of 18,00. Originally known as Saccarappa after Saccarappa Falls on the Presumpscot River, its name was eventually changed to Westbrook after Colonel Thomas Westbrook, an early settler and mill operator. In 1891, Westbrook was incorporated as a city.

 Senior visitors especially enjoy Westbrook’s River Walk, an attractive bike and pedestrian path that follows the bank of the Presumpscot River into Westbrook’s Riverbank Park and historic downtown. 

TripAdvisor has over a dozen attractions not to be missed on your visit to Westbrook. Cinimagic and Smiling Hill Farm rate high on their listing.


 Seniors Learn About “Wessie”

The Presumpscot River flows through the center of the city, with two prominent falls, the aforementioned Saccarappa Falls and Congin Falls. The smaller Stroudwater River flows through the southwestern part of the city. The city also contains part of Highland Lake.

You may have read about this in the paper or saw it on TV: a roughly 10-foot-long snake skin was found along a river in Westbrook earlier this month as well as a slew of sightings that has locals both perplexed and on edge.

After a DNA scan, the skin came from an huge anaconda. Police have been searching for the reported 10-foot snake since June. The snake has been dubbed “Wessie.”


Westbrook is home to about a dozen notable neighborhoods such as Birdland, Cumberland Mills, Frenchtown and The Hamlet. Seniors can also check out the Acorn Productions Acting Academy and the Westbrook Historical Society. The revitalization of Westbrook’s downtown has given rise to a new and upcoming art scene.

Seniors Can Enjoy Concerts, Markets and Great Maine Food


IDEXX Laboratories, Inc., a multi-national corporation, is headquartered in Westbrook. Westbrook is home to Sappi Ltd.’s Westbrook Paper Mill, formerly the S. D. Warren Paper Mill, once the city’s largest employer, employing over 3,000 people.

Senior visitors can enjoy Summer Concerts In The Park, Halloween on Main Street, the Westbrook Winter West Festival and the ever popular 1,000 seat Performing Arts Centre that hosts major musical and theatrical events.

The Maine Market is a new weekly event where folks are invited to shop for classic items from gifted Maine Artists, enjoy some local Maine food, listen to music and view a variety of entertainment.

Tough Mudder

And then there’s the Tough Mudder, the Westbrook Together Days and The Brook 5K where participants walk or run a 5k distance that starts at Riverbank Park and runs along the Presumpscot River.

Well, that about does it for our travel blog for today.  Certainly lots of great activities and opportunities in Westbrook all year long. When you are in Maine, include this exciting city and join in on the local fun. -jeb

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