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If you would like to retire or travel in the United States, we can help you find the perfect place to fit your retirement travel budget.  

“What are you going to do when you reach retirement” is the most frequent question asked of those who are about to leave the work force.   “Travel” is the most frequent answer.  

Click on the map for more information about the places we have been. You will be surprised at what you find.

Washington State Wine Country!

We recently made a trip to Eastern Washington to take in The Great Prosser Balloon Rally in late September.  This annual event coincides with the harvest of the grapes involving thousands of acres of vines.  Dozens of huge hot air balloons are launched on Friday,...

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What About Placerville?

Placerville California is a cute little mountain town about 45 miles east of Sacramento and 60 miles from South Lake Tahoe on Hwy 50. This is the famous gold country where, in 1848 at nearby Sutter's sawmill, gold was discovered.  Sutter's Mill, now a historic...

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Retire in Pleasanton California

Pleasanton is so much more than pleasant!  About 40 miles south east of San Francisco, Pleasanton California enjoys warmer weather than the foggy city by the bay.  The downtown is just plain cute with local merchants, some great restaurants, and plenty of year round...

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Our Search For The Perfect RV Spot

Don't trust everything you see on the internet, especially when looking for "that perfect RV spot". While preparing for our next get-a-way, we chose a spot online that looked like it might work with the direction of sunrise and where the awning would be to provide...

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Best Darn Breakfast in Bellingham Washington

I love a good breakfast, and I have been wanting to write a review about the Mt Bakery restaurant for quite a while. Hands down, I have to say that this place serves the best darn breakfast in Bellingham Washington. I live about an hours drive away from Bellingham....

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Stay a while in Exeter New Hampshire

One of the first settled towns in America, Exeter, New Hampshire just exudes history.   Founded in 1638 (just 18 years after the Mayflower), Exeter sits on the river of the same name where the Native American's fished the falls.  The Reverend John Wheelwright...

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Provincetown, Massachusetts! Come and Play!

Provincetown sits at the very end of Cape Cod, beaconing the world to come out and play.  A unique blend of arts, beaches, theatre, a friendly local population and lots of history, Provincetown is a very liberal town that is chock full of year round activities.   But...

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Gloucester Massachusetts – Life by the Sea

Touted as America's First Seaport, Gloucester Massachusetts is all about the sea.   Sitting on an island, just 30 miles north of Boston (and part of the Boston commuter train system) Gloucester (or "Glosta" as the natives pronounce it) was founded in 1623 as part of...

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Boston Massachusetts in Retirement

Boston, Massachusetts is simply one of those places that should be on your bucket list.   Whether you retire here permanently or just stay for a couple of months, there is so much to explore in the city and surrounding area there would never be enough time to see it...

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Laid Back Living on Lopez Island

I have been living in the San Juan Islands in Washington state for a few years now. And whenever I want to just relax and read a book, I just pack up my bicycle and take the ferry on over to our beautiful Lopez Island. Laid back living on Lopez Island consists of a...

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Key West, Florida – A World Away

On a recent kayak trip to Key West, Florida, our guide told us he is frequently asked if they accept American money.  Really?   Although this funky little town is definitely part of south Florida, we could see why someone might think they had left the country for the...

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Zipline Day with Grandma!

One of my greatest joys is taking my grandson's on a new adventure.   I didn't have any trouble talking them into a zipline day with Grandma - checking another thing off my bucket list.   We found Northwest Canopy Tours on Camano Island (north of Seattle) and booked...

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A Visit to Pendleton Oregon

While Pendleton may not be the first place you think of in Oregon, it is certainly worth a visit!   Home to the famous "Pendleton Round-Up" every September, the town is also known for the Pendleton Woolen Mill and fine leather goods.  It is also a place where the true...

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Pirate Booty at the Anacortes Shipwreck Day!

Locally known as "The Town Garage Sale", Anacortes, WA closes off the downtown Commercial Avenue one Saturday a year for the annual Shipwreck Day.   Here you will find anything and everything for your home or boat (the town is on an island in NW Washington) - some new...

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Cambria California – Fine Coastal Living

We pulled into Cambria California on a foggy summer morning on a hunt for moonstones.   This stretch of the south coast was reported to have the translucent stones at the tide line.  The boardwalk - maybe a mile of wooden sidewalk above the beach was populated with...

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Florence, Oregon – Sand Dunes at the Coast!

The Oregon coast is a wild and rugged place.   Sure, there are beautiful sandy beaches, but much of it is towering cliffs with waves crashing on the huge offshore rocks.   If you are in your twenties and have a wetsuit, it might be a perfect place to take a swim!  ...

