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The Summer 2016 Edition of American Roads and Global Highways  

 
 

Welcome to the summer 2016 issue of American Roads and Global Highways . It's even more  fully packed issue than usual with lots of fun places brought to you by some of the best travel writers around.

American Roads and Global Highways has so many great articles you may
want to search it for you favorite places or new exciting destinations.

This issue we have a lot of delightful stories about a destination Christine Tibbets and I visited, Jordan. We both came back with lots of fun and informative articles, we're not forgetting our great domestic stories either. You will find a varied lot of them.

 

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Adirondack Trail Mix

Exploring Country Stores, Part 1: Hoss’s  Country Corner Store

By Persis Granger

You’ll find center of Long Lake, New York, at the intersection of state routes 30 and 28N, and presiding over that intersection is Hoss’s Country Corner Store,  a must-see for travelers.

 

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Adirondack Trail Mix 2

Exploring Country Stores, Part 2: Some Favorite Things Gallery

By Persis Granger

You’ll find the small hamlet of Hadley, NY, connected to its larger neighboring hamlet, Lake Luzerne, by a bridge over the Hudson at tumbling, churning Rockwell Falls. A stone’s throw away is a small new train station, part of the Saratoga and North Creek Railway. Hadley is perched at the confluence of the Hudson and Sacandaga Rivers, a breathtaking site that is spanned by two bridges, one, the recently-restored historic Bow Bridge, and the other, higher up, a railroad bridge over which once rumbled passenger and freight aboard the Delaware and Hudson Railroad, and now still used by the Saratoga and North Creek. This town that is so steeped in history and natural Adirondack wonders is the perfect site for Some Favorite Things Gallery, a gift shop in which each item is as fresh and unique as the wildflowers along a mountain trail.

 

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Agri Lanes

Looking out for Mother Earth: Feynan Eco Lodge

by Kathleen Walls

Most agri tourism destinations promote a single product such as a winery, a farm visit, a dairy and so on. Feynan Eco Lodge promotes and supports an entire eco culture. The oh-too-short time I spent there was the most sustainable experience I ever experienced.

 

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Art Trails

Celebrate American Craft Week

by Anne Jenkins

When all 50 states join together for a celebration of craft, artisans and handmade in America, the echoes reach the far corners from small towns, rural backwaters to bustling cities. American Craft Week (ACW) surfaced about 7 years ago because there is so much creativity and excellent crafts produced in the U.S. but the industry did not have a special way to highlight the work. Not surprisingly Diane Sulg and Sherry Masters, the driving forces behind the event, live in North Carolina, an artisan state if ever there was one. Apart from all the town's celebrations listed on the ACW website, they also hold a vote in poll for the Top Ten Art Towns and this year a list of nominated "Rising Stars, 30 under 30" heralding young crafters on the up and up, will be announced later in the year.

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Chuckwagon Roundup

Sweet Treats

by Kathleen Walls

Nothing can turn a dignified adult into a kid faster than ice cream and candy. So let’s track down some of my favorites.  Here are some really sweet shops I have visited in the past few years.

 

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Civil Rights Trails

Puttin' on the Ritz

by Kathleen Walls

The original Ritz Theater was constructed in 1929 when Black entertainers followed what was called the “Chittlin’ Circuit” and African Americans could not walk into any theater to see a show like other citizens.  Ritz Theater was built in Art Deco Style and was the center of the LaVilla neighborhood. It was rebuilt in 1999 and all that remain of the historic building are the sign and the Northwest corner of the building.

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Desert Drive

Wadi Rum: The Ultimate Desert

by Kathleen Walls

It’s known as the Valley of the Moon. The landscape of Wadi Rum is so exotic it might well be on some ancient orbiting rock.  When we first ventured out into it in rugged old four-wheel drive pickups driven by Bedouins who appeared as tough and self-reliant as their vehicles, the pavement rapidly disappeared behind us. We faced unending sand punctuated by strangely eroded mountains that seemed older than time.

