InfolificUSA – Infolific http://infolific.com We write. You learn. Tue, 27 Jun 2017 05:01:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 George Kenny School of Chainsaw Carving in Snoqualmie, Washington http://infolific.com/travel/usa/chainsaw-carving-school/ Tue, 27 Jun 2017 01:01:07 +0000 Allyson Haymaker http://infolific.com/travel/usa/chainsaw-carving-school/ Like many towns in Washington, Snoqualmie started as a logging center, a heritage that's kept alive in the George Kenny School of Chainsaw Carving downtown. A self-taught champion carver, George runs one of the few such schools in North America, and exhibits his and his [...]

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Columbus Carriage Classic, Wisconsin http://infolific.com/travel/usa/columbus-carriage-classic/ Fri, 23 Jun 2017 00:57:11 +0000 Allyson Haymaker http://infolific.com/travel/usa/columbus-carriage-classic/ There are plenty of reasons to visit historic Columbus, Wisconsin anytime of year. But early June brings an added incentive–the annual Columbus Carriage Classic. That's when nearly 100 horse-and-buggy hobbyists from all over the Midwest converge on this charming town with beautifully restored antique carriages, [...]

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Raspberry Picking in Connecticut: Why Not!? http://infolific.com/travel/usa/raspberry-picking/ Fri, 16 Jun 2017 00:49:32 +0000 Allyson Haymaker http://infolific.com/travel/usa/raspberry-picking/ There's no arguing that winters in the Northeastern states of the US are bitterly cold. However, the summer makes for a good environment in which to grow many crops including apples, strawberries, and raspberries. Having picked apples and strawberries before, it seemed like a good [...]

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Montezuma Castle and Walnut Canyon, Arizona http://infolific.com/travel/usa/montezuma-castle-and-walnut-canyon/ Tue, 13 Jun 2017 00:45:17 +0000 Allyson Haymaker http://infolific.com/travel/usa/montezuma-castle-and-walnut-canyon/ When it comes to tourist attractions, the Grand Canyon gets marquee billing–and justifiably so. But while stationed at the Grand Canyon with the National Park Service, my husband and I discovered many hidden gems nearby that deserve a share of the spotlight. I'm referring to [...]

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Visit Casa Grande Ruins National Monument in Arizona http://infolific.com/travel/usa/casa-grande-ruins-national-monument/ Fri, 09 Jun 2017 00:40:23 +0000 Allyson Haymaker http://infolific.com/travel/usa/casa-grande-ruins-national-monument/ Nearly 50 miles or so southeast of Phoenix, Arizona stands Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, built by the mysterious Hohokam civilization in the early 1300s. Archaeologists suggest that the “Great House” was an observatory of sorts, noting that the small round window on the west [...]

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Brooks' House of Bar-B-Que in Oneonta New York http://infolific.com/travel/usa/brooks-house-of-bar-b-que/ Wed, 24 May 2017 00:13:29 +0000 Allyson Haymaker http://infolific.com/travel/usa/brooks-house-of-bar-b-que/ I enjoy looking for unique restaurants while I travel. But my favorite eatery is here in my hometown of Oneonta, New York: Brook's House of Bar-B-Que, a family business that began as a poultry farm. From there, it developed into a concession stand, and then [...]

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Santa Cruz Surfing Museum, California http://infolific.com/travel/usa/santa-cruz-surfing-museum/ Tue, 23 May 2017 00:11:37 +0000 Allyson Haymaker http://infolific.com/travel/usa/santa-cruz-surfing-museum/ I've never tried surfing. But I dove right into the sport's history at the Santa Cruz Surfing Museum in Santa Cruz, California, overlooking the famous Steamer Lane surfing spot. Housed in a little brick lighthouse and staffed by surfing enthusiasts, the museum showcases surfing memorabilia [...]

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Train Buffs Must See the Golden Spike National Historical Site in Utah http://infolific.com/travel/usa/golden-spike-national-historical-site/ Mon, 22 May 2017 00:11:07 +0000 Allyson Haymaker http://infolific.com/travel/usa/golden-spike-national-historical-site/ If you're passionate about trains and history, there's one place you absolutely must see: The Golden Spike National Historic Site at Promontory Summit, Utah, near the north end of the Great Salt Lake. This site is where the eastbound Central Pacific and westbound Union Pacific [...]

