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29

New Jersey’s Coastal Heritage Trail

By Wayne Lazarus on October 29th, 2009

Categories: Linda's Travel Articles

Take a drive through 300 miles of natural beauty, U. S. history and coastal village culture along the New Jersey Coastal Heritage Trail. Starting at Fort Mott State Park, drive south parallel to the coast where the Delaware River empties into the Delaware Bay, in the Delsea Region. There are a number of state forests, preserves, parks, wetlands and state historic sites alonge the way. ( The Greenwich Tea Burning Monument honors New Jersey’s tea-party town, based on a 1774 protest.) Clark Branch at Parkdale John F. Bunnell copyAt Millville, turn south to the Cape May region. Famed for its beautiful beaches and exciting boardwalks, the area also has intricate Victorian homes, lighthouses, historical and natural points to see. Cape May was settled as a whaling village in the 1600′s, and whales, dolphins and seals can be seen, depending on the season. Southern New Jersey is also a birder’s paradise, as some 60,000 raptors migrate through twice a year. Read the rest of this entry »

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Oct

22

Haunted lighthouses and wild seashore in one trip

By Wayne Lazarus on October 22nd, 2009

Categories: Linda's Travel Articles

Two of the lighthouses that appear on almost all lists of America’s haunted lighthouses are with a couple hours’ drive of each other. You can enjoy the warmth and sunshine of the Atlantic Coast from St. Augustine, Florida up to St. Simons Island, Georgia, and still absorb a little of the isolation and tragedy that might cause a spirit to attach itself to these buildings.St. Augustine Lighthouse Night1

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Oct

18

Art for the people, by the people

By Wayne Lazarus on October 18th, 2009

Categories: Linda's Travel Articles

Sometimes our nation’s history is so commonplace that we don’t notice it. Depression-era art can be seen in hundreds of post offices throughout the United States. Commissioned by the Section of Fine Arts from 1934 to 1944, artists around the country were paid to create paintings and sculpture for federal buildings. The Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C. has 55 of the 15,000 works of art created by the program on display in its “1934: A New Deal for Artists,” which opened in May. Monrovia CA Read the rest of this entry »

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Oct

14

Attention scrapbook lovers: I have the secret to saving your pocket books

By Wayne Lazarus on October 14th, 2009

Categories: Linda's Travel Articles

If you are anything like me then you know that feeling; that burning desire to “just go into” but not buy, (lying to myself), at stores like Michaels’, Hobby Lobby, Jo-Ann, and boutique craft stores.  I don’t know about you, but I find it impossible to resist their scrapbooking sections.  The Jolee’s Boutique $5.99 vacation themed embellishments, and the die cut baby bottles, mobiles, and cribs! All the “sayings” packets and incredible displays of card stock, stamps, ribbons; my hearts racing just thinking about it .  And how about the wedding section, huh?  Why am I unable to control myself from buying tons of  bride, groom, honeymoon, “with this ring…” stuff?  I have to pretend not to notice the beautiful die cut wedding cakes I see as I walk down the isle.  You know the ones;  made and packaged so nicely by the one and only, Martha Stewart, and for $6.99 a pop!  For ONE dinky wedding cake made out of paper!

My addiction was getting out of control.  Every time I left a store it wasn’t until $60.00, $70.00, $80.00 (sometimes more) later. I then leave with a bag of goodies of which I have no immediate use for.  Something had to give, and it wasn’t gonna be scrapbook supply shopping.

So, while researching online activities to do near or around Knoxville, I learned about Sevierville, Gattlinburg, and the Pigeon Forge  areas just roughly 35 miles outside of Knoxville. The cities are famous for their large flea markets and thrift stores, little strip centers that look like ginger bread houses, and Dollywood, respectively.

One my way out of Sevierville, after leaving the huge Tanger Outlet Center, I saw a billboard that lead to a life changing experience:  ”SCRAPBOOK CLEARANCE CENTER, TAKE THE NEXT RIGHT, LISA.”  OK, my name wasn’t involved, but I felt it screaming my name.

THE ENTIRE STORE IS 50% OFF LOWEST TAGGED PRICES!!!!

Just think about it for a minute, rows and rows of gorgeous decorative papers for $.25, embellishments that sell in other retail stores for quadruple the price.  Stamps, stencils, all sorts of letters, embellishments, and they even had Jolee’s Boutique embellishments for $1.00 to $2.00!!!!  Imagine all the money I could have saved if I only knew about this place sooner.

I finally made it to check out and watched my total escalate rapidly.  When she finished scanning my items, the register displayed $65.00.  I was just about to politely ask if I could eliminate a few (like 10) things when she hit one last button and announced my new total.  What? Did I really just get a bang for 32.50 bucks? The answer, my friends, is yes; and I did it again a few times a week for the following 3 months!

Believe it or not, there are many bargains to take advantage of while visiting Seveirville, Gattlinberg, and Pigeon Forge.

Let Motel.com help you find the best place to stay while on vacation.  If you would like to spend time in all three cities, choose from one of 39 Gattlinberg, TN hotels listed.  Gattlinberg is in between Seveirville and Pigeon Forge.  I will provide the addresses for the Scrapbook Clearance Center, which is right next to the Tanger Outlet Mall, so that Motel.com can direct you to the best place for you and your family to stay.

Your Scrapbook Clearance Store  (p): 865-428-9980

250 Collier Drive

Seierville, TN 37862

I assure you that the treasures you will find at the local markets and outlets will astound you.  Among Sevierville, Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and let’s not forget the Smoky Mountains, you will experience the best vacation area for the entire family that should satisfy the even the savviest of spenders.

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Oct

13

Traveling With Roger

By Wayne Lazarus on October 13th, 2009

Categories: Linda's Travel Articles

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Oct

11

Hunting ghosts in Gettysburg

By Wayne Lazarus on October 11th, 2009

Categories: Linda's Travel Articles

One intriguing way to see a place is to experience its ghosts. Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, perhaps because it is the site of what is considered by many to be the bloodiest battle of the Civil War, has a lot of psychic activity (and a number of ghost tour groups.) While “ghost-hunting” is not allowed inside the National Park, a visit to the park will give you a better understanding of the tragedy and pathos of this place during that time.  The new Gettysburg National Military park Museum and Visiors Center opened in 2008 and includes the rehabilitated “Battle of Gettysburg” cyclorama, painted by Paul Philippoteaux, originally exhibited in Boston in 1884.  Visitors can see the park on foot, or tour the battlefield with a number of tour guides, from bus to horseback to Segway.1014_hi Read the rest of this entry »

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Oct

8

Drums, dance and art in the North Carolina mountains

By Wayne Lazarus on October 8th, 2009

Categories: Linda's Travel Articles

Remember those carefree days of summer camp – swimming, canoeing, arts and crafts, maybe even a zipline through the woods? You can revive those days with a three-day weekend in a beautiful mountain setting, along with all-day live music, yoga and healing arts classes, even a poetry slam near an outdoor fire at the Lake Eden Arts Festival. Add to that a stay in one of Ahseville, North Carolina’s motels through www.motel.com and you have the perfect family camp with grown-up amenities.

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Oct

6

Where in the World is Roger?

By Wayne Lazarus on October 6th, 2009

Categories: Linda's Travel Articles

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