 

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Elite Street Eats

Nefetari’s: A Royal Dining Experience

By Kathleen Walls

Can you imagine dining like Egyptian Royalty of ancient times? You can actually do it at Nefetari’s Restaurant in Tallahassee. Not only is the food healthy and delicious, the decor is a feast for the eyes. One of the first things you see is a stuffed lion named Maliki near the entrance. The entire restaurant is filled with Egyptian and African art. It’s a mini-museum.

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Fork in The Road

Now You're Cooking~ Petra Kitchen

By Kathleen Walls

What fun to eat in a restaurant where you get to prepare you own meal under the eye of a watchful chef before dining. It’s even better when the recipes are local favorites from an exotic country you are visiting for the first time. I got to do just that on a recent trip to Jordan when we experienced Petra Kitchen.

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Globe Trotting with Warren

India

Article by Warren Resen
Photos by Jeanne O'Connor

India, as portrayed in slick travel magazines is a microcosm of a much larger, much more diverse culture. Yes, there are five-star hotels, restaurants, and world-class resorts there but is it really necessary to travel half way around the world for something you probably have at home?

 

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Happy Trails

“There’s Gold in Them Thar [Georgia] Hills”

By Tom Straka

The lead photograph is a vertical mine shaft that leads to the famous gold vein in Dahlonega, Georgia. What famous gold vein? Dahlonega is an unusual tourist town that will introduce you to some unusual southern history which includes some of the nation’s earliest gold mining history.  As an example of what I mean by unusual, that mine shaft is in a family-style restaurant, The Smith House, located a block off the town’s main square. During renovations workers found the shaft in the restaurant’s basement. Not all the attractions in town are free, but viewing the mine shaft will cost you nothing. 

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Information Highway ( a different way to promote travel)

Take a Tour

Want to visit fun places but you are not sure what to see there? How about taking a tour that is like having a friend who knows that city well along to take you to the coolest places. You can do that for under $5 now.

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Inn Roads

Kempinski Hotel Ishtar: Beyond Five-Star Luxury

By Kathleen Walls

The Dead Sea area of Jordan is filled with luxury resorts but one stands out. Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Resort welcomed us, refreshed us, fed us and made our stay memorable.

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Museum Stroll

Touch of Old Florida: The Tallahassee Museum

By Kathleen Walls

With most museums, you expect to find all the exhibits tucked away neatly in a building. Tallahassee Musuem is so different. It’s like a time capsule of Tallahassee’s (and Florida’s) cultural and natural history all set in a natural outdoor environment on the shores of Lake Bradford.

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Native Trails

Mesa Verde Country: On the Trail of the Ancients: Part One

By Kathleen Walls

Some of American’s most intriguing mysteries surround the Anasazi culture of Mesa Verde. Modern Anthropology is uncovering many secrets about these ancient people including the fact that they are the ancestors of the modern day Pueblo tribes, thus the name has been changed. Today, they are called Ancient Puebloans. Anasazi is a Navajo word meaning “Ancient People” or “Ancient Enemy” and offensive to the Pueblo tribes.

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On the Road with Grandma

Finding Family Fun in Columbus, Ohio

by Roberta Sandler

Columbus is such a lively city with so many family-friendly attractions and cultural venues that it easily finds a place on the list of best American cities to visit.

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Photos from the Roadside

Blueberry Thrill in Washington State

by Jim DeLillo

I reach in tentatively, cautiously.  My outstretched finger gently touches the sphere. Then gently giving a little tug the blue tidbit comes free in my hand.

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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, Awake tea and Earl Grey tea, to name a few.  Drinking tea has long been a tradition in my family, something my grandmother and mother enjoyed  with family and friends.

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Quiet Roads

A House With a Soul

by Kathleen Walls

Some houses are so unique they seem to have a soul. You feel it when you first look at them. You feel it even more when you step inside. Since houses are just bricks, wood or stone, that soul must come in part for the architect who designs the house and in part from those who envision it  and make it their home. 