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Father Flanagan's Boys Town, Nebraska http://infolific.com/travel/usa/father-flanagans-boys-town/ Sun, 21 May 2017 00:09:38 +0000 Allyson Haymaker http://infolific.com/travel/usa/father-flanagans-boys-town/ Decades ago, I visited Father Flanagan's Boys Town, about 10 miles west of Omaha, with a college group. You know what they say about first impressions. Well, I was impressed — and memories of that visit are still vivid to this day. In the nearly [...]

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Little Swiss Village Resort, Wisconsin: Top-Notch Cuisine and Hospitality http://infolific.com/travel/usa/little-swiss-village-resort/ Sat, 20 May 2017 00:07:17 +0000 Allyson Haymaker http://infolific.com/travel/usa/little-swiss-village-resort/ When we want to take out-of-town guests to a nice breakfast or lunch, we head for the Little Swiss Village resort, west of Minocqua, Wisconsin and overlooking picturesque Blue Lake. You can't beat the cuisine and hospitality here. Meals are made using Old-Country recipes, many [...]

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North Dakota's Big Sky Buffalo Ranch: See Buffalo Herds Up Close and Personal http://infolific.com/travel/usa/big-sky-buffalo-ranch/ Fri, 19 May 2017 00:06:15 +0000 Allyson Haymaker http://infolific.com/travel/usa/big-sky-buffalo-ranch/ We enjoyed the thrill of a lifetime at the Big Sky Buffalo Ranch near Granville, North Dakota, when we saw a herd of more than 100 buffalo up close and personal. A member of the Duane Woodall family, which has run the ranch since 1901, [...]

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Cape Flattery, Washington: The Northwesternmost Point in the Continental US http://infolific.com/travel/usa/cape-flattery/ Thu, 18 May 2017 00:05:04 +0000 Allyson Haymaker http://infolific.com/travel/usa/cape-flattery/ My husband and I recently took a long-awaited trip in our motor home to the Northwest, where we saw amazing places like Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks. But one of the highlights of the entire trip was a little-known spot in Washington: Cape Flattery, the [...]

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Quabbin Reservoir of Massachusetts: The World's Largest http://infolific.com/travel/usa/quabbin-reservoir/ Sat, 13 May 2017 23:59:11 +0000 Allyson Haymaker http://infolific.com/travel/usa/quabbin-reservoir/ The immense Quabbin Reservoir in central Massachusetts offers spectacular scenic views, especially in fall. The 39-square-mile Quabbin is the world's largest manmade reservoir devoted solely to water supply — it provides water for the Boston area, about 65 miles east. It holds 412 billion gallons [...]

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Pioneertown, California: Like An Old West Ghost Town http://infolific.com/travel/usa/pioneertown/ Wed, 10 May 2017 23:56:01 +0000 Allyson Haymaker http://infolific.com/travel/usa/pioneertown/ Located high in the Mojave Desert, Pioneertown USA looks and feels like an Old West ghost town. But this unusual spot outside the town of Yucca Valley, California and Joshua Tree National Park dates back to only 1946–it was built to film movies and house [...]

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Stained Glass Manor of Vicksburg, Mississippi: Stay a Night or Take a Tour http://infolific.com/travel/usa/stained-glass-manor-vicksburg/ Mon, 08 May 2017 23:54:43 +0000 Allyson Haymaker http://infolific.com/travel/usa/stained-glass-manor-vicksburg/ Civil war buffs who visit Vicksburg, Mississippi shouldn't miss Stained Glass Manor, a bed-and-breakfast that offers public tours. Our guide, owner Bill Smollen, regaled us with tales of local history. He told us the home was built by a descendant of town founder Burwell Vick. [...]

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Relive Your Childhood at the New England Carousel Museum in Bristol, Connecticut http://infolific.com/travel/usa/new-england-carousel-museum/ Sun, 07 May 2017 23:52:18 +0000 Allyson Haymaker http://infolific.com/travel/usa/new-england-carousel-museum/ All kids love a merry-go-round, and I was no exception. So when my husband and I found the New England Carousel Museum in Bristol, Connecticut, we practically galloped right in. Housed in a renovated factory, the museum boasts one of the country's largest collections of [...]

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A Taste of Appalachian Culture at the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, North Carolina http://infolific.com/travel/usa/john-c-campbell-folk-school/ Tue, 02 May 2017 23:42:32 +0000 Allyson Haymaker http://infolific.com/travel/usa/john-c-campbell-folk-school/ A trip to the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, located in the southwestern corner of North Carolina, taught me a lot about Appalachian culture — even without enrolling! Since 1925, this unique school has helped preserve traditional mountain crafts, music and dance. Its [...]

