Category Archives: Travel

Experience Vermont’s Storybook Charm

Sweet apples, cooler days, and rustling leaves encompass all things fall, and few places evoke the crisp, brilliance of the season like Vermont. Located near the Canadian border, Vermont is synonymous with autumnal glory from its spectacular foliage, and historic covered bridges, to the flowing maple syrup that makes this storybook region the darling of New England. Whether it’s a picturesque hike surrounded by a showcase of trees, or taking a walk down memory lane to explore art galleries, and museums, dreams of the perfect fall getaway start here.

Vermont is the idyllic setting for outdoor recreation from bike riding through quaint villages, to cross country skiing. Take a breathtaking zipline canopy tour with ArborTrek Canopy Adventures, hike the Mount Mansfield state forest trails, or spend a scenic day on the golf course in popular cities like Stowe, and Manchester. Vermont’s impressive landscape is the perfect venue for experiencing an exhilarating outdoor adventure, or taking the dog for a stroll along waterfront park trails.

Badlands National Park Unlocks the Past

Badlands National Park is a geologic vision of painted canyons, pinnacles, and spires that have been carved by the forces of nature to create the 244,000 acre expanse of mystical natural beauty. Located east of the Black Hills in western South Dakota, the dramatic Badlands are a sight to behold, and the ultimate destination for outdoor enthusiasts, and aspiring paleontologists. Once the home of the Lakota American Indians and ancient creatures including the saber toothed cat, this other worldly location is an experience not to be missed.

Each year millions of people flock to Badlands National Park to gaze out at the mesmerizing rock striations, with their soft pastel hues, and ever evolving sedimentary layers. The one-mile fossil bed exhibit trail takes visitors on a journey back in time through the White River Badlands to discover the fossilized remains of mammals dating back to ancient times, with guided tours, and hikes available to learn about the park’s rich history. For a look behind the scenes, The Fossil Preparation Lab gives an insider scientific view the park’s ancient discoveries.

Rocky Mountain National Park Evokes Pure Magic

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better” – Albert Einstein.

There’s no denying the cathartic effect nature has on the mind and body, and one mountain retreat is known for being a place of true enlightenment. Attracting millions of visitors to its majestic, rugged beauty, Rocky Mountain National Park is a spectacular paradise where outdoor lovers will experience that signature Rocky Mountain High.

Since the Rocky Mountain National Park Act was signed in 1915, efforts to conserve and create what is now one our nation’s most sought after destinations has evolved into an almost infinite network of trails, roads, and diverse eco-systems inviting visitors to experience its unmatched spiritual beauty. Located within a few hours of Denver, nestled between Estes Park, and Grand Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park is home to breathtaking waterfalls, over 350 miles of hiking trails, and is a natural habitat for hundreds of wildlife, and plant species. More than 50 pristine lakes and streams ripple against the dense evergreen-studded shoreline, and offer the perfect venue for sports fishing, or enjoying a leisurely waterfront picnic.

Experience the Wonder of Mount Rushmore

The awe-inspiring view of our founding fathers masterfully carved in granite and watching over the nearly three million visitors who pay their respects each year is nothing short of breathtaking. Fourteen years in the making, Mount Rushmore is easily one of the world’s greatest wonders and a magnificent reminder of the great leaders that led us to freedom so long ago. Surrounded by Black Hills National Forest in Keystone, South Dakota this national treasure is an unforgettable sightseeing destination.

Mount Rushmore’s creator Doane Robinson had the vision to display our nation’s presidents in such a way that immortalized their memories forever. From George Washington, and Thomas Jefferson, to Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln, these were the iconic figures who ushered our country through some of our most turbulent moments in history from the Revolutionary War, to authoring the Declaration of Independence. American sculptor Gutzon Borglum was the artist responsible for creating this masterpiece and worked tirelessly on the project until his death in 1941. Gazing up at these great faces of history, and imagining the skill, and man power required to carve through the solid stone mountainside will leave you with a feeling of wonderment.

Experience the Heart of Exotic Central America

Crowned one of the top retirement destinations by U.S News and World Report, and AARP, Nicaragua is Central America’s best-kept secret for baby boomer expats.

