Category Archives: Budget Appeal

A National Scenic Wonder in Winter: The Magnificent Coast of Oregon

Much of the Oregon coast consists of miles and miles of beautiful sandy beaches, which may be exactly what you are looking for if you seek total relaxation. However, if you crave excitement, check out the wild 40 miles of rocky shoreline that begins in the north at Waldport, Oregon and zigzags south along curvy Highway …

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A Town and Hotel Remember The Greatest Athlete of the 20th Century 

The name “Jim Thorpe” may no longer be a household name in America, but in the early 1900s there was nary a child or sports fan that did not know of his legendary sports achievements. Enrolled in the Carlyle Indian Industrial School in Pennsylvania in 1904, the Sac and Fox Native American from Oklahoma, was destined to …

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A Visit to the Historic Heceta Lighthouse on the Rugged Oregon Coast

We had heard so many fascinating stories about lighthouses along the scenic Oregon coast that we decided to make a road trip from San Francisco to visit one. Here’s what we did. Breaking up a long drive Ours was to be a considerable drive of 552 miles, estimated to take approximately 9-hours, so we decided …

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The Vacation of a Lifetime in Kiama, Australia

Everyone who travels has special places tucked away in their memories. One of our favorite places is the little seaside town of Kiama on the South Coast of New South Wales, Australia. The town reminds us of a quiet Carmel, California, while the nearby thundering surf is reminiscent of the awesome power and beauty of …

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We did it. It was easy. We fell in love with Old Cape Cod

Last fall we traveled back east to New England to be part of the annual fall festival of colors. We put over 1,000 miles on our rental car, and were treated to great weather, superb accommodations, and exquisite dining. We also met some wonderful Americans – in the land where the country began. There’s a …

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Niagara Falls – Top to Bottom

  We love Niagara Falls – especially the array of marvelous outdoor activities that are available throughout the area. Verdant gardens and leisure walking paths abound. Add the sound of the ever-present roaring rapids and cascades, and you have the makings of a perfect green vacation. Getting to Niagara Falls is a beautiful road trip for …

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Charting a Course in the Florida Keys on the Legendary African Queen

As we travel, we check off places that are on our Bucket List. Being film buffs, many of the things on our list are related to movies we have seen over the years. We recently checked off another “to do” from our list by skippering the authentic “African Queen,” the boat made famous by Humphrey …

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It’s a Wonderful Life in Wellsboro, Pennsylvania

Wellsboro, PA reminds us of the quality of life and friendly folks of Bedford Falls depicted in Frank Capra’s classic 1946 Christmas flick, “It’s a Wonderful Life.” For one thing, Wellsboro has a wide grassy median down the center of Main Street (like in the movie), and rows of romantic old Victorian gas lights that …

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Long Beach, California: The Renaissance is Complete

Recently, we had an opportunity to experience Long Beach, California, in depth – the transformation of this city over the decades is nothing less than astonishing. What was an unremarkable middle class town has magically morphed into an exciting convention and vacation destination that rivals the best of what other Southern California beach towns have …

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Spending Quality Time on the Cannery Row in Monterey, California

Cannery Row on Monterey Bay is an easy 2-hour drive south of San Francisco. Two good reasons to add Monterey to your northern California holiday are that it is a breathtakingly beautiful part of the Golden State, and it is far less commercial than San Francisco. It’s a great place to enjoy some quality down-time during your vacation. …

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