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  • Wall Drug: Wall, South Dakota

    You’ve seen the bumper stickers. You’ve seen the billboards. Now it’s time to see Wall Drug in person!

    I love a good drug store, and Wall Drug is way beyond anything I’ve encountered! Seems funny to be recommending a pharmacy, but this is a true destination stop whether you’re in an RV or not.

  • Firebird Café: Essex Junction, VT

    After leaving Montpelier we decided to start looking for a place to have lunch as we approached Burlington. We exited just before Burlington, but couldn’t find any restaurants close to I-89. Since we had our Garmin GPS to get back on track, we continued about five miles down the road until we came to Essex Junction and saw the Firebird Café on the left-hand side. Since this was obviously a local place and not a fast-food chain, we decided to stop and check it out.

  • George Rogers Clark’s View

    On the historical marker by the replica of his cabin, it says that George Rogers Clark (1753-1818) was “A pioneer, soldier, patriot, conqueror of the Northeast territory…” His brilliant Revolutionary War campaign captured Kaskaskia, Cahokia, and Vincennes and brought the states northwest of the Ohio River into the Union.  He brought 150 men and 15 families down the Ohio River in 1778 and built a fort on Corn Island to plan and implement this conquest. This fort was the beginning of Louisville, Kentucky.

  • Luxury Patrol: On a mission to the Gold Coast of California!

    Santa Barbara – Just 90 minutes from Los Angeles juxtaposed between the local wine region of the Santa Ynez valley and the Pacific Ocean is known as the gold coast of California.  Also known as the American Riviera of the West Coast it’s mild and nearly perfect climate all year round weather make this a perfect destination.

  • Caribbean Motel - New Jersey

    Welcome to the original Jersey Shore! The Caribbean Motel first opened in 1957 in the Wildwoods area of New Jersey which was home to Doo Wop motels and plastic palm trees. If you couldn't get to Florida, this is where it was happening. Plastic palm trees were better than none!

  • Cook: St.Helena, California

    This small, classy restaurant is placed right in the center of St. Helena, right in the middle of the wine country. This charming town is so much fun to stroll through all of the shops, galleries and restaurants. Cook is owned by Jude Wilmoth and Michael Wilmoth (brothers).

  • The Garden of England and the Royal Golf Coast

    Though Scotland and, more specifically, the Old Course at St Andrew’s lay claim to being the ‘home of links golf’ there are some who argue that the county of Kent, in the south east tip of England, boasts the widest variety of links golf to be found on the planet, let alone the British Isles.

    The Kent region is known throughout Europe as the Garden of England for its rich history for growing fruit, vegetables and hops (for beer), but is now marketed to golfers as Kent’s Regal Golf Coast – and a right royal time you’ll have playing here.

    Royal St George’s in Sandwich is, of course, world-famous for hosting The Open Championship on 14 occasions and lies immediately next to Prince’s Golf Club, another coastal gem of Kent.

    Connoisseurs of links golf might contend, however, that the finest links of them all lies just two miles away in Deal where, even on a sunny day, Royal Cinque Ports offers one of the sternest tests of golf you are ever likely to find.

  • Les Deux Alpes and Alpe d’Huez

    Everyone likes good neighbours and, in terms of skiing at least, the Rhone Alp ski centres of Les Deux Alpes and Alpes d’Huez in France are about as good as they come.

    Though these two French ski resorts are barely six miles apart as the crow flies, they are, however, a little like chalk and cheese when it comes to comparison and therefore appeal to very different tourist markets.

    These resorts would also make for a great two centre ski break if you like a little après ski action to start your holiday followed by some R&R to end your stay before the journey home.

  • A Place to Park

    At least once a year our destination is a landmark National Park. Since we live in the middle of the US, this usually means traveling a long distance to get to “A Park That’s a Place”. And that results in looking for a Place to Park for overnight stops.

  • Vermont Information Center and Montpelier

    After visiting and making our purchases at the King Arthur Flour complex, Susie and I headed back south on I-91 to I-89 to head north toward Canada. Only a short way up the road we saw the signs that a Vermont Information Center was just ahead. We pulled into the rest stop so Susie and I could both answer the call of nature. We were amazed at what we found there.

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