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Renee's Route

Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, Gateway to Adventure

by Renee' S. Gordon

Virginia’s 140-miles long Shenandoah Valley lies between the Allegheny and the Blue Ridge Mountains. This incredibly beautiful region has been a staging ground for history since the 1600s and for Native Americans for approximately 11,000 years prior to that. The Chester and Manassas Gaps afforded natural access for people and goods into the valley where they could transport goods via the Shenandoah River.

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Renee's International Route

Uniquely Flanders  

by Renee' S. Gordon

Modern Flanders, a region in north Belgium, is one of the most historic, beautiful, architecturally distinctive and intriguing regions in Europe.  The name is derived from the County of Flanders, a medieval principality that existed from the mid-800s to 1795 and was made up of Northern Belgium and a portion of northern France. Flanders is bordered by the Netherlands and a North Sea shoreline that extends 42-miles. Because of its strategic position in the heart of Europe the area has been involved in every major European conflict including both World Wars. Despite the years of occupation and carnage Flandriens have maintained a distinct character and culture that is both unique and accessible.

 

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Tibbs Trails and Tastes

First: Why travel to Jordan?
Second: What remarkable connections will the trip reveal?
 

by Christine Tibbets

Jordan is a lyrical country where music filters within routine daily chores as often as it wafts across landscapes both lush and dry. Listen as you wander. 

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Traditional Trails

Life in a Bedouin Tent

By Kathleen Walls 

Imagine living life as it was 2000 years ago. Some cultures still live a life very similar to the way they were then. On a recent trip to Jordan, I got to meet an elder of a Bedouin tribe and his family.

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 Traveling Beyond Borders

Exploring the Outskirts of Edinburgh

By Roberta Sandler

Your cruise ship has just sailed into one of Edinburgh, Scotland's four ports, and you're eager to disembark for a day of exploring. Or, you've arrived for a vacation in Edinburgh via plane or car and you're looking for attractions to visit. 

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Vagabond Traveler

Old Foundations, Stone Walls & Byways 

By Mary Emma Allen

Traveling over old byways or walking along those no longer passable fascinates me.  Often in these travels, we come across abandoned home sites and foundations, as well as stone walls.  Most of these abandoned towns in New England consist of fallen foundations, steps leading to doorways that no longer exist, old barns and sheds, lilac bushes, rose bushes and apple trees. Perhaps you'll find the remnants of a church or town meeting hall.   

 

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Wet Roads

Maryland's Western Shore  

by Renee' S. Gordon

The Chesapeake Bay was created approximately 10,000-years ago from melting glaciers and it is home to 238 varieties of finfish, 173 species of shellfish and nearly 3,000 plant types. It is the largest estuary in the country and the third largest in the world flowing 200-miles with 11,684-miles of shoreline. The bay is a narrow waterway bisecting Maryland that is part of the Atlantic Ocean. The towns and villages located on the western shore are a fishing, hiking, boating paradise that has unique offerings for history lovers and those seeking a peaceful getaway.

 

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I recently learned of a law requiring web sites to let their readers know if any of the are "sponsored" or compensated. We also are to let readers know if any of our links are ads. Most are not. They are just a way to direct you  to more information about the article where the link is placed. The hotel link on this page is a paid link, however it  is one I feel is very helpful in booking a hotel. I think readers are smart enough to know an ad when they see one but to obey the letter of the law, I am putting this statement here to make sure everyone understands. American Roads and Global Highways may contain affiliate links. Further, as their bios show, most of the feature writers are professional travel writers. As such we are frequently invited on press trips, also called fam trips. On these trips most of our lodging, dining, admissions fees and often plane fare are covered by the city or firm hosting the trip. It is an opportunity to visit places we might not otherwise be able to visit. However, no one tells us what to write about those places. All opinions are 100% those of the author of that feature column. 

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