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The Spring 2014 Edition of American Roads Magazine  


American Roads is proud to present the  Spring  2014  Edition of American Roads Magazine.                  

Winner of the Win Win Contest is Stefanie Whitmore (  She edged in by one pin.  She posted a pin from my Inn Roads article on the Alfont Inn to two of her boards.

The journalists with the most posts besides my own images is a tie between Persis Granger and Anne Jenkins. Persis had a pin of the truck transporting skiers at North Creek in Adirondack Mountains posted to Sherian McCoy-Oakley's board and Anne had her Mural side of J. M. Clayton Seafood, overlooking Cambridge Creek, portrays The Watermen, a great blue heron posted to Theresia Ruback's board.

Thanks to all who posted our pins. It is appreciated.

Road Dog will not be in this issue. Veronica has a bad sprained ankle and could not take Baron out exploring. Instead she helped me write Music Road and researched information on several interesting West Virginia Musicians. All of our other features are here and in top form, from dining through lodging and lots of great destinations.

Travel is enriching and fun but when planning a vacation or business trip, it's always a good idea to research the available lodging. The last thing you want is an unpleasant surprise when you arrive at your destination. My favorite way to check with a reliable service that gives me ratings, reviews, lots of photos and the ability to book through whichever booking agency is currently offering the lowest price. All through the same website. You can do the same.  Click here for the best way to find a hotel worldwide.

This issue we are proud to announce that two of our journalists, Christine Tibbetts (Tibs Trails and Tastes) and Warren Resen (Warren's Byways) won first place gold awards in  2013 NATJA Annual Awards. this is a huge honor. I am so proud to be associated with them.


We are running  a special "Tibs Trails and Taste" of her winning article which was originally printed in the Tifton Gazette.

 Warren won for his series including "See the USA" which ran in several of our past issues. See here


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Adirondack Trail Mix  

A Jaunt to the Adirondack Museum

By Persis Granger

Are you the kind of traveler who likes to soak up the culture and history of the region you are visiting? If so, during your next North Country vacation, plan to spend a day at the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake, NY.

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Agri Lanes

True Grits from Nora Mill

by Kathleen Walls

Many places in the Mountains of Appalachia have their own special magic. A visit there is like stepping back to a more peaceful time. Most places you visit and leave all their magic, except the memories and maybe a few pictures, behind when you return to the modern world.

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Art Trails

The Philadelphia Mural Story

by Anne Jenkins

Philadelphia lures you with thousands of murals, some large, some small. All of them amazing works of art. There's no way to see them all in a short space of time or even a whole day. There are good maps of them 

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Chuckwagon Roundup

On The Waterfront: My Favorite Waterfront Restaurants

by Kathleen Walls

What better place to dine than looking out over a water view. Some of my fondest memories are of some of my favorite waterfront places. Here are a few.

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Civil War Trails

Divided We Stand: The Civil War in West Virginia

by Kathleen Walls

While the War Between the States divided families and pitted brother against brother (see Hatfield  McCoy Feud) only one state is a direct result of the conflict that tore families, a nation and a state apart. West Virginia was born of that conflict and the labor pains were excruciating. 

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Exploring With Eleanor

Louisiana's Family Friendly Mardi Gras

By Eleanor Hendricks McDaniel

Would I ever take my kids to Mardi Gras in New Orleans? No way! Not with women flashing boobs at every turn, and drunken revelers stumbling along the streets. But the time before Lent is important, and celebrated throughout the Christian world. It may be called Mardi Gras (French for Fat Tuesday), Carnevale or Carnival, but it represents the merriment that overflows the weeks before the somber 40 days of sacrifice and prayer of the Lenten season. So it was reassuring to discover Lake Charles, Louisiana, a city where families can enjoy the festive celebration with music, food, spangled costumes, parades and more.

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Fork in The Road  

Trabue: Doubly Delicious Dining

By Kathleen Walls

Trabue in Punta Gorda, Florida is where Paris, France meets Cracker Florida. Chef Keith Meyers creates a fascinating array of dishes where he combines the best of traditional French style cuisine with Florida's local offerings.

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Garden Paths  

Anderson Japanese Gardens: Paradise on Earth

By Kathleen Walls

What better place to be on a sunny spring day than in a fertile garden surrounded by luxuriant plants and bubbling brooks. One such magic location is Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford., Illinois. As you enter the garden. all your senses are rewarded. A fresh earthy fragrance mingles with the sounds of a small tumbling stream and multi-shades of green greet you. 

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Happy Trails

Cumberland Gap National Historic Park

By Tom Straka
Photographs by Pat Straka

The Appalachian Mountains extend for nearly 1,500 miles from Newfoundland in Canada to Central Alabama in the United States. They are really a series of mountain ranges with an average elevation of 3,000 feet, with some peaks exceeding 6,000 feet.  They were a natural barrier to westward expansion from America’s coastal plain to the boundless interior lowlands. Only a few gaps existed in the mountain range. One feature of the Appalachians is a series of interior lowland valleys that forms a “trough” that runs from Canada to Alabama, called the Great Appalachian Valley. That valley was a major transportation route for Native Americans and later for colonial settlers. The Great Wagon Road used this route to move settlers from Pennsylvania south.  The road began in Philadelphia, crossed the Potomac River at Harpers Ferry, and followed the Shenandoah Valley up to the town of Big Lick (Roanoke today).  At Roanoke the road split, one route into the Carolinas and ending in Augusta and the other route leading to the Wilderness Road.  