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Retirement Heaven: The Village of La Mesa, CA

La Mesa is one of those great little communities in southern California where you can walk to the corner store, have your morning coffee and then sit outside and enjoy the beautiful morning.  Located about 10 miles inland (east) of San Diego, La Mesa is a hilly little...

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The Best of Route 66 – Williams, Arizona

Williams Arizona prides itself as not only being part of Route 66, but being a step back in time to the 1950's when Elvis was king.  Classic cars are everywhere and the little town is often a stop for motorcycle riders making the pilgrimage on the most famous of...

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Flagstaff, Arizona – High Country In The Desert

Flagstaff, Arizona is not what comes to mind when many people think of Arizona.   At 7,000 feet, this is the land of clean air, cool pine trees, huge snowfalls, four seasons, and warm tolerable summers.   Just 142 miles north of Phoenix, this is where the rest of...

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Arches National Park – Where Rock Meets Sky

On a recent RV trip through Utah, we had the great good fortune to spend a couple of days in Moab.   First on the list; visit Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park.   Second:  Find some petroglyphs. We came in May because Utah is quite cold in the winter...

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Cold Spring, New York – A World Away!

Just 30 miles north of New York City, near West Point, you will find the charming little town of Cold Spring.  Overlooking the Hudson River, you can wander down Main Street and visit one of the many antique stores or art galleries.   The downtown bustles with activity...

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Ann Arbor Michigan – America’s College Town

Photo By Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan via StockPholio.com In reviewing places all around the U.S. and the world, one of our favorite categories is college towns.   Communities with a university have a well developed cultural life,...

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Manistee Michigan. It’s All About the Water

 Photo By Elliott Connor Photography via StockPholio.com  One of Michigan's finest little beach towns, Manistee has Lake Michigan to the west and Lake Manistee to the east with a lovely river running right through the heart of town.  In the summer, locals and visitors...

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Too Hot in Arizona? Come to Bayfield, Wisconsin!

Long before Phoenix hits the 110 degree mark, retirees head north to find a cooler climate to spend the summers.   We found a great little town for you that will make you sad to leave when the leaves start to change and its time to go home.   Bayfield, Wisconsin sits...

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Eau Claire – Cool Country Living

If you don't mind the cold winters, Eau Claire is a great place for retired people to live.   Located 86 miles west of St. Paul Minnesota and 193 miles west of Green Bay, Eau Claire (meaning "clear water") sits where the Eau Claire and Chippewa rivers come together....

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Grafton – Illinois’ River Town

Right where the Mississippi and Illinois river - just north of St. Louis - you will find the great little community of Grafton.   Once famous for it's local stone quarries and boat building, Grafton is now known as a picturesque little town with Bald Eagles,...

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Looking for a Coastal Climate? Eureka, CA!

Eureka, California, just 272 miles north of San Francisco on Hwy 101 and just south of the Redwood National Park, is an affordable (for California) coastal town with plenty to offer.   Humbolt Bay is a major fishing, boating and shipping port for the area providing...

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Cambridge Maryland – Retire and Fish!

Cambridge Maryland is located on the Choptank River, on the eastern shore - across the Chesapeake Bay from the southern end of the Washington DC area.  A town of about 12,500 and right on the water, this whole area is known for its fishing, sailing, and crab hunting...

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Retirement in Rapid City, South Dakota

While you may not have considered a retirement in Rapid City, South Dakota, there are dozens of reasons why you might want to spend a long season exploring this part of the nation.   And while Mt. Rushmore is probably the biggest tourist area, those who get to stay...

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Poulsbo Washington – a little slice of Norway!

On a recent trip down the Hood Canal, across the Puget Sound from Seattle - we happened upon the great little town of Poulsbo, Washington.   While the bluff above the town has the usual malls, big box stores, Home Depot and anything else you can imagine, we followed...

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New Orleans Segway Tour

We told the grandson that when he turned 14 we'd take him on one of our many trips on two conditions.  He had to have good grades and providing we still liked him.   (I'm not taking a trip with a snotty teenager!)   Well, he just turned 14, gets really good grades and...

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Retire in Manhattan, Kansas

Manhattan, Kansas is a college town (Kansas State University "Aggies") and his home to roughly 52,000 residents and another 40,000 in the metro area.   The area includes Fort Riley, a US Army Post, for those of you who want to live near a commissary.   Named as one of...

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Retire in Madison, Georgia

Of all the great little towns in Georgia, we just had to write about Madison.   The historic homes (Greek revival, Neoclassical Victorian and Romanesque) line the streets competing with huge oak trees and just dripping with charm.  Named  the "#1 Small Town America"...

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