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Most popular posts for 2019

1-  Step Back in Time at Retro Mother Earth Motor Lodge in Kinston, North Carolina

Kathy Newbern and J.S. Fletcher

#1 Most Popular Posts: Retro Mother Earth Motor Lodge

Step into the 1960s at the updated Mother Earl Motor Lodge. (Credit: Mother Earth Motor Lodge)

Husband-wife travel writers—and romance novelists—Kathy M. Newbern and J.S. Fletcher live by the credo that  “every day’s a honeymoon if you make it one.” The couple delights in finding luxury in some unexpected places. They recently visited Mother Earth Motor Lodge, an old motel that was lovingly restored with a 60s vibe, neon sign and all. The unique property is now listed as a National Historic Building. Attractively priced for stays of overnight and longer, it draws art lovers, history buffs and foodies who want to experience a meal at nearby Chef and the Farmer Restaurant, which starred in the PBS series, “A Chef’s Life.”

2-  A Watkins Glen Weekend for Every Type of Traveler

Lori Tripoli 

Most popular posts #2 -View of Seneca Lake from the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel

View of Seneca Lake from the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel (Credit: Hart Hotels Harbor Hotel Collection)

Trained as a lawyer, globetrotter Lori Tripoli is committed to historic preservation and sustainability in both her travels and writing. On a road trip in upstate New York, Lori discovered Watkins Glen, a small village (with about 2000 people) located halfway between New York City and Niagara Falls. The village was once a popular summer playground for the wealthy, when it’s seasonal population mushroomed to more than 60,000. Revitalized Watkins Glen still attracts visitors with its natural wonders but now has a wine trail, international raceway, small shops, restaurants, and a charming hotel, the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel, situated at the head of Seneca Lake.

3-  5 Fun Things for Boomers To Do in Sunny Sarasota

Judy Freedman

Most popular posts: Birdwatching is a popular pastime at Longboat Key beach

Birdwatching is a popular pastime at Longboat Key beach (Credit: Judy Freedman)

With a passion for fitness and wellness and trained as a certified yoga instructor, Judy Freedman began travel writing and blogging after a long career in corporate communications and marketing. On a perpetual search for sunny, warm weather getaways, Judy and her boyfriend visited Sarasota, Florida, a retirement haven where more than 60 percent of the residents are over the age of 60. She found not only beautiful beaches but also thriving arts and cultural activities—including a botanical garden that resembles an urban oasis, an art museum, and the gracious grounds of the Ringling Estate. In addition, Sarasota offers a vibrant downtown area with high-end dining and fine shopping. Although busy during the peak winter season, she reports that the recent openings of several new hotels have made it easier to find accommodations in the area.

4-  Roughing It Like A Vanderbilt at New York’s Great Camp Sagamore

Rose Palmer

Relaxing with a view of Lake Sagamore

Relaxing with a view of Lake Sagamore (Credit: Rose Palmer)

Rose Palmer spent more than 25 years as a PhD-level chemist before opting for early retirement to follow her passions for travel, photography, quilting—and lifelong learning. At Camp Sagamore, in New York’s Adirondack Mountains, Rose’s love of history led her to discover and experience one of the last remaining intact camps from the Great Camp Era. Located in an upstate wilderness area, visitors to Great Camp Sagamore are able to live in the same kind of luxury that was appreciated by the Vanderbilt family more than a century ago: A stay at the lodge couples proximity to nature with opportunities to play lawn games, kayak, canoe, swim, hike the outdoors.

5-  Alberobello, Puglia’s Trulli Capital

Anita Breland and Tom Fakler

Most Popular Posts #5 Numerous Trulli domed house

Numerous trulli domed houses in Alberobello (Credit: Tom Fakler and Anita Breland)

Anita Breland and Tom Fakler could be called world citizens and/or culinary travelers. After careers based largely in Europe and Asia, they took to the road to follow their palates for food and wine. They currently live in Porto, Portugal and also enjoy periodic stays at the 400-year old property they restored in Fez, Morrocco. When visiting the Puglia region of Italy to attend a festival honoring local traditions and cultures, the couple was based in Alberobello, the region’s “Trulli capital.” They stayed in trulli (stone huts with conical roofs), ate in trulli restaurants and seized opportunities to tour and learn about surrounding towns and villages. In 1996, the historic area in Alberobello earned UNESCO World Heritage status as an exceptional Historic Urban Landscape.

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