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Heritage Roads

Rockford Illinois's Swedish Heritage

By Kathleen Walls

Rockford, Illinois has the third largest concentration of Swedish people per capita in the United States. Erlander Museum in Rockford preserves Rockford's Swedish roots. It's named for John Erlander and his daughter Mary. The Englander family is typical of many Swedish immigrants to Rockford. John emigrated from Sweden to Chicago, Illinois and then Rockford. He worked as a tailor and later opened a furniture store in partnership with other Swedish men.

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Inn Roads

Fishermen's Village

By Kathleen Walls

When you plan a vacation, what do you look for? Fun entertainment? Shopping nearby? Delicious and varied dining? Maybe a cruise or fishing trip?  Museums and art galleries? Fun and games? Of course, comfortable and reasonable priced accommodations are at the top of the list. Would you consider it a dream vacation if all this could all be found at one resort? Well, look no further. The Villas at Fishermen's Village in Punta Gorda, Florida is your dream vacation. Everything you want all together in one resort.

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Main Street

Saved by Art

By Kathleen Walls

Augusta has always been a city that appreciated its art. However, in Augusta, the local artist repaid that devotion well. As the second largest and second oldest city in Georgia, Augusta early on developed a downtown business district with Broad Street as its heart. Broad Street was where citizens shopped, dined, mingled and considered the heart of their city. With the advent of suburbs and malls in the 50s and 60s, Augusta's Broad Street area fell into a decline. Stores closed and became boarded up  graffiti covered buildings where few wanted to venture.

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Mountain Road

Where Rednecks Come From: Touring the West Virginia Coalfields

By Kathleen Walls

No, I am not suggesting a seedy bar way back in the woods filled with rough looking characters. I am suggesting  a visit to wild and wonderful West Virginia. Specifically, Southern West Virginia, high in the mountains that are filled with the coal that powers our nation and the people whose lives are built around it..

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Music Row

The Hills Are Alive With The Sounds of Music: West Virginia's Musical Heritage

By  Veronica Byrd and Kathleen Walls

There is more to West Virginia than just coal mining. It has its own voice.  A voice that go deep into the soul, tell stories from a hard life, beginning with the music the Appalachian people brought with them into the heart of the mountains. The music grew from folk music, bluegrass, that lead to rockabilly, country music and even the classics. Witness opera singers from West Virginia like Eleanor Steber from Wheeling and  Elisabeth Baer from Charleston.  Connie Smith, Brad Paisley, Hawkshaw Hawkins, Wilma Lee and Stoney Cooper, and dozens of other musicians who call the Mountain State home are honored in West Virginia's Music Hall of Fame. For some singers the road has led from rags to riches. For many the music grew out of the coal mining tradition.

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Pot Luck

A Taste for tea

By Mary Emma Allen

For relaxation, or as a way to start the day, a cup of tea can't be beat.  Even though I sometimes drink coffee, I prefer tea such as English Breakfast tea, Darjeeling tea and Earl Grey tea.  Drinking tea was a tradition in my family, something my grandmother and mother enjoyed  with family and friends.

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Renee's Route

Phoenix Arizona's Golden Spas

by Renee S. Gordon

The first documented non-native to enter the southwestern portion of our nation was a Moorish-African slave. Estevanico had been a member of the ill-fated Narvaez Expedition in 1527 and was enslaved by the Indians for 5-years. During captivity he learned several native languages and after escaping he was selected to serve as a healer, guide, advance scout and interpreter for a party led by Cabeza de Vaca and in 1539 he took on the same duties for Friar Marcos de Niza.

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Tibs Trails and Tastes

Wildlife Wilderness Week In Pigeon Forge

by Christine Tibbeyts

Pigeon Forge in the winter. That’s my recommendation. Think not about the adrenaline rush of family fun you already know about in this Smoky Mountain neck of the woods. Tennessee woods.

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Tibs Trails and Tastes Special

Meeting The Civilians of Gettysburg

by Christine Tibbetts

No disrespect intended, but the battles of Gettysburg and their strategies elude me. Re-enactments too. 

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Traditional Trails

Hatfield~McCoy Trail

By Kathleen Walls

The Hatfield McCoy feud was too big for one state to contain it all.  It raged along the Tug Fork of the Big Sandy River that separates West Virginia from Kentucky. The Hatfields mainly lived on the West Virginia side while Kentucky was home to most of the McCoys but the families and the feud spilled back and forth  over the states' border.

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Vagabond Traveler

Finding Tea Shops and Tea Collectables

By Mary Emma Allen

In this Internet Age,finding tea shops and cafes in your travels can be relatively easy. I discovered by searching this topic, I came up with many within a 50 mile radius of my home. I even found one in my small hometown.

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Warren's Bi-Ways

Cody Wyoming: Cowboy Town U.S.A.

by Warren Resen
Photographs by Jeanne O'Conner

Yeehaw!This is the one word I think that best describes the most Cowboy of Cowboy Towns I’ve so far visited in the American West. Cowboy Culture thrives here and the people really live it. If you want better service in any restaurant, bar or better seats at the daily Rodeo the secret, we discovered, was to wear your Stetson 24/7 everywhere you go in Cody.  

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Wild Roads

Heaven on Earth Via Kayak

by Kathleen Walls

A kayak trip down a undeveloped creek is like getting a glimpse of what Heaven must be like. Shell Creek which flows off the southernmost section of Peace River in Charlotte County, Florida is one such sacred place. It's a local "secret spot" that deserves more recognition.

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