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Cathedral Gorge State Park, Nevada: Wander the Maze of Fluted Spires and Domes http://infolific.com/travel/usa/cathedral-gorge-state-park/ Sun, 23 Apr 2017 23:23:50 +0000 Allyson Haymaker http://infolific.com/travel/usa/cathedral-gorge-state-park/ Cathedral Gorge State Park in southeastern Nevada is as fascinating as its name implies. This canyon with buff-colored clay walls has eroded into a fantastic maze of fluted spires and domes. Two of the park's areas–Cathedral Caves and Canyon Caves — are especially fun to [...]

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Try Something New: Gatorland in Orlando, Florida http://infolific.com/travel/usa/gatorland-in-orlando/ Wed, 05 Apr 2017 22:57:56 +0000 Allyson Haymaker http://infolific.com/travel/usa/gatorland-in-orlando/ Exhausted by the frantic pace of central Florida's theme parks? Gatorland is a delightful change of pace — and only minutes away from those better-known attractions. This 37-acre wildlife preserve is home to more than 1,000 alligators, 200 crocodiles and thousands of birds. It features [...]

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Sapelo Island, Georgia: More To See Than You'd Expect http://infolific.com/travel/usa/sapelo-island/ Thu, 23 Mar 2017 22:38:52 +0000 Allyson Haymaker http://infolific.com/travel/usa/sapelo-island/ Folks who whiz through southern Georgia's McIntosh County on I-95 don't realize they're just minutes away from a fascinating destination: Sapelo Island. One of my all-time favorite places, Sapelo is the fourth-largest link in Georgia's chain of beautiful barrier islands, separated from the mainland by [...]

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Johnstown Flood Museum, Pennsylvania: Memories of a Man-Made Disaster http://infolific.com/travel/usa/johnstown-flood-museum/ Tue, 21 Mar 2017 22:36:28 +0000 Allyson Haymaker http://infolific.com/travel/usa/johnstown-flood-museum/ The Johnstown Flood Museum brings to life one of the worst man-made disasters in U.S. history — the tragic flood that devastated this industrial town on May 31, 1889. After the South Fork Dam 14 miles north of town failed during an intense rainstorm, a [...]

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Manistee Michigan's Victorian Sleighbell Parade and Old Christmas Weekend http://infolific.com/travel/usa/manistee/ Tue, 14 Mar 2017 22:29:37 +0000 Allyson Haymaker http://infolific.com/travel/usa/manistee/ I never expected to find a time warp on Michigan's western coast. But that's exactly what my husband and I found in Manistee several years ago during its Victorian Sleighbell Parade and Old Christmas Weekend. Imagine street vendors selling roasted chestnuts… the sweet scent of [...]

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Azalea Garden Inn in Blowing Rock, North Carolina http://infolific.com/travel/usa/azalea-garden-inn/ Thu, 09 Mar 2017 21:21:31 +0000 Allyson Haymaker http://infolific.com/travel/usa/azalea-garden-inn/ I found this charming log cabin on the lushly landscaped grounds of the Azalea Garden Inn in Blowing Rock, North Carolina. Among the state's oldest resorts, the town dates back to the 1800s and is full of small galleries, specialty shops and quaint restaurants. Most [...]

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Take a Tour of the Tabasco Pepper Sauce Factory in Louisiana http://infolific.com/travel/usa/tabasco-pepper-sauce-factory/ Fri, 24 Feb 2017 21:01:58 +0000 Allyson Haymaker http://infolific.com/travel/usa/tabasco-pepper-sauce-factory/ Add some zing to your next trip to southern Louisiana with a tour of the Tabasco Pepper Sauce Factory on Avery Island. To get there, you take a 50-cent ferry ride across a small channel to Avery Island, one of five salt-dome islands along Louisiana's [...]

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Little River Canyon National Preserve, Alabama http://infolific.com/travel/usa/little-river-canyon-national-preserve/ Fri, 17 Feb 2017 20:49:24 +0000 Allyson Haymaker http://infolific.com/travel/usa/little-river-canyon-national-preserve/ For spectacular vistas of one of the deepest gorges east of the Mississippi River, visit the 14,000-acre Little River Canyon National Preserve in northeast Alabama. The best views are from the Little River Canyon Rim Drive, which is actually a 22-mile stretch of the Lookout [...]

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