This tropical paradise has evolved into one of the safest countries in Central America with a reputation for its display of breathtaking scenery, incredible weather, and rich cultural traditions. Retirees looking to spend their golden years watching the sun set over the horizon, explore untouched, rugged terrain, and enjoy a low cost of living will find Nicaragua to be an idyllic setting.

One might think moving to an exotic, oceanfront destination is far fetched, especially living on retirement income, but according to International Living, boomers, and retirees can live comfortably for a fraction of what they would pay in the states. Nicaragua is known for affordable home options, low property taxes, and quality healthcare with an attractive retirement incentive for prospective expats. Their Pensionada Program is available to folks as young as 45, and offers a five-year residency permit, requires a minimum income of $600, and does not impose taxes on foreign income. As an additional bonus, residents can bring their vehicles over with no import tax.

Travel Tips That Give Jet Lag the Boot

Jet setting season is fast upon us with baby boomers, and retirees heading off to far off places, to explore the world or take a domestic excursion. Traveling is an exciting way to experience life beyond our own backyards, and meet new people, but can also be draining especially when we transition between time zones, and disrupt our normal rhythm. Train, plane or automobile, active adults can learn to outsmart jet lag, and take advantage of every adventurous moment with travel-friendly tips worth packing their bags for.

Travel guide writer Rick Steve’s is most known for his popular European travel television series that takes viewers behind the scenes to explore the roads less traveled through the eyes of a local. One of his most useful tips when traveling abroad is setting your clock to wherever your destination may be, and get moving! Fresh air, and exercise is the best way to combat jet lag, and travel fatigue. Make it a point to drop your things off at the hotel, and lace up your walking shoes. Keeping up with the current time zone will help to regulate your internal clock, and give you more time to soak in your surroundings.

Top Canadian Provinces for Expats

Fall is finally here, and that means Canadians are gearing up for their Thanksgiving holiday on October 10th. Our neighbors to the north are blessed with drop dead gorgeous scenery, and storybook destinations that make you want to buy all the cozy scarves, and pack your bags. Whether you’re considering becoming an expat, or you’re already lucky enough to call Canada home, these destinations are a must see for active adults who love the outdoors, and a culturally rich lifestyle.

Prince Edward Island
The backdrop to the beloved Anne of Green Gables stories, Prince Edward Island PEI, is Canada’s smallest province with postcard worthy views, exquisite beaches, and plenty of offerings for the 55+ outdoor enthusiast. Waving meadows, sea cliffs, and majestic lighthouses make for irresistible scenery, and high end eateries, and shopping are only a small part of the island’s charm. Walking, and bike trails are perfect for nature lovers, and locals say safety is one of Prince Edward Island’s strong suits.

Christmas on the Mosel, Germany : Come and enjoy the Christmas Markets

Bernkastel-Kues Nov 19-Dec 21
Visitors come every season to see the amazing medieval Christmas Market in Bernkastel-Kues. The narrow little streets with quaint romantic houses make the perfect setting for a Christmas market.

On Saturday the 5th December 2016, a special Christmas Market highlight will take place, over 100 swimmers plunge into the freezing cold waters of the Moselle, each “armed” with a burning torch in their hand to begin their swim from Kues harbour across the Mosel to Bernkastel. They are followed by oarsmen which accompany the bishop of St. Nicolas standing beneath an illuminated wreath, on a large adorned boat.

Traben-Trarbach Weekends Nov 25-Jan 3
Each weekend from 25 November 2016 to 3 January 2017 the historic wine cellars in Traben-Trarbach will invite visitors on an underground wine trip. Artisans and vendors from the region will present high-quality seasonal decorations, culinary specialities, spa products and antiques.
Among the programme’s attractions are underwater wine-tasting sessions, and a “Classical Christmas” concert.

Stay with us in our newly renovated 1886 vintner’s house in the beautiful town of Urzig and be about 15 minutes drive between these markets. You can also enjoy the medicinal benefits of the thermal waters in Traben-Trarbach;¬¬ just 30 minutes drive takes you to the oldest City in Germany, Trier; a further 30 minutes takes you into the exciting City of Luxemburg.

 American/British owners we will take care of your stay in our home. If you would like details please email me.